A few months ago, we reported that actress Gabrielle Union was suing BET Network due to a breach of her contract for the hit show Being Mary Jane. This week, it seems Union and BET have reached an agreement, news that is sure to please the show’s growing fan-base.
For the People Artists Collective (FTP) is entering a new season. This past year, their actions and art supported the successful #ByeAnita campaign, which advocated against the re-election of former State’s Attorney, Anita Alvarez, for her role in the Laquan McDonald video cover-up. The video showed the young black man being shot 16 times by Chicago Police.
I chatted with Monica Trinidad, an artist and organizer living in Chicago, and a co-founder of the FTP collective. She reflected on where FTP has been and where the group hopes to go in the future. She emphasized to me that FTP has a message: that art is an essential component of organizing and that organizing is, itself, an art.
In the 1970’s, Norman Lear was one of very few kings of television programming. He was responsible for creating shows such as “Sanford and Son” and “All in the Family”, which created classic spinoffs such as “The Jeffersons” and “Good Times”. The influence of these programs on not only the future of television, but millions of mainstream viewers is historical.
Which means that it was only a matter of time before they were revisited in some form.
In less than a month, the Obama family will be out of the White House and moving on to the next chapters of their lives. While many of will surely miss the presence of President Obama, some of us will miss the First Lady even more.
Last night, Michelle Obama sat down for an exclusive interview with Oprah Winfrey about her time as First Lady, the future of the White House and even if she’d consider going into politics herself, according to USA Today.
The United States has a history of selectively ignoring its long history of racial violence against black people, especially the thousands of lynchings that occurred. In order to commemorate these tragedies, the Equal Justice Initiative is working to permanently honor the fallen with a memorial but was having issues raising the funds needed for its construction.
Fortunately, the campaign just got some major backing.
Jon and Pat Stryker, sibling philanthropists and children of the late Lee Stryker, have donated a total of $10 million to The Memorial to Peace and Justice, according to MLive.
Christmas is less than a week away so we’re running out of time to get into the Christmas spirit. Luckily, Chance the Rapper took advantage of his appearance on Saturday Night Live! to help us out.
The Chicago rapper joined up with SNL”s Kenan Thompson to celebrate the last Christmas with Barack Obama in office by spoofing Run-DMC’s “Christmas in Hollis.”
In light of the political moment, a little bit of escapism is just what the doctor ordered. You’ll find that and more in the delightful 2013 UK comedy Chewing Gum, released on Netflix this October. Led by the endearing Michaela Coel, the show is a fun opportunity to engage with a young woman inexperienced in life and love but determined to make her way.
Several things about Black people are true. First, we are not to be outdone. Second, we often disrupt the status quo. Third, we can find similarities between many everyday political experiences and our own Black Experiences with relative ease. In this clip of Morehouse professor, author, and all-around dope individual Marc Lamont Hill in conversation with CNN’s Don Lemon and three other pundits, Hill supplies proper evidence for all three of the phenomena I already mentioned above.
While discussing “cultural differences” on “The Graham Norton Show,” half-woke starlet Jennifer Lawrence proved once again that the limits of White Feminism are vast. She joked, and even seemed to have a whole comedy routine ready, about her desecration of sacred rocks in Hawaii while filming one of the Hunger Games films.
When it comes to political commentary, Trevor Noah and Tomi Lahren are on opposite sides of the spectrum. One is the newly established host of a long-time hub of liberal political comedy. The other is a newly celebrated voice of the highly conservative white nationalist – sometime called the “alt right”- movement and host of a self-titled program on TheBlaze.
The two hosts have both criticized each other’s views on their respective programs, but their two separate trajectories came to a collision on Wednesday night when Lahren appeared as a guest on The Daily Show.