African American Issues Archives

Photos : Lexus Presents UPTOWN Uncorked Atlanta

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Lexus has partnered with UPTOWN Magazine and Constellation Brands to present UPTOWN Uncorked – a private, premium culinary experience showcasing an eclectic mix of food, wine, culture and fine automobiles. Guests were treated to delectable cuisine by premier African American chefs and restaurateurs and exquisite wines from Constellation’s SAVED and Meiomi selections. I must say the food was delicious from all the chefs! Celebrities in attendance were Gabrielle Union, Clifton Powell, the cast from Saints and Sinners and more ! Take a look at all the great food and vibes from last nights event ! Shout out to M320 Consulting for putting together such stellar event !

photos by Briana Crudup

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Dorian J was born in Buffalo, New York, to Rhonda Henderson who was a singer then and now is a pastor and author and Stevie Jordan who is known as 4x Grammy Award Winner Hitman Stevie J. With both parents being musically inclined it is no surprise that Dorian J. known to the world as Stevie J’s son would continue in his parents musical endeavors.

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Little Professor Skye's Book Cover - Photo Provided Courtesy of Munson Steed

Little Professor Skye’s Book Cover – Photo Provided Courtesy of Munson Steed

Little Professor Skye “Favorite Things” is the first in a series of children’s books targeting Black girls. It actually provides an opening where parents and educators can actively engage readers in various discussion topics where it’s math, science, technology and many gifts. Readers will immediately relate and identify with the idea of annotating their favorite things. READ MORE

Amber Rose vs. Lil Duval!

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Amber Rose has a show and I believe that it is a comedy show? I’m not to sure but I do know that Amber as usual is catching s lot of heat from it. Well, you know that every time Amber Rose’s name is mentioned it usually always has something bad attached to it or negative and I think this show is her outlet to change that perspective.

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Amber basically made comments on the fact that Duval said her show wasn’t funny and that she wouldn’t be anything in life foreal. She took that to heart of course because he judged her without even knowing her personally first off.

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Secondly, she highlighted that these are the issues especially in the black community that need to be addressed because we are so quick to tear one another down. She spoke on the fact that this is why we need to lift each other up. Men should uplift their women especially black men and black women.

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There is a big disconnect there and until that is fixed we all will be hurting. I more than agree with Amber Rose and I feel like especially when you have a platform of power speaking ignorance and negativity is the wrong way to go and you should get called out on it.

 

People are not their past, so let them live!

GoFundMe Account Frozen!

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This is a sad, sad, sad case that I wish I could say had something to do with other than race but it honestly doesn’t. There is a boy by the name of Freddy Barley who rode 6 hours on his bike just to make it to college in time for move-in day. He got accepted into college but had no means of transportation nor housing when he got to school. He was sleeping in a tent outside of campus and everything, I mean he was really struggling!

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So yes, if you were wondering this is a young African-American boy and this halt on his account I am convinced is all about racial profiling. This boy set up an account explaining his situation and he was gratefully able to raise a whopping $184,000 dollars!

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Then one of the people in authority for the GoFundMe site put a halt on the money he raised because they apparently had “multiple questions” about his story and his actual situation.

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I was heartbroken when I read it because I just feel that if it were any other race he wouldn’t be under investigation for telling the truth. Why are you so hesitant to give this young man this money? Because you already see his drive and determination to make the best of the opportunity given to him?

 

Why are you so intimidated? So bothered?

Freddie Gray!

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The word is out. Everyone knows. The Freddie Gray case outcome is out and all three of the officers in that case are not being held accountable for their actions that night. Freddie Gray was a case in the inner city of Baltimore. Here is where one of the biggest out roars happened.

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I know that the Black Lives Matter community really came together well after this situation even happened but it was one of the major cases that sparked the movement. Freddie was beat up and killed while in custody of the police and of course the police have an “excuse” for why they had to use force.

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There is no justifiable reason at all for killing an innocent man. These racist police officers do not care about black lives and that is why they get so trigger happy and so called scared when they get around the black man. It is an indescribable feeling that the entire black community and people in general encounter when one soldier falls.

 

The unlawful actions of the “justice system” will have to be endured sooner than later.

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Michael Jordan is the latest celebrity of many to finally speak up and use their platform to address the issues that are currently plaguing our society: the unjustified shootings of African Americans and the killings of police officers.

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More Unecessary Shootings!

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About two days ago July 20th at 7 am in the morning in Capitol Heights, Maryland  a man was senselessly murdered by an ignorant individual. The police are saying that this shooting was a homicide and are still looking for a suspect. Apparently what happened is this man had just finished pumping his gas and this boy walked up to him and shot him. The man was 68 years old and later died at the hospital from his bullet wound.

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This really bothers my soul. We are sitting here worried about another race killing us but we are overlooking the things we do to ourselves do to ignorance and fear. But blacklivesmatter, right? So let’s start with fixing the brokenness within us. That is where everything will start because of course people and other races are going to see how broken we are and use that against us because it is a weakness.

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So many people are claiming to be woke but are you really? Because the enemies right now are ourselves. Pray for this family pray for the world because whether he had motive or not that was someone’s father, dad, uncle, brother, or cousin.

We have to do better. The bloodshed is ridiculous and people’s mindsets are all over the place.