Category Archives: Black Owned

Chance the Rapper will be honored with the BET Humanitarian Award

Muhammad Ali, Alicia Keys, and Dwayne Wade are just a few of the celebrities who have received the BET Humanitarian Award. Now, 24 year old Chicago artist, Chance the Rapper will be added to this list of artist who have used their platform to bring change within the black community.

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Chance has been very adamant about helping out the city he was raised in. In March, he donated a million dollars to Chicago public schools and then raised 2 million dollars for the schools in the following months. Back in November, Chance led thousands of people to the polls to cast their vote, he frequently helps with solutions for violence in Chicago and he even started his own non-profit for the youth entitled SocialWorks. He’s shown that he’s more than a photo-op and is very deserving of this prestigious award.

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BET also announced that New Edition will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. The awards are set to air on Sunday, 25 June.

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New Social Justice Podcast in the works from Activist DeRay McKesson

Former professor turned activist, DeRay McKesson can add podcasting to his many important ventures. McKesson will host his own podcast entitled, A Word with DeRay. The platform will provide much needed info on activism, organization, and how individuals can contribute to movements fighting against racism, policing, and other important topics. McKesson signed with Crooked Media, the new liberal political network founded last year by former Obama aides Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor. In an interview with BuzzFeed News, McKesson said, “I’m trying to figure out how we give people language that they can repeat. I think a lot of the media, not just podcasts, are doing a lot of the ‘Let me explain the world to you’ [format], but not in a way listeners can actually keep explaining the world to people.” He continued saying, “I want to be intentional about how I use platforms to amplify this work. I think a podcast will be a great opportunity to do that.”

The premier date for the podcast is to be determined. For now McKesson can be found on Twitter (@deray), Instagram (@iamderay), and Facebook.

Joey Bada$$ Releases All-Amerikkan Badass

It’s here! All-Amerikkkan Badass from one of hip hops young lyric driven and passionate artist, Joey Badass. Joey teased us with his radio friendly single, Devastated back in May 2016 then he dropped, Land of the Free the beginning of this year. The visuals and lyrics for Land of the Free, the three k’s in Amerikkka, and the red, white, and blue bandana patterned cover art symbolizes Joey’s unapologetic stance on race and politics in America. He’s unafraid to speak on the ill-wills of this country and use his platform to speak the truth. The album should hit these dark but truthful issues with features from ScHoolboy Q, J. Cole, Chronixx, and more.

Check out the visuals for Land of the Free below and buy the album to support Joey!

SZA, Kaytranada, Soul II Soul, and more announced in the 2017 AfroPunk lineup

The 2017 lineup for AfroPunk has been released. The unique and unapologetic festival will be held on August 26th-27th in its annual location of Fort Greene’s Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn, New York. So far, the fest will include SZA, Sampha, Willow Smith, Thundercat, Gary Clark Jr., Dizzee Rascal, and more along with veteran artist like Macy Gray and Soul II Soul. Rising producer and DJ, Kaytranada will have his own stage, “Kaytranada and Friends”, which will include performances from Sango, Nao, and Jrocc & Karriem Riggins.

The festivals theme for this year will be, “WE THE PEOPLE”, which includes the following words from the fest:

WE THE PEOPLE:

We, the people built this land. Our flesh and blood is present in its buildings, its roads and its bridges. Our souls are its spiritual cornerstone. Our culture is its foundation. Our being nourishes this land — as our ancestors’ beings nourished it before us — yet the land has not always reimbursed us. We, the people recognize the bullshit of the powerful. The injustices they committed in the past have never disappeared from view. The inequalities they perpetrate are there for all but the blind. The inadequacies they’ve paid forward to a future age are appearing over the horizon. Unless…

We, the people have a code:

  • No Sexism
  • No Racism
  • No Ableism
  • No Ageism
  • No Homophobia
  • No Fatphobia
  • No Transphobia

We, the people commit ourselves to uphold and fight for the rights enshrined in our code. Let us honour those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom, and hold accountable those who curtail our liberties. Let us walk in the footsteps of warriors who came before us, and strive to create a society based on fundamental human rights. Let us rewrite the universal laws and educate the errant minds. We, the people have the will to heal the divisions that threaten to reduce our dreams to ashes. We believe in resurrecting the creative power of our diversity. We open our hearts and minds, and dance to the rhythm of a brand-new future. Together. Brave and compassionate. And beautiful. May the Goddess protect we, the people.

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Check out the rest of the lineup below and visit www.afropunkfest.com for more info:

AFROPUNK BROOKLYN LINEUP (MORE HEADLINERS TBA)

ST HERON STAGE

FEAT SPECIAL GUEST

SAMPHA

THUNDERCAT

SINKANE

KING

& more

 

KAYTRANADA & FRIENDS STAGE

KAYTRANADA

NAO

SANGO

J ROCC & KARRIEM RIGGINS (LIVE)

& more

GARY CLARK JR

MACY GRAY

MICHAEL KIWANUKA

SOUL II SOUL

SZA

WILLOW SMITH

DIZZEE RASCAL

LITTLE SIMZ

BLITZ THE AMBASSADOR

THE COOL KIDS

PRINCESS NOKIA

PROTOJE

LEIKELI47

THE COOL KIDS

THE SKINS

KEVIN ABSTRACT

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SAM DEW

SHABAKA AND THE ANCESTORS

SON LITTLE

PURE DISGUST

QUIÑ

LOUDER THAN QUIET

& more

7 Black Cultural Events in Baltimore to Attend this Black History Month

Check out these great events in Baltimore to attend in honor of Black History Month!

Asante Celebration

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Who: The Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle

What: A Celebration for supporters of the grassroots organization LBS and newcomers alike.

Where: The Living Well – 235 Holliday St, Baltimore, MD 21202

When: February 20th at 6pm

Notes from the organization:

The LBS Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle (LBS) is a grassroots think-tank which advances the public policy interest of Black people, in Baltimore, through: youth leadership development, political advocacy, and autonomous intellectual innovation.

The Asante Celebration will be hosted by The Living Well on February 20th at 6pm. There will be free food, and open bar, performances and music by DJ Sundiata. All the proceeds from the event will directly support our grassroots work in Baltimore.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door and the dress code is casual attire.

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Buy Black Ujamaa Marketplace

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Who: NSAA African Creations By Majorie Nicole

What: A Marketplace for Black Owned Businesses 

Where: St. Frances Academy Community Center – 501 E. Chase Street Baltimore MD 21202

When: February 19th at 12-4pm (Grand Opening)
3/19 Marketplace
4/16 Soul Sunday (spoken word & soul food)
5/21 Marketplace

Notes from the Organization:

Come out and connect with the communuty in a family friendly environment infused with culture including a drum circle, ujamaa education, musical performance, kids activity, qigong health demonstration, a DJ, food, dessert and more. This community event is free to the public and all are welcome.

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7th Annual Johns Hopkins Black History Month Student Competition

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Who: The Creative Alliance and John Hopkins

What Art Competition by Baltimore Public School Students 

Where: The Creative Alliance at the Patterson: 3134 Eastern Ave, Baltimore MD 21224.

When: February 25 through March 11, 2017

Notes form the Organization:

Students from kindergarten through twelfth grades create mixed-media works to depict the history of African Americans specific to Baltimore City. All entries are awarded cash prizes in support of their school’s arts programs, courtesy of the Johns Hopkins East Baltimore Community Affairs Office. Young people, families, teachers, and community members are invited to view exhibition together at Creative Alliance’s Amalie Rothschild Gallery from February 25 through March 11, 2017.

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I Am Not Your Negro

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Who: The words and interviews of James Baldwin, directed by Raoul Peck 

What: Documentary entitled, I Am Not Your Negro

Where: The Charles Theater – 1711 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201

When: How ever long it’s showing

Frederick Douglas-Isaac Myers

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Who: The history of Frederick Douglas and Isaac Myers

What: An educational and national heritage site that highlights African American maritime history.

Where: 1417 Thames St. Baltimore, MD 21231

When: All Day, Everyday

Notes from the Organization:

Come and share with us as we chronicle the saga of Frederick Douglass’ life in Baltimore as an enslaved child and young man. We also take a look at the life of Isaac Myers, a free born African American who became a national leader. As a visitor, you will also learn about the founding of the Chesapeake Marine Railway and Dry Dock Company and the establishment of the African American Community in Baltimore during the 1800’s.

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VERIZON BLACK HISTORY MONTH OPEN HOUSE 2017

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Who: Reginald F. Lewis Museum

What: Museum of Maryland African-American History and Culture

Where: Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD

When: February 25, 2017

Notes from the Organization:

Celebrate Black History Month with an open house at the museum. Visit the galleries for free. In addition, enjoy craft workshops, live performances, and more. Sponsored by Verizon.

NAMYANKA BLACK HISTORY MONTH PROGRAM

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Who: Namyanka Performing Arts Training Center

What: A Tribute to Black Broadway Musicals

Where: Coppin State University, Johnson Auditorium – 2500 W. North Ave, Baltimore Md 21216

When: February 26, 2017

Cost: $15.00

The Full List of Winners at The 48th Annual NAACP Image Awards

The 48th annual NAACP Image Awards honored the best in film, television, music, and literature. There were little to no surprises for this years winners including Anthony Anderson for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series and his co-star wife, Tracee Ellis Ross for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series. Taraji P Henson won for the second time in a row for Outstanding Actress in a Drama series, Denzel Washington won Outstanding Actor for his role in Fences, and Queen Sugar won for Outstanding Drama Series which was a nice surprise. Some amazing actors and actresses were not in attendance including Mahershala Ali who won for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture and Viola Davis who won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture.

The honorable Chairman’s Award was given to professor, author, and founder of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, Charles J. Oletree Jr. and the NAACP President’s Award was given to educator, historian, and founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History, Lonnie Bunch. Outstanding Motion Picture went to Hidden Figures and Entertainer of the year went to Dwayne Johnson, who is rarely in attendance to this award show. Everyone knows this should have went to Beyoncé, who was also snub last night at the Grammy’s but that’s another article. Check out the full list of the winners below.

 

The Chairman’s Award: Charles J. Ogletree Jr.

NAACP President’s Award:  Lonnie Bunch

Entertainer of the Year: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

Outstanding Motion PictureHidden Figures

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture: Taraji P. Henson, Hidden Figures

Outstanding Drama SeriesQueen Sugar

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series: Anthony Anderson, Black-ish

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series: Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us

Outstanding Comedy SeriesBlack-ish

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series: Taraji P. Henson, Empire

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series: Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture: Denzel Washington, Fences

Outstanding New Artist: Chance the Rapper

Outstanding Male Artist: Maxwell

Outstanding Female Artist: Beyoncé

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration: “Freedom,” Beyoncé feat. Kendrick Lamar

Outstanding Jazz Album: Latin American Songbook, Edward Simon

Outstanding Gospel Album (Traditional or Contemporary): One Way, Tamela Mann

Outstanding Music Video: “Formation,”  Beyoncé

Outstanding Song (Traditional): “I See A Victory,” Kim Burrell and Pharrell Williams

Outstanding Album: Lemonade, Beyoncé

Outstanding Song (Contemporary): “Freedom,” Beyoncé feat. Kendrick Lamar

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Laurence Fishburne, Black-ish

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Tichina Arnold, Survivor’s Remorse 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Jussie Smollett, Empire 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Naturi Naughton, Power 

Outstanding Television Movie, Limited-Series, or Dramatic Special: The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Limited-Series, or Dramatic Special: Courtney B. Vance, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Limited-Series, or Dramatic Special: Regina King, American Crime

Outstanding News/Information (Series or Special): BET Love and Happiness White House Special 

Outstanding Talk Series: Steve Harvey

Outstanding Reality Program/Reality Competition Series: Iyanla: Fix My Life

Outstanding Variety (Series or Special): 2016 Black Girls Rock

Outstanding Children’s Program: An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love Has to Win 

Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Limited-Series): Marsai Martin, Black-ish

Outstanding Host in a News, Talk, Reality, or Variety Program (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble: Roland S. Martin – NewsOne Now with Roland S. Martin 

 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture: Viola Davis, Fences

Outstanding Independent Motion PictureMoonlight

Outstanding Documentary (Film)13TH

Outstanding Documentary (Television)Roots: A New Vision

Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series: Kenya Barris, Black-ish

Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series: Ava DuVernay, Queen Sugar

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Television): Charles Murray, Roots–Night 3

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Film): Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series: Donald Glover, Atlanta–Value

Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series: John Singleton, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story–The Race Card

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Television): Rick Famuyiwa, Confirmation

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Film): Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance (Television or Film): Idris Elba, The Jungle Book

 
Outstanding Literary Work (Fiction): The Book of Harlan, Bernice L. McFadden

Outstanding Literary Work (Nonfiction): Hidden Figures, Margot Lee Shetterly

Outstanding Literary Work, (Debut Author): Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, Trevor Noah

Outstanding Literary Work (Biography/Autobiography): Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, Trevor Noah

Outstanding Literary Work (Instructional)The Power of Broke: How Empty Pockets, a Tight Budget, and a Hunger for Success Can Become Your Greatest Competitive Advantage, Daymond John, Daniel Paisner

Outstanding Literary Work (Poetry): Collected Poems: 1974-2004, Rita Dove

Outstanding Literary Work (Children): Tiny Stitches: The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas, Gwendolyn Hooks, Colin Bootman

Outstanding Literary Work (Youth/Teens): As Brave As You, Jason Reynolds

The Jackie Robinson Sports Award: LeBron James

 

Trailer released for the new Netflix series Dear White People!

It’s finally here; the trailer for the new Netflix series, Dear White People. The series, based on the 2014 film, Dear White People, will follow six completely different black students at a predominately white institute.

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The 2014 satirical piece, written and directed by Justin Simeon, starred Tessa Thompson as the no non-sense, pro black, Sam White but in the new series, actress Logan Browning (Hit the Floor) will portray the character. I don’t know how to feel; I really liked Tessa Thompson as Sam but she is busy inking major deals so Browning will do. Brandon P Bell will reprise his role as the token black political science student, Troy Fairbanks and Antoinette Robertson (The Haves and the Have Nots) will play the bougie, attention seeking, Colandrea ‘Coco’ Conners. DeRon Horton will play the reclusive, student journalist, Lionel Higgins and Ashley Blaine Featherson and Marque Richardson will reprise and expand their roles in the upcoming series.

The show will also introduce some new characters like Rashid Bakr, played by Jeremy Tardy. Bakr will be a student from Kenya who speaks 5 languages. He’ll discover what life is like as a Kenyan student navigating America and how African American students live as well.

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The short clip looks identical to the movie with a similar scene showing students crashing a black face Halloween party. I’m assuming there will be a lot more than copycat scenes to the project and hopefully there is more depth to some of the characters like Coco for instance; the writers left her hanging with next to no development or change to her character in the film. Needless to say, I am super excited for the show.

Check out the trailer below and catch the premiere on April 28th.

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