African American Issues Archives

mary-j-blige-queen-latifah21NBC has signed on Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige for The Wiz, the network’s latest live for TV musical.  Latifah will play the Wiz, who holds the keys to the Emerald City, and Mary J. Blige got the role of  the Wicked Witch of the West.  More details below. READ MORE

stopgang ViolenceAfter the death of a Rollin 100 gang member, Los Angeles gangs have issued a challenge to kill 100 people as fast as possible. One of the first victims appears to be a 4-year-old boy.
Under the hashtag #100Days100Nights, users on Instagram and Twitter are issuing a stark warning: Two Los Angeles gangs are betting which one can kill 100 people—in a gang, or innocent—within the next 100 days. More details below. READ MORE

sandra bland#WhatHappenedToSandraBland

By now, most of America and the rest of the world is asking what happened to Sandra Bland, the 28 year old young black woman that was found dead in a Texas jail cell after being taken into custody for a routine traffic stop.  This story is horrifying to many Americans because of the rise of police involved deaths involving black people sweeping across the country.  A prosecutor told reporters the cause of Sandra Bland’s death was hanging and the manner of death was suicide,but the people aren’t buying that.  Celebrities like Taraji P. Henson, Kim Kardashian, and Nicki Minaj are speaking out on behalf of injustice.  See their reactions to the death of Sandra Bland below. READ MORE

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Actress Raven Symone has found another way to catch backlash from #BlackTwitter! “The View” co-host made a comment pertaining to the popular topic #BlackLivesMatter.

Check out what she said below!

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Southside with you 1Here are a few of the first images from Southside With You, a film inspired by the first date of future First Couple Barack Obama and Michelle Obama.   READ MORE

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The Rainbow PUSH Coalition partnered with Google to present the “Dream Makers, Risk Takers and Money Makers: Diversity and Inclusion in Tech Forum” at the Google headquarters in Los Angeles. This forum is part of an ongoing program designed to identify ways to open access and create pathways for people of color into the technology industry, as well as increase the level of diversity in Silicon Valley and beyond. Reverend Jesse Jackson and Google executives were on hand to discuss the efforts of Rainbow PUSH, along with a panel of esteemed technology executives who explored the best ways to increase diversity and innovation in technology.

Check out the details below.

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a_Dascha Polanco (Orange is the New Black), singer Cassie Ventura, Maddie Mey, CIROC Exec Erin Harris, and Draya Michelle

Dascha Polanco (Orange is the New Black), singer Cassie Ventura, Draya Michelle, Mercedeh Allen, and Fernanda Romero all gathered at Pump in West Hollywood for the Motions BET Summer Brunch.  All looking fabulous they enjoyed Ciroc’s summer collection and all walked away with their swag bags full of Motions Hair Care.  Lauren London and CassieSome other attendees are Love & Hip Hop’s Apryl Jones, actress Lauren London, and Claire Sulmers Editor of the Fashion Bomb Daily.  Check out all the photos from this fabulous event below. READ MORE

farrakan breakfast clubNation of Islam leader, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, recently blessed Power 105’s The Breakfast Club morning crew with his presence and shared many jewels of wisdom and knowledge.

At 82 years of age, Farrakhan is still a strong figure of the Nation of Islam as well as Black America.  And given the climate of race relations and politics in the country, Farrakhan’s message for unity among young people of color is of great importance as we face these turbulent times.

farrakhan-the-breakfast-clubLouis Farrakhan shared many thoughts with DJ Envy, Angela Yee, and Charlamagne Tha God.  He said he felt that rappers are the new leaders now and explained that they should use their voice for good as each of the top rappers have a wide following.Which explains his recent meeting with Kanye West, and other Hip Hop heavyweights like Rick Ross.  Check out the interview below and take notes.  It will leave with a lot to think about.

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