This past Friday night the NAACP honored the achievements of people of color in the entertainment industry at the 46th installment of its NAACP Image Awards.
With a history of covering issues in the African American community since the 1970’s, it’s no surprise that ESSENCE magazine is making history again at the climax of what some are calling the “new civil rights movement”. Vanessa K. DeLuca, Editor-in-Chief of the ground breaking magazine, shared the February 2015 cover with an open letter detailing the process behind the creation of the very first cover to not boast a photo and the significance of it’s subject matter.
“We are not the sum of our worst moment” — Katy Parson
In the wee hours of the morning yesterday, the world lost one of its many heroes, Marion Barry, Jr. Barry came to national prominence as mayor of the nation’s capital. The first prominent civil rights activist to become chief executive of a major American city, Barry was a savvy politician. After moving from Mississippi to Washington, DC in 1965 to manage it’s local Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee office, he became heavily involved in coordinating peaceful street demonstrations as well as a boycott to protest bus fare increases. At the time, over half of the population of Washington D.C. was black, and they had no political representation. Barry wanted to change that. He made an immediate impact in the community organizing a “mancott” of the bus system when the owner decided to raise prices from 20 to 25 cents and serving as the leader of the Free D.C. Movement.
Most people spend their lives trying to achieve stability. Going to college to get a degree that will lead to that all too important 9-5 job that will give you the security to start and support your family one day. Duane Myko had done just that. He had played by the rules until one day he decided to change them altogether. What sparked that change? His desire to positively affect a generation that no one seemed to understand.
Every year the Congressional Black Caucus takes over DC during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference. From receptions to social mixers, CBC Week is filled with so many events that it’s hard to choose which ones to attend. This year I kept it a bit low key, popping into a few mixers and networking events. But there was one event that I couldn’t miss. The Inaugural Congressional Black Caucus Closing Brunch presented by Let’s Do Brunch NYC, Digital Divas and DC’s Akil Waite at the ever so chic Barcode Restaurant & bar in downtown DC was a must-go.
After more than six years since Girlfriends ended, Joan Clayton…I mean Tracee Ellis Ross lol, is back on the small screen with new ABC show Black-ish. During last week’s media tour to promote the family sitcom Tracee sat down with The Breakfast Club to discuss the show, cultural identity, Girlfriends and more. Check out a few excerpts from the interview below.
First Lady Michelle Obama is gracing the cover of the August 2014 issue of Essence Magazine. As stunning as she looks on the cover, she’s just as intelligent. In the exclusive interview with Essence Editor-in-Chief Vanessa K. Bush, Flotus talks about the importance of education, responsibility and accountability and how she keeps her daughters from taking their opportunities for granted.
We covered the awards, performances and memorable moments but the fashion from last night’s BET Awards was a story all it’s own. Our fave red carpet looks were Ashanti in her all white glory and Keke Palmer in her futuristic gold ensemble. Ashanti has been killing red carpets for over a decade so no surprise there and Keke is slowly but
The 14th Annual BET Awards went down last night and there was no shortage of major moments. From old school flashbacks and tributes to tearful firsts for the new class this year was one of the best for the annual awards show.
Comedian Chris Rock hosted this year’s show and I am glad he did lol. He seemed fearless as he went in on this past year’s moments and he never let up. He even made fun of the elevator fiasco between Jay Z
Educator, poet, literary writer, actress and so much more, Maya Angelou has passed away at the age of 86. The “Phenomenal Woman” published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning more than fifty years. She received dozens of awards and over thirty honorary doctoral degrees. She is best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. Among her most popular works were her poem “Still I Rise” and book “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings” which has been used in educational settings around the world for decades. Maya Angelou was also active in the civil rights movements and had no qualms about voicing her opinion and expressing her views on African American culture as well as politics. She recited her poem “On the Pulse of the Morning” at the inauguration of President Bill Clinton in 1993. Maya Angelou’s accomplishments, accolades and gifts to this world are too many name. She lived a full life and gave of herself everyday through service to humanity. She will be missed but the mark she left on the world will never be tarnished.
My favorite poem by Maya Angelou, “Phenomenal Woman”
This past weekend DC was in a tizzy with the arrival of Sean “Diddy” Combs and some of his celebs friends. They were here to watch the mogul receive an honorary doctorate from the historic Howard University where he attended college for two years before dropping out to pursue music/business. Diddy must have learned something during his brief stint at the university. To say he is successful is an understatement and I’m pretty sure that is why he was also pegged to give the
If you’re anything like me you look forward to grabbing your favorite magazine in the grocery store checkout line. If so, you won’t be finding a JET Magazine among the mags for much longer. As of June 2014, the magazine will move to a digital format delivered through its website and a paid subscription app. The only print issue you will find will be
She’s a grown woman and she does whatever she wants.
Accordingly to Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and Founder of LeanIn.org, Beyoncé is a boss. The diva graces the cover of Time’s Most Influential People in the World issue. In the mag Sandberg says,
doesn’t just sit at the table. She builds a better one. Today she sits at the head of the boardroom table at Parkwood Entertainment.”
I’m sure there are too many perks to count as a result of becoming a household name like Lupita Nyong’o has become seemingly overnight. But there is a downside. The sudden invasion of privacy and space can be overwhelming. In an interview last month with New York Magazine, Lupita shared her feelings on her quick rise to stardom. “I’ve been in a bubble. I haven’t been out much. I haven’t gotten used to being recognized…“There are so many highlights that are no longer highlights,” “I’m living a very swollen life.”
Sam Jones for Off Camera sat down with actor Michael B. Jordan in a in-depth interview where they discussed everything from Michael’s first significant role on The Wire to his first leading role in Fruitvale Station and everything in between. During the one-on-one conversation Michael shared the advice he received from Forest Whitaker, some acting tricks he’s learned along the way, his decision to use his platform to open dialogue on race in 2014 and more. The interview is almost an hour long but worth every moment. Check it out below.