Everyone may not have realized it yet because it’s still so fresh and current, but Colin Kaepernick’s protest of the National Anthem is a part of history. To officially deem it so, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture will add him to its records.
By Sherronda Brown
“When I want something, it’s fucking easy for me.” – Miley Cyrus, the self-ordained savior of our nation
The words “Dumpster Fyre” hover above the head of Miley Cyrus on the cover of Billboard Magazine. Even though they refer to the debacle at Fyre Festival in which rich white kids were finessed out of thousands of dollars and found themselves in a trash pile with bologna sandwiches rather than at the lavish resort they were promised, these words are perhaps more fitting for the interview with the 24-year-old.
Billboard explains that the Disney Alum “has left behind the pasties, hip-hop bangerz and, yes, weed for her new incarnation: countrified singer-songwriter and hopeful unifier of a divided nation.” Standing among waist-high greenery with her hands in her free-flowing hair, Miley dons a simple pink farm girl dress with frilly lace about the sleeves and bodice. The expression on her face is plain and unassuming. Save for the sporadic miniature tattoos peppering the length of her arms, she is a vision of white Southern Belle innocence and propriety.
Beyoncé’s visual album LEMONADE has officially been a part of the public consciousness for a year. To celebrate the project and all of its critical acclaim, Beyoncé didn’t drop a new album or even a song. Instead, she’s changing the lives of four women seeking a higher education, according to CNN.
Fox News has cut its ties with Bill O’Reilly, one of the networks most recognizable political pundits. The mutual break-up comes after O’Reilly has been publicly accused of sexual harassment by multiple women who once worked at the network.
When you look across the late night landscape as it currently stands, you’ll find a lot of white and a lot of men. Despite America being filled with everything but white men, they’re still often treated as the faces of pop culture as they host late night television. Fortunately, Comedy Central is looking to change that.
Franchesca Ramsey, a comedian, writer and host of MTV’s Decoded, will executive produce and host her own late night show for the network, according to NBCBLK.
Charlie Murphy, famed comedian, writer and actor, has passed away at the age of 57.
Some would say that we’re living in a renaissance of Black art. Whether it be in music, painting or literature, black artists seem to be excelling even more than usual. This belief was further supported on Monday as Pulitzer Prize winners were announced. Out of the 21 writers awarded in New York City for their work, four of them – Colson Whitehead, Lynn Nottage, Tyehimba Jess and Hilton Als – were Black.
In recent years, Marvel Comics has made a considerable effort to diversify its characters. We just covered how America Chavez, a queer Latina woman, was getting her own solo-series a couple of weeks ago. Coincidentally, that’s around the same time that the publisher started to get hit hard in the sales department.
As if his initial $1 million donation to Chicago Public Schools wasn’t already more than enough, Chance the Rapper continues to outdo himself. The Chicago rapper held a second press conference last week to announce some major news. First, the Chicago Bulls organization would be matching his initial donation. Secondly, and perhaps most importantly, he announced the New Chance Arts and Literature Fund, according to The Chicago Sun-Times.
Beyoncé is already commonly known as royalty to her millions of adoring fans. However, a new development could transform Queen Bey into a whole new kind of royalty.
Variety reports that director John Favreau has Beyoncé’s name at the very top of his list of people he’d like to play Nala in the upcoming remake of The Lion King.