Beyoncé has released a new song to help raise money for hurricane and earthquake relief for Puerto Rico, Mexico, and islands in the Caribbean who have been battered by the recent natural disasters.
The song is a remix of J Balvin and Willy William’s single “Mi Gente,” which translates to “My People,” and features Cristiano Ronaldo and Diplo, among others, dancing along to the music in the music video.
“I am donating my proceeds from this song to hurricane relief charities for Puerto Rico, Mexico and the other affected Caribbean islands,” the superstar wrote on Facebook, along with a link to her website, where fans can find links to various charities providing relief to the victims of natural disasters. -thegrio
Before Trump took office in January, the Women’s March on Washington organized itself as a message to the new administration that women and their rights would not be overlooked.
“We believe that Women’s Rights are Human Rights and Human Rights are Women’s Rights,” its mission statement read. “We must create a society in which women—including Black women, Native women, poor women, immigrant women, disabled women, Muslim women, lesbian queer and trans women—are free and able to care for and nurture their families.”
But despite the collective fear and a mission to unite, racial tension ran high, with white women feeling excluded by conversations surrounding race. Black women were feeling white women claiming allyship were acknowledging racism too little too late.
On September 30, the March for Black Women—organized by Farrah Tanis (Executive Director of Black Women’s Blueprint), Ruby Sales, Charlene Carruthers (national director of Black Youth Project 100 and co-founder/executive director of Black Women’s Blueprint), and Bree Campbell (Executive Director of Trans Sistas of Color Project, Detroit)—will bring Black women together in Washington D.C. to amplify their voices. The march will begin at Seward Square through Capitol Hill, ending at the National Mall.
“It is us, and in particular trans Black women and our girls, and our elders and those of us on a low income, who bear the brunt of a multitude of racialized and sexualized abuses which are not challenged with outrage, do not make the screens of our social media pages nor our televisions,” the organizers said in a statement. “The physical, financial and social enrichment of the nation-state at the expense of Black bodies and at the expense of Black lives is too old a strategy, and Black women will not allow for it.”
Sister marches will also take place in Atlanta, Birmingham, St. Louis and other cities.
CASSIUS spoke to Carruthers about her involvement, how the march came together and why this event is so crucially needed.-blackamericaweb
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, took a knee on the House floor Monday night in support of NFL players who knelt during the national anthem following Donald Trump’s criticism of the protest.
“There is no basis in the First Amendment that says that you cannot kneel on the national anthem or in front of the flag,” she said.
“There is no regulation that says that these young men cannot stand against the dishonoring of their mothers by you calling them to fire the son of a B,” she said. “You tell me which of those children’s mothers are a son of a B. That is racism.”
From the ground, Lee explained that she was kneeling to honor freedom.
“I kneel in honor of the first amendment, I kneel because the flag is a symbol for freedom, I kneel because I’m going to stand against racism, I kneel because I’m going to stand with these young men and I’ll stand with our soldiers,” she said. “And I’ll stand with America because I kneel.”
The sentiment was echoed by fellow Black Caucus member Rep. John Lewis, who later tweeted that there is “nothing wrong with kneeling down to stand up against injustice.” -blackamericaweb
Responding to the call made by a 97-member group led by comedian and media personality Errol Fabien, the public, corporate T&T and local and regional soca artistes and deejays showed just how big a heart T&T has on Sunday at the One Caribbean Relief Concert at the Queen's Park oval, Port-of-Spain.
In a telephone interview yesterday, Fabien said the event, originally planned to assist Bermuda after the passage of Hurricane Irma but extended to other islands after Hurricane Maria, received solid support.
“In terms of the gates last night, we saw 800 paying patrons and a further 50 people making cash donations at the gate. We are still doing the accounting to reconcile it,” said Fabien, who was at the venue helping with packing of items to be sent to the various Caricom states affected by the recent hurricanes.
During his interview, Fabien was interrupted several times by people still dropping off relief items. He said the main goal of the concert was to fill a 40-foot container, which was three-quarter filled at the time.
Fabien said items still coming in included 30 mattresses, fabric softener, clothing, water, baby items including pampers, feminine items, general toiletries and food.
He noted the contribution by the performing arts community of T&T, who gave freely of their talent, among them Best Village groups Malick Folk Performers and Wasafoli T&T. He also thanked service providers who gave their services free, including Guardian Media, Johnny Q, Dexter Samai, Premiere Party Rentals and Pro Audio Sound Reinforcement Ltd. The concert also brought together direct telecommunications/broadcasting competitors Flow Trinidad and Digicel which provided the phones and personnel to man the calls for the telethon segment of the concert. Asked how much the telethon received in pledges, Fabien said that was still being tallied.
NLCB also opened its venues across T&T on Sunday to assist the public in making donations via its Wipay You.
The benefit concert brought together the largest gathering of local and regional entertainers, including classical singer Wendy Sheppard, Rupee, Ricardo Dru, Chucky, Freetown Collective, Swappi, 3Canal, calypsonian Ballantyne and a host of others. Halo Foundation founder and CEO Rebecca Welsh also visited T&T specifically for the concert and assisted in fund raising drive.
Asked if One Caribbean Relief will be a one-off event, Fabien said he has been receiving many calls to make it a foundation. For further information on how you can contribute call 707-5661. -guardiantrinidadandtobago
A Different World is an American sitcom (and a spin-off of The Cosby Show) that aired for six seasons on NBC from September 24, 1987 to July 9, 1993. The series originally centered on Denise Huxtable (Lisa Bonet) and the life of students at Hillman College, a fictional historically black college in Virginia. It was inspired by student life at Hampton University, Spelman College, and Howard University. And other HBCUs. After Bonet's departure in the first season, the remainder of the series primarily focused more on Southern belle Whitley Gilbert (Jasmine Guy) and math whiz Dwayne Wayne (Kadeem Hardison). -wikipedia
Trinidad and Tobago became a Republic on August 1, 1976. The event is celebrated as a public holiday on September 24 because this is the date when the first Parliament met under the new Republican Constitution. The date was removed from the official calendar of holidays from 1999 to 2001 to make way for the Spiritual Baptist (Shouter) Liberation Day which is celebrated on March 30. The Republic Day holiday was reinstated in 2002. -aglobalworld
On Friday, President Trump told the NFL that they should be firing players who protest during the national anthem. His exact words were, “get that son of a b—- off the field right now.”
Trump was holding a rally in Huntsville, Alabama, in support of incumbent Senator Luther Strange.
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, say, ‘Get that son of a b—- off the field right now. Out, you’re fired!’”
Most people saw this as an attack on Colin Kaepernick though his name was not mentioned specifically.
Kaepernick’s mother, Teresa responded to a journalist’s tweet with the comment, “Guess that makes me a proud b—-!”
“Prediction: Not one NFL owner, not Roger Goodell will say one word about what [Trump] said about Kaep or other NFL players. Not. A. One,” ESPN’s Jemele Hill tweeted.
While Kaepernick has been criticized by those who saw his protest as un-American, he felt the need to stand up against police brutality and his protest has spread to other players.
Trump also spoke of how football games have become less violent than in the past.
“They’re ruining the game,” he said. He complained about players being thrown out of the game for aggressive tackles saying, “it’s not the same game.”
The reason that the game has become less violent is that studies have shown the tremendous damage that can be done to the brains of football players through physical trauma.
Fewer people watch football than they used to and Trump is convinced that it is all due to players protesting.
Here are some of the responses to his comments.
As if they stepped through a time warp, patrons of several St. Louis businesses were shocked to find stickers with the words "Whites Only" plastered on storefronts early this week.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Qayum Mohammed who owns Sameem, an Afghani restaurant, was appalled by the sticker, and was confused to find them on other nearby businesses.
At first Mohammed thought he might have been targeted due to his heritage, but soon found that all sorts of other owners had been targeted as well.
"I was hit with a nasty surprise," said Mohammed. "I thought, 'Wow, that's ignorant.'"
"I just immediately removed it," he added. "It was a pretty big sticker, though. I wasn't able to rip it right off."
Mohammed said he was "relieved" that his restaurant was the only target and states that the stickers do not represent his establishment.
"Today I had Somali, Chinese, Caucasian customers," he said. "It wasn't whites only, I promise you."
Mohammed even makes an effort to hire staff members of all ethnic backgrounds.
"I'm proud to say I employ African American, Caucasian American, Malaysian," Mohammad told WENY News.
Another victim of the vandalism was the owner of the restaurant Layla.
Layla's owner, Maria Sparks, wants to set the record straight for those who saw the stickers on Layla and considered it to be a racist business.
"It's clearly someone who's never been in our restaurant or knows anything about us," she said. “This does not represent us.”
Those with sharp eyes will notice a small hashtag on the bottom right-hand corner of the stickers, one that reads "#BLM."
"The opening server who came across the sticker this morning said 'I wonder if this is a group of people who are trying to discredit Black Lives Matter'," said Sparks. "It's a possibility because it doesn't make sense otherwise. It just seemed really random. There's zero context with that sticker and I don't understand it."
Not only did Mohammed notify authorities, but learned from another restaurant owner that there were four to five people putting the stickers on the establishments that were caught on security footage.
"There's cameras all over," he said. "Someone saw something."
Police are currently investigating. There's been no word from Black Lives Matter or from any other group as to why the stickers were put up. -blavity
A British Crown Colony since 1862, Belize was declared an independent nation from on September 21st, 1981 and celebrations run from ‘St Georges Caye Day’ on September 10th right up until Independence Day.
Independence Day celebrations are certainly testament to the Belizeans’ love of a good party, with flags proudly flying, vibrant parades, lively dancing and a multitude of food stalls serving up delicious local foods.
Enjoy the flag-raising ceremonies and carnival celebrations, then dance the night away in celebration of Belize’s multicultural society. -absolutebelize
The Illinois Service Federal and Loan Association (ISF) is the last black-owned bank in Chicago.
According to CBS Chicago, Kurt Summers, the city's treasurer, has decided to make a momentous investment in the bank.
Summers announced Monday that the city will be depositing $20 million into the black-owned institution.
At the announcement, the treasurer called this investment his department's first step towards addressing the city's history of segregation, something that he claims is one of the root causes of the city's current violence.
So, what will this investment mean for the city?
According to Summers, the contribution will increase the number of successful black-owned businesses in Chicago.
"If we’re going to be serious about supporting those communities and supporting community banks and what they do for small businesses, we have to look for opportunities like this," he said, Business Day reports.
When going to large, national banks, Chicago's black business owners only receive the full amount of their loan requests 47 percent of the time. White business owners receive all the money they ask for 76 percent of the time.
Summers hopes that this investment will give black small business owners some place to go to find funding for their endeavors.
“The community banks are often more capable of evaluating the risks of local borrowers than large remote financial institutions," said Summers.
This is only one of the changes Chicago politicians are anticipating following the deposit.
Alderman Roderick Sawyer told CBS that he believes that this investment will help resolve the issue of economic disparity in Chicago, and, ultimately, even violence.
Papa Kwesi Nduom, the chairperson of the Illinois Service Federal and Loan Association, agrees with him. Nduom said the deposit will give his bank a "much-needed boost to our financial foundation, ensuring that we can strengthen the economic base of our communities and help people fulfill their dreams."
The black-owned bank has been providing services to the black communities of the South Side of Chicago for more than 80 years.
With Summers and the city backing it up, it is bound to continue serving Chicago for more years to come. -blavity
President Trump's announcement that he would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, pending further action from Congress, has once again pushed immigration into the political debate. That debate —whether it is about undocumented immigrants or about the 800,000 "dreamers" who have taken advantage of DACA — largely focuses on the lives and experiences of Latinos.
Far less discussed are the lives and attitudes of black immigrants.
How are black immigrants portrayed in the news media?
Today, nearly 3.7 million U.S. immigrants — 8.8 percent of the immigrant population — are black. They come from a diverse group of countries, primarily in the Caribbean, Latin America and Africa. For example, Jamaica, Nigeria, Trinidad and Tobago and the Dominican Republic are among the top 25 countries of origin for DACA applications; together they comprise about 1.5 percent of applicants.
Often when black immigrants are highlighted in the media, they're used to reinforce positive characterizations of "black ethnics." For example, they note that a disproportionate number of black students at elite schools are from immigrant families. There also has been a rise in first- and second-generation black immigrants who embody exemplary citizenship through public service. Minnesota state Sen. lhan Omar is a popular example.
Do black immigrants encounter discrimination and racism?
At the same time, however, black immigrants face particular challenges and risks. For example, a report by the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) and NYU School of Law researchers found that DACA applicants from predominantly black countries are less likely to be approved than applicants from other countries.
Moreover, black immigrants are more likely than other immigrants to be deported when they have a criminal conviction. Although black immigrants constitute only about 7.2 percent of foreign-born noncitizens in the United States, they make up more than 20 percent of noncitizens facing deportation on criminal grounds.
The lesson of these statistics is that black immigrants face problems rooted in structural racism that are similar to those faced by native-born blacks. The elevated status that comes with being a foreign-born black person is not enough to overcome the broader forces of discrimination.
What do African Americans with generations-deep U.S. roots think about immigration?
Despite these parallel experiences, however, predicting prospects for political coalition foreign-born and native-born blacks is actually quite complicated, as I show in my book "Black Mosaic: The Politics of Black Pan-Ethnic Diversity."
African Americans — blacks with generations-long American ancestry — have historically been ambivalent about immigration. On the one hand, native-born blacks sometimes think they must compete with immigrants for scarce jobs and other resources. On the other hand, African Americans have typically been more welcoming of immigrants than are whites. This is because African Americans tend to be leery of supporting racist narratives or supporting policies that would negatively affect immigrants from other groups of color.
Thus, African Americans typically do not prioritize immigration — but neither are they especially likely to support policies that would restrict immigration or otherwise target immigrants.
How do black immigrants think about U.S. politics?
Black immigrants are somewhat different. I found that the most important concern of first- and second-generation black immigrants is immigration. Moreover, my work with Jurée Capers found that black immigrants' attitudes toward immigration are more similar to those of other immigrant–replenished groups, including Latinos and Asian Americans, than to those of African Americans. This suggests an important cleavage among blacks living in the United States and demonstrates how different identities can become salient in different domains of politics.
What do the two groups have in common?
There also are important similarities among African Americans and black immigrants. Both groups are more likely to support policies that aim to close racial disparities, such as affirmative action, than are whites. In addition, new data from the Collaborative Multi-Racial Post-Election Survey suggest a degree of solidarity among blacks that extends to black immigrants. Tehama Lopez-Bunyasi and I have found that 90 percent of blacks believe that it is "very" or "somewhat" important for blacks to "address the challenges of Black undocumented immigrants."
This solidarity is embodied in black social movements and organizations. Although people largely connect the black social movements to police brutality, organizations such as Black Lives Matter as well the lesser-known Movement for Black Lives focus on a wider set of problems faced by black Americans, including those who are undocumented.
In this sense, the common experiences of African Americans and black immigrants, including experiences with racism, help to create agreement on certain issues and support for organizations that seek to advance the interests of all black Americans. For this reason, we should expect blacks to stand alongside other groups as they resist the immigration policies of the Trump administration. -washingtonpost
Jay-Z performed his first headlining concert in three years in his hometown of New York City on Friday, a show that featured his popular hits and a dedication to outspoken NFL player Colin Kaepernick.
The Brooklyn rapper kicked off the first of three days of the Meadows Music and Arts Festival at Citi Field in Queens, performing a 90-minute set that included his well-known songs as well as political moments.
“I want to dedicate this song to Colin Kaepernick tonight,” Jay-Z said of “The Story of O.J.,” a song about blackness and managing money that also references O.J. Simpson.
“I want to dedicate this to Dick Gregory. I want to dedicate this song to anyone that was held back and you overcame,” he added about the song from his personal and revealing album, “4:44.”
Kaepernick became a polarizing figure among NFL fans for his decision to sit, and then kneel, during the national anthem last season to protest police brutality. Gregory, who died last month, was a comedian and activist who broke racial barriers in the 1960s and used his humor to spread messages of social justice and nutritional health.
Jay-Z’s performance, though full of energy and excitement, had some other serious tones.
When the beat for the Kanye West-produced 2003 song “Lucifer” came on — which samples Max Romeo’s “Chase the Devil” and includes the lyrics “Lucifer son of the morning, I’m gonna chase you out of Earth” — Jay-Z told the mostly young audience: “I promise we won’t take people out of this country.”
Jay-Z also said to the crowd, several times, that “love always trumps hate.”
At the show, the 47-year-old icon wore a white T-shirt featuring the artwork of the 1965 Beatles film and album, “Help!” Jay-Z said he wanted to transform the show into rock ‘n’ roll territory when he played his collaborations with Linkin Park, even paying tribute to the band’s lead singer Chester Bennington, who hanged himself in July.
“If you know this song, I want you to sing it so loud he can hear you in heaven,” Jay-Z said before performing the Grammy-winning mashup “Numb/Encore,” standing still and holding the microphone close with both of his hands.
Jay-Z’s set also included big hits from his 21-year-old career, from “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)” to “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)” to “Empire State of Mind.” His last main show in New York was part of his 2014 On the Run Tour with Beyonce, though he’s had some performances for his Tidal streaming service and surprise appearances.
Reggae artist Damian Marley joined in for “Bam” from “4:44,” which was released in June and features songs about Jay-Z’s personal life and work as an entrepreneur.
The Meadows festival, in its second year, will also play Saturday and Sunday, featuring performers like Gorillaz, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nas, Weezer, Future and LL Cool J across four stages. Migos, Run the Jewels, Two Door Cinema Club and 21 Savage also performed Friday.
Throughout his set, Jay-Z offered concertgoers encouraging words.
“If anybody got a dream, you chase that (dream) with everything you got,” he said at one point.
When one fan was eager for Jay-Z to sign something, the rapper asked if the fan had a pen. The fan did not.
“How am I going to sign your (stuff) without a pen?” Jay-Z asked.
“Got to be prepared,” he told the fan. -thegrio
Move over Captain America and watch out Wonder Woman, here comes Ngozi: a teenage superheroine inspired by Nigeria’s kidnapped Chibok girls who fights evil in Lagos, marking a new chapter in diversity for Marvel Comics.
Ngozi is the star of new title “Blessing in Disguise”, the first Marvel story to be set in a real-life African country - Nigeria’s commercial capital - and feature a Nigerian superhero.
The character stems from the high-profile abduction of about 220 schoolgirls in Chibok in northeast Nigeria in 2014 by the militant group Boko Haram, and the comic’s author hopes the teenage superhero will resonate with girls across the country.
“It was an important decision for me to base Ngozi on the one of the Chibok girls,” Nnedi Okorafor, an award-winning Nigeria-American writer, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
The Chibok abduction sparked international outrage and became the most infamous act by the Islamist Boko Haram group which has killed 20,000 people and uprooted at least 2 million in a brutal eight-year campaign that shows no sign of ending.
“They were normal girls who suddenly had to deal with a huge change in their lives ... and their story of perseverance is so powerful,” Okorafor added. “Like many Nigerian girls, Ngozi comes in a small package but is strong-willed and determined.”
The short story is part of Marvel’s “Venomverse” comic, published on Wednesday, which sees Ngozi appear alongside well-established Marvel characters from Venom to the Black Panther.
Okorafor said she was buoyed by the global success of the summer box office hit “Wonder Woman” - the first superhero movie to star a woman since 2005 - with the character hailed as a new role model for girls and a break away from sexism in Hollywood.
Yet the U.S.-based science fiction author said that she was desperate to see more diversity in the world of superheroes.
“I‘m a huge Wonder Woman fan, but we can really push it further when it comes to diversity,” said Okorafor, who is also an English professor at the University at Buffalo in New York.
“I‘m not just talking about race and sexual orientation, but about having a range of personalities with different desires, dreams and flaws,” she added. “I don’t only want to see badass female characters, I want to see much less predictable ones.”
Several comicbook fans have shared their excitement about the character of Ngozi on social media sites such as Twitter.
“A Marvel story. Written by a Nigerian Woman. Set in Lagos. Superhero’s name: NGOZI. What a time to be alive,” Twitter user Beth Lee posted. -huffpost
Mich. Teacher 'Violently' Drags Black 6th-Grader Out of His Seat After he Declines to Stand for the Pledge of Allegiance
Everybody is all about freedom of speech and expression until a black person (hey, Colin Kaepernick; hey, Jemele Hill) decides to exercise his or her right to do so. And in this particular case, a black sixth-grader out of Michigan says he was assaulted by his homeroom teacher all because he was exercising his rights and declined to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.
Stone Chaney, who attends East Middle School in Farmington Hills, Mich., told ClickOnDetroit that his teacher “violently” dragged him out of his chair and attempted to force him to stand for the pledge, leaving the young man confused and unwilling to return to that school.
“The teacher consultant comes up behind me and snatches me out of my chair violently,” Stone told the news site. “I was so confused. I didn’t know what was going on.”
Note that Stone referred to the individual in question as the “teacher consultant.” That means that the person who allegedly thought it was all right to snatch a child out of his seat trains other teachers. One would wonder what kind of training those other teachers are receiving.
Except I can tell you exactly what, because Stone claims that the very next day after the initial incident, another teacher yelled at him for remaining seated during the pledge.
Stone is very adamant about not standing, saying that he does not pledge to a flag.
“I don’t stand because I don’t pledge to a flag,” the precocious child explained. “I pledge to God and family.”
Stone’s parents are still looking for answers as to how the incident, which occurred Sept. 7., could have unfolded the way it did. His father addressed the district directly at its last board meeting, defending his son’s right to do what he wishes when the pledge is being spoken.
“It’s his choice to sit,” Brian Chaney said. “I don’t make him sit. And they should respect that.”
The superintendent of Farmington Public Schools released a statement detailing that the district does support the right of students to opt out of the pledge, announcing that it was conducting an investigation and that the teacher involved has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome.
In the meantime, Stone and his family are looking into other options and will probably end up leaving the district, the news station notes. -theroot
Facebook Inc is paying Time Warner Inc’s Bleacher Report millions of dollars for a reality show on NFL player Marshawn Lynch, the sports site told Reuters - a sign that the social media firm is willing to pay top dollar to lure viewers and ads to its Watch video service.
The reality show about the Oakland Raiders running back, called “No Script,” launches at a time when Facebook and other web giants including Amazon.com Inc and Netflix Inc are spending billions on original content in a pitched battle for viewers. Facebook is planning to spend up to $1 billion on original shows, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Facebook did not respond to requests for comment on its spending.
Facebook’s Watch was rolled out to U.S. users last month. The company has initially been paying for a handful of shows to attract viewers to the platform.
It has paid $10,000 to $35,000 for shorter-form shows and up to $250,000 for some longer-scripted shows, sources told Reuters in May.
“We think we have a big hit on our hands,” said Rory Brown, president of Bleacher Report, declining to comment on how many millions Facebook is paying Bleacher Report for the show. “People are going to spend more time on Facebook because of it.”
“No Script” will start streaming this month and consists of eight 10- to 15-minute episodes featuring various antics by Lynch, who is returning to football as a running back for the Raiders.
Lynch, known as “Beast Mode” for his running prowess, has returned to the league this season after retiring in 2015 from the Seattle Seahawks, where he helped win Super Bowl XLVIII against the Denver Broncos in 2014.
The first episode features Lynch taking racecar driving lessons until he ruins the tires of the car.
In a deal similar to others, Facebook retains exclusive rights to the show for a period of time, Brown said, declining to elaborate on the exclusivity window. After that period Bleacher Report owns the content and can use it.
It was a big priority for Bleacher Report to keep the show authentic, given Lynch’s raw style, Brown said.
For the most part Facebook gave Bleacher Report full creative control, however the social media network does have concerns about offensive language, Brown said.
“I wouldn’t be shocked if that ends up being censored,” he said. -huffpost
AMC is developing a drama series based on Wesley Lowery’s They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice. MC is developing a drama series based on Wesley Lowery’s They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice. The book was acquired last fall by Makeready, Brad Weston’s Universal Pictures-backed production company that launched in May, and the series will be written by LaToya Morgan, who’s worked on Into the Badlands.
The series is one of many projects in production within Makeready’s TV division, Deadline reported. They include Jonás Cuarón’s Undocumented America (based on journalist and DACA recipient Karla Cornejo Villavicencio’s work on undocumented immigrants across America).
While Lowery’s 2016 book “examines how decades of racially biased policing in segregated neighborhoods with failing schools, crumbling infrastructure and too few jobs has led to the high-profile cases of police brutality in Ferguson, Cleveland, Baltimore and elsewhere,” the series adaptation will also explore “current events and race relations through the stories and voices of fictional characters,” according to Deadline. Morgan will reportedly executive produce alongside Weston.
The announcement followed last week’s news regarding 12: The Tamir Rice Story. Developed by Samaria Rice, the film—which recounts the events leading up to the 12-year-old boy’s death at the hands of a police officer in 2014—will be co-written by Rice, Korstiaan Vandiver and Danielle Marshay Lee.
“I’m honored and very grateful to [Vandiver and Lee] for believing in me and this legacy for Tamir,” Rice told Shadow and Act.
Release dates for both films have yet to be announced. -newsone
Get into it: Issa Rae is the newest “easy, breezy, beautiful” CoverGirl!
Rae, who is the creator and star of HBO’s hit show “Insecure,” announced Tuesday that she has officially partnered with the cosmetics company as its latest CoverGirl.
“I remember being an awkward black girl in high school, reading the pages of my favorite magazines, casually flipping through @COVERGIRL ads, singing their slogan in my head,” Rae wrote under a picture she posted to Instagram announcing the news. “Never EVER in my life did I imagine I’d be one. I am SO honored and SO excited for what’s to come.”
Rae joins the ranks of influential black women the brand has featured before, including Janelle Monae, Rihanna and Queen Latifah, who is a spokesperson for the brand and has her own line of products with the brand called the Queen Collection. -huffpost
Texas A&M and law enforcement officials were investigating Thursday night after football coach Kevin Sumlin received a racist and threatening letter at his home.
His wife, Charlene Sumlin, posted a picture of the letter , which had a return address in Houston, on Twitter on Thursday night. The handwritten letter read: "You suck as a coach! You're a (racial epithet) and can't win! Please get lost! Or else."
On the post Charlene added: "People of 2017: please tell me how any part of this is OK? And to the sender: did it occur to you that a child may open it?" At the end of the post she added the hashtag orelseWHAT?
Later on Thursday night Texas A&M President Michael Young and athletic director Scott Woodward issued a joined statement condemning the letter and adding that they are: "working with law enforcement authorities to bring the sender of this letter to justice."
The statement said that they were doing everything they can to ensure the safety of Sumlin and his family.
"There is no excuse for hatred and, as a community. We will not allow the ignorance of some to intimidate any member of our community," the statement continued. -blackamericaweb
200,000 People Downloaded Her App Within Two Weeks, and Forbes Magazine is Calling her "The Next Steve Jobs"
Angel Rich, from Washington, DC, has developed a very innovative app called Credit Stacker that teaches students about personal finance, credit management, and entrepreneurship in a fun and engaging way. The app is so popular that 200,000 people downloaded it to their smart phones and tablets within just two weeks of it's launch. Even more, Forbes has named her "The Next Steve Jobs".
Even more, the app has been named the "best financial literacy product in the country" by the Office of Michelle Obama, the "best learning game in the country" by the Department of Education, and the "best solution in the world for reducing poverty" by JP Morgan Chase. It has won first place in several business competitions including the Industrial Bank Small Business Regional Competition, the Prudential Financial National Case Competition, and the Goldman Sachs Portfolio Challenge. All in all, Angel has one more than $50,000 in business grants.
Angel was raised in Washington, DC, and graduated from Hampton University. She also studied at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China.
After winning Prudential’s annual National Case competition for her marketing plan to reach millennials, she worked briefly as a global market research analyst for Prudential, where she conducted over 70 financial behavior modification studies.
She says that during her time there, she helped the company generate more than $6 billion in revenue. She resigned, however in 2013, to start her own company, The Wealth Factory.
Reaching her company goals
Angel's ultimate goal with her company is (and has always been) to develop financial literacy edtech games that empower and educate both students and adults. And she has been very successful at doing this! In fact, her company has been so impressive that the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools named it the ninth best ed-tech company of 2015.
Her company's Credit Stacker app is available in four languages and in 40 countries, and is quickly approaching 1 million downloads.
Although the app is free for users to download, the revenue model is to generate money on the back-end from advertisers in addition to contracts, including one that she already has with the Dept. of Health and Human Services. She also already has a partnership with the D.C. Dept of Insurance, Securities, and Banking.
In time, other major financial companies like NASDAQ, J.P. Morgan & Chase, Wells Fargo, and more will likely want to get on board as well.
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Spike Lee and Jordan Peele Collaborate on Black Klansman, the True Story of a Black Man who Infiltrated the KKK
Legendary black Hollywood stalwart Spike Lee is collaborating with upstart Jordan Peele on Black Klansman, a true life account of a black police detective who incredibly infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan.
Lee will direct and produce, while Peele will also produce.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Stallworth answered a 1978 newspaper ad in Colorado Springs, Co., seeking new Klan members. Stallworth, again, who is African American, actually rose through the KKK ranks to become a local chapter leader, mostly doing his work with the terrorist group via phone or mail. When he was needed in person, he sent a white officer in his place.
John David Washington, son of Denzel and Pauletta Washington, is reportedly in talks to star in the thriller.
The film is based on the 2014 book of the same name, and not the black exploitation film, also of the same name.
Production is expected to begin this fall. -thegrapevine
Chance the Rapper wants to give educators the recognition they rightfully deserve.
The Chicago rapper is organizing the inaugural Twilight Awards, set to be held in June 2018. The ceremony, hosted by James Corden, will celebrate “teachers, parents, principals and students that convey leadership,” Chance said in his announcement Friday. The show will be held in his hometown and will feature guest performances.
He announced news of the show at the very end of a summit for his charity SocialWorks, during which he pledged a $2.2 million donation to 20 Chicago public schools. The summit was a Steve Jobs-inspired event where Chance gave an update on the nonprofit’s progress since he launched it a year ago.
“Every contribution … brings this city and this nation closer to providing a well-rounded quality education for each and every child,” he said at the event. “Funding quality education for public [school] students is the most important investment a community can make.”
Chance, who also grilled chicken at Nando’s Peri-Peri for charity this week, is on a mission to make a positive impact on Chicago. In the past, the rapper has advocated for better opportunities for the city by meeting with the state governor, donated money and supplies to students, donated outerwear to the homeless and led a march to voting polls. The 24-year-old was honored by former First Lady Michelle Obama when he received BET’s Humanitarian Award in June. -huffpost
Photo of 5 High School Students Burning a Cross, Wearing KKK Hoods Shocks Iowa Town ... but not Really
I was born and raised in a small town, so I know how they work. Everyone in small towns emulates the style, fashion and trends they see on TV and social media.
Right now, there is a girl named Martha in a little hamlet in North Carolina who told her friends to start calling her “Mardi B” and wears only red sneakers so that she can say, “These is bloody shoes!” There is a boy in a Kansas village who will only grow to be 5 feet 7 inches, but he’s shooting hoops in his driveway until dusk, preparing to become the next LeBron James. So we shouldn’t be surprised that there are some kids in Creston, Iowa, who thought it would be cool to post a picture on social media of themselves in Ku Klux Klan outfits.
The photo shows five high school students wearing KKK hoods, encircling a crudely made burning cross. One of the students is holding a rifle, while another waves a Confederate flag. Of course, there is one guy who is a little obstructed in the photo because he knows he shouldn’t be doing this, but ... peer pressure. He looks like he’s thinking, “Oh, man, this was probably a bad idea. My mama is going to whip my ass when she finds out about this!”
Of course, the new “Creston Junior Varsity Klan Klub” posted it on all the social media platforms. According to WHOtv.com, the photo started out on Snapchat (which I still can’t figure out. I know all the kids are using it, but if I want a filter that makes me look like a puppy, I do it the way my ancestors did it—Photoshop) but soon spread to Facebook and Twitter.
The photo so upset the residents of Creston that they got up off their butts and addressed the problem by doing damn near nothing. The Omaha World-Herald reports that when the principal of the high school saw the photo, he found the students and suspended the students for nine whole days. That’ll show them! Two weeks off of school will surely teach them a lesson!
When the police in Creston found out about the pic, they basically said, umm ... well ... nothing. The Creston Police Department said that it was aware of the photo but would not investigate, and I’m sure one of the black people in Creston murmured, “I bet if that was a Black Lives Matter flag, they would’ve interrogated them like they were in ISIS!” The town of almost 8,000 is only 1 percent black, so I guess police figured that no one would be offended.
The fact that white supremacy is battling male rompers and squiggly eyebrows as the shitty new trend among young people should surprise no one. After the “Nazi Thanksgiving Day Parade” was held in Charlottesville, Va., a few weeks ago, the KKK is having a better recruiting year than the Alabama Crimson Tide.
But even though no one seems outraged about five students showing up in KKK hoods and burning a cross, there is a greater question that should be answered. The question is not about a town that is apparently unfazed by teenagers wanting to emulate terrorists. It is not about the stupidity of wanting to post it on social media. The most pertinent, unanswered question is this:
Where do you buy five Klan hoods? -theroot
If I shall die before they wake, I pray the Lord my shades are safe.