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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.


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.


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


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


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.


Buy Black Ujamaa Marketplace


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.


7th Annual Johns Hopkins Black History Month Student Competition


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.


I Am Not Your Negro


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


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.




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.



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


Goodbye Vine! A list of my favorite Viners and where to follow them

January 17th, 2017, the day the video app, Vine will transition to, “Vine Camera”. A platform that will allow users to create videos and download only to their phone or upload to Twitter. Who would have thought 6 second videos would be so entertaining and make average people multi-millionaires. Viral dance crazes, crude voice overs, mind bending visuals, and comedy catapulted Vine as one of the most popular apps between 2013 and 2015. The platform launched lucrative careers for some of its most popular stars including King Bach, Brittany Furlan, Reggie COUZ, and resuscitated some careers like Nickelodeon actor, Josh Peck. Between Instagram’s introduction of videos, to the rise of Snapchat, to internal conflicts, Vine’s popularity started to plummet around 2015.

The social media platform had it’s pros and cons especially in regard to black youth. It displayed how creative and humorous we could be but it also reared it’s ugly, “minstrel show” antics (I mean, do you really need a watermelon, fried chicken, and Kool-Aid in every video?) Either way it was fun while it lasted. I, personally, had around 300 Vines and around 127,000 loops; most of those stemming from a Vine I did at a Tyler, the Creator show. I’ll miss the app but before it disappears, I listed some of my favorite Viners throughout the apps short lived life and how you can keep updated with their content.

Remember to download all of your personal vines or favorite vines from the website or app by January 17th!

1. Tyler, the Creator


One of my favorite artist, Tyler, the Creator, was the reason I joined the platform. After constantly viewing his Vines through the browser platform, I finally downloaded the app for myself. If you’ve followed Tyler and Odd Future throughout the years then their energetic and immature antics come at no surprise. Pranks, concert footage, and jazz music filled up Tyler’s now deserted Vine account. In true hipster fashion, Tyler jetted out of the platform once it became popular but he can still be found on twitter under his renamed handle @tylerthecreator (previously @fucktyler) or his Instagram, @feliciathegoat.

2. Rickey Thompson


He’s funny, sassy, and loves his food. Rickey Thompson was one of Vines most popular stars with 2.5 million followers and around a BILLION loops. He created his own YouTube channel back when Vine was dwindling in popularity. You can catch his hilarious stories and commentary on his channel, Rickey Thompson, and check him out on the original YouTube show, Foursome.


Around 2015 or so, I popped in and out of Vine just to see if anyone still used it. At that time, most of popular users and traffic had moved along but I came across an interesting account entitled Fuzzoscope. The record label produces soothing hip hop/ jazz infused instrumentals and through Vine they paired the songs with psychedelic visuals. MP3 downloads and cassettes are available on their website, www.fuzzoscope.bandcamp.com/ and you can follow them on twitter @Fuzzoscope.

4. The Golden Corndog

She has a very unique sense of humor and a killer sense of style. How to explain her earlier Vines? Think amateur comedy night mixed with elevator music (eh, I can’t explain it, you’d have to be there, sorry). You can follow her on twitter @ElGoldieCornie and Instagram at @thegoldencorndog.

5. fLEshtoneCraYon

FlestoneCrayon is not here for white supremacy (neither am I) but is here for black empowerment with a little bit of humor. He took aim at the new elected president and anyone associated with racist behavior while also posting quotes from our favorite civil rights leaders and videos of current social issues. Follow their twitter @fLEshtoneCraYon.   

6. Yotsu

You’ll either ask, “What’s the song title?” or “What’s the anime title?” with these videos. Similar to Fuzzoscope, Yotsu Vines paired relaxing instrumentals with various anime shows and films. Their YouTube channel by the same name includes longer clips for your viewing pleasure.


7. Tragic Tofu

I don’t know where Tragic Tofu found all of their vintage commercials and movie clips but they fit perfectly with a diverse music catalogue and perfect loops. Follow their twitter account @TragicTofu.

8. Summerella

O mah gud! One of Summerella’s signature phrases. Not only does she slay in the looks and hair department; she makes hilarious videos as well. She sings too! Right now, she has a song out with the artist Jacquees entitled, Pull Up. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram under @_Summerella_.

9. Mystery Mansion

Dream like production fused with pixelated greatness. The music from Mystery Mansion sounds like it jumped out of an 8-bit video game. Follow them on twitter @mystrymnsion and their SoundCloud at https://soundcloud.com/mysterymansionmusic.

10. Mr. Mase

By now, you can tell I love music and the Vine accounts associated with music. Mr. Mase account consisted of a great vinyl collection and tunes with a mix of animation, vintage clips, and outdoor visuals. You can follow him on twitter @supercrab and his website, http://www.marcusmason.net.

11. TheRealJet$ki

I think a few marbles might’ve gone missing with TheRealJet$ki aka Jet Wavy. He loves dancing to trap music in an array of costumes and outfits; Lil Wayne, Luigi, and one of his more popular videos, the blue power ranger, are just a few characters he’s taken on. Check out Complex’s video about Jet Wavy below and follow him on twitter @JET_Wavy and YouTube under, The Iggnant Show.

12. JusReign

He created very funny videos including a strict father, paranoid boyfriend, and Punjabi renditions of the latest hip hop songs. JusReign has been one of Vine’s biggest stars with over a billion loops and a million followers. He’s been a red carpet correspondent for the Much Music Video Awards, starred in a few films, and won The YouTuber of the Year award at the 2016 Next Media Awards.

13. 4EverKelz

He is so funnnyyyy! Don’t believe me? Watch a compilation of his best vines below and follow him on Twitter and Instagram @4everKelz.

Honorable Mentions

Mike Q (SoundCloud: Djmikeq/ Twitter: @TheOnlyMikeQ)


Yung Poppy (IG:@theyungp/Twitter: @therealyungpoppy)

Nicholas Megalis (Twitter: @nicholasmegalis)/ Youtube: Nicholas Megalis

Taran (IG: @taranpoke)


Bye Vine! I’ll Miss You!





Kehlani and Little Simz explore London in “Table”

Kehlani took a trip to London to shoot the visual for Table featuring her good friend, U.K. rapper, Little Simz. The Bay area singer is set to go on tour to promote her album, SWEETSEXYSAVAGE (TLC, anyone?) which is set to drop January 27th. The video was shot by David Camarena and the song features a cool sample from the amazing, Use Your Heart, by SWV. Check out the video below.




Tyler, The Creator Follows His Own Color Palette with Golf Wang’s Winter ’16 Lookbook

Tyler, The Creator has released the Golf Wang Winter ’16 lookbook: Winter’s Calling with an array of his signature colorful apparel. The release features sweaters, jackets, dad hats, polka dot pants, and a new addition of bathrobes. Tyler has shown that he follows his own rules, no traditional winter colors, no traditional patterns, and no conformity. He did all of the photography with the credit under his real name, Tyler Okonma, and styling under one of his aliases, Wolf Haley. The apparel is scheduled to drop on Friday, December 9th.

Scroll down for pictures from Winter’s Calling and visit the Golf Wang website to purchase items.



Shop 100+ Black Owned Businesses for the Holidays and Beyond!

That’s right! Over a hundred black owned businesses and items to get your holiday shopping spree on. Apparel, cosmetics, home decor, children items, and more all from talented black business owners and artist! Bookmark this link because buying black shouldn’t be a one time thing. Credit to Essence, Madame Noire, The Culture, Okay Africa, Melanin Makeup, Official Black Wall Street, The Huffington Post, A Black Life, I Don’t Do Clubs, Black Girl Long Hair, and Quirky Brown Love for providing brands to help with the list!


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