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The longtime personal trainer to late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg honored her in his own special way on Friday as she lay in state at the U.S. Capitol. Bryant Johnson, who was famously captured in the documentary “RBG” during one of his morning workouts with the famed Justice, dropped down and did three pushups in front of her flag-draped casket. https://youtu.be/wVBsaRFEwOM
Today, chart-topping, two-time GRAMMY®- nominated and multi award-winning inspirational artist, Koryn Hawthorne, released her new music video for the powerful single “Know You.” The new video marks the second video released from the songstress’ Essential Worship Song Session series, following the debut of her music video “How Great” featuring contemporary Christian music artist and songwriter, Matt Maher. The album version of “Know You” features worship leader and songwriter, Steffany Gretzinger, and highlights Hawthorne’s pursuit to know God’s heart above all. https://essentialworship.lnk.to/oVFpyXPvRC
Tune in every week on Sundays at 5pm (EST) for Suya Soul Live home-singing music sessions hosted by TolumiDE! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcZjWd63AZk
GRAMMY®-nominated recording artist Natalie Grant releases her tenth studio album, No Stranger, today (9/25) across all digital streaming platforms and select physical retailers. No Stranger is Grant’s first full-length project in five years, following her 2015 chart-topping release, "Be One." “Praise You In This Storm” - https://youtu.be/4fo0A7jpLsk
Charles Barkley and Sahquille O’Neal have been accused of defending the Louisville police officers who killed Breonna Taylor and blaming the black EMT’s boyfriend for opening fire first. Barkley and O’Neal were discussing Taylor’s death and the decision not to indict any officers in her killing during the TNT pregame show ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers vs Denver Nuggets game on Thursday. Barkley argued that Taylor’s death couldn’t be compared to the police killing of black man George Floyd because Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker first fired a shot at officers when they entered her apartment with a ‘no knock’ warrant. ‘I don’t think this one was like George Floyd or Ahmaud Arbery and things like that,’ Barkley said. Barkley and O’Neal immediately came under fire on social media for their comments as they were accused of ‘defending the police’. One person branded them: ‘Skin folk, not kin folk.’ ‘Charles and Shaq both throwing black women under the bus,’ one account with the user name Justice for Breonna Taylor wrote. ‘SHAME, I used to be a fan.’
British pop star Ed Sheeran is being sued for copyright infringement for lifting parts of Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On” for his track “Thinking Out Loud.” The 1973 song was co-written by Ed Townsend, whose family filed a lawsuit against Sheeran in 2016, accusing him of lifting the “melody, harmony and rhythmic components” from Gaye’s track, per ABC News. Sheeran initially responded to the suit by claiming public domain gave him permission to use the chord progressions and drum patterns for “Let’s Get It On.”During a hearing on Tuesday in front of Sony Records, Townsend’s daughter was joined by music icon George Clinton to fight for Black artists. https://youtu.be/lp-EO5I60KA
As #MariahCarey’s memoir “The Meaning of Mariah Carey” is approaching release, more excerpts from the book are being shared to the anticipating public. Most of Mariah fans are excited to learn more about the intimate inner works and personal life experiences of the superstar singer songwriter. Mariah tells it all in the upcoming book, including allegations of abuse by her older sister. So far from the snippets of Mariah’s memoir her lavish baths aren’t just for relaxation, but also a place where Mariah gains musical inspiration. Fans also got a piece of vulnerability from Mariah when she recently sat down with Oprah Winfrey on “The Oprah Conversation.”
Family Guy has cast YouTuber Arif Zahir to voice Cleveland Brown after Mike Henry, a white man, announced he would be stepping down from the role because “persons of color should play characters of color.” Henry announced his departure on social media in August, saying in a statement, “It’s been an honor to play Cleveland on Family Guy for 20 years. I love this character, but persons of color should play characters of color. Therefore, I will be stepping down from the role.”
After being off the radar since his RNC speech, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development popped up Thursday evening at the Values Voter Summit in Washington D.C. trying to argue that race is being manipulated this election cycle in order to create chaos and divide Americans. “In this election season, everything is race. And, obviously, it’s being manipulated along those lines,” he said during an interview with Family Research Council Action President Tony Perkins. “Things have changed so incredibly dramatically in this country, but in order to create the kind of chaos that’s necessary to make people want a change, you divide them, you divide them in every way you possibly can: by race, by gender, by age, by income.”
On Saturday, November 7, 2020 1-3pm PT at the 21st annual Los Angeles “Uplifting Minds II” Entertainment Conference via Zoom video conferencing the heads of two record labels, two management companies and a music producer to speak on the Professional Panel. The conference offers a “Q and A Session” with the panelists, a “professional talent showcase,” and a “national talent competition.” One winner from each category – singer, songwriter, dance or acting – in the competition will be selected by the panel to receive the 2020 ‘ULMII Best Artist” Award and over $15,000 valued in prizes.
Jennifer Lopez and Colombian singer/songwriter Maluma have dropped a two-part music video for the songs “Pa’ Ti” and “Lonely.” The video, which debuted on TikTok Thursday, tells the story of a wealthy woman (Lopez) who falls in love with a man (Maluma) who turns out to be an undercover agent. https://youtu.be/A1kuaEuLX78
A photo of former NBA star Delonte West has gone viral, showing him dirty and apparently homeless while begging for money. Now the league and his former coach Doc Rivers, and the NBA Players Association have offered to help the 37-year-old. The photo was reportedly taken in Dallas, and shows West holding a sign while standing on the side of the road. He allegedly asked fans for money on the street.
Barack Obama gave out his ‘phone number’ to the American people so they can text him and share “how you’re planning on voting this year.” “All right, let’s try something new. If you’re in the United States, send me a text at 773-365-9687,” he tweeted and posted to Instagram Wednesday. Obama is using a service called Community that allows subscribers to receive text messages from him and write back.
"Enough Is Enough" the new song from Carl Brister is in The Gospel Spotlight!!! This hit song is the Gospel Spotlight song of the week....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RbeshNe0q0&feature=youtu.be
Keyla Richardson much-awaited 8-track debut EP "So Good" is set to be released Friday, September 25, 2020. The EP features lead single and title track, “So Good,” which landed at #1 on the Gospel Airplay chart. Keyla Richardson is in The Gospel Spotlight!!! Hear Keyla Richardson In Her Own Words.....http://www.gospel-spotlight.com/keylarichardson_intvw.htm
On Friday, September 25, the NAACP will host a conversation with Vice Presidential Candidate Senator Kamala Harris. Moderated by CNN Commentator Angela Rye, the event will include Leon W. Russell, Chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors, and Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO, and other leaders. Senator Harris will discuss the national reckoning on racism, the global pandemic and her vision for the future of America. The conversation is a premier event of the NAACP’s 111th national convention and will take place starting at 2 PM ET / 11 AM PT.
Chris Rock will help kick off the premiere of the 46th season of Saturday Night Live on October 3. This will mark his third appearance as host of the NBC sketch comedy show.
An old song has been given new life after Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron defended a grand jury’s decision to bring charges that have nothing to do with the actual police killing of Breonna Taylor. The decision led to angry protests around the country, but not all of them have come in the form of demonstrating in American streets: At least one protest came in the form of a song that gained new relevance from the developments in Louisville, thanks to a viral tweet. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nP4X4tf_Vyk
There was a growing sense of incredulity over a grand jury’s decision to indict a fired cop for endangering the lives of Breonna Taylor‘s neighbors instead of recommending anything less than manslaughter for the egregious and preventable police killing in Louisville. Ben Crump, a civil rights attorney representing Taylor’s family, appeared on NBC’s “Today” show Thursday morning and said the decision to charge Brett Hankison with wanton endangerment “doesn’t make sense.” He said Taylor’s family was “outraged, they were insulted, and they were mostly offended.” Crump then said what was probably on a lot of people’s minds, too: “We’re trying to figure out what did the Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron present to the grand jury.” That seems to be the central question that Cameron was dodging during a press conference after the decision was announced. When asked about it, he would only say that the grand jury proceedings were “secret.”
Death row inmate Christopher Vialva was executed Thursday night, making him the first Black person to be executed by the Trump administration as well as the first man in 70 years to be executed for crimes committed as a teenager. Vialva, 40, was convicted in 2000 of killing youth ministers Todd and Stacie Bagley during a carjacking in Texas when he was just 19 years old in 1999. Vialvo is the seventh inmate executed by the federal government this year. There had been a 17-year pause in executions before U.S. Attorney General William Barr reinstated them last year.
The Black American Music Association (BAM), has announced a partnership with the Voting Rights Are Civil Rights Initiative. The effort is specifically focused on protecting the vote in 14 swing states and 54 counties with high African American and Latino populations. BAM and the Voting Rights Are Civil Rights Initiative have aligned with several entertainment industry groups, community organizations, activists and former election commissioners. Together the coalition is focusing on three main initiatives – recruiting GenZ to help staff the polls; educating people on their legal rights so they can make sure their votes are counted and how to address voter suppression and intimidation. To accomplish this they are recruiting and training poll workers; providing unique information from professional election administrators and providing information and tools to fight voter suppression tactics and intimidation.
Lydia Salett Dudley the gifted Jazz and Gospel music artist that's an educated and celebrated Jazz pianist, singer, composer and arranger. She is a consummate musician and performer. She recently dropped a single and music video called “Whatcha Gonna Do?”, highlighting the national upheaval taking place in our country. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEzm6k1OY9Q
The wait is over! Vocalist San Franklin's adept and full-bodied voice has been heard on a plethora of Grammy®, Dove, and Stellar Award-winning albums from music's top artists in Christian, Country, R&B, and Jazz music. San Franklin is now sharing her extraordinary talent, her trials and triumphs in life, and her anointed ministry in a musical body of work called THE FREE PROJECT. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7N0bp-SUR4&feature=youtu.be
The co-hosts have an emotional discussion about justice, about being valued, about the way the city of Louisville, KY, has handled the case – and how we all have the power to make some needed changes for the future. Then activist Rachel Cargle visits to explain the concept of “unlearning,” and reversing the whitewashing of history. https://youtu.be/wJHHSqG3u4I
Peyton Elizabeth Lee stars as Sam in “Secret Society of Second Born Royals.” She is a teenage royal rebel second in line to the throne of Illyria. Sam and fellow royals with special powers attend a top-secret training camp learning how to harness their powers to save the world. Noah Lomax (Mike) is Sam’s best friend and bandmate in the Disney+ original movie “Secret Society of Second Born Royals.” https://youtu.be/Zq2OLayDn9k
Nicole Weider, a fashion model turned women’s activist and filmmaker, says the new film “Switched” shows the harms of bullying and advises young people not to attack each other but instead “lead with love” because everyone is facing their own battles. The faith-based film debuted on Digital and Video on Demand on Sept. 4 and will be released on DVD Oct. 6. https://youtu.be/I-OrHZGx2IE
On the heels of an exhilarating year, singer and songwriter Whitney McClain drops new music, releasing her “Letters from a Broken Heart” EP. McClain introduced “Fireplace,” the first cut from project this past winter; which has amassed over 2 million views to date. https://youtu.be/2QbmwcdOnlA
2x GRAMMY® Award-winner Fantastic Negrito has announced the premiere of “Searching for Captain Save a Hoe (Feat. E-40),” a thought-provoking modern reinvention of legendary Bay Area rapper E-40’s 1993 classic, “Captain Save A Hoe.” An equally inventive companion video was directed by Isaiah Frazier. https://youtu.be/4Z4xw2gLsH0
Joy Reid was a guest on “The Tonight Show” Wednesday to talk about the lack of charges in Breonna Taylor’s death at the hands of police. The host of MSNBC’s “The Reid Out” also breaks down the details of what happened to her, including the police arresting her boyfriend Kenneth Walker for trying to defend her. Additionally, Reid speaks about the difficulty of explaining police brutality to her children, explains that the police are trained to shoot to kill and explains what it really means to defund the police. https://youtu.be/8Ma7Pgz-FF4
CATCH THE SEASON FINALE OF CLEO TV'S ALL THINGS ADRIENNE WITH ADRIENNE HOUGHTON FOR ALL THINGS FASHION THIS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 AT 9 P.M. ET/8C https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXK5x_4TdeQ&feature=youtu.be
Season two of CLEO TV's New Soul Kitchen returns with a double-header on Saturday, October 3 at 9p.m. ET / 8C and 9:30p.m/8:30C. Chef Jernard Wells returns to prepare even more robust recipes in the series' extended, 30-minute format. Acclaimed chef, cookbook author, and family man Chef Jernard is not only bringing his arsenal of down-home dishes to viewers, but is teaming up with four of America's most talented chefs to spice things up by incorporating their delicious mouth-watering recipes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tpvnszTHPY&feature=youtu.be
The #1 independent recording artist, 2018 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Award recipient and three-time Stellar Award nominated singer, songwriter and producer Bryan Popin current radio single "Beautiful Savior" featuring Tasha Page Lockhart has entered the Gospel Airplay Top 30 chart. This marks Popin's 6th Top 30 single on the Gospel Airplay chart. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJLd8IqQ4Z0&feature=youtu.be
Bill Gates said in a recent interview that the coronavirus pandemic might not end until 2022 — painting a dark picture for 2021. Gates said on “Fox News Sunday” that the COVID-19 vaccine will likely come in early 2021 and the U.S. will return to something-like-normal in summer 2021. It won’t be until 2022 when the pandemic ends. “The end of the epidemic, best case, is probably 2022. But during 2021, the numbers, we should be able to drive them down, if we take the global approach. Gates said he’s still frustrated the U.S. does not have a solid testing strategy for the coronavirus. He said the lack of testing has led to a massive spread of the virus. Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, the chief science officer at the World Health Organization, recently said that the pandemic might not end until 2022, too.
The National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington will reopen to the public on Friday — one of four Smithsonian Institution museums that are involved in the latest phase of reopening, the Smithsonian announced on Monday. For the museum, which is dedicated to telling the African-American story for all Americans, the reopening comes just a few months after new developments began to unfold in the nation’s history. The museum was closed in March amid by the pandemic, and since then the nation has erupted in social justice protests addressing racism and police violence after George Floyd was killed in police custody in May. The protests will give the museum a new chapter in its narrative.
Florida prosecutors are dropping charges of soliciting prostitution against New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, according to court papers filed Thursday. Kraft, 79, was accused of paying for sex acts at the Orchids of Asia Day spa in Jupiter, Florida, on consecutive days in January 2019. Kraft pleaded not guilty but issued a public apology for his actions. Palm Beach County prosecutors lost a key court decision this week that led to the court tossing video and audio surveillance of Kraft allegedly soliciting a woman at the Orchids of Asia Day spa. “Although there was probable cause to make an arrest, the evidence cannot prove all legally required elements of the crime alleged and is insufficient to support a criminal prosecution,” according to a court filing by the office of Palm Beach State Attorney Dave Aronberg.
”The Masked Singer” returned to FOX Wednesday night, and its first casualty was rap veteran Busta Rhymes. Although he was masked up as The Dragon, there was no mistaking that gravelly, New York-heavy voice when he stomped onto the stage to perform LL Cool J’s “Mama Said Knock You Out.” https://youtu.be/E48MndPfgxM
Lizzo is speaking out about how she’s proud to represent for the body-positivity movement. The Grammy Award-winning artist tells Voguse that despite her bold fashion statement, she believes many of her style choices were “instantly political” because of the way she looks. https://youtu.be/kTCMb-DJh9g
Award-winning author James McBride’s novel “The Good Lord Bird” has been adapted into a limited series on Showtime. The series and book are based on actual events that took place during slavery and focus on the abolitionists’ movement. It tells the story of abolitionist John Brown, a white man, who literally fought for the freedom of slaves. John Brown who is played by Ethan Hawke (“Training Day”) would try to free slaves from their masters by any means necessary, which often meant killing them. His efforts led him to take over the United States Arsenal at Harpers Ferry. An event in history that many are unaware of. The history that we are taught would have you to believe abolitionists only assisted with the underground railroad. That isn’t the case, most got their hands dirty and put their own lives on the line.
The English department of the University of Chicago has announced that this year it will only accept graduate students committed to working in Black Studies. The department announced the decision in a statement on its homepage. “English as a discipline has a long history of providing aesthetic rationalizations for colonization, exploitation, extraction, and anti-Blackness. Our discipline is responsible for developing hierarchies of cultural production that have contributed directly to social and systemic determinations of whose lives matter and why,” the statement read. http://www.gospel-spotlight.com
Tyra Banks has responded to rumors that she’s engaged to boyfriend Louis Bélanger-Martin. The online chatter about her relationship status began after Banks, 46, was spotted out and about wearing what appeared to be an engagement ring in August. But the former supermodel attempted to curb the speculation on Wednesday by making clear it was not a diamond engagement ring. “They’re talking about the ring … The ring is a crab. It’s shaped like a crab … and it’s an opal, not a diamond,” said Banks in an interview with Tamron Hall. “It is not a crab opal engagement ring. It is just a ring.” She added that it’s “annoying” that the press thought a crab ring was an engagement ring. “The press gets it right sometimes but a lot of times they’re bored,” she said.
Colin Kaepernick has called for the dismantling of white supremacy policing after a grand jury opted to bring no criminal charges against the three white officers who shot dead Breonna Taylor back in March. “The white supremacist institution of policing that stole Breonna Taylor’s life from us must be abolished for the safety and well being of our people,” the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback tweeted. On Wednesday, a Jefferson County grand jury indicted a former Louisville police officer in the Taylor case.
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron says his office determined that two of the three officers who fired their weapons were justified when they fatally shot Breonna Taylor. Officer Myles Cosgrove and Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly were returning fire and within their rights to defend themselves, according to Cameron, who spoke in Frankfort Wednesday afternoon at the Kentucky History Center shortly after a grand jury announced it was charging only one of the officers involved in Taylor’s death. The grand jury indicted former Louisville Metro Police officer Brett Hankison on three counts of wanton endangerment, all connected to Hankison firing his gun and endangering Taylor’s neighbors. None of the counts are for firing into Taylor’s apartment, or directly linked to her death.
Amidst America’s reckoning with racial injustices and an ongoing turbulent political climate, Spotify’s “Jemele Hill is Unbothered” podcast provides listeners with Jemele’s bold, unfiltered take on current events each week in real-time on some of the hottest topics of the day. In the latest episode, music artist Big Sean joins fellow Detroit-native, Jemele Hill, to discuss the making of his #1 album Detroit 2, while coping with mental health challenges, and anxiety/depression. Moreover, Big Sean discusses why artists need to squash their beef and unite against racism, and stories behind his collaborations with Eminem, Nipsey Hussle, Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu and Dave Chapelle. Plus, Big Sean talks about his #1 mission to inspire others, while Jemele Hill addresses the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG) and how it has been politicized. http://www.gospel-spotlight.com
Hulu has apologized for promoting its Breonna Taylor documentary just moments after the grand jury decision was announced. Earlier this month, the documentary “The Killing of Breonna Taylor” debuted on the streaming network, which explores her life and death through personal accounts from Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker, her mother, Tamika Palmer, and others. Taylor, 26, was shot and killed by Louisville Metro Police Department during a botched, no-knock raid on March 13.
During a White House press conference Wednesday, Donald Trump refused to commit to a “peaceful transfer of power” should he lose to Joe Biden. “Win, lose or draw in this election, will you commit here today for a peaceful transferal of power after the election?” a reporter asked. “There has been rioting in Louisville, there’s been rioting in many cities across this country, red and- your so-called red and blue states. Will you commit to making sure that there is a peaceful transferal of power after the election?”“Well, we’re gonna have to see what happens,” Trump replied. He then suggested that “ballots are out of control.” Trump replied, “Get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a very peaceful — there won’t be a transfer, frankly. There’ll be a continuation,” he said. “The ballots are out of control. You know it, and you know who knows it better than anybody else? The Democrats know it better than anybody else.” https://twitter.com/i/status/1308912123091865600
Ramsey Orta, the man who filmed the police killing of Eric Garner, has been arrested during a traffic stop in Brooklyn on gun possession charges. According to the New York Post, Orta was pulled over around 2 a.m. for overly tinted windows, according to police. Cops allegedly found a 9mm handgun on him during the stop. “They saw drugs, took him out of the car and found a gun,” a police source said. He was taken into custody with charges pending, according to the report. Orta was released from prison in May after serving four years on gun and drug charges.
Protests erupted across the United States Wednesday afternoon and into Thursday morning following a Louisville grand jury indicting only one of the three officers who killed Breonna Taylor on charges that were not directly tied to the young woman who the police fatally shot in her own home more than six months ago. The anger and frustration among protesters who took to the streets in various cities turned violent at times, including at least two police officers being shot in Louisville. Notably, protesters marched in the streets of Louisville, Chicago, New York City and Washington, D.C., in powerful demonstrations of unity against a criminal justice system that had failed them once again by discounting the value of Black lives in order to protect a law enforcement system that continues to kill Black and brown people with apparent impunity. But protests were not only limited to those four cities as there was seemingly outrage everywhere.
Wednesday night at least two Louisville Metro Police officers were shot in the city’s downtown area, just eight hours after an indictment was returned in the Breonna Taylor case, the Louisville Courier Journal is reporting. https://youtu.be/TDqttEsE-uw
Revolution, Opportunity Hub (OHUB), and 100 Black Angels & Allies announced today that they are partnering to host the Equity Edition of Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Tour, a virtual event that will take place from December 1-3, 2020, in partnership with Morgan Stanley’s Multicultural Innovation Lab (MCIL). The week will include a series of virtual panels with nationwide leaders on how to best support Black founders as well as a $2M virtual pitch event for Black-founded startups based in the U.S., but outside of Silicon Valley, New York, and Boston. Founders can apply to pitch at tour.revolution.com until October 25th.
Meghan Markle used to make her living on television, playing Rachel Zane on Suits for seven seasons. But since her marriage to Prince Harry in 2018, her TV appearances have been few and far between—not counting news coverage of her life, of course. But she and Prince Harry popped up on the Time 100 special on ABC on September 22, their first time on television since stepping away from their royal roles and settling in Markle’s home state of California. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had an important message to share about voting, a cause the duchess especially has been publicly discussing for months. “We’re just six weeks out from Election Day, and today is National Voter Registration Day. Every four years, we are told the same thing, that ‘this is the most important election of our lifetime,’” Markle said. “But this one is. When we vote, our values are put into action and our voices are heard. Your voice is a reminder that you matter. Because you do. And you deserve to be heard.”
When you hear the name Alicia Keys, two things probably spring to mind: her insane musical talent and her gorgeous, glowing skin. In August, Keys announced she was launching a skin-care line, among other gifts, of her very own with E.L.F. Beauty. According to a press release, the new lifestyle beauty brand is “a culmination of Keys’s personal skin-care journey and her passion for bringing light into the world,” and it will let her “further explore conversations about inner beauty, wellness, and connection.” https://www.instagram.com/aliciakeys/?utm_source=ig_embed
Rev. Al Sharpton joined MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell Wednesday night to discuss the “outrageous and unbelievable” justification of the grand jury for not directly charging the officers with the murder of Breonna Taylor. “Grand Juries are usually totally framed by what the prosecutor puts before it because that’s the only lawyer in the room,” Sharpton said. “Breonna Taylor was not even mentioned in the indictment,” he continued. “If anyone wants to know why we are saying Black lives should matter, they are clearly saying in Louisville today it did not matter.” https://youtu.be/otNG2LFnA8E
Hartford Police have released new body camera video after a woman’s arrest earlier this week went viral. On September 21, Sydnee Ransom was arrested after an officer pulled over her car which was registered stolen in the police’s system. The arrest prompted several officers to respond to the area and several videos were taken of them arresting Ransom. The new Hartford Police body camera footage shows Ransom being booked at the precinct after being charged with interfering with police and reckless endangerment. Ransom is shown apologizing to the police for “acting crazy.” She said she didn’t know her car was involved in a suspected crime. https://youtu.be/HezEdpE2LIY
With less than two months left before Election Day, campaigns both defending and opposing Proposition 22 — the ballot initiative that aims to keep gig company drivers classified as independent contractors — are revving up their efforts to reach out to Black voters. Earlier this month, Uber, Lyft, DoorDash and Instacart pumped another $70 million into their campaign to pass Prop 22. The total funds those app-based companies and others have spent on the Yes on Prop 22 public information effort is now $181 million, making it one of the most expensive California initiative information campaigns ever. The opposition, made up of mostly labor organizing groups, has raised about $4.8 million so far, with funding coming mostly from labor organizing groups.
Today, Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), unveiled the second edition of the Jobs and Justice Act. The comprehensive legislation developed by the Congressional Black Caucus is aimed at increasing the upward mobility of Black families in America. The bill was first introduced in 2018 by then-CBC Chair Cedric Richmond (LA-02). The Jobs and Justice Act of 2020 is a package of over 200 bills championed by members of the CBC. This omnibus bill addresses a wide range of issues, from community and economic development, and educational opportunities, to health disparities, environmental justice and comprehensive criminal justice reform. It is a bold proposal to advance Black families in the 21st Century.
On Wednesday, Sept. 23, the hosts of The Real talk about how the mayor of Louisville, KY, has declared a “state of emergency due to the potential for “civil unrest” as the city awaits the state attorney general’s announcement about whether he will charge officers in Breonna Taylor’s shooting death. Is this declaration overkill, a precaution or an intention to incite riots? The ladies discuss. Then Ken Jeong drops in to reminisce with co-host Adrienne Houghton about her time as The Flamingo on The Masked Singer, and discuss their new show, I Can See Your Voice. And Adrienne makes a confession to Ken she knows where he lives! https://youtu.be/MJaoXmlt0pc
It was recently confirmed that a seven-episode miniseries about the life of #RickJames and his brother/former manager LeRoi Johnson, is currently in development with a projected 2021 filming date. Fans will finally get the chance to get an in-depth look at the wild and interesting life of Rick James, along with his brother and former manager LeRoi Johnson. The reported seven-episode miniseries titled “Brother’s Keeper” is from filmmaker Addison Henderson, who is working exclusively with Johnson to tell the authorized version of Rick James’ life. The project is set to focus on Rick and LeRoi’s early days before fame in the Buffalo projects to their worldwide achievements.
Cardi B, her sister Hennessy Carolina and her sister’s girlfriend Michelle Diaz have been named in a defamation lawsuit seeking damages for a beach altercation with a group of Trump supporters. Carolina and Diaz are accused of battering, assaulting, threatening and defaming three people who confronted them over parking ‘ettiqute’ at a New York beach earlier this month, MSN reports. According to a lawsuit filed in Suffolk County on Sept. 21, plaintiffs Peter Caliendo, Pauline Caliendo and Manuel Alarcon say Carolina started filming the interaction while “shouting foul and threatening language and defamatory statements.” The suit claims Carolina “sprayed her copious spittle upon said plaintiffs as she raged.” They also accuse her of using “racist” and threatening language such as “F–k these n—-s before I bring my f—–g n—-s to beat your f—–g a– for real.” Carolina published footage of the incident online to her “9.5 million followers.” Cardi B also shared the video on social media.
RCA Inspiration celebrates five nominations for the 2020 Billboard Music Awards, with nominations in all Gospel categories. Honoring some of the top artists and releases over the past year, Kirk Franklin, Koryn Hawthorne and Donald Lawrence are all nominated. Kirk Franklin and Koryn Hawthorne are nominated in the category of Top Gospel Artist. For Top Gospel Album, the two nominations include LONG LIVE LOVE, the latest chart-topper from Kirk Franklin, and GOSHEN, the hit album from Donald Lawrence presents The Tri-City Singers. Kirk Franklin also garners a nomination for his album’s smash hit single “Love Theory,” in the category of Top Gospel Song. The 2020 Billboard Music Awards airs on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 8 pm ET on NBC.
The sports world has lost yet another legend. Gale Sayers, the Chicago Bears Hall of Fame halfback, passed away on September 22nd at age 77. Although a definitive cause of death has not been given, in 2017, Sayers’ wife revealed that he had been diagnosed with dementia in 2013, and that it was likely caused by his football career. https://youtu.be/3uvtsFU0RC8
CLEO TV TURNS UP THE HEAT THIS FALL WITH SEASON TWO OF NEW SOUL KITCHEN PREMIERING BACK-TO-BACK ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3 STARTING AT 9PM ET/8C. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tpvnszTHPY&feature=youtu.be
FATAL ATTRACTION, returns with all-new stories documenting jaw-dropping cases in TV One's "True Crime Monday" programming block on Monday, September 28 at 9 p.m. ET/8C. Each new episode documents new stories, new drama, and never-before-seen footage that offers viewers first-hand accounts into jaw-dropping cases involving crimes of passion. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLqPf3s3W4g&feature=youtu.be
A Jefferson County grand jury has indicted a former Louisville police officer for wanton endangerment in the Breonna Taylor case. On Wednesday, former Louisville police officer Brett Hankison, one of the three officers involved in the death, was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment of the first degree. The charges stem from Hankison firing shots that hit other apartments in the raid, not Taylor. https://youtu.be/GFaGypvG1MQ
According to Reuters, Wells Fargo made big plans to achieve some diversity goals, including a pledge to increase the number of Black leaders in five years. However, it’s been said they haven’t been able to make that happen and their excuse for it is actually shocking. Two participants in a summer Zoom meeting with Wells Fargo CEO Charles Scharf told Reuters on Tuesday that the company is unable to meet its diversity goals because there is a limited pool of qualified Black talent. According to NBC News, he also reiterated the assertion in a company-wide memo about diversity initiatives on June 18. Scharf reportedly said, “While it might sound like an excuse, the unfortunate reality is that there is a very limited pool of black talent to recruit from.” After his comments were made public, he immediately faced backlash. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shared a tweet saying, “Perhaps it’s the CEO of Wells Fargo who lacks the talent to recruit Black workers.”
The NAACP denounced the decision to indict only 1officer in the Breonna Taylor case. The injustice we’re witnessing at this moment can be sensed throughout the nation. Kentucky’s Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s failure to bring substantial charges against the officers who murdered Breonna Taylor causes angst and pain for far too many Americans still reeling from a pandemic. The charges of wanton endangerment in connection with the murder of Breonna Taylor does not go far enough and is a miscarriage of justice for her family and the people of Louisville. Atrocities committed against the people of this country by the authorities cannot and should not go unanswered when miscalculations are made. The continuous and blatant failure of a system sworn to protect the very citizens it endangers is all too telling of its efficiency and viability. The justice system failed Breonna Taylor and, as such, failed us. From the officers’ ill-informed conduct to the city official’s delayed response, their actions have discredited their pledge and responsibility to the greater community. It is unacceptable that, once again, culpability has eluded those guilty of state-sanctioned murder.
Four people have been arrested and charged in connection with the killing of Michael Ronnell Williams, a Black man whose body was found burning in a ditch in rural Iowa on September 16. According to Iowa authorities, his death was “not a random act of violence.” Williams was reportedly strangled at a home and his body dumped in rural Kellogg. He knew at least one of the suspects, Steven Vogel, 31, for years. Vogel has been charged with first-degree murder and abuse of a corpse. The other suspects, Julia Cox, 55, Roy Garner, 57, and Cody Johnson, 29, face charges for abuse of a corpse, destruction of evidence, and accessory after the fact, per CNN. https://youtu.be/datXkuC03gE
You may know Sterling K Brown for his compelling roles such as Randall Pearson on This Is Us, Reggie on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, or Christopher Darden on The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. This time around the brilliant actor has taken on an even more meaningful role. Sterling championing a new cancer enlightening series Survivorship Today and his production company, Indian Meadows is a champion for diversity in the industry. Survivorship Today is an initiative by Bristol Myers Squibb to share the stories of people across the country who are affected by and living with cancer today. The series features survivors of the disease to call attention and understanding to their personal triumphs and everyday challenges, inspiring others to take action and garner more support.
Jodie Turner-Smith says it was quite challenging being a new mom and balancing her emotions during protests surrounding the death of George Floyd. The “Queen & Slim” star recalls being home in California with husband Joshua Jackson as the nation erupted over the police killing of Floyd. “We decided to live in West Hollywood for the birth [to be closer to a hospital in case of an emergency], so I was hearing the sirens and the marches,” the “Queen & Slim” star recalls in a new interview. “I could hear all the unrest outside the door, and it actually took me a while before I could watch the video of George Floyd because I was nursing my daughter and you think about the generational trauma that we already carry and deal with and pass on.” “I was trying really hard not to pass on that fear, sadness and anxiety through my breast to my child,” she added. “I had to shut a lot of it down and just stay insular and inside my family for a bit.”
The Washington Post reported Wednesday that President Trump allegedly said privately to senior officials that a lack of initiative, rather than racism, had prevented Black Americans from progress in the United States. The Post story, which sourced two dozen current and former U.S. officials, put remarks Trump made in private in the context of other derogatory remarks it said he privately made about other groups, including Hispanics and Jewish Americans. The Post said many of the officials spoke candidly on the condition of anonymity because they said they feared retribution. Officials said that in one instance, Trump said following phone calls with Jewish lawmakers that Jews “are only in it for themselves” and “stick together” in an ethnic alliance. In response to first lady Melania Trump’s planned 2018 trip to Africa, the president reportedly said he “could never understand why she would want to go there.” According to a former senior White House official who spoke to the Post, Trump responded to staffers who challenged him on his views by saying, “No one loves Black people more than me.” https://youtu.be/6ZajPHLAY0o
One of the Louisville officers involved in the killing of Breonna Taylor insists he and his colleagues did nothing wrong on the night of the botched raid. Taylor, 26, was shot eight times while sleeping in her bed with boyfriend Kenneth Walker when three plain clothes officers performed a no-knock arrest warrant at her Louisville apartment on March 13. Three undercover officers, Myles Cosgrove, Brett Hankison and Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, conducted an improper raid when they burst into Taylor’s home and fired at least 22 times.
The Secretary of State of Georgia, Brad Raffensperger, admitted to CNN that they did not use a postal service licensee to check the names and addresses of voters on their purge list to verify that they had moved (we did!). This means that his entire 2019 purge is illegal under the National Voter Registration Act, Section 8(c)(A). In other words, he flat-out lied. He said he used a “respected licensee,” a complete fabrication. His office has reportedly said, “The Post Office is our licensee.” There is no such thing; that’s why the law specifically states, “Postal Service licensee”. The Palast Fund retained the USPS licensee, Merkle Inc. Now we know the key reason he removed tens of thousands of voters wrongly—disproportionately Black, low-income and young voters. Today, Greg Palast and The Palast Investigative Fund’s attorney sent a formal, legal notice to Georgia’s Secretary of State. The letter demands that the Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger review our evidence that he wrongly removed 198,351 voters from Georgia’s registration rolls.
The bishop who delivered a sermon at the 2018 wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle says he heard the voices of slaves during the ceremony. “After I preached the sermon, I just remember it was like I could feel slaves around the place,” Bishop Michael Curry, 67, tells PEOPLE. “I don’t mean to be spooky, but it was like their voice was somehow heard that day. I included one of their songs, ‘There is a Balm in Gilead.’ https://youtu.be/5gonlKodrmk
isaRaye McCoy is catching heat for labeling bisexual men as “suspect” during a recent episode of the web series “Cocktails With Queens.” The actress was speaking with co-hosts Claudia Jordan, Syleena Johnson, and Vivica A. Fox about Andrew Gillum, the former Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate who got caught up in a gay scandal earlier this year. https://youtu.be/0LEOKdyJXGQ
Bridezillas” returns to WE tv this week and we have an exclusive clip of the upcoming premiere episode! Nakosha wants more alterations done to her dress and suffers a hilarious wardrobe malfunction. https://youtu.be/49Wkqmf_uRE
Today, the Pro Football Hall of Fame member spoke about the new gig and the state of HBCUs in general during an appearance on ESPN’s “First Take.” Sanders also addressed comments from ESPN personality Bomani Jones that declared Sanders would “fail” in his new job if he focuses on himself and not the players. https://youtu.be/f7QCa4XbMr8
A bill introduced Monday by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis regarding the ongoing protests against racism and police violence would all but provide an incentive to inflict harm on people participating in those demonstrations, critics say. The Combatting Violence, Disorder and Looting and Law Enforcement Protection Act “creates new criminal offenses and increases penalties for those who target law enforcement and participate in violent or disorderly assemblies,” DeSantis tweeted on the same day he introduced the controversial new legislation. On the surface, the bill seemingly takes steps to protect the police. But a deeper look at the Combatting Violence, Disorder and Looting and Law Enforcement Protection Act revealed language that could be interpreted as inciting violence against protesters, many of whom have been marching as part of the Black Lives Matter movement. In particular, under the first part of the bill that is devoted to “new criminal offenses to combat rioting, looting and violence,” there is a section that addresses protesters who obstruct roadways. Those found to be guilty of doing so could face 3rd-degree felony charges. In addition, however, any driver who just happens to hit protesters obstructing a roadway “is NOT liable for injury or death caused if fleeing for safety from a mob.” In other words, drivers who claim they feared for their safety and hit or run over protesters — described as being part of a “mob” — will not face any criminal charges.
Georgia police officers shot and killed a Black man on Saturday in Brunswick, the same coastal city where Ahmaud Arbery was “lynched” in a killing that was allegedly covered up by local law enforcement. The Brunswick Police Department officers involved in Saturday’s shooting claim that Charles Eric Moses Jr. shot at them before they fatally returned fire. Ther account provided by police was a familiar one that described Moses, 33, running upon seeing officers. The GBI said “A weapon was recovered at the scene,” but there was no information about where on Moses’ body he was shot. The general description of the shooting made it sound like he could have been hit in the back as he fled. It may be hard for some to believe the police’s account on face value following the fallout from the killing of Arbery, who was jogging when he was racially profiled and ambushed by his accused murderers in Brunswick in February.
“The Passion of the Christ” star Jim Caviezel recently shared new details about the highly anticipated sequel of the blockbuster hit. On Thursday, Caviezel said he received a new draft of the next installment of “The Passion of the Christ.” “Mel Gibson just sent me the third picture, the third draft. It’s coming,” he said. Caviezel, who portrayed Jesus in 2004 for the film, went on to share the sequel’s film title. “It’s called ‘The Passion of the Christ: Resurrection.’ It’s going to be the biggest film in world history,” he declared. Despite its lack of industry support, the first film earned a staggering $612 million worldwide with a production budget of just $30 million. http://www.gospel-spotlight.com
Tuesday, Sept. 22, The Real welcomes Ray J, who discusses his new album, RAYdiation X, his marriage to Princess Love and why he would be open to counseling now when he hasn’t been in the past. He also reveals that, although he didn’t tell his wife that he was filing for divorce, he now wants to get back together with her! https://youtu.be/IADWgBt1eQo
ESSENCE Girls United, the premier destination for young Black women leaders and cultural disruptors – announces the first-ever ESSENCE Girls United Summit, sponsored by Ulta Beauty and McDonald’s Black & Positively Golden movement. Led by young Black women for young Black women, this impactful summit will convene the next generation of scholars, activists, leaders and creators to empower young Black women on topics that matter to them. The ESSENCE Girls United summit will go down virtually on Saturday, October 10, 2020 from 6 P.M. – 10 P.M. ET on ESSENCE.com and ESSENCE Studios.
On October 9th my album ‘Chosen Vessel’ comes out,” said Bishop Marvin Sapp, founder of Lighthouse Full Life Center in Michigan and now Senior Pastor of The Chosen Vessel Cathedral in Fort Worth, Texas one of three major milestones celebrated. The three milestones of the 11-time Grammy nominated singer/songwriter are the new position as head pastor of The Chosen Vessel in Fort Worth, Texas, the release of his 12th album “Chosen Vessel," and his “Marvin Sapp Radio Show.” He is currently promoting its single “Thank You for It All.” The Gospel Spotlight's Marvin Sapp!!! Hear Marvin Sapp In His Own Words.....http://www.gospel-spotlight.com/sapp_page.htm
Kodak Black previously spoke out from prison about the poor treatment he has been receiving at the Kentucky facility, claiming he was tortured and humiliated. Now, he has decided to take legal action to put a stop to the madness. According to TMZ, the Florida rapper is suing the Federal Bureau of prisons along with its director and the warden of the Big Sandy maximum-security prison, saying he had his rights violated ever since he was transferred there in October 2019. Kodak claims Big Sandy guards put a “gang beating” on him shortly after he arrived, allegedly as retaliation for the injured Miami prison guard, TMZ reports. He claims the guards even embarrassed him after they “flicked” his testicles during the big beatdown.
Alicia Keys made some history with her performance on “The Late Late Show” Monday night. The singer-songwriter and her piano set up shop outside of the Television City studio to perform “Love Looks Better” off her new album ALICIA for the show’s first ever drive-in concert in the parking lot. Audience members literally drove up to and around the stage and kept socially distant from other cars while taking in the concert. https://youtu.be/4o3Ph5RZwv0
Foodies can raise their forks to events showcasing African-American, African and Caribbean cuisine as Black Restaurant Week embarks on a local market tour this fall with Pepsi as its first-ever national title sponsor since its founding in 2016. Through diverse menu selections and virtual events, Black Restaurant Week spotlights restaurateurs, bakers, chefs, caterers, food trucks and more to celebrate inspired flavors and generate social and economic support for the Black culinary community. Black Restaurant Week’s impact on the Black culinary community in 2019 included a 25-40% increase in revenue for participating restaurants during each local celebration.
Chart topper Kierra Sheard hits another #1 milestone, as the GRAMMY® nominated and Stellar Award-winning inspirational artist and actress garners #1 on the latest Gospel Airplay chart for her single “It Keeps Happening.” The hit song marks her first #1 single at Gospel radio as a solo artist, and her third #1 overall on the Gospel Airplay chart. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RO5RPuLqAcc
Dr. Inga Johnson, offers a needed voice in the kingdom and in the marketplace. Her single release “Supernatural Favor Declaration” is the missing link to those faith walkers between their now and their future. Kingdom and Marketplace Leader, Speaker, mentor, coach, Apostle, Pastor, Prophet, Philanthropist and Author are all words that describe Dr. Inga Johnson. Dr. Inga prides herself in making others needs a priority. She helps entrepreneurs, businesses and nonprofits turn their dreams into a reality by helping obtain funding and professional coaching certifications. She helps others brand and publish to name a few. There’s not a stone she will leave unturned to help people reach their greatest potential.
TV One's edgy docu-series UNCENSORED, which explores the private lives of some of today's most notable personalities, highlights producer and TV personality Yandy Smith-Harris this Sunday, September 27 at 10 P.M. ET/9C followed by an encore presentation at 11 P.M. ET/10C. The episode will re-air on Wednesday, September 30 at 10 PM/9C. On this episode of UNCENSORED, Yandy Smith-Harris talks about her hustle from intern to music executive at Violator Records, the ups and downs of building a hip-hop TV franchise, and the moment in her marriage that almost broke her. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-3tKm31xe0&feature=youtu.be
During more than 20 years of the Woman, Thou Art Loosed! international gatherings, women have firmly stood at the forefront of social change, unafraid to use their voices for justice. As the U.S. continues to grapple with COVID-19, women are coming together, motivated by faith, to worship, reflect and learn virtually as the conference goes completely digital Oct. 15-17. Designed and created by Bishop T.D. Jakes, Master Class—exclusively offered at Woman, Thou Art Loosed! -will help women advance in their spheres of influence across business, entertainment, healthcare, technology, finance and ministry.
WE tv’s “Life After Lockup” returns this week with an all new epsiode that finds Andrea and Lamar sparring over the “temptations” that they’re kids are exposed to while adjusting to life in Los Angeles. “It’s way too many temations out here. Satan is real. He will try and take your soul,” says Andrea. https://youtu.be/wdtlnJ3WK4Y
The Louisville Metro Police Department is currently under a state of emergency “in anticipation” of an announcement in the Breonna Taylor case. Taylor, 26, was shot eight times while sleeping in her bed with her boyfriend Kenneth Walker when three plain clothes officers performed a no-knock arrest warrant at her Louisville apartment on March 13. https://youtu.be/N55j1Dzl-Eo
Michael Jordan has joined forces with three-time Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin to create a new single-car NASCAR Cup Series team that will feature Bubba Wallace as its driver. The NBA legend will reportedly serve as principal owner of the team with Hamlin a minority partner while he continues to drive for Joe Gibbs Racing. The opportunity comes at just the right moment for Wallace, 26, who announced a week ago that he will be leaving Richard Petty Motorsports after the 2020 season.
In May, Vanessa Bryant filed a claim against the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for allegedly sharing unauthorized photos of the scene of the Jan. 26 helicopter crash that killed her husband, Kobe Bryant their daughter Gianna, and seven others. In her claim, she alleged that Sheriff Alex Villanueva personally assured her that deputies were securing the crash site to ensure her privacy, the Los Angeles Times reported. “In reality, however, no fewer than eight sheriff’s deputies were at the scene snapping cell-phone photos of the dead children, parents and coaches,” the claim states, according to the Times. “As the department would later admit, there was no investigative purpose for deputies to take pictures at the crash site. Rather, the deputies took photos for their own personal purposes.”
Bobby Shmurda has been denied parole and will continue to serve his max prison sentence until December 2021. The 26-year-old Brooklyn rapper (Ackquille Pollard) was interviewed by the New York state board of parole last Tuesday, and he was denied an early release, according to Variety. The rapper has been locked up since December 2014, when more than 15 defendants were charged with various crimes, including murder, attempted murder and drug dealing. Shmurda was facing a maximum sentence of 8 – 25 years on charges of conspiracy to commit murder, reckless endangerment, and drug and gun possession.
“We only get one first time at things and I just want to make sure I’m absorbing everything and I’m present in the moment so that I can enjoy it all,” actress Courtney Nichole says about landing her dream gig on Tyler Perry’s new comedy series “Assisted Living” on BET. Starring Na’im Lynn, J. Anthony Brown, Tayler Buck, Alex Henderson, and longtime Tyler Perry collaborators David and Tamela Mann, the series centers on Jeremy, a patriarch of a young family with teenage children, loses his job and decides to move to the backwoods of Georgia to help his crazy grandfather. Grandpa Vinny has foolishly purchased a terribly run-down home for the elderly and he is in way over his head, but comedy ensues as Mr. Brown and Cora show up at the right time as needy investors. https://youtu.be/_qTn9aVPP5I
Kobe Bryant‘s mother-in-law, Sofia Blaine told Univision’s ‘El Gorda y La Flaca’ show That Vanessa Bryant told her to “get out” of the house after NBA star’s death. Also, she claims Vanessa ordered her to give a vehicle back. Vanessa provided a statement to the program in response to her mother’s claims. “My husband and daughter passed away unexpectedly, and yet my mother had the audacity to do a television interview speaking negatively of me while shedding tears for a car and a house that were not in her name,” she wrote. She has removed all her diamond jewelry, emptied the apartment I provided and put away the furniture to make it look like she doesn’t have my support. “My husband and I have supported her financially for the past 20 years, and continue to do so, in addition to her monthly alimony. “Contrary to previous reports, she has not been physically present or emotionally supportive of my daughters and me after my husband and daughter passed away. “Now I see what is most important to my mother and it’s more than painful. I hope that everything that is coming out about our personal relationship ends here.”
Jasmine Cephas Jones, who stars in the original cast of Hamilton on Disney+, earned her first Emmy Award for her performance on Quibi’s #FreeRayshawn. On September 19, her father Ron Cephas Jones won an Emmy for his performance on NBC’s “This Is Us.” The father-daughter wins put them in the history books as the first ever to both bring home Emmy Awards in the same year.
Kanye West has responded to Mase for criticizing him on the track “Devil in a New Dress,” over his decision to quit rap and turn his life over to Christ. West has been on a crusade lately against the music industry, comparing it to “slavery” over the suffocating contracts that artists choose to sign. Ye claims to be a God warrior these days, but he previously criticized Mase for stepping away from spotlight at the height of his career. In 1999, Mase announced he was done with music and opted to instead go off and pursue “a calling from God.” Last week, the hip-hop-star-turned-pastor posted a message to Kanye, calling on him to apologize over his previous comments about Mase answering God’s call.
Old Navy is offering to pay its 50,000 employees paid time off to work at the polls in November’s presidential election. Employees will be paid for eight hours of work on Nov. 3 and would still “be eligible for compensation from their local jurisdiction,” the retailer announced earlier this month, CBS reports. https://youtu.be/Jc_7AzCnauU
Claudia Jordan is firing back at the parent company of Just Peachy wine after she was curbed for supporting Black Lives Matter. According to Page Six, the former “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star began working with Biagio Cru and Estate Wines in 2016, but two years later, the company terminated her contract over her public support of Black people seeking fair justice under America’s system of white supremacy. Jordan claims she was hired to promote and market Just Peachy and in return receive three percent ownership/and three percent of all the money earned, according to the report. But in 2018, Biagio stopped paying her and attempted to “terminate the contract due to Jordan’s alleged support for the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement,” the legal documents allege.
A white teacher in San Antonio says she was fired after she declined to stop wearing a Black Lives Matter face mask at the school. Lillian White was a teacher at Great Hearts Western Hills, a charter school on the city’s north side. She started attending weekly in-person training sessions at the school in July, wearing homemade masks printed with the phrases, “Black Lives Matter” and “Silence is Violence.” “For about a week and a half I was wearing these masks and no one said anything. A couple of the other teachers came up and asked for some if I had any extras and I made them some.” But she says one Friday, she received a text message from the assistant principal, saying, “We’d like you to stop wearing these masks. Parents will be coming around more and we don’t discuss the current political climate.”White says she continued to wear the mask, citing her commitment to what Black Lives Matter stands for. She told KENS: “This is human rights and it should be something that is promoted at our school. It’s an excuse to not talk about it by saying this is politics, talk about it on your own time. It’s just an excuse because they’re uncomfortable with the conversation.”
Wendy Williams has shared her thoughts about NeNe Leakes’ exit from “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.” During Monday’s episode of her eponymous TV show, Williams said MONEY is the root reason for Leakes’ decision to walk away from the Bravo show that made her famous. “It’s a money thing,” said Williams, who has a close relationship with NeNe. “She said she can’t do it. She knows what she’s worth and she can’t be there. There’s not enough filming time for her to make sense and there’s not enough money in it for her to make sense.” https://youtu.be/BIxcCVqvUpU
Tuesday marks National Voting Registration Day, which falls exactly 42 days away from Election Day. But in order to participate in the democratic process and cast a ballot in what just may be the most consequential election in modern history, you have to first register to vote. That’s what today is all about. Aside from registering to vote, there are a number of ways people are encouraged to take part in this important day. If you haven’t registered to vote yet, there are a number of resources in place to assist you with that. With the controversy over mailing absentee ballots seemingly not going anywhere, it’s important to pay attention to the voter registration deadlines associated with your state so you don’t miss the opportunity to register and find yourself on the outside looking in on Election Day.
A half-dozen more cops with the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) were being investigated for their roles in the killing of Breonna Taylor, according to a new report. Though the exact details were not immediately clear, the LMPD’s Professional Standards Unit has launched a probe of the six cops. That’s the group that “investigates whether officers broke department policies,” the Louisville Courier-Journal reported. The news of the new investigation came as Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron was purportedly deciding whether to charge any or all three LMPD officers who fired the deadly shots that killed Taylor in her own home more than six months ago. Cameron, a Black Republican who is also a favorite of Donald Trump and Sen. Mitch McConnell, has been accused of delaying charges and demanding further evidence of a crime despite apparent overwhelming proof of not just malfeasance but also an alleged coverup of the botched no-knock warrant that led to Taylor’s killing.
The white, Trump-supporting bar owner who killed a Black Lives Matter protester in Nebraska has been found dead from an apparent suicide in Oregon, according to reports. Jake Gardner killed himself Sunday, the same day he was expected to turn himself in to authorities for the “manslaughter” of James Scurlock in Omaha in May. Gardner, a local bar owner, originally faced no criminal charges at all, courtesy of Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine. The DA argued that Gardner shot Scurlock in self-defense despite Scurlock being unarmed. Kleine later allowed a grand jury to review his decision, with the independent panel ultimately moving last Wednesday to indict Gardner on charges of manslaughter, the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, attempted first degree assault and terroristic threats.
The Emmys may have had a “Friends” reunion with Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow and Courteney Cox, but Tuesday night the celebrated sitcom is getting revamped for a new generation. Gabrielle Union is hosting an all-Black cast reading of “Friends.” The star-studded Salli Richardson-Whitfield-directed event, taking place Tuesday from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. ET at Zoom Where It Happens, will feature Sterling K. Brown, Ryan Michelle Bathe, Uzo Aduba, Aisha Hinds, Kendrick Sampson, and Jeremy Pope. Bathe will play Rachel with Brown as Ross. Aduba, who won her second Emmy on Sunday for her work in “Mrs. America,” will take on Phoebe. Monica will be played by Hinds and Pope will be Chandler.
She was hospitalized in July after being found unresponsive in a hotel room in Los Angeles. And in a lengthy Instagram post Monday, Tamar Braxton thanked God for giving her a ‘second chance’ at life. The singer and TV reality star, who’s 43, shared: ‘God thank you for saving me! You know my true heart. Despite what the world may think of me, you kept me here for a reason. You are a God of second chances, and this second chance I won’t take for granted.’ Braxton wrote that she had been dealing with mental health issues ‘for some time’ and that it ‘is not a joke’. She said she had been putting all her time and love into her work, family and relationships and leaving nothing left over for herself.
Deion Sanders will be the next head football coach at Jackson State, he announced Sunday on his new podcast. “God called me to Jackson State,” Sanders said on the first episode of “21st & Prime.” Jackson State announced the hiring on Monday. Sanders, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame following a stellar NFL career during which he also played Major League Baseball, is a first-time head coach at the collegiate level. https://youtu.be/Zjf9b3UxhW8
RAY J CHATS WITH THE LADIES OFTHE REAL TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22.....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsj6zaB-MUU&feature=youtu.be
Jekalyn Carr delivers beautiful new cover for her fifth album CHANGING YOUR STORY. The anticipated live album is available for pre-order this Friday, September 25, and the new single “Jehovah Jireh,” is offered for immediate download with the album's advance purchase.
Join Dr. Colleen Hawthorne for an online program at the Smithsonian. Dr. Hawthorne will give tips on how to find meaningful connections during the lockdowns as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. September 22nd 2020 2:30 -3:15 pm EST.
Celebrating her 20th year in ministry, Gospel powerhouse vocalist Monica Lisa Stevenson has teamed up with gospel music hall of fame Paul Porter, to bring you one of the best collaborations of the year - “Im Not Ashamed”. This toe-tapping, inspirational single, written by Vashawn Mitchell and produced by Derrick Stevenson and Thomas Hardin, Jr. , fuses contemporary, quartet and blues, to make this hit. The Gospel Spotlight's Monica Lisa Stevenson!!! Hear Monica Lisa Stevenson In Her Own Words.....http://www.gospel-spotlight.com/monicalisastevenson_intvw.htm
Earlier this month, archaeologists in Colonial Williamsburg broke ground on a project set to unearth the history of First Baptist Church, one of America’s oldest black congregations. The Virginia house of worship traces its roots to 1776, when a group of enslaved and free black people gathered to pray and sing at Green Springs, a plantation located a few miles outside of the colonial city. At the time, the United States had just declared its independence from Great Britain. African American individuals were forbidden from gathering in large groups, but they defied the law by conducting secret meetings in a brush arbor. According to Michael E. Ruane of the Washington Post, black preacher Reverend Moses was regularly whipped for leading such gatherings. By 1791, enslaved tavern worker and preacher Gowan Pamphlet had grown the congregation to as many as 500 members, according to historian Linda H. Rowe. The church expanded even further after local white businessman Jesse Cole stumbled upon one of its outdoor services; Cole was reportedly so moved by the meeting that he offered the group use of his carriage house on Nassau Street. By 1828, notes NBC News, the physical church established at the site boasted more than 600 members.
Several Black families have joined forces to buy more than 96 acres near Toomsboro, Georgia – about two hours outside Atlanta, and now they might soon be getting the reality TV treatment. Renee Walters and Ashley Scott, the two women who spearheaded the operation. said they were moved to take action following the police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. https://youtu.be/6mt5CyBoCyU
With one in 10 eligible voters now between the ages of 18 and 23 – an estimated 73 million voters of color, and as millions of children and young adults across the nation prepare to return to school in the face of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the new protocols it necessitates, Usher’s New Look (UNL) today announced its fall 2020 educational programming that marks its most extensive back-to-school initiative since the Foundation launched 21 years ago. A major highlight of the robust fall curriculum and programs is the relaunch of UNL’s groundbreaking I Can’t, But You Can campaign, a youth-led voter registration and awareness initiative designed to equip young people between the ages of 12-19 with educational insights about democracy and the democratic process. I Can’t, But You Can also offers youth various opportunities to impact upcoming elections, with the goal of impacting policies and positive outcomes in their communities across the country.
The new trailer for Steve McQueen‘s anthology series “Small Axe,” has dropped, which is a collection of five films, all co-written and directed by the “12 Years a Slave” director. The stories of “Small Axe” focus on London’s West Indian community, whose lives are impacted by racism and discrimination. The trailer features footage from all five entries. “I dedicate these films to George Floyd, and all the other black people that have been murdered, seen or unseen, because of who they are, in the U.S., U.K. and elsewhere. ‘If you are the big tree, we are the small axe.’ Black lives matter,” McQueen said earlier this year. https://youtu.be/xmOHYtbvYO8
Nationally renowned civil rights and personal injury attorney Ben Crump, funk legend George Clinton, and co-counsels in the copyright lawsuit against Sony Music and Ed Sheeran will hold a news conference outside of Sony Music headquarters to highlight the music industry’s history of stealing intellectual property from Black artists and the loss of generational wealth for their families. They will be joined by the daughter of the late Ed Townsend, who co-wrote “Let’s Get It On” with Marvin Gaye, to discuss the lawsuit, which is scheduled to go to trial in November.
Chris Rock has revealed that he struggles with a nonverbal learning disorder, and spends several hours a week in therapy. In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the comedian recalled his process during his early days in stand-up. “I had this great combination of big ego and low self-esteem,” he said of his early career. “And the ego gets you out onstage, but the low self-esteem is the thing that makes you practice so much because you don’t believe in yourself at all.” Rock said the COVID-19 lockdown has forced him to work on himself, including finally learning how to swim.
The parents of the two toddlers who went viral are suing President Trump after his campaign altered a video of the boys that he shared across social media. The video shows two best friend toddlers, one Black the other white, running down a sidewalk to hug. Trump’s team doctored the video, showing the Black toddler running away from the white toddler. They gave it the title “Terrified toddler runs from racist baby.” The clip also included CNN’s logo on the bottom. Twitter removed the clip for violating platform policies. The parents of the toddlers filed a lawsuit with the New York Supreme Court, arguing that the actions of Trump, his campaign, and the guy who made the video, Logan Cook, were “extreme, shocking and outrageous” and “beyond the bounds of decency.” https://youtu.be/ElQ1hAjMFmk
”The Daily Show” posted video Friday of President Trump being destroyed by the very words that he repeatedly uses to mock his Democratic presidential rival, Joe Biden. For example, Trump’s claims about Biden “hiding in his basement” during quarantine was met with video of news reports about Trump literally hiding in his bunker during Black Lives Matter protests outside the White House. His claims that Biden is getting “slower and slower” were countered by the famous video of Trump lumbering gingerly down a ramp following a speech. https://youtu.be/2dX1ILg0Oro
Season 7 kicks off welcoming the show’s newest co-host, Garcelle Beauvais, and her fellow co-hosts have a special surprise for her from her longtime friend Jamie Foxx! Then co-host Loni Love addresses how important Season 7 of The Real is in today’s changing world. https://youtu.be/-6a6iW86EHc
Ellen DeGeneres wasted no time addressing a summer full of sexual harassment allegations among her producers in today’s Season 18 premiere of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” blob:https://www.ellentube.com/46badce3-03fb-4a4b-bce8-aeb73e37cbea
Candace Owens tweeted on Saturday that 1,000 people or so contacted her saying that copies of her book ‘Blackout’ are getting stomped on by Amazon employees, before they are shipped out. “I know it must have pained you to ship out all 90,000 copies you had in stock, but this is unacceptable,” Owens said in her tweet direct at Amazon. On top of that, she also alleged a smear campaign including a picture of a book copy that she said was rubbed with Vaseline before it was sent.
Comedians Larry Wilmore and Amber Ruffin are set to lead weekly shows on NBC’s new streaming platform Peacock, and now titles, premiere dates, and trailers have been released. Peacock has ordered 11 episodes of “Wilmore,” which debuted Friday, Sept. 18. https://youtu.be/k-EANpI2TiU
Tyler Perry’s heartfelt Emmy Awards speech about a quilt given to him at age 19 by his grandmother and it's significance. https://youtu.be/nTgfVDL1xAo
Alfre Woodard recently opened up about her acclaimed film “Clemency,” in which she stars as a death row warden facing her 12th execution. Directed by Chinonye Chukwu , “Clemency” won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2019, making her the first Black woman to receive the honor. Chukwu has now signed on to direct a new film about Emmett Till. “Clemency” premiered amid the civil unrest over the American justice system. Woodard spoke to Vulture about how the timely film adds to the national conversation about police violence against unarmed Black Americans.
New York City megachurch Pastor A.R. Bernard’s battle with COVID-19 was a lonely one. He was placed on oxygen, watched his life flash before his eyes, and began to have out-of-body experiences when he was hospitalized in March. Bernard, the 67-year-old pastor of Brooklyn’s 37,000-member Christian Cultural Center, said the virus desensitized him to death and the “spirituality of death.” And it forced him to reckon with the reality of darkness.
The parents of NFL running back James White were in a turning lane in Broward County Sunday afternoon when a 32-year-old motorist plowed into the side of the vehicle, killing Tyrone White, a Miami-Dade police captain. Tyrone White’s wife, Lisa White, sustained life-threatening injuries. Daniel Chamberlin was driving a 2018 Subaru when he hit the passenger side of the Whites’ 2014 Volkswagon Passat, according to a police report. The impact caused the Passat to strike a curb and then flip, trapping the Whites inside. James White was scheduled to play with the New England Patriots on Sunday night against the Seattle Seahawks but was inactive.
Throughout her entire career living legend Cicely Tyson has brought pivotal roles to life in films and on television and her storied journey in the entertainment industry will be the focus of a new memoir. According to Essence, Tyson is releasing a book about her life that is slated to hit bookshelves in 2021. The memoir, titled “Just As I Am,” will delve into the Harlem native’s introduction to the performing arts, her career as a dancer and her pivot to acting. Aside from highlighting the barriers that Tyson has broken in the industry, the book will take a deep look into her personal life; candidly chronicling the friendships that she developed with influential individuals whose work stood at the intersection of the arts and social justice including Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, Harry Belafonte, Maya Angelou, Aretha Franklin and others. In "Just As I Am" she also writes about her connections to creatives in the industry now, like Ava DuVernay, Shonda Rhimes and Viola Davis, who are standing on the shoulders of the trailblazers that paved the way.
A steady and troubling number of Black folks including those who are notable and famous have not only since been diagnosed but many have also died of complications from COVID-19. The latest Black celebrity to test positive for the coronavirus was Vivica A. Fox. The 56-year-old actress made the announcement ahead of her hosting duties for the E! network’s live coverage of the red-carpet pre-Emmy Awards show Sunday night. “I am terribly sorry I cannot be with my E! family tonight!” Fox said in a statement. “Unfortunately, I have tested positive for coronavirus. So, in an abundance of caution, I am isolating myself at home.”
Live From the Red Carpet” Emmys pre-show was missing the hosting team of Giuliana Rancic and Vivica A. Fox. Brad Goreski and Nina Parker greeted folks because Rancic and Fox has come down with COVID-19. In a video shared by E!, a few minutes into the show, Rancic explained. “Hey, everyone. As I go into my 20th year on the E! red carpet I have to say I do not take missing an award show lightly, but unfortunately this year is just so different,” Rancic shared with fans. “As part of E! and NBCUniversal’s very strict testing guidelines, especially before an event like this, I did find out that I tested positive for COVID-19. Now as much as I didn’t want to hear that, I’m very thankful I heard it before I traveled and possibly could have exposed other people. So for that, I’m thankful.” Rancic continued, “As far as my health, I’m doing well. My husband Bill and our son [Duke] also did test positive, but we’re all doing well and taking care each other so I’m going to get back to doing that. But I just want to say I’m wishing you all the best and please protect yourselves and protect those around you. Take good care and I’ll see you on the next red carpet.”
Pamela Hutchinson, one of the 3 sisters in The Emotions, has passed away. She was 61. Pamela’s passing was posted on the sisters’ official Facebook page on Sunday, noting that she made her transition on Friday, explaining that she succumbed to health issues she’d been battling for years. “Now our beautiful sister will sing amongst the angels in heaven in perfect peace,” the post stated. “During this time, the family kindly asks for fans and friends to respect our privacy. We appreciate all kind words, photos, and videos you may want to post for our beloved Pamela and of course your loving prayers.”
For the second year in a row, the lead drama actress for a Emmy has gone to a fresh face: a first-time nominee and the youngest on the ballot: Euphoria’s” Zendaya. Zendaya has made history with this win, not only for becoming the youngest-ever Emmy winner in the category (she turned 24 just a few weeks ago; the incumbent winner Jodie Comer was 26 when she stepped on-stage to accept her statue in 2019), but also for being the second-ever Black woman to win the category, following Viola Davis (“How To Get Away With Murder”), who won in 2015. She thanked her family, team and “Euphoria” creator Sam Levinson. “I appreciate you so much; you’re my family,” said Zendaya, addressing Levinson, who based the series on his own battle with drug addiction. “I’m so grateful for Rue. I’m so grateful that you trusted me with your story.”
The Television Academy gave out a record number of Emmy nominations to Black actors in 2020. Over the weekend, the Emmys followed that up by giving a record number of awards to Black performers. Regina King, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (both of HBO’s Watchmen), Uzo Aduba (FX on Hulu’s Mrs. America) and Zendaya (HBO’s Euphoria) all won honors during Sunday’s ceremony. They join Eddie Murphy, Maya Rudolph and Ron Cephas Jones, who won guest acting Emmys on Saturday. The seven Emmy wins by Black actors tops the previous high of six, set two years ago. Rudolph also won a second Emmy this week for outstanding voiceover performance for her work on Netflix’s animated series Big Mouth. Black actors (Laurence Fishburne and Jasmine Cephas Jones of Quibi’s #FreeRayshawn) also earned both short-form acting awards. With her win for lead actress in a limited series or movie, King tied the record for most Emmys won by a Black actor, with four. She now shares the mark with Alfre Woodard.
After picking up Venice’s Golden Lion award, Chloé Zhao’s “ Nomadland ” has won another prestigious honor: The Toronto International Film Festival’s People’s Choice Award. No film has ever won both. TIFF programmers announced the winners Sunday. Zhao’s film features Frances McDormand as a widowed wanderer of the modern American West. Set for a Dec. 4 release, “Nomadland” has already been hailed as a top Oscar contender, but winning the audience award at TIFF is promising for its Oscar chances. In the past decade, every People’s Choice winner has secured a best picture nomination and a handful have gone on to win, including “Green Book,” “12 Years a Slave,” “The King’s Speech” and “Slumdog Millionaire.”
Christian artist TobyMac has suffered another tragedy. The popular Christian musician posted the heartbreaking news on social media today that his sister, Kristen McKeehan Carroll, has died. Kristen passed away on the morning of September 3, 2020 at the age of 52. Kristen was one of four siblings, and had six children of her own.
Bryson DeChambeau is the U.S. Open champion. In a breathtaking performance Sunday at Winged Foot, on a course so demanding no one else broke par, DeChambeau blasted away with his driver and had short irons from the ankle-deep rough on his way to a 3-under 67. When his 7-foot par putt fell on the 18th, DeChambeau thrust those two powerful arms into the air. This was validation that his idea to add 40 pounds of mass, to produce an incredible amount of speed and power, would lead to moments like this. Two shots behind Matthew Wolff going into the final round, he passed him in five holes, pulled away to start the back nine and wound up winning by six shots.
It took a last-minute comeback and another collapse by the Atlanta Falcons, as Mike McCarthy notched his first win with the Dallas Cowboys in his home debut, albeit in a fashion much more dramatic than the coach likely would have wanted. https://youtu.be/Y2bu5qENekY
The legal and political worlds collided in spectacular fashion Friday after the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was reported less than two months away from Election Day. As Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden expressed his condolences for the loss of Ginsburg, long the Court’s liberal bastion, the president was busy announcing his intentions to move swiftly to fill her spot. All of the above has amounted to a looming political battle expected to be drawn along Party lines in a situation that nearly mirrors one from four years ago following the death of Associate Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in February of 2016 — nine months before Election Day that year. In that case, though, then-President Barack Obama‘s nomination of Merrick Garland descended into political purgatory as Republicans refused to participate in the process, leaving the Supreme Court vacancy unfilled until the Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee confirmed Neil Gorsuch, who Donald Trump successfully nominated. (Trump also got Brett Kavanaugh confirmed to the Supreme Court last year.)
Throughout her entire career actress Tracee Ellis Ross has used her artistry as an avenue to bring diverse narratives to television and she will continue doing so through a new production partnership. According to Deadline, the black-ish star recently inked an overall deal with ABC Signature. As part of the multi-year partnership, Ross will develop content through her production company Joy Mill Entertainment that will be featured across all of ABC Signature’s platforms. She says she wants to use this collaboration with the television production studio to continue to amplify stories that illustrate the different layers of humanity. “I love sharing stories and using storytelling as a way to connect and celebrate humanity,” she said in a statement.
Meharry Medical College has been dedicated to addressing healthcare issues that plague underserved communities and the HBCU will be able to further its efforts thanks to a major gift. According to Forbes, the Nashville-based institution received a $34 million gift. The gift—which was given to the school as part of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ $100 million commitment to historically Black colleges and universities over the span of four years—is historic as it marks the largest amount of money the institution has ever received. In an effort to increase the representation of Black doctors in the medical field, the funding will go towards scholarships that will eliminate financial burdens for students pursuing medical degrees. The donation will also support the creation of resources like financial counseling.
Lena Pringle, an anchor at Jacksonville, Florida‘s WJXT News Channel 4, has taken to the air showcasing her short natural hair and she doesn’t care what haters have to say. In a day and age when many Black women would rather wear weaves, hair extensions, and long-hair wigs, Pringle has chosen to wear a short, natural hair style that many Black female television news reporters and anchors across the country go to great lengths to avoid. “Shoutout to the people who told me I wouldn’t be able to get or keep a broadcast job with a short natural haircut,” Pringle tweeted. “Jokes on you, huh?” The tweets have received more than 100,000 likes as of September 11.
Academy-award-winning actress Halle Berry and Netflix are in the final stages of talks pertaining to worldwide distribution rights to Berry’s mixed martial arts (MMA) drama “Bruised.” According to credible entertainment platforms, the streaming giant Netflix and Berry are close to sealing the deal which is reported at $20 million. https://youtu.be/YjwAc8pTD4s
It's been awhile, but Saturday night it all came together for non-other than Eddie Murphy who won his FIRST ever Emmy! It’s pretty hard to believe, but before last night it hadn’t happened. He was nominated for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his appearance on “Saturday Night Live,” last year.
In a segment on his Fox News show last week, Tucker Carlson said America “must defeat” the Black Lives Matter movement “if we’re going to survive as a country.” “Anarchism goes by many names. Right now, it’s called ‘antifa’ and ‘BLM.’ But the poison is always the same. And the consequences of imbibing it never change,” Carlson said on Thursday, Yahoo reports. “If we’re going to survive as a country, we must defeat this.” https://youtu.be/HgaFgljFd4A
Dancing with the Stars” contestant Nelly and his pro partner Daniella Karagach chat with Access Hollywood’s Zuri Hall about their performance to “Ride Wit Me,” how hard he work since joining the show and if thinks the judging on the show is fair. https://youtu.be/AhvJudc6ItE
Nicole Young says her estranged husband Dr. Dre has been secretly transferring his assets including his trademarks without her knowledge. Legal documents filed by Young claims the hip hop mogul has created a new “holding company and transferred his assets such as his trademarks for “Dr. Dre” and “The Chronic” after he kicked her out of his home and threatened to divorce her back in June. However two days after the alleged threat, Young filed for divorce on the 22nd of June. The paperwork also states Dr.Dre filed the trademarks in 1997, a year after their wedding. Sources close to Dr. Dre called the move an “act of a desperate woman who finally realized that the iron-clad prenup she signed doesn’t win her the lottery” as reported by TMZ. Young also claimed Dr. Dre ripped up the prenup several years into their marriage but the mogul has denied those claims.
Today, Quibi announced ‘ALL HER WITH ANGELA RYE,’ a new original docu-series hosted by Angela Rye. Hosted by journalist, strategist, and commentator Angela Rye, ‘ALL HER WITH ANGELA RYE,’ is a groundbreaking five-part docuseries that shines a light on incredible, everyday women across the country that are standing up and speaking out against injustice in all its forms. As each woman shares her story, we will come to understand the history that can be made when we each do our part to tackle what needs changing in our world today.
Will Smith has announced that the iconic mansion from his hit series “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” is for rent on Airbnb and the actor will play host! “If this place looks familiar that’s because it’s just as fly as it was when I first rolled up the driveway,” Smith said in a statement on Airbnb. “I’m back. And this time, I’m handing you the keys so you’ll have my wing of the mansion all to yourself but my sneaker collection is off limits, aight?” The mansion’s current owners are allowing Smith to play host for the property for a limited time.
Donald Trump is saying he will nominate a replacement for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg “without delay.” It will also set up an all-out confirmation battle in the Senate just weeks before the elections. “We were put in this position of power and importance to make decisions for the people who so proudly elected us, the most important of which has long been considered to be the selection of United States Supreme Court Justices. We have this obligation, without delay! Trump tweeted this Saturday morning.
Vanessa Bryant has been going through a lot since her husband, Kobe, and daughter, Gianna, were killed in that now infamous helicopter crash this past January. Her mother, Sofia Laine, revealed during a recent interview that her daughter kicked her out after the tragic death of the NBA super star. In the interview (in Spanish) that’s set to air on Univision on Monday, Sofia Laine claims that her relationship with her daughter is on the rocks. However, in the sneak peek shared to Instagram, Sofia was seen saying that Kobe Bryant has been laid to rest in a private cemetery. Then she started crying, saying that Vanessa not only told her to leave the house, but she also demanded that she return her car, as well.
American Airlines (AA) is drawing backlash for allowing its employees to wear pins supporting the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. “Clearly we live in a time where it is so important to have a dialogue about this important issue of racism in our society and try to find common ground,” an American Airlines executive said in a recent company-wide statement. “American is truly committed to having an inclusive culture that is welcoming to all and a reflection of our country and world.” The uniform pin was designed by AA’s Black Professional Network as a symbol of support. Black team members asked if they could wear a Black Lives Matter pin after learning that other airlines are allowing their employees to do so. American Airlines decided to allow them to do it. Some AA employees vowed to wear pins supporting police officers. There are also customers who are saying they will not fly with American Airlines in the future. Nevertheless, American Airlines is sticking by its decision. “We believe Black Lives Matter is an expression of equality, not a political statement,” American Airlines said in a statement. “It doesn’t mean other lives don’t matter, rather that in our society Black lives should matter and be valued the same as others. This decision underscores our belief that all people, regardless of race, gender or ethnicity, deserve to be treated with equality and respect.
President Obama’s Statement on the Passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Justice Ginsburg inspired the generations who followed her, from the tiniest trick-or-treaters to law students burning the midnight oil to the most powerful leaders in the land. Michelle and I admired her greatly, we’re profoundly thankful for the legacy she left this country, and we offer our gratitude and our condolences to her children and grandchildren tonight. Ruth Bader Ginsburg fought to the end, through her cancer, with unwavering faith in our democracy and its ideals. That’s how we remember her. But she also left instructions for how she wanted her legacy to be honored. https://youtu.be/1ATPkri_iFI
iHeartMedia, the No. 1 commercial podcast publisher globally and Charlamagne Tha God, one of the most influential and authoritative voices in media, announced today a historic joint venture partnership to launch “The Black Effect Podcast Network.” The Black Effect Podcast Network is positioned to become the world’s largest podcast publisher dedicated to Black listeners, bringing together the most influential and trusted voices in black culture for stimulating conversations around social justice, pop culture, sports, mental health, news, comedy and more. The multi-genre venture will feature a luminous roster of marquee talent and culture-shifting voices committed to enlightening, educating and entertaining audiences curated by Charlamagne himself. The programming will provide a bridge to understanding information and interaction rooted in diverse perspectives.
WACO (Where Art Can Occur) Theater Center, Los Angeles’s premiere non-profit gallery and cultural center, announced it will host a Virtual Celebration to raise funds for its programs and families impacted by COVID-19. The event, which is a free and open public benefit program, will stream on WACO’s Facebook and YouTube channels on Saturday, September 19th, at 5:00 pm (PDT). A virtual art auction preview can be viewed by texting WACO2020 to 243-725. Virtual art gallery will be available until Sunday, September 27. The online event will be hosted by WACO Co-Artistic Directors Richard Lawson and Tina Knowles Lawson, champions of art and culture who founded the non-profit gallery and performance complex.
The Commerce Department announced plans to restrict access to TikTok and WeChat this coming Sunday as the Trump administration’s executive orders against the two apps are set to take effect! The Department said that as of Sunday, any moves to distribute or maintain WeChat or TikTok on an app store will be prohibited, CNN notes. While WeChat users will also be banned from transferring funds and processing payments through the messaging apps, further restrictions are expected to be announced later, including against other apps if they are seen to be used as workarounds, the news site notes.
Robin Givens has issued a cease & desist to keep her marital business out of the upcoming Mike Tyson biopic starring Jamie Foxx. On Thursday, Page Six reported that Givens has taken legal action to keep her name out of the script. She reportedly served both Tyson and Foxx with documents last month demanding “that Mr. Tyson cease and desist from further defaming Ms. Givens, and to put those producing, writing and/or directing the proposed Tyson biopic, and those producing Mr. Tyson’s podcast, on notice that they are to refrain from portraying Ms. Givens in a false, negative and defamatory light.”
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a diminutive yet towering women’s rights champion who became the court’s second female justice, died Friday at her home in Washington. She was 87. Ginsburg died of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer, the court said. Her death just over six weeks before Election Day is likely to set off a heated battle over whether President Donald Trump should nominate, and the Republican-led Senate should confirm, her replacement, or if the seat should remain vacant until the outcome of his race against Democrat Joe Biden is known.
A 911 call made by Jerry Falwell Jr.’s wife just days after his resignation from Liberty University revealed that he was losing ‘a lot of blood’ after allegedly injuring himself on a trash can in a fall while drunk. In the call record of the incident, Becki Falwell refused to cooperate with officers after she called to report that her husband was bleeding heavily and would not go with her to the hospital, the Huffington Post states. Dispatchers arrived to find Falwell with lacerations under his left eye, across the bridge of his nose, and above both his right and left eyes, as he slurred his speech with empty alcohol containers nearby.
Things went left on “The View” Friday with the appearance of a Black guest from the right. Kim Klacik, the Maryland GOP candidate running for Baltimore’s congressional seat last held by the late Democrat Elijah Cummings, gained national attention over the summer after her campaign ad showed her walking through the city’s poorest neighborhoods and blaming Democratic leadership for poverty and crime. https://youtu.be/CdwsdbP_-xM
In an image-obsessed society, celebrated animator Tony Bancroft is highlighting the importance of inner beauty through the new children’s film “Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs.” Featuring the voices of Chloë Grace Moretz, Sam Claflin and Gina Gershon, “Red Shoes” is an animated, modern retelling of the “Snow White” fairytale. https://youtu.be/rsRGaZk0PII
The trailer for “Benedict Men,” a new sports documentary series executive produced by Stephen Curry, has dropped. Launching on Quibi, the new mobile subscription service, “Benedict Men” follows the high school basketball team at St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, New Jersey, through their 2018-2019 season. St. Benedict’s Gray Bees consistently rank in the top 25 high school basketball teams in the country. https://youtu.be/UX-wY5dAHiE
Justin Bieber teamed up with Chance The Rapper to create a new gospel-inspired track filled with positive vibes and love. The Biebs dropped the music video to his new single “Holy” at midnight on Sept 18. In just the first few hours, the video gained millions of views from fans online. However, it’s almost unfair to call the new visual “a music video” as it’s realistically a five-minute movie, according to the singer himself. https://youtu.be/pvPsJFRGleA
Blake Shelton’s faith-filled single “God’s Country” took the honor of Single of the Year at the 2020 ACM Awards in Nashville Wednesday night at Music City’s Ryman Auditorium. The country star’s single beat out competing nominees from Old Dominion, Kacey Musgraves, Lee Brice and Lady A. The prestigious award was presented to Shelton by singer Cam during the live broadcast on CBS. https://youtu.be/o7pT_bDt_Tc
Earlier this week, Kanye West attempted to upload his Universal Records contracts, and referred to the music industry as “modern-day slavery.” Meanwhile, a Twitter user with the handle @lavidaNOTA, who calls himself The Authority, is a South African record label owner who read over the contracts noted that Jay Z sold the masters to Kanye’s first six albums just so he could get his own masters back.
Kanye West is back on Twitter following a temporary ban after he posted legal documents related to his record contracts on Wednesday. A Twitter user with the handle @lavidaNOTA is a South African record label owner who read over the contracts and claimed Jay Z sold the masters to Kanye’s first six albums to Def Jam just so he could get his own masters back. Ye responded in a post, writing “Don’t let the system pit us against each other … JAY IS MY BROTHER.”
Earlier we reported that ‘Cheer‘ star Jerry Harris, 21, was arrested on child pornography charges. Following reports, the U.S. Attorney’s Office released the sexually-explicit evidence, including photos and screenshots of messages in Harris’ child porn case. While the disgraced Netflix docuseries star has admitted to exchanging photos and videos with underage boys (upwards of 15 boys) and repeatedly soliciting them to connect in person, the shocking evidence made public was the nail in the coffin. As the federal charges pile up in a 28-page complaint, included are disturbing text and social-media messages. In screenshots, Harris allegedly wrote to one teen boy on Snapchat, who was performing a cheerleading position called “the needle,” “Do it naked and take a video and show me.” In a separate exchange, after the boy told Harris he was only 13, he allegedly proceeded to request pictures of the boy’s “face …. and booty.” After giving in and sending photos of his private parts to Harris, he allegedly reciprocated with photos of his own, including one of him masturbating. Harris is also accused of enticing a 15-year-old boy into performing anal and oral sex in a bathroom during a cheerleading camp in 2019.
Several musicians from late night TV shows claim “systemic racism” is to blame for a lack of “economic parity,” when it comes to streaming residuals and wages. More than three dozen live television musicians have signed an open letter to the TV networks calling for parity with actors, directors and writers – when it comes to wages, health care contributions and residuals payments on streaming platforms, per Deadline. Several musicians from late night TV shows claim “systemic racism” is to blame for a lack of “economic parity,” when it comes to streaming residuals and wages. https://youtu.be/-yL7VP4-kP4
”Love & Hip Hop” star Masika Kalysha is being accused by her former landlord, David Weintraub, of not paying her rent and squatting in his house. He also claims she stole some of his appliances after leaving the property. During his recent appearance on Brandi Glanville‘s podcast, the “Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood” the producer described Masika as “the biggest garbage can human being.” ”Love & Hip Hop” star Masika Kalysha is being accused by her former landlord, David Weintraub, of not paying her rent and squatting in his house. He also claims she stole some of his appliances after leaving the property. During his recent appearance on Brandi Glanville‘s podcast, the “Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood” the producer described Masika as “the biggest garbage can human being.”
The Real, the Daytime Emmy®-nominated, NAACP-winning talk show, premieres its seventh season on Monday, Sept. 21. New co-host Garcelle Beauvais joins Daytime Emmy®-winning co-hosts Adrienne Houghton, Loni Love and Jeannie Mai to kick off a season of social awareness. The show will also be broadcasting remotely this season.
An Oregon sheriff’s deputy was placed on administrative leave Saturday after he was caught on video advising local militia members how to get away with using lethal force while protecting the area from “Antifa,” whom he blamed for the wildfires currently ravaging the state. Clackamas County deputy Mark Nikolai was filmed on duty and in uniform appearing to push the conspiracy theory that Antifa, or left-wing anti-fascists, set the fires. Nikolai was placed on administrative leave for what his department called “inappropriate statements’ about the wildfires. The video, posted on September 11 by freelance journalists, shows Nikolai advising the armed militia members on when it’s appropriate to perform citizen’s arrests, ID checks, and shoot to kill without facing any criminal charges. https://youtu.be/_Vdxl_7xhAI
Mariah Carey dropped a cover of “Out Here on My Own” Thursday, a song originally performed by Irene Cara in the movie “Fame.” Carey tweeted Friday that the track was “from the depths of the vault,” along with the studio log from a July 17, 2000 session showing her version of Cara’s song, which was set to appear on a soundtrack album originally titled “All That Glitters.” The song will now appear on Carey’s upcoming “The Rarities” collection, due out on Oct. 2.
Today, the 35th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards Artist of the Year, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, releases the title track “Royalty” with a captivating performance video, from the highly awaited album Royalty: Live At The Ryman. The album is now available for pre-order. The Worship Artist returns with the powerful mid-tempo worship song “Royalty,” a follow-up to the album’s breakout debut singles “Pour It Out” and “Release The Sound.” The melodic praise title song reminds listeners that God’s view of them has always been a vision of us as His children: “I am royalty/I am who You called me….My Father is King/I believe I am Yours.” Wanting to give fans the experience of making the album at the historic Ryman Auditorium during the global pandemic, Tasha Cobbs Leonard will stream the documentary film event, An Audience of One: The Making of Royalty. This one-night-only streaming event takes place on Thursday, September 24, at 7:00 p.m. EST. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5HAYxBpjbA&list=PLlg2WY8jJNAe4V4Mq5QMY8U3pYpWh7mwK&index=2&t=1s&src=Linkfire&lId=3cc45b60-063c-464f-842d-3b925d8b19c4&cId=88171ca4-c325-4454-a8fb-9bc6c38cab7a&utm_campaign=63264_MOTG%209.18_231797_US&utm_source=dotmailer&utm_medium=email&dm_i=4YUT%2C1CTC%2C4SQSQ%2C63TC%2C1
Evvie McKinney – “Look No Further” Evvie McKinney floors us again with her powerful vocals & the just as powerful message of this new single, “Look No Further”. In a time of uncertainty all around, the peace this song brings is unparalleled. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEJ5LH-5D3U&src=Linkfire&lId=7a7e8476-08a2-4f2f-ada5-c01deb265453&cId=88171ca4-c325-4454-a8fb-9bc6c38cab7a&utm_campaign=63264_MOTG%209.18_231797_US&utm_source=dotmailer&utm_medium=email&dm_i=4YUT%2C1CTC%2C4SQSQ%2C63UX%2C1
JUAN & LISA WINANS’ single, “It Belongs To Me (feat. Marvin L. Winans)” is the Gospel spotlight song of the week.!!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4P0reaSHWSg&feature=youtu.be
Regardless of race, age or geographical location, WE ARE ALL FAMILY. . “We Are Family” was written by Praiz’ uncle Tony Metcalfe in the late 80’s. Praiz’ produced this new version which features his family, friends and a few artists he has produced. This quarantine style video was shot on individual cellphone cameras and has received over 110k views on Facebook. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=caTrkDnBwoY&feature=youtu.be
Jabari Johnson is an emerging artist that continues to gain followers and fans with his passion, committment to the Gospel message, and powerful vocal gift. Johnson was awarded the 2019 "New Artist Of The Year" stellar award for his breakout album, "Day of Redemption". "Fixed Fight" he newest release from Jabari Johnson. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQMn301St_s&feature=youtu.be
Deitrick Haddon delivers another heart grabbing single to radio wiht his newest release "Complete Me". https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ylvckjjnvt3oejf/AADVrtnQyK4eOjfomr7ZP8Iga?dl=0
JudahBand is back with an uplifting new single titled "Up From Here". Its a message of hope, perseverance, and belief that things will get better. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/yuqdmo886q3yxge/AACXf7fzLHhCFrdF5KImZF_Wa?dl=0
Chris Rock held no punches in a recent interview with the New York Times, waxing poetic as well as speaking in blunt terms about everything from his latest acting role in the “Fargo” TV series to what life has been like for him and his family during the coronavirus pandemic to the nationwide protests against police violence.
An while the comedian did, of course, crack jokes at times, he was plenty serious when the conversation turned to the topic of racism as Rock offered a metaphor about “mentally handicapped” white people being predisposed to not fully grasping Black folks’ plight for racial equality.
Today, Billboard Music Award and NAACP Image Award winner and two-time GRAMMY®- nominee Koryn Hawthorne, released her highly anticipated album, I Am. The new album is the second full-length project from the dynamic inspirational artist. In conjunction with the album release, Hawthorne has released a new single, “How Great,” and a video featuring contemporary Christian music artist and songwriter, Matt Maher. “How Great” demonstrates how her journey has come full circle, referencing the hymn “How Great Thou Art,” which she performed on NBC’s The Voice and received her first #1 on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart with five years ago. https://essentialworship.lnk.to/mpfIhcn8RC!W&W
Dani McGhee-Barlow "D. McGhee" is best known for her fresh, live, energetic, edgy style that she delivers with a mission to reach and save the lost so that they may experience God's favor. Her official music video for "Rescue" will premiere Friday, September 18 on YouTube at 8:45 PM Central. The video premieres on the Dedicated Music Group YouTube channel. D. McGhee will also host a Drive-In Video Premiere event on Sept 18 at 7 PM. The "Rescue Video Drive-In Premiere" will be held at New Direction Christian Church Memphis, TN. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GB9RhFmwJXY&feature=youtu.be
Nike unveiled the 2.0 version of its Colin Kaepernick Icon Jersey at 10 a.m. ET on Thursday, Sept. 17. By 10:01 a.m. ET on Thursday, Sept. 17, the jerseys were all sold out. Many of them immediately popped up on eBay, selling for way more than the Swoosh’s $150 price tag. The jersey’s triple-black colorway pays homage to the four years since the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback took a knee to peacefully protest against systemic racism and social injustice during the national anthem. The jersey incorporates the athlete’s former number 7 along with his signature K emblem and a small recreation of his bust on a patch across the hem of the shirt. https://youtu.be/vWpz8QrS1qE
Chrissy Teigen has accidentally revealed that she and husband and John Legend are expecting another boy! Teigen, 34, announced last month that she’s pregnant with her third child. She later shared on Twitter that she is on “official 2 week bed rest,” but she did not reveal why. On Thursday, however, she addressed the complications that led to her bedrest in a video shared to her Instagram Stories. That’s when she referred to her unborn child as a “he,” saying, “It’s so weird because the baby’s really really healthy. He’s big. He’s probably, oops! That was stupid.” Realizing that she accidentally spilled the tea, Teigen covers her mouth before adding, “hahahahaha might as well tell you,” she captioned the post.
Ray J is moving forward with the divorce from his estranged wife Princess Love, the singer has dropped a new single titled “Hurt You.” According to the press release, “Hurt You” precedes Ray J’s fifth studio album, RAYDIATION X, due Fall 2020. https://youtu.be/hsj6zaB-MUU
Nationally syndicated talk show host and author Wilmer Leon believes despite what most political polls are saying and making history at their convention, Democrats still face an uphill battle to defeat President Donald J. Trump in November’s election. The host of Sirius/XM’s “Inside The Issues” says there are flaws in Democrats’ political strategy and the prospects for voter suppression are real. He also believes many of the policies are already in place that are designed to deny and discourage minorities the chance to vote or not to have their votes counted. As the author of “Politics: Another Perspective,” the political scientist and former Howard University professor gives the Republicans credit for their ability to “stay on message” and their marketing strategy gives them an edge in the race.
On Thursday’s “Good Morning America” Alicia Keys thanked essential workers on the frontline of America’s ongoing COVID-19 pandemic with a trio of songs at a safe social distance. During the event in New York City to honor nurses Charles Alfred and Chinyere Okoro, the 15-time Grammy winner sang a trio of songs, “Good Job” and “Love Looks Better” from her new album, “Alicia,” and her NYC anthem “Empire State of Mind.”
ADRIENNE HOUGHTON OPENS UP ABOUT LOVE AND RELATIONSHIPS ON CLEO TV'S ALL THINGS ADRIENNE ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 AT 9 P.M. ET/8C https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCqcnlXqUxc&feature=youtu.be
Big Brother” fans watching the live feed Wednesday night took to social media in droves after catching houseguest Memphis Garrett dropping the n-word in reference to a Black housemate, and a change.org petition to get him tossed is already afoot. Memphis was speaking to housemate Cody Calafiore about David Alexander, one of four African Americans cast in the current All-Star season. During Memphis’s conversation with Cody, many live feed viewers said they heard Memphis say, “Dude, David’s a n****r” before getting a hand signal from Cody to stop talking. A second camera angle showed Memphis’ reaction to Cody’s hand, appearing that he realized his mistake. https://www.tmz.com/2020/09/17/big-brother-memphis-garrett-n-word-racism-live-feed-david-alexander/
Rihanna’s annual Savage X Fenty show is set to stream on Amazon Prime Video next month, where the singer will debute the latest collection of her lingerie line. The event will air Oct. 2 and feature performances from Travis Scott, Bad Bunny, Ella Mai, Miguel, Mustard, Roddy Ricch, and Rosalía. Bella Hadid, Big Sean, Cara Delevingne, Christian Combs, Normani, and Paloma Elsesser are turning and will walk the runway, alongside newcomers Lizzo, Demi Moore, Paris Hilton, Rico Nasty, Willow Smith, and more.The Savage X Fenty Fall 2020 collection will be available for purchase in Amazon’s fashion store and on the Savage X Fenty website.
Jake Gardner, the white bar owner who fatally shot a 22-year-old Black man during a Black Lives Matter protest in Omaha on May 30, has been charged with multiple felonies, including manslaughter. The grand jury rejected Gardner’s claims that he acted in self-defense in the death of James Scurlock. He also faces charges of attempted first-degree assault, making terroristic threats and weapon use. https://youtu.be/xfEgT9Z09JU
Jeremiah “Jerry” Harris, the star of the Netflix series “Cheer.” Harris, 21, was arrested earlier today (09-17-20), just days after he was sued by twin brothers accusing him of sexual misconduct, according to a report. https://youtu.be/kkrcwlW5YyU
Former US President Barack Obama‘s long-awaited memoir is set to go on sale starting November 17, two weeks after this year’s presidential election. It’s also worth noting that it will come in two parts. Volume one is titled “A Promised Land” and according to publisher Penguin Random House, the book will trace Obama from his childhood through his first term in the White House, culminating in the death of Osama bin Laden.
“SNL” announced in a tweet Wednesday that Jim Carrey is joining the show as Joe Biden. Series creator Lorne Michaels confirmed that Maya Rudolph will also be back as Kamala Harris. The actress debuted her take on Harris in a sketch last September. As Biden, Carrey will presumably be facing off in debate against Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump.
WNBA star Maya Moore, who’s skipping out on the 2020 season to focus on criminal justice reform, has revealed that over the summer she married a man whom she helped free from prison. On Wednesday, the 31-year-old baller turned activist and her husband Jonathan Irons, 40, whose wrongful conviction from 23 years ago she helped overturn, appeared on ‘Good Morning America‘ to share the news that they tied the knot this summer. Moore says, “We wanted to announce today that we are super excited to continue the work that we’ve been doing together, but doing it as a married couple. We’re excited to share this new chapter of life together.”
During an interview with Vivica A. Fox on her FOX Soul talk show, Trina Braxton gave an update on sister Tamar following her suicide attempt last month. Trina says Tamar intends to speak out once she’s ready, but in the meantime, she’s holding up well. https://youtu.be/VhFb62BDnWI
During a recent interview with The New York Times, Chris Rock took aim at the Democrats, Nancy Pelosi and Trump – comparing the president to a “landlord” and explaining “we’re in the predicament” because “no one has less compassion for humans than a landlord.” He then compared Trump the the child ruler in the 1987 film “The Last Emperor.” https://youtu.be/AHrZWg3Z-as
Catch PJ Morton on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" tonight!
Chicago’s very own, Grammy Nominated Worship Artist, Todd Dulaney, presents "Dulaneyland Drive-In Experience." The former New York Mets baseball player is producing a live concert in the parking lot of Calvary Church of Naperville. He hopes that this live music worship experience will bring hope to all who are in attendance, whether they attend physically, or virtually. The Gospel Spotlight's Todd Dulaney!!! Hear Todd Dulaney In His Own Words.....http://gospel-spotlight.com/todddulaney_intvw.htm
International Gospel recording artist and Stellar Award winner Calvin Bridges releases a music video for his new single "Breathe" impacting radio now. https://youtu.be/IFrnzvKJuzQ
Cedric Ballard readily accepts his commission as God’s ambassador to encourage people through his new single, Blessing Me. The Houston native discovered his love for music early on, first starting with the drums before taking up singing at the age of 14. Cedric had his heart set on making it in secular music, but God had different plans for his life and ministry. As Cedric surrendered his will to the Lord, doors began to open for Cedric to sing and minister across the country. https://youtu.be/5Nf_SbU_w_Q
Christian Hip Hop Lyrical Poet D-Win knows the power that lies in the word of God. He uses Bible based lyrics and urban rhythm and syncopation to weave a narrative as he goes into all the world with the good news of salvation and redemption. Today, D-Win is ready to share his testimony with all who will hear. Testimony, his new single is available on digital outlets and streaming platforms. https://youtu.be/ZM1f7x-f6K0
Many people are familiar with the distinctive voice of Hope McCants even if they don’t know her name. Hope has been a permanent fixture leading worship over the years at prominent and premiere Bible conferences, revivals and retreats across the south as well as the east coast of the United States. In addition to being a singer and teacher of the Word, Hope McCants is a very proud mother, minister’s wife, and most importantly, a worshiper who possesses a unique and sensitive gift of leading people to experience the presence of God. As God would now ordain for Hope to take her ministry to the next level, Hope answers the call with the release of her debut single, Hearts Cry.
Craft Recordings announces the release of The Gospel Truth: The Complete Singles Collection, a brand new, comprehensive compilation that spotlights The Gospel Truth Records—an imprint of the legendary soul label, Stax Records. Set for a November 13th release date and available digitally today, The Gospel Truth: The Complete Singles Collection includes all 17 singles – plus their respective B-sides – issued by the imprint between 1972 and 1974. Physical formats of the title, which can be pre-ordered now, include a two-CD set, as well as a vinyl edition. The three-LP set was pressed at Memphis Record Pressing and comes housed in a handsome triple-gatefold jacket. The collection also includes in-depth liner notes from Jared Boyd, a Memphis-based journalist and host of NPR’s Beale Street Caravan, who captured new interviews with Stax Records executive Al Bell, trailblazing gospel artist Rance Allen, and Mary Peak Patterson, who helped establish The Gospel Truth Records label.
One week after Reuters published an explosive report on an alleged sexual and financial relationship between Jerry Falwell Jr., his wife and a Miami man named Giancarlo Granda, responders were called to the Falwells’ house in Bedford County, Virginia. According to records and 911 audio obtained by HuffPost, on the night of Aug. 30, Jerry Falwell Jr. was intoxicated and apparently injured; his wife, Becki Falwell, described “a lot of blood right now.” Alcohol use lurked behind the series of scandals that led Jerry Falwell Jr. to resign as president of Liberty University last month.
Jill Duggar Dillard responded after making headlines last week for drinking an alcoholic piña colada. The reality star revealed that she drinks “socially.” “We have boundaries,” Dillard told PEOPLE in a new interview. “In our faith, we believe like we’re not supposed to get drunk. So, with drinking, it’s not like we’re just like going crazy.” “It’s more socially here and there, or at home, for a date or something,” the Duggar daughter continued. “Our kids are pretty young right now, but I think it’s good for them to see a healthy balance.”
Chris Rock doesn’t think Jimmy Fallon was trying to be hurtful when he impersonated the comedian while in blackface back in 2000 on Saturday Night Live. The actor, 55, defended Fallon, 45, in a new interview with the New York Times, calling the late night host a good friend and ‘great guy’ who would never aim to offend. ‘Hey, man, I’m friends with Jimmy. Jimmy’s a great guy. And he didn’t mean anything,’ Rock told the paper. ‘A lot of people want to say intention doesn’t matter, but it does. And I don’t think Jimmy Fallon intended to hurt me. And he didn’t.’
Comedian Michael Jr. announced that he’ll be hosting an interactive virtual comedy tour called “Laugh Your Mask Off” featuring families from across the United States that he’ll be talking to live on Zoom. “I am Michael Jr. and I get to bring laughter to people. But I don’t just bring laughter for the sake of comedy, I actually use laughter to inspire people,” the comic said in an Instagram video shared with The Christian Post. The “Selfie Dad” actor said the world has “extremely uninspiring things going on” and he wants to counter all of it in a positive way.
Democratic vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris‘ footwear has the internet going nuts. In fact, it’s been like that for the last week after she wore a pair of Chuck Taylor sneakers during a visit to Wisconsin. Tuesday, her kicks also got an outsized reaction when she rocked a pair of Timberland boots — affectionately known simply as “Timbs” — during separate visits to her home state of California to survey damage from the wildfires and Nevada to discuss how the coronavirus has affected Latinos.
An encounter with A'ngela Winbush at church one afternoon years ago changed Anthony Faulkner's life. The R&B star encouraged Anthony to start singing and consider doing it professionally. His current singles “Closer” featuring A'ngela Winbush and “You Are Amazing” are available on all digital outlets and the official music videos are available on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_xWMCRaZ0I&feature=youtu.be
Life for Gregory Cheadle has been hell ever since President Trump pointed at him at a 2016 rally and said, “Look at my African American over here! Look at him!” Appearing Tuesday on “CNN Tonight with Don Lemon,” Cheadle described how being singled out by Trump at the June 3rd rally in Redding led to angry voicemails from family and friends, his Facebook page filled with people calling him an Uncle Tom and the N-word, folks threatening physical harm, and his girlfriend calling it quits because she didn’t want to be associated with him.
Tia Mowry-Hardrict says parents should be teaching their children about “different cultures” starting “at a young age.” On Tuesday’s premiere episode of the Dear Media podcast Being Bümo, the mother of two opens up to host Chriselle Lim about the responsibility that parents have to talk to their children about being anti-racist. “It starts at home,” she said. “What people have to understand is this behavior is learned, so it’s about communication. It’s about bringing awareness. It’s about sharing stories. It’s about teaching your child about different cultures, at home, at a young age.” The actress added, “I think what’s important, and how you can be anti-racist, is not running away from the problem and saying, ‘Oh, gosh, you know what? This is a little much. I’m not even gonna talk to my child about this.’ No, I think we all should have this conversation,” she adds.
Earlier this week, many were shocked at the reports that the breakout star of the Emmy-nominated Netflix hit “Cheer,” Jerry Harris, was under official FBI investigation for allegedly soliciting sex from minors. Now, Harris has spoken out for the first time and denied the allegations against him via an official statement from his legal representation. Although Harris has not been formally charged with a crime, authorities are researching claims that he “solicited sexually explicit photos and sex from minors.” A spokesperson for Jerry Harris, addressed the investigation, saying “We categorically dispute the claims made against Jerry Harris, which are alleged to have occurred when he was a teenager. We are confident that when the investigation is completed the true facts will be revealed.” https://youtu.be/yahAPtuZmeY
The Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation hosted a National memorial planting ceremony in Marin City, CA, Queens, NY, Trainer, PA and Fayetteville, NC on Sunday, September 13th. TASF’s President and Tupac’s sister, Sekyiwa Shakur, expanded the Memorial Planting ceremony and made it available to the public so everyone could collectively take time to cherish those who are no longer here with us.
Nielsen recently released findings from its first ever “Promoting Racial Equality in Sports” study capturing U.S. sports fans’ attitudes on racism. Conducted in July 2020 following nationwide protests against systemic racial injustice and incidents of police brutality, the study sheds new light on support among sports fans for the Black Lives Matter movement and their beliefs on the roles of different players in the sports ecosystem in driving positive social change. According to the Nielsen Sports study, sports fans outpace the general population in terms of support for racial equality and related movements. Drilling into the numbers, nearly 7 in 10 sports fans indicated support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Additionally, nearly 1 in 3 sports fans have personally contributed either time or money to Black Lives Matter.
Tisha Holman, Digital Marketing, Brand and Social Media Strategist, Founder and CEO of Mind Your Business, LLC has created The Digital Day Planner, the ultimate physical planner for all businesses managing digital content. The Digital Day Planner is perfect for small businesses and brands that want to extend their social media presence beyond just getting likes and are ready to monetize their brands and create authentic engagement. Many corporations and small businesses have difficulty constructing and executing an effective plan, which is precisely why Tisha Holman developed the Digital Day Planner, sharing her ‘secret sauce’ for effective content planning. The pages of The Digital Day Planner are designed to help brands create an online presence that will help them capture the #1 spot in their industry and grow their revenue. https://youtu.be/JFHNRoZ6-Uk
TV One's edgy docu-series UNCENSORED, which explores the private lives of some of today's most notable personalities, highlights rapper, actor and TV personality Eve this Sunday, September 20 at 10 P.M. ET/9C followed by an encore presentation at 11 P.M. ET/10C. The episode will re-air on Wednesday, Sept 23 at 10 PM/9C. On this episode of UNCENSORED, Eve opens up about her trial by fire with the Ruff Ryders, the dynamics of her interracial marriage, and the career-changing decision that led to her first Grammy Award. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hx-XBAr-a40&feature=youtu.be
The Gospel Music Association (GMA) 51st Annual GMA Dove Awards recognizing an array of new songs and first-time nominees, as well as esteemed performers and hit songs that have been a bright light during this difficult time, will air exclusively on TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network) on Friday, October 30th. Zach Williams and for KING & COUNTRY lead the Artist nominations with five (5) nods in addition to Hillsong Worship, Kirk Franklin, and Jonathan McReynolds with four (4) nominations.
Multiple Grammy® Award-winning recording artist and producer Tye Tribbett’s current single,“We Gon’ Be Alright,” hits #1 on Gospel Airplay, Gospel Indicator and Mediabase Gospel charts. “We Gon’ Be Alright” is Tribbett’s first #1 radio song as a solo artist and his second overall with “Victory” spending three weeks at #1 in 2006. The “At Home” performance music video of “We Gon’ Be Alright,” has surpassed 1.2 million in views and the song has generated 6.5 million on-demand streams. Most recently, Tribbett performed the song at the 2020 Essence Festival of Culture and opened the 35th Annual Stellar Award Show, which aired on BET. Gospel Spotlight's!!! Hear Tye Tribbett In His Own Words.....http://www.gospel-spotlight.com/tye_tribbett_intvw.htm
Hurricane Sally lumbered ashore near the Florida-Alabama line Wednesday with 105 mph (165 kph) winds and rain measured in feet, not inches, swamping homes and trapping people in high water as it pushed inland for what could be a slow and disastrous drenching across the Deep South. Moving at an agonizing 3 mph, or about as fast as a person can walk, the storm made landfall at 4:45 a.m. close to Gulf Shores, Alabama, about 30 miles from Pensacola. It accelerated to a light jog as it battered the Pensacola and Mobile, Alabama, metropolitan areas encompassing nearly 1 million people.
The Maryland diocese of the Episcopal Church has become the latest religious institution to pledge racial reparations for slavery and systemic racism. The church voted last weekend overwhelmingly in favor of a million dollar seed fund that would go towards programs that would benefit Black people in Baltimore and across the state. Officials say the fund is a big step in repenting of the church’s historic role in benefiting from slavery and other forms of systemic racism in Maryland. The diocese will use existing funds for the initiative’s capital, which will represent about 20 percent of the operating budget, and is urging churchgoers to give more.
Patrisse Cullors, a co-founder of Black Lives Matter, is denouncing televangelist Pat Robertson for comments he made about the Black Lives Matter movement being “anti-God.” Cullors said she recognizes not everyone may agree with the vision of the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, “but to blatantly disregard our work and equate it to destroying a religion is reckless.” Pat Robertson — host of “The 700 Cub” spoke out against Black Lives Matter on his show, saying the movement wants to destroy Christianity by accusing the religion of “being racist.” Cullors said that “Christianity was built on empathy; not hate. Until hate and racism is eradicated, America will continue to be a divided nation.”
Shaquille O’Neal has partnered with American Express on a new grant program benefiting Black-owned small businesses. The partnership includes a $10 million commitment to support Black-owned businesses over the next four years through an initiative called the “Coalition to Back Black Businesses.”
Vanessa Bryant has called out Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva after he put NBA star LeBron James on blast. During a radio interview Monday, Villanueva challenged James to match a $175,000 reward for information regarding the shooting of two deputies who were ambushed by a gunman in Compton over the weekend. James hasn’t publicly responded to Villanueva, but in a series of posts on her Instagram Story on, Bryant condemned the sheriff for even suggesting that LeBron match the reward money. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Eh-NJV0WsAEAtFu?format=jpg&name=small
He can interrupt people all he wants to without pushback because he’s the so-called POTUS, but not Ellesia Blaque of greater Philadelphia. Not last night. The assistant professor of literature at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania was one of the few masked, socially-distant audience members in attendance at President’s Trump’s town hall moderated by ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos. https://youtu.be/29mJJ4zFxcM
Michael Colyar has turned his life around and is living his best life ever with nearly 10 years of sobriety. He is starring in a hit Christmas film “Holiday Heartbreak,” with Country Wayne, AJ Johnson and LisaRaye McCoy being released on BET during the holiday season. With his new daytime online smash talk show, “The Michael Colyar Morning Show,” (on Facebook and YouTube), an upcoming Comedy Special, a tour de force one-man play, “Michael Colyar’s Momma,” and a revolutionary Master Course in comedy that he will be shooting in VR (Virtual Reality). Mr. Colyar says he is ‘smack dab,’ in the middle of his dream and gives all the credit to God, Sobriety and his Mom.
Jemele Hill is a seasoned sports journalist and broadcaster, who has worked for The Atlantic magazine and ESPN. Cari Champion is a veteran sports reporter and broadcast journalist, who has worked on the Tennis Channel and ESPN. Hill and Champion together…are making history on television as they embark in uncharted territory for Black women. On their new late-night cable talk show on Vice TV, called “Cari & Jemele: Stick to Sports,” Wednesday nights at 10:00 p.m., the two African American women are on a platform and in a time frame usually given to white males. The two women, however, are not shrinking violets, but instead emboldened communicators. https://youtu.be/DL6V0RTKWs0
Chicago radio station 670 The Score fired on-air host Dan McNeil after he criticized the outfit of ESPN sideline reporter Maria Taylor. News of Taylor’s, 33, debut on Monday Night Football was making the rounds on social media when McNeil posted a screenshot of her and referenced the adult film industry: “NFL sideline reporter or host for the AVN annual awards presentation?,” he wrote in a since-deleted tweet. https://youtu.be/qGKEL8fcTnI
The plastic crown worn by the Notorious B.I.G. in the 1997 “King of New York” photograph, shot by Barron Claiborne, has sold for nearly half a million dollars. On Tuesday, Sotheby’s conducted its first-ever auction dedicated to hip-hop items. Biggie’s crown, which was signed by both Biggie and Claiborne, sold for $594,750.
Kanye West posted a video of himself apparently urinating on his own Grammy statuette, in one of his toilets at home and being subjected to a golden shower. Hard to say for sure if this is real or not, but the imagery is striking … and gross too. He captioned his post and makes it clear he ain’t sorry for this, writing … “Trust me … I WONT STOP.” Presumably, this is one of the 21 Grammys Kanye has to his name — awards he’s boasted about in the past, but which clearly don’t mean all that much to him these days. https://www.instagram.com/kanyewestt_official/?utm_source=ig_embed
Model Emily Ratajkowski penned an essay for The Cut in which she alleges that photographer Jonathan Leder assaulted her during a photoshoot in 2012. Her allegations coincide with the release of Ledger’s new book of never-before-seen nude and semi-nude pictures from the shoot. Ratajkowski claims it was published without her permission. Leder denies her accusations. In a new essay for New York magazine entitled “Buying Myself Back When does a model own her own image?” published on Tuesday morning, she recounts the photoshoot with Leder at his home when she was 20 years old and trying to build her portfolio.
WE tv’s “Life After Lockup” returns this week with an all new epsiode that finds Sarah worried her baby daddy Michael won’t show up to her daughter Rayne’s birthday party. https://youtu.be/izMw8c9ilv4
A student at a historically Black college (HBCU) in Alabama has been found dead nearly one week after he was first reported missing. Adam Dowdell was in his second year at Alabama State University in Montgomery when he never returned to his dorm last week. The 22-year-old’s body was found Monday, AL.com reported. Dowdell’s mother said her son’s friends contacted her they hadn’t heard from him. Toya Cohill ended up contacting police last Wednesday, sparking an investigation that ended Monday with the discovery of his body in Montgomery. All of the circumstances surrounding Dowdell’s disappearance were not immediately clear. However, what is known is that Dowdell went to an ATM with a fellow student the night of Sept. 8. That was the last time anybody heard from him. It was not clear what happened to the friend Dowdell went to the bank with. Alabama State University’s president said in a brief statement that he and the entire university family were mourning Dowdell’s death.
The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) is heralding a new bill that it says will make vast improvements in the lives of Black families, in particular, with significant legislative efforts to bridge the gaps specifically affecting them in the employment and criminal justice arenas. Divided into two parts, the multi-faceted Jobs and Justice Act of 2020 makes provisions that, if passed, would “increase the upward social mobility of Black families, and help ensure equal protection under the law,” the CBC‘s ambitious new sweeping legislation says. The first part of the bill, devoted to jobs, is broken up into five subcategories to address the nation’s most pressing needs on the employment front during a time when there is unprecedented joblessness, especially among Black people. The jobs portion of the bill addresses various aspects of employment such as workforce development, community and economic development, poverty, housing and wealth creation as well as education.
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend just celebrated a big wedding anniversary, their seventh, on September 14—and naturally they celebrated on social media in a very Chrissy and John way. Teigen posted a video clip of their two children, Luna and Miles, wishing them a “Happy Anniversary.” In the caption she wrote, “Happy 7th anniversary! 14 years together! @johnlegend love u buddy. My best pal. You’re like a brother to me!!” Legend responded in the comments with the face palm emoji and “Thank you?” https://www.instagram.com/chrissyteigen/?utm_source=ig_embed
A judge in Oklahoma on Monday ordered the release of police video showing a white driver who was pulled over by cops and not only refused to follow orders and resisted arrest but also physically assaulted officers before he shot them both at point-blank range. And he lived to tell about it! The Tulsa police dashcam and bodycam videos from the shooting were recorded during a traffic stop in the early morning of June 29, when the driver, David Ware, was guilty of doing exponentially more than what it routinely takes for cops to shoot Black suspects on sight. In fact, the footage showed the officers — Sgt. Craig Johnson, who died from the shooting, and Officer Aurash Zarkeshan, who survived — giving Ware an excessive number of verbal warnings before pepper-spraying him in the face multiple times.
Join Bishop Leonard Scott Wednesday, September 16th at 6pm EST His special guest will be Kelontae Gavin on #WorshipAndWellnessWednesdays!
Cardi B is finally calling it quits from husband Offset after nearly three years of marriage. Their relationship woes have played out on social media over the years, with endless rumors about his infidelity. Word on the street is that Offset got one too many Instagram groupies and strippers knocked up (allegedly), and Cardi has had enough of looking foolish trying to defend him and their marriage. Cardi, 27, filed for divorce from the Migos member, 28, on September 15. The divorce petition was filed with the Fulton County Superior Court in Atlanta. A court hearing is set for November 4.
Meghan Markle reportedly has a first project lined up as part of her and husband Prince Harry’s mega-deal with Netflix. The Sun reports that she’s pitching a documentary about Patrisse Cullors, one of three Black women who founded the Black Lives Matter movement. Also, The Mirror quoted a source who said that Markle pitched the doc to Netflix because she’s been “blown away by the incredible work Patrisse has done” in spearheading the BLM movement.
Janelle Monáe says her “Antebellum” thriller will certainly “trigger” some people as it weaves themes of white supremacy, slavery and racism throughout the narrative. https://youtu.be/7MPib67BDHY
Naturi Naughton opens up about motherhood, her parenthood journey, and upcoming album in a new interview with PEOPLE. The “Power” star says her new music will highlight “some of the emotional struggles I have as being a single mother.” Naughton and her ex, known only as Ben, welcomed daughter Zuri in July 2017. The former couple split shortly after the birth. “I love being a mother,” Naughton says. “It’s hard work. It is a challenging balance.”
LeToya Luckett Monday gave birth to her second child with husband Tommicus Walker. Luckett, a Destiny’s Child founding member, happily made the announcement via Instagram. Sharing a sweet animated image of her baby’s feet, Luckett, 39 wrote: “TYSUN WOLF WALKER Overjoyed! Thank you Heavenly Father.”
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade will go virtual for the first time in its nearly 100 year history. Organizers have reduced the total number of participants and facial masks and social distancing will be enforced. Marchers will not be making their way down the traditional 2.5-mile parade route, Macy’s said in a statement. https://youtu.be/a51tI4Tp_io
John Boyega is stepping down as global ambassador for British perfume brand Jo Malone after the company removed him from the Chinese version of a cologne commercial he co-created. In a series of tweets Monday, the “Star Wars” star cited the brand’s failure to notify him that he had been cut from the Chinese campaign.
Nelly got his Salsa on during the season premiere of “Dancing With the Stars” Monday night – the first in the show’s new Tyra Banks era. The Austin, Texas native was in all red everything as he punctuated his routine with Daniella Karagach by nailing a backflip – with a smile. https://youtu.be/qtNluVSMhfM
President Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen continues to tell anyone that Donald Trump is a racist. Cohen’s latest declaration came Monday on “The View,” his latest virtual stop to promote his new book “Disloyal.” Co-host Sunny Hostin asked him about the origin of Trump’s hatred toward his White House predecessor, Barack Obama. After saying that Obama’s law degrees are a factor, Cohen added, “Why he despises him to the extent that he does, I believe it’s purely racial.”“I believe it’s solely predicated on the fact that Barack Obama is black,” Cohen affirmed. https://youtu.be/pw4NL1sxREs
McDonald’s USA, through its Black & Positively Golden movement, announces the virtual return of its 14th annual Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour. Benefitting Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), the four-part concert series, themed “Gospel City Playlists,” will begin September 27 and run weekly (every Sunday) through October 18 on BET.com and BET Network’s YouTube channel at 8 p.m. EST / 7 p.m. CST. This year's theme will come to life through the virtual showcase of Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas and Detroit. Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp, Fred Hammond, The Clark Sisters, Kierra Sheard, Smokie Norful, William Murphy and many others, will sing fan favorites.
Anthony Ponder and Ministry’s Desire are gearing up for the forthcoming project, "The Re-Process," slated for the first quarter of 2021. The new single is “That’s Just Favor." It is our way to remind everybody that as believers, God’s favor is ours by default. We don’t have to fight or work for it, it’s our promise by the best promise keeper ever,” says Ponder. September 25 is a big day for APMD, as they will not only be releasing their latest single, but also a LIVE virtual concert exclusively on Gospel Artist Entertainment’s Facebook page.
Marcus G. Morton is one of the most sought after worship leaders in the country. As a mentee of Grammy® winning producers Kevin Bond and Percy Bady, this sought after vocalist has sung with Kenny Lewis and One Voice, Dewayne Woods, San Franklin and is a member of multi-Stellar Award winning group, JJ Hairston and Youthful Praise. Marcus G. Morton is preparing for the release of his debut project, "Mighty and Great."
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced a $12 million settlement Tuesday afternoon with the family of Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old Black woman fatally shot by police in her apartment six months ago. In addition to the payment, which is the largest settlement ever paid by Louisville police, the deal includes several policing reforms, such as changes to the approval process for and execution of search warrants, the hiring of a team of social workers to accompany police officers and a commitment to pursue increased drug and alcohol testing of officers involved in any shooting. Fischer said the city did not acknowledge any wrongdoing as part of the settlement.
Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont is coming under fire from religious and political leaders in his state for suggesting that black churches should lead support for a coronavirus vaccine. His suggestion comes at a time when a majority of U.S. voters continue to express reticence about being first in line to get it. “We are not guinea pigs. This will not be another Tuskegee and we are not going to allow it. Ned Lamont is being called to the carpet and anyone else, any other legislator that is on this bandwagon, let him and his family take the vaccine first. Let Bill Gates and his family take the vaccine first. Let the legislators take the vaccine first. We don’t need it. We’re OK,” civil rights attorney Tricia Lindsay said at a press conference Thursday in response to Lamont’s suggestion.
Leaders in the Southern Baptist Convention are increasingly dropping the “Southern” part of their Baptist name, calling it a potentially painful reminder of the convention’s historic role in support of slavery. The 50,000 Baptist churches in the convention are autonomous and can still choose to refer to themselves as “Southern Baptist” or “SBC.” But in his first interview on the topic, convention president J.D. Greear said momentum has been building to adopt the name “Great Commission Baptists,” both because of the racial reckoning underway in the United States and because many have long seen the “Southern Baptist” name as too regional for a global group of believers.
The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed agreements on Tuesday to normalize relations with Israel, becoming the latest Arab states to break a longstanding taboo in a strategic realignment of Middle Eastern countries against Iran. https://youtu.be/2VoE_Lg3LfY
Kim Kardashian West announced that she will join two dozen celebrities in temporarily freezing their Instagram and Facebook accounts on Wednesday because the platforms “continue to allow the spreading of hate, propaganda and misinformation — created by groups to sow division and split America apart.” The announcement from such a high-profile user is likely to be a PR disaster for Instagram and Facebook, as well as a boost to the #StopHateForProfit campaign. Kardashian West is the seventh-most followed account on Instagram with 188 million followers. She currently has 30 million followers on Facebook.
Madonna has teamed with screenwriter Diablo Cody, producer Amy Pascal and Universal for a biopic on herself. In this case, call it an autobiopic as the music and pop culture icon is not only co-writing the script with Cody, who won an Oscar for writing Juno, but directing the project as well. “I want to convey the incredible journey that life has taken me on as an artist, a musician, a dancer – a human being, trying to make her way in this world,” said Madonna. “The focus of this film will always be music. Music has kept me going and art has kept me alive. There are so many untold and inspiring stories and who better to tell it than me. It’s essential to share the roller coaster ride of my life with my voice and vision.” Madonna and Cody have been teasing the news on Instagram and while the project is currently untitled, the singer-songwriter does call it Live to Tell at one point.
Kanye West built a white wall around the Los Angeles home he shares with wife Kim Kardashian and their four children. The 43-year-old rapper made the decision to erect the walls around the ranch house where he has also based his church, Sunday Service. The walls surround two different buildings, with entrance to one building via a circular tunnel.
Kanye West has stated he is ‘not putting no more music out till I’m done with my contract with Sony and Universal’ at the start of a Twitter rant on Monday night. ‘I’m not putting no more music out till I’m done with my contract with Sony and Universal … On God … in Jesus name … come and get me,’ he wrote. ‘I need to see everybody’s contracts at Universal and Sony I’m not gonna watch my people be enslaved I’m putting my life on the line for my people The music industry and the NBA are modern day slave ships I’m the new Moses,’ West added.
“The Git Up” singer Blanco Brown is on the road to recovery after a head-on car crash on Aug. 31 that left him with “significant injuries.” An update from BBR Music Group on Monday (Sept. 14) revealed that after the collision near his home in Atlanta, the Grammy nominee “suffered significant injuries and was transported to a local hospital where he underwent a 12-hour surgery to address those traumas.”
Netflix has given a 10-episode, straight-to-series order to a new animated take on Norman Lear’s classic sitcom “Good Times.” Lear and his Act III Prods. shingle is partnering with basketball star Steph Curry and his production company, Unanimous Media, as well as Seth MacFarlane and his shingle Fuzzy Door, to develop the show. Both Act III and Unanimous are based at Sony Pictures TV, which is behind the animated “Good Times.”
Tyra Banks bravely made her debut as host of Dancing With The Stars on Monday evening during the show’s season 29 premiere. And fans of the long-running celebrity competition series took to Twitter to ruthlessly BLAST the 46-year-old supermodel’s performance. A majority of the tweets desperately begged for the return of veteran hosts Tom Bergeron, 65, and Erin Andrews, 42, who were shockingly canned in July. Bergeron had been with the Dancing With The Stars franchise since it launched in 2005, while his former co-host Andrews joined the show in 2014.
JK Rowling is embroiled in yet another trans row after it was revealed that the villain in her latest book is a male serial killer who dresses as a woman to slay his victims. Troubled Blood – written under Rowling’s pseudonym Robert Galbraith – is set to be released on September 15 and will see detective Cormoran Strike work out what happened to missing GP Margot Bamborough. An early review of the 900-page book by The Daily Telegraph – in which the critic states the book’s ‘moral seems to be: never trust a man in a dress’ – sparked immediate backlash online. Furious readers rushed to Twitter to share their thoughts, making #RIPJKRowling trend in the UK.
The director of Cuties, Maïmouna Doucouré, has defended her film after coming under a barrage of criticism over claims it hyper-sexualizes young girls. Speaking in a panel at the Toronto Film Festival on French filmmakers Monday, Doucouré explained how the indie film now streaming on Netflix was a social commentary on how young girls are treated. ‘It’s because I saw so many things and so many issues around me lived by young girls, that I decided to make this film and sound an alarm and say we need to protect our children,’ Doucouré explained.
The FBI is investigating allegations that celebrity cheerleader Jerry Harris solicited sexually explicit photos and sex from minors, multiple sources told USA TODAY. Agents executed a search warrant Monday afternoon at a home in Naperville, Illinois, as part of that investigation. “The FBI is conducting court-authorized law enforcement activity in the area,” Siobhan Johnson, FBI special agent and public affairs officer, told USA TODAY. She declined further comment. Harris, who gained national prominence when he was featured in Netflix’s recent “Cheer” docuseries, has not been criminally charged. Harris, 21, did not respond to a request for comment.
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick said NFL social justice initiatives were “propaganda” on Sunday as scattered protests marked the first full day of the 2020 season. Kaepernick, who launched his kneeling protests in 2016 to draw attention to racial injustice, questioned the sincerity of the NFL’s stance against racism, citing the fact that fellow player-activist Eric Reid remained unemployed. Reid, who joined Kaepernick’s protests in 2016 when the two played for the 49ers, was released by the Carolina Panthers in March in a move that surprised many. The 28-year-old safety, who continued to kneel last season during the pre-game playing of the US national anthem, has not been hired since.
SoFi Stadium was devoid of fans on for Sunday Night Football due to the coronavirus pandemic, but full of victory for the hometown Los Angeles Rams. Sadly, that winning feeling wasn’t reflected in the ratings for NBC and the NFL in SNF‘s season opener. The team’s first game at its sparkling new $5 billion digs saw the Rams take down the Dallas Cowboys 20-17 in a grinding battle in which Rams running back Malcolm Brown score two touchdowns. Fighting right to the end against that wall of the Rams’ defense in a rough and tumble showdown, the Cowboys early on also saw starting linebacker Leighton Vander Esch exit with a collarbone injury. All in all, not a good start for Mike McCarthey’s first game as the Cowboys’ coach.
Gospel Recording Artist Brianna Collins lives to worship God. The Kingdom Image Award Nominee, blessed with a captivating voice and a heart filled with praise, has been singing since her parents caught her humming at the dinner table as a kid. Now, the University of Akron student, working towards her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music, is releasing a brand new single entitled, “Honor and Praise”, and it’s just the jam to get your feet moving and your arms waving. The song will release on Friday, September 25, 2020, but pre-orders are available starting Tuesday, September 15, 2020. The single will be available on all music digital platforms including Apple Music, iTunes, Amazon and Spotify on the day of release.
BET's Sunday Best Season 9 Finalist Keyla Richardson unveils the cover artwork to her forthcoming debut EP release "So Good," which is slated to arrive Friday, September 25. Fans can pre-order the 8-track EP, "So Good" now and receive two instant grat tracks including, "Corona Can't Hold Me Down" and the EP' title track and No.1 radio hit, "So Good," which she performed on the AT&T Emerging Artists Stage at the 2020 Stellar Awards. https://youtu.be/x77tXjyC888
Worship leader, recording artist, songwriter, producer and Record label executive for his independently owned PKR Ministries, Purcy Robinson celebrates his debut at #1 on the Digital Song Sales chart this week with his current song "All Glory Goes To You."
Andrew Gillum, former rising superstar in the Democratic Party, sat down with Tamron Hall during the season 2 premiere of the “Tamron Hall Show” and revealed for the first time that he identifies as bisexual. Gillum, joined by his wife of 11 years, R. Jai at various points throughout the wide-ranging interview, revealed for the first time that he identifies as bisexual and discussed the current state of his marriage. https://youtu.be/Y7FBMa1cYE4
Broadcast Veteran Sybil Wilkes to Moderate First-Ever Divine 9 Roundtable - Tuesday, September 15th at 7pm ET. Former Tom Joyner Morning Show co-host joins forces with The Divine Nine for a historic collaboration on a 9-Point Activation Plan for the 2020 Election Award-winning journalist and broadcast maven Sybil Wilkes has partnered with the Divine 9 to moderate an engaging roundtable discussion featuring Black Greek leadership from each organization. The unprecedented event will highlight the Divine 9’s 45-day election season strategy focused on harnessing the group’s collective influence to Inform, Empower and activate the African American community to vote.
Bishop Leonard Scott will be on Faith Star Radio with Apostle Veryl Howard TONIGHT! http://www.gospel-spotlight.com
Shontelle Norman-Beatty, background vocalist and former member of the New Edwin Hawkins Singers, revisits her traditional gospel foundation with her second-ever single release, “Jesus Will Fix It.” The electrifying “Jesus Will Fix It” takes a traditional take on the original beloved classic, while adding a new-sound showcasing Shontelle’s incredible range. “Jesus Will Fix It” will be available Friday, November 6, 2020 on all major digital outlets for purchase and streaming. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c50fOAEo0gk&feature=youtu.be
Earlier today, fans took to social media to congratulate actor Idris Elba and wife Sabrina Dhowre after reports claimed that the two welcomed their first child together, a baby boy. It was reported by multiple outlets that the 48-year-old actor “confirmed to ET Canada” that he and the model were now parents to a new baby, claiming he said this while promoting his new film, ”Concrete Cowboy,” at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday. “It really resonates with me, I’m a father of two boys, and definitely I can’t wait for my youngest to see this film,” the actor said during an interview. Apparently, some took it as Idris revealing he had welcomed a new child. ET later updated their story to make things clearer for readers: “A source close to Elba confirms that he was referring to his godson when saying he is the father of ‘ two boys.’ The actor is married to Sabrina Dhowre and has an 18-year-old daughter, Isan, and son, Winston, 6, from previous relationships.” The Star then followed up with a tweet of his own, shutting down the false reports.
A judge has pushed back the criminal trail of Nicki Minaj’s husband involving allegations he failed to register as a sex offender when he moved to California with the hip-hop star. According to reports, Kenneth Petty was due to start the trial this week but it has been delayed by five months. The new date is now Feb. 23, according to the Daily News.
A woman from Ljubljana, Slovenia, has been jailed for two years after she deliberately sliced her hand off with a circular saw as part of a wild insurance scam. According to TMZ, Julija Adlesic, 22, from Ljubljana, Slovenia, cut off her hand with a circular saw and then filed a disability claim stating that the accident happened while she was cutting branches. She and her boyfriend reportedly had at least five insurance policies on the woman that totaled around $1.16 million. https://youtu.be/mi8M_oM3P7c
R&B singer Anthony Hamilton while in quarantine has been keeping busy with ADCOLOR. Hamilton joined forces with the company which is presenting its ADCOLOR Everywhere virtual event. It is the premier organization dedicated to celebrating and promoting professionals of color and diversity in the creative industries. The organization was founded in 2005 by Tiffany R. Warren. ADCOLOR’s goal is to create a community of professionals who support and celebrate one another, while bringing authentic, diverse perspectives to their organizations – aiding in helping companies share innovative ideas that address the biggest challenges they face in creating a more diverse and inclusive culture.
Javicia Leslie is speaking out about making history as the first Black actress to play Batwoman for live-action TV show or movie. Leslis has been tapped to play the iconic character for The CW — picking up where actress Ruby Rose left off when she exited the show after season one. “When I read the character description, it was definitely me. I love the idea that it’s goofy meets bada** meets a person who doesn’t like to be told what to do. A person who does not like to follow the rules. I loved the fact that Ryan was just who I am, just a hot mess!” Leslie joked during Saturday’s Batwoman panel at DC FanDome.
A Ghanian preacher has left the congregation of his Florida church devastated after he shot and killed his estranged wife outside her office. Sylvester Ofori, 35, who heads the Floodgates of Heaven International Ministries and believes he is a prophet, is being held in Orange County Jail after gunning down his wife Barbara Tommey, 27, on Tuesday (Sept. 8). The murder was captured on CCTV and happened outside the Navy Federal Credit Union. Days before the killing, Ofori told his brother-in-law “if I don’t kill your sister I am a fake pastor” during a heated exchange, The Sun reports.
Mariah Carey is a superfan of Tina Fey’s 2004 film “Mean Girls,” so much so that the singer wants to be in a follow-up to the hit comedy. Carey and Fey recently appeared on Billboard‘s “Quizzed” video series and the former SNL writer tested the singer’s knowledge of the teen comedy. Carey breezed through the quiz and noted her disappointment that the Plastics didn’t sing her hit single “All I Want for Christmas is You” for the talent show in the film. https://youtu.be/KPYq6AzJLbc
Jennifer Lopez found a way to promote the one-year anniversary of her Hustlers film by incorporating it into the “WAP” viral dance challenge. J-Lo’s moves in the movie link up perfectly with the choreography assigned to Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s song. She wrote Sunday night (Sept. 18) “#WAPchallenge: Ramona Edition” in a tweet that included a link to her video on TikTok. https://www.tiktok.com/tag/hustlers
In a deal rumored to be worth $30 million, Netflix has acquired the worldwide rights to the Sam Levinson-directed romantic drama “Malcolm & Marie” starring Zendaya and John David Washington. Netflix describes “Malcolm & Marie” as an “achingly romantic drama in which a filmmaker (Washington) and his girlfriend (Zendaya) return home following a celebratory movie premiere as he awaits what’s sure to be imminent critical and financial success.” https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Eh0fQl8UwAAXK9h?format=jpg&name=small
Conservative activist Candace Owens says LeBron James is to blame for the Saturday night ambush of two Los Angeles sheriff’s deputies. The stanuch Trump supporter claims the NBA star has stirred up anti-police sentiment that led to the attack on the officers. Authorities on Sunday announced a $100,000 reward in connection with the search for a Black man, aged 28-30, who was seen on video shooting the two two sheriff’s deputies, CBS Los Angeles reports. “Why does this happen? Because pea-brained celebrities that are idolized like @KingJames tell young black men that they are “literally being hunted”,” said Owens, referencing a May 6 tweet in which James responded to the murder of Ahmaud Arbery. She also blamed athletes and entertainers who support BLM for the shooting.
New details surrounding the death of Naya Rivera have been revealed after the Ventura County Medical Examiner released her full autopsy and investigative reports. Rivera was found dead in July, nearly a week after she disappeared during a boating outing in Ventura County, California, with her 4-year-old son Josey. She was 33. According to the investigative report, Josey said they counted “1, 2, 3” and jumped off the pontoon boat together at Lake Piru. Once in the water, the child said his mother told him to get back on the boat. She helped him onto the boat and then he then heard [Naya] yell ‘help’ and she put her arm in the air. She then disappeared into the water,” the investigative report states, per PEOPLE. https://www.instagram.com/nayarivera/?utm_source=ig_embed
Motown Records has launch a new label spearheaded by label president Ethiopia Habtemariam and EMI Records’ recently-appointed president Rebecca Allen. Announced today (Sept. 14), Motown Records U.K. will have its own dedicated team and resources, and an appetite for signing local artists. The first executive appointments are managing director Rob Pascoe and marketing director Afryea Henry-Fontaine, both Universal Music Group veterans, with more recruits to be announced in the coming weeks.
Two months after Princess Love made a request to dismiss her filing to legally end her marriage with Ray J, the singer has made his own filing to move forward with the seperation. Ray J is also asking for joint custody of the couple’s two children: 9-month-old son Epik Ray, and daughter Melody Love, 2, according to The Blast.
Michael Passons, a founding member of Avalon who left the Christian band 17 years ago, is opening up about his departure from the group. The singer-songwriter, 54, revealed during Wednesday’s episode of Jonah and the Whale podcast that he was actually kicked out of the Grammy-winning musical act because he is gay. Recalling his exit to host Josh Skinner, Passons said that he was confronted by his former bandmates on June 30, 2003, to leave Avalon. “Avalon showed up at my house and told me I was no longer in the group,” he said. “And it was all because of who I am.”
Doug Williams endured some painful blindside hits as an NFL quarterback, but he embraced a recent one when he was informed that a certain foundation had endowed a scholarship in his name at his alma mater, Grambling State University. “When I asked who did this, I was told the donor wished it to be anonymous,” said Williams, a senior vice president for the Washington Football Team. “Ha, you know I have my connections at Grambling. I made a phone call and found out it was Peyton Manning’s foundation and it was endowing a half-dozen scholarships at historically Black colleges and universities [HBCUs]. Peyton is a Louisiana boy. I know he’s given to a lot of wonderful causes without publicity, but this was a most pleasant surprise for me.”Manning’s Peyback Foundation, which was founded in 1999 by Peyton and his wife, Ashley, has endowed six scholarships at four HBCU schools in his home state of Louisiana and two in Tennessee, where he played collegiately at the University of Tennessee. Williams, the first Black quarterback to ever win a Super Bowl, has his name on the Grambling endowment at the request of the Peyback Foundation.
Cleveland Browns’ quarterback Baker Mayfield announced he had reversed his decision to kneel during the national anthem. Mayfield explained Saturday afternoon in a prepared statement he posted on Twitter and Instagram that he wouldn’t kneel after all because he believed it would “only create more division or discussion about the gesture, rather than be a solution towards our country’s problems.” Mayfield vowed June 13 on Instagram to kneel in protest of social injustice and racial inequality. The pledge came in the wake of George Floyd’s death. At the time, Mayfield also said he didn’t mind if he lost some fans who disagreed with him. On Aug. 14, Mayfield told reporters he had no regrets about the promise to kneel.
The players have said they will protest and, if they do, ESPN says they will televise it. Normally ESPN only shows the honor guard and singing of the Star-Spangled Banner prior to games. However, for their opening Monday Night Football double-header, ESPN will also televise the “black national anthem,” a song known as Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing. In addition, the network will also “show social justice movements, actions, as they happen.” “Our policy is to cover the anthem when it’s newsworthy. That’s not going to change,” ESPN Executive Vice President of Event and Studio Production Stephanie Druley told reporters. “We are going to continue as we’ve done with the NBA and the WNBA. We will cover social justice movements, actions, as they happen. We’re not going to shy away from that.” Druley stressed that ESPN does not view the social justice protests as being political.
“The Deputy who repeatedly struck Roderick Walker is being terminated from the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office by order of Sheriff Victor Hill for excessive use of force,” is what the statement from Clayton County Sheriff’s Office says. The fired deputy’s name was not released by the department. A WSB-TV (Atlanta) reporter also posted to Twitter a photo of Roderick Walker’s injuries from what appears to be from inside of a jail, where he’s behind plexiglass in a jail uniform … with a swollen eye.
Donald Trump threatened to pull federal funding from California schools planning to incorporate The New York Times’ 1619 Project into curriculums. On Sunday, the president tweeted that the Department of Education would be “looking at” claims that California intends to teach students about America’s history of slavery via the 1619 Project. Department of Education is looking at this. If so, they will not be funded!” Trump tweeted. One Twitter user responded to trump’s message with, “All that the 1619 project wants to do is speak of the beginning of America at the time that Slavery began. It was black men and women who built this country from the origins.” Other noted that this is Trump and the revisionists latest attempt at erasing “the history of slavery.”
Premiering September 19, MSNBC is rolling out its new weekend prime-time lineup featuring anchors Alicia Menendez and Joshua Johnson as part of the network’s continued investment in live programming on Saturdays and Sundays. At the height of both an election year and a global pandemic, MSNBC is doubling down on its commitment to delivering breaking news coverage and analysis seven days a week. “American Voices with Alicia Menendez” will air on Saturdays and Sundays from 6 to 8 p.m. ET. “The Week with Joshua Johnson” will air Saturdays and Sundays from 8 to 10 p.m. ET. MSNBC’s new weekend lineup also includes anchor Yasmin Vossoughian who will host “MSNBC Live” Saturdays and Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m.
Netflix is responding to backlash surrounding its controversial French film “Cuties.” The hashtag #CancelNetflix began trending on social media this week after folks who have not watched the film accused the streamer, and director Maïmouna Doucouré, of sexualizing young girls. https://youtu.be/M0O7lLe4SmA
Recognizing the disparities within the healthcare market for black communities across the nation, esteemed civil rights attorney, author and advocate Areva Martin has launched Butterflly Health, a behavioral health app that is specifically crafted for underserved communities. The consumer-based health app allows users to self-identify and join several community groups that fit their descriptors. Within these groups, or “teams” as the app describes them, users can connect with others who may be experiencing similar feelings.
The defense lawyers for the four ex-Minneapolis cops charged in the death of George Floyd are claiming Floyd swallowed fentanyl, a deadly synthetic opioid, before his arrest. Ben Crump, a lawyer for the Floyd family, is not buying it and isn’t gonna let it fly. In fact, he accused the defense team of blaming the dead, a legal maneuver that “flies in the face of what we see with our own eyes on the video,” he added, referring to viral cellphone footage of an officer with his knee on Floyd’s neck before his death. “The only overdose that killed George Floyd was an overdose of excessive force and racism by the Minneapolis Police Department. George was lucid, cooperative, obeyed commands and had situational awareness when he died,” Crump said in a statement. “The world witnessed his asphyxiation on video, and now defense counsel is asking us to disbelieve our own eyes. Multiple autopsies determined that he died of asphyxiation because of the officers kneeling on his back and neck.” https://youtu.be/e4a-EYicE4A
After two deputies were shot and left in critical condition Saturday night, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department released surveillance footage that appears to show the shooting in Compton. https://youtu.be/v5h_etYRiq0
Superstar and social activist Naomi Osaka has bagged another US Open title to add to her trophy case. Osaka, had to do it via a comeback against top seeded Victoria Azarenka with a score of 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the US Open final. It’s her second win in Flushing Meadows and third Grand Slam win. https://youtu.be/Tq6eSJmYNSE
Reggae fans around the world are mourning the passing of Frederick “Toots” Hibbert, the lead singer and songwriter of Toots and the Maytals. Hilbert, hailed as one of reggae’s foundational figures, died Friday in Kingston, Jamaica. He was 77. https://youtu.be/gbaaQTBOrZg
Hundreds of firefighters battled two large wildfires Friday that threatened to merge near the most populated part of Oregon, including the suburbs of Portland, and the governor said dozens of people are missing in other parts of the state as the death toll is expected to climb significantly. Authorities in Oregon, California, and Washington State reported at least 25 dead on Friday. Oregon’s emergency management director, Andrew Phelps, said officials are ‘preparing for a mass fatality event’ and that thousands of structures have been destroyed. Governor Kate Brown said more than 40,000 Oregonians have been evacuated and about 500,000 are in different levels of evacuation zones, either having been told to leave or to prepare to do so.
Just a month after announcing her pregnancy, Kelis has welcomed her third child, a baby girl! The singer took to Instagram for a Live session on Saturday to share the big news. While speaking with fans, the 41-year-old Milkshake hitmaker revealed she gave birth to her baby following “intense labor,” and was also planning to document her post-pregnancy weight loss journey. ”Hey, so I’ve been kind of MIA…but for a really good reason cause I just had my baby,” she said to viewers in her video. She went on to explain, “it was intense. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and I’m generally a really private person, with my personal life, but I wanted to kind of bring my fam into sort of talk about all of these women’s things we go through that no one really tells us about.” She then revealed, “I had my baby a week ago and I had a girl by the way – so very excited about that – it’s my first girl! I wanted to bring you into my process.”
Actress Candace Cameron Bure said she will not apologize for posting a photo showing her husband groping her. The outspoken Christian shared the photo on her Instagram story over the weekend. In it, her husband, Valeri, is resting his hand on his wife’s breast (while fully clothed). The photo caused a stir with some of the “Fuller House” star’s 4.4 million followers because she later took to insta-story to clap back at the comments she received. “For all of you Christians that are questioning my post with my husband’s hand on my boob — my husband of 24 years — thinking it was inappropriate, it makes me laugh because it’s my husband, we have so much fun together,” Bure, 44, shared in a series of videos. “He can touch me anytime he wants, and I hope he does. This is what a healthy, good marriage and relationship is all about.” The Hallmark Channel star initially apologized, but then took it back.
Friday, the Clayton County Sheriff's Office in Georgia launched an investigation after a viral video started circulating around social media showing two officers tackling a Black man, who was reportedly a passenger in a cab, in front of his children. The events supposedly leading to the man being held on the ground were detailed in an Instagram post, written by someone claiming to be the man's cousin. The post said that the man was riding in a Lyft, which was pulled over for having a broken tail light. https://twitter.com/i/status/1304715122179534855
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has flipped the script on the Best Picture Oscar nomination eligibility. Film wanting to be considered for this category must prove they are inclusive on and off-screen. The new inclusion standards are outlined in the Academy Aperture 2025 initiative, PEOPLE reports. The new changes will be required for contenders in the Best Picture.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged rapper and actor T.I. for promoting an unregistered initial coin offering on social media. Decrypt reports the rapper along with four others were charged for the fraudulent operations. The SEC said T.I. claimed to be a co-owner of the streaming platform FLiK and tried to convince fans to invest in the company via social media. Among the four suspects was Atlanta-based film producer Ryan Felton who allegedly raised funds using ICOs for FLiK and digital trading platform CoinSpark then transferred the FLiK coins into his personal bank account. He exchanged the digital coins for $2 million and used it to purchase Ferrari, jewelry, a million-dollar home, and other items.
New from Netflix, It’s “The Playbook,” a series that profiles legendary coaches as they share the rules they live by to achieve success in sports and in life. Through emotional and in-depth interviews, each coach reveals the critical moments in their personal lives and careers that ultimately helped form their coaching philosophies. Featured coaches include the Los Angeles Clippers’ Doc Rivers; two-time FIFA World Cup-winning coach Jill Ellis, the winningest coach in U.S. soccer history; Premier League’s José Mourinho, one of the most decorated football managers of all time; Serena Williams’ famed tennis coach, Patrick Mouratoglou; and hall of fame basketball player and coach Dawn Staley. https://youtu.be/Iapq84suC3c
Idris Elba has teased that a movie version of his popular British detective series “Luther” is still in the works. “There isn’t a real formal plan for Luther at the moment,” he recently said during a Zoom event, per Sky News. “I’ve made it very clear that I’d like to see Luther come back as a film. And I can tell you this, that we are this close to making a film of Luther.” Elba told the UK Metro back in 2018, “It will be more murder, more Volvos, more frowning Luther,” he said. “Essentially we just want to try and take it to a much bigger remit and scale and perhaps international as well.”
“I try to see music visually,” said lead guitarist Blake Aaron about the titled of his September 18, 2020 album release “Color and Passion” (Innervision Records). “Music makes a lot of color to me.” Blake is currently promoting the latest single release from the upcoming project titled “Day Light.” The “Color and Passion” album features saxophonists David Rahn (“Vivid”); Najee (“Sunday Strut”); flutist Kim Scott (“Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing”); bass players Darryl Williams, Hussain Jiffry and Mel Brown; drummers Tony Moore and Eric Valentine; keyboardists/pianists Rob Mullins, Tateng Katindig and Mike Whittaker; horn players/arrangers David Mann and Lee Thornburg, and guitarist Adam Hawley (“Sunday Strut”). Two of the singles, “Fall for You” and “Groovers and Shakers” went #1. https://youtu.be/lP1DAggU9H0
Have you heard about Ice Cube‘s “Contract With Black America” campaign? He’s been out promoting it to make it part of the conversation in the upcoming presidential election. Ice Cube says the contract serves as a “blueprint to achieve racial economic justice.” He also said in a conversation with TMZ Live that he's been in contact with both Joe Biden and Donald Trump to outline his demands. “The end game is to get a candidate to adopt this plan because it’s needed for Black America,” said Cube as he discussed his contract. Ice Cube says he washed his hands of identity politics. In other words, he’s willing to vote Trump back into office if he meets his demands before his Presidency is up.
Usher recently announced his own Las Vegas residency will go down next year. In an interview this week, he teases fans with a sneak peek of what they can expect. “I’m in the process of collecting all of the moments that have happened in my life, be it videos [or] live performances,” he tells Entertainment Tonight,. “I’m trying to figure out how to recreate those. [People] can look and say, ‘Man, I remember that video or those moves.” “Since I was 21 years old, I’ve really anticipated getting to go to Vegas and play the shows the way that they did in the early days,” he said. “The vibe of Las Vegas is everything on steroids — the best clubs, the best shows, the best food, all of it. To finally be able to get this opportunity, to share myself and also to share my history with my audience, I can’t wait for it.” https://www.instagram.com/usher/?utm_source=ig_embed
A woman feeling the weight of being confined to her home during the pandemic decided to do something drastic to “free” herself. “We had the pandemic, we had all the killings and the social unrest and the divisiveness, and it was driving me crazy, making me very sad, very depressed, and I honestly did not feel free,” said Linda Harris. “So I thought of Harriet and her walk to freedom.” At the time of her interview with Fox 5 DC, Harris and seven other women were 116 miles into the path taken nearly 200 years ago by former slave Harriet Tubman on the Underground Railroad.
ADRIENNE HOUGHTON SHARES HER FASHION MUST-HAVES ON CLEO TV'S ALL THINGS ADRIENNE ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 AT 9 P.M. ET/8C. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrQEWIjZANU&feature=youtu.be
Rising gospel music star and Summerville, South Carolina native, Kelontae Gavin, offers a brand new single, “Hold Me Close,” available at all major digital retail and streaming outlets now. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4VseW2UAsU&feature=youtu.be
Lecrae will join Prison Fellowship and opening act, The Birdsongs, a Christian rock band, for a two-hour event intended to bring hope and restoration to men incarcerated at St. Clair Prison in Springville, AL. The HOPE event will feature live performances from The Birdsongs, Lecrae and conclude around with an impactful conversation with the men who will view the event from a safe distance.
GRAMMY, Dove and Stellar Award-winning artist, producer, composer, arranger and musician Aaron Lindsey announces the launch of MultiEthnic Records, a boutique Los Angeles-based label representing a variety of artists and genres. For Lindsey, the label is the culmination of a 20-plus year career in which he has worked with leading artists including William McDowell, Israel and New Breed, Marvin Sapp, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Kenny Lattimore, David & Nicole Binion, India.Arie, Thalles Roberto, Darlene Zschech and Karen Clark Sheard to name but a few.
For Christian singer/songwriter couple Jeremy and Adrienne Camp, writing and recording an album together in the midst of a global pandemic — though unconventional — was an act of worship. “We’ve led worship together for years and always talked about recording something together, but it never seemed like the right timing,” Jeremy, a Grammy Award-winning recording artist, told The Christian Post. “And then the coronavirus hit.” In the last weekend before indoor theaters shut down due to COVID-19, “I Still Believe” — an Erwin brothers film following the true-life story of Camp and his journey of love and loss — opened to roughly $9 million at the box office, beating out several Hollywood blockbusters.
Country music icon Dolly Parton, along with CCM artist Zach Williams, has topped Christian music charts with “There Was Jesus,” a song bringing hope to millions amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The duet increased by 2% to 10.5 million airplay audience impressions in the week ending Sept. 6, topping the Christian AC Songs tally. Though she has amassed 25 No. 1 hits on Hot Country Songs, seven leaders on Top Country Albums, and two No. 1 hits on the all-genre Hot 100 songs chart, “There Was Jesus” marks Parton’s first No. 1 on the Christian charts. https://youtu.be/37wV6D49iEY
A Black Democratic state lawmaker who is challenging the appointment of a Black woman to the Florida Supreme Court contended Thursday that Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis is engaging in “racial tokenism” by choosing someone the court itself has already ruled is not eligible for the position. State Rep. Geraldine Thompson said in an online news conference that DeSantis only chose Renatha Francis for the high court because she shares his conservative ideology, not because he is trying to achieve racial diversity. Thompson says Francis doesn’t meet the constitutional requirement of being a Florida Bar member for at least 10 years, a point the Supreme Court noted two weeks ago when it ruled DeSantis had exceeded his authority by appointing an ineligible candidate. The court did not undo the appointment, however.
On Friday (09-04-20), four elevator mechanics filed a lawsuit against Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. and Mitsubishi Electric US Holdings, Inc. In their Complaint, they describe supervisors at Mitsubishi referring to Black workers as “undesirables,” “lazy,” and “dumb ass n***ers,” delegating them menial tasks and failing to provide them with the same training opportunities. Plaintiffs LeiRoi Bowie, Gabriel Ross, Lavell Roberson and Craig Martin also state Mitsubishi failed to provide Black mechanics with a safe work environment, and take remedial and effective action to stop the harassers from continuing their harassment, and deter others from engaging in similar racist conduct.
Miami Dolphins players released a two-minute, 17-second video on Thursday night letting everyone know that they will not take the field for the playing of two anthems before Sunday’s season opener. Multiple teammates explained in rhyme why they wanted to make a stand without following along with the plan the league had set forth, which included the playing of America’s national anthem as well as the Black national anthem, “Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing.” https://youtu.be/L3e9-ne16HE
There were barely any fans at the usually sold-out, deafening Arrowhead Stadium due to COVID-19 social distancing, but boos were still heard among the roughly 17,000 of a possible 76,400 who were in attendance as opposing players linked arms during what was billed as a “moment of unity.” https://youtu.be/6Fiy8IJM9rQ
Will Smith teased fans with a preview of the upcoming HBO Max reunion special for “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” The cast gathered on the set of their hit show on Thursday to tape the special in celebration of the show’s 30th anniversary. https://www.instagram.com/willsmith/?utm_source=ig_embed
Alicia Keys and the NFL have teamed to launch a $1 billion endowment fund focused on supporting Black-owned businesses and communities. Keys announced the full details of her latest initiative, revealing NFL bosses will be contributing to the fund. In an interview with Billboard, the singer said the recent protests have inspired her to raise awareness about social injustice and systematic racism. https://twitter.com/aliciakeys?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1299895675749044225%7Ctwgr%5Eshare_3&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Feurweb.com%2F2020%2F09%2F11%2Falicia-keys-and-nfl-announce-1-billion-fund-for-black-owned-businesses-communities%2F
Since it was published in 1965, “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” has sold millions of copies around the world, and it will now reach a new audience with the Audible release of an unabridged audio version. Ilyasah Shabazz, the third daughter of Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz, said she hopes the audiobook, performed by actor Laurence Fishburne, “will inspire today’s activists and create a shared understanding with the civil rights leaders of the 1960s.” “His life resonates with so many people who find themselves at a crossroads, especially young people in underserved communities,” Shabazz told NBC News. “When you have people who are weary — whether they are young or they are old — with the way that our system works, they seemed to find a lot of solace in it.” https://youtu.be/C7IJ7npTYrU
Tamar Braxton’s new WE tv docuseries “Get Ya Life!” premiered on Thursday, and viewers got a glimpse of her clashing with ex-boyfriend David Adefeso over sex. The six-episode series promises to take fans on her journey with motherhood, love and her career as she records a new album. At the time the show was filmed, Braxton was still dating Adefeso. Earlier this week, however, The Blast reported that he had filed for a restraining order against her, and it comes less than two months after he allegedly found the singer unresponsive in their Los Angeles hotel room following a suicide attempt. David claims a physical altercation between the two prompted him to contact police. https://youtu.be/EEDsK9pQk9g
Gospel music icon Donnie McClurkin took to Instagram Thursday to slam a report that he’s suffering from a life-threatening disease. “What [in] the world!!!! So, now I’m supposed to be hospitalized with some kind of cancer???? Someone posted that I was sick and used a 5yr old hospital picture and info!!” McClurkin captioned his post. In a video message, the singer and pastor made clear that the is “alive” and “well.” https://www.instagram.com/donmac6453/?utm_source=ig_embed
While in his usual enhanced state, Snoop Dogg ran down a list of people that Donald Trump has offended with racist hate speech. This appeared to be “sparked” by reports this week of #45 disparaging the military and veterans. “So, me and my homeboys sittin’ up here talkin’ about all the people that President Trump disrespected… Women, gays, transgenders, Blacks, Mexicans, Asians, and now veterans,” Snoop said in the video posted on Wednesday (Sept. 9). “Hmmm. Seem like he’s disrespecting every color in the world and everything that ain’t what he is, which is a racist.” https://www.instagram.com/snoopdogg/?utm_source=ig_embed
Neve Campbell has confirmed that she’s coming back for the “Scream” revival. “Scream 5” is in the works at Spyglass, and David Arquette has confirmed his return, reprising the role of Deputy Dewey Riley in the previous four installments of the horror movie series. https://youtu.be/klYy6DzOufc
Regina King has joined the cast of “The Harder They Fall,” a new Western for Netflix starring Idris Elba and Jonathan Majors. Additional cast members include Zazie Beetz, Lakeith Stanfield, Edi Gathegi and RJ Cyler. As reported by Variety, the new movie is written by Samuel and Boaz Yakin. The story follows Nat Love (Majors), an outlaw who reunites with his gang to seek revenge on the man who killed his parents (Elba).
On this day in 1971, a Saturday morning cartoon starring The Jackson 5 premiered on ABC. Creator Motown Productions had two main goals for its fictionalized portrayal of the group, showcase their music and milk their superstar status. In the program’s short run, they managed to do both. https://youtu.be/SM6qSap8PLU
WE tv’s “Life After Lockup” returns with a four-part self-shot event beginning September 11. The stars of “Life After Lockup” are serving a fresh new take on fast-paced and heart-wrenching storytelling, this special event features a mix of unseen footage and self-shot stories captured during quarantine using cell phones, Go Pros, video diaries, and interviews recorded on Skype, according to the press release. https://youtu.be/VSsqG-AjclM
The nation forever changed 19 years ago when 3,000 people were killed in New York City, at the Pentagon and in a field in rural Pennsylvania in terror attacks orchestrated by al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Ever since then, the horror of it all replays like a bad movie on the anniversary and fresh wounds are reopened. The stories of 12 African-American firefighters — Leon W. Smith Jr., Shawn E. Powell, Vernon Cherry, Andre Fletcher, and Ronnie L Henderson; Gerard Jean Baptiste, Keithroy Maynard, William L. Henry Jr., Karl Joseph, and Tarel Coleman. Keith Glascoe and Vernon Richard — who gave their lives at the World Trade Center site to save others on 9/11 have gone largely untold. Craig Kelly, a former firefighter and a grief counselor who worked with the fallen heroes’ families, was compelled to chronicle the aftermath of their deaths and made his research into a documentary, “All Our Sons–Fallen Heroes of 9/11,” which was released in 2004. The tribute memorializes the fateful day’s of these heroic lives and what they meant to their communities. https://youtu.be/2UcsS-heeQE
Veteran journalist Bob Woodward‘s explosive series of interviews with Donald Trump has not only revealed the president’s blase approach to the coronavirus — an approach that arguably led to nearly 200,000 Americans dying — but it also offered further confirmation of his racist feelings toward Black people and about white privilege. Excerpts from audiotapes of Woodward’s upcoming book about Trump were published Wednesday and featured the president saying in his own words how severe of a public health threat COVID-19 posed to the U.S. That interview, in particular, took place before Trump repeatedly described the coronavirus to the American people as a political “hoax” being pushed by Democrats during an election year. The end result has been more than 190,000 deaths of Americans, including notable individuals like Herman Cain who refused to wear personal protective equipment like masks because he believed and repeated Trump’s claims downplaying the coronavirus’ true threat. Trump later on Wednesday admitted he downplayed the threat — only after the audiotapes were released — and said he didn’t want people to panic if they knew the truth.
One of the multiple prosecutors who recused themselves from Ahmaud Arbery’s murder case over shady links to the accused killers could soon find herself out of a job after a candidate qualified to challenge her re-election bid in south Georgia. Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney Jackie Johnson’s office worked with one in the trio of jailed white men charged with playing separate murderous roles in the killing of Arbery, a Black man who was jogging when he was allegedly racially profiled, chased down by armed men, trapped in the middle of a road and shot dead in February in the coastal town of Brunswick. Gregory McMichael worked for more than 20 years with Johnson’s office as an investigator, prompting her to recuse herself over what she described at the time as a conflict of interest. But there should be no conflict of interest when it comes to a case of blatant murder, Georgia NAACP President James Woodall argued in a tweet months ago while slamming Johnson in a tweet.
Jesse Mitchell is a rap artist with a gritty delivery and a soul that is anchored in the Lord. His music can contain hard-core, straight forward flowing lyrics, but, he can also deliver high praise driven contemporary Gospel anthems and melodic ballads. As a relatively new artist, his versatility is appealing to a growing fan base and his new music continues to distinguish him in the Christian music genre. Determined to heat up this summer and continue to deliver fresh music, Jesse released a powerful new single "Chain Breaker". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLqz3mmo5zQ&feature=youtu.be
Two distinct presidencies are the subject of a new documentary. “The Way I See It” from Focus Films. The production is based on the New York Times #1 bestseller of the same name and it gives viewers an unprecedented behind the scenes look into American History. https://youtu.be/7L4ktHbelhc
Texas Tech officials are now investigating after video of a young woman boasting about having COVID-19 while at an outdoor party went viral. The woman not only proclaimed that she had the virus, but also the entire group of people around her in the shot. No one appeared to be wearing masks. The Twitter user who posted the clip on Sept. 5, Taylor Smith, captioned it: “What’s happening at Texas Tech. Side note, I do not know this girl but she was brave enough to post this for others to see! If you are selfish like this with no regards for others safety, f*** off!” Texas Tech officials are investigating after video of a young woman boasting about having COVID-19 while at an outdoor party went viral. https://twitter.com/i/status/1302345573308170243
Mara Brock Akil has signed a multi-year, overall deal with Netflix. Under the deal, Brock Akil, the executive producer known for “Girlfriends,” will write and produce scripted content and other creative projects for the streaming giant, Variety reports. “It is a dream to partner with the force of Netflix, for we have the same goals—telling human stories for a global audience,” Brock Akil said. “I’m excited to have a home that allows me the creative freedom and support to do what I do best– paint portraits and murals of women, Black people and anyone else whose story is missing from this golden age of television. Representation matters and so does who you build with– I can’t wait to work closely with Channing Dungey and her team to launch some great stories.”
During a preview of the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City series premiere, it was revealed that one of the stars married their grandmother’s second husband to take over their family business. According to US Weekly, Mary Cosby revealed she is a “Pentecostal First Lady” and has taken over her family business after marrying her late grandmother’s second husband, Robert Cosby Sr. Her biography reads that the couple has been “been married for 20 years and have one teenage son together. Small but mighty and always dressed to the nines, her unconventional past has made her guarded and she quickly finds herself on shaky ground with some of the ladies.” This reveal has led to some fans of the franchise to wonder why she would marry and have a child with her “grandfather” just to gain the family’s inheritance. One fan wrote on Twitter, “now lookie here Mary Cosby…..you could’ve took that one to grave beloved.”
The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) and the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) will present the panel series, La Conversación, centering the Afro-Latinx experience. La Conversación will highlight the exclusion of the Afro-Latinx experience in film/TV, particularly its origins and its impact now. Other hot-button issues include the barriers Afro-Latinx creatives face in Hollywood, diversity and inclusion efforts, as well as the value Afro-Latinx voices add to both Black American and Latinx productions, among others.
”Enslaved” is the highly anticipated six-part docuseries featuring Hollywood icon and human rights activist Samuel L. Jackson. It provides a never-before-seen look at the transatlantic slave trade. Episode 1 launches the epic story of the transatlantic slave trade, as told from the ocean floor. Divers from Diving With a Purpose go in search of sunken slave ships. Hollywood icon and human rights activist Samuel L. Jackson goes on a personal journey to meet the tribe of his ancestors for the first time. https://youtu.be/GaJUi-Wexv0
During an unprecedented year disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic and social justice protests, the first-ever Salute THEM [Together Heroes Emerge Momentous] Awards will recognize individuals and organizations who have “initiated global change” and will take place during the annual CBC Annual Legislative Conference Week. https://youtu.be/BOxMDv90xK8
Vairrun Strickland from the TBS’ hit reality show “Lost Resort,” is an increasingly popular cast member and is much more than a pair of biceps. The Chicago native from West Englewood is on a mission to increase awareness of the mental health challenges often faced by black males. In Lost Resort, nine cast members come together in the jungle of Costa Rica as they try to overcome personal challenges with the help of mental and spiritual healers. Strickland, a longtime firefighter, shared how extremely long hours, fighting fires and encountering traumatic life or death situations had hindered his ability to process his emotions and communicate effectively during romantic relationships. He often bottled everything up. “In my line of work, you can’t show emotion. You have to be able to do chest compressions on a young boy with a straight face, while his family is crying next to you asking if he is going to make it, and you know he probably won’t,” he said. “Then, one day you just lose it and you’re emotional and you feel depressed, but you don’t really understand what is going on.”
Authorities in Oregon now say more than 500,000 people statewide have been forced to evacuate because of wildfires. The latest figures from Thursday evening come from the Oregon Office of Emergency Management. That’s over 10% of the state’s 4.2 million population. OEM also reported Thursday that wildfires have now burned a record 900,000 acres statewide. Authorities say the wildfire activity was particularly acute Thursday afternoon in northwestern Oregon as hot, windy conditions continued. At a news conference Thursday, Gov. Kate Brown said there have been deaths, but the exact number is not yet known. There have been at least three reported fire deaths in the state.
Orlando police say the husband of a woman shot and killed outside of a Navy Federal Credit Union on Tuesday has been charged with first-degree murder in her death. Authorities say the victim was an employee at the credit union. She’s been identified as Barbara Tommey, 27. Investigators say she was shot and killed near the front door of the bank by her husband, Sylvester Ofori, 35. In an update on Wednesday morning, police said the two had been going through a divorce and she was no longer living with him. After officials spent hours looking for Ofori following the shooting, a search warrant was served at his apartment and he was taken into custody. Sylvester Ofori is the pastor of Floodgates of Heaven church. https://youtu.be/Y4NbSNI5UXs
Delores Washington-Green, whose silvery soprano sweetened the music of the legendary gospel group The Caravans, has died at 82. Mrs. Washington-Green, who faced various forms of cancer five times since the 1970s, died Sept. 2 of complications from the disease at the home of her niece Verlda Brown, according to her son Leonidas “Lee” Green. She joined The Caravans in 1958. Around that time, the lineup also included Albertina Walker, Inez Andrews, Shirley Caesar and Cassietta George.
“Love Theory (Remix),” the new single from Kirk Franklin x Wyclef Jean, is available now at digital music providers. The new digital single with sixteen-time GRAMMY®-winner Kirk Franklin and three-time GRAMMY®-winner Wyclef Jean marks the first time Franklin has paired up with Jean, and is released in conjunction with the latest episode of Wyclef Jean’s show “Run That Back!” with Franklin. https://kirkfranklin.lnk.to/LoveTheoryRemix
NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace, 26, announced Thursday that he will be leaving Richard Petty Motorsports after the 2020 season. “This was not an easy decision as I have nothing but the utmost respect for Richard Petty and his family, but I believe it’s time for someone else to take over the reins of the No. 43,” Wallace, who has raced with Richard Petty Motorsports for three seasons, wrote on Twitter. “Thank you to the King and everyone at Richard Petty Motorsports for giving me the opportunity to start my Cup Series career. I’ve grown so much as a driver and as a person since joining them. We’ve got nine more races together, and I hope we can finish the 2020 season on a high note,” his post continued. The announcement comes less than three months after Wallace — the only top-tier Black NASCAR driver — was at the center of a noose controversy.
AJ Collier and The Band of Believers delivers a compelling turn on this newest album AJ COLLIER LIVE WITH THE BAND OF BELIEVERS, available everywhere today. Featuring the lead hit singles “Lift The Savior”and “Hosanna”, this project debuted #8 on the iTunes top 200 Gospel Charts. AJ Collier & B. O. B. take their calling to new heights, with a confident message of celebration and serving God in relevant new ways, incorporating innovative beats, and other sounds in their chart-topping release.
CLEO TV announced today the season two of New Soul Kitchen returns with a double-header on Saturday, October 3 at 9p.m. ET / 8C and 9:30p.m. /8:30C. Chef Jernard Wells returns to prepare even more robust recipes in the series' extended, 30-minute format. Acclaimed chef, cookbook author, and family man Chef Jernard is not only bringing his arsenal of down-home dishes to viewers, but is teaming up with four of America's most talented chefs to spice things up by incorporating their delicious mouth-watering recipes.
A grand jury empaneled by Kentucky’s attorney general is set to decide “very soon” whether to charge one, some or all of the officers involved with the botched no-knock warrant that led to Breonna Taylor‘s killing earlier this year, according to a new report. Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron is finally presenting the findings from his office’s completed investigation into the shooting that happened nearly six months ago. “The presentation was expected to take at least two days,” but it was unclear when it began. If it started Tuesday, then the grand jury could make its decision before the week’s end. Cameron — a Black Republican and avid supporter of Donald Trump who has been described as Mitch McConnell‘s “protégé” — and his office have been accused of both politicizing the case and dragging their feet when it came to bringing charges.
Get ready to continue the laughs! The BET+ hit series “BRUH” from Tyler Perry returns from it’s mid-season break September 10, 2020. Titled “Playing With Fire” and “On Thin Ice,” the first few episodes will not only have you laughing until you can’t anymore, but will also have you picking your jaw up from the floor!
Tia Mowry has opened up about her relationship with fame, struggles with self-image and the discrimination she faced as a teen star. “To this day, I’m always telling my beautiful brown-skinned girl that she is beautiful,” Mowry says of her daughter in a candid conversation on ET’s Unfiltered. “And the same thing even with my son. I tell him how handsome he is, I tell him, you know, he is smart. Because I know what it feels like for someone to devalue your worth, and I don’t want my children to ever, ever, ever, feel that. And not have the strength, or the foundation, to not believe it. To believe that they are worthy.” The actress recalls a moment during the height of the popularity of “Sister, Sister,” the show she starred on with her twin sister, Tamera. “So my sister [Tamera] and I wanted to be on the cover of this very popular [teenage] magazine at the time,” Mowry recalls. “We were told that we couldn’t be on the cover of the magazine because we were Black and we would not sell.”
Halle Berry made Hollywood history in 2002 when she won the Academy Award for best actress for the film “Monster’s Ball,” making her the first Black woman to win the award. Nearly two decades later, the actress remains the only Black woman to receive the honor. “I thought Cynthia [Erivo, the star of ‘Harriet’] was going to do it last year. I thought Ruth [Negga, nominated for 2016’s ‘Loving’] had a really good shot at it too,” Berry said in an interview with Variety. “I thought there were women that rightfully, arguably, could have, should have. I hoped they would have, but why it hasn’t gone that way, I don’t have the answer.” Berry said after her massive Oscar win she thought she would have an endless selection of roles to choose from… but the opposite happened.
Cardi B revealed during a recent Instagram Live with fans that a Trump supporter leaked her address online after she criticized the president. “Sh*t gets so intense that a Trump supporter posted my address and encouraged people to dox my home, to put my house on fire,” she admitted. “I literally hired a private investigator, and served them with a warrant and arrested this boy.” Cardi said, “This boy was a f*cking teenager. His parents were shook.” Conservative activist and Trump supporter Candace Owens recently escalated her feud with Cardi B when she taunted the rapper over her interview with Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
2020 has posed unthinkable challenges and boundless opportunities to defy the odds. The 2020 Los Angeles Black Business Expo (LBBE) is ready to seize the moment Saturday, September 12th! This year they have gathered yet another impressive list of speakers, authors, coaches, consultants & vendors who are power packed with a plethora of information, products and services to help attendees maximize grow, start or pivot all facets of their businesses and personal lives. Headliners include Dr. George Fraser, Les Brown, Reginald Grant, Dr. Rosie Milligan, Jewel Diamond Taylor, Byron Nelson, Brian Franklin, Dr. Cherilyn Lee, Doris F. Mosley, Dr. Stephanie Audrey, Richard Yeargin III, Norma T. Hollis, Melvin Burrell, Bob Grant and many more.
Jussie Smollett opened up about his 2019 hate crime attack in a interview with activist Marc Lamont Hill on Wednesday. The former “Empire” star appeared in an Instagram Live with Hill, during which he discussed his ongoing trial. “It’s been beyond frustrating, and I certainly am not going rogue,” he said about the case. “I’m still taking the advice of my attorneys and everything like that, but I don’t really see, honestly, what staying quiet has really done, like, where it has gotten me. … It’s so much bigger than me.” https://www.instagram.com/marclamonthill/?utm_source=ig_embed
Disney is facing a new round of controversy, including calls for a boycott, after it was revealed that the new live-action remake of “Mulan” thanked Chinese government agencies that have been accused of extreme human rights violations in the Xinjiang province. The company’s remake of “Mulan” launched on its Disney+ streaming service on Friday, where eagle-eyed viewers noticed the film’s credits thanked several Chinese entities, including the Public Security and Tourism bureaus for Turpan and the Xinjiang government’s publicity department. The province is home to detention camps that have held Uighur Muslims, where detainees have allegedly been subjected to terrible human rights violations, such as torture and forced sterilization.
Black businesses and Black banks will get a hefty share of funds tied to Bank of America’s massive pledge to advance racial equality and economic opportunity. The nation’s second-largest bank just announced its initial progress by directing $300 million to four key areas: $200 million to minority entrepreneurs, businesses, and funds; $50 million to minority depository institutions; $25 million in support of jobs initiative; and $25 million in support of community outreach and Initiatives. The first outlay is linked to the Charlotte, N.C.-based banking powerhouse’s June promise to commit $1 billion over four years to support racial equality.
“What About the Kids,” the latest short film from writer and director Jim Wahlberg, highlights the devastating nature of opioid addiction and the role faith plays in recovery and healing. The film, which premiered virtually on Tuesday night, follows Chloe (Layla Scalisi), the 8-year-old daughter of drug addicts. After her mother dies from a drug overdose, she’s sent to live with her grandparents. Though they love her, taking on the responsibility of a small child forces them to restructure their lives and future. In the face of struggles, Chloe’s grandmother, Debbie (Patti D’Arbanville), relies on her deep faith and prayer to carry her family.
Diana Rigg, the acclaimed British actor, has died at the age of 82, according to Variety. Rigg is probably best known for her role as Lady Olenna Tyrell—a.k.a. the Queen of Thorns—on Game of Thrones. Olenna was a beloved character thanks to her unapologetic attitude and quotes like “I’ve known a great number of clever men. I’ve outlived them all. You know how? I ignored them.” But Rigg was a star of stage and screen long before GoT. She famously played Emma Peel on television's The Avengers from 1965 to 1668. (Uma Thurman later took on the role in a 1998 feature film.) She also has a James Bond film on her résumé: On Her Majesty's Secret Service from 1969. “We are very sad to hear of the passing of Dame Diana Rigg, the legendary stage and screen actress who was much beloved by Bond fans for her memorable performance as Tracy di Vicenzo in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, the only woman to have married James Bond,” the franchise's official Twitter account posted.
Martin Lawrence is paying homage to his career as a standup comic with a new merchandise line, available now via martinlawrencestore.com. “You’ve been asking,” Martin told Complex, “and now it’s here, the launch of my official Martin Lawrence store. I’m excited to share that the store launches today and features all sorts of gear, including sweatshirts, socks, and blankets, some of which include your favorite Martin quotes and characters paying homage to the Martin lifestyle.” https://www.instagram.com/martinlawrence/?utm_source=ig_embed
Shirley Caesar, Senior pastor of Mt. Calvary Word of Faith Church in Raleigh, NC ministers each week from her Facebook Page the Word of God Live for one hour on Sunday. During her most recent service, she talked about the importance of voting and to make sure you are registered to vote. She also said, “Tell Satan, you got to go and take corona with you!” Before closing out her broadcast, she shared that she will be releasing her newest single entitled “Take Your Knee Off My Neck” on Friday, September 11, 2020. The Gospel Spotlight's Pastor Shirley Caesar!!! Hear Pastor shirley Caesar In Her Own Words.....http://www.gospel-spotlight.com/shirley_caesar_intvw.htm
The R&B world has lost another soulful soul. Ronald Bell (a/k/a Khalis Bayyan), co-founder of the legendary band, Kool & the Gang, has died. He passed away on Tuesday, September 9, 2020 at the age of 68. With his older brother, Robert “Kool” Bell, Ronald/Khalis began playing together in the mid 1960’s as the Jazziacs in Jersey City, NJ. By the end of the decade, after a few personnel changes, the group became known as Kool & the Gang. With contributions from group members, Ronald/Khalis wrote the smash hits, “Jungle Boogie”, “Hollywood Swinging”, “Get Down On It” and the band’s first number one record, “Celebration”. In addition, their classic, “Summer Madness”, featured Ronald/Khalis on the ARP synthesizer. https://youtu.be/3GwjfUFyY6M
Switzerland’s supreme court has dismissed the appeal of two-time Olympic champion Caster Semenya against track and field’s rules that limit the naturally high testosterone levels in female runners. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled last year that Semenya would have to take testosterone-reducing drugs in order to compete professionally. Semenya was born with XY chromosomes, making her testosterone levels three times that of an average woman.
The WarnerMax original feature film, Charm City Kings, is set to premiere on HBO Max on Thursday, October 8. Charm City Kings won the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Prize for Ensemble Acting at this year’s Sundance Film Festival for its cast that includes Jahi Di’Allo Winston, Meek Mill, Will Catlett, Donielle Hansley, Kezii Curtis, Chino, Lakeyria “Wheelie Queen” Doughty and Teyonah Parris. https://youtu.be/8Cvrs-BCs6o
Inmate firefighting crews, made up of more than 2,000 inmate firefighters per year, have helped extinguish many of the biggest wildfires in California. However, once they’re released, they cannot serve in that profession under current law because of their criminal records. Now, AB 2147, a law that would lift that restriction, has been sent to Gov. Gavin Newsom to sign after passing both the State Senate and Assembly on Aug. 30. The bill allows nonviolent offenders who’ve participated in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations’ fire camps to have their records expunged after release. https://youtu.be/yxGZsSw_rKE
An interview with Jerry Falwell Jr. ended up getting brought to a grinding halt after the former Liberty University president’s wife interrupted him to cut off the whole thing. Falwell was contacted by Reuters for his response to renewed allegations against him from Michael Cohen’s autobiography: Disloyal: A Memoir. In his book, Cohen offers numerous unflattering accounts about Donald Trump when he served as the president’s personal lawyer. One part of the memoir suggests Cohen got the Falwells to endorse Trump during the 2016 election in exchange for helping them prevent a collection of their explicit photos from going public. Reuters flagged Cohen’s claim since it corroborates their previous reporting on the Falwells, and according to his book, Cohen planned to suppress the photos with a “catch and kill” scheme, the same tactic he used to try and cover up Trump’s extramarital affairs. Toward the end of the call, Becki Falwell, who has not commented on the Cohen book or the photographs, could be heard urging with her husband to cut short the conversation with Reuters. “Hang up the g**damn phone,” she told her husband. “Hang up the phone, Jerry!”
Weeks after President Donald Trump called for a boycott of Goodyear Tires, talk of a different kind of boycott is trending. This time, the calls for a consumer boycott are over a pro-Trump display at arts and crafts store Hobby Lobby. Hashtag #BoycottHobbyLobby started trending after Twitter user Kari Brekke shared a photo on Twitter Sunday of a display of decorative letters arranged to read “USA Vote Trump” and the caption “In a Hobby Lobby.” As of 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, the tweet was liked more than 46,500 times and retweeted 12,100 times. It is unclear whether the display was designed by a Hobby Lobby employee or a shopper. Hobby Lobby did not respond to USA TODAY’s request for comment.
Serena Williams needed a shot she hit left-handed, to reverse a deficit that reached the scale of a set and a break after 45 minutes of her quarterfinal against Tsvetana Pironkova on Wednesday at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Williams ended up on the right side of a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 score after more than two hours to get to the semifinals at Flushing Meadows for an 11th consecutive appearance.
A postmatch interview with Naomi Osaka on Tuesday featured video messages from the parents of Ahmaud Arbery and Trayvon Martin, two shooting victims whom Osaka has remembered on her face masks during the US Open. Osaka, the No. 4 seed, joined the ESPN telecast not long after her 6-3, 6-4 win over Shelby Rogers. “I just want to say thank you to Naomi Osaka for representing Trayvon Martin on your customized mask,” Sybrina Fulton, Martin’s mother, said. “We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Continue to do well, continue to kick butt at the US Open.”
California University of Pennsylvania football player Jamain Stephens, 20, has died, the school announced Tuesday. Stephens, a senior defensive lineman, was the son of former Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals offensive lineman Jamain Stephens. Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, where Stephens played, said in a statement posted to Facebook on Tuesday his cause of death was related to complications involving COVID-19. It is unclear how he contracted the disease.
TV One's edgy docu-series UNCENSORED, which explores the private lives of some of today's most notable personalities, highlights singer and actor Tyrese this Sunday, September 13 at 10 P.M. ET/9C followed by an encore presentation at 11 P.M. ET/10C The episode will re-air on Wednesday, Sept 16 at 10 PM/9C. On this episode, Tyrese opens up about his marriage, the colorism he faced while growing up, and how the late director John Singleton changed his life when he cast him in the iconic film Baby Boy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJV7_vSXf9c&feature=youtu.be
Bishop Charles H. Ellis III and the Greater Grace Temple Mass Choir present their new single entitled COVERED, featuring Gospel Chrystal Rucker. COVERED is a powerful, choir supported ballad, that brings the 100 voice choir impact back to the music forefront. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/j54r63bfudpzafl/AAASflqlHp135l1zThC3_H2da?dl=0
DeLeon Carr inevitably showed his roots with the debut of Church Boy Soul, his 2017 introduction into the Gospel arena. He now stands ready to give a little more of the same but in a uniquely different way as he releases "I Got It" the first single from his new project "Life Is." I Got It is scheduled to be available on digital outlets and streaming platforms on September 8th. The album is set for release in mid- October.
A series of events capped off an eventful weekend for singer/songwriter, musician and pastor Jason Hendrickson as Friday served as backdrop for the release of a new lyric video for his radio single "Hold On" featuring Pastor Monique Walker and Brooke Lynne. https://youtu.be/SlnaONZMgR0
The childhood home of iconic musician and civil rights activist Nina Simone will be indefinitely preserved in North Carolina. The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, in partnership with World Monuments Fund and Preservation North Carolina, recently secured permanent protection of the singer-songwriter’s childhood home in Tryon, the trust announced in a statement Tuesday. Advocacy organization Preservation North Carolina was granted a preservation easement for the home. The legal agreement binds all current and future owners to permanently protecting the building’s “authentic character.” The house can be renovated, but it cannot be demolished.
After 20 seasons, “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” will be coming to an end with the final season airing in early 2021. The decision to end the show was made by the Kardashian-Jenner family and announced on Tuesday. “It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians,’” the famous family said in a joint statement, signed by Kris Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian West, Khloé Kardashian, Rob Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner and Scott Disick. http://www.gospel-spotlight.com
More than a dozen companies, including Zillow and M.M.LaFleur, are promising to add at least one Black director to their boards within the next year, as businesses across America slowly get their leadership to look more like the customers they serve. The companies all made the pledge as part of the launch of an initiative by The Board Challenge, which is pushing to get more diversity into boardrooms. The Board Challenge’s co-founders will check in with each of them after six months and again at 12 months to monitor their progress, while also helping them to find candidates. “America has been reminded again in tragic fashion that we must redouble our efforts to build a more inclusive society,” Brad Gerstner, CEO of Altimeter Capital and a co-founder of The Board Challenge, said in a statement. “Business leaders can’t let this moment pass us by without playing our part and taking this tangible step to build a more diverse boardroom.”
For the first time, a Black woman will lead Kentucky’s Louisville Metro Police Department, which has been been heavily criticized since officers fatally shot Breonna Taylor in March. Mayor Greg Fischer announced on Monday that Yvette Gentry will serve as interim chief of the department, according to The Courier-Journal. Gentry is a former Louisville Metro Police deputy chief who retired from the force in 2014. She will be the first woman and the third African American to serve as chief of the Louisville Metro Police. Interim Chief Robert Schroeder plans to retire at the end of September after four months in the role. Schroeder took over on June 1 when Fischer fired longtime Chief Steve Conrad after learning officers did not have body cameras turned on during the fatal police shooting of the owner of a popular West End eatery.
The San Francisco 49ers have announced the nine recipients of grants the team is awarding as part of a $1 million commitment to organizations creating social change. Team CEO Jed York announced plans to award the grants on May 30 following the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer. Floyd died after an officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for nearly eight minutes. The two-month selection process included members of 49ers ownership and the front office, as well as players, and led to the groups revealed Wednesday. The final picks were determined by the 49ers representatives on the Players Social Justice Council, led by defensive lineman Arik Armstead, offensive lineman Ben Garland, defensive end Dee Ford, defensive lineman Solomon Thomas, offensive lineman Laken Tomlinson and former cornerback Jamar Taylor.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have revealed their list of requirements for online speaking engagements. The Telegraph obtained a copy of the virtual request form from the firm representing the couple, New York-based Harry Walker Agency. A source told Newsweek the form was “pretty standard for high-level clients at HWA.” Among the requirements, organizers must give details of any sponsors and “what they are receiving in return for their sponsorship,” even before issuing an invitation to the couple. A full list of who will be in the audience must also be provided and the couple’s fee — said to be up to $1 million — must be known in advance. The rules stipulate that “the fee will need to be paid directly from the contracting organization’s account.” Moderators must also be cleared Harry and Meghan.
Donald Trump has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. According to The Hill, a member of the Norwegian Parliament nominated the President for the prestigious award for his role in brokering relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The nomination came after Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a four-term member of Parliament and chairman of the Norwegian delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, said Trump should be considered because of his work “for a peace agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel which opens up for possible peace in the Middle East.” “No matter how Trump acts at home and what he says at press conferences, he has absolutely a chance at getting the Nobel Peace Prize,” Tybring-Gjedde, told The Associated Press. As ABC News notes, the lawmaker nominated Trump on Wednesday, adding that “Donald Trump meets the criteria” for the Nobel Peace Prize.”
New details about Tamar Braxton and David Adefeso’s troubled relationship are coming to the surface. Earlier it was reported that Adefeso filed a restraining order against her in regard to a domestic violence situation but now it sounds like, at least from Braxton’s point of view, that he may have been the aggressor. Sources close to Tamar say that the estranged couple got into a heated altercation recently while driving to check Tamar into a mental health facility for treatment. Apparently, Tamar had some questions for David after he shared a post to his Instagram featuring her 7-year-old son, Logan Herbert. The source says Tamar told David that he was “around for the wrong reasons and could not be trusted.” David Adefeso reportedly became irate and allegedly told Tamar they were going to “end up in a ‘murder-suicide.’”
Niecy Nash stunned fans last month when she announced her surprise wedding to singer Jessica Betts. The actress opens up about their love story in the latest issue of PEOPLE, saying Betts is “the most beautiful soul I have ever met in my life.” “[My marriage] has absolutely nothing to do with gender and it has everything to do with her soul,” said Nash, who divorced her second husband Jay Tucker in March. “I was not suppressing my sexuality my whole life,” says Nash of the her decision to marry a woman. “I love who I love. At one point in my life, I married twice and I love those people. And today I love this person. I’ve done everything I wanted to do on my own terms and my own way. So my choice now in a partner has nothing to do with who I’ve always been. It’s a matter of who I am in this moment,” she continued.
According to the Department of Homeland Security, white supremacists will remain the most “persistent and lethal threat” in America through 2021. Violent extremists have taken advantage of the social and political unrest sweeping across the nation. As such, Politico reports that the most recent version of the State of the Homeland Threat Assessment anticipates an “elevated threat environment at least through” early 2021. https://youtu.be/LVQomlXMeek
A new “Black-ish” spin-off is in the works over at ABC, this time focusing on the elders in the Johnson family. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the new show titled “Oldish” will center on Earl “Pops” Johnson (Laurence Fishburne) and Ruby Johnson (Jenifer Lewis). This would mark the fourth installment of the “Black-ish” franchise, after “Grown-ish,” and “Mixed-ish.” The original series stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross. The elder Johnsons will “move to a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood of Los Angeles” and it’s there that they’ll “meet characters who represent the old and new faces of the community as they try to make it work as a married couple again.”
The killing of Botham Jean by white, female, off-duty police officer Amber Guyger will be explored in the new season of Discovery’s “Impact of Murder” set to air on Thursday (Sept. 10). https://youtu.be/FGcmAd58mh4
Former President Barack Obama hopped on a video call with Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris for a new ad about what life is like campaigning with Joe Biden. In the nearly five-minute clip from the Biden campaign, Harris asked Obama to speak about his relationship with his former VP. “What do I need to know? Like, what’s the thing about the ice cream? He loves ice cream. Tell me about that.” “Ice cream is big. Pasta with red sauce, he can go deep on that,” Obama responded. “He really does like those aviator glasses,” the former president added. “He knows he looks good in them.” Obama said the main thing to know about Biden is that “Joe has never lost his sense of why we do this.”
The police chief in Dallas announced Tuesday that she plans to resign from her post after receiving tons of backlash for the way she and her department have presided over protests in the city against law enforcement. However, absent from any reports of her looming resignation is how U. Reneé Hall — the first Black woman to be chief of police in Dallas — [mis]handled the infamous Amber Guyger shooting of Botham Jean in his own home in 2018. Hall’s letter of resignation also made no mention of Guyger, who the police chief previously defended not firing from the force for more than two weeks after the now-convicted and incarcerated former cop illegally forced her way into the 26-year-old Black man’s apartment and instantly shot him because she purportedly confused his apartment for hers. Instead, Hall, 49, focused on what she called her accomplishments while leading the Dallas Police Department (DPD) since 2017.
The outpouring of public condolences following last month’s unexpected death of Chadwick Boseman included a veritable who’s who in Hollywood. But Lupita Nyong’o, who famously starred alongside Boseman in the global blockbuster hit, “Black Panther,” was not among them; that is, until Tuesday, when she posted a moving, heartfelt eulogy mourning the death of “my friend,” making social media users who read it a collective emotional wreck. Tuesday, it was Nyong’o’s turn to honor “the beloved,” as she referred to him in a tweet. “I write these words from a place of hopelessness, to honor a man who had great hope. I am struggling to think and speak about my friend, Chadwick Boseman, in the past tense. It doesn’t make sense. The news of his passing is a punch to my gut every morning,” she wrote in part. “I am aware that we are all mortal, but you come across some people in life that possess a immortal energy, that seem like they have existed before, that are exactly where they are supposed to always be – here! … that seem ageless…. Chadwick was one of those people,” she continued.
Peacock has ordered two seasons of the highly anticipated series adaptation of Morgan Cooper’s lauded fan film BEL- AIR. The announcement was made today by Will Smith via his social media channels. Set in modern-day America, BEL-AIRis a serialized one-hour dramatic analogue of the 90’s sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” that leans into the original premise: Will’s complicated journey from the streets of West Philadelphia to the gated mansions of Bel-Air. With a reimagined vision, BEL-AIR will dive deeper into the inherent conflicts, emotions and biases that were impossible to fully explore in a 30-minute sitcom format, while still delivering swagger and nods to the original show. https://youtu.be/WAfJpyBgcgA
AMC today released the official trailer and key art for its first-ever episodic anthology series, Soulmates, premiering Monday, October 5th at 10pm ET/9c. The highly-anticipated new series, which explores the consequences of a science that can unequivocally tell you who your soulmate is, stars an outstanding ensemble cast of actors including Sarah Snook, Kingsley Ben-Adir, David Costabile, Sonya Cassidy, Charlie Heaton, Malin Akerman, Bill Skarsgård, Betsy Brandt, JJ Feil, Laia Costa, Shamier Anderson, Georgina Campbell and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett. https://youtu.be/aTDLDqnLK0k
Regina King has made history at the Venice Film Festival by becoming the first Black female director to be selected to premiere in its 88-year-long history. Speaking in a press conference via Zoom at the festival on Monday, King spoke about her directorial debut “One Night in Miami,” and the pressure for it to perform well. “Unfortunately, across the world, that’s how things seem to work. One woman gets a shot and if she does not succeed, it shuts thing down for years until someone else gets a shot,” she said, according to Variety. https://youtu.be/8TO3gp3j8_4
Jelly Belly founder David Klein has been inspired by Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory to launch a golden ticket treasure hunt. Klein sold his stake in Jelly Belly in 1980. His current candy company is Spectrum Confections. In a press release, he says, “We are going to have the ultimate treasure hunt where the winner will be receiving a key to one of our candy factories.” https://youtu.be/tLo3bmJm_28
Returning the Favor is back with all-new episodes in continuation of its fourth season on Facebook Watch! Emmy-Award winning host Mike Rowe leads the series, spreading positivity and unity in each episode as he surprises hometown heroes making a difference in their communities. In this episode, filmed in February pre-pandemic, Mike Rowe visits Santa Rosa, CA and Letita Hanke – one of the only African American female roofers in northern California. https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1601605666677640
Harry Belafonte made history in early 1968. But it was lost to history. While the Vietnam War was raging and civil unrest was convulsing American cities, TV talk show host Johnny Carson did something special: He stepped away from “The Tonight Show” perch for a week.Then something even more special happened: Belafonte took over. For five nights, the Black singer, actor and activist entertained white middle America with his cool wit and an astonishing array of guests — the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Sidney Poitier, Robert F. Kennedy, Paul Newman, Dionne Warwick, Aretha Franklin, Petula Clark, Bill Cosby, Diahann Carroll and Lena Horne, among others. That fascinating week of late night is the subject of the new Peacock documentary “The Sit-In,” which airs Thursday and celebrates Belafonte’s strategic and profound mix of art and politics. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bk49xNDC40w
Video of Jacob Blake speaking from his hospital bed was released over the weekend by his family’s lawyer Benjamin Crump. “Twenty-four hours, every 24 hours it’s pain, nothing but pain. It hurts to breathe, it hurts to sleep, it hurts to move from side-to-side, it hurts to eat,” said the 29-year-old father of six, who was shot seven times in the back by a Kenosha, WI police officer on Aug. 23. The shooting has left him with staples in his stomach and back, and paralyzed from the waist down. https://youtu.be/26m44Ea2xRU
A small group of naked and semi-naked protesters sat outside the Rochester Public Safety Building on Monday with mesh bags over their heads in silent protest against the death of Daniel Prude, who died following a police encounter during which officers placed a “spit hood” over his head. Their demonstration followed the peaceful gathering at that same location by 1,000 people Sunday night that saw no injuries or arrests. The lack of confrontation was attributed to the presence of community elders, and leaders from the Black Lives Matter movement said Mayor Lovely Warren and the Rochester Police Department in separate statements. https://youtu.be/7E9jxy0Bm84
A college professor in Argentina who had been battling COVID-related symptoms collapsed and died during a virtual lecture in front of class. Paola De Simone, 46, taught 20th-century world history at Universidad Argentina de la Empresa in Buenos Aries. According to reports, moments before her death, she complained about having trouble breathing during the Zoom session on Wednesday (Sept. 2), the Sun reports.
Multi-Award-winning R&B singer/producer and Maroon 5 keyboardist, PJ Morton, has broken Kanye West’s summer-long hold on the top spot of Top Gospel Albums with his new digital album, "Gospel According to PJ." The all-star set interrupts the 18 consecutive weeks at #1 that West’s gospel soundtrack, "Jesus is King," enjoyed. "I’m overjoyed that Gospel According to PJ is #1,” Morton says. “This album was a labor of love, so for people to be supporting it the way they are, lets me know that it was truly, ‘All in His Plan’. Thank you to every single artist, musician and engineer that was a part of making this album. Thank you to every single radio station that has been playing the music and lastly, thank you to everyone at Morton Inspiration and Tyscot Records.”
Repay You,” a mid-tempo Urban Inspirational song of gratitude, was originally released by Trin-i-tee 5:7’s lead singer, Chanel, in 2014. It was a full-circle moment for Morton. At the age of 15, he got his first song placement when Men of Standard recorded his tune, “Don’t Lose Your Candlestick,” which was produced by PAJAM’s J Moss. Now, Moss is appearing on his album. “I wasn’t going to try to produce him,” Morton says in deference. “I [just] did the music and I sent him the demo of me singing it as a guide, but I just wanted him to be J Moss and I knew he would…From my first placement ever in life to now being on my album? I couldn’t write a better story.” https://spaces.hightail.com/space/mxuTtXgPno/files/fi-842fd5e6-1eb7-465c-b5ea-49260fe6c921/fv-554b5748-71d1-4e48-a1e5-a0457aea1a85/03%20Repay%20You_final%20mix%20pda%20f%20UPD%201%20-%20EQ3_(2488%20mastered).wav
Jonathan McReynolds invite you to an amazing virtual celebration of “people." Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Jonathan is unable to hit the road for a traditional tour, and he is using his virtual platform on four different dates, focusing on Passionate, Churchy, Free, & Deep people all over the world. For each tour date, Jonathan will perform songs from his latest album to reach different types of people. Jonathan is even offering merchandise for the tour as well as physical copies of his latest album, "People".
Lionsgate is preparing for the “at home” release of “Antebellum,” a racially-charged horror flick that has Janelle Monae going back in time to the antebellum south. The Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz film stars Monae as Veronica Henley, a successful author who finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality and must uncover the mind-bending mystery before it’s too late. “Antebellum” will hit On Demand next Friday, Sept. 18. https://youtu.be/loSmOCTlcBk
The Golden Girls” is being revived for a brief TV return with an all-Black cast. On Monday it was announced that Tracee Ellis Ross, Regina King, Sanaa Lathan and Alfre Woodard would add a bit of color to the beloved characters. The stars shared a promo photo on social media featuring the original “Golden Girls” stars, along with an image of their own faces animated over them. The beloved series aired on NBC from 1985 to 1992 and starred Betty White, Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty as four older women living together in Miami. For the revival, Ross will star as Rose, King as Dorothy, Woodard as Sophia and Lathan as Blanche.
According to TMZ, Tamar Braxton‘s boyfriend has reportedly asked a court for protection against the singer in what he describes as a domestic violence situation. David Adefeso filed for a restraining order Tuesday in L.A. seeking to prevent domestic violence. It is unclear what he’s alleging she might’ve done. So far, the court has not approved his request just yet and neither has Adefeso or Braxton spoke out on his filing. His latest move comes shortly after the incident involving the singer two months ago. He was the one who called 911 saying Tamar was threatening to kill herself. Sources say she was very upset that same day before making the threat.
Back in June, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell encouraged teams to sign quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The former San Francisco 49er has not played since the 2016 season, when he kneeled during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality. He was subsequently blacklisted. However, amid protests over the police-deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Tayor, the NFL has conceded to the fact that Black lives do in fact matter. The league seems to have committed to an anti-racism campaign. Many players have opted to wear social messages displayed on their helmets and/or team hats. Meanwhile, EA Sports has added Colin Kaepernick to its Madden 21 roster.
Wanda Cooper-Jones, the mother of Ahmaud Arbery, has publicly condemned the individuals she claims are profiting off the death of her son. In a lengthy letter obtained by TMZ, Cooper-Jones calls out the 2.23 Foundation, I RUN WITH MAUD, and additional foundations and groups that are using Arbery’s name without permission for personal agendas. ‘It is with great disappointment that I must now elaborate on this situation with the founders of 2.23 and creators of I Run with Maud when I am still grieving, still advocating, still seeking justice, and still trying to adjust to the loss of Ahmaud. “I cannot in good conscience support a page that now appears more like a business opportunity for its staff rather than getting justice for my son. So, I want to shed some light on this so that I continue to prepare myself for the true fight of justice for Ahmaud, protecting his character, and being strong for my family,” the letter goes on to say.
Naomi Campbell is being sued by her Russian billionaire ex-boyfriend for millions. Vladislav Doronin, a real estate developer, says the supermodel owes him millions for a loan, and he alleges she held onto his property once they separated seven years ago. Campbell and Doronin dated from 2008 to 2013. In the court documents obtained by TMZ, Doronin, 57, accuses Campbell, 50, of refusing to pay back the money and she is also in possession of his personal belongings worth over $3 million.
A teenage TikTok star is catching heat after sharing her “new” song that was actually a cover of Ashanti’s “Foolish.” Danielle Cohn, 16, is getting clowned by Ashanti fans after she seemingly referred to “Foolish” as her own song, rather than a cover. She’s even selling merchandise to promote the single. When she posted a clip of her lip-syncing to her version of the song, she failed to give Ashanti credit for the original.
Giving new meaning to being a Cleveland Brown, Odell Beckham Jr., was called out by the baby mama of rapper Chief Keef for allegedly having a poop fetish. On the “No Jumper” podcast “Thots Next Door,” Slim Danger said the Browns receiver “likes to be sh*tted on” during sex and once requested a pic of her on the toilet. While balking at being asked to s**t on demand, she agreed to the pic – and instead took a whole video of herself on the toilet defecating. “That’s how I got flown out. …I sent it to him. [Within] the next maybe two hours, I was in Houston. https://youtu.be/5PEvwOn8k5I
Former NBA star Stephon Marbury is speaking out about he and JAY-Z‘s feud that goes back years. Their beef allegedly began after the hip-hop star mentioned the athlete in lyrics to his 2003 classic, “La-La-La (Excuse Me Miss Again).” On the track, Jay raps about Marbury being robbed of $150K in jewelry in 2000. In a new interview, Marbury addressed the diss while accusing Jay of making “crack babies” while selling drugs. According to Marbury, his issues with Jay began over a woman. He added, “You’re not an advocate for Black people, you sold drugs to Black people and you rapped about it and talked about it. How do you do that? Like, I’m trying to figure that part out.
David and Victoria Beckham are reportedly “petrified they might be super-spreaders” after secretly contracting coronavirus in early March and giving it to a number of people on their staff. According to The Sun, the Beckhams were in Miami on March 1 to support David’s soccer club Inter Miami. An anonymous friend told the outlet, “They attended a couple of swanky networking events as David had promotional duties, and were shaking hands and kissing fans and various club dignitaries. They then flew back to London, and were whisked straight to their Cotswolds mansion.” The couple returned to their country estate to celebrate their eldest son Brooklyn‘s 21st birthday on March 6 before returning to Miami again where they started to come down with coronavirus symptoms.
David A.R. White and Andrea Logan announced over the weekend that they ended their marriage sometime ago. The Pure Flix founder and “God’s Not Dead” actor and Logan, an actress and producer, were married for over 16 years. The duo, who have three children together, announced the news on Friday. “For some time we have wanted to share some personal family news. Andrea and I have made the most difficult decision to end our marriage,” White stated on Instagram.
Civil rights activist Rev Al Sharpton says defunding the New York Police Department is something a ‘latte Liberal’ in the Hamptons might support but that proper policing on the ground is necessary. Sharpton made the comments during an appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Tuesday amid a wave of rising crime in New York City and a gun violence filled Labor Day weekend. He pushed back at recent calls to defund the NYPD and other police departments across the country, saying that policing needed to be re-imagined instead.
Meet the four Black women entrepreneurs who have launched a much-needed masterclass called The Collective Movement, a platform that educates others about investing in real estate & stocks, structuring a business, branding, and digital product creation. They are Sierra Nicole, founder of Financially Lit in Dallas, TX; Neko Cheri, founder of Excell University in Atlanta, GA; Derricka Harwell, founder of BeautifyCredit in Southhaven, MS; and Natalie Birdsong, founder of Hair By Natalie B. in Chicago, IL. Starting out as four complete strangers who met online and came together in the middle of a pandemic, they have since created a multi-million dollar business network that addresses the nationwide economic disparity.
Owners Kara Sax and Tamara Keller of The Sax Agency have been making major noise in the areas of branding, collaborative marketing, project management, advertising, and media as a whole. As a certified Black, woman-owned marketing and consulting agency, their portfolio spans a large and diverse client base. From dealing with Fortune 100 companies, athletes and entertainers, to startup brands and nonprofit organizations, these women make things happen for their clients.
Meet Ebony Robert, founder and CEO of Ebony’s Beauty Hair and Skin Care, whose handcrafted all-natural hair and skincare products are now available in Walmart stores nationwide. Ebony, a mother of five boys, launched the business two years ago, but says that her love for the beauty industry started at a very young age. Based in Lafayette, Louisiana, Ebony built her business from the ground up and continues to fulfill her dream of being a woman entrepreneur. Last year, she grossed almost six figures while working as a full-time teacher.
Howard University has been putting the focus on empowering the next generation of leaders in STEM and the Washington, D.C.-based institution will be able to further its efforts thanks to a major donation. The university recently received a $550,000 grant from The Guy Foundation. The foundation, which is based in the UK, provides funding for an array of STEM-focused research projects; including ones that are centered on quantum biology and bioenergetics. The Howard University donation will go towards the school’s Quantum Biology Laboratory (QBL) which is led by Founding Director Philip Kurian. The grant will support the evolution of research on electrodynamics, biosystems and quantum theory. The donation was a historic move for the foundation as it marks the first time that it has awarded a grant to an institution outside of the UK.
DC Comics is known for bringing vibrant stories and imagery to the pages of its comic books and an upcoming novel will highlight influential women across different spaces, Billboard reported. The comic book publisher is launching a young adult novel dubbed Wonder Women of History. The book will encompass the narratives of 17 trailblazers in entertainment, politics, sports and other industries whose contributions have been instrumental in shaping the landscape of their respective fields. Among the women who will be featured include athletes Serena Williams and Dominique Dawes, singers Beyoncé and Janelle Monáe, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and activist Marsha P. Johnson. The comic book will not only highlight the stories of powerful women of color, but it will also amplify the work of Black creators. Wonder Women of History will feature illustrations from an array of artists including Ashley A. Woods, Safiya Zerrougui and Bex Glendining. It will be edited by author Laurie Halse Anderson. Wonder Women of History is slated to be released on December 1, 2020. https://twitter.com/billboard?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1302029968394850306%7Ctwgr%5Eshare_3&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fnewsone.com%2F4009888%2Fdc-comics-wonder-women-of-history-serena-williams-beyonce-janelle-monae%2F
SheaMoisture is furthering its efforts to combat racial systemic injustice. According to AfroTech, the personal care company recently announced the creation of an advisory council of notable Black women activists designed to support social entrepreneurs and changemakers fighting for justice. In June, the company unveiled a $100,000 initiative—dubbed the Social Justice Coalition—that was created to provide five activists with $20,000 to further their efforts in evoking social change. The advisory council, which is under the Social Justice Coalition umbrella, was developed to foster mentorship opportunities for grassroots activists and provide guidance for SheaMoisture’s future social and racial justice initiatives. Among those included on the advisory council are Until Freedom Co-Founder Tamika D. Mallory, NAACP’s Director of Youth and College Division Tiffany Dena Loftin, professor Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry, venture capitalist Arlan Hamilton, professor and activist Ilyasah Shabazz, Principal of Black Futures Lab Alicia Garza and others.
The best-selling and most-awarded female gospel artist of all time, CeCe Winans, release her new single “Never Lost.” The timely and inspirational song is the debut single from Winans’ upcoming, highly-anticipated live worship album, her first non-holiday release since 2017. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPHXL8Poku0
Conspiracy theories are as American as apple pie and their origins date back even before the founding fathers created this nation. Some historians will tell you the first American conspiracy was a plot to kill George Washington. There was even a book written about it, but American history likes to forget some of its ugly ways. In 1692, a colored slave woman was used as a pawn to spark the first conspiracy ever to land on the shores of America: The Salem Witch Hunt. From February 1692 to May 1693 hundreds of people (mostly teenage women) in colonial Massachusetts were accused of witchcraft, with no basis in fact or reality. “The Hunt” led to the actual Salem Witch Trials; a time in which hundreds of people were jailed, and many were even publicly hanged or executed. There was never any proof of actual witchcraft. Most of the persecuted women were of lower socioeconomic status and easy scapegoats to give the conspiracy someone to blame. It’s the first known case of mass hysteria this country has ever seen. The fact that something so ridiculous could have seeped into the minds of so many people may seem archaic, but American history could be doomed to repeat itself. Today, the Salem Witch Hunt is seemingly taking place in the form of a right-wing conspiracy group called QAnon.
Earnest Pugh's Music Video World Premiere "THANK YOU SO MUCH"goes down Wednesday, September 9, 2020.
Prolific singer-songwriter Jekalyn Carr lands at the top spot of the Gospel Airplay Chart this week with her current song "Changing Your Story." Undoubtedly one of this generation's most celebrated young talents, Carr, has amassed a bevy of successes at her young age. This historic accomplishment marks Carr's 4th #1 song by the young age of 23, and "Changing Your Story" is her 6th Top 10 radio single. The Gospel Spotlight's Jekalyn Carr!!! Hear Jekalyn Carr In Her Own Words.....https://www.gospel-spotlight.com/jekalyncarr_intvw.htm
Season 10 BET's Sunday Best finalist Jamal Roberts has released new single titled "He's Preparing Me." The Meridian Mississippi native is coming off a successful run on BET's hit singing competition Sunday's Best. Roberts beat out hundreds of auditioning hopefuls to make it all the way to the top and final 3 contestants. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ArqOXj52Y9y_bzUQ6aieIQPrzAePuOU9/view
Fesh off of being snubbed by Republicans, the party to which Candace Owens has pledged her unreciprocated allegiance, the woman who once sympathized with Adolf Hitler and has repeatedly blamed Black men for getting killed by police is now resorting to publicly attacking a Black woman in order to save her sunken career from completely tail spinning. As Democrats champion Black women, Owens Sunday decided to mock Cardi B on Twitter as “illiterate” after the rapper’s recent and widely viewed interview with Joe Biden. Cardi clapped back in the realest of ways by part by mentioning how the Republican National Convention didn’t invite Owens to speak despite her devotion to all-things Donald Trump. “You want to call me a dumb bitch, you want to call me illiterate … girl, you’re getting pimped out by White men,” Cardi B said in part of a video she posted to Instagram on Sunday night. “You have been this man’s cheerleader. You’re a beautiful Black woman, you talk great, amazing … and this man didn’t have the decency to let you talk at the Republican convention.” https://www.instagram.com/iamcardib/?utm_source=ig_embed
Award-winning mezzo-soprano Raehann Bryce-Davis has been hailed for performances on recital stages and in opera houses around the world. With live theatrical performances put on hold due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Bryce-Davis found her career at a standstill while the country faces a major health crisis as well as racial turmoil. To inspire viewers during this uniquely somber time, the artist has recorded her performance of composer Gaetano Donizetti’s aria, “All’afflitto e dolce pianto” (“To the afflicted”). The beautiful new video, featuring Bryce-Davis’ gorgeously full-bodied voice along with news headlines, photos, and personal videos, was co-directed by Bryce-Davis and independent filmmaker Jon Goff.
Actor Trai Byers is in the explosive and compelling film, “The 24th.” Well-known for his role in “Empire,” Byers stars in the little known story about “The 24th” Infantry Regiment. A must see film for all, “The 24th” is especially required viewing all those opposed to “taking a knee.” “The 24th,” a riveting depiction of how black soldiers, who sacrificed their lives fighting overseas for the United States—and its flag—were killed, peed and spat on by racist whites right here in America just because they were black. https://youtu.be/N8RPmwxUySk
Mr. and Mrs. Obama will celebrate their 28th wedding anniversary next month and Michelle spoke candidly about the up and downs of her marriage with guest Conan O’Brien. https://www.instagram.com/michelleobama/?utm_source=ig_embed
Donald Trump’s former personal attorney is spilling all his former boss’ tea, revealing Trump not-so-secret obsessive hatred for former President Barack Obama along with some other alleged racist behavior over the years. In Michael Cohen’s new tell-all book, “Disloyal: A Memoir,” Cohen reveals Trump hired a “Faux-Bama” to participate in a video in which Trump “ritualistically belittled the first black president and then fired him,” according to @CNN, who obtained a copy of the book prior to its publication. The memoir doesn’t name the man who was allegedly hired to play Obama or provide a specific date for the incident, but it does include a photograph of Trump sitting behind a desk, facing a Black man wearing a suit with an American flag pin on the lapel.
An Ohio radio station anchor – Kyle Cornell – is out of a job, after he called Sen. Kamala Harris the “first colored vice-presidential candidate.” Cornell made the comments on the air during a Cleveland Indians’ baseball game. His exact words were spoken in a news promo about Harris’ historic feat, which he said, “The U.S. officially has its first colored vice-presidential candidate. More coming up after the game on News Radio WTAM 1100 Cleveland.” Cornell was fired within hours of his words, but later apologized.
The coronavirus has claimed another life. This time it’s the life of former Temptations lead singer Bruce Williamson. Williamson passed away Sunday night at his home in Vegas after battling COVID-19, according to TMZ. Williamson, a Compton native, joined the legendary R&B group in 2006 and sang with them until 2015. He also sang lead on the Temps albums, “Back to the Front,” and “Still Here.” He once said he did “more in six months of being a Temptation than many artists have done in a lifetime.” https://youtu.be/pA6pQyO4zhc
Taraji P. Henson is ready to retire the “strong Black woman” label because the phrase belittles Black women’s pain. The “Empire” star explained in an interview through Essence’s Wellness House that the “Strong Black Woman” descriptor “dehumanizes our pain. It belittles our tears. It belittles our pain. We’re supposed to be able to watch our brothers and sons and fathers get murdered in the street but we can take it because we’re strong.” “We can deal with it, we can handle it,” she continued. “And that’s just not true.” Henson added, “We’re not fairies. We don’t magically rebound from pain,” she said. “We hurt and suffer just like others.” https://www.instagram.com/tarajiphenson/?utm_source=ig_embed
Photos have emerged of Chadwick Boseman‘s loved ones and friends as they gathered to say their final goodbyes to the late actor over the weekend. They assembled at private ocean side memorial in Malibu on Saturday according to photographs obtained by The Sun. In addition to Boseman’s wife Taylor Simone Ledward, the memorial was also attended by a number of his friends and co-stars, including Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke. https://www.instagram.com/zelafrica/?utm_source=ig_embed
Hall of Famer Lou Brock, who at the time of his retirement in 1979, was the all-time leader in stolen bases, has passed away, according to ESPN. The Cardinals and Chicago Cubs observed a moment of silence in Brock’s memory before their game at Wrigley Field on Sunday. Dick Zitzmann, Brock’s longtime agent and friend commented, “Over my 25-plus years of being his agent, he was perhaps the happiest Hall of Famer I’ve ever encountered.” He also said, “I think he led a life that will never be duplicated.” Although the exact cause of Lou Brock’s death has not been reported, in recent years he had his leg amputated due to complications from diabetes, as well as blood cancer. https://youtu.be/8VTlf3JW4LM
Christian rocker Zach Williams is gearing up to get back on the road after months in quarantine for a Drive-In Theater Tour with Big Daddy Weave and says this season has helped him to rely on his faith more than ever. The tour, sponsored by Awakening Events, kicks off on Sept. 10 in Marion, Virginia, and will reach 28 markets before concluding on Oct. 30 in South Carolina. All tour locations will follow local health guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Williams has seen many successes over the past few years. The Grammy Award-winning “Chain Breaker” singer leads the nominations for the upcoming Dove Awards.
Christian singer and American Idol alum Colton Dixon and his wife, Annie, are delighted over the fact that their identical twin girls, Ava Dior (“Dior”) and Athens Elizabeth, arrived on Aug. 18. “We are over the moon to experience life with these twin girls,” the couple told People magazine. The Dixons’ happy ending, however, did not come without its scary moments. After a 30-hour labor followed by an emergency C-section, Dior was born with no pulse. Dixon told People, “In that moment, we had a choice: faith or fear,” he said. “We watched and prayed as the doctors and nurses resuscitated our daughter back to life.” “After several days in the NICU, Dior was able to join us at home, happy and healthy. That was a great day,” he added. “Life doesn’t always happen the way we want it to, but we believe that life is more about the way we respond to things than what happens to us. We thank God and our amazing doctors and nurses for our two little miracles.”
Twenty-four-year-old Caroline Enjewi was overjoyed when the results of her pregnancy ultrasound revealed that she was carrying twins. She saw it as God’s will after her first child was stillborn. But her expectations turned into a nightmare when she delivered her babies by cesarean section in Yaounde, Cameroon. Her twin newborn girls were conjoined at the buttocks. “I was shocked when I realized that my twins were conjoined. I was worried why does this occur to me? Later, I just had to accept the fact. I have never seen conjoined twins before. It is not easy for the babies lying on a particular spot for long. The cry of one baby disturbs the sleep of the other. I cannot breastfeed or bathe the babies without help from someone. It is not really easy for me taking care of the babies. I wish things could be done a little bit fast[er] so that my babies can be evacuated abroad for special surgery,” Enjewi said.
In a litmus test for American moviegoing in the pandemic, Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” brought in an estimated $20.2 million through the holiday weekend in U.S. and Canadian theaters. The result could be greeted as either the rejuvenation of U.S. cinemas — more Americans went to the movies this weekend than they have in nearly six months — or a reflection of drastically lowered standards for Hollywood’s top blockbusters given the circumstances. About 70% of U.S. movie theaters are currently open; those in the country’s top markets, Los Angeles and New York, remain closed. Theaters that are operating are limiting audiences to a maximum of 50% capacity to distance moviegoers from one another. “Tenet” played in 2,810 North American locations, about three-fourths of what most major releases typically launch in.
Vertical Entertainment has announced the upcoming release of “Then Came You,” a romantic comedy written by and starring Kathie Lee Gifford. Fathom Events will premiere the film for a one-night showing in theaters nationwide on Sept. 30, and it will then be available on-demand and digital release starting on Oct. 2. Joining the Emmy Award-winning TV host on-screen are actors Craig Ferguson (“The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson”) and Elizabeth Hurley (“Bedazzled”). https://youtu.be/7XW_gGCMPVw
It wasn’t another player who ended Novak Djokovic’s perfect season in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Sunday. It was his own imperfect behavior – an angry smack of a tennis ball that inadvertently hit the throat of a linesperson and defaulted the world’s No. 1 player from the first Grand Slam tournament in eight months. The almost unfathomable sequence of events played out in virtual silence in the emptiness of Arthur Ashe Stadium, the world’s largest tennis venue, but nonetheless rocked the tennis world, and ensured that Djokovic, a 33-year-old Serb, would not come away with his 18th Grand Slam title.
Bob Baffert endured the lowest of lows and highest of highs within minutes in the Kentucky Derby. He was disappointing before the horses left the paddock after Thousand Words reared up and fell on its side, getting disqualified and injuring Baffert’s assistant trainer. That emotion was quickly replaced by Authentic’s front-running victory that gave Baffert a record-tying sixth Derby win. Then Baffert found himself down again, literally, getting knocked to the grass by a skittish Authentic in the winner’s circle. “This is the craziest year ever,” he said. Authentic kicked away from heavy favorite Tiz the Law in the stretch on Saturday, winning the 146th Derby by 1 1/4 lengths without the usual crowd of 150,000 on hand at Churchill Downs for the first time because of the coronavirus pandemic. The bay colt ran 1 1/4 miles in 2:00.61 under John Velazquez, who won his third Derby.
R. Kelly may have come upon a way to get out of of jail. It’s up to a judge and a request is already in following last week’s attack on him by a fellow inmate. Kelly’s attorney Michael I. Leonard says in a legal action taken this past Friday (09-04-20) that not only did the Bureau of Prisons not protect his client, but also that personnel at the facility encouraged the inmate, Jeremiah Farmer, to attack Kelly.
McDonald’s has been hit with a discrimination lawsuit by several dozen Black former franchisees, claiming the company denied them “equal opportunity to economic success” compared to white franchise owners. https://youtu.be/mmpvqA1B0Bo
A stellar previously unreleased track from Patti LaBelle, “Ain’t Nuthin’ But A Feelin’,” recorded during the sessions for her 1989 album Be Yourself, is out today for the first time, on a digital EP with six brand new mixes. https://youtu.be/RrpqVrBfmVo
Tiffany Haddish recently contracted the coronavirus and spoke about it in a video uploaded to YouTube. In that same video, she spoke to Dr. Fauci regarding COVID-19’s effect on African Americans. By the way, her timeline for experiencing the virus was around three months ago after two people she had been in contact with came down with it. https://youtu.be/_FZXfgT_IRg
Tyler Perry had been declared a billionaire and he’s not only building a super huge mansion/estate, but it will also have a landing strip. TMZ came up with pics and video of the 35,000-square-foot mansion he’s building on 1,200 acres near Atlanta. https://youtu.be/eBHQWLMxxPg
It’s been several months since Breonna Taylor was tragically killed while asleep in bed, no arrests have been made in the death —but a new development could hopefully change things. It was recently discovered that at least one officer involved in her death was wearing a body cam, despite the local police department previously saying that none were used.
President Trump is vehemently defending himself against allegations that he has privately disparaged veterans for their military service during his time in office even as his campaign has sought to showcase his support for those in uniform. The characterization of Trump as a commander in chief who privately denigrates veterans even while he publicly lavishes praise upon them and claims them as part of his voting base is freighted with political risk ahead of the Nov. 3 presidential election. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden was quick to jump on the issue, calling Trump’s alleged comments “disgusting” and calling for him to apologize. The bombshell article, written by the editor in chief of The Atlantic magazine, cited unnamed sources who said Trump referred to American Marines who died in World War I as “losers” and “suckers” and recounted several other anecdotes of Trump making cruel remarks about people who serve in the military.
Master P has announced the launch of his “Uncle P’s Louisiana Seasoned” food line, which is being described as an alternative to Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben’s. Both brands are reportedly undergoing a rebranding after criticism over its racist packaging. https://youtu.be/jrILwJE916g
It’s a year away, but for Usher fans, he will take up Las Vegas residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, starting July 16, 2021. The 4,300-seat venue will host a show that spans his two-decade career, featuring old hits as well as more recent songs and brand-new music. It’s be produced Live Nation and Caesars Entertainment. “I cannot wait to perform for an audience,” Usher says in an interview with Billboard. “In Vegas, I get a chance to create the show that I want, and I get a chance to be with my fans who’ve been cooped up for months and months.”
Colin Kaepernick sent a message to LeBron James in which he thanked him for speaking up following the police shooting of the unarmed Black man Jacob Black in Wisconsin last week. “Four years ago August 14, 2016, I began protesting against systemic racism and social injustice,” Kaepernick wrote the a letter. James shared the letter on his Instagram story, adding that he will be “standing/kneeling right next to you brother!” The letter continued, “Truth is what I sought. Solidarity is what you showed me. Love is what moves us forward. Thank you for staying true.”
West Virginia University has established a scholarship honoring pioneering Black mathematician Katherine Johnson. The scholarship will benefit students studying math or science within the university’s College of Arts and Sciences, WVU said in a news release Wednesday. WVU alumna Deborah Miller established the endowed Katherine Johnson Math Scholarship. It will be awarded to undergraduates with preference given to Black students. Johnson died Feb. 24 in Newport News, Virginia. She was among the first Black students to attend WVU, where she did graduate work after earning bachelor’s degrees at West Virginia State College. Johnson calculated rocket trajectories and earth orbits for NASA’s early space missions and was portrayed in the 2016 hit film “Hidden Figures.”
Even with Donald Trump‘s steady denial that he never called U.S. military soldiers killed in combat “suckers” and “losers” — as first reported in the Atlantic and co-signed by a former senior administration official — the truth of the matter is that the president has a long and detailed history of disrespecting American servicemen, especially those who have died for their country. Case in point: Army Sgt. La David Johnson. And while no one can forget the way Trump maliciously mocked the late Sen. John McCain in death. “I like people who weren’t captured.” Nearly three years ago in an unfortunate episode when Trump denied telling Sgt. Johnson’s widow — Myeshia Johnson — that her husband “must’ve known what he signed up for.” Myeshia Johnson, was pregnant at the time with their third child, had a sitting member of Congress listening to the condolence phone call which Trump all but shrugged at the notion of a widow grieving her soldier husband’s death in combat. Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson was in the same vehicle with Myeshia Johnson when Trump called and later confirmed Trump’s callous comments.
Beyoncé is furthering her efforts to support Black-owned businesses that have been significantly impacted by the public health crisis. According to Billboard, she recently donated $1 million to provide grants for Black entrepreneurs whose businesses are on the verge of shuttering. The donation was made through her BeyGOOD foundation. In July, the philanthropic organization teamed up with the NAACP for the creation of an initiative dubbed the Black-Owned Small Business Impact Fund. Through the fund, $10,000 grants were awarded to Black-owned businesses in Houston, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Minneapolis and New York. A report released by the New York Fed revealed that 41 percent of Black-owned businesses across the country closed between February and April. When it came to securing Paycheck Protection Program loans, only 12 percent of Black and Latinx business owners who applied received the amount they asked for.
An elementary school in Maine’s largest city has been named for the state’s first African-American legislator. The former Riverton School formally became the Gerald E. Talbot Community School during a ceremony on Monday. Portland Schools Superintendent Xavier Botana said that with the new name “we continue your work by tirelessly removing those barriers to opportunity for all of our students, and giving them the tools they need to continue to change the world for the better.” Talbot, 89, said he was humbled by the honor. He talked to students about the value of education, and urged all people to help others to show that “we all matter.” “Whether you’re black or white, or green or red, we’re all people and we all need the same thing — equality,” he said. http://www.gospel-spotlight.com
The Houston Texans have agreed to a four-year, $160 million contract extension with quarterback Deshaun Watson, his agent David Mulugheta told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Saturday. The total value of the deal, to be signed later Saturday, is $177.54 million with nearly $111 million in guarantees, trailing only quarterback Patrick Mahomes‘ 12-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs as the largest in NFL history. Watson will make $39 million per year in base salary, on average, over the next four years, making him the highest-paid player in the NFL during that time frame. http://www.gospel-spotlight.com
Beyoncé‘s birthday set social media on fire. The queen of everything is 39 years old and we’ve had the pleasure of seeing her evolve over more than 20 years. From her days in Destiny’s Child to her solo debut hit single “Crazy in Love” in 2004 to the groundbreaking “Lemonade” in 2016, Mrs. Carter has certainly and rightfully earned her place in pop culture history. This year it seems Queen Bey may have something extra special in store after it was reported that she recently “took over” a TV studio “in the Hamptons to record a top-secret video.” As of Friday morning, it was still unclear what would come of whatever she was doing there. But Beyoncé’s loyal legion of followers — more popularly known as the Bey Hive — were still celebrating their queen’s birthday as if was their own. Friday Twitter was lit with shout outs from a nonstop stream of celebrities who took the time to tweet their tidings and wish Beyoncé that happiest birthday.
Nickelodeon has announced it canceled an upcoming animated TV series about a little Black girl after the show was accused of culturally appropriating a similarly styled short film that prompted comparisons between them for all the wrong reasons. “Made By Maddie, which was set to premiere later this month on Nickelodeon’s Nick Jr. channel, but that will no longer be the case after people said it looked too much like “Hair Love,” the Academy Award-winning short that focuses on natural hair (among other issues) and was adapted from Matthew A. Cherry‘s celebrated book of the same name. https://youtu.be/kNw8V_Fkw28
One Yard is a space to celebrate all things HBCU and Homecoming. One Yard is a platform that will offer informative and entertaining content about HBCUs and Homecoming. One Yard will host several virtual events late September-October to celebrate Homecoming. One Yard will host the first ever virtual HBCU Homecoming Experience including step shows, brunch and cooking demos and more. https://vimeo.com/451577610/76a751afcb
In the midst of a pandemic, those looking for love must now navigate life and relationships around the world while trying to stay alive. From award winning producer Re’Shaun Frear and writer, Dee LaSure comes “Pandemically Single” a scripted comedy series. The show will premiere the first 3 episodes pre-Labor Day, Sunday, September 6, 2020 at 3p.m. & 7p.m. PST, during Labor Day weekend on LaSure TV on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFXUEZR8_K2miNWSKGxUCCQ.
Get ready for “The Boys in the Band” a new Netflix film about a group of gay men who gather for a birthday party in 1968 New York City, only to find the drinks and laughs interrupted when a visitor from the host’s past turns the evening upside down. https://youtu.be/862Pb9oDDAo
Neneh Cherry’s daughter Mabel has announced her new Kangol clothing line that is inspired by her famous mother. The British R&B singer teamed up with Kangol and retailer H&M for the new collection, for which she also serves as the face of the streetwear brand. The young designer recently dished about the line to Vogue, telling the publication, “I remember my mum wearing Kangol when I was growing up and, you know, thinking in general that she was not just a great mum but also such an inspiration – such an icon to have in the house,” Mabel explains. “I was very conscious that she wasn’t a regular mum, she was a cool mum!”
The NBA announced that LA Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell has been named the 2019-20 NBA Kia Sixth Man of the Year. This marks the third straight year and the fifth time overall that a Clippers player has won the award, which is the most for a franchise in NBA History. https://youtu.be/SDnSXmrOlcU
Producers behind Disney/Marvel’s “Black Panther” are said to be unsure on how to move forward with the sequel following the death of Chadwick Boseman. According to AJC.com, neither Disney executives nor director Ryan Coogler knew about his health challenges. The cast and crew were reportedly gearing up to begin filming the sequel next month. Kevin Feige, Marvel’s chief officer, was reportedly notified about Boseman’s failing health by email in house before he died. Now, Disney is faced with two options on how to proceed with the “Black Panther” franchise. Hire a new actor and risk upsetting fans or allow Leticia Wright, who plays Black Panther’s sister Shuri, to take over the role (which actually occurs in one of comic series). Wright shared a poem on Instagram Tuesday, in which she refers to Boseman as “my brother, an angel on Earth.”
“Love & Hip Hop: New York” star Yandy Smith-Harris was arrested along side RHOA’s Porsha Williams last month while attending a peaceful protest in Louisville, Kentucky, in honor of Breonna Taylor. Porsha was also arrested in July during protest outside the home of Kentucky’s Attorney General. She was facing a felony charge but it was later dropped. Meanwhile, Yandy is speaking out about the heinous conditions inside the jail they were held at, noting that “the amount of humiliation is crazy.” "The bathroom is just completely disgusting, like feces on the toilet. Feces on the floor. You would think there was a puddle of water, but it was urine,” she said in an interview. Smith went on to describe that there was only one toilet for the 40 women being detained. “They gave us blankets when we checked in. We would hold the blanket in the cell for women that had to use the bathroom.”
Beatroot Music, the only Black-owned music distributor in the U.S. and part of the Made in Memphis Entertainment (MIME) family of companies, has signed a distribution deal with Gospel star Wess Morgan. Morgan is among the first Gospel artists to sign with Beatroot, helping to establish its presence within the genre as it expands its Gospel catalog.
Under the terms of the agreement, Beatroot will distribute Morgan’s back catalog — including his four previous albums and standalone single “Get Me Thru” — as well as his upcoming works. That back catalog, which has racked up over 24 million streams to date, will be re-released on all services September 4th, including BMI Christian Music Award-winning song “I Choose to Worship,” which also received multiple Gospel Music Association Dove and Stellar award nominations. New music from Morgan is expected to be released shortly. The Gospel Spotlight's Wess Morgan!!! Hear Wess Morgan In His Own Words.....http://www.gospel-spotlight.com/Wess_Morgan.htm
Gospel legend Betty Griffin Keller "So Much To Thank God For," the first single from the debut project of the New Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church Mass Choir enters the top 100 on radio and the CD hits digital outlets and streaming platforms September 4th. Keller is humbled as people still request to hear her signature song "You Can Make It." “As we have had the chance to reconnect with radio, I am just in awe of the testimonies around You Can Make It”, says Keller. “ I recorded that song at least 25 years ago and some of the radio stations said they can’t close the show without someone calling and asking them to play it. God is faithful and we are grateful. ”
When Sight & Sound Theatres creators Dan Deal and Kristen Brewer decided to tackle the biblical account of Queen Esther for their next live stage production, they had no idea just how timely the story would be. Mere days before the spectacular stage production was set to premiere back in March, Sight & Sound was forced to close its doors due to lockdown orders in response to the novel coronavirus. Over 400 performances of “Queen Esther” scheduled for the following nine months were canceled, and over half a million tickets were refunded. Despite setbacks, Sight & Sound decided the show must go on — digitally. On Friday, “Queen Esther’ made its worldwide debut on the new streaming platform, Sight & Sound TV.
The new film “Fatima,” now available in theaters and on-demand, tells the story about the power of faith in times of global turmoil. The film is based on the popular account of the “Three Secrets of Fátima,” which came from the true story of three young Portuguese shepherds, Lúcia Santos and her cousins, Jacinta and Francisco Marto. The children, who grew up in the Catholic faith, witnessed a series of apocalyptic visions and prophecies which they say were given to them by Mary, mother of Jesus, starting on May 13, 1917. The trio claimed to have been visited a total of six times between May and October 1917. https://youtu.be/mxRBXRI-jv4
Naomi Osaka spiked her racket after one errant forehand late in the second set at the U.S. Open, then flung it the length of the baseline after a missed backhand return ceded that tiebreaker. Facing an opponent competing in just her second major tournament, two-time Grand Slam champion Osaka eventually figured out a way to turn a tight one into a runaway and beat 18-year-old Marta Kostyuk 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-2 by claiming the final five games at Flushing Meadows. “While I was playing, honestly, I was cursing myself out,” Osaka said during an on-court interview, “so you wouldn’t want to know what I was saying.”
Gospel music icon Marvin Sapp launches his upcoming new album Chosen Vessel with an album pre-order available now via digital music providers. Set for release on Friday October 9th, the album features the lead single “Thank You For It All” and the brand new song “Undefeated” – both available immediately with pre-order. Chosen Vessel marks the twelfth album from the celebrated Gospel singer, songwriter, and producer. The Gospel Spotlight's “Thank You For It All.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYormAJoEk8&src=Linkfire&lId=86f82d48-fdac-4534-821f-074e13111ebe&cId=1d681ba4-6479-4561-967c-533a58a7ab54
Jonathan Nelson drops "Manifest." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WbkHC6js8k&feature=youtu.be
Today, emerging Gospel artist and BET “Sunday Best” winner (Season 9), Melvin Crispell, III, releases his debut album I’ve Got A Testimony. Now available everywhere, the new album features ten tracks and marks Crispell’s first full-length project. In conjunction with the release of the debut album, Crispell has also released a live performance music video of his infectious praise anthem “Wonderful Is Your Name." https://MelvinCrispell.lnk.to/WonderfulIsYourNameVideo!W&W
Robert Pattinson has tested positive for coronavirus, prompting “The Batman” to suspend filming in the United Kingdom days after it went back into production, according to a source familiar with the situation. Warner Bros. confirmed earlier on Thursday that production was being halted after a crew member tested positive but did not confirm the person’s identity. Vanity Fair first reported that Pattinson was the one who had coronavirus.
A group that includes a predominantly African American church has filed a lawsuit against the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma seeking reparations for survivors of a 1921 race massacre and their descendants. Filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court, the complaint seeks “to remedy the ongoing nuisance” caused by the race riot that took place over 99 years ago on May 31 and June 1, 1921, in the city’s Greenwood district. Plaintiffs include 105-year-old survivor of the riot Lessie Benningfield Randle, the historic Vernon African Methodist Episcopal Church of Tulsa as well as several residents and descendants of victims of the massacre. “Defendants’ unlawful acts and omissions in the years and decades following the Massacre blighted the Greenwood neighborhood, endangering the health and safety of the Greenwood community,” the lawsuit argues.
The Army has promoted an African American woman chaplain to the rank of colonel for the first time. Chaplain (Col.) Monica R. Lawson was given the new status in a ceremony streamed live Wednesday (Sept. 2) on the Facebook page of the U.S. Army Chaplain Center and School. The African Methodist Episcopal minister is the chief of recruiting and accessions for the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps. “As an African American woman who has always been proud of the skin that I’m in, in this time this is a bright spot in a sea of what seems to be darkness never-ending,” Lawson said during the ceremony in the auditorium of the school at Fort Jackson in South Carolina.
Cam Newton is officially the new starting quarterback of the New England Patriots. A person familiar with the situation said Thursday that Newton was announced as the starter during a team meeting. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the team has not publicly announced the decision. The Boston Globe first reported the decision. The move was expected after the 2015 league MVP outperformed second-year Jarrett Stidham and veteran Brian Hoyer during training camp. Newton, who signed with the Patriots in July after being released by Carolina, succeeds Tom Brady following his departure to Tampa Bay in free agency.
Cases of myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle, appear to be prevalent among Big Ten athletes, said Penn State’s director of athletic medicine, impacting roughly one-third of all athletes who have tested positive for the coronavirus. Wayne Sebastianelli, who is also the team doctor for Penn State football, said Monday during a meeting of the State College Area School District board of directors that cardiac scans of Big Ten athletes who contracted COVID-19 showed “30 to roughly 35 percent of their heart muscles” indicated symptoms of myocarditis. “And we really just don’t know what to do with it right now,” he said. “It’s still very early in the infection. Some of that has led to the Pac-12 and the Big Ten’s decision to sort of put a hiatus on what’s happening.”
Andrew Gillum and his wife will be featured on the season premiere of “The Tamron Hall Show” in what has been billed as a chance for the former Florida gubernatorial candidate to open up about the hotel incident earlier this year that led to him entering rehab. According to a press release from “The Tamron Hall Show,” Gillum “will discuss his swift fall from grace, his rehabilitation experience in the face of adversity and share what life looks like now” during the episode scheduled to air Monday. Gillum’s wife, R. Jai Gillum, was also a part of the exclusive interview “to discuss the impact this has had on their marriage and their family and what the future holds.” https://youtu.be/7yZ_AaDZY-k
An activist in New York City who has been described as “Afro-Latina” revealed that she is actually a white, Jewish woman who’s been pretending to be Black all along. It was a stunning admission that harkened back to Rachel Dolezal, the white woman who also faked being Black as the leader of an NAACP chapter in Washington State. The person now-formerly known as Jess La Bombera on Thursday published an open letter of sorts on Medium under her real name — Jessica A. Krug — and admitted “the truth, and the anti-Blackness of my lies,” as her post is titled. Krug wrote about her “experience as a white Jewish child in suburban Kansas City under various assumed identities within a Blackness that I had no right to claim” and said she feigned “North African Blackness” before pretending to be a Black American and then finally settling on a “Caribbean rooted Bronx Blackness” identity.
Michael Forest Reinoehl, the man suspected of fatally shooting a right-wing supporter of the Patriot Prayer group, was killed late Thursday when a task force came to arrest him. The 48-year-old was reportedly shot by officers from a federally led fugitive task force in Lacey, Wash., The New York Times reports. The victim, Aaron J. Danielson, an pro-Trump radical, came into downtown Portland and clashed with protesters demonstrating against racial injustice and police brutality. https://youtu.be/fsDWXx5tYfk
Dr. Dre’s estranged wife Nicole Young is reportedly seeking nearly $2 million per month in temporary spousal support amid their divorce battle. According to TMZ, she also wants $5 million to cover her legal fees. Young filed for divorce in June after 24 years of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences. The TMZ reports adds that she still “lives in their Malibu home, as well as has access to their cars, personal chefs, etc.”
This current world reckoning on race sparked by the police killing of George Floyd has led to perhaps the most serious effort to date by the National Hockey League to address racism within the predominantly white sport. The league and NHL Players’ Association are planning mandatory inclusion and diversity training for all players at camp; partnering with the Hockey Diversity Alliance to launch a grassroots program for young players of color in the Toronto area; and working together on several inclusion committees aimed at encouraging diversity among executives, pro and youth players and fans.“We applaud NHL players for recognizing the importance of this moment and for coming together as part of a genuine movement for change,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “We look forward to working with all voices of change to fight for equality and broaden access to the game we all love.”
Star Trek: Discovery” has added the first nonbinary and trans roles in the franchise’s history to join for Season 3. Trans actor Ian Alexander, will play a trans character named Grey, who is “planning to be a host for a symbiotic alien species that lives in different hosts over its lifetime,” per nbcnews.com. https://youtu.be/qoLxTLwzHSw
Ashley Nealy, a 32-year-old Atlanta resident, is speaking out about her decision to participate in late-stage COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials. Nealy applied by answering a social media ad looking for volunteers. She told a news anchor that she signed up because she wanted to make sure the trials were diverse. “I actually wanted to do a clinical trial before I even saw the ad I had registered at the website that Dr. Fauci mentioned, the COVID prevention network, and I never heard a call back. So when I saw the ad, I was like, let me just see if they’ll accept me for this trial. So I signed up and less than two hours later actually got a call to participate in the trial,” Nealy said.
Deploying the cover of two pandemics, COVID-19 and racism, these anti-democratic forces have weakened the U.S. Postal Service in an effort to stifle the voices of the American people. These “voter piranhas” have created obstacles at the state and local levels including changing and reducing polling locations with little or no notice; limiting staffing and voting equipment, purging voters, opposing drop boxes, thus creating long lines and increasing the possibility of exposure to COVID-19. The people most affected by these strategies are communities of color, the elderly, young and low-income voters. The National Bar Association, as the largest organization of Black lawyers and judges in the country, has vowed to fight for our democracy. The NBA will take on these anti-democratic forces in the courtroom, in the newsroom and in the field of the election process.
Mikal Smith, the son of Illinois and former NFL head coach Lovie Smith, was arrested in Arizona this week on sex-trafficking charges. Mikal has been indicted following an investigation accusing him and Aprel Mae Rasmussen of running a prostitution ring from December 2018 and September 2019. Smith reportedly used surveillance and threats to keep one victim under his control, according to ABC 15. Mikal has been indicted on charges of conspiracy, illegally conducting an enterprise, money laundering in the first degree, pandering, receiving earnings of a prostitute, sex trafficking, and threatening or intimidating, the report states. https://youtu.be/QbK06xCwkEE
Jane Fonda has opened up about who she regrets not sleeping with in the entertainment industry. In a new interview with The New York Times, the Hollywood star and activist set the record straight about her experiences with various celebrities, including Marlon Brando and Marvin Gaye. Fonda and Brando starred together in the 1966 drama “The Chase,” and she described the late actor as “disappointing” when it comes sexual intimacy. She also reveals that while she doesn’t “think about” missing her chance with Che Guevara, she does regret not sleeping with Marvin Gaye. “Who I do think about, and what is a great regret is Marvin Gaye. He wanted to and I didn’t. I was married to Tom [Hayden],” she said. “I was meeting a lot of performers to try to do concerts for Tom and the woman who was helping me do that introduced me to Marvin Gaye… apparently he had my picture on his refrigerator. I didn’t find that out until later, after he was dead.
Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder‘s endorsement of Joe Biden is the latest support from a growing number of Republicans for the Democratic nominee. But Snyder’s alleged nefarious role in the Flint Water Crisis that disproportionately affected Black people and killed at least a dozen people should prompt Biden to reject the endorsement, according to what appeared to be a growing sentiment across social media. Calling Donald Trump a “bully,” Snyder on Thursday officially came out in support of Biden’s candidacy in an op-ed published in USA Today.
If it wasn’t already apparent all the things that Americans have lost under Donald Trump‘s administration — lives and jobs, for starters — thousands of Black women of all ages who are leaders in their respective industries took it upon themselves to pen a scathing open letter to the president emphasizing his shortcomings when it comes to Black people in particular. The letter served as a response to Trump’s infamous question he asked Black voters when he was a candidate four years ago: “What do you have to lose?” The letter — signed by “Concerned Black Women Leaders” and attached to an online petition seeking signatures to “stand in solidarity” with them — covers everything from the unemployment crisis to police violence surging under Trump to COVID-19 and more.
Police shooting and killing Black males is all but a centuries-old American tradition among law enforcement in the U.S. But the fact that this apparent rite of police passage is still thriving in 2020 and only seems to be gaining momentum instead of slowing should give any American citizen pause as an increasing number of Black people — especially males both young and old — continue to be added to a growing list of victims with what seems like a new shooting every week. Following what seemed like a brief respite of police killing unarmed Black people, the unfortunate trend has made a comeback in a major way in recent weeks with a number of shootings that have been described as nothing short of murder. However, whether the shootings are justified or not, the same lethal force use against Black suspects is rarely seen with white people suspected of doing worse. Case in point: In just the past few days, it’s been reported that four Black men had been killed by police officers from separate departments across the country. Two of those shootings involve cops shooting their targets in the back.
Dorothy Norwood, affectionately known as the "World's Greatest Storyteller" and a living legend, is surpassing her own ground-breaking achievements, with the remix of her chart-topping single, "Oh Jesus", now featuring Dorinda Clark-Cole. Norwood is currently in the studio finishing up with post production on her 53rd solo album entitled "The Journey Continues" releasing in the Fall of 2020. The Gospel Spotlight's Dorothy Norwood!!! Hear Dorothy Norwood In her Own Words......http://www.gospel-spotlight.com/dorothy_norwood_intvw.htm
CeCe Winans drops new music "Never Lost." It's the Gospel Spotlight Song Of The Week.....https://www.dropbox.com/s/l31fluivm36vudw/CeCe-NeverLost-LyricVideo.mov?dl=0
Jemila Richardson releases her next single HE WILL SUPPLY....https://showcase.dropbox.com/s/uVTh5IAKSis6IVoJzbaf8
ADRIENNE HOUGHTON SHARES HER LATEST BEAUTY SECRETS FOR BEAUTIFUL, GLOWING SKIN ON CLEO TV'S ALL THINGS ADRIENNE ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 AT 9 P.M. ET/8C...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ryFiu45yrU&feature=youtu.be
The mayor of Rochester, N.Y., on Thursday suspended seven police officers involved in the arrest of a Black man that resulted in his death after they covered his head and held him to the ground in March.Mayor Lovely Warren announced the move one day after the Rochester Police Department released footage from the arrest, prompting protests. She also criticized police Chief La'Ron Singeltary for his handling of the case. Daniel Prude, 41, died March 30 when his family took him off life support, seven days after officers who encountered him running naked through the street put a hood over his head to stop him from spitting, then held him down for about two minutes until he stopped breathing. https://media12.s-nbcnews.com/j/MSNBC/Components/Video/202009/tdy_news_geist_black_man_200903_1920x1080.focal-860x484.jpg
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have signed a multi-year deal with Netflix, that will see them produce documentaries, feature films, scripted shows and children’s programming under their unnamed production company. “Our lives, both independent of each other, and as a couple have allowed us to understand the power of the human spirit: of courage, resilience, and the need for connection,” Meghan and Harry said in a statement, PEOPLE reports. “Through our work with diverse communities and their environments, to shining a light on people and causes around the world, our focus will be on creating content that informs but also gives hope.”
Join rolling out & AARP for an important health discussion on Love and Laughter During a Global Pandemic on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 6pm EST. Featured panelists include Loni Love, EMMY Winning Talk Show Host, author and comedienne; Rodney Perry, self-proclaimed “Hardest Working Man in Comedy”, actor and producer; and Guy Torry, amazing actor and hilarious stand-up comedian.
Viola Davis called out the New York Post over its biased coverage, and urged fellow artists to boycott racist media. The actress and producer took to social media to compare The Post’s coverage of Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse to the publication’s past coverage of Trayvon Martin, who was stalked and murdered by George Zimmerman in Florida on Feb 24, 2012. On Friday, Davis posted screenshots of one article referring to Rittenhouse as a “suspected teen gunman” with a photo of him cleaning doing community service work. The headline on the Martin article said he had “traces of marijuana” in his system when he was fatally shot by Zimmerman, per New York Daily News. “You are foul for this,” the “How To Get Away with Murder” actress directed at The Post on Instagram. “You are apart of the problem!!!,” she added.
MSNBC host Joy Reid devoted a segment of her show on Wednesday to stereotypes about Muslims, after Trump, Ilhan Omar and several groups called on her to apologize for her on-air Islamophobia. On Monday’s “The ReidOut,” she touched on Trump’s response to violence among his supporters in Portland and Kenosha, asking a panel, “When leaders, let’s say in the Muslim world, talk a lot of violent talk, and encourage their supporters to be willing to commit violence … in order to win against whoever they decide is the enemy, we in the U.S. media describe that as they are ‘radicalizing’ those people, particularly when they’re radicalizing young people, that’s how we talk about the way that Muslims act. When you see what Donald Trump is doing, is that any different from what we describe as radicalizing people?”https://youtu.be/rzPloMpG2EM
Actor Clarke Peters is speaking out about his experience working with Chadwick Boseman in Spike Lee’s acclaimed Netflix movie “Da 5 Bloods.” The project is one of Boseman’s last movies before his death on August 28 at age 43. Boseman had been privately battling colon cancer since 2016, something many of his friends and colleagues were unaware of, including Lee and Peters. On “Good Morning Britain,” Peters recalled his first impressions of Boseman on the set of the war drama, which was filmed on location in Thailand. “I have to say with a little bit of regret that I probably wasn’t the most altruistic in that environment, but hindsight teaches us a lot of things,” Peters said. “What I’m addressing is basically, my wife asked what Chadwick was like. I was really excited to work with him. I said, ‘I think he’s a little bit precious.’ And she said, ‘Why?’ And I said, ‘Because he’s surrounded by people who are fawning over him.’ “He has a Chinese practitioner, who is massaging his back when he walks off set. He has a makeup lady massaging his feet. His girlfriend is there holding his hand,” Peters said. “And I’m thinking maybe the Black Panther thing went to his head.”Once learning of the health struggles Boseman was experiencing at the time, Peter added while holding back tears, “I regret even having those thoughts because they were really looking after him.”https://youtu.be/hDvWb1ESZss
John Boyega has spoken out about the treatment of Black characters in the latest Star Wars trilogy, accusing Disney of wanting to profit off ethnic actors before pushing them to the sideline. “You get yourself involved in projects and you’re not necessarily going to like everything,” he told British GQ magazine. “[But] what I would say to Disney is do not bring out a Black character, market them to be much more important in the franchise than they are and then have them pushed to the side. It’s not good. I’ll say it straight up.” Critics have also slammed the studio for ignoring Boyega’s Finn character in “The Rise of Skywalker.”
Teyana Taylor channels Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Trayvon Martin, Elijah McClain and the mother of Emmitt Till in the poignant video for her new song, “Still.” https://youtu.be/xwX1pdimy1g
Join CBS All Access and fans from around the world for a virtual celebration of Star Trek Day on Tuesday, Sept. 8. The virtual event will bring the “Star Trek” community together and provide fans with exclusive programming and initiatives including panels with the cast and creatives from nine “Star Trek” television series, exclusive news from the “Star Trek Universe” on CBS All Access, curated “Star Trek” series marathons and more. Additional information on free Star Trek Day programming and initiatives can be accessed at StarTrek.com/Day.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1LlbbPQeHk
Ben & Jerry’s is launching a six-part podcast that aims to encourage listeners to “dismantle systemic racism” and white supremacy. The ice cream brand has teamed with Vox Media for the “Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America,” project, based on ACLU Deputy Legal Director Jeffery Robinson’s presentation. “In the wake of George Floyd’s murder, America faces a racial reckoning — one that requires an honest look at the American history that has allowed and encouraged white supremacy to thrive for the last 400 years,” the companies behind the podcast said in a joint statement on Tuesday.
Police officers in the Nation’s Capital shot and killed a Black teen in Southeast D.C. Wednesday afternoon as he was running away, sparking further protests and a demonstration outside of the mayor’s home. Metropolitan Police Chief Peter Newsham said in a press conference Wednesday afternoon, “Uniformed police officers had information that there were guys in the neighborhood with guns, specifically. That’s what they were looking for and evidently that’s what they found.” While two suspects ran from officers, D.C. police say one of the suspects “brandished a firearm,” and in response, an officer fired once, hitting the suspect. The suspect was pronounced dead after all “life-saving efforts failed,” police added.
Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs and Dr. Steve Perry have launched their new charter school Capital Prep Bronx, which aims to serve disadvantaged students. Nearly 200 middle schoolers (6th and 7th graders) are enrolled for the fall semester, which kicks off Sept. 8 with a fully remote schedule. The goal is to expand the student body to 650 students from grades 6 to 11. “My dream has always been to provide children in communities like the Bronx the high quality education they deserve,” Diddy said in a press release. “We’re not just teaching reading, math and coding. We are grooming future leaders that will change their communities and the world.”
The official schedule for the upcoming presidential debates was released Wednesday, revealing when and where Joe Biden would square off against Donald Trump as the 2020 election rapidly approaches. But while those two will have three times to go at it, the candidates for vice president won’t get a second chance to make their first impressions. That means Kamala Harris has just one shot to humble Mike Pence on a national stage before — as polls predict — she and Biden are elected to replace arguably the most corrupt and dishonest presidential administration in American history. And all indications are that Harris is more than ready to rise to the occasion when they square off in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Murk aka "Ms. P31" is an ordained minister, author, and one of Christian music's most powerful and outspoken female rap artists. Her "P31" title track and music video spread virally and on national television earning her the monicker "Ms. P31". The anthem sparked a movement fueling her mission to influence and empower women of all ages to discover their God-given power and purpose in the world. The new effort "31 GANG" features rapper Dee-1 on "No Ring", which celebrates Kingdom love and relationships. Powerful singer D. McGhee joins Murk on "Doin' The Most" that gives a shout out to the queens who are grinding and winning in life, all while keeping God first. Dove and Grammy® Award-nominated artist, producer, and music mogul Mr. Del steps to the mic to collaborate with Murk on "Classic". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MnJqwbFQfc&feature=youtu.be
The award winning film – Mr. SOUL! – directed by Melissa Haizlip continues to wow audiences across the nation in virtual cinemas this week and will expand through Labor Day Weekend. This monumental film is a tribute and an important look back at America’s first “Black Tonight Show” that aired directly from New York on public broadcasting from 1968-1973 at the height of the Black Power Movement and the Civil Rights Movement. Aptly titled SOUL!, this groundbreaking show was produced and hosted by Ellis Haizlip aka Mr. SOUL! He was hip, smart, innovative, political and gay.
Letitia Wright posted a touching tribute to actor Chadwick Boseman, her onscreen brother in Marvel’s “Black Panther,” following his death last week from colon cancer. Wright shared a poem on Instagram Tuesday, in which she refers to Boseman as “my brother, an angel on Earth.” https://www.instagram.com/letitiawright/?utm_source=ig_embed
Finding love again, feeling free in that love, while also having autonomy to practice self-care is apart of R & B artist Tweet’s life now and she’s sharing that love with the world in her new single “Neva Felt This Way.” “Coming out of a heartbreak, I finally found someone who loved me unconditionally,” she said. “This person is my best friend and that’s what the song comes from, just finding out how to receive unconditional love as well as give it.” https://youtu.be/OJ7cqXtMSZk
The winner of the CBS reality show “Rock Star: Supernova,” Lukas Rossi, to speak on the Industry Panel at the Saturday, November 7, 2020 21st annual Los Angeles “Uplifting Minds II” Entertainment Conference from 1-3pmPT via Zoom video conferencing. The conference offers a panel “Q and A Session,” a “professional talent showcase” and a “national talent competition” of singers, songwriters, dancers and actors. One winner from each category will be selected to receive the 2020 ‘ULMII Best Artist” Award and over $15,000 valued in prizes. Rock star Lukas Rossi is currently promoting his new “Summertime” album.
Chicago gangs have reportedly formed a pact to shoot cops on sight, according to the FBI. Chicago police have been warned that about 30 gangs in the city, including the Latin Kings and Vice Lords, have agreed to “shoot on-sight any cop that has a weapon drawn on any subject in public, according to an alert from FBI officials sent out Aug. 26, Yahoo reports. The “Potential Activity Alert” was based on “a contact whose reporting is limited and whose reliability cannot be determined,” the alert states. https://youtu.be/3LRNWXfmNyY
Following the death of Howard University alum Chadwick Boseman, the university’s president wrote a heartfelt message celebrating the life of the Black Panther star, who lost a four-year battle with colon cancer and died on Aug. 28. On the Howard University website, Wayne A. I. Frederick left a message for the real-life hero who captivated audiences around the world with his talent. https://www.instagram.com/howard1867/?utm_source=ig_embed
Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver has died of complications of Lewy body dementia and COVID-19, the National Baseball Hall of Fame said in a statement Wednesday. He was 75. He died peacefully in his sleep Monday, the organization said. Seaver played 12 seasons with the Mets, winning the National League Cy Young Award three times. After having been a league-wide joke for the franchise’s hapless play since their inaugural season in 1962, the team, which was dubbed the Miracle Mets, was able to overcome years of failure and win the 1969 World Series as Seaver won his first Cy Young Award. http://www.gospel-spotlight.com
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, announced Wednesday evening that he, his wife and their two young daughters had all tested positive for the coronavirus. While he said they had all recovered, he also admitted on an Instagram video that he and his wife “had a rough go” with COVID-19 and encouraged people to wear masks so they don’t meet the same fate that he and his family did. His daughters are 2- and 4-years-old.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes turned the day he received his Super Bowl ring into an engagement party, after popping the question to longtime girlfriend Brittany Mathews, who has shared new videos and photos from her special day. The 24-year-old quarterback popped the question to his 25-year-old girlfriend Tuesday, at the Chiefs Arrowhead Stadium, with Matthews sharing a slew of pics and videos Wednesday. Among them is a video where you can hear her reaction to the proposal, as recorded by her friends. https://www.instagram.com/patrickmahomes/?utm_source=ig_embed
An upcoming animated TV series about a little Black girl is being accused of culturally appropriating a similarly styled short film as a promotional push for the new show has prompted comparisons for all the wrong reasons. “Made By Maddie, which is set to premiere later this month on Nickelodeon‘s Nick Jr. channel, is about a budding 8-year-old fashion designer who “uses her imagination and design ingenuity to turn every problem into a positive with the perfect fashion fix.” And while that description decidedly does not match that of “Hair Love,” the Academy Award-winning short that focuses on natural hair, it was the similarities between what the characters look like from each project that became a trending topic on Twitter Wednesday afternoon.
Eaze, California’s largest marketplace for legal cannabis, today announced expanded efforts to support an equitable cannabis industry: A major menu expansion in Los Angeles featuring Black and POC-owned brands, and the Social Equity Partners Program, a multi-point initiative to assist and elevate equity license holders. Eaze’s Social Equity Partners Menu, which already features well-recognized brands Cloud 9, KGB Reserve, and SF Roots in Northern California, is debuting all of its equity brands in the greater Los Angeles market and welcoming LA-based Dreamt, Blaqstar Farms, and Bay Area-based James Henry SF and Oakland Extracts to the menu.
Nationally renowned civil rights attorney Ben Crump, co-counsels Dale Galipo and Carl Douglas, and the family of Dijon Kizzee will hold a virtual news conference on Sept. 2 at 4 pm ET. Dijon Kizzee was killed by Los Angeles County sheriff’s officers after he was stopped for bicycle riding code violations. He was shot over 20 times in the back by police who then left his lifeless body, handcuffed, for hours. http://www.gospel-spotlight.com
Kenneth Walker, the boyfriend of Breonna Taylor, is suing the city of Louisville and its law enforcement over the March 13 police raid that left Taylor dead. Taylor, 26, was shot eight times while sleeping in her bed with Walker when three plain clothes officers performed a no-knock arrest warrant at her Louisville apartment. A search warrant revealed cops believed Taylor’s ex-boyfriend, Jamarcus Glover, 30, was hiding drugs or money at the apartment. https://youtu.be/OfDcSsdEIQs
Tyler Perry has officially reached billionaire status. The filmmaker has reportedly earned $1.4 billion in pre-tax income since 2005, and is currently worth $1 billion, according to the latest issue of Forbes. From his TV shows and movies, to the fact that Perry owns 100 percent of everything he creates, the Forbes report details his rags-to-riches journey. http://www.gospel-spotlight.com
In celebration of Chadwick Boseman’s life and Hollywood career, the 2013 sports drama “42,” in which he stars as MLB’s first Black ballplayer Jackie Robinson, will be re-released in AMC theaters this weekend. The film will screen at 740 locations nationwide including Regal, Cinemark, Alamo Drafthouse, Marcus, Harkins and other chains. AMC is offering the feature at 300 of its locations, starting Thursday with tickets at $5 apiece. https://youtu.be/I9RHqdZDCF0
During an unprecedented year disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic and social justice protests, the first-ever Salute THEM [Together Heroes Emerge Momentous] Awards will recognize women, men and organizations who have “initiated global change” and will take place during the annual CBC Annual Legislative Conference Week. This year’s Salute THEM Awards include: Family Legacy Award - The Clark Sisters, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Lamman Rucker, Marla Gibbs, Rehan Staton and Jahmal Cole. Musical tributes by Tamela Mann, Anthony Hamilton and Jac Ross! With a special presentation from hip hop legend Yo-Yo; narrated by Cafe Mocha's own Angelique Perrin. http://www.gospel-spotlight.com
Deitrick Haddon delivers another heart grabbing single to radio with his newest release "Complete Me". It's a melodic prayer to God. It speaks to the need for God to be one's strength in hard times. "Complete Me" is the second single off of the chart topping and celebrated 2019 release from Haddon, "TIME (Truth Is my Energy)". "Complete Me" is also a fan favorite from the TIME album. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ylvckjjnvt3oejf/AADVrtnQyK4eOjfomr7ZP8Iga?dl=0
The Trump administration said Tuesday it is issuing a four-month freeze on residential evictions. Millions of Americans are reportedly in danger of getting evicted by the end of September. With this eviction moratorium, Trump is bypassing Congress in an attempt to get a handle on the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.
Kanye West previously revealed that he and his wife, Kim Kardashian West, had considered an abortion when she was pregnant with their first child. He made that shocking revelation during his first presidential campaign rally back in July. At the event in South Carolina, West also said that if he were elected president, he would fight to keep abortion legal but would strongly discourage it by offering people $1 million for every child they have. In an interview with Nick Cannon, Kanye West talked more on that topic while sharing what he and Kim were going through when they thought about terminating her first pregnancy.
Chadwick Boseman, was most known for playing the superhero in the title role of “Black Panther,” was a person of faith from childhood who shared biblical wisdom along the path of his career. The actor, who also portrayed baseball great Jackie Robinson, civil rights lawyer Thurgood Marshall and singer/dancer James Brown, died at age 43 on Friday (Aug. 28), after being diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016. From the impression he left on a pastor of his youth to his own words at the 2018 commencement of Howard University, his alma mater, Boseman demonstrated a Christian life that included service, overcoming stereotypes and a desire to depict strong characters. “After his family released their statement, I realized that he was living with his illness the entire time I knew him,” said “Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler in a statement. “Because he was a caretaker, a leader, and a man of faith, dignity and pride, he shielded his collaborators from his suffering. He lived a beautiful life. And he made great art.”
Two-time Grammy Award-winning Christian singer Lauren Daigle said she’s missed performing in front of people and having interactions with fans during the lockdowns that postponed her tour dates. In an interview with Apple Music, Daigle ran through her ‘At Home With’ playlist and explained why, as an artist, she thrives on connecting with people through her music and discussed Kanye West’s newfound faith and singer Billie Eilish. “I miss it being in front of people,” the 28-year old said about missing being on the road. “You need human interaction to see the way it lands on someone’s soul. You need that experience as an artist.” Daigle will be heading back on the road in 2021 and is missing tour life.
Actor Jim Caviezel, who burst on the Hollywood scene in 2004 with his iconic role as Jesus in “The Passion of the Christ,” is an outspoken Catholic who openly discusses his faith and devotion to God. “The way God sees us is who we really are,” Caviezel recently told the “Edifi With Billy Hallowell” podcast, going on to speak about a range of issues, including his new movie, “Infidel.” The feature film, which releases in theaters on Sept. 18, is described as a “contemporary Middle East thriller” surrounding an “American kidnapped while attending a conference in Cairo, who ends up in prison in Iran on spying charges.”
A former sheriff in Arkansas who was forced to resign over his racist views and language replete with the N-word was reportedly being shown “compassion” for his racism and has been allowed to keep getting paid even though he is no longer officially a law enforcement officer. Ex-Arkansas County Sheriff Todd Wright was apparently secretly recorded speaking his racist mind in public, at one point even calling a woman a “n*gger lover,” prompting a court to ask for his resignation. https://twitter.com/i/status/1299887061013540864
While the disturbing trend of police killing Black people never ended, there seems to be a renewed spate of such preventable violence in recent weeks. That truth, unfortunately, includes Damian Daniels, a military veteran who was shot twice in the chest in front of his newly purchased home in Texas after cops were dispatched there to perform a wellness check last week. S. Lee Merritt, the civil rights attorney representing Daniels’ family, has described the scenario that led to the deadly Aug. 25 shooting as a fateful collision of factors that places the blame directly on law enforcement’s inability to respond to a nonviolent situation without lethal force.
A military veteran who served as one of the nation’s first Black U.S. Marines received a medal and a car parade from the New York Senate as a 95th birthday present. Sen. Jim Tedisco Friday presented the New York State Liberty Medal, the Senate’s highest honor for service and valor, to Ambrose “Cowboy” Anderson of Gloversville, who served during the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II. Tedisco joined Anderson’s family and friends to present the Liberty Medal outside his Gloversville home. Noting the many African Americans who served at the time but never get the recognition they deserved due to racial discrimination. Sen. Tedisco said: “I am proud and honored to help rectify that in some way with this long-overdue heartfelt recognition by the state of New York for Ambrose Anderson’s courageous service.”
Amazon has teamed with Blumhouse Television to serve up “Welcome to the Blumhouse,” a series of eight horror movies produced by both studios. The series is set to kick off on Oct. 6, with four of the eight movies releasing this year: The Lie, Black Box, Evil Eye, and Nocturne. The titles are set to premiere worldwide on Amazon Prime in October. https://youtu.be/DD5F0ets7ps
Known for being frugal, NFL star Richard Sherman is handing out financial advice to young people in a new digital series. Launched in August 2020, “Adulting With Richard Sherman” is a 12-part digital show produced by Million Stories Media. The new media company, a project from the Singleton Foundation for Financial Literacy and Entrepreneurship, offers programming focusing on career, money, and budgeting matters for millennials and young families. https://youtu.be/-N8Iu7xBxEo
The man who posted the video of a police officer shooting Jacob Blake in the back seven times says he did the right thing but feels a certain responsibility for the subsequent violence and two deaths it caused in his city. Kenosha resident Raysean White speaks to Wesley Lowery for a 60 IN 6 report premiering on Quibi Wednesday (09-02-20) evening at 8:00 PM ET. The shooting of Blake, who is Black, by a white Kenosha officer, leaving him partially paralyzed, sparked violent street protests during which three persons were shot, two of them killed. White was in his apartment across the street when he began videotaping police and Blake with his phone. https://youtu.be/4bfa8TCglRQ
Netflix is set to explore what life could have been like for Latasha Harlins had she not been fatally shot by a convenience store owner in 1991 at the age of 15. Harlins’ murder was a catalyst for the 1992 riots in Los Angeles, and “A Love Song For Latasha” will explore the teenager’s life and dreams through accounts from her family and friends. https://youtu.be/xCvjaaqqVzU
Kanye West claims he spent $50M last year on his Sunday Services. In a new interview with Nick Cannon, Kanye dishes about his religious and political beliefs, and at one point he opens up about how God “brought me to my knees multiple times.” You know, God has a calling on all of us and he uses us in different ways,” he said. “I would do Sunday Service and there would be atheists who would come and tell me, ‘Well, maybe you shouldn’t mention Jesus’ name so much.’ And that’s all I need to hear. I was like ‘Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!’ Thank you for inciting the riot,” he continued. He goes on to claim that he spent $50M last year on his gospel choir. https://youtu.be/fd0hEO8zTMw
Jamie Foxx has teamed with Netflix for a comedy series starring the actor and inspired by his relationship with daughter Corinne Foxx. According to Variety, Bentley Kyle Evans will serve as EP/Showrunner on the series titled “Dad Stop Embarrassing Me,” while Foxx and his daughter will also executive produce. David Alan Grier co-stars as a recurring character along with Kyla-Drew, Porscha Coleman, and Jonathan Kite, Heather Hemmens and Valente Rodriguez. Foxx and Corinne previously collaborated on the Fox competition series “Beat Shazam,” which Jamie hosts and his daughter serves as DJ.
It has been reported earlier this year that Donald Trump is polling better than expected among Black men. A conservative outlet interviewed a group of Black conservatives in California vowing support for Trump and calling Black Lives Matter a “fake” movement that tries to pull the Black man away from the traditional nuclear family. “As you can see, black conservatism is the new punk rock,” said Trump supporter Nick Cunningham in the video. Another, who goes by MAGA Hulk, added “We’re the rebels! You wanna be cool, come join our cause.” https://youtu.be/JPHWGTrg_Cg
On Wednesday morning, “Good Morning America” revealed the celebrities that will compete on ABC’s revamped, Tyra Banks-hosted “Dancing With the Stars.” They’ve pulled notables from the usual categories of sports, music and TV, but this time added someone widely suspected of cold blooded murder. The cast includes rapper Nelly, former NFL player Vernon Davis, NBA vet Charles Oakley, “The Real” host Jeannie Mai, Disney Channel star Skai Jackson and Carole Baskin, whose fame is rooted in suspicion that she had her husband killed in the Netflix docuseries “Tiger King. ”https://youtu.be/0XAy9N71fbE
WE tv’s “Love After Lockup” returns this week with the mid-season finale, and emotions run high when #FelonBae Lindsey grows frustrated with the new house that Scott is trying to fix up for her and her child. https://youtu.be/KdW2P2DPsGU
Nationally renowned civil rights attorney Ben Crump and co-counsels Sam Aguiar and Lonita Baker released a statement in response to a revelation that prosecutors tried to get Breonna Taylor’s ex-boyfriend Jamarcus Glover to say that Breonna Taylor was part of an “organized crime syndicate” in exchange for a plea deal. Glover refused. https://youtu.be/KdLl24JamUQ
Multi-Award-winning R&B singer/producer and Maroon 5 keyboardist, PJ Morton, “All In His Plan,” has generated over 3 million streams to-date and it also leads this week’s Mediabase Gospel Airplay chart. The bluesy, retro ballad features poignant performances from Le’Andria Johnson, and the platinum-selling duo, Mary Mary. The track anchors Morton’s first-ever gospel music album, "Gospel According to PJ." Gospel Spotlight's PJ Morton!! Hear PJ Morton IN His Own Words.....http://www.gospel-spotlight.com/pj_morton_intvw.htm
The Gentleman of Gospel, EARNEST PUGH, the singer-songwriter and worship leader known for No. 1 gospel hits such as his recent “God Wants to Heal You” and “I Need Your Glory,” has added author to his resume. The soulful singer will publish his first book, "Abiding in the Place of Worship: Wisdom and Insight for Today’s Worshipper," on November 13, 2020. The book is based on Jesus’ “Parable of the Good Samaritan” (Luke 10:25-37). Gospel Spotlight's Earnest Pugh!! Hear Earnest Pugh IN His Own Words.....http://www.gospel-spotlight.com/earnestpugh_intvw.htm
To celebrate the highly anticipated new series LOVECRAFT COUNTRY, HBO has announced Lovecraft Country: Sanctum, a series of exclusive virtual reality events transporting invited guests into a world inspired by the show. The series airs Sundays at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on HBO and is available to stream on HBO Max. In a first-of-its-kind, groundbreaking social VR event series, 100 select influential voices will experience three events consisting of immersive theater, escape rooms, art installations, puzzles and a live concert, via the Oculus Quest headset, all inspired by LOVECRAFT COUNTRY. https://youtu.be/733csFVU7QM
Usher is all set to become a daddy again for the 3rd time. His girlfriend Jenn Goicoechea is pregnant. This will be the couple’s first child and they are said to be “thrilled and very excited” according to a report on Us Weekly. The good news reportedly comes in just in time for the couple’s one year anniversary when they went public with their relationship at the Hollywood Bowl concert in Oct. 2019. The couple shared a sweet kiss at the concert that was later shared online.
Cardi B’s love for Balenciaga is definitely mutual, as the high fashion label has tapped the rapper to serve as the new face of the brand. Her 2020 winter campaign was unveiled over the historic Louvre in Paris. Cardi appears in the billboard wearing a blue evening gown while laying on a lawn and surrounded by yellow children’s toys. The photos were self-shot in Los Angeles during the COVID-19 lockdown. https://www.instagram.com/iamcardib/?utm_source=ig_embed
California is now one step closer to making racially-motivated 911 calls a “hate crime” punishable by jail or a hefty fine. AB 1775, by Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-Huntington Park), would increase the criminal penalties imposed when a person knowingly makes a false 911 call for the purpose of harassing another. The maximum penalty would be up to $2,000 and a year in jail. The bill also classifies blatantly false reports as a form of intimidation, allowing the victim of these calls to file a lawsuit against the person who knowingly made the false report.
An all-new episode of WE tv’s “Marriage Boot Camp: Hip Hop Edition” airs Thursday and finds Tahiry uncertain about accepting Vado back in her life. Last month, the duo made headlines when a heated confrontation resulted in Vado being escorted out of the boot camp after he tried to choke her. https://youtu.be/X4KaPFYY-XA
Megachurch pastor John Gray announced that he has “submitted to a process of restoration” that will sometimes take him away from his church in the wake of new allegations of infidelity, some of which he admits are true. “I’m sorry for the areas of my life that I left unattended, that I was apathetic about, the areas where I have treated the calling of God, the grace of God and the hand of God casually in my life. For every area of behavior that has dishonored the holiness of God, I want to tell you that I’m sorry. There have been a number of things, blogs, some of them accurate, some of it not. But all of it, my responsibility,” the embattled leader of Relentless Church in Greenville, South Carolina, said in an address to his church and family Sunday. “I apologize for putting the name of God in harm’s way and I and I alone take the responsibility for the actions that harmed and injured God’s sheep.
Liberty University is opening an independent investigation into Jerry Falwell Jr.’s tenure as president, a wide-ranging inquiry that will include financial, real estate and legal matters, the evangelical school’s board announced Monday. In a statement, the board said it had retained an outside firm to investigate “all facets” of the school’s operations under Falwell, and that it was “committed to learning the consequences that have flowed from a lack of spiritual stewardship by our former president.”
“We must find a way to look after one another — as if we were one single tribe.”Marvel Studios has released a video tribute to it Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman, who died Friday at 43 after a years-long secret battle with colon cancer. Headlined ‘You Will Always Be Our King,” the clip has racked up more than 2.35 million YouTube since its posting Sunday. https://youtu.be/4VSx2E7WE50
TV One's original auto-biographical series UNCENSORED resumes for season three with its premiere episode debuting on Sunday, September 6 at 10 P.M. ET/9C. The edgy docu-series explores the private lives of some of today's most notable personalities including actor Larenz Tate. Probably best known for his role as the smooth talking, poet-reciting Darius Lovehall from the cult classic film, Love Jones but, Larenz rose to fame after playing the role of O-Dog in the 1993 teen drama film Menace II Society. He has gone on to star in both iconic television series and movies that continue to move the culture. Larenz opens up about how he has seamlessly maintained his leading man status for nearly two decades, shows his softer side when reflecting on how his wife stole his heart, and gives an impassioned message about the realities of existing as a Black man in America. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzqPkq3S1d0&feature=youtu.be
Breonna Taylor‘s life and death will be explored in an upcoming documentary episode headed for FX and Hulu. According to FOX29, the episode is called “The Killing of Breonna Taylor” and it will air Sept. 4 at 10 p.m. ET on FX and be available for streaming the following day on Hulu. The episode is part of a new docuseries produced by The New York Times called “The Weekly.”
Adele sparked a lot of social media chatter Monday morning for a polarizing photo she posted over the weekend. The British pop star posted a picture to Instagram of herself wearing a bikini top with a Jamaican flag printed on it and she was also sporting some Bantu knots for her hairdo. Adele captioned the photo, “Happy what would be Notting Hill Carnival my beloved London” along with emojis of the Jamaican and British flag. https://www.instagram.com/adele/?utm_source=ig_embed
A video has gone viral showing a woman spewing racist comments towards a group of Black women in Los Angeles. According to ABC7, the incident occurred on Sunday morning when the three Black women — Brittany, Jessyka and Raquel — were on their Sunday morning run at Dockweiler State Beach. https://www.instagram.com/p/CEhaI2xgc74/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=embed_video_watch_again
Kimora Lee Simmons has teamed with her two daughters, Ming Lee, 18, and Aoki Lee, 21, to launch of Baby Phat Beauty, an extension of her Baby Phat urban brand. The new beauty line was revealed on social media in a post featuring the first product, the Shimmer Dreams three-piece kit. According to PEOPLE, the set comes with a “glittering high shine lip gloss, a nourishing hand lotion and a shimmering body spray,” the article states. The nine-item collection is available in three individual sets, each reflecting the personalities of Kimora and her daughters.
LeToya Luckett dished with fans on her Instagram Live over the weekend, and got real about losing her spot in Destiny’s Child. Luckett and LaTavia Roberson were booted from Destiny’s Child 2000, and they later filed a lawsuit against the group’s manager, Mathew Knowles. It was settled out of court. “Coming out of that, I wasn’t the most secure person because I was so used to having a team mentality and to think of going out on my own was terrifying,” the singer said during her IG Live. “The thought of singing made me angry. I didn’t believe I had a voice, I didn’t believe I could sing, I didn’t believe I could return to the music industry.” Luckett then became emotional describing her journey after leaving one of the most iconic girl groups in music.
Yesterday, California Rep. Barbara Lee called to speak with SiriusXM Urban View host Laura Coates about the 2020 race and election meddling. During the interview, Representative Lee told Coates: “There are so many reasons why we must vote for the Biden-Harris ticket, regardless of what perspective you’re coming from it’s important if you really want to make sure that our democracy is not, actually dismantled, and this administration and you see how he has operated and who he is, in terms of his dictatorial approaches to government, dismantling all of the apparatus of government.”
Clarence Burke Sr., an ex-Chicago detective who managed his kids, The Five Stairsteps, died July 16, one day before his 91st birthday. His children— Clarence Jr., Keni, James, Dennis and sister Alohe – recalled their early music career and some of their father’s wild moments in a candid interview with the Chicago Sun-Times. The Five Stairsteps are best known for their 1970 Stan Vincent song “O-o-h Child,” which played Aug. 18 after Jill Biden’s speech at the Democratic National Convention. https://youtu.be/C1XwW8A49Pg
Former NFL star Herschel Walker said his support of President Trump has caused him to lose some friends. Speaking about his friendship with Trump to USA Today, Walker made clear that the president didn’t ask him to speak at the Republican National Convention last week, he volunteered. “In society today, if you’ve got a Black friend, oh, jeez you’re like king,’’ Walker told USA Today Sports. “But not one time has (Trump) asked me to speak for him. I don’t even think he knew I was going to speak this time. I’m the one that asked.’’
Harry Belafonte released a statement after a senior aide to Donald Trump posted a doctored video that made it look like Joe Biden was catching a nap when a local news anchor attempted to interview him via satellite. The video was In fact from 2011, when Belafonte was doing a series of press junket interviews and lost audio contact with the local station in Bakersfield, CA. Dan Scavino, a senior aide to Trump and White House director of social media, tweeted the video out Sunday from his private account. It was made to look like a news anchor was trying to interview Biden, trying to wake him up. The sound of snoring also was added to the video, which received more than 2.1 million views.
A petition has been launched calling for a statue of Chadwick Boseman to replace a Confederate memorial in the late actor’s hometown in Anderson, South Carolina. The Change.org petition has generated more than 27,000 signatures. The Confederate monument was put up in 1902 in front of a courthouse and shows a soldier on a platform. Its inscription reportedly says, in part, “The world shall yet decide, in truth’s clear, far-off light, that the soldiers who wore the gray, and died with Lee, were in the right.”
Nick and Kanye responded to Stephanie Mills during a conversation on Cannon’s podcast. “They’ve called both of us coons. They’ve called us crazy. They’ve called, these, all of these names. Like I saw somebody I love dearly, Stephanie Mills said that you and I are ‘paid slaves’ and playing and acting like we’re toys, or playing with our toys and we need to take our toys and go back home,’” Cannon said. “My last name’s a slave name. Where is home, exactly, Stephanie?,” West responds. “People keep on saying I think that y’all, you and Republicans are in cahoots,” said Ye. “They’re saying that they’re paying you to do what you’re doing to be a distraction,” Cannon responds. https://www.instagram.com/iamstephaniemills/?utm_source=ig_embed
Starz has given a series order to the third spinoff of “Power” which will find Joseph Sikora reprising his character Tommy Egan. “Power Book IV: Force” will center on Egan after he “cuts ties and puts New York in his rearview mirror for good,” according to Starz. https://youtu.be/_r5SnqS1gYo
Harvest Magazine and host Teri Washington invite you to join the conversation with the legendary Richard Smallwood, as he talks about his mental health journey and the future of Gospel music. Wednesday, September 2 7PM Eastern.
A growing number of athletes, actors and other inﬂuencers across the country are standing up for Democracy and supporting the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC) work to restore the voting rights to 1.4M returning citizens in the state of Florida. John Legend has donated his own money, hosted fundraisers and raised awareness through social media – and by showing up in court – on behalf of FRRC’s eﬀorts to register formerly incarcerated individuals to vote, and to pay their administrative ﬁnes and fees. And Kevin Hart has donated money, and used his voice to support criminal justice reform. LeBron James – through his More than A Vote (MTAV) initiative – has raised awareness and donated money to FRRC’s Fines & Fees program.
The 1.2 million people who tuned in August 31st to watch the newest installment in the Verzuz battles, Brandy verzuz Monica, were not disappointed. The two mega singers squared off in person in Atlanta; the first time they have been in the same room in eight years. Monica began the evening by paying homage to the late Chadwick Boseman, saying, “the level of devastation this year is unprecedented” and added Chadwick Boseman, “was a man that was dedicated to the arts.”Monica decided to let Brandy go first, but before Brandy got started, Democratic Vice-Presidential Nominee Kamala Harris appeared on the screen, acknowledged looking forward to the evening and urged people to vote.
Civil rights activist Najee Ali director of Project Islamic Hope and a coalition of activists are calling for an independent investigation by the California Attorney General office in the shooting of an African American man Dijon Kizzee. Kizzee was shot and killed by LA County Sheriff deputies in South Central LA on Monday afternoon (08-31-20).
Congressional Black Caucus Chair Karen Bass will headline the presentation ceremony of the Noted Community Philanthropist Award to Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable President Earl Ofari Hutchinson. The award will be presented the first week of September and will be Facebook Livestreamed. Hutchinson was chosen for the award by the Justice for Marc Fitzsimmons Committee. According to Committee President Donna Dymally, “Hutchinson has worked tirelessly and effectively to build self-reliance and self-sustainability through its donor program of cash grants and awards to dozens of community grassroots organizations and individuals over the years. We are proud to honor him and the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable for their vital community assistance work.”
The 24th annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF), which took place August 21 – 30 virtually via the newly launched ABFF PLAY platform, wrapped ten days of festivities with ‘The Best of the ABFF Awards,’ hosted by Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker with a simulcast on IMDb (www.imdb.com). Presenters included: Lee Daniels (The United States vs. Billie Holiday), Laz Alonso (The Boys), Bevy Smith (BEVELATIONS), Logan Browning (Dear White People), Sinqua Walls (American Soul), La La Anthony (Power) and Spike Lee (Da 5 Bloods). The ceremony closed with an emotional performance by Grammy Award-winning Gospel and R&B Artist Bebe Winans singing his new single Black Lives Matter. The full awards show and highlight reel of ‘The Best of the ABFF Awards’ is available to watch on abffplay.com and www.imdb.com/festival-central/abff/.
On the eve of National Poll Worker Recruitment Day, BLK announces its commitment to safe, trusted and accessible elections by engaging its community to recruit poll workers for the upcoming Presidential election, in partnership with the Civic Alliance, a nonpartisan business coalition co-founded by the CAA Foundation and Democracy Works. As part of a national movement to recruit 250,000 new poll workers, BLK will encourage its employees and consumers to sign up to serve through Power the Polls. These actions are part of BLK’s broader commitment to civic engagement, uniting Black singles while highlighting civic duty and responsibility. Underscoring the importance of the Black community taking action in this critical election, the initiative allows users to connect in fun and innovative ways, while supporting a culturally responsible call-to-action to amplify Black voter turnout.
Nationally renowned civil rights attorney Ben Crump and co-counsels Patrick Salvi II and B’Ivory LaMarr issued the following statement on behalf of the Blake family: “President Trump reached out to the pastor of Jacob Blake’s mother, Julia Jackson, to arrange a phone conversation with her. He appropriately referred the White House to the legal team, but, as President Trump acknowledged during his televised briefing, he declined to have a call if Ms. Jackson’s legal team monitored the call. The family’s primary objectives are to support Jacob’s recovery and to ensure justice for him. If the call had occurred, Ms. Jackson was prepared to ask President Trump to watch the video of Mr. Blake’s shooting and to do what she has asked all of America to do — examine your heart.”
The cast of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” have agreed to come together for an unscripted reunion special set to air on HBO Max. According to Deadline, series star Will Smith will reunite with co-stars Tatyana Ali, Karyn Parsons, Joseph Marcell, Daphne Maxwell Reid, Alfonso Ribeiro, and DJ Jazzy Jeff. Back in April, Smith and the original cast paid tribute to the late James Avery, who played Uncle Phil. The special will be taped on Sept. 10, and will mark the 30-year anniversary of the series’ premiere on NBC.
PBS announced that Driving While Black: Race, Space and Mobility in America, a ground-breaking, two-hour documentary film by acclaimed historian Dr. Gretchen Sorin and Emmy–winning director Ric Burns – will air on PBS on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 9:00 p.m. ET. Chronicling the riveting history and personal experiences of African Americans on the road from the advent of the automobile through the seismic changes of the 1960s and beyond, “Driving While Black” explores the deep background of a recent phrase rooted in realities that have been an indelible part of the African American experience for hundreds of years – told in large part through the stories of the men, women and children who lived through it.
The sports world and beyond is now dealing with the death of legendary Georgetown basketball coach John Thompson dead at 78. The coach led Georgetown for 27 seasons, including to the 1984 national championship. He built the program into a Big East powerhouse, took the Hoyas to three Final Fours in the 1980s, won seven Big East titles and led the 1988 United States national team to a bronze medal in the Olympics. His coaching legacy includes the recruitment and development of four players in the Basketball Hall of Fame: Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning, Dikembe Mutombo and Allen Iverson. Thompson was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999, was a pioneer credited with opening the door for a generation of minority coaches. His national title run in 1984 was the first by a Black head coach and altered the perception of Black coaches. Also of note, 97 percent of the students who played for him left Georgetown with a college degree. http://www.gospel-spotlight.com
Grammy-winning gospel performer Kirk Franklin can’t be onstage these days but he’s featured virtually in an upcoming benefit to draw attention to poor children across the globe who are affected by COVID-19. Franklin has joined World Vision, Food for the Hungry and Compassion International in the “Unite to Fight Poverty” virtual concert that was televised and streamed online Friday (Aug. 28) on Daystar Television Network, Facebook, YouTube and PureFlix.
In an interview with The Breakfast Club this week, Christian hip hop artist Lecrae talked about the challenges of being a Black man in America and what it was like to deconstruct from a “western, political, evangelical version of Christianity.” “I’m a hip hop kid who found the Lord,” said Lecrae, “but I found America’s version of Christianity, which was detrimental to my psyche, and it was drenched in white supremacy. So I had to deconstruct my faith, come to grips with who God is, and strip away the nationalist mindsets that were drenched in it.”
Join Bishop Leonard Scott this Wednesday, September 2nd at 6pm EST. He will have special guest, Darwin Hobbs on #WorshipAndWellnessWednesdays! http://www.gospel-spotlight.com
Keyla Richardson drops new single that will take you to church " Prayer Will Change Things."
Ropbert Copeland drops new music "You're All I Need." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKC7X2kCknI&feature=youtu.be
"God Will Make It Better" comes from the heart of Arthur Jae with the faith, confidence and trust in God. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHZFn85slVA&feature=youtu.be&utm_source=Arthur+Jae+%22God+Will+Make+It+Better%22+September%2C+2020&utm_campaign=New+Music&utm_medium=email
The tragic announcement that Chadwick Boseman lost his life to colon cancer last week was alarming on its own. After all, to say that the talented 43-year-old actor was young is an understatement. But a closer look at the circumstances surrounding Boseman’s death reinforces an unfortunate truth: Black people are disproportionately diagnosed with colon cancer in a trend that also has heightened implications for Black men, in particular. Boseman’s family said in a statement that the megastar filmed multiple movies “during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy,” never once letting on in public that he was suffering from a type of cancer that many times is believed to only affect older people. In fact — especially for Black people — colon cancer does not discriminate against age. It is, however, linked to “racism,” according to one prominent cancer researcher. “African-Americans are 40 percent more likely to die from colorectal cancer,” Rebecca L. Siegel, the American Cancer Society’s scientific director of surveillance research, recently told the New York Times. “It’s because of later-stage diagnosis, it’s because of systemic racism and all that this population has been dealing with for hundreds of years.”
U.S. authorities have charged three Maryland men, who presented themselves as pastors to defraud more than 1,000 church members and other investors in a $28 million Ponzi scheme. The three – identified as Dennis Mbongeni Jali, 35; John Erasmus Frimpong, 40; and Arley Ray Johnson, 61 – “allegedly recruited investors at churches, presenting themselves as pastors concerned about the investors’ financial freedom,” U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur said in a statement.“The indictment alleges that instead, the defendants used new investments to further their Ponzi scheme and to fund their lavish lifestyles, including luxury vehicles and private jets.” The three men were indicted on July 27 but it was unsealed Friday. The charges include wire fraud, securities fraud and money laundering.
Black women are displaying excellence in the realm of academia. According to Spectrum News, Monique Mendes recently made history by becoming the first Black woman to earn a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Rochester. News about Mendes’ historic appointment comes after Jasmine Bowers became the first Black person to earn a doctorate in computer science from the University of Florida.
Tennis phenom Sloane Stephens is on a mission to empower the next generation of players in the sport. According to People, the Florida native has teamed up with the United States Tennis Association and Mercedes-Benz USA to raise funds for youth sports organizations. “This is something that we can all get behind and it’s for a good cause. And it’s something we’re all super passionate about — helping junior tennis and NJTL chapters and with the USTA. I’m super excited to be a part of it,” she said in a statement, according to the news outlet.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, NBA legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson has put the focus on supporting Black-owned businesses that have been significantly impacted by the public health crisis. According to Black Enterprise, Johnson teamed up with Carver Federal Savings Bank and MBE Partners for the creation of a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) designed for minority and women-owned businesses. His company EquiTrust Life Insurance Co., MBE Partners and Carver Federal Savings Bank have secured a total of $325 million to provide loans for women and minority-led businesses, nonprofits and religious organizations.
Denver Nuggets star Jamal Murray got emotional after his incredible 50 point outing against the Utah Jazz to force a do-or-die Game 7. The tears weren’t rooted in his performance, but rather the social injustice going on outside the bubble. After winning Game 1, the Nuggets dropped three straight games against the Jazz before Murray stepped up big in Games 5 (42 points) and 6 (50 points) to extend the series to a final Game 7 on Tuesday. https://youtu.be/CSRoF3Hgt9k
Rappers T.I. and 50 Cent are joining forces on a new hip-hop murder series with CBS All Access. According to Variety, the project titled “Twenty Four Seven” will highlight three historic hip-hop murders, and is based on a book, written by Matt Diehl and Derrick Parker, called “Notorious C.O.P.: The Inside Story of the Tupac, Biggie, and Jam Master Jay Investigations From NYPD’s First ‘Hip-Hop Cop.”
Protesters and police clashed near Black Lives Matter Plaza late Sunday during another night of unrest in the nation’s capital. Video from journalist Ford Fischer shows protesters throwing water bottles at D.C. police officers before tear gas was deployed. https://youtu.be/-WlN4g-wOnk
Kentucky’s Attorney General says his office is now in possession of the FBI ballistics test in the Breonna Taylor case… but claims it’s not conclusive. Daniel Cameron told The Courier Journal the ballistics test was leading to a delay in the investigation of Taylor’s killing by Louisville Metro Police. “We’ve received the FBI ballistics report in the Breonna Taylor investigation,” Cameron tweeted. “There is still additional analysis that must take place, & our office does not plan to make an announcement this week. We continue to work diligently to follow the facts and complete the investigation.” https://youtu.be/Lg2sXxn_I1U
Naturi Naughton for six seasons portray Tasha St. Patrick on the hit STARZ crime drama “Power.” She is reprising the role in the first of four planned spinoffs, “Power Book II: Ghost.” The action kicks off less than 48 hours after the murder of her ex-husband James St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick.) Tasha has been arrested for the crime, covering for the real murderer, her son Tariq St. Patrick (Michael Rainey Jr.) Tariq is now responsible for holding the family down while maintaining a 3.5 GPA in college, in order to gain access to his inheritance. https://youtu.be/_r5SnqS1gYo
A day after prosecutors told a judge they were seeking a harsher sentence for Derek Chauvin, the ex-cop who killed George Floyd in front of the whole world, has asked to have the murder charges dismissed. According to the Daily Mail, Chauvin’s attorney filed a motion in court stating there was no probable cause to support the murder and second-degree manslaughter charges. The documentation claimed the fentanyl in George Floyd’s system caused his death instead of the prolonged pressure from Chauvin kneeling on his neck for 8 minutes. Additionally, it stated several pre-existing conditions contributed to his death.
Spike Lee has opened up about working with actor Chadwick Boseman in the 2020 film “Da 5 Bloods.” Lee honored Boseman with a heartfelt tribute during his annual Brooklyn MJ Block Party for Michael Jackson‘s birthday Saturday. The Oscar winner said he was “floored by the crushing news and loss of a great brother,” and dedicated Jackson’s song “Gone Too Soon” to him. Lee also recalled what it was like working with Boseman on his film “Da 5 Bloods.” “We filmed Da 5 Bloods in Thailand, and it was hot, jungles, mountains, and Chadwick was there with us all the way. I never, ever suspected that anything was wrong. No one knew he was going through treatment, chemotherapy,” Lee shared. https://youtu.be/D5RDTPfsLAI
Brandy’s former “Thea” co-star Thea Vidale says she’s rooting for Monica during the upcoming virtual Verzuz between the two singers. “Let’s go—I’m rooting for Monica !” she wrote on Twitter. When folks slammed her remarks, the comedian fired back by setting a few things straight. “I’m tired of people coming at me sideways about Brandy,” she wrote. “I never said she wasn’t talented. I do and will always fundamentally disagree with her and her mama’s disrespect while we worked together on my sitcom. And I stand by that sh-t !!” Thea added, “Your favorites can be wrong sometimes,” she wrote. “Stop being selective about that, just because you like a celebrities work ! ! We are all humans who do sh-t that we need to be checked for, sometime !!!!”
Actress/comedian Niecy Nash announcing via social media that she got married to another WOMAN! Nash, who is know for her starring roles on shows like “Claws,” “Scream Queens,” and “Reno 911, ” surprised fans Monday posting a photo of the wedding. “Mrs. Carol Denise Betts,” Nash wrote to Twitter. Though she’s known popularly as Niecy Nash, the actress’s legal name is Carol Denise. She was previously married to Jay Tucker and Don Nash. https://www.instagram.com/jessicabettsmusic/?utm_source=ig_embed
A white police officer in South Carolina said the n-word twice while angrily accusing a Black man of calling him the racial slur. In the video shared by TMZ, Sgt. Chad Walker is seen mid-tirade against a group of patrons outside a bar Saturday night. One man called him out for the way he was treating some of the people of color … specifically, the Black guy he claims called him the n-word. Walker questioned which “people of color,” then pointed to the Black man and asked, “The gentleman right there that called me a n**ger?” After stunned silence, he repeated, “That guy? Who called me a n**ger?” Sgt. Walker’s been suspended by the Columbia PD and its Chief has apologized, saying the officer failed to fulfill the standards of the department. The Chief added … “The repetition of the racial slur and failure to de-escalate the situation were inexcusable.” Sgt. Walker will remain on suspension until the department concludes his disciplinary conduct review. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jyTcg1xg64&has_verified=1
The man cops were reportedly looking for on the night they shot EMT Breonna Taylor in the botched no-knock raid, was offered a plea bargain that would have required him to say Taylor was part of his “organized crime syndicate.” Jamarcus Glover, 30, was arrested last Thursday after warrants were issued for his arrest in July on drug charges. According to police, Glover and Taylor used to date years ago, and he used her address and phone number as his own in the run-up to her death.
Four prominent female doctors of color have joined forces to launch a new television program aimed at addressing the unique health concerns and inequities in women and the Black community called The C4PEMD. Members of the esteemed panel of experts are Dr. Amber K. Brooks, Dr. Tamika Knox, Dr. LaKesha Legree and Dr. Kristen Trulear-Jackson. During this roundtable-style talk show, the doctors will cover a myriad of topics from mental wellness to motherhood. The candid conversations will be informative-backed by research and science – but each doctor infuses her vibe and personality on the subject. http://www.gospel-spotlight.com
Bounce, known as the first and only broadcast and multi-platform entertainment network serving African Americans is gearing up for the U.S. premiere of a new documentary special about the death of Michael Jackson and a true movie inspiring an unbelievable story of Steve Pemberton. http://www.gospel-spotlight.com
Jackie Robinson’s daughter, Sharon, opened up to Access Hollywood’s Kit Hoover about the shocking passing of Chadwick Boseman from colon cancer. Sharon shared she “couldn’t believe” Chadwick had passed. When Sharon got the news, “I couldn’t believe it. I got 5,000 texts all at one time and I just turned off my phone. I was like, ‘I cannot deal with it.’ I turned off the television.” https://youtu.be/yE7-xalYSNM
Flags flew at half-staff Sunday at South Carolina’s capitol to honor native son and “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman. The flag of South Carolina and the United States were set to the lowered position around 7 a.m. Sunday and will remain in that state until sunset. South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster Saturday ordered the honor for Boseman, who grew up in Anderson, South Carolina. McMaster tweeted “To honor the life, contributions and memory of a truly extraordinary son of South Carolina @chadwickboseman – I have ordered the flags atop the Statehouse to be lowered to half-staff tomorrow, Sunday August 30, 2020, from sunrise to sunset.” He also added that Boseman’s family would receive the flags after they were taken down. https://youtu.be/kFjQbQ6Ulq0
Leslyn Lewis stands out from her competitors for leadership of Canada’s Conservative Party. She’s the only woman. The only person of color. The only immigrant. She’s also the one who speaks most publicly about the importance of her faith. Lewis is a long shot for party leadership, behind political heavy weights Peter MacKay and Erin O’Toole. But the fact that she’s even being considered as a credible contender has come as a surprise to many political observers.
Chadwick Boseman passed away on Friday evening after a four-year battle with colon cancer. His final tweet, sent out by his estate sharing the devastating news of his passing with the public, has now become the most-liked tweet in Twitter history. In the 24-hours following the announcement, the tweet has garnered over 6.2 million likes. Twitter’s official page acknowledged this accomplishment, quote-tweeting: “Most liked Tweet ever. A tribute fit for a King. ”https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Egjby7kWoAA1PRI?format=jpg&name=small
ABC paid tribute to the late actor Chadwick Boseman with a commercial-free broadcast of “Black Panther” and special on his life following his death from colon cancer.The Marvel Studios hit — which starred Boseman as King T’Challa — will air without interruption at 8 p.m. Sunday then will be followed by “Chadwick Boseman — A Tribute for a King.” http://www.gospel-spotlight.com ;
Donald Trump is trying to set up a meeting with Jacob Blake’s family during his visit to Kenosha, Wisconsin on Tuesday after the shooting victim’s father said the president should have called earlier this week and mother says she missed his call. The president’s daughter-in-law Lara Trump revealed to Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace that Trump has reached out to Blake’s family and wants to meet with them this week.
Director Spike Lee yesterday revealed a new version of Michael Jackson’s “They Don’t Care About Us” short film during his annual Brooklyn Loves Michael Jackson block party celebrating the King of Pop’s birthday, which this year took place virtually. “Great protest songs can’t get old, stale or non-relevant because the struggle still continues,” he said. “That’s why THEY DON’T REALLY CARE ABOUT US is the anthem during this chaotic, pandemic world we are living in.” https://youtu.be/PoEa9bzeTu0 ;
Famed OJ Simpson prosecutor Christopher Darden is the defense attorney for one of the two males charged with the murder of rapper Pop Smoke. Two of Pop Smoke’s alleged murderers, Corey Walker and Keandre Rodgers, attended a pretrial hearing for their case on Monday. Darden, who is resenting Walker, was not at the hearing but sent another attorney to appear on his behalf. Attorneys questioned if Rodgers’ case should be moved to juvenile because of his age.
Kamala Harris may be the first Black woman to be nominated for vice president on a major party’s ticket. But the first Black woman to run for vice president in the nation’s history was trailblazing newspaperwoman Charlotta Spears Bass. The groundbreaking journalist and civil rights activist ran in 1952 on the Progressive Party ticket. She’s now the subject of a new PBS/WNET “American Masters” 12-minute short film, the final installment of a series focusing on 26 American women from 1890 to 1920.
Kierra Sheard has opened up about fatphobia in the music industry, recalling a specific experience that almost caused her to walk away from her career. “I think the year was 2004. I was like a sophomore or junior in high school, and I used to be over 300 pounds. I remember I was trying to get signed to this record label; they basically said I looked like the Pillsbury doughboy and I shouldn’t shoot full-body images. So every time they encouraged me to do shoots from the waist up,” she said. She also recalled an audition for a Broadway show and met with “really hard, deep words—like they wanted to leave me broken…They did not care about my feelings or me being a human…It’s been over 15 years and the words still haunt me.”
As Hyundai North America’s first chief communications officer, Dana W. White knows what it is like to have two feet in two worlds. “Growing up I always knew about the power of communication, the power of words,” she said, talking about her childhood in Charlottesville, Virginia. “My grandfather, who was born in 1896, founded the oldest black newspaper in the state. I used to cut ad sheets every month and write copy and process black-and-white photos [at the paper]. The entrepreneurial spirit runs deep in me and my family.” While the weekly black newspaper, the Charlottesville-Albemarle Tribune, is gone, the family’s entrepreneurial spirit lives on. “
In an exclusive interview with @guardian, #ToniBraxton discussed her upbringing, career, and more. During the conversation, she expressed that sex is something she wishes would’ve happened more often, at a younger age. “I regret not having more sex when I was younger. I should have drank more. I should have partied more. Smoked more, she stated. The 52-year-old added that her religious upbringing is why she didn’t.
Jeanette Epps was initially selected to become an ISS crew member two years ago but was removed from the assignment due to an unforeseen last-minute crew change. For the new expedition—which is slated to be a six-month mission—she will join fellow NASA astronauts Josh Cassada and Sunita Williams. The launch will take place in 2021. “Jeanette Epps is the natural addition to NASA’s Boeing Starliner-1 mission,” associate administrator for human exploration and operations at NASA Kathy Lueders told CNBC. “She fully complements the other members of the first Boeing full duration crewed mission. Epps, a Syracuse, New York native, took to Twitter to express her excitement about being selected for the mission. “I’m super excited to join Suni Williams and Josh Cassada on the first operational Boeing crew mission to the International Space Station,” she said in a video.
Black women are rising up the ranks in academia and breaking barriers in the process. According to Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Dr. Namandjé Bumpus made history by becoming the first Black woman to chair a department at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
In the wake of the horrific shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, his family has received an outpour of support as they embark on a path towards healing. Among those who have stepped up to extend help is NBA star Donovan Mitchell. According to The Hill, the Utah Jazz guard recently announced that he will donate sales generated from his latest sneaker release to Blake’s children. Three of his sons—ages 3, 5 and 8 years old—were in the backseat of the car as they witnessed police officer Rusten Sheskey fire seven shots into their father’s back. Cognizant of the psychological and emotional damage that can stem from the ordeal, individuals are rallying around Blake’s children. Mitchell recently took to Instagram to share he would donate $45,000 of sales from his new D.O.N Issue #2 Spidey-Sense sneakers to an education fund for Blake’s kids. Adidas matched the donation, bringing the total to $90,000.
The controversy continues for the Falwell family. This time, a former Liberty University student said Becki Falwell, wife of former Liberty president Jerry Falwell Jr., initiated a sexual encounter with him in 2008. The student was 22 years old at the time. A Politico report details the alleged relationship. Friday night, alumni said they’re coming together to pray for the university. “Praying for the school board. Praying for the school leaders. Praying for Jonathan Falwell. Praying for Jerry and Becki.” Dwayne Carson said in a Facebook video. Carson was the campus pastor at LU from 1988-2011. He made the plea on Facebook calling on alumni and to pray for the school. His message has been shared by hundreds. “We’re going to spend a lot of time tonight asking for God to give wisdom. And the for the school as it moves forward,” said Carson.
It’s easy to make judgments about public figures, according to Chris Tomlin, the award-winning Christian artist. Tomlin said this proved to be true in the process of writing and recording his latest album, “Chris Tomlin and Friends,” a collaboration with multiple country music artists. He said he enjoyed partnering with Thomas Rhett, as well as members of the groups Florida Georgia Line and Lady A, in part because he was able to hear their individual faith stories and to experience what God was doing in their lives. “Especially when they’re in the public eye and in country music, sometimes [the view] is just partying and alcohol and whatever comes with it all,” Tomlin said – who said he found something very different.
Jessa Duggar Seewald shared her testimony in a video posted on her YouTube channel where she talked about her struggles and how she truly surrendered to God. In the “Counting On” star’s video on Sunday, she revealed that she did not really take her faith seriously until she was a young adult. “If anybody was ever the problem child in the family, I probably could claim that title. I always joke that I probably gave my parents more gray hairs than any of the rest of them combined,” Seewald said.
Emmy Award-winning actress Patricia Heaton offered a touching tribute to her late friend who loved Jesus. “My friend Sue Ackerman died today,” Heaton said on Instagram Wednesday. “We met in NYC in the 80’s. She was one of the earliest members of Redeemer Presbyterian Church with @timkellernyc where she met her devoted husband Russ.” Heaton described the close relationship her friend, Sue, had with her husband, Russ. https://www.instagram.com/patriciaheaton/?utm_source=ig_embed
Andrew McCutchen has relished these past few days in the Philadelphia Phillies clubhouse, having difficult, important conversations with baseball teammates about racial injustice. As a Black man in a sport that’s filled with mostly white and Hispanic players, he doesn’t feel it’s a burden to lead in the discussions. He’s just glad that on Jackie Robinson Day, they’re conversations that everyone is willing to have, even if the answers aren’t always clear. “People want to know what’s next, want to know the answers,” McCutchen said. “It’s OK to not have the answers, it’s OK to not know what’s next. “What’s not OK is not caring what’s next.”
Thias marks the 65th anniversary that Emmett Till was brutally murdered in 1955. As his story continues to reverberate throughout racial justice movements till this day, a group of filmmakers are preparing to tell his story for the big screen. According to Shadow and Act, a feature film is being developed based on Till’s death. It will also follow the life of his mother Mamie Till Mobley, whose fight for justice and insistence of an open casket funeral became a launching point for the civil rights movement.
Friday evening at 7 p.m. EST, The Black National Convention (BNC) will address some of the most pressing issues for Black people in America today. The multi-hour event will be live streamed from its official site and will feature guest speakers, performances and political education. Policy proposals will also be introduced ahead of the November elections where Black people will play a crucial role in determining who will lead the country in the coming years. BNC is organized by the Electoral Justice Project (EJP), a group linked to the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL).
Halle Berry is planning to act as her own legal counsel in a divorce case against her estranged husband, actor Olivier Martinez. Her former attorney accepted the change on July 30, with Berry signing off Aug. 11, according to Entertainment Tonight.
Steve Harvey just got some good news. Facebook Watch has picked up the second season “STEVE on Watch,” from Steve Harvey’s East 112 and Film 45. Its set to premiere on Monday, September 14.
Actor Chadwick Boseman was married when he died on Friday from colon cancer, his family says it happened in the final months of his life. “He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side,” Boseman’s family said in a statement. “The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time.” https://youtu.be/Xz5qG3C11G0
A Detroit lawmaker says Donald Trump seemed “very receptive” to a request to have Kwame Kilpatrick’s lengthy prison term commuted. Michigan state House Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo (D-Detroit) said she handed Trump a letter during the National African American History Month Celebration at the White House last February on the 27th, which she hopes will bolster Kilpatrick’s presidential pardon request. https://youtu.be/wsdvPQJgdY0
Literati, an Austin-based literary startup previously known only as a children’s book subscription platform, has announced their expansion into books for adult readers through their luminary book club platform, featuring a club led by Stephen Curry. Curry’s club, titled Underrated, is an exploration of what it means to break barriers. It will include powerful stories of people—from sports to social justice—who defy the odds to achieve true greatness.
Chadwick Boseman leaves a legacy in an industry did will not be forgotten. He was brilliant and a true hero in every way. His career grand slam includes barrier-breaking roles as the great Jackie Robinson, in 42, soul music icon James Brown in Get On Up, legal mastermind Thurgood Marshall, who dealt Jim Crow its death blow, in Marshall and, of course, the magnificent and trailblazing Marvel superhero Black Panther. His South Carolina upbringing, coupled with his college years at Howard University, fostered a strong sense of self and pride that enabled him to lend a regal air to all his roles. Humble in spirit but mighty in his deeds, Chadwick always maintained his dignity and never ever lost sight of what really mattered in life. Always ready to put in the work, he never stopped challenging himself as an actor. His role as fallen Vietnam squad leader Stormin Norman in Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods and the upcoming film adaptation of pioneering playwright August Wilson’s award-winning Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom with Viola Davis is proof of that. Boseman lost is 4 year bout with Colon cancer, he was 43.
Project Islamic Hope, a leading Los Angeles civil rights organization, will hold a Candlelight vigil in memory of “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman who died Friday (08-28-20) at the age of 43 from cancer. “Chadwick Boseman and his unforgettable portrayal in the film of the Marvel super hero “The Black Panther” was one of the most memorable and empowering movies for African Americans in the history of cinema. https://youtu.be/3Z0RoYgFizA
For over a decade, singer Raheem DeVaughn has been on a mission to create music that evokes change while maintaining the energy of love. Today he pushes that goal forward with the release of his latest single, “Marvin Used To Say.” The poignant and timely song speaks directly to the ongoing social turmoil and the unfortunate fact that not enough has changed since fellow D.C.-native Marvin Gaye asked “What’s Going On?” nearly 50 years ago. https://youtu.be/Q7aOFfcr8f8
Candace Owens is pregnant. And instead of simply posting the happy news and call it a day, she chose instead to make it political. Congratulations to Candace and her husband. https://www.instagram.com/realcandaceowens/?utm_source=ig_embed
With retail stores declining amid COVID-19, Lord & Taylor, one of the country’s oldest department store chains, is going out of business after filing for bankruptcy earlier this month. The company announced Thursday that it will permanently close the remaining 38 stores and shut down its website. The retailer is currently holding going out of business sales in stores and online. https://youtu.be/NT8mVJux1o4
Love in the Time of Corona” is a two-part limited series that follows for stories of love during the Corona pandemic shelter in place orders. The series stars Tony® and GRAMMY® Award winner Leslie Odom Jr. (“Hamilton”) as James and his wife Nicolette Robinson (“The Affair”) as Sade. Tommy Dorfman (“13 Reasons Why”) as Oscar, Rainey Qualley (“Mad Men”) as Elle, Gil Bellows (“Patriot”) as Paul, Rya Kihlstedt (“One Mississippi”) as Sarah, Ava Bellows (“This Too Shall Pass”) as Sophie and L. Scott Caldwell (“Lost”) as Nanda. https://youtu.be/TeinzLLNFdk
Amber Riley served up an emotional tribute to her former Glee co-star, Naya Rivera, on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Thursday. Rivera was found dead in July, nearly a week after she disappeared during a boating outing with her 4-year-old son. She was 33. https://youtu.be/4WM1xKKsXBc
On ESPN’s “NBA Countdown” Thursday, host Maria Taylor told a story about her father giving “the talk” to her 19-year-old brother, highlighting the message with the warning “comply or die” when being stopped by the police. Taylor said that her brother made sure to comply during one particular traffic stop, and “complied” when the officers asked if they could search the car, although he was perfectly within his rights to deny their request. The cops claimed they saw “sticks and stems” in the back and hauled her brother off to jail. Her brother didn’t tell the cops that their father was a member of the FBI. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGKEL8fcTnI
Masika Kalysha has been fired from the show “Double Cross” after faking her own kidnapping. The singer and reality TV star is catching heat for an epic fail of a promotional stunt for her OnlyFans account. Earlier this week, the former “Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood” star posted a disturbing clip on Instagram claiming to have been kidnapped. Clad in lingerie, she tearfully claimed her kidnappers wouldn’t let her go unless people subscribed to her OnlyFans account and left tips.
Jacob Blake, Sr. told CNN’s “New Day” that he spoke to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris for a full hour and found the experience comforting, like talking to his own family. The father of 29-year-old James Blake, Jr. says he and Blake’s mother’s were initially nervous to talk with the Democrats’ Presidential ticket, but says Biden and Harris calmed his fears. “It felt like I was speaking to my uncle and one of my sisters — literally, literally.” Blake said, adding, “It felt like they knew what was going on. And, they didn’t act like they were in a hurry to go anywhere. They spent time with us.” When asked if President Trump has reached out, Jacob said, “That’s a negative.”
PJ Morton drops new album "Gospel According To PJ From the Songbook of PJ Morton....https://smarturl.it/ukr2ld
Today, in prelude to the release of her highly anticipated album Royalty: Live At The Ryman, Tasha Cobbs Leonard releases two new songs: “Pour It Out” and “Release The Sound” with compelling performance videos, captured inside of the historic Ryman Auditorium. The album is also available for pre-order. Her first full album of new music since the top-selling Heart. Passion. Pursuit. in 2017, Royalty: Live At The Rymanis an in-depth worship experience featuring an eclectic range of musical styles. The album, which features guest appearances by Kierra Sheard (“You Must Break”) and We The Kingdom (God So Loved),” was recorded audience-free at Nashville’s historic music hall on August 3, 2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5nui13f_Fw&list=PLlg2WY8jJNAe4V4Mq5QMY8U3pYpWh7mwK&index=2&t=0s&src=Linkfire&lId=3cc45b60-063c-464f-842d-3b925d8b19c4&cId=d3d58fd7-4c47-11e6-9fd0-066c3e7a8751
New music from Tauren Wells and Donald Lawrence and the Company - performed on the Stellar Awards! "Trenches" https://www.dropbox.com/sh/watp7m5endoxoo6/AAAS5S3RexHUv97_UtWwKxSla?dl=0
In the wake of yet another senseless police shooting, six-time GRAMMY® nominee and box office star, Tyrese Gibson today delivers a new single that captures the urgency with which we need to address the nation’s racial unrest and the continued onslaught of police brutality. The single, “Legendary” featuring CeeLo Green, poignantly illuminates the racial disparity of two-Americas, while the soul-stirring video titled “8:46” made its programmatic debut today (August 28) during BET’s exclusive broadcast of the “Get Your Knee Off My Neck.” https://tyrese.lnk.to/legendary
Monday, August 31st, the independent gospel singer Veola Sophia a native from The Bahamas will debut her latest studio endeavor, a single entitled ‘He Can Work It Out.’ The elegant new track is a beautiful excursion through Veola Sophia’s talent for inspiring her listeners with masterful lead vocals and relatable lyricism. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVxlme7YznU&feature=youtu.be
Natalie Grant debuts new song, “No Stranger,” from her upcoming album today, along with the lyric video for the song. “No Stranger” serves as the title-cut of Grant’s tenth studio record, now slated for release Sept. 25, 2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfAbaWXse5k&feature=youtu.be
The critically acclaimed award-winning Southern Hummingbird, Tweet, makes a triumphant return to music, following a three-year hiatus, with her new single “Neva Felt This Way.” The melodic track beautifully showcases Tweet’s signature vocals, over a piano-laced accompaniment. One of her most personal songs to date, Tweet deploys the lyrics, and her sultry style paints the picture of a relationship where undying love and happiness has transpired. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJ7cqXtMSZk&feature=youtu.be
Public Enemy have dropped the 2020 remix of their classic “Fight the Power” along with the announcement that a new album—their first in more than two decades—is coming soon via Def Jam. “What You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down?” will be the first Public Enemy record on the label, the home of their debut over two decades ago. Frontman Chuck D said returning to Def Jam was “necessary.” https://youtu.be/hyugWs-cDg8
The NBA and its players’ union reached an agreement to resume the playoffs on Saturday. As part of the agreement, arenas controlled by teams will be converted into polling locations for the November election, New York Times reports. https://youtu.be/eYE6ZiHFrWM
Michael Jordan has reportedly been a crucial intermediary between NBA owners and the players association in talks about the NBA season, according to ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan. https://youtu.be/_uPpjDwz7Jk
Porsha Williams was arrested Tuesday while attending a peaceful protest in Louisville, Kentucky, in honor of Breonna Taylor. She was arrested alongside “Love & Hip Hop: New York” star Yandy Smith-Harris, who documented the arrest on her Instagram page. According to TMZ, Williams’ activism and arrests protesting Taylor‘s death will be heavily featured on the upcoming season of “Real Housewives of Atlanta.” https://www.instagram.com/yandysmith/?utm_source=ig_embed
Jazzy Rita Shelby (aka LaRita Shelby) with Willie Daniels have compose the song “Standing Strong.” It is an anthem to the great people who have come before us and it is their strength that we draw upon for what we face today. Releasing it on the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington is a fitting time to remember and pay homage to our ancestors and champions for justice. “Standing Strong” https://youtu.be/aUbgoqQyvts
A new live-action “Resident Evil” series is headed to Netflix. Inspired by Capcom’s expansive Resident Evil survival horror game franchise, the series will tell an all-new story across two different timelines. https://www.instagram.com/nxonnetflix/?utm_source=ig_embed
The man cops were reportedly looking for on the night they shot EMT Breonna Taylor in the botched no-knock raid, has been arrested on drug charges. Jamarcus Glover, 30, was arrested Thursday after warrants were issued for his arrest last month on drug charges. According to police, Glover and Taylor used to date years ago, and he used her address and phone number as his own in the run-up to her death. https://youtu.be/hYgD9t4iDtI
Alice Marie Johnson, the woman President Donald Trump granted clemency after Kim Kardashian pushed for her release from prison, praised the president and the reality TV star during her speech on the final night of the Republican National Convention. Johnson, 65, called for criminal justice reform during her speech on Thursday and noted that while imprisoned, she thought she would only “be reunited with my family as a corpse,” per PEOPLE. https://youtu.be/5uq_4mk6Vw0
TV One joins the National Action Network (NAN) and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) as media partners confirmed to stream the 2020 Virtual March on Washington on TVONE.TV and MYCLEO.TV. https://player.theplatform.com/p/L9TCEC/UcK_iMgi3Gzk/select/TDlGWglmgcNz?autoPlay=true&t=4
Joe Biden‘s campaign on Thursday was set to kick off the first in its new series of roundtable discussions for and about Black men in the wake of the latest spate of police violence that prompted a renewed round of protests around the country. The “Shop Talk” discussions will be held weekly in an effort at engaging Black men and was launched partially as a response to the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man who officers shot at least seven times in the back after he was walking away from the police to enter his car on Sunday in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Civil rights leaders have united to condemn violence against protesters from white militias and the cops who enable them. On Thursday, members of the NAACP, National Action Network, National Urban League and Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law released a statement addressing the two people who were shot and killed on Tuesday at a protest for Jacob Blake. Kyle Rittenhouse was arrested for the killings and was charged with first-degree intentional homicide. Rittenhouse’s social media accounts show that he’s pro-Donald Trump and pro-police with various posts about “Blue Lives Matter“.
The Republican National Convention ended Thursday night by snubbing the reviled, anti-Black conspiracy theorist, Candace Owens, who it had previously not only supported but also encouraged her self-hatred. One week after the Democratic National Convention successfully executed surprise speeches from people who were not listed on the official schedule, the only thing unexpected about the RNC was the omission of Owens as well as any mention of Herman Cain (two Black diehard soldiers for Republicans and the latter of whom literally died supporting Donald Trump and the party.
Broadway Financial Corporation and CFBanc Corporation Combine to Create the Largest Black-Led Minority Depository Institution in the U.S. Community development finance leaders City First Bank of DC and Broadway Federal Bank in Los Angeles expand access to capital in underserved urban areas. “For the last year, we have been working on creating the largest Black bank in the history of the country. We will have a national footprint and hope to eventually have branches in every urban market. It has taken a lot of time and effort to get to this point.” ~ Virgil Roberts Chairman of the Board Broadway Federal Bank.
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s (SCLC) chapter in Prince George’s County, Maryland, and Pearson Online Academy, announced today a new partnership that will award fifty full-tuition scholarships to Black students across the country to attend Pearson Online Academy, a private K-12 online school from Pearson that serves students around the world. The new Freedom and Empowerment Scholarship program rewards students who would benefit from the personalization, flexibility and safety that the full-time online school provides. Ten scholarships have been designated for students who demonstrate a passion for social justice advocacy and desire a flexible schedule to support their advocacy efforts. Applications are being accepted now and scholarship recipients will join Pearson Online Academy’s incoming student body in September.
Chart-topping country music singer Jimmie Allen — who is currently sitting at the top of the Country Airplay Chart — has announced that he will be performing at Mid Atlantic Event Group’s next drive-in concert Saturday, September 5, 2020. As with MAEG’s previous drive-in concert, Allen’s exclusive Northeastern performance will take place at the Oxford Valley Mall at the Old Boscov’s Parking Lot in Langhorne, PA. https://youtu.be/OVdemLamwHs
Earlier today, SiriusXM host Joe Madison spoke with former NBA star Chris Weber and Jacob Ali-Wertheimer, grandson of Muhammad Ali, about the Black Lives Matter protests and the future of the NBA season. https://www.siriusxm.com/clips/clip/0469a9b1-fd7d-4257-ab28-f76acc8fa2aa/8ed7d377-22a8-434c-8960-67a3695bcc7f
The GoFundMe fundraiser for Jacob Blake, the Black man shot by Kenosha police Sunday, Aug. 23, has raised over $1.5 million since it was created just days ago. As the world saw via cellphone video, 29-year-old Blake was shot while walking away from police and getting into an SUV. One officer is seen holding Blake’s shirt, and then seven gunshots can be heard.
The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah addressed the police killing of Jacob Blake, the Black man who was shot multiple times in the back by Kenosha police on Sunday. Noah compared the shooting to the case of Kyle Rittenhouse, the young white boy who was taken into custody unscathed after being charged with homicide over the fatal shootings of two people during protests over the Blake incident. Noah noted that Rittenhouse fatally shot two protesters and was not arrested at the scene because police viewed him as a vigilante. “How did Dylan Roof shoot up a church, James Holmes shoot up a movie theater, and both live to tell about it? Why is it that the police decide some threats must be distinguished immediately, while other threats get the privilege of being defused?“I’m asking these as questions but I feel like we know the answer. The answer is that the gun doesn’t matter as much as who’s holding the gun, because for some people black skin is the most threatening weapon of all.”
A video showing California police officers demanding that a Black shop owner show proof that he owned the store has gone viral. Yema Khalif owns Yema clothing store in the Boardwalk Shopping Center on Main St. in the town of Tiburon. He and two other people – including his wife, Hawi Awash, who also runs the store – were unloading inventory in the wee hours of Saturday morning when cops rolled up asking to see his ID. https://youtu.be/lawjqwJybNA
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Many Americans would agree that our nation is in turmoil. With a pandemic that’s worsening, racial injustice that’s crippling minorities and a high-stakes election that will determine the country’s future, it’s a pivotal time. Recording Artist Lydia Salett Dudley, a gifted jazz musician with a Master’s Degree in Jazz Composition from North Carolina Central University, felt compelled to share her heart about current events in a brand new song called “Whatcha Gonna Say?” Featuring the sounds of Dudley and her band, and the rap of K Hill, the new, up-tempo single is available now on all digital music outlets. e. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEzm6k1OY9Q
R. Kelly was reportedly “attacked” by a fellow inmate in jail on Wednesday, the singer’s lawyer, Steve Greenberg, confirmed to Yahoo Entertainment. Kelly has been in custody at Chicago’s Metropolitan Correctional Center for over a year awaiting trail for various sex crimes, including child pornography. “Yesterday an inmate attacked R. Kelly at the MCC in Chicago,” Greenberg tweeted on Thursday. “We received conflicting reports as to the extent of his injuries. We have not been provided any information from the jail, nor has Mr. Kelly called. We are hopeful that he was not seriously injured.” Greenberg then called for the release of his client for his own safety.
CNN anchor Don Lemon has urged democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to speak up about the ongoing protests in Kenosha, Wis., amid calls demanding justice for Jacob Blake. While covering the second night of the Republican National Convention, Lemon addressed the violent demonstrations that erupted in Kenosha after a white police officer shot an unarmed Blake multiple times front of his young children. https://youtu.be/kp7oPgIwpZ8
Kenosha Police Chief Daniel Miskinis claimed there may not have been an incident if the protesters were not out in the streets. The Kenosha, Wisconsin police chief blamed two protesters who were fatally shot for their own deaths because they violated curfew. Chief Daniel Miskinis held a press conference on Wednesday to offer an update on the protests that have overwhelmed the city after Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old father of three, was shot in the back on Sunday by police. Miskinis said that the two victims who were shot during a protest on Tuesday bore some responsibility.
NBA player Kenny Smith walked off the set of Wednesday’s NBA on TNT broadcast in support of the league-wide protest over the shooting of Jacob Blake. Smith said as he unplugged his microphone, “For me, I think the biggest thing now … as a Black man, as a former player, I think it’s best for me to support the players and just not be here tonight.” As colleagues Ernie Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley watched in stunned silence, Johnson responded, “I respect that,” as Smith left the studio. https://youtu.be/n79AJupR96Y
Residents in Sen. Kamala Harris’ ancestral village haven’t seen her in years, but they are praying for her victory by sacrificing coconuts in Hindu temples. Others are pasting up posters or cheering the vice-presidential hopeful on social media. In Tamil Naidu, she would win overwhelmingly. Residents see her as America’s first Indian-American nominated for national office, not so much as the first African-American or the latest woman to be nominated for the vice presidency.
This year’s Women’s Equality Day takes on an updated sense of urgency amid national protests for social justice. And while much of the discourse has centered on law enforcement, women’s rights have also — and rightfully — been a part of the growing conversation being had by people from all walks of life. That includes celebrities who, even though being paid upwards of millions of dollars, are still being shortchanged depending on gender as statistics show that women earn pennies on the dollar compared to their male counterparts. That wage gap can get even wider when factoring in race. The “Riverdale” star tweeted that she was “the only black series regular but also paid the least.” While the tweet was accompanied by an “lol” and a crying laughing emoji, it also brought attention to something that is no laughing matter and a cause that has been championed by other Black celebrities for years now. Stephen Curry, Ava DuVernay and Sterling K. Brown are among the list of famous folks who made public demands for an end to the gender pay gap coinciding with Women’s Equality Day on Wednesday.
The notion of white folks being able to commit violent crimes only to be peacefully arrested is neither a coincidence nor a foreign concept as opposed to the manner in which Black and brown suspects are treated when facing similar allegations, which far too often ends in death. Alleged murderer Kyle Rittenhouse, a 17-year-old white male who is accused of shooting at people protesting in Kenosha, Wisconsin is another example. Here are a few names of violent white folks peacefully arrested: Nicholas Arnold Schock, Gregory and Travis McMichaels, Anthony J. Trifiletti, Matthew Bernard, Mark Boisey, Lorne Brown, Patrick Crusius, Aaron Dean, Amber Guyger, James Holmes, Michael Mattioli, Dylann Roof, Matthew Sloan, and Grady Wayne Wilkes.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson is predictably supporting the vigilante teen accused of fatally shooting two people and injuring another during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin Tuesday night. Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, faces a first-degree intentional homicide charge in Kenosha County after using an AK-47 to fire at people protesting the police shooting of Jacob Blake. On “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Wednesday, the talk show host appeared to justify Rittenhouse’s actions, saying it’s understandable given violence and chaos in the city “allowed” by its Democratic governor. https://youtu.be/rhkTteu3CoM
Kevin Hart took to social media Tuesday to call out NBC News for using his photo on a story about Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt. Hart’s image appears on a Facebook post about the outlet’s coverage on Bolt testing positive for COVID-19. The headline read: “Usain Bolt, the fastest man alive, tests positive for coronavirus.”The comedian responded by capturing a screenshot the article and mocking the outlet on social media. “No comment. I must of gotten really fast & tall overnight….I want to take advantage of this moment & race anybody in the world,” he wrote alongside the photo. “Sh*t just got real. I am also no longer doing comedy due to my Olympic training schedule.” https://www.instagram.com/kevinhart4real/?utm_source=ig_embedFormer
Shortly after the Milwaukee Bucs began a ripple effect of boycotted playoff games throughout the NBA Wednesday over the police shooting of Jacob Blake, the Washington Mystics set off the WNBA’s league-wide protest, arriving to the bubble in Bradenton, Florida wearing T-shirts depicting seven holes in the back, representing the location and number of times Blake was shot by police. Four of the WNBA teams — the world champion Mystics, Atlanta Dream, Los Angeles Sparks and Minnesota Lynx — were already on site for their games and met for about an hour to make a decision on whether they would play. The Mystics, whose T-shirts in the front also collectively spelled out Jacob Blake’s name, decided they did not want to play, and the other teams then joined them in that decision. The players for those teams then met on court and kneeled in solidarity. https://youtu.be/F-ESvIr-lY8
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the NBA season will continue, following reports of a possible league-wide boycott in protest of police brutality and social injustice. Key members of the Lakers and the Clippers voted on Wednesday to end the season, while the rest of the teams wanted to continue playing. While the playoffs will resume after all, there won’t be games on Thursday, according to Wojnarowski. “We are hopeful to resume games either Friday or Saturday,” the league said in a statement.
Oprah Winfrey Network announced Wednesday the one-hour special “OWN Spotlight: They Call Me Dad,” a celebration of Black fatherhood that’s set to premiere on Tuesday, September 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT (immediately after OWN’s hit drama series “Tyler Perry’s The Haves and the Have Nots”). The special gives viewers exclusive access to a group of famous black fathers away from the spotlight and doing the most admirable thing imaginable – being a loving dad. Through a series of personal profiles, the special follows five celebrity Black fathers from diverse backgrounds, in their homes and unguarded, as they showcase the joys, fears, and fulfillment that being a dad brings while also shifting the narratives for a more accurate representation of Black fatherhood. From braiding hair to coaching sports teams to difficult conversations about how to deal with law enforcement, viewers will get to see parenthood from a father’s perspective. The special will feature Bishop T.D. Jakes; two-time Super Bowl champion Malcolm Jenkins, DJ and social media phenom, D-Nice, Grammy Award-winning artist Anthony Hamilton and Grammy Award-winning gospel artist Kirk Franklin. https://youtu.be/mHU22EBFtrw
Tanzania’s incumbent president John Magufuli is facing a tough opponent in his upcoming re-election bid on Oct. 28 — literally. Chadema MP Tundu Lissu survived 16 gunshot wounds in an unsolved assassination attempt outside his Dodoma residence in 2017 and has spent the past three years living in self-imposed exile in Belgium. Lissu, the former president of Tanzania’s bar association, the Tanganyika Law Society, returned home in June to announce his intention to run against Magufuli, who was elected under the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi party banner in 2015 after promising to crack down on corruption and improve infrastructure in the East African country.
Jody Watley, an icon, Grammy-award winning trendsetting pioneer in music, video, fashion and style recently received major shout-outs posted on her Instagram (@jodywatley) for her timely spoken-word anthem “The Healing,” from fellow artists Will Downing, Raheem DeVaughn, Terry Ellis, YoYo, and Kenny Lattimore. Watley’s latest release, “The Healing,” with lyric video touching on the civil unrest and Black Lives Matter stretches globally with a message that resonates with listeners everywhere. The beautiful living legend reminds us to keep living, keep loving and keep moving forward. https://youtu.be/lSpUjd0yYoU
Apparently some Republicans like to play with fire ’cause they keep comin’ for Cardi B and every time they do, they get burned. Think Tomi Lahren, among other, who went at Cardi and got their butts handed to them. Another Republican, DeAnna Lorraine, obviously didn’t learn from her fellow GOPers and came for Cardi by making an unflattering comparison between the rapper and the current First Lady during the latter’s speech at the Republican National Convention Tuesday night. “America needs far more women like Melania Trump and far less like Cardi B,” the politician tweeted, leading the superstar to fire back, “Didn’t she used to sell that Wap?” In response, Cardi posted a dated nude photo from the First Lady’s days as a Slovenian model with the caption: “This pic giving me ‘yea you fuckin wit some wet ass pussy’ vibes …just sayin.”
Netflix is announcing the cast of its upcoming quarantine-produced series Social Distance, which premieres this Fall. Set in the initial months of the COVID-19 pandemic, SOCIAL DISTANCE is an eight-part anthology series that showcases the power of the human spirit in the face of uncertainty and isolation. Each standalone episode is told through a virtual lens and captures the unique emotional experience of being forced apart by circumstance and having no choice but to communicate remotely and rely on technology to maintain any sense of connection. https://youtu.be/794bTb0Y8rA
TV veterans Kim Coles (“Living Single,” “In Living Color,” “One on One”) and Mark Curry (“Hanging With Mr. Cooper”) join Dorien Wilson and Kellita Smith for the seventh season on “In the Cut.” Created by Bentley Kyle Evans, Bounce’s popular comedy is back in the barbershop for an all-new season starting August 26. https://twitter.com/i/status/1296207638439563264
Aaliyah’s estate has announced that the late singer’s entire music catalog may soon be made available on streaming platforms. The estate shared the update on Aaliyah’s Instagram profile, writing, “We are excited to announce that communication has commenced between the estate and various record labels about the status of Aaliyah’s music catalogue, as well as its availability on streaming platforms in the near future. Thank you for your continued love and support. More updated to come!” https://youtu.be/A5AAcgtMjUI
Marrying Millions” is back on Lifetime, for Season 2, and there are a few new couples mingling in the millionaire mix. Meet Rodney Foster, who made his millions in the wine industry. Rodney is the founder of Edelheiss Wine, and often shares with viewers that he is worth “$5 million and growing.” In addition to his millions of dollars, Rodney says he owns a townhouse in one of Washington, D.C.’s most expensive neighborhoods and he has recently also purchased a Lake House in Maryland. http://www.gospel-spotlight.com
A 17-year-old has been arrested over a shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin last night that left two protesters dead and another injured in a possible vigilante attack amid a wave of looting. Kyle Rittenhouse was arrested on Wednesday afternoon in his hometown of Antioch, Illinois and charged with first degree intentional homicide. http://www.gospel-spotlight.com
The company that operated the helicopter that crashed in late January, killing Kobe Bryant, his teen daughter and seven others, is suing two air-traffic controllers who they blame for the tragedy. The suit is in response to a complaint against Island Express Helicopters. The company claims the crash was “caused by a series of erroneous acts and/or omissions” by two air-traffic controllers at Southern California TRACON, which provides air traffic control services to airports in the region. https://youtu.be/jfJS8s7-hW4
TV One's original auto-biographical series UNCENSORED resumes for its third season with premiere episodes debuting on Sunday, September 6 at 10 P.M. ET/9C. The edgy docu-series explores the private lives of some of today's most notable personalities including actor Larenz Tate, singer/actor Tyrese, rapper/TV personality Eve, producer/TV personality Yandy Smith-Harris, actor Omari Hardwick, actress/singer Jenifer Lewis and actress/choreographer/director Debbie Allen. This season also includes five bonus episodes including UNCENSORED: Black Girl Magic, UNCENSORED: Scandals, UNCENSORED: Hip-Hop, UNCENSORED: Black Hollywood and UNCENSORED: Big Break. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ATOoOMBvm0&feature=youtu.be
An all-new episode of WE tv’s “Marriage Boot Camp: Hip Hop Edition” airs Thursday and finds Phaedra wanting Medina to keep it real about how he really feels about their relationship. https://youtu.be/Ob0jwhChncw
A Kalamazoo pastor is accused of sexually abusing four young males that he also paid to have sex with his wife while he watched. The Rev. Stricjavvar “Strick” Strickland, of Kalamazoo’s Second Baptist Church, has reportedly been charged with 11 felonies connected to incidents with the youths spanning three years from 2015-2018. https://youtu.be/MqxRylZQ4OA
The co-director of Beyoncé’s Disney+ visual album “Black Is King,” is set to direct a movie musical based on the Tony-winning Broadway reimagining of Alice Walker’s 1982 novel “The Color Purple.” Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Scott Sanders, and Quincy Jones are reportedly behind the project for Warner Bros. Director Blitz Bazawule reportedly caught their attention with his movie “The Burial Of Kojo” on Netflix. The film won Best Narrative Feature (World Cinema) at Urbanworld Film Festival. It also won the Grand Prize at the 2019 Luxor African Film Festival in Egypt.
Idris Elba will teach boxing to disadvantaged young people for a four-part limited series on BBC Two titled “Idris Elba’s Fight School.” The students will be mentored by Elba throughout the competition. The British actor went through similar training for “Discovery’s Idris Elba: Fighter.”
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has rejected an endorsement from white nationalist Richard Spencer, calling his views “absolutely repugnant.” Spencer, 42, previously backed Trump in the 2016 election. But on Sunday he explained in a tweet why he’s now endorsing Biden, Newsweek reports. “I plan to vote the for Biden and a straight democratic ticket. It’s not based on ‘accelerationism’ or anything like that; the liberals are clearly more competent people,” he wrote.
For nearly seven minutes, ESPN commentator and former NFL player Ryan Clark went off about the dubious nature of the NBA’s current protests against racial injustice after being asked to comment on Doc Rivers’ tearful response to the Jacob Blake police shooting. Clark’s main point was that the demonstrations we see within the NBA bubble this season – the Black Lives Matter messages on the court, and various pro-Black messages on the backs of jerseys – ultimately have no teeth when it comes to effective protest, because they’re sanctioned by the league. https://youtu.be/zJtrdW0Mx28
All three NBA playoff games scheduled for Wednesday have been postponed, with players around the league choosing to boycott in their strongest statement yet against racial injustice. Called off: Games between Milwaukee and Orlando, Houston and Oklahoma City and the Los Angeles Lakers and Portland. The NBA said all three games would be rescheduled, yet did not say when. The dramatic series of moves began when the Bucks — the NBA’s team from Wisconsin, a state rocked in recent days by the shooting by police officers of Jacob Blake, a Black man — didn’t take the floor for their playoff game against the Magic. The teams were set to begin Game 5 of their series shortly after 4 p.m., with the Bucks needing a win to advance to the second round. Players had been discussing boycotting games in the bubble after the shooting of Blake by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Since he wasn’t formally accused of or admitted to any wrongdoing, former Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. said he will walk away with a severance package totaling $10.5 million after his resignation Monday night in the wake of a sex scandal. Falwell, 58, told The Washington Post that he’ll get $2.5 million over the next 24 months plus another $8 million after that period in retirement benefits per a contract he signed with Liberty University in July 2019. “The board was gracious not to challenge that,” Falwell explained. “There wasn’t any cause. I haven’t done anything.”
Hurricane Laura is a Category 4 and continues to strengthen as it heads for a destructive landfall near the Texas and Louisiana border Wednesday night into early Thursday morning. A catastrophic storm surge and damaging winds will batter the region and a threat of flooding rain and strong winds will extend well inland. Residents along the upper Texas and southwest Louisiana coasts should finish preparations now for a major hurricane strike. Follow any evacuation orders issued by local or state officials.
Arnold Spielberg, father of filmmaker Steven Spielberg and an innovating engineer whose work helped make the personal computer possible, has died at 103 years old. Spielberg died of natural causes while surrounded by his family in Los Angeles on Tuesday, according to a statement from his four children. Spielberg and Charles Propster designed the GE-225 mainframe computer in the late 1950s while working for General Electric. The machine allowed computer scientists at Dartmouth College to develop the programming language BASIC, which would be essential the rise of personal computers in the 1970s and 80s.
Jacob Blake’s mother has apologized to President Trump for missing his call after she and her husband said they are praying for police officers and denounced the violence that has rocked Kenosha since his shooting. In an interview with CNN, Blake’s mother Julia Jackson, reiterated her comments from an emotional press conference on Tuesday, where she denounced the riotous violence that has erupted after police officers shot her son multiple times in the back as he entered his car on Sunday. https://youtu.be/kCxoRNOwuXs
Over the years, throngs of protesters — many of them people of faith — have assembled to remember the March on Washington. This year, the gatherings will both resemble and differ from the first one on Aug. 28, 1963. While there will be renewed speeches for racial justice, more participants will be watching on distant screens Friday than listening in person. Speakers and listeners will be particularly focused on reducing police brutality and protecting and mobilizing voters for the upcoming election. As groups from the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network to the NAACP to the Movement for Black Lives finalize their plans, some religious leaders may take in all three organizations’ events.
Michael Cohen has claimed he negotiated with pool boy Giancarlo Granda in 2015 to stop the publication of explicit photographs of Jerry Falwell Jr’s wife Becki, with whom Granda had a six-year affair. Cohen, Trump’s former fixer, who was recently released from prison on campaign violations charges, previously said he was involved in the photo scandal. He claimed he intervened on Falwell’s behalf to stop the photos from coming out several years ago, but he did not name who was threatening to release them. In an interview on Wednesday however with CNN, he claimed it was Granda.
Timothy Collins "Timothy" has released his debut single “The God Of The Turnaround” and is getting favorable airplay on Gospel radio stations around the country. “The God of The Turnaround” is an endearing heartfelt ballad that introduces Timothy’s smooth, tender vocals and gives a glimpse into the singer's passion-filled heart. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGAv7Kr1rFw&feature=youtu.be
This year has been nothing short of phenomenally BIG for Mike McClure, Jr. known as Pastor Mike, Jr. His breakout single, Big from his album Live Free made its way to the top of the radio chart and maintained the top spot for more than 9 weeks. On Gospel’s biggest night, Pastor Mike, Jr. took home coveted Stellar Award for Best New Artist of the Year and Best Hip Hop/Rap Album of the Year.
Social media has been buzzing all week as noted producer, two time BMI Award winning songwriter and Starks Music Group CEO Derrick Starks announced the imminent release of "Trust," the new single from the highly anticipated new disc from the legendary Whitfield Company. With a history that spans some 4 decades, The Whitfield Company is recognized all over the world as one of the premiere and celebrated choirs in Gospel music. Founded by the iconic Thomas Whitfield, TWC has left a treasure trove of memorable classics including Hallelujah Anyhow, I’m Encouraged, He Saved My Soul, Wrapped Up, Praise His Name and countless others. Their last disc Still, released in 1998 spent ten weeks on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart and featured the ever popular Hold On, Blessed Be the Ties and If Jesus Goes With Me.
The bible admonishes us to encourage one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Singer, songwriter, pastor, visionary leader and influencer Jason Hendrickson finds himself blessed by God with many gifts and uses them all to inspire, encourage and equip people from all walks of life to cling to faith and the promises of God. His new single, "Hold On' bears witness to that truth. https://youtu.be/3ydSXrD16Ts
Several of the largest restaurant companies in America are facing bankruptcy or struggling to pay debts amid COVID-19. Restaurants across the nation are struggling with the capacity restrictions on indoor dining. USA Today reports that Applebee’s and The Cheesecake Factory are on a newly updated list of national eateries facing a grim financial future. California Pizza Kitchen had to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and plans to close some locations, according to the report.
A police officer in Lodi, California, found himself in a gun battle that ended with a suspect shot several times and taken into custody. Footage of the 5 a.m. shootout, caught on the bodycam of Lodi Police Department officer Joravar Atwal, was just released by authorities. Police later identified the shooter as Marco Aquino, 37, who suffered multiple non-fatal gunshot wounds. Police say he was armed with an assault rifle and a handgun. A motive for the initial reports of shots fired by Aquino was not released. https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x7vs1s5
The recent police shooting of Jacob Blake on August 23rd in Kenosha, Wisconsin has sparked local and national outrage, as the African American community is impacted by yet another incident of police brutality. This Friday, August 28, on the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, The National Action Network (NAN) and supporting activists will descend on the nation’s capital to address this critical issue with the Commitment March: Get Your Knee Off Our Necks. BET News will air coverage of the event in a LIVE two-hour special titled “A March for Action.” Marc Lamont Hill hosts an in-depth conversation on this call to action and its urgency as our nation prepares for the biggest presidential election in a generation. “A March for Action” will air Friday, August 28, LIVE from 11 am – 1pm ET on BET. https://youtu.be/uxwMjHg-VGY
DMANI Entertainment is giving a behind the scenes look at of some of the biggest music tours including BTS footage in the the video above. Watch as they discuss their work with hip-hop greats including Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Kid Cudi, French Montana, Playboi Carti + more and how they make every show and tour run flawlessly from start to finish. https://youtu.be/fCXDynjeYmM
To recognize the anniversary of the historic 1963 March on Washington and its impact on the Civil Rights Movement, Facebook, in partnership with Will Packer Media and Jesse Collins Entertainment, will premiere a one-hour special, “Change Together: From the March on Washington to Today” on Thursday, August 27, 2020 hosted by Queen Latifah. https://www.facebook.com/watch/facebookapp/
WE tv’s “Love After Lockup” returns this week with an all-new episode, and finds Shavel gifting Quaylon with a car. Why is she being so giving? Is Quaylon using her? https://youtu.be/cGp1EL8p9EI
Lawyers for megachurch pastor John Gray said Monday that he is being blackmailed and extorted after the leader of Relentless Church in South Carolina was accused of engaging in another inappropriate relationship.The latest allegation against Gray came last Friday from a 48-year-old Houston woman who identified herself as “Mary” during an interview with online personality Tasha K, which was broadcast on YouTube. The Houston woman said during her interactions with Gray, she sent him partially nude photos at his requests and he video-chatted with her while revealing his underwear. She claimed that he also met with her in Houston and invited her to visit his home and she declined because she feels he may have wanted to sleep with her. “There are allegations that there were phone conversations between the two parties, and that’s essentially the extent of the allegations,” attorney Devon Puriefoy of the law firm Truluck Thomason told Greenville News. Puriefoy was not immediately available to discuss the situation when contacted for comment by The Christian Post Tuesday.
Jerry Falwell Jr. quoted civil rights hero Martin Luther King Jr. on Tuesday to say he was relieved after stepping down as president from Liberty University over a six-year sex scandal involving a Miami pool boy who claims he liked to watch him having sex with his wife. The 58-year-old evangelist has been dubbed a hypocrite for allegedly engaging in his wife Becki’s sexual relationship with Giancarlo Granda, who claims Becki picked him up by a hotel pool when he was 20 and she was 44 in 2012. Granda said Jerry not only knew about their affair but enjoyed watching them having sex. He claimed he was ‘not involved’ and that he was devastated when he found out about it. Monday night, after first claiming he’d only taken a leave of absence from his $1million-a-year job, Jerry confirmed that he’d resigned. On Tuesday, he went further, telling a local newspaper in Lynchburg, Virginia, where Liberty is based: ‘It’s a relief. ‘The quote that keeps going through my mind this morning is Martin Luther Ling Jr: “free at last, free at last, thank God almighty I’m free at last.”
Rivals in life, the rappers Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur are being united for an auction at Sotheby’s, the first-ever dedicated hip-hop auction at a major international auction house. Bidders will be able to vie for the crown worn and signed by the Notorious B.I.G. during a 1997 photo shoot held three days before he was killed in Los Angeles. They’ll also get to bid on an archive of 22 autographed love letters written by Shakur at the age of 15-17 to a high school sweetheart.The auction will be held Sept. 15 and features over 120 hip-hop-related lots. The items can be viewed in person — reservations are required during the pandemic — at Sotheby’s in New York City and the exhibition will also be available to the public online via its digital gallery.
Grammy Award-winning producer and artist Peter CottonTale released a new single “Pray for Real” this year, featuring Tobi Lou and Chance the Rapper and the song is now trending on the Billboard gospel charts. The artist, formerly known as Peter Wilkins, has been a member of the Chance the Rapper’s affiliated group, the Social Experiment, for some time. The music producer has often collaborated with Chance the Rapper on past albums. “Pray for Real” is predominately performed by Chance the Rapper and features a curse word. The single was recently the No. 1 most added single and has over 23 million streams. https://youtu.be/DUjztjrQpaI
LD Entertainment and Roadside Attractions released the new film “Words on Bathroom Walls” Friday, and the eye-opening film depicts a teenager’s struggles with mental illness. Actor Charlie Plummer portrays a highschool senior battling demons caused by severe schizophrenia in the Thor Freudenthal (“Diary of a Wimpy Kid”) adaptation of Julia Walton’s YA novel of the same name. Plummer gives a riveting performance, and Christian viewers will appreciate the many spiritual components throughout the film. https://youtu.be/4E1-RnpOe8Q
Erik Moses has been named president of Nashville Superspeedway, the first Black man to hold that title at any NASCAR track. Moses most recently served as president of the XFL’s DC Defenders and now leads the charge of the scheduled Nashville reboot in 2021. The 1.33-mile concrete track was built in 2001 by Dover Motorsports and hosted NASCAR and IndyCar events until 2011. Dover announced the hire before Saturday’s Cup race at the Monster Mile.
The gunman who killed at least two people and injured another Tuesday night at a protest over a police shooting has reportedly been identified as a white teenager with a possible link to local law enforcement in Kenosha, Wisconsin. While there has been no official confirmation from law enforcement, Kyle Rittenhouse, a 17-year-old, was widely identified on social media as the shooter who fired fatal shots from an AR-15 after users tracked down his accounts and uncovered images of him with police. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EgVsPdlX0AA_fh5?format=jpg&name=360x360
The legendary choirmaster Ricky Dillard has reached number one on both the BDS Gospel Airplay Charts and the Mediabase Published Gospel chart with anthem of the year “Release” featuring Tiff Joy. “Release,” which is the first single from the top-selling Choirmaster album is Dillard’s second-best performing song of his career since his single “Amazing” spent a record-setting 30 weeks at number one on the BDS Gospel Airplay chart in 2014. The Gospel Spotlight's Ricky Dillard!!! Hear RickyDillard In His Own Words....http://www.gospel-spotlight.com/rickydillard(!)_intvw.htm
The gentleman of Gospel, Earnest Pugh was recently honored in Los Angeles, CA by The Burke Management Firm for reaching #1 on the Radio AirPlay Chart for his smash hit single “God Wants To Heal You.” This makes Pugh’s third #1 single. "Although the song was recorded over 12 years ago, its timeless relevance continues to resonate in the hearts and minds of listeners across the globe," says Vanzil Burke, Pugh's Business Manager. The Gospel Spotlight's Earnest Pugh!!! Hear Earnest Pugh In His Own Words....http://www.gospel-spotlight.com/earnestpugh_intvw.htm
New hit music in the Gospel Spotlight from Koryn Hawthorne - "Speak To Me".....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDFl9goQD_c&feature=youtu.be
Over the weekend, two-time GRAMMY®- nominated and Billboard Music Award-winning artist, Koryn Hawthorne, took over Spotify’s #BlackGirlMagic playlist, making history as the first Gospel artist to do so. The unapologetically Black playlist provides an energetic mix of R&B, Rap, Pop and Gospel music, and features hit singles from artists including Beyonce, Chloe x Halle, H.E.R., Tamela Mann, Mary Mary, Megan Thee Stallion, Mary J. Blige, Lizzo and Hawthorne herself. The #BlackGirlMagic playlist is a continued extension of Spotify’s Black Music Month campaign, and past playlist curators include Kelly Rowland, Marsai Martin, Gabrielle Union-Wade and Tracee Ellis Ross. Listen to Koryn’s #BlackGirlMagic playlist on Spotify here https://open.spotify.com/playlist/37i9dQZF1DX4ezQVslkJiT?si=qv_DTJQ9S120LuNuemx5iw
WatchCarl Brister's interview with the talented, Grammy-Nominated Saxophonist, Tia Fuller, and join the conversation on Instagram Live Tonight.
Youth Leaders from the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center will join Congresswoman Barbara Lee and the Hon. Elihu Harris and civil rights icons for a moving online tribute to the life and legacy of Congressman John Lewis Friday, August 28, at 7 pm PDT. The streamed event is scheduled on the anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, at which Congressman Lewis spoke at the age of 23. The evening will be hosted by Barbara Lee and Elihu Harris and includes historic and recent film and photos. The streaming is free of charge and there is no registration required. The event may be viewed at https://learn.nonprofitleadershipalliance.org/BLEHLecture/ and no advance registration is require.
“Uncle Tom” was one of the top trending topics on Twitter Tuesday morning following the opening night of the Republican National Convention (RNC) that featured several Black men making the case for Donald Trump to be re-elected. More than 6,000 “Uncle Tom” tweets were posted following speeches from Democratic Georgia State Rep. Vernon Jones, former professional football star Herschel Walker and South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott. They each took turns trying to dispel any notion of racism in America or among its leadership despite Trump’s repeated personal demonstrations to the contrary. “The Democratic Party does not want Black people to leave their mental plantation,” Jones, who has been called an “embarrassment” to Democrats, said Monday night at the RNC. “We’ve been forced to be there for decades and generations. But I have news for Joe Biden: We are free. We are free people with free minds.” Walker, who was one of Trump’s employees when he played in the USFL — another of Trump’s failed business ventures — said his “soul” was hurt when he learned people called the president racist. “I take it as a personal insult that people think I would have a 37-year friendship with a racist,” Walker said Monday night with a straight face during his official endorsement of Trump’s re-election.
Multiple fires continue to burn in Kenosha, Wisconsin amid protests over the police shooting yet another unarmed Black man. Jacob Blake is fighting for his life in a hospital, and a white Kenosha, WI, police officer is under investigation after being captured on camera firing at least seven shots into the man’s back, sparking more protests against overzealous police, brutality and excessive use of force. https://youtu.be/yVoRaJKmV_k
The man who filmed the shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin is speaking out about the “traumatic” experience. CNN spoke with Raysean White after Blake was shot multiple times in the back by the Kenosha police. The incident was captured in a graphic video causing major protests. He’s just another example of George, Breonna Taylor. I’m glad he didn’t die,” White told CNN, making reference to other recent victims of police violence. “This is constantly showing Black people not to trust the police. “This is showing proof of how the police officers, like, constantly killing Black unarmed Black men for no reason — because they have a badge, and they feel like they have power to shoot,” White continued. White, who filmed the video from across the street, said that as a Black man, he could’ve easily been the one who had a violent encounter with the Kenosha police. “It could have been me, too. I stood right here, it could have been me,” he said. “I’m just witnessing it, recording it. I was so angry.”
A portion of Figueroa Street outside Staples Center will be renamed in honor of former Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant. Figueroa Street will be unveiled as Kobe Bryant Boulevard between Olympic Boulevard and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, according to Los Angeles City Council member Herb J. Wesson Jr. https://youtu.be/HGBF4R9AVds
Bun B is letting it be known that he supports Megan Thee Stallion after she went on Instagram Live last week and said Tory Lanez was the person who shot her back in July. Bun B shared his thoughts Sunday in a lengthy video. Seventeen minutes in, the iconic Texas rapper slammed Lanez and anyone not defending Megan. “F*ck Tory Lanez, and I don’t care if this go viral or none of this sh*t,” Bun B said. “I’m from Houston and if somebody would have done something to Megan in this city, we would’ve rode.” Bun B went on to acknowledge that Megan doesn’t have her immediate family to support her during this time. “She ain’t got her momma no more, her momma is gone,” he said. “Her daddy is gone. Her grandmother is gone. All the people that loved her and cared about her unconditionally that looked out for her and would have protected her ain’t there. So, as an OG in Houston, I’m standing up. Tory Lanez is some ho ass sh*t. Period. Yeah, I know Tory. I know his manager. I know all of ’em, man. F*ck all that though. F*ck all that.”
Shanta Atkins has released her highly anticipated single “Made Up My Mind.” Most may know her as the younger sister to the Grammy Award winning Gospel duo “Mary Mary”. Shanta’s experience as a recording artist has her prepped to now blaze a trail all her own. “Made Up My Mind” displays Shanta Atkins powerful vocal ability and anointing. The single is just what fans and the gospel music industry have been waiting for from Shanta. https://youtu.be/QRs3dcn-2Jw
The most recent third season of Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” ended with an episode centered around the World Famous Apollo Theater, where Midge Maisel’s eyes were starting to open regarding racism’s nooks and crannies within the entertainment industry, thanks in part to her brief exchange with Moms Mabley, played by the Emmy-nominated Wanda Sykes. The episode also included a Hines brothers dance recreation and a musical performance from the character Shy Baldwin (played by LeRoy McClain and vocals by Darius de Haas), as well as a stand-up set from Midge herself, played by Rachel Brosnahan.
CBS All Access has announced the premiere date of its highly anticipated limited series “The Stand” starring Whoopi Goldberg and based on Stephen King’s acclaimed plague novel. The story is about a group of survivors of a superflu, who are led by the 108-year-old Mother Abigail (Goldberg), who is receiving visions from God. Whoopi joins a cast that includes Jovan Adepo as Larry Underwood, Owen Teague as Harold Lauder, Brad William Henke as Tom Cullen, and Daniel Sunjata as the soldier Cobb. Alexander Skarsgard will play Randall Flagg, the leader of the evil survivors.
Gospel singer KD French appeared on “Today” Tuesday to talk about her song “The Fridge Again” and video that has been shared more than 10 million times to date. She says the reaction is “insane; I’m sweating in crevice areas I didn’t know I had.” But, she adds, “I’m overwhelmed with joy. https://media14.s-nbcnews.com/j/MSNBC/Components/Video/202008/tdy_pop_KD_french_200825_1920x1080.focal-760x428.jpg
Humbl Hustlr is an Atlanta-based foundation that is doing remarkable work in the community to improve the quality of life for young black men, helping them to blossom, through an array of programs, into the next generation of successful leaders. Anchored by Hustl Print founder Lorenzo Gordon, the organization highlights the work of young professionals, entrepreneurs, and “corporate Hustlrs” who are making things happen behind the scenes, but do not always get the recognition and acknowledgement they deserve. Before six judges, teens from various Atlanta-area high schools presented their business concepts for an opportunity to win $1,000. The winner was Isaiah Waller of Booker T. Washington High School, followed by the runner-up, Jordan Jackson of Luella High School and then Aboubacar Barrie of Therell High School, who placed third and won a $250 prize. Following the pitch competition was a basketball clinic and community cleanup in the Vine City community.
Allen Iverson has penned a heartfelt tribute to fellow NBA Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant. In an essay published in The Players’ Tribune on August 24, dubbed Kobe Bryant Day, Iverson reflected on how Bryant inspired him to be a better player. “Me and you, every single time we stepped on that floor, we were going to war. But it wasn’t an animosity thing. There was never any beef,” Iverson wrote. “It was like heavyweight fighters beating the hell out of one another. And then at the bell, it’s nothing but love and respect. Greatness needs company, and we needed each other. Mike needed Prince like Prince needed Mike. Tyson needed Holyfield like Holyfield needed Tyson.” https://youtu.be/mokGU4CUiGw
Stephan James stars in a new series alongside Lawrence Fishburn and Jasmine Cephas Jones (Hamilton). #FreeRayshawn is a series on the new digital platform Quibi, that tells the story of a young black man on the run from the police. https://youtu.be/fT6Vuok_sJ8
Today Brittany Glodean releases a massive amount of music and film and she says there’s even more to come before the summer ends. “BGLO The Movie” is a high energy music film directed by Phred Mosbey. It’s being called a Visual EP because all the music in the film is available on a soundtrack by the name of “BGLO The EP.” The film showcases the multi-talented Brittany Glodean and her 16 dancers. Brittany is seen as a lead dancer, a school teacher and an old school DJ. The film contains music written by Chuckii Booker, Boy Russ, Brittany Glodean & Janelle Paris. The soundtrack is produced by Chuckii Booker. https://youtu.be/9URmN2Lv16k
There has been much praise for the Democrats in the wake of their national convention last week. Rapper/actor/entrepreneur/activist Ice Cube recently took to social media calling out the Dems, saying they haven’t done enough to show they deserve the vote of Black people in the upcoming 2020 presidential election. “So, over the last four days the Democratic National Party held their convention,” said Cube. Lots of people getting up there and talking and, everybody really eating it up, throwing their hands in the air like they just don’t care damn near. What I didn’t hear is, ‘What’s in it for us?’ What’s in it for the Black community besides the same old thing we’ve been getting from these parties? What’s in it for us, for real?”
CBS News today launches CBS Village, a new cross-platform franchise that will showcase the organization’s inclusive reporting, giving voice to diverse communities. CBS Village will be a dedicated brand for original reporting on issues that affect traditionally underrepresented communities featured across all CBS News platforms. Led by CBS News’ newly created Race and Culture Unit, this franchise will cover the breadth and depth of the American experience, with stories delivered on CBS News broadcasts, CBSN and digital platforms.
Scott Peterson’s conviction for killing his pregnant wife Laci will stand, but the California Supreme Court has overturned his 2005 death sentence. According to The Associated Press, the justices cited “significant errors” in jury selection as the reason for overturning the death penalty. https://youtu.be/9A3h_OaBl8c
LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers blew out their playoff opponent, the Portland Trail Blazers, on “Mamba Day” Monday. But honoring the late Kobe Bryant with a win was not the only thing on his mind after the game. Another unarmed Black man was shot by the police again.“If you’re sitting here telling me that there was no way to subdue that gentleman, or detain him, or before the firing of guns, then you’re sitting here, you’re lying to not only me, you’re lying to every African American, every Black person in the community because we see it over and over and over,” James talked to reporters about the Kenosha, Wis. police officer who grabbed 29-year-old Jacob Blake by the t-shirt as he was getting into his car, and fired seven shots at point blank range into his back. He is currently hospitalized. According to a family attorney, his three children aged three, five and eight were in the back seat. https://youtu.be/wMYxmUCmakk
Jennifer Lopez has announced plans to drop her own makeup and skincare line called JLo Beauty. The line is in collaboration with Inglot Cosmetics, and the actress/singer posted two selfies on Instagram along with the caption “Sunset glow… #JLoBeauty coming soon.” As reported by PEOPLE, according to a trademark filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office in December 2019, JLo Beauty will offer cosmetics and skincare products. https://www.instagram.com/jlo/?utm_source=ig_embed
Pasquale Raucci, also known as Paddy Duke, was fired by New York radio station Hot 97. Raucci was identified as being part of the mob that killed Yusuf Hawkins in 1989. In a recent HBO documentary called “Storm Over Brooklyn” that highlighted the tragic details surrounding Hawkins’ death due to an angry Italian mob in Bensonhurst. Raucci was reportedly shown in the documentary. Details about Raucci’s hiring at Hot 97 surfaced as well, and it was noted via his LinkedIn page that he has been working with Hot 97 for almost 20 years. Raucci was employed by Emmis Communications in 1994 and worked with Angie Martinez during her time at the radio station. Sunday(08-22-20), Hot 97 released a statement on Raucci following the airing of the Storm Over Brooklyn segment featuring the news of Raucci/Duke’s involvement in the killing. “After watching HBO’s Storm over Brooklyn, HOT97 was shocked and took swift action. Paddy Duke is no longer employed by HOT97. The march for social justice continues.”
NFL Washington Team President Jason Wright was a guest on SiriusXM’s “The Joe Madison Show” and told host, Joe Madison that Colin Kaepernick should have another chance to play again. “If he wants to play in the league, then his gifts should make room for him. I don’t see any reason why not.”
“The Real,” the Daytime Emmy®-nominated, NAACP-winning talk show, welcomes new co-host Garcelle Beauvais. She joins Daytime Emmy®-winning co-hosts Adrienne Houghton, Loni Love and Jeannie Mai. The 7th season of The Real will begin Monday, Sept. 21. “We are so thrilled to have Garcelle joining our ‘virtual’ Girl Chat Table,” said executive producer Rachel Miskowiec. “Her extensive career in front of and behind the camera, and her willingness to share her life and her points of view on important topics with us make her the perfect addition. We can’t wait for Season 7 to begin!”
Anthony Anderson knows how to have a good time! The “Black-ish” star chatted with Access Daily’s Scott Evans about earning his ninth Emmy nomination, revealing that he plans to moon the camera if he takes home the Best Actor trophy during this year’s virtual ceremony. “I will be naked under my tuxedo robe with my full ass out,” Anthony promised. “In the event that I win, I will literally and figuratively show my ass!” https://youtu.be/JuSRvUK_zBk
A win over the Orlando Magic to take a 3-1 series lead in the playoffs was of zero importance to Milwaukee Bucks guard George Hill after the game, because another Black man had been shot by police. This time, in his team’s home state. It was enough for him to consider blowing off the entire COVID-affected season. “Watching stuff that happened in Wisconsin the other day really breaks my heart. We’re down here playing in the bubble to do these things for social justice and all that, and to see it all still going on and we’re just playing the games like it’s nothing, it’s just a really messed up situation right now,” Hill said in postgame comments. Jacob Blake, 29, is currently hospitalized after being shot by a Kenosha, Wis. police officer seven times in the back as his three children reportedly watched.
As the U.S. continues to practice social distancing, there is no need to be socially isolated. With more than half of Americans reporting the coronavirus is harming their mental health (for women and Blacks, this number increases), feelings of loneliness, depression and despair can easily infiltrate if care is not taken. To encourage social interaction and help women not just survive, but thrive, T.D. Jakes' popular conference Woman, Thou Art Loosed! is offering a special virtual experience, Oct. 15-17. Motivated by faith, as the U.S. grapples with COVID-19, the start of school and other social issues, women are coming together virtually this fall to worship, reflect and learn as the legendary Woman, Thou Art Loosed! conference goes completely digital for the first time in its 20 plus-year history.
Singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle, a leading performer of American roots music known for his introspective and haunting style, has died at 38. New West Records publicist Brady Brock confirmed his death, but did not immediately provide details. Earle was the son of country star Steve Earle and over the weekend his family posted an Instagram announcement of his death, telling his fans, “So many of you have relied on his music and lyrics over the years and we hope that his music will continue to guide you on your journeys.” His family also posted lyrics from the ballad “Looking for a Place to Land,” from Earle’s 2014 album “Single Mothers.”
Dolly Parton said that recording her latest single — “Mary, Did You Know?” — off of her upcoming Christmas album was a very moving experience for her. “I got very emotional recording ‘Mary, Did You Know?’ Parton wrote on Instagram of her new single, released Friday. “It’s the sweetest song about beautiful things being born out of unexpected situations and that’s a message we all need to hear now more than ever.” https://youtu.be/WGkSsgrTS9s
The man who exposed Planned Parenthood’s selling of baby body parts from abortions is facing possible seizure of his assets if he fails to raise $600,000 in less than two weeks, his lawyer has warned. U.S. District Judge William H. Orrick ruled Wednesday that that Planned Parenthood could begin seizing the assets of pro-life activist David Daleiden of the Center For Medical Progress and those of his organization unless they manage to pay an appeal bond. Orrick issued the ruling as he denied post-trial motions from the defendants seeking a reduction of charges after a judgment was rendered against Daleiden, CMP and his CMP colleagues last year related to charges they faced after the release of undercover videos. While the findings of the undercover videos riled conservatives across the nation, Planned Parenthood claims the CMP videos were deceptively edited. Last fall, following a civil trial, a jury found CMP guilty of several crimes, including violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, wiretapping and engaging in a civil conspiracy. The civil trial additionally yielded a judgment ordering Daleiden and other defendants to pay $2.3 million in damages.
In a claim likely to intensify the controversy surrounding one of the most influential figures in the American Christian conservative movement, a business partner of Jerry Falwell Jr has come forward to say he had a years-long sexual relationship with Falwell’s wife. Giancarlo Granda says he was 20 when he met Jerry and Becki Falwell while working as a pool attendant at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel in March 2012. Starting that month and continuing into 2018, Granda told Reuters that the relationship involved him having sex with Becki Falwell while Jerry Falwell looked on. Granda showed Reuters emails, text messages and other evidence that he says demonstrate the sexual nature of his relationship with the couple, who have been married since 1987. Jerry Falwell Jr. has resigned as president of Liberty University after a pool boy claimed the evangelist watched while he had sex with his wife. A school official confirmed on Monday – the first day of classes for students – that Falwell had agreed to resign, the Washington Post reports. He had already taken an indefinite leave of absence earlier this month after a photo of himself with his pants unzipped, standing with his arm around a young woman whose pants were also partly undone, was shared online.
Usain Bolt has today confirmed he is self-isolating after taking a Covid-19 test just days after partying with guests including England star Raheem Sterling for his 34th birthday in Jamaica. The sprint star, who turned 34 on Friday, posted a video on his Twitter page after reports from Nationwide90fm, a radio station in Jamaica, that he had contracted the deadly disease. The Olympic legend confirmed he is in self-isolation at his home in Jamaica after taking a Covid-19 test on Saturday. However the retired athlete neither confirmed or denied having Covid-19. But he does say he is not suffering from any symptoms.
Not even a global pandemic could diminish the powerful spirit of praise, worship and celebration during the historic virtual broadcast of the Stellar Gospel Music Awards Sunday night on BET and BET Her. Led by hosts Kirk Franklin, Jonathan McReynolds, and Koryn Hawthorne, the 35th Anniversary Stellar Gospel Music Awards awarded trophies in 28 categories for the year's best performances in the genre -- including six statues presented to the night’s big winner, host and Gospel icon Kirk Franklin. From the first moments featuring welcome remarks by Stellar Awards Founder and Executive Producer Don Jackson and powerful show open by Tye Tribbett of his uplifting anthem “We Gon’ Be Alright,” through the final credit roll, the “Greatest Night in Gospel Music” lived up to its claim to fame. The complete list of winners....https://files.constantcontact.com/8d05b0cf701/7076cade-0ed7-4dd4-8cc0-0a533941b31f.pdf
Entertainment One celebrates 4-wins at the virtual broadcast of the 35th Stellar Gospel Music Awards. Entertainment One’s own Jonathan McReynolds co-hosted the biggest night in gospel music alongside Kirk Franklin and Koryn Hawthorne. Gospel legend John P. Kee's I Made It Out delivered three Stellar Awards for Traditional Male Vocalist, Traditional Album of the Year and Traditional Choir of the Year. JJ Hairston (JamesTown/Entertainment) won Praise & Worship Album of the Year for Miracle Worker. Gospel Spotlight's JJ Hairston!!! Hear JJ Hairston IN His Own Words.....http://www.gospel-spotlight.com/J_J_Hairston_intvw.htm
Conservatives can’t wrap their head around why political activist Candace Owens was not included in the lineup of people speaking at the Republican National Committee, which kicks off Monday. Owens has been a staunch Trump supporter for much of his presidency, even going so far as minimizing the impact that white supremacy has had on Black culture. She also created the #Blexit movement with the goal of persuading Black Americans to turn away from the “racist” Democratic Party. In a now-deleted tweet, Owens said she would have “crushed” former President Barack Obama at the RNC, had she been invited to speak. “Donald Trump hasn’t grown into the job because he can’t. And the consequences of that failure are severe,” Obama said. “One-hundred-and-seventy-thousand Americans dead. Millions of jobs gone. Our worst impulses unleashed, our proud reputation around the world badly diminished, and our democratic institutions threatened like never before.”
A Black man was shot in the back multiple times by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Sunday, a bystander's video showed, prompting community protests and widespread anger. The incident comes just three months after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody. The man, identified by his family as Jacob Blake, 29, is in serious condition at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, the Kenosha Police Department said in a statement. Blake's family has since confirmed that he is out of surgery and stable. https://media12.s-nbcnews.com/j/MSNBC/Components/Video/202008/wisconsin-shooting1_resized.focal-860x484.jpg
The first trailer for “The Batman” starring Robert Pattinson was released on Saturday during the DC FanDome, giving fans their first look at the iconic superhero, Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon and an unrecognizable Colin Farrell as Penguin. https://youtu.be/NLOp_6uPccQ
A powerful new video is now available for the creative reimagining of Stevie Wonder’s “Black Man,” remixed by Brennan Williams (aka Will Coloan), producer and founder of Coloan Records. Featuring historic images of more than 100 influential Americans and global figures, as well as a spoken introduction by Motown legend Stevie Wonder himself, the video was also directed, edited, and produced by Williams. https://youtu.be/OHlYEhPbTBE
The classic novel by author Charles Dickens is coming to the big screen with a modern flair in “The Personal History Of David Copperfield.” The film takes place in the 1800s with a modern flair with the diversity of the cast. David Copperfield is played by Dev Patel ( Slumdog Millionaire). Actress Rosalind Eleazar stars as David’s love interest in the film. She expresses how the diversity of the cast wasn’t really discussed on set. There was more of an unspoken feeling of this is how it should be. People of color took up space in these times as well and this is a story that everyone can relate to. “ It’s a story about a young man trying to find his place in the world,” says Eleazar.
Earlier this month, TikTok threatened to sue President Trump over the executive order he signed that bans the popular video sharing app in the United States. On Saturday, TikTok and its parent company ByteDance officially announced plans to follow through with legal action against the Trump administration. https://youtu.be/H5GQ9em53Rw
LeToya Luckett has reportedly dumped her husband Tommicus Walker following reports that he’s been cheating on her with Instagram groupies. Her husband has allegedly been having an affair as the couple awaits the birth of their second child. Word has it that Walker has been spending romantic time with a woman who is shopping their sex tape.
Oscar-winning screenwriter John Ridley will write the new Batman comic series with plans to turn the icon superhero into a person of color. During a DC FanDome virtual panel on Saturday, DC publisher Jim Lee confirmed that Ridley is writing the miniseries. An illustration of the character was also released. The four-issue comic is scheduled to release in January. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EgDQmCnXsAAW_-7?format=jpg&name=900x900
Brandy and Monica are gonna do Verzuz! News of the long-awaited battle between the frenemies was announced by the Verzuz creators Swizz Beatz and Timbaland Saturday. It’s set to go down Aug. 31 live from Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta. Back in May, Monica addressed the possibility of making a Verzuz appearance with Brandy, just as long as it was a “celebration” rather than a battle. She said she was hesitant to participate because she feared the public would once again try to pit her and Brandy against one another and reignite beef rumors.
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee intends to take voting rights away from protesters via new legislation designed to curb demonstrations over social justice. According to The Hill, Lee quietly signed a bill upping penalties on some forms of protest. The new law stipulates that anyone who “illegally” camps on state property could face a Class E felony and six years in prison. If found guilty of a felony, the individual loses the right to vote. https://youtu.be/rKZhLvOKZVs
America’s most inspirational singing competition “Sunday Best,” on BET has announced it’s season 10 winner - Stephanie Summers (Colorado Springs, CO). Summers will receive a recording contract with RCA Inspiration, a prize of $50,000, an opportunity to be a featured performer on the McDonald's Inspiration Gospel Tour and the title “Sunday Best.”
Professional voting is now open for the 51st anniversary Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. Tyscot Records has three of its artists up for their recent releases. Baltimore, Maryland’s Anthony Brown & group therAPy album, 2econd Wind: Ready earns a nomination for Contemporary Gospel Album of the Year while the single Blessing on Blessings pulls Contemporary Gospel Recorded Song of the Year. R&B singer and Maroon 5 keyboard player, PJ Morton, will release his first-ever gospel album, Gospel According to PJ on August 28th. The first radio single from the project, “All In His Plan,” is currently in the Top 5 on the Gospel Airplay chart. The bluesy ballad Le’Andria Johnson and Mary Mary. That song is vying for Traditional Gospel Recorded Song of the Year. VaShawn Mitchell, a three-time past Dove Award winner, is up for another award for his album, Elements, for Gospel Worship Album of the Year. The set features the radio singles “God Can Do Anything.”
RICKEY SMILEY & DAUGHTER AARYN SMILEY SET TO APPEAR TUESDAY, AUGUST 25TH ON ABC'S "GMA3: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW." Father and Daughter Will Discuss Senseless Act of Gun Violence that Impacted Aaryn Smiley on 4th of July Weekend in Houston, TX.
Omarosa won’t be participating in the Republican National Convention (RNC), neither will former Congresswoman Mia Love. Or Gregory Cheadle, Donald Trump‘s “African American” and now-former Republican who the then-presidential candidate embarrassingly racially profiled on national TV giving him a sincere shout out at one of his infamous rallies in 2016. While Trump has lost public support from the above Black folks, chances are more than likely Candace Owens will be right there spouting one of her trademark intellectually disingenuous diatribes that regurgitate Trump’s laughable lies about how no other president has done as much for Black people as he has. However, despite what seems like an inflated percent of the small number of Black folks who have decidedly hopped off the Trump train in these four disastrous years, polling numbers show that he is still enjoying basically the same amount of support, 8 percent, from Black voters that he was in 2016.
Amid the pandemic, several individuals within the music industry have spearheaded initiatives launched to support vulnerable groups. Among those leading efforts is singer and songwriter Anthony Hamilton. According to WCNC, he recently hosted a supplies drive in his hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina. Cognizant of the obstacles faced by families that stem from the public health crisis—like food insecurity and the lack of accessibility to protective equipment—Hamilton was determined to help people in need. Saturday, he teamed up with other volunteers to distribute face masks, hand sanitizer, groceries, and school supplies to residents in the Dillehay Courts community. Those who attended were also able to register to vote at the event.
Andrea Wishom has been appointed to serve on Pinterest’s board. Wishom’s appointment is historic as it marks the first time the image sharing social media company has had a Black board member. It also marks the third time a woman has been appointed to serve on the board. Wishom, who currently sits at the helm of the real estate company Skywalker Holdings, is an award-winning media executive. During her tenure as an executive at Harpo Studios, she spearheaded and produced programs that garnered high ratings including Super Soul Sunday, Oprah’s Next Chapter, Oprah’s Farewell at The United Center, President Barack and Michelle Obama and The Legends Ball. She has an extensive background in content creation, marketing and media. She also serves on the boards for several companies and organizations including C.A.S.E.L., The Make-Believe Association, The Poetry Foundation, The George Lucas Educational Foundation, the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art and Tory Burch LLC.
After a season of highs, lows and virtual performances, BET has a new “Sunday Best.” Stephanie Summers of Colorado Springs, Colorado won season 10 of the gospel singing competition on Sunday night. Jada Spight came in second place.
Jaheim recently took to the IG to reveal he ‘s down with Donald Trump. Period. End of story. In his video he said that Trump has “saved a lot of people,” then posted a lengthy caption describing his reasoning behind the Trump support. Jaheim apologized to Trump “for all the misinformation since he’s been in office.” He said, “we the people have turned our backs on this great man who been working effortlessly to restore the balance for the Republic and didn’t even take a paycheck.” Jaheim then called out Democrats for lying countless times to the people and said, “you all are so far gone you can’t see maybe it’s the same water they been poisoning Flint with because we all followed wrong side for years it’s time to wakeup.”
Actor Kadeem Hardison joined “The Clay Cane Show” to discuss the new Netflix series ‘Teenage Bounty Hunters’ which he stars in. During the interview, the actor told host, Clay Cane about the time Roseanne Barr threw a phone at a producer and said he was shocked that her show got a reboot over ‘A Different World’ after that incident, but he’s not surprised by her racism. https://youtu.be/SoguYRkz-x0
Pastor Rob McCoy faced a judge in a California courthouse for a contempt of court hearing against Godspeak Calvary Chapel for violating a court order from the county that restricted them from holding indoor worship services due to the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus. Judge O’Neill found Godspeak Calvary Chapel and Pastor Rob McCoy in contempt of the court’s order. The county was seeking a total of $,6000 in fines, $1000 for each violation (two Sundays with three services each equals 6 times of holding indoor worship services), but Judge O’Neill imposed a $500 fine for each of the violations which totaled $3000. Pastor McCoy wasn’t issued any penalties, and the Judge said the church didn’t have to pay attorney fees.
Kanye West has been accused of “disrespecting Islam” with the names of his new Yeezy Boost sneakers. Adidas unveiled the new line of shoes earlier this week: the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Israfil and Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Asriel, which are named after the Islamic angels of music (Israfil) and death (Asriel). Israfil is one of four archangels in Islam. He is usually depicted with a horn, which he will blow on Qiyamah – or the day of judgement. Asriel is Islam’s archangel of death and is said to transport the souls of the deceased after they have passed on. The announcement was met with a lot of criticism from Muslims who have taken to social media to criticise the ‘Jesus Walks’ rapper and Adidas for “making a mockery of Islam.”
Katy Perry joined Apple Music’s Zane Lowe for an interview this past week and revealed what her relationship with her pastor parents is like. The pop star also set the record straight about her own belief system. “Relationships with your parents change inevitably, doesn’t matter who you are, what amount of success you have or don’t, it shifts as your parents get older, you become a little bit more of the parent,” Perry said of her parents, who are both now in their 70s. “I guess I had to make a choice a while back, I had to agree to disagree with my parents or not have parents.” The 35-year-old “Firework” singer, who is on a promotional run for her upcoming album, Smile, said she made that decision when she was in her 20s. It was then she stopped trying to “change their core belief system.”
Vanessa Bryant paid an emotional tribute to her late husband Kobe Bryant, who died alongside 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others in a January 26 helicopter crash, on what would’ve been the former Laker’s 42nd birthday. “To my baby~ Happy birthday,” Vanessa Bryant wrote Sunday in a message posted to her Instagram page. “I love you and miss you more than I can ever explain. I wish you and Gigi were here to celebrate YOU! I wish I could make you your fav food or a birthday cake with my Gigi. The Los Angeles Lakers will wear special “Black Mamba” uniforms Monday in Game 4 of their first-round NBA playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers. Monday, which is Aug. 24 — or 8/24 — represents the two numbers Bryant wore as a Laker.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell expressed remorse for the league not listening to Colin Kaepernick in 2016 when the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback peacefully protested during the national anthem. Appearing on former NFL player Emmanuel Acho’s social media video series “Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man,” Goodell was asked by Acho to publicly express his remorse and apologize to Kaepernick, who hasn’t played in the NFL since the 2016 season. “I wish we had listened earlier, Kaep, to what you were kneeling about and what you were trying to bring attention to,” Goodell said. Goodell also expressed disappointment about how the league’s players’ peaceful protests were being portrayed.
Melania Trump went viral on Monday (Aug. 17) after a video surfaced of her refusing to hold President Donald Trump’s hand despite his multiple attempts. Rihanna and 50 Cent were wasted no time mocking the awkward moment. The singer shared the clip to her social and added her 2016 hit, “Needed Me,” as a backdrop. The song features the chorus, “Didn’t they tell you that I was a savage?” https://www.instagram.com/p/CEAINuSnxn9/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=embed_video_watch_again
The New Mutants is finally coming to theaters nationwide. Just in time, Regal Theaters will be reopening after a long pandemic shut down. https://youtu.be/W_vJhUAOFpI ;
MasterP is looking a lil’ strange these days as he seems to have not only a problem with his brother, C-Murder but with Monica and Kim Kardashian who are trying to help C-Murder get out of prison for what may be an unjust sentence. Master P, Percy Miller, went to Instagram and posted a rant saying that C-Murder needs to start taking responsibility, for his actions and expressed a bunch of grievances he’s had with his imprisoned brother over the years.
The Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association (CPPA) are not expected to back former Vice President Joe Biden for president and will not endorse Donald Trump‘s bid for the presidency. The CPPA is trying to go neutral, it appears. Besides this election it say it won’t seek to endorse candidates in future presidential or mayoral elections following a vote by its board of directors and a group of 30 officers. The CPPA’s 2016 endorsement of Trump marked the union’s first ever presidential endorsement, sparking divisions within the group and ultimately costing former CPPA president Steve Loomis his job.
In her historic speech accepting the vice presidential nomination for the Democratic party, Sen. Kamala Harris introduced her family — among them her beloved Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, “The Divine Nine” and others from historically Black colleges and universities. The California Democrat’s shout-out echoed worldwide. She is the first HBCU graduate and the first member of a historically black greek letter organization named to a major party ticket, Harris’ nomination has created a groundswell of enthusiasm among black greek member organizations whose combined membership exceeds two million globally.
Another person has been indicted as an accomplice alongside “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” star Tim Norman in a murder-for-hire plot. Waiel “Wally” Yaghnam of St. Louis was charged with one count conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud. As we reported earlier, Norman is now facing the same charge in addition to conspiracy to commit murder-for-hire. Yaghnam 42, is not only an insurance agent but he’s also a music producer who produced several tracks on Nelly’s iconic Nellyville album.
A group of 50 ministers who graduated from Liberty University have sent a letter to school leadership demanding that President Jerry Falwell Jr. be “permanently removed” from office. Falwell agreed to take an “indefinite leave of absence” earlier this month following a controversial social media post showing him with unzipped pants and his belly hanging out while his arm was wrapped around his wife’s pregnant secretary who wasn’t able to zip up her pre-pregnancy shorts. The letter was sent to Liberty’s board of trustees and acting University President Jerry Prevo.
The nondenominational Southern Evangelical Seminary has released a statement simultaneously condemning racism and warning Christians against supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, claiming the movement espouses a “godless agenda.” This week, the faculty and staff of the influential Christian institution in Matthews, North Carolina, said they felt compelled to release a statement about current issues related to racism and social justice in light of the recent social unrest. SES said that while it affirms that “black lives matter” as a subset of “all human lives are sacred,” it “must separate itself emphatically from the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement which espouses beliefs that are antithetical to basic foundational tenets of the Christian faith.” “[The] BLM organization, and many of its related positions, are explicitly anti-Christian,” the SES statement explains. “Holding to mis-defined notions of love, freedom, and justice, BLM stands against the nuclear family, promotes homosexual and transgender ideologies, and is an admittedly Marxist organization.”
Grammy Award-winning, Billboard-topping artist Lecrae opened up about the painful yet rewarding process of restoration following much success, deep depression, and almost losing his marriage. The founder of Reach Records has released what might be his final full-length album, Restoration. It’s his most vulnerable album yet. The album is accompanied by a three-part YouTube series, titled “The Road to Restoration,” and a book to be released Sept. 13, titled I Am Restored: How I Lost My Religion But Gained My Faith.
As social distancing and restrictions on large gatherings have brought theater productions to a halt, TBN has teamed up with Sight & Sound Theatres to bring the production “Jonah” into people’s living rooms. The theatrical production of the biblical account made its world television debut on Friday at 8/7 p.m. Central time on TBN for one night only. Filmed in front of a live audience in its 2,000-seat theater at Sight & Sound’s studio in Pennsylvania, “Jonah” has been seen by more than 2 million people on stage both in the Lancaster and Branson, Missouri, theaters. The original state-of-the-art production of “Jonah” can be seen on-demand through the TBN app, Aug. 21-23 only.
Fans of the late Los Angeles Lakers icon Kobe Bryant now have a tribute song to help them celebrate his honor. Respected singer/songwriter, soulman and actor Martin Luther McCoy has released “Kobe Moon” on his Rebel Soul Music. https://youtu.be/9UQwoe1cTNg
TV Africa, based in Accra, Ghana, and currently airing in 42 African countries, has revealed that it is currently implementing plans to bring their programming to the United States market by early 2021 at the latest. Network executives have eyed a major opportunity to reach the African diaspora in the U.S., and deliver content to them that connects them with people, news, and original programming that is authentically African. https://youtu.be/kXWCW1QLAI8
Defunding or abolishing police departments has become a national debate in the wake of George Floyd’s death, but Minneapolis residents say abolishment isn’t necessarily a clear-cut answer. Some even view abolishment as punitive — a unilateral response to their speaking out against police brutality. The city approved its first budget cut to the police department late last month. Residents raised concerns regarding whether those most affected had been considered in the discussion of the broad-sweeping removal of the police department from the city’s charter. To change the police department, the city charter needs to change. On August 5, the Charter Commission had the option of approving any of four motions but opted for more time — pushing a vote on the City Council’s charter amendment to Sept. 2.
Peacock announced a robust original film slate launching in September. ANTHONY will premiere on Friday, Sept. 4, and THE SIT-IN: HARRY BELAFONTE HOSTS THE TONIGHT SHOW and BLACK BOYS will premiere on Thursday, Sept. 10. https://youtu.be/QK6hajUaLSk
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have “endless gratitude” to Tyler Perry for allowing them to live in his Los Angeles estate with their 1-year-old son as they transitioned out of the senior roles with British royal family. “They’re really grateful to Tyler Perry for his kindness,” a source close to the couple tells PEOPLE. “They have endless gratitude to him for helping them during a complicated time.” https://youtu.be/j05guPSsWcw
HBO Max takes over initial U.S. distribution from Sony Picture Classics of the gritty drama Charm City Kings digitally releasing the presentation on August 21, 2020. Charm City Kings is an adaptation of the Lotfy Nathan motion picture documentary “12 O’clock Boys.” Theatrical release, by Sony Picture Classics, was originally slated for April 14th, but has been delayed by the health pandemic. An Overbrook Entertainment production, Charm City Kings, is a mirror image of urban life lived on the streets of Baltimore. “Charm City,” the nickname given to Baltimore, and “kings” is what talented street dirt-bikers call themselves.
”Love and Hip Hop Atlanta” star Tokyo Vanity slammed the music industry in a recent Instagram post over the criticism she receives for being a plus-size rapper. On Thursday, she shared her frustrations about being asked to write songs for “h-es” who she claims can’t rap. “Welcome to the industry where they wanna sign me to be a writer for h-es who can’t rap,” she wrote. “Where I’m not fine enough to be marketed as a artist but when I’m in the studio the n—as who wanna sign me slick be trying to f–k this same woman who ain’t fine enough to be a rapper make it make sense…”
Parents of Black boys looking to go that extra mile when it comes to their virtual learning situation, particularly within the STEM (Science, Technology, Education and Math) field, may want to consider offered instruction from an HBCU grad who’s about to expand his online operation this fall to a full time school. Gerald A. Moore, Sr., a Norfolk State University grad committed to introducing a variety of technologies to Black boys, is the founder/CEO of Mission Fulfilled 2030, a nonprofit committed to impacting 100,000 Black boys in the STEM field by 2030. This fall, Moore will roll out an improved online platform through The Gerald Moore Technology School for Black Boys where course offerings include: Coding; Web Design; App Development; Basic Electricity; Automotive Technology; Google Docs; and Technology Entrepreneurship.
This Sunday, music fans, Gospel enthusiasts and anyone looking for a little inspiration can tune into the highly-anticipated 35th Anniversary Stellar Gospel Music Awards premiering on BET and BET Her as a two-hour virtual special on Sunday, August 23 at 6 p.m. ET/5C (with an encore at 9 p.m. ET). The award show will also run in national broadcast syndication in 210 markets starting August 29 – September 27 (check local listings). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQ4PZBn_N3o&feature=youtu.be
Today GRAMMY and Stellar Award-winning singer and songwrter, Le'Andria Johnson, unveiled her single, "Hold On". The song is the first new music from Johnson since her last album,Bigger Than Me (2017), and her 2018 hit, "Better Days," which was featured on Greenleaf's Season 2 Soundtrack. Since then, she has been showcased on other music including Donald Lawrence and the Tri-City Singers' #1 smash, "Deliver Me," from the Goshen album, PJ Morton's "All In His Plan," The Gospel According to PJ, and earlier this year, Rodney Jerkins' "Come Together," a song which benefitted covid-19 relief efforts. On the beautiful ballad, Johnson who has been very open about some of her own personal challenges, wields her powerful contralto to inspire listeners to "hold onto God's unchanging hand" throughout life's trials.https://LeAndriaJohnson.lnk.to/HoldOnPR
Actress Lori Loughlin was sentenced to a 2-month federal prison sentence Friday for her role in the 2019 college admissions cheating scandal. As part of her sentence, the star must also pay a $150,000 fine and serve 150 hours of community service, PEOPLE reports. Friday morning, her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, also agreed to a plea deal which will see him serve a 5-month prison sentence, serve 50 hours of community service and pay a $250,000 fine. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Be8KWlsnB4
Tyra Sanchez , winner of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” in its second season, was arrested Thursday in Atlanta for vandalism. According to TMZ, the retired drag queen is facing one count of criminal damage to property after allegedly spray-painting graffiti on an apartment building. Atlanta PD said officers responded to a vandalism call around 10:30 a.m. at the apartment complex. The security guard there told cops someone spray-painted “Don’t Move Here Ever” on the side of the building, and another witness said they saw the suspect in the act of tagging the wall.
The hit Netflix series “Stranger Things” is bringing a “drive-into” experience to downtown L.A. this October. The website promises “a brand new event concept where you drive into the world of Hawkins and experience the upside down” with “mind-blowing audio and visual effects.” The hour-long experience, which will be socially-distanced and COVID-19-safe, will go down at a currently undisclosed location in central L.A. Tickets will be released August 26th starting at $59 per car. https://youtu.be/Qhrb1VaFpBM
Billionaire Robert F. Smith has caught the attention of the feds who are looking at him for potential tax crimes according to a report from Bloomberg. Smith, by the way, made headlines last year when he committed to paying off the student debt of the entire Morehouse College 2019 graduating class. The Department of Justice and the Internal Revenue Service are trying to determine whether Smith, 57, failed to pay American taxes on roughly $200 million in assets that flowed through “offshore structures,” the Bloomberg report says, citing people familiar with the matter. https://youtu.be/lVuKhmtCpnw
Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, has lost her race for a seat on the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners. According to The Miami Herald, Fulton lost this week to Mayor Oliver Gilbert by less than 1 percent, receiving only 331 fewer votes. “This pic is where my journey begin, I thank God for an awesome experience,” Fulton said in a statement Thursday. “I’d like to say THANK YOU to my wonderful family & friends, my team, donors, supporters & especially everyone of you who voted for me. Plz know, positive change will come in due time.” https://youtu.be/-yBSabf7BUk
Kimberly Klacik, a young Black Republican woman running for Congress in Maryland’s 7th District, is seeking to occupy the seat once held by the late Elijah Cummings. Her campaign ad, shot on the streets of Baltimore City, has gone viral for her “all Black lives matter” suggestion that “Black people don’t have to vote Democrat.” “Democrats don’t want you to see this. They’re scared that I’m exposing what life is like in Democrat-run cities. That’s why I’m running for Congress. Because all Black lives matter. Baltimore matters. And Black people don’t have to vote Democrat,” she says in the ad. https://youtu.be/7S_Xl2eOeeY
Heidi Klum says her ex Seal is preventing her from taking her four children to Germany later this year to film “Next Top Model.” The supermodel has now requested a hearing with her ex-husband over the issue, ET reports. In the filing, Klum claims the singer does not want the children traveling to Europe amid COVID-19. The ex couple share custody of the kids but they primarily live with Kilm and she says the time their father spends with them is “sporadic at best.” http://www.gospel-spotlight.com
An Atlanta woman decided to write a song about her struggle with the refrigerator during this pandemic, and at least 7 million people on Facebook could likely relate. KD French posts her share of singing videos, but this one – with lyrics acting as the little voice inside of our heads, contemplating whether or not to make that trip back to the fridge – has resonated with about 7 million views. https://www.wltx.com/article/news/local/viral-video-about-the-battle-with-the-fridge/85-832aca35-efad-4774-b081-87c6e4e56b13
The social justice group Until Freedom has announced BreonnaCon, a multi-day event in Louisville designed to demand justice for Breonna Taylor. From August 22 to August 25, the community convention will feature workshops, training, women’s and men’s empowerment programs, a school supplies giveaway, community BBQ, and much more, WHAS11.com reports. https://youtu.be/v6pcA8_uUoY
In an interview on Wednesday’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Sarah Palin called out how the media treated her as 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate compared to Joe Biden’s VP pick Kamala Harris. Carlson said Harris is being treated as a “rock star, a celebrity, the Dalai Lama reincarnated,” while Palin predicted that “the media” would treat the Democratic ticket like “delicate pieces of China.” When asked if she would have done anything differently during her campaign in 2008 when she was running with John McCain on the Republican ticket, Palin said “I would’ve gotten a lot better coverage had I compromised my convictions.” She went on to say, “I would not have prostituted myself in terms of changing any of my positions in order to garner better press.”
According to CNN, a new study has found that black newborns in America are 3 times more likely to pass away when looked after by white doctors. The study was published Monday in the journal ‘Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America’ (PNAS). The study shows data of 1.8 million hospital births in Florida from 1992 to 2015 that was captured and analyzed by researchers from George Mason University.
ADRIENNE HOUGHTON AND MOM NILDA GET CANDID ABOUT DECISION TO JOIN 3LW AND MORE ON CLEO TV'S ALL THINGS ADRIENNE ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 22 AT 9 P.M. ET/8C https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWfijVT7cQw&feature=youtu.be
Platinum-selling chart topper Tauren Wells delivers a new single, “Trenches (Sunday A.M. Version) w/Donald Lawrence & Company” along with a second version “Trenches (Sunday A.M./Stellar Awards Version),” available now. Available via digital music providers, the two tracks are also being released as his latest radio single, going out to Gospel radio. You can also catch Wells on the Stellar Awards red carpet, which will stream on the Stellar Awards’ Facebook and Instagram pages beginning at 5 pm EST/4 pm CST on Sunday August 23rd. https://taurenwells.lnk.to/TrenchesSundayAM!PRAug21
Today, the debut album of rising star and BET “Sunday Best” winner (Season 9), Melvin Crispell, III – I’ve Got A Testimony, is available for pre-order on Apple Music, iTunes, and Amazon Music. Marking Crispell’s first full-length project with RCA Inspiration, the pre-order includes five songs available instantly, including new single “Wonderful Is Your Name,” and featured tracks “Not the End of Your Story (Sunday Best Performance),” “Without You,” “My Favorite Gift (featuring Joshua Copeland),” and “He Can,” from his first EP, Prologue III. The new album features ten tracks and is releasing on Friday, September 4th.
A Louisiana man sentenced to life in prison for less than $30 of marijuana has now been released from prison after nearly a decade of serving his time. According to KTLA5, Derek Harris‘ life sentence was recently reduced to time served, amounting to nine years. He was released from the Louisiana State Penitentiary, according to a Tuesday press release from the Promise of Justice Initiative, which is a New Orleans-based nonprofit organization.
Harris’ freedom comes at a time when prisons across the country face elevated risks from the coronavirus.
Fred Perry & 2nd Generation are a father and son Quartet group hailing from Bolivar, TN. They are godly proud of their new single, “I Appreciate You,” written and produced by the eldest of the 3 sons, Frederick E. Perry. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mmcf7xSPMaI&feature=youtu.be
The huge hit song “Every Praise”, which was certified Gold in December of 2019, is now certified platinum by the RIAA. Hezekiah Walker performed “Every Praise” at the Minneapolis memorial service for George Floyd. Gospel Spotlight's Hezekiah Walker!!! Hear Hezekiah Walker In His Own Words.....http://www.gospel-spotlight.com/hezekiahwalker_intvw.htm
The Clark Sisters Live Virtual Experience presented by Karew Entertainment will go down Sunday, August 30th at 7pm EST on Facebook Live. This is the first ever virtual concert for the 3x Grammy Award-winning group. Gospel Spotlight's Dorinda Clark Cole!!! Hear Dorinda Clark Cole In His Own Words.....http://www.gospel-spotlight.com/dorinda_intvw.htm
The City of Los Angeles agreed to settle a lawsuit for excessive force against the Los Angeles Police Department for $985, 000 for the wrongful shooting a black high school student in the back while he was on the way to school. On February 10, 2015, Jamar Nicholson, along with Jason Huerta and their schoolmates were rapping in an alley a block from school when an LAPD officer, Miguel Guitterez, recklessly assumed there was a robbery in progress. The officer shot at the four students, striking Nicholson in the back and nearly hitting Jason Huerta.
In his third campaign for president, former Vice President Joe Biden — who found his “comeback kid” moment in South Carolina on this year’s primary trail — has formally accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination for president in a speech Thursday — 33 years after he made his first bid for the White House. Under day four’s theme of an “America’s Promise,” Biden assumed center stage at the Chase Center in Delaware — more than 800 miles away from Milwaukee, where the speech was slated to take place in person before the coronavirus pandemic upended the committee’s plans and forced a shift to a mostly virtual format. https://youtu.be/HqmThemEasw
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris sat down with PEOPLE magazine for their first joint interview since Biden named Harris as his VP running mate. “It’s really, really, really important to have someone [like Harris on the ticket] with this intellectual capacity, educational background, backbone and stature,” Biden said of his selection to People. “It’s going to change a lot.” When asked if Harris would be the kind of VP to call him out when he’s wrong, the former vice president said, “Yes, she is.” “We already have that understanding. I’m going to be the last one in the room — and there to give him honest feedback,” Harris added. “Being vice president to Joe Biden to me means supporting his agenda and supporting him in every way.” https://youtu.be/WNBfjtakfeE
Uber and Lyft have been granted a stay, which means Lyft and Uber will NOT suspend their ride-hailing services in California, Thursday at midnight, after a state appeals court ruled in their favor regarding an injunction against the companies. The move follows a court order in California that requires the companies to reclassify drivers as employees. “While we won’t have to suspend operations tonight, we do need to continue fighting for independence plus benefits for drivers,” said Lyft spokeswoman Julie Wood. https://youtu.be/6q0D_JBKmJc
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle participated in a virtual call with young UK leaders as a part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust. Despite stepping back from their royal duties earlier this year, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are still the president and vice president of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust. As reported by Entertainment Tonight, during the call, the couple praised Queen Elizabeth II for her role in the Commonwealth. https://youtu.be/M_VgCctli2A
Netflix is apologizing Thursday after the marketing of its upcoming release “Cuties” was met with swift backlash online. The critically-acclaimed French-language picture, which won the World Cinema Dramatic Directing Award at Sundance this year, follows Amy, an 11-year-old girl who joins a group of dancers named “The Cuties” at school and soon becomes aware of her burgeoning femininity — upsetting her mother and her values. Netflix recently began promoting the September 9 release of the film, but their poster did not sit well with many online. https://youtu.be/M0O7lLe4SmA
ESPN national columnist and essay writer Robert “Scoop” Jackson began noticing how pro athletes—especially young NBA stars—started lifting their voices to address civil rights concern by using their platform in professional sports about four years ago, which was roughly the same time that NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick began protesting police brutality against black men by taking a knee during the national anthem. Jackson’s new book, “The Game Is Not a Game: The Power, Protest and Politics of American Sports,” sprang from his leaving behind the grind of deadline reporting for ESPN’s website to writing essays for the network. In the book, he “digs deeper” into this sudden influence by those who were once told to “shut up and dribble.
As the nation’s double dose of health and economic crises continue, many consumers believe that federal assistance to make ends meet has virtually disappeared. While the $600 weekly federal supplement to augment state unemployment benefits expired July 31. And the Paycheck Protection Program again stopped accepting applications on August 8. A recent policy analysis developed for the Brookings Institution suggests that the wages and earnings of economically vulnerable workers left little – if any – funds for regular household savings. “Unemployed respondents, on average, report a household income of $33,000 which is well below the U.S. median household income of $78,500 and less than 130% of the federal poverty line for a family of four,” wrote authors Jevay Grooms (Howard University), Alberto Ortega (Indiana University), and Joaquin Alfredo-Angel Rubalcaba (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).
Based on the New York Times #1 bestseller comes The Way I See It, an unprecedented look behind the scenes of two of the most iconic Presidents in American History, Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan, as seen through the eyes of renowned photographer Pete Souza. As the Official White House Photographer, Souza was an eyewitness to the unique and tremendous responsibilities of being the most powerful person on Earth. https://youtu.be/7L4ktHbelhc
Jay Manuel, who was the Creative Director on the hit series “America’s Next Top Model,” is now opening up about his time on the show and his fallout with series creator Tyra Banks. Speaking to Variety, Jay dished about being “scared to speak up” during “uncomfortable” moments on the show. “There were just certain people working on the show in a senior position where several producers, not just myself, became very scared to speak up,” he expressed. “I actually brought my concern first to another co-executive producer because I was too scared to even take it up higher to an executive producer.” One such “uncomfortable” moment included a photoshoot in Cycle 4 where the models were asked to swap “races” and put in blackface. While Jay objected to the shoot, Banks and executive producer Ken Mok didn’t share his reservations, E! Online reports.
The state of Michigan is expected to pay about $600 million to victims of the Flint water crisis. The move is part of a major settlement that is set to be announced this week, per New York Times. The contaminated water disaster occurred in one of Michigan’s poorest, blackest cities, which is being mismanaged by suspected white supremacists. https://youtu.be/nwdiLeONpBs
Grammy winning artist Le’Andria Johnson has finally settled her long divorce battle with now ex-husband, Michael Underwood. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Ural Glanville signed the order this week and granted Johnson’s wishes for a divorce. Attorney James L. Walker, Jr. of the Atlanta-based firm, Walker & Associates represented Ms. Johnson. “We are pleased with the decision from the court and Le’Andria is ready to move forward with her life,” said Walker (@jameswalkerjresq). “This has been a very challenging time for her and we want to thank her family and millions of fans for their undying support.” Despite Underwood’s claims on social media that he was concerned about his son, Attorney Walker attempted to arrange a visitation schedule that got rejected by the father. Johnson said. https://youtu.be/n3SeaKTbrmc
Tyler Perry dropped in on “The Tonight Show” Wednesday and spoke about having to produce TV shows, with staffers and crew members all staying at his sprawling production studios in Atlanta to prevent any potential COVID-19 transmission. He said that quarantining 377 people is like hosting an “adult summer camp.” He also calls for people to continue having uncomfortable conversations in order to make true progress and talks about Madea’s Farewell Play. He was also asked where the fiercely independent Madea would stand when it comes to wearing a mask. https://youtu.be/-0pEd4qbjP0
Jason Mitchell’s Hollywood career forges ahead following sexual misconduct allegations and his troubles with the law. The actor is set to executive produce and star in the biopic “50 Shots” from TruVision Films, in which he will play Sean Bell, the 23-year-old Black man who was fatally shot by police officers in Queens on Nov. 25, 2006. Mitchell confirmed his involvement in the film in a video posted on Instagram. He said Bell’s father, William Bell, gave his “blessing” to move forward with the project.
Clive Davis says the biopic he’s working on about the life and career of Whitney Houston will be a “no holds barred” portrait of the artist, and he won’t sugar-coat anything. Speaking to Variety, Davis, who signed Whitney to her record contract and was her mentor, says, “I have a mission here. I have a mission to make sure that for all time that the full picture of Whitney Houston is captured in a no-holds-barred film that is musically rich and shows her genius and more of her character than we have seen to date.”
Time magazine’s special cover project, “The New American Revolution,” was created with artist and producer Pharrell Williams. For the project, Pharrell curated a series of essays and conversations between Black leaders that explore America’s oppressive past and visions for a more equitable future, with perspectives from Kenya Barris, Angela Davis, Imara Jones, Naomi Osaka, Yara Shahidi, Tyler, the Creator and more. “In assembling this project, I asked some of the most qualified people I know in every field – from Angela Davis to Tyler, the Creator, to Representative Barbara Lee – to talk with us, and with one another, about the way forward,” he wrote in his own essay published as part of the project. “I wanted to convey a vision of a future filled with the artists, creators and entrepreneurs who can fulfill the promise of this country’s principles.”He continues: “America’s wealth was built on the slave labor of Black people: This is our past. To live up to America’s ideals, we must trust in a Black vision of the future.”
Two former Louisiana State University students said recently released Washington Football Team running back Derrius Guice raped them months apart in 2016, when he was a rising star freshman on the LSU football team. A USA TODAY investigation found that the women’s allegations were shared at the time with multiple people at the school – including at least two coaches, an athletics administrator and a nurse – yet the school does not appear to have investigated.
TMZ is reporting that the LA County D.A. is overlooking the felony assault charge of a firearm a month after Megan Thee Stallion was shot in both feet as she exited an SUV with Tory Lanez. Tory was only charged with possession of a firearm and it might be possible that he will be charged with felony assault after the district attorney asked the LAPD to further investigate the shooting.
The situation in California is getting scary as far as Lyft and Uber are concerned. Efforts to bring gig economy companies in compliance with state labor law AB5 could happen this week. By Friday, the millions of Californians who use Uber and Lyft to hail rides may find themselves forced to resort to other modes of transportation. If and when the companies resume service here, it could be in a dramatically different form reports the LA Times. https://youtu.be/6q0D_JBKmJc
Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion are celebrating women empowerment — and the massive success of their new single, “WAP” — by giving away $1 million via Twitter and Cash App. “Today women who Tweet with #WAPParty and their $Cashtag will have a chance at receiving a portion of the 1M dollars through Cash App,” the announcement reads. “To celebrate and honor the inspirational conversation that’s been happening in response to the song, Megan and Cardi will be giving back to women in a big way, starting today.” The 2,000 randomly chosen winners will each receive $500. The giveaway ends today.
There is outraged after newly released footage backs suspicions that Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri wasn’t the aggressor in a 2019 altercation with a cop. The whole incident occurred after the Toronto Raptors beat the Golden State Warriors 114-100 on June 13, 2019, to win the NBA championship. As the president of the Raptors, naturally, Ujiri wanted to hurry to the court so he can celebrate with his team. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkvtW5CUAMY
Reds Announcer Thom Brennaman said an anti-gay slur before the game calling Kansas City, "one of the fag capitals of the world". He would later apologize later during the game knowing he would lose his job because of the remark. https://youtu.be/Tnw0ZOgbrM4
TV One announced today that production for its new original film DON'T WASTE YOUR PRETTY directed by Tamara Bass has concluded in Atlanta, GA. The film, written by Katrina O'Gilvie, is based on the eponymous novel penned by award-winning author and media personality Demetria L. Lucas is slated to premiere in 2021. The cast of DON'T WASTE YOUR PRETTY includes Keri Hilson ("Think Like A Man," "Almost Christmas"), Redaric Williams ("The Yard," "The Young And The Restless"), Deborah Joy Winans ("Greenleaf"), Jasmine Burke ("Saints & Sinners"), Kaye Singleton ("American Soul") and Rainey Branch ("Being Mary Jane," "Grey's Anatomy").
Kamala Harris paid a moving tribute to Black women while accepting her nomination to be Democrats’ candidate for vice president on the third night of the Democratic National Convention (DNC). As the first woman of color to enjoy the distinction, Harris made sure to first recognize the Black women who paved the way for her to be in such a historic position while delivering her keynote address Wednesday night.
Whenever the topic turns to Barack Obama‘s presidential superiority (and, inevitably, it does), there is never any question of how Trump will react. The president’s incurable case of Obama envy ALWAYS gets the best of him. ALWAYS, as in he always tweets in all-capital letters in an unfortunate effort to get some attention. You know, the same kind of “attention” that Obama clowned Trump about while delivering his keynote address at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) Wednesday night. Obama absolutely owned Trump in a DNC speech that called out the president’s inability to be the president; on the most basic of levels, at that. Emphasizing “the stakes in this election,” Obama said he never expected his policies to be continued under a Trump administration.“I did hope,” Obama said, however, “for the sake of our country, that Donald Trump might show some interest in taking the job seriously. That he might come to feel the weight of the office. And discover some reverence for the democracy that had been placed in his care. But he never did.”
GRAMMY Award winning producer and artist and Chicago native, Peter CottonTale, new single, “Pray For Real,” featuring Tobi Lou and long-time collaborator Chance the Rapper is moving up the charts. “Pray For Real” is lifted from CottonTale’s debut album CATCH and is available now at all major digital streaming and retail outlets.
Peter CottonTale’s critically acclaimed debut album, CATCH, features 31 artists including, Kirk Franklin, Tiff Joy, New Direction, Fred Hammond, PJ Morton, Daniel Caesar, Jeremih, Jamila Woods and more. CATCH is a 17-track contemporary hybrid fusing gospel, hip-hop and R&B. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xreY5Lgw0Hk
A judge in Georgia has denied bail for a Black driver who claims he shot in self-defense at a truck trying to run him off the road while yelling racial slurs at him in June. William Marcus Wilson, a 21-year-old bi-racial man charged with murder in the shooting that killed a teenage girl despite being legally permitted to carry a gun, has been held behind bars for more than two months in a case centering on the kind of Stand Your Ground Law that has routinely allowed white defendants similarly charged in other states to post bond and be released while awaiting trial. However, even after hearing from a parade of witnesses that included people inside what Wilson’s lawyers have called a “truckload of belligerent racists” offering inconsistent accounts, Bulloch County Superior Court Judge Michael Muldrew apparently resorted to a familiar trope when denying bail. Muldrew decided at a preliminary hearing Tuesday that “Wilson’s anger appeared to have overtaken him when he had contact with the person in the truck,” which renders him “a significant threat to persons in the community.”
A private school in Ohio faces major criticism after parents say the school won’t let their six-year-old attend wearing dreadlocks. According to Cincinnati Enquirer, Asten Johnson comes from a family that sports dreadlocks long and proud. However, the Zion Temple Christian Academy in Avondale told the Johnsons that the hairstyle is not allowed at the school, according to Asten’s mom, Christina Johnson. This came as a sudden surprise to the family, considering Asten was enrolled in the school last year while wearing dreadlocks, according to his parents. The family had to make the tough decision to comply with the school rules or to send Asten to another school. They decided on the latter. “What’s disheartening about Zion Temple is it’s in the middle of a Black community, and it’s a predominantly Black school,” Christina Johnson said. “How can you not accept your own people?”
Pensacola, Florida native, singer and Season 9 Sunday’s Best finalist Keyla Richardson celebrates her first Gospel Airplay No.1 and Mediabase Gospel Radio No.1 song with “So Good.” “So Good,” which released in 2019 also landed at No.1 on the Gospel Indicator Charts for 8 weeks. A self-trained gospel singer who’s passionate about ministry, Keyla will make her Stellar Awards debut performing her hit song on The Emerging Artist Stage, which will air on BET Networks and BET Her on Sunday, August 23 at 6 p.m. EST. The Gospel Spotlight's Keyla richardson!!! Hear Keyla In her Own words.....http://www.gospel-spotlight.com/keylarichardson_intvw.htm
There are singing sibling acts who have made an everlasting impact in Gospel and Christian music. Sibling duo groups Dawkins & Dawkins, Mary Mary, Anointed, and BeBe & CeCe Winans have delivered hit songs and albums and have won an impressive heap of music awards. A new brother and sister duo called Tichenor is making a strong entrance into Gospel music with a fresh vibe and fresh music. Tichenor has combined their individual unique vocal stylings into a harmonious and soulfully fluid musical experience. The duo has released their debut single “I Trust You Lord – Step By Step” that is the perfect mix of Gregory’s smooth crooning and Denise’s powerful churchy bravura. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAyifqcRhks&feature=youtu.be
Newly outspoken Christian Kanye West urged the social media app TikTok to consider making a Christian version of their technology that is suitable for children. The billionaire fashion designer, rapper and 2020 presidential hopeful took to Twitter to share that he had a vision about a faith and family-friendly version of the Chinese company TikTok. “A vision just came to me… Jesus Tok,” West Tweeted. “I was watching TikTok with my daughter and as a Christian father I was disturbed by a lot of the content but I completely loved the technology.”
Callie Evans and Audri Williams, teachers at Albany, Georgia’s Monroe Comprehensive High School, thought they’d do something encouraging to get their students hyped for the virtual school year. https://www.instagram.com/audriwill_/?utm_source=ig_embed
An all-new episode of WE tv’s “Marriage Boot Camp: Hip Hop Edition” airs Thursday and finds Kurupt ready to leave the boot camp after a night of fighting with his lady-love Toni. https://youtu.be/djT2MEaSFLk
Howard University President Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick, who is also a physician, has a preliminary diagnosis for America’s condition while fighting the coronavirus. “I would say the patient is critically ill, but it is a treatable disease if you follow the prescription,” said Frederick, who helms the historically black university in Washington, D.C. with an enrollment of about 10,000. “If you follow the social-distance protocols, get tested, and stay home when you’re feeling sick, you will recover.”
Democrats, Republicans and Independents would all be in favor of choosing a Black male celebrity to be the next “celebrity president” of the United States once the current one is voted out of the White House. Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” has teamed with research data and analytics group YouGov for an ongoing polling initiative seeking the celebrity that Americans most want to see as the next president. Of course, Morgan Freeman is leading the poll, and he’s in front across all three major party lines. https://youtu.be/noPjcgUDOV0
The rich white couple in St. Louis who got a lot of attention for brandishing automatic guns at Black Lives Matter protesters in June are set to speak at the Republican National Convention next week. Joel Schwartz, one of the lawyers for Mark and Patricia McCloskey, confirmed that the couple has been invited to take part, but it remains unclear on what day, as final details are still being worked out, according to NPR. The McCloskeys are not exactly home free, so to speak, for their infractions of the law back in June. The reality is they are facing felony charges for waving firearms “in a threatening manner” at demonstrators as they marched through the couple’s neighborhood en route to the home of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, who lives nearby. The couple, both attorneys, said they armed themselves because they felt threatened by the protesters. Images of the incident went viral on social media. https://youtu.be/O8k_e1E3Xc0
A mother in Portland, Ore. has designed a poster aimed at helping parents and teachers educate their children about racism. Taimani Reed – a photographer, brand designer and illustrator – in June launched her project “A is for Ally,” a collection of art which focuses on the ABCs of acceptance and words associated with oppression.“I just couldn’t figure out how to talk to my kids,” Reed told “Good Morning America.” “I