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Officer Roy Oliver fired for murder of Jordan Edwards but will he be charged?

Police Chief of the Balch Springs Police Department, Jonathan Haber, announced on Tuesday, 2 May, that after conducting an internal affairs inquiry, officer Roy Oliver will be fired after killing 15 year old Jordan Edwards. The incident began when police were called to a party in Balch Springs, Texas on reports of underage drinking. While Jordan Edwards, his two brothers and two friends were leaving the party, shots were fired outside of the house. Teens started to flee the scene in response to the shots and the group started to leave in their car. As they drove away from the party, officer Oliver used his rifle to shoot into the vehicle, striking Edwards in the head and killing him.The group was not involved in the violence and were not intoxicated. Oliver lied about the situation, stating that the vehicle reversed aggressively towards him. The next day, after reviewing the body cameras, the police department recanted this statement stating that the vehicle was actually moving away. To make matters even worse Edwards brothers and friends say they were intimated and aggressively arrested by police after witnessing Edwards death. They were later released.

The Edwards family said in a statement that they were grateful for Chief Haber’s decision, but added that there was “a long road ahead” and called for Mr. Oliver to be arrested on a murder charge. The statement, released by S. Lee Merritt, a lawyer for the family, criticized the department’s treatment of Jordan’s brothers and friends after the shooting. A criminal investigation is currently being conducted by two Dallas County agencies, the sheriff’s department and the district attorney’s office.

Will this murderer be charged? On Tuesday, it was also announced that Michael Slager, the North Charleston cop who shot and killed Walter Scott as he fled, plead guilty to violating Scott’s civil rights. He could face a life sentence but as part of the plea, murder charges were dropped against him. On the other hand, charges will not be filed against the cop who shot and killed Alton Sterling.

I will continue to provide updates on the story in hopes that Jordan Edwards and the cop who murdered him do not get swept underneath the rug. Rest in peace to Jordan Edwards and I hope him, his family and friends get the justice they deserve!

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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.

Unapologetic and Proud: Photos of Women of Color at the Women’s March on Washington

The Women’s March on Washington was a monumental event that not only filled the streets of our Nations capital but the entire country and world including Melbourne, London, Nairobi, Paris and Cape Town. People from different religious affiliations, sexual identities, and ethnicities attended the rally to address dark future of the upcoming presidency. Speakers included newly elected California senator, Kamalah Harris, Angela Davis, America Ferrera, Alicia Keys, Janelle Monae, Janet Mock, Scarlett Johansson, Van Jones, Michael Moore, and many more.

The diverse group of speakers addressed issues related to African Americans, police brutality, environmental issues, Native American rights, Hispanic American rights, the LGBT community, and more. What wasn’t so diverse were those in attendance. Majority of the 500,000 attendees were white women with pink hats that stereotypically represented women’s rights. I attended the march and felt like a true minority amongst all of these women. Between the, “I’m with her” signs and the “We are all equal” shirts, I wondered if these women really cared about the other women and men that are not only affected by this presidency but have been affected by sexism, racism, xenophobia, ableism and homophobia throughout their lifetime.

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The diverse group of speakers addressed issues related to African Americans, police brutality, environmental issues, Native American rights, Hispanic American rights, the LGBT community, and more. What wasn’t so diverse were those in attendance. Majority of the 500,000 attendees were white women with pink hats that stereotypically represented women’s rights. I attended the march and felt like a true minority amongst all of these women. Between the, “I’m with her” signs and the “We are all equal” shirts, I wondered if these women really cared about the other women and men that are not only affected by this presidency but have been affected by sexism, racism, xenophobia, ableism and homophobia throughout their lifetime.

In this sea of white women, I managed to get beautiful photos of unapologetic women of color and other attendees at the historical march. Check them out below and visit http://www.womensmarch.com for more info on the event.

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Beyoncé, Moonlight, Black-ish, & Nate Parker lead in nominations for the 2017 NAACP Image Awards

The NAACP Image awards has released the nominations for the best in film, music, television, and literature. Beyoncé leads with seven nominations including Entertainer of the Year, baby sis, Solange is nominated for 5 awards including Outstanding Female Artist and Chance, the Rapper received 4 nominations including Best New Artist. Moonlight continues to shine in this award season nabbing 6 nominations while Loving followed with 5 nominations. The firestorm surrounding The Birth of a Nation didn’t deter the organization; it tied with Moonlight for 6 nominations including Best Picture and Best DirectorBlack-ish garnered 12 nominations amongst the cast and writers. See below for the full list of nominees and tune into TV One on February 11th to watch the awards.

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

Beyoncé
Viola Davis
Regina King
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
Chance the Rapper

TELEVISION

Outstanding Comedy Series
Atlanta (FX)
black-ish (ABC)
Insecure (HBO)
Survivor’s Remorse (Starz)
The Carmichael Show (NBC)

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson – black-ish (ABC)
Don Cheadle – House of Lies (Showtime)
Donald Glover – Atlanta (FX)
Dwayne Johnson – Ballers (HBO)
Kevin Hart – Real Husbands of Hollywood (BET)

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
Issa Rae – Insecure (HBO)
Keesha Sharp – Lethal Weapon (FOX)
Niecy Nash – The Soul Man (TV Land)
Tracee Ellis Ross – black-ish (ABC)
Uzo Aduba – Orange is the New Black (Netflix)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
David Alan Grier – The Carmichael Show (NBC)
Deon Cole – black-ish (ABC)
Laurence Fishburne – black-ish (ABC)
Miles Brown – black-ish (ABC)
Tituss Burgess – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Erica Ash – Survivor’s Remorse (Starz)
Laverne Cox – Orange Is The New Black (Netflix)
Marsai Martin – black-ish (ABC)
Tichina Arnold – Survivor’s Remorse (Starz)
vonne Orji – Insecure (HBO)

Outstanding Drama Series
Empire
(FOX)
Power (Starz)
Queen Sugar (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)
This Is Us (NBC)
Underground (WGN America)

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
Kofi Siriboe – Queen Sugar (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)
Mike Colter – Marvel’s Luke Cage (Netflix)
Omari Hardwick – Power (Starz)
Sterling K. Brown – This Is Us (NBC)
Terrence Howard – Empire (FOX)

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
Jurnee Smollett-Bell – Underground (WGN America)
Kerry Washington – Scandal (ABC)
Rutina Wesley – Queen Sugar (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)
Taraji P. Henson – Empire (FOX)
Viola Davis – How to Get Away with Murder (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Alfred Enoch – How To Get Away With Murder (ABC)
Jesse Williams – Greys Anatomy (ABC)
Joe Morton – Scandal (ABC)
Jussie Smollett – Empire (FOX)
Trai Byers – Empire (FOX)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Amirah Vann – Underground (WGN America)
CCH Pounder – NCIS: New Orleans (CBS)
Cicely Tyson – How To Get Away with Murder (ABC)
Lynn Whitfield – Greenleaf (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)
Naturi Naughton – Power (Starz)

Outstanding Television Movie, Limited Series or Dramatic Special
American Crime
(ABC)
Confirmation (HBO)
Roots (History)
The Night Of (HBO)
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Limited Series or Dramatic Special
Courtney B. Vance – The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)
Cuba Gooding Jr. – The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)
Jeffrey Wright – Confirmation (HBO)
Malachi Kirby – Roots (History)
Sterling K. Brown – The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)

Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Limited Series or Dramatic Special
Anika Noni Rose – Roots (History)
Audra McDonald – Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill (HBO)
Emayatzy Corinealdi – Roots (History)
Kerry Washington – Confirmation (HBO)
Regina King – American Crime (ABC)

Outstanding News / Information – (Series or Special)
AM Joy with Joy Rei
(MSNBC/NBC News)
BET Love and Happiness White House Special (BET)
StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson (National Geographic Channel)
Unsung: Sugarhill Gang (TV One)

Outstanding Talk Series
Steve Harvey
(Syndicated)
SuperSoul Sunday (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)
The Real (Syndicated)
The Talk (CBS)
The View (ABC)

Outstanding Reality Program/Reality Competition Series
Iyanla: Fix My Life
(OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)
Little Big Shots (NBC)
Mary Mary (WE tv)
The Voice (NBC)
United Shades of America (CNN)

Outstanding Variety (Series or Special)
2016 Black Girls Rock
(BET)
Celebrity Family Feud (ABC)
Lemonade (HBO)
Lip Sync Battle (Spike TV)
The Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards 2016 (OWN: Oprah Winfrey
Network)

Outstanding Children’s Program
All In With Cam Newton (Nickelodeon)
An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love Has to Win (Amazon)
Doc McStuffins (Disney Junior)
K.C. Undercover (Disney Channel)
The Lion Guard (Disney Junior)

Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Limited series)
Emyyri Crutchfield – Roots (History)
Hudson Yang – Fresh Off The Boat (ABC)
Lonnie Chavis – This Is Us (NBC)
Marsai Martin – black-ish (ABC)
Miles Brown – black-ish (ABC)

Outstanding Host in a News, Talk, Reality, or Variety (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble
Anthony Anderson & Tracee Ellis Ross – 2016 BET Awards (BET)
Joy Reid – AM Joy with Joy Reid (MSNBC)
Roland S. Martin – NewsOne Now with Roland S. Martin (TV One)
Steve Harvey – The Steve Harvey Show (Syndicated)
W. Kamau Bell – United Shades of America (CNN)

RECORDING

Outstanding New Artist
Chance the Rapper (Chance the Rapper)
Chloe X Halle (Columbia Records)
MAJOR. (BOE/Empire)
Ro James (RCA Records/ByStorm Entertainment)
Serayah (Columbia Records)

Outstanding Male Artist
Anthony Hamilton (RCA Records)
Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)
Chance the Rapper (Chance the Rapper)
Kendrick Lamar (Top Dawg Entertainment/ Aftermath/Interscope Records)
Maxwell (Columbia)

Outstanding Female Artist
Alicia Keys (RCA Records)
Beyoncé (Columbia Record/Parkwood Entertainment)
Fantasia (RCA Records/19 Recordings Limited)
K. Michelle (Atlantic Records)
Solange (Columbia Records)

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration
“Blended Family” – Alicia Keys feat. A$AP Rocky (RCA Records)
“Everything’s Beautiful” – Robert Glasper & Miles Davis (Legacy Recordings)
“Freedom” – Beyoncé feat. Kendrick Lamar (Columbia Record/Parkwood Entertainment)
“Mad” – Solange feat. Lil Wayne (Columbia Records)
“Royalty” – Sounds of Blackness feat HSRA (High School for Recording Arts) (Sounds of Blackness/Atomic K Records)

Outstanding Jazz Album
Everything’s Beautiful – Robert Glasper & Miles Davis (Legacy Recordings)
Latin America Songbook – Edward Simon (Sunnyside)
Leslie Odom Jr. – Leslie Odom (S-Curve)
Ready Take One – Erroll Garner (Legacy Recordings / Octave Music Licensing LLC)
Upward Spiral – Branford Marsalis Quartet and Kurt Elling (Okeh)

Outstanding Gospel Album – (Traditional or Contemporary)
Jericho: Tribe of Joshua 
– Livre’ (Glory 2 Glory Entertainment/RAL)
Myron Butler & Levi On Purpose – Myron Butler (Motown Gospel)
One Way – Tamela Mann (Tillymann, Inc.)
The Journey (Live) – Donnie McClurkin (RCA Inspiration)
Worship Journal Live – Fred Hammond (RCA Inspiration)

Outstanding Music Video
“24K Magic” – Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)
“Cranes In The Sky” – Solange (Columbia Records)
“Formation” – Beyoncé (Columbia Record/Parkwood Entertainment)
“This One’s for Me and You” – Johnny Gill feat. New Edition (Jskillz)
“In Common” – Alicia Keys (RCA Records)

Outstanding Song – Traditional
“Amen” – Anthony Hamilton (RCA Records)
“Cranes In The Sky” – Solange (Columbia Records)
“God Provides” – Tamela Mann (Tillymann, Inc.)
“I See Victory” – Kim Burrell and Pharrell Williams (I Am Other/Columbia)
“Lake By The Ocean” – Maxwell (Columbia Records)

Outstanding Song – Contemporary
”24K Magic” – Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)
“Formation” – Beyoncé (Columbia Record/Parkwood Entertainment)
“Freedom” – Beyoncé feat. Kendrick Lamar (Columbia Record/Parkwood Entertainment)
“Letter to the Free” – Common featuring Bilal (ARTium Records/ Def Jam Recordings)
“Royalty” – Sounds of Blackness feat HSRA (High School for Recording Arts) (Sounds of Blackness/Atomic K Records) Outstanding Album
“A Seat At The Table” – Solange (Columbia Records)
“Coloring Book” – Chance the Rapper (Chance the Rapper)
“Lemonade” – Beyoncé (Columbia Record/Parkwood Entertainment)
“untitled unmastered.” – Kendrick Lamar (Top Dawg Entertainment/Aftermath/Interscope Records)
“What I’m Feelin” – Anthony Hamilton (RCA Records)

LITERATURE

Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction
Another Brooklyn – Jacqueline Woodson (HarperCollins /Amistad)
The Book of Harlan – Bernice L. McFadden (Akashic Books)
The Illegal – Lawrence Hill (W. W. Norton & Company)
The Mother – Yvvette Edwards (HarperCollins Publishers / Amistad)
The Underground Railroad: A Novel – Colson Whitehead (Doubleday) Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction
Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul – Eddie S.Glaude Jr. (Crown / The Crown Publishing Group)
Freedom is a Constant Struggle – Angela Y. Davis (Author), Cornel West (Foreword), (Haymarket Books)
Hidden Figures – Margot Lee Shetterly (HarperCollins Publishers / William Morrow)
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America – Ibram X. Kendi (Nation Books)
Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Author), Raymond Obstfeld (Author), (Time Inc. Books)

Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author
Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
– Trevor Noah (Random House)
Carry On – Lisa Fenn (HarperCollins Publishers / Harper Wave)
Crook County: Racism and Injustice in America’s Largest Criminal Court – Dr. Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve (Stanford University Press )
Grace: A Novel – Natashia Deón (Counterpoint Press)
United: Thoughts on Finding Common Ground and Advancing the Common Good – Cory Booker (Ballantine Books)

Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/ Auto-Biography
Answering the Call: An Autobiography of the Modern Struggle to End Racial Discrimination in America
– Nathaniel Jones (The New Press)
Around the Way Girl: A Memoir – Taraji P. Henson (37 Ink/Atria Books)
Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood – Trevor Noah (Random House)
Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching, A Young Black Man’s Education – Mychal Denzel Smith (Nation Books)
My Life with Earth, Wind & Fire – Herb Powell (Author), Maurice White (Author), Steve Harvey (Foreword), David Foster (Foreword), (HarperCollins Publishers / Amistad)

Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional
Green Smoothies for Life
– JJ Smith (Atria Books)
LA Reid Sing to Me: My Story of Making Music, Finding Magic, and Searching for Who’s Next – LA Reid (Harper Collins)
Running the Long Race in Gifted Education: Narratives and Interviews from Culturally Diverse Gifted Adults – Joy M. Scott-Carrol (Author), Anthony Sparks (Author), Diana Slaughter Kotzin (Foreword), (IGET-Network Press/Book Publisher’s Network)
The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World – The Dalai Lama (Author), Desmond Tutu (Author), Douglas Abrams (With), (Avery)
The Power of Broke: How Empty Pockets, a Tight Budget, and a Hunger for Success Can Become Your Greatest Competitive Advantage – Daymond John (Author), Daniel Paisner (With), (Crown Business / The Crown Publishing Group)

Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry
Collected Poems: 1974 – 2004
– Rita Dove (W. W. Norton & Company)
Counting Descent – Clint Smith (Write Bloody Publishing)
The Big Book of Exit Strategies – Jamaal May (Alice James Books)
The Sobbing School – Joshua Bennett (Penguin Books)
Thief in the Interior – Phillip B. Williams (Alice James Books)

Outstanding Literary Work – Children
A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of The Snowy Day
– Andrea Davis Pinkney (Author), Lou Fancher (Illustrator), Steve Johnson (Illustrator), (Viking Children’s Books)
Daddy’s Little Girl – Karissa Culbreath (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform)
Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat – Javaka Steptoe (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
The Golden Girls Of Rio – Nikkolas Smith (Skyhorse Publishing / Sky Pony Press)
Tiny Stitches: The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas – Gwendolyn Hooks (Author), Colin Bootman (Illustrator), (Lee & Low Books)

Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens
As Brave As You
– Jason Reynolds (Simon & Schuster (Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books))
Riding Chance – Christine Kendall (Scholastic / Scholastic Press)
Same But Different: Teen Life on the Autism Express – Holly Robinson Peete (Author), Ryan Elizabeth Peete (Author), RJ Peete (Author), (Scholastic/Scholastic Press)
The Hero Two Doors Down: Based on the True Story of Friendship Between a Boy and a Baseball Legend – Sharon Robinson (Scholastic / Scholastic Press)
Two Naomis – Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich (Author), Audrey Vernick (Author), (HarperCollins Children’s Books)

MOTION PICTURE

Outstanding Motion Picture
Fences (Paramount Pictures)
Hidden Figures (20th Century Fox)
Moonlight (A24)
The Birth of a Nation (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Denzel Washington – Fences (Paramount Pictures)
Don Cheadle – Miles Ahead (Sony Pictures Classics)
Nate Parker – The Birth of a Nation (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Stephan James – Race (Focus Features/The Luminary Group A Solofilms/
Will Smith – Collateral Beauty (Warner Bros. Pictures/New Line Cinema)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Angela Bassett – London Has Fallen (Focus Features/Millennium Films/G-Base Production)
Madina Nalwanga – Queen of Katwe (Walt Disney Studios)
Ruth Negga – Loving (Focus Features/Big Beach)
Taraji P. Henson – Hidden Figures (20th Century Fox)
Tika Sumpter – Southside With You (Roadside Attractions)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Alano Miller – Loving (Focus Features/Big Beach)
Chadwick Boseman – Captain America: Civil War (Marvel Studios)
David Oyelowo – Queen of Katwe (Walt Disney Studios)
Mahershala Ali – Moonlight (A24)
Trevante Rhodes – Moonlight (A24)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Aja Naomi King – The Birth of a Nation (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Lupita Nyong’o – Queen of Katwe (Walt Disney Studios)
Mo’ Nique – Almost Christmas (Universal Pictures)
Octavia Spencer – Hidden Figures (20th Century Fox)
Viola Davis – Fences (Paramount Pictures)

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture
Lion (See-Saw Films)
Loving (Focus Features/Big Beach)
Miles Ahead (Sony Pictures Classics)
Moonlight (A24)
The Birth of a Nation (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

DOCUMENTARY

Outstanding Documentary – (Film)
13th
(Netflix)
I Am Not Your Negro
(Velvet Film)
Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise (The People’s Poet LLC)
Miss Sharon Jones! (Cabin Creek Films)
Olympic Pride, American Prejudice (Coffee Bluff Pictures)

Outstanding Documentary – (Television)
Major League Legends: Hank Aaron (Smithsonian Channel)
Policing the Police (PBS)
Roots: A History Revealed (History)
Roots: A New Vision (History)
Streets of Compton (A&E)

WRITING

Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series
Donald Glover – Atlanta – “B.A.N.” (FX)
Issa Rae, Larry Wilmore – Insecure – “Insecure as F**k” (HBO)
Kenya Barris – black-ish – “Hope” (ABC)
Our Lady J – Transparent – “If I Were A Bell” (Amazon)
Prentice Penny – Insecure – “Real as F**k” (HBO)

Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series
Akela Cooper – Marvel’s Luke Cage – “Manifest” (Netflix)
Anthony Sparks – Queen Sugar – “By Any Chance” (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)
Ava DuVernay – Queen Sugar – “First Things First” (OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network)
Joe Robert Cole – The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story – “The Race Card” – (FX)
LaToya Morgan – TURN: Washingtons Spies – “Benediction” (AMC)

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture – (Television)
Alison McDonald – An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love Has to Win (Amazon)
Alison McDonald – Roots (Night 2) (History)
Charles Murray – Roots (Night 3) (History)
Rashida Jones and Mike Schur – Black Mirror: Nosedive (Netflix)
Rhonda Freeman-Baraka – Merry Christmas, Baby! (UP TV)

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Film)
Adam Mansbach Barry (Black Bear Pictures and Cinetic Media)
Barry Jenkins Moonlight (A24)
Jeff Nichols Loving (Focus Features/Big Beach)
Nate Parker The Birth of a Nation (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Richard Tanne Southside With You (Roadside Attractions)

DIRECTING

Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series
Anton Cropper – black-ish – “God” (ABC)
Anton Cropper – black-ish – “Good-ish Times” (ABC)
Donald Glover – Atlanta – “Value” (FX)
Marta Cunningham – Transparent – “Exciting and New” (Amazon)
Melina Matsoukas – Insecure – “Insecure as F**k” (HBO)

Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series
Anthony Hemingway – Underground – “The Macon 7” (WGN America)
John Singleton – The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story: The Race Card – (FX)
Millicent Shelton – Empire – “The Lyon Who Cried Wolf” (FOX)
Paris Barclay – Pitch – “Pilot” (FOX)
Sam Esmail – Mr. Robot – “eps2.5_h4ndshake.sme” (USA Network)

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Television)
Carl Seaton – Bad Dad Rehab – (TV One)
Mario Van Peebles – Roots (Night 2) – (History)
Rick Famuyiwa – Confirmation – (HBO)
Thomas Carter – Roots (Night 3) – (History)
Vondie Curtis-Hall – Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart – (Lifetime)

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture – (Film)
Anthony Russo, Joe Russo – Captain America: Civil War (Marvel Studios)
Barry Jenkins – Moonlight (A24)
Garth Davis – Lion (See-Saw Films)
Mira Nair – Queen of Katwe (Walt Disney Studios)
Nate Parker – The Birth of a Nation (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

ANIMATED/CGI

Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance – (Television or Film)

Kevin Hart – The Secret Life of Pets (Universal Pictures)
Dwayne Johnson – Moana (Walt Disney Studios)
Idris Elba – Finding Dory (Walt Disney Studios)
Idris Elba – The Jungle Book (Walt Disney Studios)

Loretta Devine – Doc McStuffins (Disney Junior)

 

Towson University Students and Faculty organize an Anti-Trump walk out

Hundreds of students and faculty met at Towson University’s Freedom Square to speak out against racial injustice, homophobia, Islamophobia, and discrimination following the presidential election. The faculty ahead of the Social Justice Collective organized the event to provide support and a platform for students to voice their opinions and concerns.

Students and faculty of different races, sexual orientation, and backgrounds spoke of support and oneness for one another but some students got right to the point. In regards to the safety pins that some white allies are wearing, TU student Bilphena Yahwon stated, “I want you to understand. A pin is not enough action. When lives are literally at risk, when people are being assaulted, when people are being killed, when Muslim women are having their hijabs pulled up in public, I don’t care about your goddamn pin.” Her and a few other students spoke about getting past abstract language like, “We’re all one people”, “We all bleed the same blood”, and resolving and speaking about the blatant discrimination that has and is still affecting millions of people in this country.

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I was there with the Freedom School, an organization created by TU student, John Gillespie. The organization is a space for Black Radical teachings and discussions open to all every Thursday at the institute.

Black&Sexy TV debuts web series, Dope Deconstruction

The online streaming network, Black&Sexy TV, premiered their new web-series, Dope Deconstruction this past Sunday with host Shanika (@ShanikaPowell) and Sam (@Slamriddb) who together make Slam Pow Productions. The two have a current podcast entitled, Inner Hoe Uprising, which as they quote is about “Sex, love, and dating from two black polyamorous 20 something’s in NYC. Sounds pretty cool.

Their web series will be a part of Black&Sexy’s #BlackGirlMagicSundays along with the series, Dear Miller. The first episode of Dope Deconstruction features Nigerian artist, activist, and musician Lalou Senbanjo (@laolunyc). Sebanjo’s work, Sacred Art of Ori, originates from Yoruba rituals and some of his clients have been Ibeyi, Alicia Keys, Jidenna, and Beyonce. Tune in every Sunday for new episodes of Deconstruction!

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Ariell Johnson, owner of Amalgam Comics & Coffee, will appear on the “Invincible Iron Man #1” cover

Ariell Johnson, owner of Amalgam Comics and Coffee in Philadelphia, will appear on a variant cover of Invincible Iron Man #1. She will appear alongside Riri Williams, the new face of Marvel’s Iron Man. Johnson, an avid comic book fan, is the first African American women to open her own comic book store on the East Coast. When the coffee shop across from her favorite comic book store closed, Johnson decided to open her own store to provide the same space for herself and other comic book fans. Like many forms of media and art in the US, comics have had a diversity issue regarding women and especially people of color. This almost discouraged Johnson from collecting comic books.

“To think I made it a decade-plus and I had never seen a black, woman superhero is crazy because little white boys have so many [with whom they identify]: ‘I want to be Iron Man!’ ‘I want to be Batman!’ ‘I want to be Superman.’ ‘I want to be Han Solo!’ When you are a person of color, you’re scraping the bottom of the barrel to find someone you can identify with. I always felt like I was watching other people’s adventures,” she explained. “Being introduced to Storm was a pivotal moment for me because had I not come across her, I might have grown out of my love for [comics].”

Johnson wanted to provide a safe space for women, people of color, and geeks across the spectrum.

“The goal is to be an inclusive geek space,” she said. “So it’s not just comics; it’s gaming, it’s sci-fi, it’s horror, whatever you geek about, we want to make room for you!”

“I had a girl tell me I had an excellent book selection and she was 7 or 8. I don’t know how welcome she might feel in some other spaces,” she said. “Women exist in this space! We’ve always been reading comic books, we just may not have been as open about it. I definitely get very positive feedback from not just little girls, but grown women too.”

The comic goes on sale next month and will be available exclusively at the Amalgam shop.

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