Black Panther’s Dora Milaje are Getting Comic Book Spin-Off

The Dora Milaje the female warriors who serve and protect the Wakanda kingdom and T’Challa are finally getting a comic book spinoff. Marvel editor Wil Moss announced on Friday that the elite force would appear in a collection of one-shot comics Wakanda Forever.

Nnedi Okorafor will write the comics. In an interview with Vogue Okorafor said of the female protectors, “Typically when you see them, they’re with T’Challa, representing and protecting him. Now you’re going to see the Dora Miljae for the first time as an independent entity; they’re not under the shadow of the throne.”

Alberto Alburquerque will do the art. The comics will follow Okoye, Ayo, Aneka and the Dora Milaje as their stories move through Amazing Spider-Man, Avengers and X-Men. The first issue will see the ladies head to New York with Peter Parker to “investigate a threat to national security.”

In a moment Okorafor said was “coming for a long time,” the first issue arrives in June, followed by X-Men: Wakanda Forever in July and Avengers: Wakanda Forever in August.

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Ensemble: Black & Light Blue

I’m generally not a fan of ‘90s fashion, but one of the things I remember fondly was the resurgence of light blue, and how well it worked with black. The ensemble here is based on that memory. I threw in some pearl grey to lighten the palette for those who aren’t that fond of black. 

Think of any way at all to combine black with light blue. Faded denim counts as light blue. Here are some renditions to get you started.

Column of Black

Create a column of black with separates and add light blue accents with scarf and bag, or even shoes. Throw on a light blue jacket if you like. Finish off the outfit with grey, black or silver footwear.


Combine a light blue patterned item with a grey separate. It works well when the pattern incorporates some black. Finish off the look with grey, black or silver footwear, and black bag to match.

Light Blue Top

Combine a black bottom with a light blue top. Add a black necklace, earrings or specs to balance the black up top. A black or grey topper could work. Finish off the look with grey, black or silver footwear, and bag to match.

Mid-Tone Denim

Try a mid-tone blue top if the pastel is too light. Combine the top with cropped black flares, and by all means wear a dress over bottoms to create a tunic effect. Finish off the look with grey, black or silver footwear, and a bag that works with the palette.

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Riding Along Toyota’s Black History Tour

Last February, Toyota conducted a Black History Tour. As a child of the 1960s, and witness to riots in Baltimore after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I was super excited to attend to learn more about our history, and was joined by several journalist and blogger peers.

The mission was simple yet precise: Visit historical sites in the Northeast corridor and travel from site to site in the latest 2017 Toyota cars and compact SUVs.

(Image: Brian Armstead)

Stops included: Madame C.J. Walker’s estate in New York State; Harlem in New York City; historic churches and sites in Philadelphia; and finally—the drive back to my home area of suburban Washington, D.C., to visit the newest jewel among the incredible collection of Smithsonian Museums: the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC).

The trip was truly life-changing, especially learning about the history of our struggle in Philadelphia, and of course visiting the first-rate, superbly curated NMAAHC. During our multi-hour visit there, I was at an exhibit showing Revolutionary War hero James Armistead.

(Image: Brian Armstead)

I froze.  My father’s name was James Armstead. Was this one of my ancestors who held a surname that evolved into mine? As I choked up with tears and pride for the way he fought to be free, I realized that my story was one of tens of thousands that others might have experienced visiting the museum that covers our history from pre-slavery to today.

In December, Toyota hosted yet another Black History Tour. The mission this time was to drive 2018 Toyotas from historical sites in Atlanta to the even deeper South, with additional stops in Montgomery and Selma, Alabama; Meridian, Mississippi; and finally Jackson, Mississippi, to witness the inauguration of another stirring display of our history, the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum.

In Atlanta, we experienced a bus tour of the Martin Luther King National Site, where an eternal flame burns in his memory; saw the Ebenezer Baptist Church where Dr. King often preached, viewed his statue on the ground of the Georgia State capitol building, and learned much from our tour guide, Tom Houck, who from 1965–1971 worked with the NAACP, SCLC, and other civil rights groups across the nation.

(Image: Brian Armstead)

Houck was also a personal assistant and driver for Dr. King from 1966 until his assassination in Memphis, Tennessee. As a white American, Houck had many stories to tell about being branded a “nigger lover,” often at great personal peril.

After the Atlanta portion of the trip, we hit the road to Alabama (in an all-new 2018 Camry XLE with red leather)!

After several hours on the road, my drive partner, Tami Reed of, and I approached Montgomery, Alabama. This was during the time when a nominee for U.S. Senator of Alabama was being accused of sexual misconduct. To say it was a tense time in the state is an understatement, as war lines were political and racial.

My mind raced as we entered Montgomery, as Alabama has a terrible legacy of denying civil rights to African Americans. I remember Governor George Wallace blocking the doors of schools to thwart integration.

(Image: Brian Armstead)

I remember brutal “Commissioner of Public Safety” Bull Connor, ordering police to attack peaceful protestors with high-pressure fire hoses and police dogs, while protecting Klansmen and any others who sought to espouse white supremacy.

The bombing of the “Freedom Riders” bus and the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing that took the lives of four little girls came to mind. Dr. King once called Birmingham a “symbol of hardcore resistance to integration.” All of this swirled and stirred up clouds of emotion within me.

And then I smiled when we pulled up to the Dexter Parsonage Museum, which chronicles the history of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. Visitors can tour the home next door where Dr. King and his wife Coretta raised their family while he was an Associate Pastor at the church.

The Parsonage, built in 1912, has been restored to its appearance when Dr. King and his family lived there. Much of the furniture was actually used by Dr. King, and it’s now a part of the National Register of Historic Places. While on the front porch of the Parsonage, we were alerted to look at the differences in the two front windows on the porch. The reason one looked newer is due to the ugly fact that his home was firebombed by Ku Klux Klan supremacists and was a constant target for hate.

(Image: Brian Armstead)

From The Dexter Personage Museum tour, we drove on to the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church.

Dr. King served the church from 1954 until 1959, part of a long, distinguished line of pastors at this historic place of worship, located just one block from the once hate-filled State House. The church is now a World Heritage Site.

When we arrived, it was early evening, and the choir was practicing for Sunday services. Guess who got to sing with the choir? All of us on the tour! After meeting current pastor Rev. Cromwell A. Handy, Tour Director Wanda Battle gave us a tour of the church museum. Adorning a complete wall in the museum was an incredible mural of our history, from slavery to martyrdom.

Incidentally, our accommodations in Montgomery at the Renaissance Hotel were along a street that was once famous for its slave warehouses. Just by chance I noticed the signs while having breakfast at the hotel’s restaurant.

So now it was time once again to raise the emotional stakes, as we were about to drive from Montgomery to Selma, Alabama. It was the same route (from Selma to Montgomery) that freedom marchers took to show a watching nation that freedom in the Deep South was far from free.

Mother Nature threw a serious curveball during this leg of our journey, as a major storm blanketed the South in snow and ice. No worries, as our Camry’s advanced traction control systems and some common sense behind the wheel got us through.

We arrived in icy Selma in time to visit the National Voting Rights Museum, which took a close look at another side of the story. Many died for the right to vote, and the museum houses an actual period voting machine, which was beyond the reach and dreams of many in Alabama.

The National Voting Rights Museum is at the base of the infamous Edmund Pettus bridge, where Selma to Montgomery marchers were met with tear gas, water cannons, police dogs, and batons to keep them from continuing their equality march. This sad episode of American history played out on a national stage, as broadcast networks aired the carnage of what was to be named “Bloody Sunday” on televisions across the country.

Next, we headed to Jackson for the opening of two adjacent museums, one dedicated to the Civil Rights struggle in Mississippi. There was some controversy with this event. President Trump had accepted an invitation to attend, leading to a boycott of the opening by many of those who led the way during the struggle, including Congressman Lewis.

On that very cold morning of Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, we assembled to watch history. Many luminaries spoke at the grand-opening ceremony, none more powerful and poignant than Myrlie Evers, the widow of civil rights martyr Medgar Evers, who was gunned down in his Mississippi driveway more the 50 years ago. Trump took a private tour and left the museum, giving meaningful remarks to those assembled before his departure.

There were several displays that really made me emotional. The first was a list of names of those lynched in Mississippi from the early 1900s to about 1970. There were so many panels of names, and these were very tall panels, I wondered whether some names had been repeated. They were not repeated.

I viewed a display which included the photos of two young white people who sat with “coloreds” during a lunch counter sit-in, a common form of peaceful protest during those turbulent times. They were subsequently harassed, with condiments poured on their heads, and arrested. “I look so young in that picture,” said the diminutive woman standing beside me. “Is that you?” I asked her. She responded, “yes,” as she began to tell me her story of courage. Joan Trumpauer was one of scores of white activists who played significant roles in the struggle.

By the way, at each stop during our tour, a check was presented by Toyota.

The company is deeply committed to making an economic presence through plants and executive offices here in the U.S., and a social presence through the scores of programs, events, and facilities they’ve sponsored. And Toyota has demonstrated this commitment through these two amazing tours.





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Exclusive Interview: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Co-Director Joe Russo on the Avengers, the Guardians and the Return of Black Panther

Exclusive Interview: 'Avengers: Infinity War' Co-Director Joe Russo on the Avengers, the Guardians and the Return of Black Panther


Avengers: Infinity War, which initially had a release date scheduled for May 4, has been bumped up a week earlier to April 27th.  Fans that have been waiting with bated breath to see all of their favorite heroes aligned won't have to wait as long, as one of the most anticipated stories in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is right around the corner. With advance tickets now on sale here at Fandango, we partnered with Jamie Broadnax, creator of Black Girl Nerds, on an exclusive…

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Three Unexpected Takeaways From Black Panther

I’m just a software engineer, not a movie reviewer. If you’re looking for an expert critique of Ryan Coogler’s hugely successful big-budget blockbuster, Black Panther, you have come to the wrong place.

That isn’t to say I didn’t appreciate the film. I enjoyed strong performances from Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, and the rest of the legendary supporting cast. I loved the attention to detail in everything from the costumes to the fight scenes to the distinctively black hairstyles. The production quality was as top notch as we’ve come to expect from a Marvel film.

The thing is, I thought the movie was great—just not for the reasons you might think. Let me tell you my three takeaways from the movie.

Disclaimer: If you’re already familiar with the comic, there isn’t much in the way of spoilers ahead. Everybody else, consider yourself warned.

Takeaway #1: The world could use more black innovation

In the film, the fictional African people of Wakanda guard a miracle metal known as Vibranium. Its magical properties fuel their unparalleled technological advancements. Hidden from the view of the outside world, the Wakandans ensure that outsiders remain unaware of their precious metal. They know that no one would guess a seemingly impoverished, third-world country like Wakanda would ever be capable of pioneering the most sophisticated innovations known to mankind.

Like the Wakandans, the innovations of black people throughout American history are also largely invisible. No, black people weren’t trying to hide them from the world. Racism robbed many black innovators from receiving the credit they earned. Unfortunately, history may forget them altogether.

Did you think that Katherine P. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson were the only hidden figures?

As one of the rare black software engineers in Silicon Valley, I remind others of the innovations of black people like Garrett A. Morgan, Lewis Latimer, Frederick McKinley Jones, and Madam C.J. Walker, who invented everything from the precursor to the modern traffic light to the portable refrigeration that makes ice cream trucks possible today.

I’m excited for the growing interest in making the world aware of these and other black inventors. Many amazing, untold stories of black innovation are waiting to be told in film. Hopefully, Hollywood will take notice.

Takeaway #2: Black people are still struggling over the souls of black folk

The central conflict of the movie lies between King T’Challa and Erik Killmonger. T’Challa seeks to guard Wakanda’s technological secrets from the world. And Killmonger? He wants to arm the worldwide African diaspora with the means to rise up against oppression.

This conflict reminded me of the famous nemeses in black American history. For instance, I considered the disagreement between Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. King advocated peaceful civil disobedience. Malcolm believed in black liberation by any means, including violence.

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(As an aside, don’t forget that the Black Panther Party—no relation to the comics—also advocated for using violence to defend blacks against the terrorism of the Jim Crow era.)

King and Malcolm weren’t the only ones to take opposing sides. W.E.B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington debated whether the future of black progress lay in the classroom or the shop floor. Du Bois believed in political action and growing black intellectualism to compete with racism in the battlefield of the mind. Washington, on the other hand, argued that hard work and wealth-building would win the respect of white people.

The schisms between these viewpoints still exist in the black community today. Seeing this debate play out on the big screen made me appreciate the richness of the Black Panther storyline.

Takeaway #3: STEM is a tool for uplifting black communities

At the end of the movie, T’Challa realizes Wakanda must share its technology for the good of humanity. He decides to open up an international outreach post in Oakland, California, a city where black people still make up the largest racial demographic. The audience is led to believe this development would uplift a community long victimized by inequality and injustice.

As soon as I saw that scene, I was instantly reminded of the computer lab that Google opened for Oakland youth near Fruitvale Station in 2016. That transit station is where a police officer killed a handcuffed black man, Oscar Grant III, in 2009. Fruitvale Station is also the name of the biopic about the incident directed by Ryan Coogler and starring Michael B. Jordan.

Silicon Valley is investing in Oakland as they look to raise the representation of blacks and Latinos in tech. I believe that there is real opportunity for companies like Google and others to make a difference in the long-neglected hoods and ghettos that exist all across America. By getting proximate with these communities, as activist Bryan Stevenson puts it, tech can provide the tools that underrepresented groups can use to climb out of poverty.

As Black Panther continues to make film history, I’m hopeful that future films will probe the depths of the important themes that matter to underrepresented communities. I would certainly pay to see more films as entertaining and as thought-provoking as this one.

The author wishes to thank fellow Googlers Cynthia, David, Kalon, Jennie, Mitul, and Olivier for their feedback.

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How Black Barbershops Save the Lives of African American Men

Barbershops have been the heartbeat of African American communities since black men were legally permitted to own businesses. In addition to providing shape-ups and fades, black barbershops are judgment-free safe havens where boys and men openly engage in conversation, debates, and share personal stories. Hence, this makes the barbershop possibly the best environment to curb health epidemics that disproportionately affect black men.

Dealing with Pressure

According to the American Heart Association, more than 40% of African American men suffer from high blood pressure, which can lead to kidney damage and heart failure. Black men and women also run the risk of developing high blood pressure more often, and at an earlier age, than other races. As a result, they are more susceptible to heart disease and stroke.

“Black men have the highest rates of high blood-pressure-related disability and death of any group in the United States,” said Dr. Ronald Victor of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles to NBC News.

Yet, despite the stark reality, black men are less likely to see a doctor due to a deep-seated mistrust of the medical community, lack of healthcare access, and strenuous work schedules. The barbershop, on the other hand, is a place where many frequent several times a month. Here, they often develop trustful relationships with their barbers and feel comfortable opening up about critical issues, like their health.

Getting Treated at ‘The Shop’

Rather than pushing black men to take more trips to a health clinic or physician’s office, Dr. Victor set up an experiment to bring treatment directly to them. For a little over two years, he and his team monitored the blood pressures of 319 men, ages 35 to 71, inside of 52 black-owned barbershops in Los Angeles.

Study participants were divided into separate focus groups. One group received intervention from both their barber and a trained pharmacist stationed at a shop. The second group received advice on healthy living and encouragement from their barber to see a doctor on their own.

The Results?

After six months, nearly two-thirds of men in the first group saw their high blood pressure drop down to a healthy number. The average reduction in systolic and diastolic blood pressure was 21.6. Whereas almost 12% of those from the other group, which received only standard therapy from their barber, saw their blood pressure decrease to a healthy point.

“On average, men who interacted only with their barber and were referred to their own doctor saw their systolic blood pressure drop from 155 mmHg at the start of the study to 145mm Hg after six months,” reads the report, which was released Monday in the New England Journal of Medicine.


“By contrast, men who interacted with their barber and a pharmacist saw their systolic blood pressure drop from 153 mmHg at the start of the study to 126mm Hg after six months.”

Dr. Victor, the study’s lead author, concluded that having pharmacists deliver care in barbershops was effective in controlling blood pressure levels and saving the lives of black men. “The men came in and got their hair cut and they got their blood pressure cut at the same time,” he told NBC News. “We brought the medicine to them, rather than the usual of having patients come to us.”

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Lack of evidence put Hawking’s Nobel hopes in black hole

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This Is The Only Black Woman-Owned Hotel in Marrakech, Morocco

Meryanne Loum-Martin is a Parisian lawyer turned entrepreneur and founder of Jnane Tamsna, a boutique hotel located in Marrakech, Morocco. Beyond the fact that she has the only black woman-owned hotel in the area, she and her husband purchased land in 2000 and in less than one year, they built the hotel from the ground up. “At that time, I was a black woman in a country with a low percentage of black people,” says Loum-Martin. “I didn’t speak the language and the field of construction was very much a world of men who are known to ignore women. And you know what? We designed everything ourselves. My husband was responsible for the gardens and I was responsible for the architecture, interiors, and floor plans.”

Eighteen years later, her confidence, courage, and fierce determination have paid off—from five-star reviews and features in coffee table books and magazines like Elle, Vogue, and Town & Country, to venue host of stylish events such as “The IMARA Retreats: the Colored Girl” (a black female empowerment retreat that hosted powerhouses like Bozoma Saint John). Loum-Martin, who is half West Indian and half Senegalese, has no plans of slowing down.

We asked Loum-Martin to share her insights and tips on providing exceptional customer service experience.


My tips to individual hotel owners would be stick to your identity—it’s your strength and uniqueness. Don’t be shy to appear a bit eccentric, especially if it expresses your true self. Make a personal connection without being intrusive or too much present. People love connections and human experiences because this is what’s missing in our over-digitalized and corporate world.

We’ve created a property with a soul and I rely on our trained staff that have worked with us for over 15 years for this. We are here to create an experience and share the passion we have for the beautiful country of Morocco.

Having created an estate, we’re not interested in competing with conventional luxury. We offer supreme individuality. There’s no TV, no room service, no DJ by the pools but excellent Internet so people can be connected to CNN and the stock market. I have made a bet with some guests: the day the news will be good, we will have a TV in all rooms. Until then, enjoy the gardens.

Several times, I noticed that people whose lives would never have crossed were having the most interesting conversations by the fireplace and then decide to do activities and tour together. Our place creates a bridge between guests who have nothing else in common than staying at the same time at Jnane Tamsna and loving the experience.


We’re situated on nine acres of land, which includes five pools and one tennis court. We’re also very organic, grow our own food, and produce our own olive oil and the best fruit preserves. Our food is a fusion of Mediterranean food and modern Moroccan food. We have 635 century-old palm trees, olive trees, and orchard and vegetable gardens.

We have a very loyal clientele, who come back again and again and send their friends who could be anyone from Hollywood stars, musicians, models, writers, and even journalists—who just love to sit under the shade of our extraordinary trees, read, chat, or sip our own organic grapefruit juice.




We’ve hosted fascinating literary salons around famous writers. We host stays for garden lovers, lifestyle and design lovers, and culinary adventures.


Our own house is on-site and we often invite guests over for drinks. This gives a very different experience to a usual hotel stay. Lastly, our personal commitment to philanthropy and causes has always been accessible to our guests. We’re involvedfrom girls education in rural mountain areas to now assisting African migrants with medical and legal support, food, shelter, and opportunities. This project was started by our son.

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Finally! A Solid Definition of Afrofuturism and How It Relates to ‘Black Panther’

It’s been nearly a month since the debut of Black Panther and the blockbuster movie continues to shatter records. The pro-black superhero film reached the $ 1 billion benchmark at the box office worldwide on Sunday, just 26 days after its debut. This makes the Disney and Marvel Studios movie the No. 9 top film of all time, domestically, and puts it on track to surpass The Dark Knight to become the No. 2 superhero film in history.

Black Panther topped $ 1 billion following its release in its final major market in China, where it opened with an estimated $ 66.5 million. The African-themed sci-fi flick also maintained a firm grip on the No. 1 spot at the U.S. weekend box office for a fourth straight week, becoming the first Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film to hold this title. It’s also only the fifth MCU movie to earn $ 1 billion and the 16th Walt Disney Studios’ to reach this milestone.

However, in addition to smashing records and defying the expectations of success for an all-black film, Black Panther has also sparked a renewed interest in Afrofuturism. The term, which was first coined in the 1990s, describes the infusion of Afro-centricity, history, and technology to shape and define the world. Tim Fielder, a cartoonist, Afrofuturist, and the creator of the Matty’s Rocket Episodic Comicbook Series, stopped by Black Enterprise to explain the history and significance of Afrofuturism, as well as how it is portrayed in Black Panther.

“The interesting thing about the way Afrofuturism is depicted in Black Panther is [that] the Marvel universe takes place in modern time—it’s contemporary. It’s assuming that there is an African country was never colonized and that they—through existing without that colonial interference—were able to become more technically advanced than any other society on the planet.”

Fielder goes on to discuss other aspects of Afrofuturism, including how Ruth E. Carter, an Academy Award-nominated designer, infused it into the movie’s costume designs. Watch the video below.

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‘Black Panther’ Crushes Box Office Records, Making Black History

Call it fate that Black Panther, a pro-black Marvel movie featuring a mostly dark-complexioned cast and directed by a 31-year-old black man, would make history in the month of February.

The sci-fi flick, based in the fictional African country of Wakanda, raked in more than $ 700 million globally in the last two weekends and $ 404 million domestically by Sunday, just 10 days after its release. The $ 200 million film has yet to open in Japan and China.

According to Forbes, Black Panther also broke records in the first seven days of its release, earning $ 292 million in North America, making it the highest grossing Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film in its first week. It stands in fourth place of top-earning movies in one week behind only The Force Awakens ($ 390.8m), The Last Jedi ($ 296.6m) and Jurassic World ($ 296.2m).


Redefining Diversity and Hollywood

Despite being an Africa-centric film, Black Panther has received support from a widely diverse audience. African Americans made up 37% of ticket buyers, followed by white Americans, who made up 35%, and Hispanics with 18%. Women, who normally make up 35% to 40% on a superhero movie’s opening weekend, made up 45% of ticket sales.

Overwhelmed by the record-breaking support, Black Panther director Ryan Coogler penned an open letter thanking fans and the press.

“Never in a million years did we imagine that you all would come out this strong. It still humbles me to think that people care enough to spend their money and time watching our film. But to see people of all backgrounds wearing clothing that celebrates their heritage, taking pictures next to our posters with their friends and family, and sometimes dancing in the lobbies of theaters often moved me and my wife to tears,” it reads.

Coogler launched his career in Hollywood five years ago with the critically acclaimed film Fruitvale Station, which is based on the real-life police shooting of Oscar Grant in Oakland, California. Now, Marvel Studios’ youngest filmmaker is being praised as the “new Steven Spielberg.” The American Black Film Festival (ABFF) alum was also recognized at the 2016 ABFF Honors with the Rising Star Award.

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Little Known Black History Fact: Warren Stanley

Since he was a boy, Warren Stanley said he wanted nothing more than to work for the California High Patrol, the largest state law enforcement agency in the nation. Now after working over three decades with CHP, Stanley can now be proud of becoming the agency’s first Black commissioner.

Stanley, 56, is a native of Dos Palos, California in the state’s central valley region and has 11 siblings. After graduating from the CHP academy in 1982, Stanley reportedly has held every ranking officer position for the agency over the course of his career. The hard work had certainly been recognized after he served as acting CHP commissioner since 2017.

In an interview with local outlet KCRA, Stanley expressed joy in earning CHP’s top cop spot and promises to build a firm foundation within the agency.

“I’m very excited about it, but I’m very humble because I know the people that have held this position have come before me. They’ve been great commissioners and I hope to follow in their footsteps and leave my own path,” Stanley told the outlet in a recent chat.

Stanley is a graduate of California State University, Los Angeles with a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice.



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The King Reigns Supreme: ‘Black Panther’ Up To $1B, Tops ‘Wrinkle In Time’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — T’Challa still rules the box office four weeks in, even with the fresh rivalry of another Walt Disney Studios release in “A Wrinkle in Time.”

“Black Panther” took the No. 1 spot at the North American box office with $ 41.1 million according to studio estimates Sunday, leaving another newcomer in its wake. The Marvel and Disney phenomenon crossed the $ 1 billion mark worldwide this weekend and became the 7th highest grossing domestic release with $ 562 million. Not accounting for inflation, it’s now passed “The Dark Knight.”

With a marketplace still dominated by “Black Panther,” Disney faced some stiff competition from its own studio in launching Ava DuVernay’s adaption of “A Wrinkle in Time,” which opened in second place with $ 33.3 million from 3,980 locations. The PG-rated film, which cost around $ 103 million to produce and stars Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon, received mixed reviews from critics (it’s currently at a “rotten” 44 percent on RottenTomatoes) and audiences who gave it a B CinemaScore.

In gauging “A Wrinkle in Time’s” long-term prospects, a somewhat similar comparison could be Disney’s “Tomorrowland,” a PG-rated sci-fi pic with middling reviews and a B CinemaScore which opened to $ 33 million in the early summer of 2015 and went on to gross $ 93 million domestically. “Tomorrowland,” however, notably cost nearly twice as much to make as “A Wrinkle in Time.”

But the “Black Panther” effect is the x-factor here. For Disney, it’s a “win all around.”

“When you think about having two films at the top of the box office, it’s definitely a win all around,” says Disney’s worldwide theatrical distribution president Dave Hollis. “We’re feeling good about this start … We’re feeling good about what, for us, is a little family competition between now and (the Easter holiday).”

Hollis says he doesn’t think the studio would have done anything differently regarding “Wrinkle’s” release had they known the scope and longevity of “Black Panther’s” prospects.

“There’s always going to be competition in the marketplace,” he says. “With a tentpole strategy like ours, four weeks of separation is about what we can expect.”

Still, “Black Panther” has devoured the marketplace for a month straight now, leaving all other newcomers in the dust.

The new horror film “The Strangers: Prey At Night,” with Christina Hendricks, took third place with $ 10.5 million. The Jennifer Lawrence thriller “Red Sparrow” landed in fourth in its second weekend with $ 8.2 million and the comedy “Game Night” placed fifth with $ 7.9 million in weekend three.

Hardly any of the new releases, which also included the thriller “The Hurricane Heist” (8th place, $ 3.2 million) and the dark action comedy “Gringo,” (11th place, $ 2.6 million) were well-reviewed going into the weekend, save for the limited release independents like “Thoroughbreds,” which made $ 1.2 million from 549 locations, and Armando Iannucci’s “The Death of Stalin,” which opened in four theaters to $ 181,000.

It also left room for the Academy Award best picture winner “The Shape of Water,” which is also available on home video, to capitalize on its post-Oscars stature. The Fox Searchlight film added 720 theaters and took in in $ 2.4 million from 1,552 locations, bringing its domestic total to $ 61 million.

But even though “Black Panther” has helped boost the year to date box office significantly, it’s also proving to be a continued challenge for any other wide release hoping for a piece of the market.

“Every movie that has opened in the wake of ‘Black Panther’ has had its work cut out for it,” says comScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian. “We keep underestimating this film and it just shows no sign of slowing down.”

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

1.”Black Panther,” $ 41.1 million ($ 100 million international).

2.”A Wrinkle in Time,” $ 33.3 million ($ 6.3 million international).

3.”The Strangers: Prey At Night,” $ 10.5 million ($ 140,000 international).

4.”Red Sparrow,” $ 8.2 million ($ 15.7 million international).

5.”Game Night,” $ 7.9 million ($ 5.4 million international).

6.”Peter Rabbit,” $ 6.8 million ($ 4.8 million international).

7.”Death Wish,” $ 6.6 million ($ 3 million international).

8.”The Hurricane Heist,” $ 3.2 million ($ 1.9 million international).

9.”Annihilation,” $ 3.2 million.

10.”Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” $ 2.8 million.


Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to comScore:

1. “Black Panther,” $ 100 million.

2. “Operation Red Sea,” $ 23.8 million.

3. “Red Sparrow,” $ 15.7 million.

4. “Tomb Raider,” $ 14.1 million.

5. “The Shape of Water,” $ 11.3 million.

6. “Detective Chinatown 2,” $ 11.2 million.

7. “Une Jolie Ch’tite Famille,” $ 8.8 million.

8. “Amazing China,” $ 8.1 million.

9. “Bajrangi Bhaijaan,” $ 8 million.

10. “A Wrinkle in Time,” $ 6.3 million.





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Box Office: ‘Black Panther’ Tops ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ in Disney-Dominant Weekend

LOS ANGELES, ( – “Black Panther” remained superheroic in its fourth weekend at the North American box office with $ 41.1 million at 3,942 locations, easily topping the opening weekend of fantasy-adventure “A Wrinkle in Time” with $ 33.5 million at 3,980 sites, estimates showed Sunday.

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‘Now In Color’ Docuseries Shows Black Students’ Experience At Yale University

Two black Yale graduates have created a docuseries to give viewers an in-depth look at the experiences of black students at Yale University. The series,  titled “Now in Color,” follows six students as they detail their experience at the prestigious …



Black Millennials, Now Is the Time To Beef Up Retirement Savings

When it comes to saving for retirement, millennials with jobs are falling short in building up a solid nest egg, according to a new study from University of Missouri researchers.

Millennials made up more than 25% of the population in 2015, U.S. Census figures show. But the sizable sector of the labor force perhaps is not ready for retirement. The study revealed that just 37.2% of working millennials have retirement accounts, illustrating a need for increased financial education for retirement.

The study is reportedly among the first of its type to analyze the status of millennials’ retirement savings.

Rui Yao, an associate professor of personal financial planning, did the study with Guopeng Chen, a doctoral candidate in personal financial planning. They used the Federal Reserve’s 2013 Survey of Consumer Finances to look at millennials’ savings behaviors.

The duo was interested in the saving behaviors of millennials with at least a year of employment, making them eligible to contribute to a defined-contribution plan.

One compelling find showed that when comparing respondents with the same income and wealth, retirement account balances were 52.9% lower for black respondents than white respondents.

“While it could be assumed that millennials have plenty of time to save for retirement, they have to shoulder more responsibility than their parents and grandparents to do so,” Yao stated in a news release. “Compared to older generations, millennials are less likely to have employer-provided pension or defined-benefit retirement plans.

Additionally, there is increased uncertainty about Social Security, and millennials are likely to live longer.”

The researchers controlled for wealth and debt while analyzing saving behaviors. Yao’s future research will aim to determine why some millennials, like black respondents, had less in their retirement accounts than their peers and what accounts their wealth is saved in. “The results suggest that financial education about saving for retirement is absolutely necessary,” Yao stated.

Other findings from the survey:

-Advanced degree holders were more likely to have a retirement account compared to those with a high school diploma or below; however, the advanced degree holders saved a smaller amount.

-Among self-employed individuals, only 17.6% had a retirement account of any kind.

The survey comes as retirement benefits have changed significantly for various generations over the years.

“With the decline of defined benefit plans, millennials need to know much more about investing for retirement than their parents or grandparents did, Yao stated.

“Proper retirement preparation requires strategic and disciplined savings. Given that retirement accounts require the amount to compound, opening a retirement account early in one’s career is the best first step for effectively saving for retirement.”

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Geek Buzz: ‘Black Panther 2,’ ‘Wonder Woman 2,’ ‘Dune’ Movies

Geek Buzz: 'Black Panther 2,' 'Wonder Woman 2,' 'Dune' Movies

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Black Panther 2 is definitely happening

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‘Black Panther’ Gives Oakland New Life

Over the past few weeks, Black Panther has been all the rage, but let’s talk about what it has done for the city of Oakland. During the actual release, the Oakland A’s sponsored a screening that was showcased to 200 Oakland youth who otherwise may not have had the opportunity to view it. These organizations included East Oakland Youth Development Center, Boys and Girls Club of Oakland, YMCA of the East Bay, and Oakland Unified School District’s African American Male Achievement students.

Black Panther Screening (Image: Oakland Athletics)

Black Panther screening (Image: Oakland Athletics)


Before the film, there was a panel discussion moderated by the Oakland A’s Vice President of External Affairs Taj Tashombe with participants that included Jason Mayden, co-founder of Super Heroic; Elisha Greenwell, founder of Black Joy Parade; Ashara Ekundayo, co-founder and chief creative officer at Impact Hub Oakland; myself; and Devin Lars, CEO and founder of Kurieo Media, and believe me, some gems were dropped.

“Our children are watching. If we walk out of here and shrink, they are going to learn to shrink so we can’t teach them to shirk anymore,” said Mayden. “I think we need to support each other. It’s really easy to say be black every day, go to work black every day. That’s really hard when no one else is black. All it takes is one other black person in your work to be like, you’re good,” said Greenwall.

This screening brought out Oakland A’s legends Rickey Henderson and Vida Blue and local elected officials, small business owners, and the local community, putting them all under one roof, something that the city hasn’t seen in a long time.

Legendary Oakland A's player Rickey Henderson (Image: Oakland A's)

Legendary Oakland A’s player Rickey Henderson (Image: Oakland A’s)


Beyond that, Disney is giving back to the community. According to a recent post, in light of the extreme success from Black Panther, Disney has decided to donate $ 1 million to expand STEM programs in Oakland, along with 11 other areas, including Harlem, Chicago, New Orleans, Washington, D.C., and others.

And, of course, we can’t forget the representation in the film itself. Yes, Ryan Coogler! You put on for the town.



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8 TED Talks by Exceptional Black Women You Didn’t Know You Needed

It’s International Women’s Day (and Women’s History Month), which means that in addition to showing some extra love and support to the Women of Power in and around your circle, it’s a good time to binge on some enriching TED Talks by phenomenal influencers.

You can extract some major life inspiration from such thought-provoking speakers as Jedidah Isler, the first black woman to earn a Ph.D. in astrophysics from Yale, who expresses her deep belief in the value of diversity in STEM fields; Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee, who stresses the untapped potential of girls around the world; author Luvvie Ajayi, who encourages women of color to speak their mind; and Joy Buolamwini, the MIT grad student fighting bias in machine algorithms.

The passionate women featured here are fearlessly creating magic, disrupting paradigms, and sparking change with their transformational ideas and actions. Each woman is making a sizable impact in her field and each talk is bound to fill you with insight and motivation to last throughout this entire Women’s History Month and beyond.

These are the eight TED Talks by exceptional black women that you cannot miss.

Jedidah Isler, Astrophysicist – “The Untapped Genius That Could Change Science for the Better”


Luvvie Ajayi, Author – “Get Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable”


Joy Buolamwini, Coder, Founder, The Algorithmic Justice League – “How I’m Fighting Bias In Algorithms”


Leymah Gbowee, Peace Activist, Nobel Peace Prize Winner – “Unlock the Intelligence, Passion, Greatness of Girls”


T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison, CEO and COO, GirlTrek – “When Black Women Walk, Things Change”


Elizabeth Nyamayaro, Political Scientist, Executive Director, UN Women – “An Invitation to Men Who Want a Better World for Women”


Mellody Hobson, Investment Expert, President, Ariel Investments – “Color Blind or Color Brave?”


Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Novelist – “We Should All Be Feminists”


Honorable mention: Shonda Rhimes, Writer, Producer – “My Year of Saying Yes To Everything”


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17 Black Dresses You Can Totally Wear to a Wedding

The old adage that forbids wearing black to weddings is long gone. To many, this old-fashioned rule just isn’t relevant anymore. However, if you do choose to wear black to a wedding, make sure your look is in good taste. The key is to choose a black piece that’s festive, formal, and special enough to not be mistaken for funeral attire. And if you’re thinking of wearing a dress to the celebration, look for options that feature fabrics like lace, velvet, satin, or tulle. Want to see some lovely options? Click through the gallery to see our picks of wedding-appropriate black dresses.

You can wear this for so many occasions. Available in sizes 0 to 16.
This is our idea of a perfect party dress. Available in sizes 0 to 6.
Pair this with statement shoes and earrings. Available in sizes 00 to 10.
Metallic polka dots add the perfect amount of flash. Available in sizes 0 to 12.
You don’t even need jewelry when wearing this pretty embellished dress. Available in sizes 12 to 28.
Minimalists, meet your new favorite dress. Available in sizes XS to L.
We can’t get over how intricate the neckline details are on this dress. Available in sizes 32 DK to 44 DK.
As flattering and classy as LBDs get. Available in sizes XS to XL.
Your search for a formal wedding-guest dress ends here. Available in sizes 0 to 12.
The perfect dress to dance the night away in.  Available in sizes 6 UK to 14 UK.
Want something a little more casual? You can’t go wrong with this embroidered option. Available in sizes 6 UK to 14 UK.
This dress is sure to get you tons of compliments. Available in sizes 10 to 20.
Show us someone who wouldn’t love this dress. Available in sizes 0 to 12.
Try pairing this dress with white shoes for a casual summer wedding look. Available in sizes XS to L.
An option for the most formal of weddings. Available in sizes 6 UK to 14 UK.
This flirty frock works for a variety of dress codes and venues.  Available in sizes 0 to 12.
You can easily dress this up or down. Available in sizes 0 to 10.

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Bringing Your Authentic Self to Work As a Black Woman — Unpacked

So you want to be your authentic self in your corporate job. You have a photo of Bozoma Saint John as your screensaver. She is #goals. But the data about how to break through like the chief brand officer of Uber is daunting, to say the least.

Late last year, McKinsey & Co., along with LeanIn.Org released their annual Women in the Workplace study, and there seemed to be a collective rejoicing and simultaneous sigh from women of color across the country. Finally, there was data to back what many already knew: that women of color—especially black women—have more challenges in the corporate environment than most as they attempt to climb the ladder into the C-suite. The report shares that the complexity of gender and color actually do matter when it comes to filling the pipeline to leadership, and in many cases, women and women of color—again, especially black women—are left behind due to lack of access to senior leadership and other factors.

The report shows that at some point many black women simply opt out to start their own companies. Consider that there are currently no black women CEOs at Fortune 500 companies. Ursula Burns, former CEO at Xerox was the most recent, but she retired in 2016.   Fortune’s Ellen McGirt unpacked many of the reasons in a compelling article called The Black Ceiling: Why African-American Women aren’t Making it to the Top in Corporate America. The article calls black women “double outsiders,” being neither white nor men. That means black women are different right down to their DNA and chromosomes, which means they are largely foreign to a corporate culture that is used to having the exact opposite of black women in the ranks, especially in leadership. The people in the company may expect to see black women in support roles if they are in the environment at all. If this is true, the friction is not only natural, it is nearly unavoidable.

So what do black women need to actually do in order to bring their most authentic selves to work and succeed knowing all this? Understanding that the deck seems to be organically stacked against who they truly are? Women’s conferences typically have panels and speakers on the topic, but what does it actually mean to bring your #blackgirlmagic to work and still ascend into leadership? Is it even possible?

It Can Be Done

The good news is that Ursula Burns and others have done it. So I contacted more of corporate America’s power players, all of them currently or previously in the C-suite or officers in Fortune 500s. One of them is an executive coach and past executive leader. I asked them to give their take on whether it really is possible to walk tall in “the skin you’re in” at work as a black woman and what it actually takes.

Why did I turn to these ladies? Their résumés and credentials alone qualify them, but each of them has had an incredible impact on my career over the past decade, and I know from personal experience that these women are genuinely who they are at work as well as in their daily lives. They are indeed authentic. Part one of my conversations with these extraordinary women follow. It should also be noted that each of these game changers is a member of the Executive Leadership Council of which I am a Fellow, having had the awesome opportunity to complete their Strategic Pathways leadership training and their annual Leadership Summit.

What it Means to be Authentic

Image: Cynthia “Cynt” Marshall, CEO of the Dallas Mavericks

When the new interim CEO of the Dallas Mavericks and retired AT&T Human Resources SVP and Chief Diversity Officer Cynthia “Cynt” Marshall started her first job after graduating from the University of California at Berkeley more than 36 years ago, she was met with a superior who challenged her church clothes, braids, and “red-hooker shoes” on her first day. After plenty of tears and navigating that trying time at the impressionable age of 21, she said that by the time she was promoted to the officer ranks some 20 years later, she was far more comfortable in her skin. She said mostly, it was because she had a better idea of who she was at that point, which is crucial to walking tall in your own skin.

MARSHALL: The person who gets out of bed in the morning is the person that walks into the building. So it’s the beliefs you have, the values you have, the problems you have…all of that gets out of bed with you. You don’t go into a phone booth and come out with a cape on and a logo of your company, like somebody else, some superhero. That person actually walks into the building. So what you have to try to create, especially as leaders, try to create a culture—you want a culture where that person who gets up out of the bed in the morning walks into the door and you meet them where they live. It needs to be an environment where it is OK for them to be them. Marshall says what she wishes she knew on her first day what she knows now: that it is important to do your homework on the company culture before you enter it. She also pointed to performance as a factor. Over a period of time, she said, the company will get to know your stellar performance, and your personal nuances will matter less and less.

Marshall is now the first woman CEO in the National Basketball Association.

(Image: Cheryl Grace, SVP of U.S. Strategic Community Alliances and Consumer Engagement at Nielsen Inc.).

Cheryl Grace, senior vice president of U.S. Strategic Community Alliances and Consumer Engagement at Nielsen Inc., added that one’s most authentic self is the gateway to adding value. Grace said it was sometimes challenging initially to balance her outgoing and outspoken nature with the corporate environment, and eventually learned when to tone it down and when to turn up the volume. She said there is a time and a place for everything you bring to the table, but ultimately, mimicking other people isn’t an option.

GRACE: I think it means that you shouldn’t have to pretend that you’re someone else to be successful. I think this is relatively unique to women, particularly women of color because historically we’ve either tried to run the gamut of trying to dress like men and talk like men in business situations. But it is when you are your most natural self, and it is important because you are more likely to be comfortable in your skin and thereby provide suggestions, recommendations, and solutions from that unique perspective than if you are trying to think like everyone else in the room thinks. Ideally, when a company has several unique ways of looking at a situation or a business issue, they are more likely to land on the one solution that works for the broader universe or for their broader market, rather than a more narrowly defined one when they have more authentic people bringing those views to the table.

(Image: Trudy Bourgeois, founder/CEO of the Center for Workforce Excellence)

Trudy Bourgeois is an executive coach and the founder and CEO of the Center for Workforce Excellence. She is also the author of the new book EQUALITY: Courageous Conversations About Women, Men, and Race to Spark a Diversity and Inclusion Breakthrough. She also is a presenter at the Executive Leadership Council’s Leadership Week for high-achieving black executives who are looking to break into the C-suite. In those sessions, she reminds professionals to know their proud history as black people in America, and to know that they are “daughters (and sons) of God.” It’s a call to action to know one’s self-worth and not to accept anything but the best in their careers and lives.

She said that part of the issue is that most people don’t know what “authenticity” or “authentic behavior” even looks like. Bourgeois says it is far more than whether you wear your hair natural or not, or even simply about what you wear.

BOURGEOIS: They say that they want to be authentic, but they haven’t defined who they really are, and as a result, they have not developed the courage to maximize what they bring to the table. We have to “get” who we are. We have to understand what value that we bring, and that sweet spot is when our passions and our capabilities align with an organization’s needs because when we are in a position to demonstrate our brilliance, people will accept us for who we are.

(Image: Mary Kay Chief Marketing Officer of Sheryl Adkins Green)

Mary Kay Chief Marketing Officer Sheryl Adkins Green has had an extremely successful track record in the beauty business but says the same rules apply in any industry. It didn’t take long for her to move from vice president of Marketing to CMO at the company after joining in 2009. The Harvard Business School alumna believes black women have to be smart about the company culture they choose to work in then deliver that magic in doses, choosing the time and place to shine. Stellar performance, however, is key.

ADKINS GREEN: Bringing your “authentic self” means confidently bringing all of your talent, interests, and perspective to your role vs. just a portion. Some worry that their strengths and talents might intimidate or threaten their relationship with their manager and/or team members, and this can be a risk. But playing “small,” playing not-to-lose versus playing to win is an even riskier career strategy. If you want to be seen as the “best,” you need to bring your best to your role—every day. The key is to be savvy about how and when you “show your stuff,” and you need to align your efforts to the goals of the enterprise.

In Part 2 of this series, we’ll dive deeper with these extraordinary women and ask them what advice they have for women, especially black women, on how to successfully bring one’s authentic self to work. We will also go in-depth with Bourgeois on what black women in the workforce can do to leverage a concept she calls “creating your own equality.”


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A Growing Epidemic: Black Women Face Major Disparity in Maternal Mortality

It’s Women’s History Month, and black women have especially enjoyed a stellar 2018 in the spotlight for their strength and tenacity (Black Panther, anyone?), clever business savvy, CEO boss moves, and buying power.

But when it comes to one of the most important jobs in the world, there’s a major challenge that impacts the world’s future. Giving birth to the next generation of great black leaders has become a life-threatening experience for many.

According to research, African American women are 3 to 4 times more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications than white women. The reasons include disparities in access to healthcare, discrimination in poor or rural communities, and budget restrictions on free or low-income clinics that service women. Also, risk factors that lead to complications such as diabetes, hypertension, and obesity affect black women at higher rates than their white counterparts. This issue even has public faces in that of Erica Garner and Kyira Adele Dixon. Erica, the daughter of Eric Garner, died after a heart attack just three months into welcoming the birth of her son, and Dixon, the daughter-in-law of Judge Glenda Hatchett, died hours after having a C-section birth.

“One black woman dying after childbirth is one too many,” says Monica Raye Simpson, executive director of SisterSong: The National Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective. Simpson is a certified doula and co-chair of the March for Black Women, and she has made it her life mission to raise awareness, gather resources, and advocate for changing stigmas and saving lives.

Black Enterprise talked with the activist about how black women can tackle the challenge head-on and beat the issue of maternal mortality:

Black Enterprise: What led to a focus on this issue and what challenges are specifically affecting black women?

Monica Raye Simpson: In 2014, we started to get information from researchers—those in the public health field—about the fact that maternal mortality was on the rise in this country and that it was impacting black women more than any other population. We started to dig in as a national organization based in the South, we really wanted to understand what was happening [specifically] in our Southern regions where there’s the largest populations of black women. That’s where we saw the shocking statistics, that black women were dying at a rate four times higher than white women. As the most industrialized country in the world, with all this wealth, you’re kidding me.

We didn’t want to just look at this from just a stats perspective. We wanted to understand the stories of black women to get to the root cause. We held focus groups in two of the states at that time that had two of the highest rates of maternity mortality: Georgia and Mississippi. We sat and talked with women about their [life experiences related to reproduction], from what [information they learned about] sex education…to post-partum, asking them about their stories. What we got from this was that it didn’t matter if the woman had the most education, if her social economic status was more upper-middle class or working class—what mattered was that she was a black woman and [the stories were similar] in the way they were treated when they went in for care. So many talked about how they were not given access to all information and because they had not, necessarily had the access, they were dealing with immense amounts of pain, infections, and near-death experiences. It was simply due to being treated differently because of the color of their skin.

How can black women empower themselves as patients and expectant mothers when they go for doctor’s visits?
We need to start sooner with comprehensive sex education and [change] how our girls are learning about their bodies and what happens to their bodies in pregnancy. If we cut that off and only start at the current problem in adult women, we’re not going to see numbers decrease—we’ll see the next generation dealing with the current problem again.

Also, we need to demand access to information. Demand it from our medical professionals. Be a patient advocate for ourselves. Ask questions of the system. Be prepared for that when you come in the room. We get such a short amount of time with our physicians, so we have to maximize that time and come in strategic. Let them know different scenarios of what’s happening—that’s important.

And let’s create a community among black women for us to be in constant communication with each other. On social media, there are awesome groups, [such as] Black Mamas Matter, an alliance of black women researchers, activists, and doctors. We have to be more connected to one another—in organizations and those working on the ground—and share our stories. I wrote a post on Facebook for example… I’m 38, I want to have a baby, I’m a professional, I’m single, I’m also queer, so there are a lot of different factors that come to play for me in terms of starting a family. So many questions come up; it’s about me being vulnerable enough and brave enough to share my experience. [That post] created an online community [of support and sharing information].

We should not have to lose our lives to bring life in this world, especially when the [risk factors] are rooted in systems of oppression and lack of access [to information] that can actually be eliminated.

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CP Time: Forgotten Black Women of History: The Daily Show

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The Week in Movie News: Kristen Wiig for ‘Wonder Woman 2,’ Chris Hemsworth for ‘Men in Black’ and More

The Week in Movie News: Kristen Wiig for 'Wonder Woman 2,' Chris Hemsworth for 'Men in Black' and More

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Kristen Wiig might be Wonder Woman's next adversary: Cheetah is expected to be the villain in Wonder Woman 2, and SNL vet Kristen Wiig is the choice to play against Gal Gadot's superhero in the role in the sequel. Read more here and see an artist's interpretation of the casting here.



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Lupita Nyong’o, Tiffany Haddish and More Stars Bring Major Style to the 2018 Black Women in Hollywood Awards Luncheon

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In honor of Essence’s annual Black Women in Hollywood awards luncheon, some of Hollywood’s most celebrated starlets dressed to the nines and stepped out…

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Little Known Black History Fact: Andrew Clayton Powell, Jr.

On this day in 1967, Adam Clayton Powell Jr. was barred from his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives on allegations of corruption and office misconduct. Supporters of the popular New York congressman believed the act was due to his race as well as a ploy to derail Powell’s political power.

Powell, born November 29, 1908 in New Haven, Connecticut, followed in the footsteps of his father, activist and preacher Adam Clayton Powell Sr., yet moved into politics in the mid-40’s en route to a stellar career that stretched nearly three decades. Assuming office officially in 1945, Powell rose quickly, running on the promise of bringing civil rights to Black New Yorkers. He also had the ability to cross the aisle to his Republican counterparts.

Powell’s career was altered by scandal after allegations he misused funds for personal trips and other expenditures, including traveling with two young women. The House overwhelmingly voted to bar him from his seat, prompting his supporters to rally around him and suggest that racism was behind the move. Similar allegations that hovered over white Congress members had never led to a loss of their seat.

In a special election weeks later, Powell regained the seat but instead of returning to Congress, he took his case all the way to the Supreme Court. In 1969, the justices ruled in favor of Powell agreeing that Congress did not have the right to remove Powell from a seat he was voted into. Despite his victory in the courts,  Powell quietly left politics and retired to the Bahamas.

In April 1972, Powell died after suffering from prostatitisHe was just 63 years of age. He had two sons who both shared his name, III, who is a notable journalist, and IV, who also became a politician.





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Chilli From TLC Turns 47, Is Living Proof That Black Don’t Crack

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Today is Chilli‘s 47th birthday and we simply cannot believe it because, as you can see from the photo above, she has barely aged since her TLC days.

Hit the flip for more hot photos of Chilli who, again, is somehow almost 50 years old. Allegedly.

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‘Black Panther’ continues box-office domination


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CoverGirl Features Black Model With Vitiligo In New Campaign

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Amy Deanna is making some serious history.

The Texas-native has become the first model with the skin condition vitiligo to be featured in a CoverGirl campaign. In the #IAmWhatIMakeup series, Amy conveys that for her, using foundation isn’t about masking herself from the world, but letting her unique beauty come through.

She recently told PEOPLE how proud she is to be able to speak out her skin condition in such a huge way.

“Vitiligo awareness is something that is very important to me. Being given a platform to do so means so much,” Amy stressed.

“At the end of the day I am just like everyone else, I just happen to have spots. It’s a part of my identity, but it doesn’t define who I am.”

The model also said she finds it heartbreaking knowing that so many people who have vitiligo don’t feel represented by most of the beauty ads.

“For there to be so many of us and so little representation, it’s truly disheartening,” she went on. ‘I work with CoverGirl; I’m a bBack woman; I have vitiligo. That is empowering.”

That, and Amy is excited to represent a change in what we regard as beautiful in society.

The fashion and beauty industry sometimes feels like a private party that only a select few get invited to. It’s very you can’t sit with us.’ To me, that is not progressive. We have to be more inclusive,” she explains.

“Diversity is important. Representation is important. Inclusivity is important—not just for people of different backgrounds and ethnicities, but also people of all sizes. That’s why I was so excited to partner with CoverGirl on this project. Beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, colors, etc. Let’s face it, together we are a mosaic—that in itself is beautiful. We should celebrate that.”

Take a look at Amy in action on Instagram:

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Just stunning!

Amy is in good company at CoverGirl as she joined with other amazingly beautiful ambassadors including Queen Latifah, Issa Rae, Zendaya and Ayesha Curry.




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NPS Opens the Home of Carter G. Woodson, ‘Father of Black History,’ to the Public

In honor of Black History Month, the National Park Service (NPS) will grant the public access to the home of Dr. Carter G. Woodson, an African American writer and historian known as the “Father of Black History.”

Born the son of freed slaves in 1875, Woodson made a lifelong commitment to researching and preserving black history. In 1912, the sharecropper-turned-scholar became the second African American to receive a doctorate from Harvard University. He created “Negro History Week” in 1926, which was later adapted into Black History Month in 1976. The renowned scholar and author also penned over a dozen books, including the notable The Mis-Education of the Negro.

Now, for the month of February, the public can tour the Washington, D.C., home where he lived from 1922 up until his death in 1950. The 140-year-old house is where Woodson conceptualized the idea of “Negro History Week” and spent a substantial amount of time researching and documenting African American history. Before Woodson, there was little to no accurate recordings of black contributions in American history. The house is also where the Omega Psi Phi member founded and operated the Associated Publishers Press starting in 1921. “It was one of the first publishing companies to publish historical works of African American history,” said Vince Vaise, chief of visitor services at the National Park Service, reports WTOP.

The home was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976 before becoming vacant in the ’90s. The property was then acquired by the NPS in 2005 and reopened last year following years of renovations.

The Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site, located in the D.C. neighborhood of Shaw, is currently open to the public Thursdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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Box Office: ‘Black Panther’ rules with $108 million in second weekend

LOS ANGELES, ( – Disney-Marvel’s “Black Panther” is dominating the box office with an astounding $ 108 million at 4,020 North American locations — the second-highest second weekend ever behind “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

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CIAA Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams Wants You to Get Excited About Charlotte Black Businesses

If you know anything about the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), you know that it is the premier athletic conference for Historically Black College and University basketball fans and alumni. Every year thousands of people travel to Charlotte, North Carolina, to watch top teams go head to head for the CIAA championship title, attend engaging educational and career development programs, and fellowship during what some consider to be their homecoming. This year, the organization will be hosting the NEXT Level: CIAA Minority Business & Leadership Symposium in partnership with Black Enterprise, and Fifth Third Bank. The symposium will be held on Thursday, March 1, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Charlotte Convention Center.

As Black Enterprise joins forces with corporate and community organizations on the road to the Entrepreneurs Summit, it is imperative for us to create opportunities for people to build, connect, and elevate their brands and businesses along the way. We spoke with Jacqie McWilliams, commissioner of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), about the unique partnership, how people can capitalize on the symposium, prepare for the Summit in June, and create opportunities to build and connect with others.

How did the CIAA Business Opportunity Summit come about?

This is our third year of doing this summit and this year it just kind of blew up! The first year that I was the commissioner of the conference, which was in 2012, we didn’t do anything with any of the businesses. Last year, we had panelists and some of our presidents there and the community was there and we had about 100-plus participants. I don’t know if I expected it to grow the way that it did! It just did and the stars aligned perfectly. We talked about doing educational sessions opposed to just having panel discussions. And, our relationship with the city, and bringing Black Enterprise here in June, and I came onto the steering committee and two of them are on our committee to put on CIAA, so it all just kind of fit.

How many people will be attending this year?

Our goal was 150 and I think we’re going to have about 200. We’re over capacity and our team is okay with that!

What impact does the CIAA hope to have with the Business Opportunity Summit?

I’d like to see the partnerships that come out of this. We are about the business of athletics, so this part is like the extra piece! We are a black-owned non-profit and we have the opportunity to get these businesses in front of our presidents, corporations, and our four major partners Toyota, Coca-Cola, Nationwide, and Food Lion.

My big thing is how do we engage our community and the minority business-owned community and make them feel like they’re a part because there’s not a lot of business that they can get directly with the CIAA but there’s an opportunity for them to network and opportunities that can build out of the CIAA if we engage them in that way.

What does this partnership with Black Enterprise mean to the CIAA and the city of Charlotte?

It’s huge! When you think about working with Black Enterprise and the City of Charlotte based on the growth that this community has had and the support that we have around black businesses we have in the community, BE is bringing the city together in a different type of way! We are seeing a very diverse group of small to large to city to non-profits coming together to help BE put on this event in June. And, I think that’s really meaningful because it’s a community and culturally that’s who we are as a community. So, I’m excited because we get Butch to be our keynote! That’s huge and I’m thankful that we get to have these powerful partnerships and representations so that people in our community will be able to see themselves potentially in him. Just like with me being the commissioner, women and other young girls get to see themselves potentially be a commissioner.

We are in roles of leadership and when you have folks that are doing well and exemplify what we want our community to look like that it’s important. For me, it has to be natural. I like this partnership because it is a natural fit for all of us.

How can attendees prepare for the event?

People should be prepared to know that they’re coming into a type-A, first-class event. And they should be prepared to present themselves as such. And if you want to be around some of the top professionals and network and build relationships. I would have my business cards and the information that I would want to share with other people as I network. Networking has always been tricky for me because it’s not about what you can get from someone but it’s about building authentic relationships.

What can entrepreneurs and small business owners look forward to at the symposium?

We’ll have breakout sessions. One is Assessing Capital to Jump-start Your Business, and then Understanding Your Value Proposition. From our The Women’s Business Center of Charlotte we have Natalie Williams who is the CEO moderating Assessing Capital to Jump-start Your Business and she’s phenomenal! Derek Dingle will be one of the moderators for Building Capacity: Joint Ventures, Associations, Mergers & Acquisitions Leadership That Yields Results

What do you want attendees to walk away with?

I love strategic partnerships and natural partnerships. When folks leave, I want them to be very passionate about the brand of CIAA and about what CIAA is doing in this community and all across our 12 schools. What we bring is these types of opportunities. We also do the career expo and once they leave this event they can go there and meet with a bunch of vendors who are giving jobs and internships. I want them to be able to see that outside of this there is that value to being involved with CIAA and beyond. We’re not just doing this for them. All of us have to win! We see ourselves as one big community.

Will there be follow-up events and programming to help entrepreneurs in the area after CIAA?

It’s not just the tournament. We’re very intentional about identifying key partners and members of our family that can help us execute year-round.

We have 14 championships a year for over 3,000 students. We do leadership training and educational programming. We are finding business and to help our students engage in leadership development, career development, and mental health development as student athletes. A lot of our sponsors want to get in front of athletes so this is our way that we do it. A lot of opportunities with facilitating and mentorship programming, we’re able to use small businesses to do that if our business allows.

What I have seen is that a lot of people are able to make connections and build partnerships and friendships during CIAA. And some of them have worked with us year-round whether they come and speak to our student athletes because they offer keynote services or keynote speaking, financial literacy or skill development and strategic planning… Those relationships have been built out of our conference. I’m seeing people being able to take advantage of the networking opportunity for their own businesses but also help CIAA promote what we do throughout the year.

What are you looking forward to most at the Entrepreneurs Summit in June?

I’m hoping that people will come to Charlotte and know that Charlotte is very progressive, energetic, and wants people to be successful. They’ll also see that the programming that we’re working on with BE is valuable information that they can use in Charlotte or whether they take it somewhere else. The other hope is that people will want to stay in Charlotte. We love our city! There is something about being here and how we come together to support events like BE‘s. I hope when people come here and leave they feel like they’ve had one of the best experiences with being in this city and got one of the best educational networking opportunities while in here Charlotte.

When I think about BE, and when I think about CIAA, it’s ours. We own that and so we get to create the platform that we want to create and BE gets to create the platform that they want to create to empower our own.

If you are interested in finding news ways to build and expand your business, join us in June for the Entrepreneurs Summit in Charlotte.

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Fitness-Preneur Jenelle Salazar Butler Documents Removal Of Black Market Butt Injections

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Letitia Wright AKA Black Panther’s Shuri Got Bars [VIDEO]

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Another day, another look into the lives of the amazing Black Panther cast. Letitia Wright, who plays King T’Challa’s brilliant younger sister, Shuri, emerged as one of the many highlights of the Marvel blockbuster and a new video showing off her freestyle skills will gain her even more fans we bet.

By way of Black Panther co-star Lupita Nyong’o’s Twitter, “MC Baby Underbite” was introduced to the world. Making this behind-the-scenes moment even greater was everyone’s new “MmmBae” Winston Duke, AKA the Jabari Tribe leader M’Baku, helping out with the beatbox. The regal Angela Bassett, who plays Queen Mother Ramonda, and Danai Gurria, who plays General Okoye of the Dora Mijalie, were also in the cipher.

We’ve typed enough already. Just take in the joy and glory that is Letitia Wright AKA Shuri AKA MC Baby Underbite with Winston Duke AKA Big Overbite in the clips below. Hit the flip for some of the amazing reactions from fans.

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Remember When We Were Sidekicks? – BLACK PANTHER and COMIC BOOK POLITICS

Minor spoilers ahead

This isn’t so much a review as a reflection. It’s well documented how I feel about Black Panther. I pushed for Black Panther’s inclusion in the Avengers years ago. In April 2013, I wrote “It’s Time For Black Panther On The Big Screen.” If you’re just tuning in, you can look back through my archives for my previous Panther posts. Here’s Cary Darling’s Houston Chronicle article I was featured in “Houston fans are pumped for ‘Black Panther’ superhero movie with virtually all-African-American cast

Well, I saw it.

Black Panther was one of the best movie experiences of my life.

First, this film isn’t “homework.” Typically, movies featuring a black cast feel as if they need to instruct audiences about the ills of society past and present. Black creatives know we may never have the media mic again, so we don’t waste any moments. In my humble opinion, you’re grown, and it’s unrealistic to burden a mainstream movie with responsibility to make you a better person. That cake is baked. The only hope for a better tomorrow lies within the children. Which is why the stories they see and hear about heroic people that look like them, and don’t, are vital. Blissfully, there are no sermons in Black Panther. White colonizers never even knew the technocratic marvel of Wakanda existed, so Wakandan society flourished atop a mountain of the most precious metal on earth, unmolested.

But, to director Ryan Coogler’s and Marvel Studios’ credit, Black Panther doesn’t shy away one iota from speaking truth to power about the broader consequences of isolationism, classism or societal injustice. Thematically, the tone of the film is a tasty gumbo of an Aesop fable and James Bond political pot-boiler with a side of Game of Thrones court intrigue and a dash of hot sauce. The strongest nations throughout history learn the greatest threats are not from without but within; Wakanda is no different. No one can escape the consequences of the choices they’ve made, whomever you are, from a lowly orphan to a mighty King, to a nation of millions, as Malcom X said famously, “Your chickens will always come home to roost.”

There has been some buzz by angry white fanboys with absurd notions regarding Black Panther. They’ve declared comic book characters or stories must somehow be “apolitical”. And that the political agenda surrounding this film makes them “uncomfortable.”  (Aw, pobrecito!)

However, black folks continue to celebrate the creative, cultural and financial success of the only big budget comic book movie featuring a black cast and crew undeterred.

The tone-deaf reaction of some can be expected. Wonder Woman debuted to similar trolling about sexism (against men) and uproars about Alamo Drafthouse Theaters’ woman-only screeings. Racism, sexism and pop culture fandom aren’t mutually exclusive, in fact, any female, non-gender specific person, Bleek, cosplayer, collector, or actor of color can relay incidences of racism, sexisim or homophobia they’ve encountered. This harassment both online; like John Boyega for the crime of being a black stormtrooper in “The Force Awakens” or at cons where “Cosplay is not Consent” has to be repeatedly drummed into grabby Comic Con attendees.

I’ve been trolled by white men I don’t know from Adam with the caucasity to tell me I had “no right to speak about Black Panther because I’m not a real comic book fan.”  Now, not liking or even hating Black Panther doesn’t make you a racist. Telling me I can’t love it does. And using the fig leaf of “political agendas have no place in Comic Book Movies” to hide your bigotry only exposes your own political agenda.

As hard as it may be for you to believe, Jimothy, this movie isn’t about you…

White Supremacy is a Hell of a Drug

In his Forbes’ article chronicling Black Panther’s unprecedented success, Scott Mendelson (a white guy so you can trust him, Jimothy) titled “Box Office: ‘Black Panther’ Crushes Conventional Wisdom With Record $ 218M Debut” had this to say regarding Black Panther:

This isn’t just a blow to conventional wisdom about minority-led blockbusters, it’s a blow to conventional wisdom concerning the MCU. One of their more outside-the-box offerings, one of their most director-driven films and one of their most overtly political pictures yet, one that plays more like a drama than an action spectacular, is now on pace to be one of their very biggest movies. Like Pixar, I hope the MCU is realizing that its (stereotypically) riskiest bets turn out to be their biggest wins. Playing it safe is no longer the safe choice.”

Let’s talk a little about “politics in comics” before we move forward. Because this will come up more often as women, blacks, Asians, non-binary folks and others underserved in the pop media landscape take the lead on both sides of the camera and all phases of production in Hollywood. Let’s look at an example of how political thought not only has always been a part of comics, it grounds the greatest heroes and drives the best stories.

Captain America was created by cartoonists Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, his first appearance was Captain America Comics #1 published in 1941 by Timely Comics, a predecessor of Marvel Comics. Captain America was designed as a patriotic supersoldier who fought the Axis powers of World War II and was Timely Comics’ most popular character during the wartime period. Steve Rogers, “the skinny kid from Brooklyn” that became America’s enduring champion and the “First Avenger” in Marvels MCU, was 4F but wanted desperately to serve his country like his only childhood friend Sgt. Buchanan “Bucky” Barnes. Steve endured bullying with courage and tenacity, he knew what it meant to be powerless, which is why Dr. Erskine, the lead scientist of the super soldier program, believed Rogers was the ideal candidate.

Dr. Abraham Erskine: The serum amplifies everything that is inside. So, good becomes great. Bad becomes worse. This is why you were chosen. Because a strong man, who has known power all his life, will lose respect for that power. But a weak man knows the value of strength, and knows compassion.
Steve Rogers: Thanks. I think.
Dr. Abraham Erskine: [he pours two drinks] Whatever happens tomorrow, you must promise me one thing. That you will stay who you are. Not a perfect soldier, but a good man.”

Rogers, now a super soldier, dressed in red white & blue named Captain America quit touring with the USO selling war bonds, went to the front lines and punched Nazis in the face on a daily basis.

That’s a political statement.

It’s endemic to who he is. Rogers believes in, if not America as it is, the aspirational ideal of what America SHOULD be for all her people. He’s such a patriot, once he leaned the truth about what the American government was doing in our name? He helped take down SHIELD, fought Iron Man, and became a fugitive from justice. Can you separate Captain America’s political views or core beliefs about freedom and justice from his character?

Of course not. Nor should you. That’s WHY we love Captain America. It’s what makes him a hero.

-Amnestic fanboys must have forgotten political stances made in The Avengers and all three Captain America Movies. SHIELD/HYDRA. Steve Rogers RAFT breakout after Civil War. The Sakovia Accords; UN oversight of “enhanced” individuals that split the Avengers. The political asylum granted by Wakanda. The entire X-Men comic run since Mutants were allegories of blacks during the Civil Rights Era of the 1960’s. MUTANT REGISTRATION ACT. TRASK Sentinel Program. The Legacy Virus that decimated fictional mutants concurrently during President Reagan’s silence on the spread of HIV in the 90’s that cost millions of real people their lives. Or, the second episode of Superfriends that spoke out against man-made climate change and promoted ocean conservation in the 1970’s.

I could go on.

Decades of the politics of the day driving comic book stories that no one cared about, that is, when blacks were sidekicks. This changed last Thursday.

Black Panther is a movie about the heir to the throne of a fictional African nation who wears the hereditary mantle of both monarch and protector of his realm “The Black Panther.” Is it possible to ignore or separate his blackness and his unique Afrocentric culture or world view from this character? Should every narrative he’s a part of ignore the plight of black people that do not enjoy the privilege of Wakandan citizenship?

Of course not.

One of the most powerful Black Panther comic book stories was the Jungle Action series of the seventies featuring Black Panther vs. The Ku Klux Klan. How do you de-politicize a black king taking on the the Klan? Why should we even want to? Like Cap’s political stance and core beliefs, Black Panther’s ethnicity & culture are central to his narrative and endemic to the character.

Black Panther is a powerful, resonant, self-reflective exercise that pays homage to both the source material and the African diaspora. It represents with unconditional love, deep respect, unique style, and an effortless flourish, yet still remembers to be a hell of a good time at the movies!

Black Panther was more than I could possibly ask for and one of the best examples of what a comic book movie can be. Period.


Editor’s Note: This article is excerpted from a longer piece. Read the article in its entirety at The Good Men Project 



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For Bisexual Black Girls Who Didn’t Know Janelle Monáe Was Going to Create Their Anthem Today


Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. Remember that date. It marks a historic moment in your beautifully intersectional identity as a bisexual Black woman.

Perhaps you didn’t know this day was going to be anything beyond the 53rd day of 2018–and another dreaded day under the 45th president. But on said day, you watched Janelle Monáe’s music video for Make Me Feel. It was the antithesis to everything that gives the White House and 46.1 percent of Americans a fright: queers, Blacks and queer Blacks.

Monáe simultaneously dropped the music video alongside the visuals for her other newly released single, Django Jane.

Once you were done watching the Django Jane video, you surely didn’t think it could get more enthralling than a rapping Monáe. You thought you’d walk away from Thursday having only gained a bomb Black female empowerment anthem. (Which is still spectacularly uplifting in its own right–but you simply didn’t expect your sexual preferences to also get a four-minute shout-out as well).

Make Me Feel is a love ballad that’s already inspired comparisons to pop legend Prince. While that’s immensely respectable and all, we don’t care to pay attention to that aspect. Not today. Because today we saw what is arguably the most feminized and sexualized Monáe you’d ever seen. And she’s seductively shimmying as she puts on for your ever-so-fluctuating sexuality.

Throughout the video, Monáe unapologetically embodies bisexuality. When she simultaneously teases her goodies to a random man and Tessa Thompson, she emboldens those of us who have found that our attractions weren’t dictated by anatomical make-up. For those who are or were once perplexed by the absence of an actual sexual preference, the video is affirming.

Make Me Feel draws from one of the most iconic episodes of Netflix’s Black Mirror series in which two women find eternal love upon meeting younger versions of themselves. It’s the series’ queerest episode, a unique love story and it makes the video all the more powerful. But aside from simply representing for bisexual Black girls, there’s another element about the artist that makes these visuals even more empowering: Monáe has never declared her sexuality, so it may be safe to say the reclusive 32-year-old isn’t using sexual preferences as a marketing ploy. She’s simply expressing herself. And that (plus equality) is all the LGBT community has ever wanted.

Watch the Make Me Feel video below:

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Black History Month: The Divine Nine

Editor’s Note: This article originally published on February 16, 2016

Black Greek-letter sororities and fraternities have been a pivotal part of African American history and culture since the early 20th century. Launched on the campuses of historically black colleges, these organizations have been a central resource for support and service in the educational advancement and strengthening of social bonds among black students, entrepreneurs and professionals, especially when the organizations expanded to majority white institutions of higher learning. Also, they were a way to combat racism, as many campus organization memberships were exclusionary to students and professionals of color.

The pioneer black Greek-letter organizations have become known as the Divine Nine, and among their ranks have been some of the most influential leaders of color in healthcare, fashion, business, global affairs, politics and more.

Among the ranks of black fraternities are leaders from W.E.B. DuBois; Martin Luther King Jr. and Al Sharpton to Hill Harper, Al Roker, Emmitt Smith, Robert Johnson, and hundreds of thousands more. And the sororities boast an impressive roster of sorors as well, from First Lady Michelle Obama, Shirley Chisholm, and Loretta Lynch to Nikki Giovanni, Soledad O’Brien, MC Lyte, and many more.

The National Pan-Hellenic Council Inc. (NPHC), formed on the campus of Howard University on May 10, 1930, is a collective of the nine pioneering black Greek-letter organizations: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Since these nine were started and incorporated, membership has spread globally, with chapters in Asia, the Caribbean, Europe and Africa. Their impact is also widespread professionally and financially, as they have contributed millions to uplift communities, send students to college via scholarships and support professionals in both corporate America and entrepreneurship via mentorship and sponsorship.

Alpha Phi Alpha is the oldest fraternity, founded in 1906, followed by Kappa Alpha Psi  and Omega Psi Phi in 1911, Phi Beta Sigma in 1914 and Iota Phi Theta Fraternity in 1963. Among the sororities, Alpha Kappa Alpha is the oldest, founded in 1908, followed by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority in 1913, Zeta Phi Beta in 1920 and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. in 1922.

Since the Divine Nine have been founded and incorporated, other black Greek-letter organizations have followed, and though they are not part of the Pan-Hellic Council, they have been vital in their impact of promoting service, scholarship, and fellowship among students and professionals of color around the world as well. These organizations include sororities such as the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc., founded in 1923 for educators; Gamma Phi Delta Sorority, Inc., an affiliate organization of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) founded in 1942; Zeta Delta Phi founded 1962 at Bronx Community College, and fraternities such as Sigma Phi Rho, chartered at Wagner College; Delta Psi Chi, founded in 1985 at University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee; and Nu Gamma Alpha, which was founded on Howard University’s campus in 1962.

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Black Dollars Matter: The Power of African American Consumers

Black consumers currently wield unprecedented power over brands, according to a new report from Nielsen.

The seismic shift in how important black dollars have become is credited to social media and the vocal and voluminous online entity known as Black Twitter. More African American consumers are demanding products and marketing that embrace diversity without pandering and that are culturally relevant.

The report reveals that black spending power has reached $ 1.2 trillion. In some markets, black consumers have a considerable spending footprint. Although African Americans make up only 14% of the U.S. population, they spend $ 573 million on personal hygiene items; $ 810 million on bottled water; and $ 151 million in the luxury non-essential products market (which includes items such as watches and fragrances).

“Our research shows that Black consumer choices have a ‘cool factor,’” said Cheryl Grace, senior vice president of U.S. Strategic Community Alliances and Consumer Engagement, Nielsen, in a released statement.

“These figures show that investment by multinational conglomerates in R&D to develop products and marketing that appeal to diverse consumers is, indeed, paying off handsomely.”

Smart companies will purposefully target African American customers, it says in the Nielsen study. Black consumer choices are increasingly becoming mainstream.

The study also found that black consumer brand loyalty is based on a brand’s perception as authentic, culturally relevant, socially conscious, and responsible. Thirty-eight percent of African Americans ages 18–34, say they expect the brands they purchase to support social causes. Forty-one percent of those African Americans over age 35 expect the same.

“When it comes to African American consumer spend there are millions, sometimes billions of dollars in revenue at stake,” said Andrew McCaskill, senior vice president, Global Communications and Multicultural Marketing.

“With 43% of the 75 million millennials in the U.S. identifying as African American, Hispanic, or Asian, if a brand doesn’t have a multicultural strategy, it doesn’t have a growth strategy.”




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‘Black Panther’ Keeps Breaking Box Office Records

NEW YORK (AP) — With a massive $ 40.2 million in ticket sales Monday, “Black Panther” has set another box-office record: biggest Monday ever.

The Walt Disney Co. again raised its box-office estimates for the Marvel sensation on Tuesday. The film’s updated Monday performance — $ 7 million higher than Disney earlier forecast — narrowly topped the previous record, set by “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in 2015 with $ 40.1 million.

The higher Monday figure gives “Black Panther” the second biggest four-day weekend, behind only the $ 288.1 million of “The Force Awakens.” With $ 242 million over the Presidents’ Day weekend, “Black Panther” moves ahead of December’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” in the ranks of four-day starts.

Ryan Coogler’s film, starring Chadwick Boseman, is the first big-budget tent pole release featuring a nearly all-black cast. The movie’s three-day gross of $ 201.8 million ranks fifth highest of all time, not accounting for inflation.

Internationally, “Black Panther,” which cost $ 200 million to make, is also outperforming earlier estimates. It has made $ 184.6 million overseas thus far, giving it a worldwide total of $ 426.6 million.

The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Monday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by comScore:

1. “Black Panther,” Disney, $ 242,155,680, 4,020 locations, $ 60,238 average, $ 242,155,680, 1 Week.

2. “Peter Rabbit,” Sony, $ 23,382,931, 3,725 locations, $ 6,277 average, $ 54,355,473, 2 Weeks.

3. “Fifty Shades Freed,” Universal, $ 19,439,120, 3,768 locations, $ 5,159 average, $ 78,630,575, 2 Weeks.

4. “Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle,” Sony, $ 10,014,906, 2,800 locations, $ 3,577 average, $ 379,693,471, 9 Weeks.

5. “The 15:17 To Paris,” Warner Bros., $ 8,923,106, 3,042 locations, $ 2,933 average, $ 26,670,823, 2 Weeks.

6. “The Greatest Showman,” 20th Century Fox, $ 6,527,597, 1,936 locations, $ 3,372 average, $ 155,905,953, 9 Weeks.

7. “Early Man,” Lionsgate, $ 4,260,148, 2,494 locations, $ 1,708 average, $ 4,260,148, 1 Week.

8. “Maze Runner: The Death Cure,” 20th Century Fox, $ 3,243,854, 1,892 locations, $ 1,715 average, $ 54,723,980, 4 Weeks.

9. “Winchester,” Lionsgate, $ 2,619,156, 1,479 locations, $ 1,771 average, $ 22,249,335, 3 Weeks.

10. “The Post,” 20th Century Fox, $ 2,437,992, 1,050 locations, $ 2,322 average, $ 77,047,364, 9 Weeks.

11. “Samson,” Pure Flix, $ 2,255,864, 1,249 locations, $ 1,806 average, $ 2,255,864, 1 Week.

12. “The Shape Of Water,” Fox Searchlight, $ 2,055,052, 957 locations, $ 2,147 average, $ 53,633,766, 12 Weeks.

13. “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri,” Fox Searchlight, $ 1,895,019, 780 locations, $ 2,430 average, $ 48,364,525, 15 Weeks.

14. “Darkest Hour,” Focus Features, $ 1,153,160, 602 locations, $ 1,916 average, $ 53,394,852, 13 Weeks.

15. “I, Tonya,” Neon Rated, $ 1,120,319, 502 locations, $ 2,232 average, $ 27,224,441, 11 Weeks.

16. “Den Of Thieves,” STX Entertainment, $ 1,116,790, 730 locations, $ 1,530 average, $ 43,618,720, 5 Weeks.

17. “12 Strong,” Warner Bros., $ 1,108,467, 815 locations, $ 1,360 average, $ 44,256,673, 5 Weeks.

18. “Hostiles,” Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures, $ 1,004,135, 767 locations, $ 1,309 average, $ 28,480,960, 9 Weeks.

19. “Coco,” Disney, $ 908,454, 385 locations, $ 2,360 average, $ 207,389,121, 13 Weeks.

20. “Phantom Thread,” Focus Features, $ 891,565, 355 locations, $ 2,511 average, $ 17,888,189, 8 Weeks.




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Every Record Broken by ‘Black Panther’

Every Record Broken by 'Black Panther'

Another Marvel movie is a huge hit at the box office. But this one is a bigger deal than usual. Black Panther opened over the President's Day weekend to the tune of $ 235 million. That's not an unprecedented figure, but the four-day take amounts to a whole lot of records broken, milestones reached and other feats accomplished for the superhero release. Below we detail every one of its achievements, including a couple that aren't financial in nature. 


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Little Known Black History Fact: Malcolm X

With the 53rd anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X, once more Nation of Islam leader Min. Louis Farrakhan has come forth to deny any wrongdoing. Malcolm X was once a fiery leader and spokesperson for the NOI, but many allege the group had him killed after he split with the group citing philosophical differences.

Born Malcolm Little on May 19, 1925, the future civil and human rights activist found Islam in prison by way of a fellow prisoner. Becoming a dutiful student of then NOI leader, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, he changed his name to Malcolm X to reflect his teachings and do away with his “slave name.”

Malcolm X quickly rose in the NOI ranks, weaving between his rapid-fire intellect and sharp oratory skills to present a Black nationalist agenda framed under the umbrella of religion. However, Malcolm X discovered Sunni Islam, an orthodox form of the religion, and changed his stances after making the pilgrimage to the Holy City of Mecca as required of many Muslims.

Returning home as El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, he still maintained a nationalist bent but leaned towards a humanist approach as expected of those in his religion. This split from the NOI was allegedly criticized and rumors persisted that the group wanted to end his life. Two days before his assassination, Shabazz reportedly told legendary photographer Gordon Parks that the NOI was looking to kill him.

On February 21, 1965 at Manhattan’s Audubon Ballroom, Shabazz was set to address a crowd of guests on behalf of his Organization for Afro-American Unity group. Despite being surrounded by bodyguards, a lone gunman from the crowd produced a shotgun, shooting the leader once with two other assailants finishing the deed. In all, Shabazz was shot 21 times.

Over the years, Min. Farrakhan has been pegged as the mastermind of the plot but has taken pains to deny the charge. This week alone, Farrakhan took to Instagram to strike down the claims and demanded that the federal government release files on the matter to the public to quell the chatter around the unfortunate death of one of Black America’s greatest figures.




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‘Black Panther’ Star Michael B. Jordan Teams Up With Brisk Iced Tea to Empower Urban Creatives

Brisk, a billion-dollar iced tea beverage brand owned by PepsiCo, announced the launch of the Creators Class program in partnership with Michael B. Jordan to provide emerging artists in urban areas with the opportunity to collaborate with and be mentored by industry leaders. Young creatives selected to participate in the initiative will gain real-world experience and exposure by working with established members in the film industry, visual arts, and writing to develop a special project. As a partner with Brisk, Jordan, who stars in Marvel’s groundbreaking Black Panther film, will give three lucky creators an apprenticeship with his production company.

“Brisk encourages the same boldness and creativity that I strive for in my work and with my production company, Outlier Society,” said Jordan in a statement. “That’s why I’m honored to be a part of the Creators Class and offer up-and-coming hustlers the opportunity to work on this special Outlier Society project.”

To promote the Creators Class program, Jordan directed, produced, and starred in an online video that spotlights a street artist’s hard work and creative hustle. In the ad, the 31-year-old actor prepares for his role in Black Panther while the artist simultaneously paints a mural of the Black Panther superhero. Brisk also celebrated the launch of Creators Class by hosting an exclusive Black Panther event in Los Angeles during NBA All-Star Weekend.

Melanie Watts, director of Marketing at Brisk, said the drink giant partnered with Marvel Studios and invited some of the talent behind Black Panther to join the Creators Class to “empower aspiring creators in the urban arts by providing real opportunities, mentorship, and game-changing industry exposure.”

The marketing campaign also serves to attract millennials and Gen Zers, consumers that Pepsi has struggled to reach. There’s a chance that the effort will connect with Gen Zers based on a popular film that defies negative perceptions of women and people of color and speaks to the generation’s hunger for success—two factors that cause-driven Gen Z finds important. “These generations tend to embrace creative efforts and innovation while shunning traditional views of gender roles and racial stereotypes, which appears to align with the Creators Class program and spirit of the Black Panther movie,” states

Interested participants can apply to the Creators Class by visiting up until March 2.

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The Amazing Black Panther Set That Led Daniel Kaluuya To Recognize The Epicness Of Black Panther

As many people discovered this past weekend, there’s a lot in Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther to marvel at. The world-building is stupendous, the production design is gorgeous, and the themes of the film are wonderful, deep, and ridiculously relevant.

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Six weeks after Hollywood stars descended upon the Golden Globes red carpet wearing black, the Time’s Up movement has spread to the UK, where A-listers dressed in black at the 2018 BAFTAs in London on Sunday night. Ahead of the awards, 190 British actresses and actors, including Emma Watson, Carey …

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‘Black Panther’ Smashes Records With $218 Million at Holiday Weekend Box Office

LOS ANGELES ( – Disney-Marvel’s “Black Panther” is heading for a super-heroic $ 218 million debut over the four-day President’s Day weekend at 4,020 North American locations, estimates showed Sunday.

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From Blog to Film: This Woman is Telling the Story of Successful Black Women Entrepreneurs

In case you haven’t noticed, there’s an increasing number of black women blazing trails in social change and entrepreneurship. In fact, a 2017 Nielsen report shows that black women are not only the fastest growing group of female entrepreneurs, but they’re also increasingly influencing the economy, media, and politics. So, who are these new age pioneers unapologetically breaking barriers? What propelled them to turn their obstacles into opportunities and passions into profit? Well, meet Renae Bluitt, the founder of Crush Media and creator and executive producer behind the film: She Did That, a cinematic project, featuring the story behind New York Times best-selling author, Luvvie Ajayi; the founder of Carols Daughter, Lisa Price; Tonya Rapley, a millennial entrepreneur and financial educator; and Melissa Butler, founder of the beauty startup The Lip Bar. To bring the project to light, Bluitt has partnered with General Motors, the world’s third-largest automaker.

On what inspired the film.

Believe it or not, the idea for the film derived from her award-winning blog ‘In Her Shoes.’ “I’ve been creating content centered around black women entrepreneurs on In Her Shoes for nine years now, said Bluitt. On a personal level, I was ready for a new challenge. It was time to dig deeper and explore a different medium to elevate the conversation. Capturing these women on film, in their homes, in their workspaces, and having people close to them weigh in on their stories is so much more impactful.”

On the biggest lesson Bluitt wants viewers to take away from the film:

 She Did That was created to inspire our peers and offer jewels of wisdom for the next generation of change agents—but anyone with an entrepreneurial spirit will be able to see themselves in the women on screen. I want the men in our community—and everyone, for that matter—to be inspired and see what’s possible when you’re committed to excellence. The path to personal success looks different for everyone. Your journey won’t look like anyone else’s, but the beauty of your story is what makes you, you. It’s your special sauce and no one can duplicate that.
On the importance of receiving support from General Motors. 
My grandfather worked on the assembly line for General Motors back in the 70s while building his business and my dad did the same until he also became an entrepreneur in the 80s. As a little brown girl growing up in Indiana, I learned so much about the importance of working hard and having a strong work ethic, no matter what position you’re in. These men took pride in their jobs and built their personal brands long before becoming their own bosses. I carry this lesson with me every single day so when the opportunity to partner with General Motors was presented, it was truly a no-brainer for me.
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Estate Planning For Millennials: The Key To Black Wealth

Estate planning for millennials sounds counterintuitive. However, before you jump to that conclusion, consider this: No matter how much money you make in your lifetime, it’s not real wealth if you don’t effectively transfer it to future generations. To put it bluntly, if it’s not multigenerational wealth, it’s not wealth at all.

Unfortunately, estate planning remains the most neglected aspect of personal finance and wealth building, even among successful entrepreneurs and high-income professionals—an increasing number of whom happen to be millennials. This is in part because most people believe that they are neither old enough nor rich enough to make estate planning a priority. Ironically, millennials, who despite conventional wisdom are managing their money just as effectively as Generation X and baby boomers, may have the most to lose by buying into this misassumption.

“Estate planning is somewhat of a misnomer because it does imply that it’s only for the wealthy,” says family law and estate planning attorney Lori Anne Douglass, a founding partner of the New York law firm Douglass, Rademacher & Brown L.L.P. “But quite frankly, anybody who’s going to die, which is everybody, needs to put their affairs in order.”

“If you literally have nothing, and you have no children, then you have nothing to plan for,” she adds. “But if you have family members, and you have any assets at all—tangible personal property, you own a home, you have a retirement plan, you have money in the bank, life insurance—any assets at all, if you don’t have an established plan, it’s going to be a disaster.”

“Whether your estate is worth $ 100,000 or $ 100 million,” Douglass asserts, “the planning is critical, not just for wealth building, but to maintain family harmony, to administer the estate effectively and efficiently to save on costs and attorney’s fees.”

Douglass offers these five reasons why estate planning for millennials not only makes sense but needs to be a top priority.

No Estate Planning For Millennials Equals No Black Wealth

Each year, millions (perhaps even billions) of dollars are lost due to poor estate planning, as assets are inefficiently transferred from one generation to the next, if they are passed on at all. This is one outcome that African Americans can ill afford, with at least one study predicting that black households are on a path to zero wealth by the year 2053. Without estate planning for millennials, however, this prediction is all but guaranteed to become reality.

“People seem to think that when someone dies that their assets just automatically go to the next generation,” says Douglass. “They don’t. It’s a complex process, and without process planning and input from the individual who owned those assets, it can be messy, time-consuming and costly, it doesn’t matter how much money you have.”

Your Obligations Don’t Go Away When You Do

Douglass offers this reality check: “The Internal Revenue Service, your state taxing authority, your debt collectors and your creditors are not going to just let your debt go because a person passes. If there are assets here to pay the debt, they have to be paid.”

“The first people to get paid are the taxing authorities,” she explains. “When someone dies, whether it’s the next of kin or the executor under a will, that person has an obligation to pay the final income tax returns of the decedent. If you own real property, real estate taxes are going to come due at most six months from the time anybody dies. That has to be paid. If you have an income tax due from prior tax years, that has to be paid. Also, there are states that have state inheritance tax and state estate tax.”

Keep in mind: Taxing authorities will take what is due them from your loved ones even if they haven’t received a penny from your estate yet, especially if they’re locked in battle contesting a non-existent or poorly executed estate plan.

Estate Planning Is Not A DIY Project

Though it’s easy to download documents to do your own will, it’s not wise, and could result in financial disaster. Sure, you could get it done quickly and inexpensively today, but your loved ones will likely pay a high price later for you taking the do-it-yourself option.

“If you try to do too much estate planning on your own and you make a mistake it can really cost a lot of problems for your loved ones” Douglass explains. “I would never advise anyone to do their own will or to do their own trust because it’s so complex. There are different kinds of trusts, there are tax ramifications, there are gifting issues, there are issues related to whether you want to give property to your children outright or hold that in trust.”

The Important Exception to the No-DIY Rule

There is an aspect of estate planning for millennials that is an exception to the previous point. One thing that Douglass says millennials and everyone can and should immediately do on their own is to execute medical and financial directives, in case you become disabled.

“Now that people are living for so many years—people are regularly living into their 80s and 90s—a large percentage of us will become disabled, if not permanently, then for some period of time during an adult life,” says Douglass. “Therefore, you really need to have a power of attorney and medical directives such as a healthcare proxy and a living will, that people can help you make those decisions. And those documents are statutory, which means every state has in its own statute for how the language for those documents should be written, and you can get those documents right off most states’ websites.”

What Will Happen To Your Digital Assets?

“Younger people need to do estate planning just as much as anybody over 50,” says Douglass. “Younger people should think about their beneficiary designations for their 401(k) or insurance, and other basic assets when they start to acquire them.”

But there is another reason estate planning for millennials needs to be a priority: wealth is no longer just physical and financial (money and real estate); it is also intellectual and digital, including the emergence of cryptocurrencies.

“Especially, you need to be thinking about your digital assets,” she emphasizes. “That’s the new thing in estate planning. When somebody passes, who can access your Facebook account? Who can access your PayPal account and deactivate that? All those are the kinds of things you would put in a will or a revocable trust, designating someone to handle your digital assets for you. This is especially important for the young people thinking about their digital assets and intellectual property, [such as a revenue-generating blog].”

“It’s sad,” she continues. “I had a client, a young person in his 30s who died unexpectedly. And one thing that is very difficult is that his social media still continues. On his birthday, a LinkedIn message goes out inviting people to send him a birthday wish, and it’s very distressful to the family. But he passed at a time when he didn’t do any planning and before people were really thinking about what happens to digital assets and intellectual property when someone passes.”

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Fans Were Not Pleased When Theater Started Playing Fifty Shades Freed Instead of Black Panther

Moviegoers were 50 shades of confused when their screening of the highly anticipated action film Black Panther was accidentally hijacked by Fifty Shades Freed.

Atlanta’s Regal Atlantic Station mixed up the two movies on Thursday night, according to those in the audience, meaning a crowd amped up for a Marvel blockbuster was met, instead, with the final installment of the erotic drama series starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan.

One Twitter user, @ChefWaites, pulled out his phone to capture the hilarious reactions. As a wedding from the drama played on the big screen, patrons could be heard laughing and shouting, “No!”

“Aiight so this happened at Atlantic Station. They played instead of ,” he captioned the videos. “I never laughed so hard. I’m happy I came to the black theatre.”

Responding to another Twitter user, Waites claimed the wrong film played for “a good 5 min” before the mistake was corrected.

Another Twitter user, @TreDay421, joked that despite having ACL surgery five months ago, “I sprinted through the theater to get that turned off so d— fast.”

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Black Panther’s estimated three-day domestic gross of $ 192 million marks the highest debut ever for a February film, smashing previous record holder Deadpool’s $ 132.4 million, according to EWGiven the four-day weekend, thanks to President’s Day on Monday, the movie’s box office is expected to hit $ 218 million.

Fifty Shades Freed won the top earning spot last week but dropped down to third place with an estimated $ 16.9 million through Sunday, EW reports.

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Activists are registering voters at ‘Black Panther’ screenings for #WakandaTheVote


It’s rare that blockbuster movies do anything to move culture forward besides make people really annoying on Twitter.

Ben Shapiro rants aside, Black Panther is a lovely exception. Activists Kayla Reed, Jessica Byrd and Rukia Lumumba from the Movement for Black Lives‘ Electoral Justice Project recently launched #WakandaTheVote to help register voters at Black Panther screenings across the country. 

“This weekend we wanted to meet our people in Wakanda,” the activists told Blavity. “We know that for some it’s a superhero world, but we know that the world we deserve is still waiting to be built — and we want to build it! This upcoming spring and November 2018 midterm elections are an important step in building that new world, and we want to take every opportunity to engage our communities in the conversation of electoral justice.” Read more…

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African Fashion On Display At Early ‘Black Panther’ Shows

Khalel Robinson, left, poses with his father Jossan Robinson before seeing Black Panther in Silver Spring, Md.

The vibrant African fashion of “Black Panther” was on display at multiplexes around the country Thursday as moviegoers flocked to the first showings of Marvel’s latest superhero blockbuster in traditional African shirts, dresses, head wraps and more.

Some opted to make their own clothes to celebrate the arrival of a superhero many black moviegoers said provided opportunity for them to celebrate their heritage in a way they haven’t been able to before.

“We’re excited because we get representation in a film that’s not about slavery, that’s not about trials and tribulations, but about a powerful African empire, which is where we come from in the first place,” said tattoo artist Elisheba Mrozik, who attended one of the first showings of the film in Nashville.

Joyce Robinson poses for a portrait before seeing Black Panther in Silver Spring, Md.

She wore a flowing shoulderless black gown that was broken up by patterns of purple and yellow designs that she said was made in Nigeria and that she bought for the film’s release and Black History Month.

“Somebody that looks like me is a superhero and nobody is whitewashing it. And it’s beautiful,” she said.

In the nearly 10 years since Marvel’s “Iron Man” sparked sprawling film superhero universes, there have been plenty of chances for fans to wear clothes that pay homage to favorites such as Spider-Man, Batman, the Hulk and more.

But “Black Panther” has sparked something different — an opportunity for black moviegoers to watch a superhero who not only looks like them, but also introduces a different view of Africa than has traditionally been seen at theaters. Set in the fictional nation of Wakanda, a technologically advanced oasis that has never been colonized, the film has been praised for its vision of Afrofuturism, strong and smart female characters and a story that shatters stereotypes about the continent and its people.

The Lawton family poses for a portrait before seeing Black Panther in Silver Spring, Md.

At a showing in New York’s Times Square, Miquain Gainey wore a Basotho blanket used by the Bantu tribe in South Africa. “It’s featured very prominently in the film, and it’s cultural heritage,” he said. Gainey said he wanted something fashionable that fit the film, but he also wanted to stay warm.

Kiara Citron, who is a huge Marvel Comics fan and had a Deadpool-themed wedding, was at the same theater and wore a bright blue satin gown she spent a week sewing, using some leftover fabric for a matching head wrap.

“I just made something for the occasion because I’ve never had an opportunity for this before,” she said. “I’ve never gone to a theater to see a film like this before, so I just really needed to go all out.”

In Nashville, Latarsher White and her family wore custom-made African gowns and suits to a Nashville theater because it made them feel connected to their heritage.

“It’s just an opportunity to explore those regal roots and to know that some of us do come from royalty,” she said. “It’s bigger than what we see every day and what’s represented. It’s just connecting to your heritage and that royal lineage to a degree. And so it’s always good to play dress- up.”

Allyson Little and Melissa Williams-Valrie, dressed in Wakanda-inspired attire, pose for a portrait before seeing Black Panther in Silver Spring, Md.

Kermit El-Amin, 25, wore his African tribal prints to work before watching the film in Nashville.

“I wanted to make sure that people knew that I really felt comfortable,” El-Amin said. “Feel comfortable in the skin that I am in and feel comfortable doing things like this.”

Ronald Simmons, founder of the website, sported a Black Panther T-shirt to a Times Square show Thursday night. He said he expected “Black Panther” to be life-changing for many fans, especially children.

“If I was a kid, and I saw ‘Black Panther’ that would have been great,” he said. “I grew up in a lot of heroes and none of them look like me at all. And I still love those heroes, but I can imagine being a kid and seeing, you know, a character that looked like me, I would be pretty hyped.”
John Carucci reported in New York and Kristin M. Hall reported in Nashville.
This story corrects the spelling of Elisheba Mrozik’s last name.



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‘Black Panther’ Breaks Thursday Previews Record for a Non-Sequel

'Black Panther' Breaks Thursday Previews Record for a Non-Sequel

With Marvel's Black Panther one of the most anticipated movies of all time, box office records are expected to break this weekend – and the movie has already managed one significant feat. Disney reports the MCU installment kicked off its opening last night with $ 25.2 million. That's Marvel's second-best showing for Thursday night previews, and it's a new peak for a non-sequel debut. 

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The Week in Movie News: ‘Black Panther’ Starts Off Strong, ‘Incredibles 2’ Sneak Peek and More

The Week in Movie News: 'Black Panther' Starts Off Strong, 'Incredibles 2' Sneak Peek and More

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How ‘Black Panther’ Dissects Tension Between Africans & African-Americans (Spoiler-Free Review)


Marvel’s Black Panther is receiving rave reviews left and right, as it should be. It is undeniably the most layered superhero film to come along in years, arguably ever.

Ryan Coogler’s latest masterpiece, starring Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther, Lupita Nyong’o and Michael B. Jordan, thoroughly praises African traditions while tackling issues of self-doubt, family, love, Black feminist theory, political evolution, consequences of war and plenty of others. Because we already know its impact will far surpass the majority of its Marvel predecessor films, I’m choosing to focus on the particularly sensitive examination of the relationship between African-Americans and Africans.*

Through no fault of their own, the rich nation of Wakanda and its leaders are oblivious to the plight of their American kinfolk, a parallel to the semi-contentious relationship many native Africans and Black Americans have today.

Part of the tension lies in the ignorance of many Africans about the history of their American brothers and sisters. Author Luvvie Ajayi shared her perspective as a middle-upper-class Nigerian child who had no idea about the plight of Black Americans because it was never discussed nor included in her school curriculum.

“Africans aren’t taught about the middle passage in school. Or about slavery in the U.S.,” Ajayi explained via Twitter back in 2014. “I didn’t know a thing about African-Americans being slaves when I was growing up. I thought everyone had a maid and driver like I did.”

Interestingly, this sentiment is lightheartedly echoed in the film when T’Challa’s younger sister, Shuri, takes her first trip to the States. It is the thought process for many Africans who question, and even dismiss, how African-Americans choose to deal with the immense pain of being ripped from their homeland. Of course, Africans know a great deal about colonization and imperialism, but to have one’s entire culture, language and traditions strategically expropriated over the course of multiple centuries is a bitter pill Black Americans have been forced to swallow for the sake of survival.

Black Panther addresses this divide of distant cousins with a pointed critique of the fictional kingdom abandoning its children abroad, and the resentment that builds between cultures in the aftermath. Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger embodies the bitterness of cultural isolation that can often lead to a complete disregard—or even blatant disrespect—of our ancestors, elders and traditions. The film, in honoring its direct African influences, encourages us to continually respect and honor those who came before while working to improve upon the decisions they’ve made.


After a series of kick-ass fights (seriously, you have to see this IN THEATERS) and dealing with his own internal conflicts as well, T’Challa and Killmonger’s final battle ends with a shocking decision and powerful quote I dare not spoil, but that speaks pointedly to the mindset of those we lost on the middle passage, and that continues to affect the relationships of Black folks on opposite sides of the Atlantic, even today.

There’s very little that honest communication between two parties can’t solve, but it takes a certain amount of mutual respect for there to be a palpable level of change. Black Panther addresses this and so many other aspects of the Black experience while keeping your eyes glued to the screen. Beyond another superhero flick, this film has the potential to broaden one’s way of thinking about the world around them, and how much love is needed for our survival on this planet together, and that’s one thing Thor never got around to.

*While Africa is a continent full of differing traditions, languages, socio-economic classes, etc., for the purposes of comparison to the fictional kingdom of Wakanda, I am referring to the continent as a whole.

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Black Panther Costumer Designer Ruth E. Carter on Three Decades of Dressing Superheroes

Ruth E. Carter’s resume as a costume designer reads like a roll call of some of the most culturally significant films of the past three decades: Malcom X, Selma, Do the Right Thing, What’s Love Got to Do With It?, Mo’ Better Blues. But her latest film, the revolutionary and deservedly much-hyped Black Panther, might be her most notable project yet. With over 1,000 costumes that she conceptualized and created for fantastical world of Wakanda — drawing inspiration from Afropunk fashion and traditional African tribal garments — it seems fitting that Carter calls Black Panther the most challenging, but ultimately most fulfilling film she’s worked on yet.

Carter, the first African-American costume designer to be nominated for an Academy Award — she was nominated for 1992’s Malcom X and 1997’s Amistad — spoke to TIME ahead of Black Panther’s release on Feb. 16 about the film’s Afrofuturist costumes, the real-life superheroes she designed costumes for before Marvel and how Spike Lee helped her get her start in Hollywood.

TIME: How did you become interested in costume design?

Carter: I feel like costume design kind of found me. It’s the sum of my parts. I’m the daughter of a single parent, so I’ve been that girl that didn’t necessarily have a lot growing up. What I did have, sometimes I had to make it. My brother’s an artist. One of my brothers is a painter. The brother that was closer to me in age, we always loved to sketch and draw as kids, and we had our own characters.

An opportunity arose in college to do costumes for one of the plays. After that, I was doing every play on campus. I was doing the dance company that toured, people’s senior recitals, the fraternities’ special shows, as well as my own projects. I was kind of teaching myself and creating my own curriculum. When I graduated, I found myself at the Santa Fe Opera in New Mexico, as an intern. This took it to another level of exposure. I kind of felt like I was on my path.

Costume designer Ruth Carter poses for a portrait at the American Black Film Festival on June 19, 2016 in Miami, Florida.
Mychal Watts—Getty Images PortraitCostume designer Ruth Carter poses for a portrait at the American Black Film Festival on June 19, 2016 in Miami, Florida.

How did you get your start in the entertainment industry and, later, movies?

I moved out to Hollywood after my internship at the Santa Fe Opera. After I got here, there was a picture on the calendar section of the L.A. Times and it showed the L.A. Theater Center’s staff standing on this circular staircase. [They were] opening this five-theater complex. I thought, “They’re going to need me.” So I got a job there and that’s where I met Spike Lee. He had come to see a show and after the show, he was talking to me about getting film experience. I didn’t know him as Spike Lee, because Spike Lee wasn’t known to the world yet.

I remember getting an invitation from Spike Lee to go see She’s Gotta Have It, a special screening. Shortly after that, Spike called me and asked me to be the costume designer for School Daze, and from then on, I’ve been doing films.

How do you typically prepare for a film? What’s the process of developing looks?

I try to remind myself to be a vessel and to read the script with as much visual imagination as I can. I want to go on the ride of the story, see the colors, the way that you would if you read the story as a child. From there, I put the script aside and start gathering things. The first place I go to is my personal library. It’s not just books — I have antiques, tapestries. I gather things that will launch my journey and help me find those shapes and colors that I felt impassioned by when I read the script. I always hope for something that’s going to give me some kind of emotion.

Black Panther is being talked about as a sort of celebration of Afrofuturism. How did you design the costumes with that in mind?

From my Spike Lee days, we’ve always been a group of filmmakers that are concerned about the future of African Americans and freedom of self-expression and being politically sound. Ryan Coogler was no different, in that he wanted us to all think of this fictitious world of Wakanda as a place that was never colonized by the Dutch or the English. What would that look like?

We had an enormous number of boards that outlined the costume looks of each district of Wakanda. There’s a military guard that protects the palace, the Jabari tribe that lives in the mountains. There are the Dora Milaje that protect the king, the border tribes that police the border. I used ancient African history to come up with some of these ideas. For example, the Dogon tribe is one of the inspirations for the Jabari tribe in Wakanda. They wore these wonderful raffia skirts during the celebration they performed once a year. One of the northeastern inspirations was from the Tuareg, the subsaharan desert dwellers of Africa. In Wakanda, they were the merchant tribe and owned most of the wealth. We upped the ante and gave them a modern spin to create this new world.

You’ve worked on a lot of period pieces like Malcom X, Selma and The Butler. How does that differ from working on a film like Black Panther?

In some ways, it’s quite similar. It starts with research. I’ve done superheroes before — Malcom X, Martin Luther King, Jr., Tina Turner — they were all superheroes. But in those cases, I had a real world to draw from, photographs of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s march across the Edmund Pettus bridge, footage of Tina Turner in concert. The process is very much the same as it was for Black Panther because we were building a world with a tone and a look. It’s still apparel. I was very hands-on. I’m not the designer who sits at home and phones it in to her minions. I’m there in the trenches. That’s how I think I get the best results.

So many of the films you’ve worked on have pushed for visibility of people of color, and specifically African Americans. Not just in the films themselves, but in the industry and storytelling as a whole.

I feel like I’m a proud mama of this cultural movement that’s inclusive of everybody, especially young people that are now in charge and producing the art. I’ve got thirty-plus years behind me, and I’m embraced by them, and I’m still contributing to the story. This narrative is now being presented by a new generation of filmmakers, and I’m super proud of that. I’m proud to hear Ryan Coogler say that he was a little boy and his father took him to see Malcom X and he can’t believe that he’s sitting across the table from me, the person who did the costumes. That just makes my day. I’m just proud that I was true to myself as an artist along the way.

I also have never felt like I represented just one demographic. Young people of all colors are interested in this story. It makes me proud to know that there might have been a voice that was really small in the beginning and grew bigger, but it’s still relevant today and actually wanted.

How do you think the work that you do as a costume designer is helping to change the industry for the better?

Change it? I wish I could change it. I have to go back to the women. As costume designers, we’re always asked to “make them sexy.” I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to change that, and I’m not trying to, but maybe with Black Panther, we can show that women don’t have to dress super sexy like they do in the comic books. They can look like warriors and look great. They can have no hair, they can show no skin and be sexy.

Hollywood is built on racism, in a way. When you think of The Birth of a Nation [in 1915], there was that guy running around in blackface, but he was a white guy and he was seen as a savage. Those films during the ‘20s and the ‘30s, if they did have Africans, they were running around with a bone in their nose. In Shaka Zulu, made in the ‘30s or ‘40s, finally you get this magnificent story about this African King. It was one step forward, and I think Black Panther takes it another step forward. It’s baby steps.

How do you feel about the being the first African American designer to be nominated for an Oscar for costume design?

When I was working on Malcom X, Spike Lee said, “Don’t think about the Oscar.” So I never thought about it. But then I got nominated, and I was the first. It was a little out-of-body for me. I had been mentored by people of all colors. I loved Malcom X, and I felt like the prize had already been given by the accomplishment.

It was a testament to my perseverance, and for that I was extremely proud to say that I was the first. It was a goal that I had reached, not necessarily to be acknowledged by the Academy, but, “I’m a costume designer. No one can take that away from me now.” I shared it with my brother who was my mentor and an artist and he was my date to the Academy Awards. I owed so much to him as an artist.

After over 30 years in the industry, how do you stay inspired?

I have hobbies. I paint. In high school, I had a feel for clay and could mold almost anything from a picture, so I still have clay that I work with. I try to keep myself active and see other people’s work and art, I go and see plays, I’m always interested in travel. I just came from South Africa, from what I call “searching for Wakanda,” just to meet the people and touch the ground, to come from a well-informed place when I thought about Africa. I do what I need to stay motivated that’s not costume-related.

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Study Shows Black People Support Family, Friends More Than Other Groups

African Americans do not just care about their finances, they also care about the communities they live in—and the people they live around.

For African Americans, community begins with friends and family—and sometimes money. A new survey reveals that a whopping 80% of African Americans agree that community involvement is important compared to only 66% of whites.

“Throughout history, African Americans have had to rely on each other, oftentimes to survive,” said Evan Taylor, African American market director, MassMutual, in a press release. “Therefore it is not surprising that helping each other lies at the heart of their beliefs about community and finances. Although no strangers to tough economic times, sacrificing to support each other, particularly family and friends, is a huge part of black culture and community.”

Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. said it conducted the nationwide survey to explore the intersection of community involvement and financial well-being.

While the survey reveals that both blacks and whites are equally anxious about their current financial well-being, the differentiating factor are the views African Americans have toward financially supporting others. In spite of these financial concerns, 90% believe it is important to look out for one another. More than 60% have supported someone else in times of financial need and almost a third have been supported by someone else.

“What this shows is what people care about and the philanthropic role of finances in their lives,” said Taylor. “There is significant opportunity to adopt new attitudes, habits, and actions to strengthen personal financial health as a way to build what can be shared with the communities most important to them.”

Participants ranked family, friends, and schools as their top three when asked to define communities. Religion, children, professional networks, and towns/city or region are also important, in that order.

“This indicates there is a need for African Americans to open up dialogue with each other and their communities about the steps necessary to build strong financial foundations and create generational wealth that can help the larger community in the long-term,” Taylor added.

The survey also reveals that only 32% of African Americans share information about their finances with other people compared to 55% of whites.

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Janelle Monae’s Album Trailer To Air Before ‘Black Panther’

NEW YORK (AP) — Janelle Monae’s trailer for her new album and film will get a boost when it airs in theaters ahead of “Black Panther” on Friday.

The teaser for “Dirty Computer,” the Grammy-nominated singer’s third solo album, will play in select theaters nationwide moments before the highly anticipated Marvel film plays.

Monae is calling the visual part of the project an “emotion picture” and “narrative film.” The trailer will also be available Friday on YouTube.

Monae attended the “Black Panther” première in Los Angeles last month, though she doesn’t appear in the film. She earned praise for her roles in the 2016 movies “Hidden Figures” and “Moonlight,” which won the best-picture Oscar.

A release date for “Dirty Computer” will be announced at a later date.



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This weekend, on Our World with Black Enterprise we talk to Kenneth Frazier, chairman and CEO of pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co who shares his secrets to successful leadership. Then, we profile Shashicka Tyre-Hill, the founder of Miracle Home Care out of Georgia. She explains the importance of senior care in today’s world. Also, Lonnie Bunch, the founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture discusses the journey it took to get Washington’s newest museum built. And finally, we check in on Johnny Nunez, who went from paparazzi to celebrity photographer. He’s clicking his way to the top.


On this edition of Women of Power TV, we talk with Stacey Abrams, who is on the verge of making history by becoming the first African American woman elected governor of Georgia. She tells us why she’s running. Then, we chat with celebrity publicist and author Terrie Williams, who is motivating women to power forward in mind, body, and spirit. Also a highlight on Joi Gordon, the CEO of Dress for Success. She explains the new opportunities her organization gives to women getting back into the workforce. And finally, a lesson in skin care with Seven Brown, the founder of Harlem Skin & Laser Clinic.

View the full listing of where and when to watch each show in your area.

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FandangoNOW Pairings: Black Panther, Early Man and Loveless

FandangoNOW Pairings: Black Panther, Early Man and Loveless

We are inundated with choices of what to watch at the multiplex and in our own living rooms. To help narrow your decision, here are some recommended films to pair with this week’s new releases: Black Panther, Early Man and Loveless.


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Black History Month: Esther Jones, The Original Betty Boop

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on February 8, 2017 

Betty Boop is largely recognized as an iconic cartoon character and the first animated American sex symbol. However, her signature style and voice was appropriated by an African American jazz singer and entertainer.

During the late 1920s, Esther “Baby Esther” Jones became known for singing in a baby voice and regularly performing at the legendary Cotton Club in Harlem. Then, after watching Esther’s cabaret act in 1928, white jazz singer Helen Kane adopted Jones’ singing and scatting style. Kane also changed the interpolated words “boo-boo-boo” and “doo-doo-doo” to “boop-oop-a-doop” while recording her hit single “I Wanna Be Loved By You.”

Kane never publicly admitted to appropriating Esther’s singing style, but the truth was revealed when Kane filed a lawsuit against Max Fleischer, the animator who created Betty Boop in 1930. Ironically, Kane claimed that Betty Boop was imitating and profiting off of her image.

According to The New York Daily News,

“In 1932, Kane filed a $ 250,000 lawsuit against Max Fleischer and the film company Paramount Publix Corp., contending that they had exploited her persona and asserting she had invented the phrase, ‘Boop-oop-a-doop,’  most famously heard in her 1928 hit song, ‘I Wanna Be Loved By You.’

“Before a judge in state Supreme Court in Manhattan, the defense called Jones’ manager, Lou Walton, to testify. Walton said he taught Esther how to merge the scat lyrics “boo-boo-boo” and “doo-doo-doo,” and use them in her uptown performances. He added that he saw Baby Esther’s acts with Kane before the white singer started her ‘booping.’

“When Walton produced a sound film featuring Baby Esther practicing in her baby voice and “scatting” as proof, Kane, at the height of her career, was exposed as a fraud and lost the case.


White singers have a long history of getting away with appropriating black music throughout the 20th century without legally crediting, acknowledging, or paying African American artists. Thus, it does not come as a surprise that Esther Jones did not file suit against Kane or Max Fleischer, where she would have had the burden of proving her case against a white man or white woman.

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A Heart for Fashion: What Black Women Need to Know about Heart Disease

It’s fashion week here in New York City and last week the American Heart Association painted the town red for their Go Red for Women Red Dress Collection fashion show presented by Macys. Thousands of people gathered at the Hammerstein Ballroom in Midtown to raise awareness about Heart Disease. Actress Lynn Whitfield and Zuri Hall, E News correspondent, were among some of the stunning women to take the runway in red designer dresses at the star- studderaising; but they made it clear that it was not about them. For them it was about raising awareness about the disease that kills more women than all of the cancers combined. Vice Admiral Jerome Adams who is the 20th United States Surgeon General and Cardiologist Dr. Nakela Cook, chief of staff at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute were also in attendance to raise awareness and stated that black women need to pay attention to the silent killer because of the different risk factors associated with them.

Actor Lynn Whitfield walks the runway during the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection 2018 presented by Macy’s at Hammerstein Ballroom on Feb. 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for AHA)

The event couldn’t come at a better time as it is both Fashion Week and Heart Awareness Month. In fact, 1 in 3 women will be impacted by heart disease and every 80 seconds a woman passes away from heart-related complications. That is why at this year’s Women of Power Summit we are partnering with the AHA to help women go red and get fit with fitness expert Uti Middleton who will be teaching women new ways to prioritize their heart health.

Listen to your heart

For Whitfield, being in the room was about honoring her late grandmother and charging women to take responsibility for their heart health. “My grandmother in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, had a heart attack when she was 55-years-old putting on a corset. She was an amazing woman but was not as conscious as she should have been about heart health.”

Hall was excited to be in the room and raise awareness as a black women who has family and friends who have struggled with their health and says that women don’t have to wait until something is wrong to go to the doctors.

“I felt a weird murmur a few months ago and I went to the doctors and I talked about it and he recommended me to a specialist. I was in the clear but I did that and that was necessary for me to know that I was fine, thank God. But, the unfortunate truth is that some people may go and find out that everything is not fine but at least you know and you can do something about it,” said Hall.

Listening to your body and staying on top of your heart health is key, especially for black women.

“One of the things that is really unique about women is that often we don’t recognize when there are problems with our hearts. So I would say that it’s important to not only to pay attention to prevention and make those small changes and making the changes in your diet but to pay attention to when things aren’t quite right…and recognize those signs and symptoms and seek out medical care,” said Dr. Cook.

Interestingly enough, Whitfield comes from a family of physicians and she says that while her family was more focused on medicine she is more focused on taking responsibility over her health for the best outcomes.

Hall also takes her heart health extremely seriously as a black woman who knows that she is at risk.  “African American women are the group least likely to name heart disease or a stroke as a concern. For women, the truth is, it is. And, as an African American woman I think that that’s something that we should know,” said Hall.

Put yourself first

A huge part of taking care of your heart is to take good care of yourself which means that you have to put yourself first.

“Women tend to take care of their children, homes, and community before they take care of themselves and we want them to understand that you can’t take care of the community if you don’t take care of yourself,” said Surgeon General Adams.

Some of the ways that Whitfield practices self-care is by putting herself first, eating right and exercising. “You know what I’m finding out? I’m finding out that I really don’t do as well at everything else if I don’t pay attention to those areas, you know? She also has modified her diet to be about 30% raw and she has taken on a holistic approach to living.  “I have nice program of fitness and a trainer who is a mature woman who is really helping me to integrate it in a way that I can really keep up with it and I also try to keep my psyche and my spiritual life going in the right direction,” says Whitfield.

Hall also has incorporated more exercise into her daily routine and cut back on junk foods which she says wasn’t easy and schedules time to be by herself.

TV personality Zuri Hall walks the runway during the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection 2018 presented by Macy’s at Hammerstein Ballroom on Feb.8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for AHA) ***

“I’ve learned in the last few years that it’s the most important thing because you cannot pour from an empty cup and I had nothing left to give and I was ready to burn out and I realized that if you can’t even enjoy the fruits of your labor then what is the point in the labor? So, I carve out time for myself the same way that I carve out time for my friends for brunch, or for my business meeting, or for an office meeting with my boss. And the same way that it’s from 2pm-3:15pm… If someone hits me up and says ‘let’s get drinks at five…I say, ‘I can’t I’m busy.’” said Hall.

Little steps toward heart healthiness will take you a long way. Surgeon General Adams says that just 22 minutes of exercise every day which adds up to be two and a half hours of exercise a week can make a big difference in your heart health. Avoiding or decreasing your intake of tobacco, scheduling regular appointments with your physician and limiting the amount of junk food you intake can result in a healthier lifestyle.

Life goes on

In raising awareness about heart disease for women Whitfield, Hall, Surgeon General Hall and Dr. Cook have all been transformed by their work. And, they encourage all women to listen to their hearts, learn their heart health numbers and take preventive measures to ensure their health.

“This work has changed my life in a number or ways; as a father of a young girl who is at risk for heart disease, as a son of a mother who has heart disease, as a brother as a sister who’s at risk for heart disease it’s very personal to me. So I’ve been changed by knowing that we are at risk and I’ve also been changed by know that we can do something about it,” said Surgeon General Adams.

Whitfield want women to know that, “Your health is the quality of your life and since we are vessels and in those vessels we carry our purposes. Without health it is very difficult to manifest that which we’re destined to have.”

If you want to take better care of your heart health and learn ways to prevent heart disease, join us and the American Heart Association at the Women of Power Summit.

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Petition Calls For Portion of ‘Black Panther’ Revenues To Be Invested Into Black Community

With the much anticipated Black Panther movie projected to earn Marvel Studios an estimated $ 150-plus million on its opening weekend, some fans are calling for a portion of the movie’s profits to be invested in the black community.

An online petition created by a Chaz Gormley is urging Marvel’s parent company, the Walt Disney Co. to “set aside 25 percent of their worldwide profit to be allocated for investment in black communities, and in programs within these communities that focus on S.T.E.M.”

Gormley’s petition said that the movie studios have intentionally targeted African American communities around the country with its marketing campaigns for the upcoming film.

“As marginalized groups have become more vocal, corporations and their savvy public relations departments have turned to catering to these groups—to turn a profit—and this film by Marvel Studios is no different,” the petition reads.

Black Panther is expected to smash February’s box office opening record, previously held by Marvel’s Deadpool at $ 152.1 million over four days. When the film’s advance tickets were released in late January, Fandango reported that sales were beating Captain America: Civil War in its first 24 hours, topping Marvel’s all-time record for first-day advance ticket sales. It was also surpassing the previous record-holder, Batman v Superman, which went on to amass a $ 166 million in its domestic opening weekend in March 2016.

Gormley said although he expects people of all races to the theatres to see the film—which has a predominantly black cast and director— Gormley said Marvel is targeting the black community because of its spending power.

A part of the tactic used by the film studio is the use of Gil Scott-Heron’s “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” playing in the background of the film’s trailer, which Gormley said is insulting as a marketing ploy as it speaks to the monetization of “wokeness.”

“You have the ability to not only be entertained but to leave the theater in February knowing that a portion of your money will be coming back into your community,” Gormley said. “To not only go see a film about a fictitious country in Africa with advanced technology but the opportunity to invest in programs which focus on the fields—Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics—that make such advancements possible, in real life.”

The petition has amassed just over 3,000 signatures of its required 5,000

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Black Panther’s Costume Designer On Being Inspired by Ancient African Tribes

Marvel’s Black Panther movie is one of the most highly anticipated films of 2018. But beyond a star-studded lineup of incredible black talents such as Michael B. Jordan, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Lupita Nyong’o, the film also includes an action-packed storyline equipped with a variety of jaw-dropping costumes. So we caught up with Ruth E. Carter, the Academy Award-nominated designer behind the film to talk about how the ancient tribes of Africa inspired her designs of the superhero costumes.

Carter is no stranger to recreating representations of blacks in films—she’s also the creative mastermind behind some of the most iconic black films in history—School DazeMalcolm XAmistadDo the Right Thing, Roots (2016) and Selma, to name a few. Below she shares her design process and inspiration behind the film’s costumes.

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Ruth E. Carter on working with the film production team and planning for the design process. 

Marvel Studios gave me a blueprint. They had a lot of plans for the costumes, whether it was visual effects, special effects, or photo doubles. So they told me the elements the costume needed to have. From rich saturated colors and beautiful prints to textures—these things were rooted in African culture.

So we researched all of these wonderful different ancient tribes from the continent of Africa such as the Xhosa, Zula, Himba, and Maasai, and learned about their secrets and the reason behind doing things a certain way. For instance, when The Himba Tribe used this beautiful red clay that they put all over their bodies (including, jewelry hands, and hair) it was for the desert dwellers to have moisturizer. It also made your skin and hair really soft. It even had Shea butter—it was also so colorful and intense. It could even be bottled and sold today as a moisturizer.

On the other hand, the Maasai Tribe was known for all of this beautiful beadwork—so we wanted to direct the costumes towards that look. The stacked rings are a very prominent visual jewelry and were worn by ancient African tribes—that was also part of the framework that Marvel said we would like to have. I hired a jewelry designer who does African-inspired jewelry. She created rings, and necklaces—featuring a hand-tooled element that really pulled the looks together. We also pulled inspiration for the costumes from the draped robe attire that you often see in the Nigerian culture.


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The Cast Of ‘Black Panther’ Covers ‘Essence’

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The countdown till Black Panther day (February 16) continues as the cast makes its interview rounds throughout the media.

Folks like Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan have already appeared on covers like Time magazine and British GQ.

Now the whole cast is showing off their melanin glory on the front cover of Essence magazine. Check out the pics of Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Daniel Kaluuya, and Forest Whitaker below!

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‘Black Panther’: All the Things You Might Have Missed

This article contains SPOILERS for Black Panther.

We’re used to seeing plenty of Easter Eggs liberally sprinkled throughout Marvel movies but on the face of it, there didn’t seem to be many in Black Panther.  However, look closely at their latest offering about the Wakandan superhero, and you’ll find several details and references drawing from the comics and wider pop culture — as well as subtle nods to real-life events. We’ve rounded up the best spots.

James Bond

There are a handful of James Bond parallels in Black Panther. Not only in the espionage thriller aspect of the plotting, but also in the casino setting in Busan in North Korea. Plenty of Bond action has seen the inside of an opulent casino: lavish gambling dens are synonymous with 007.

But perhaps the most obvious homage paid is in Shuri’s similarity to Q and the entire sequence when T’Challa’s tech genius sister is showcasing her new gadgets to her brother. Firstly, we’re entering the innards of a mountain via a crater where Shuri’s lab is located — there are hints of SPECTRE’s volcano lair from You Only Live Twice about this. And then Shuri proceeds to demonstrate her new inventions to T’Challa one by one. There’s also plenty of humour here which would be at home in one of the Bond sequences it imitates.

Back to the Future

When Shuri is showing a new type of footwear to T’Challa during her gadget demo, she says they’re fully automated, “just like the ones in that American movie Baba used to watch.” This is a direct reference to Marty McFly’s futuristic Nike hi-tops seen in Back to the Future II.

Black Panther Party

Parts of the film are set in Oakland, California in 1992. Oakland is the birthplace of the Black Panther movement which began in 1966 and sought to address issues of inequality. The theme is of huge significance in Black Panther.

Panther Goddess Bast

The big panther statue, in the likeness of Bast.

During T’Chaka’s opening speech to his young son T’Challa, he explains the origins of Wakanda, voiceover flashback-style. He refers the Panther Goddess Bast, who is worshipped by Wakandans. According to comic lore, Bast has been worshipped since 10,000 BC by the area’s primitive tribes.

T’Chaka describes the moment a huge meteorite made of Vibranium crashed to the earth and landed in Wakanda.

It was Bast who helped create the first Black Panther after leading a warrior shaman from one of Wakanda’s five warring tribes to the heart-shaped herb – a plant affected by the properties of Vibranium. It bestowed on him superhuman capabilities. “The warrior became king and the first Black Panther,” says T’Chaka. The giant panther statue that has featured prominently in the film marketing and that also serves as a grand entrance to Wakanda is a likeness of Bast.


This king, the first Black Panther, referred to by T’Chaka in his speech, is likely to be the Bashenga in the comics. Although T’Chaka does not name him, his name does crop up later — the Shuri-run Wakanda Design Group is located inside Mount Bashenga.

Man-Ape and Ghekre

Winston Duke as M’Baku.

The leader of the Jabari tribe, M’Baku is referred to as ‘Gorilla’ at one point — a nod to his comic book status as Man Ape. ‘Gorilla’ references the White Gorilla Cult, an underground group whose help M’Baku sought in the comics to help him seize the throne. They worshipped Ghekre the Gorilla God — hence the name. The story in the comics goes that M’Baku re-establishes the outlawed White Gorilla Cult, killing and eating a rare white gorilla which gives him the strength of the species.

One funny moment in the film comes when M’Baku tells Martin Freeman’s Everett Ross to stop speaking lest he feed him to his men. He laughs and it’s apparent he’s joking when he reveals they’re all vegetarian. M’Baku’s clothes also incorporate elements of his comic-book Man Ape costume.

War Rhinos

During the final battle, T’Challa faces off against W’Kabi’s herd of war rhinos. This recalls the Black Panther comic mini-series of 1988 in which T’Challa fights a rhino during the opening panels of the first comic.

Stan Lee Cameo

The Marvel honcho appears in his usual cameo role, as a man at the casino table in Busan. He swipes Everett Ross’s chips while he’s otherwise engaged. “I think I’ll just take these; bring them over here and hold onto them for safekeeping,” he says.

White Wolf

Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/the Winter Soldier.

During the second post-credits sequence, we see Bucky Barnes — aka the Winter Soldier — emerge from a tent in Wakanda, attended to by Shuri. Three children are interfering. They refer to Bucky as the White Wolf. In the comics, the White Wolf is a character who was adopted by King T’Chaka — T’Challa’s father — when his parents were killed in a plane crash. The White Wolf, also known as Hunter, was jealous of his adoptive brother because he knew he wouldn’t be the one to take the throne.


1401 is the number on the door of the apartment that young Erik Killmonger lived in with his uncle in Oakland. It’s also the number of the suite occupied by Timely Publications — the original name of Marvel Publishing — in the Empire State Building after they moved there, following their growing success.

Black Panther is on wide release in the UK from February 13 and hits US screens on February 16.

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6 Black Fashion Labels to Know, Celebrate, and Support

At the start of New York Fashion Week (NYFW) and just in time for Valentine’s Day, Beyoncé released a new Valentine’s Day-themed collection of merchandise on her website. The 10-piece capsule includes phone cases, hoodies, T-shirts, and undergarments inspired by her hit songs. The pieces, which range from $ 30 to $ 60, make the perfect gifts for a significant other, especially if you’re planning to “Buy Black” for bae for the holiday.

But even if you’re not celebrating Valentine’s Day, there’s always a reason to support the fashion designers who strive to overcome notorious racial barriers within the industry. Here’s a mix of black fashion designers to get to know, celebrate, and support—from legends like Dapper Dan to the up-and-coming talent making a splash.


6 Black Fashion Labels to Know:

For Luxury: Laquan Smith

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At just 29 years old, designer LaQuan Smith is making waves in the fashion industry. The native New Yorker is responsible for the sleek, body-hugging dress that Beyoncé wore as she presented Colin Kaepernick with the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award at Sports Illustrated’s Person of the Year Awards in December. Smith’s signature sexy, show-stopping pieces have also been flaunted by fashion trailblazers such as Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and Kim Kardashian West.


For Woke Folk: Pyer Moss

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Kerby Jean-Raymond, founder of the Pyer Moss label, is renowned for using fashion as a fierce weapon of force to address and combat social injustice. Back in Fall 2015, the Haitian-American designer kicked off a presentation at NYFW with a 15-minute video about police brutality and black empowerment. The Pyer Moss’ Spring 2016 Menswear Collection infused video, street art, and fashion to spotlight the Black Lives Matter movement.

Jean-Raymond also delivered a powerful message on Saturday during a NYFW presentation inspired by the black cowboys of the 19th century. The collection featured Western-style jackets and shirts and a piece bearing the Pan-African flag. In the backdrop, a live gospel choir led by multi-platinum musician Raphael Saadiq sung uplifting songs like Kendrick Lamar’s politically-charged anthem “Alright.”


For a Custom Fit: Dapper Dan

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Daniel “Dapper Dan” Day pioneered luxury hip-hop fashion in the 80s and 90s by remixing high-end brands into urban streetwear. However, after closing shop 25 years ago, the legendary designer opened a new store in Harlem this year similar to the famous Dapper Dan Boutique that closed in 1992— but this time with a Gucci twist. Rather than recreating luxury brands into urban streetwear without authorization, now Gucci provides Dan with fabrics, prints, and patches to design customized bespoke pieces. In addition to made-to-order garments, the Harlem couturier has limited-edition ready-to-wear items and accessories available for purchase.


For Street Style: Lyfestyle

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Born in Brooklyn, Lyfestyle captures the essence of New York City urban art, style, and flavor. The brand was birthed from the imaginations of four friends who loved the lavish fashion on Fifth Avenue but were limited to shopping on a SoHo budget. That inspired the group to launch their own apparel line in 2010, which uniquely bears the brand’s signature logo upside down. Lyfestyle co-founder Kamau Harper says the stylized logo is a creative expression of individuality that always appears right side up when viewed by the person wearing the clothes.

The streetwear is making waves and growing in popularity largely thanks to hip-hop heavyweights like Cardi B, Chance the Rapper, and Diddy, who have been seen wearing the brand.


For Ready-To-Wear: Colour by Nandi Madida

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Hailing all the way from South Africa, Nandi Madida presented a beautiful Autumn/Winter 2018 collection at NYFW on Saturday showcasing her line Colour in collaboration with designer Josh Patron. Models ripped the runway in bright and bold fabrics and patterns that extruded the elegance and sophistication of an African queen. The designer and international media personality launched Colour clothing line in 2016.


For the Culture: Abdju Wear

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Abdju Wear founder Bobby West

Abdju Wear is a new clothing line that sports high-end clothes and sneakers at affordable prices. The brand offers everything from polo-style shirts to hightop sneakers in traditional Pan-African flag colors. The designer, Bobby West, aspires to become a staple in black fashion the same way that Ralph Lauren has become one of the most iconic brands in the country.

“We are taking the hood out of the community one shoe at a time,” said West in a statement. “Abdju Wear is dedicated to building the African American community with a product that will transform the hoods back into a community. The starter of Abdju Wear have been volunteering in the black community for over 17 years. We have created a product that will stimulate the community with small business opportunities. We are bringing pride back into the marketplace with the red, black, and green.”




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‘Black Panther’ Video Showcases Warriors of Wakanda

'Black Panther' Video Showcases Warriors of Wakanda

Riding a mighty, positive wave of acclaim, Marvel Studios's Black Panther has been outpacing all superhero movies in advance sales for Fandango's online ticketing service, and is Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. What has drawn such wide interest? Fandango surveyed more than 1,000 moviegoers; we found out that 97% are anticipating a different kind of superhero movie; 86% are excited to see the Dora Milaje, special forces in the African nation of Wakanda who are charged with protecting…

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Little Known Black History Fact: Jack Johnson

Since 2004, Republican Sen. John McCain has pushed for a posthumous pardon for legendary heavyweight boxer Jack Johnson. The world’s first Black heavyweight champion flaunted his love of the high life and white women during the time of Jim Crow garnering a charge that his great-great niece wants President Donald Trump to pardon.

In October 1912, Johnson was charged with violating the Mann Act, which made the transport of a woman across state lines for “immoral purposes” a crime. The white woman, allegedly a prostitute, became Johnson’s second wife and refused to cooperate, so charges were dropped. Johnson faced the same charges the following year, and skipped bail, then fled the country for seven years. He began serving his sentence in 1920 and was released the next year.

Johnson continued to box well into his sixties, although many of the fights were nothing more than sideshow exhibitions for Johnson to make money. His life ended tragically in June 1946 after reportedly getting denied service at a Raleigh, North Carolina diner and driving off in a rage before crashing the vehicle.

The pardon for Johnson is something of a long shot with Trump in the White House, although similar efforts in times past did show some promise.



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Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter Talks Misconceptions and Plans for 2018

As co-founder of Black Lives Matter, Patrisse Cullors is a modern-day revolutionary igniting change and turning messages into movements about law enforcement accountability and race in America. But beyond activist and co-founder of BLM, she’s a Fulbright Scholar, performance artist, an author of When they Call You A Terrorist, an instant New York Times Best Seller. Four years after the start of the movement, we caught up with Cullors to clear up BLM misconceptions and plans to expand. 

Let’s take it back to when you and your cofounders (Opal Tometi and Alicia Garza) first started the Black Lives Matter Movement, what were your intentions? 

The intention for Black Lives Matter had everything to do with wanting to challenge the idea that black people couldn’t fight for themselves and couldn’t be at the forefront for challenging anti-black racism. The beginning of BLM was really about developing a new set of skills and new leaders to challenge white supremacy and the way that it shapes everything that we do.

Over the years, what have you been most surprised to learn about yourself as well as the movement?

I’ve been most surprised to learn how vulnerable we are to right-wing attack and that our movement would be labeled a terrorist organization. I was most surprised that I would be labeled a terrorist and the people I loved would be labeled terrorist.

What have been the points of your journey that you’ve felt that BLM was most successful?

I think we’ve been successful at shifting culture and building out narratives that center black people at the margins. BLM is innovative and constantly challenging the ways we collectively understand blackness. There has been a deeper commitment to learning about issues that the black community faces and a realization from a lot of people that if we fight for black lives then ultimately, when black people get free, we all get free.

What are two common misconceptions people have about the BLM movement? 

Misconception No. 1 is that BLM is just the name of a movement and that movement only exists in America. BLM is also a global organization with over 40 chapters in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. Our network understands that anti-black racism is global and the work of undoing white supremacy should be happening around the world.

Misconception No. 2 is that it BLM is leaderless. We believe BLM is leaderful and all movements have many leaders, our movement doesn’t believe in a single charismatic leader.

What events, initiatives, and plans do you have for BLM in 2018? What types of conversations should we be having more of?

We should be having conversations on what it looks like to build the black economy and what it looks like to develop black communities from the ground up. We’re in a long-haul fight given this administration and its consistent fight against us; white supremacy isn’t just here in the United States, it is a global phenomenon and we must challenge it as such.

In 2018, our chapters will continue to do the work that they do on the ground—fighting the local government, calling for new laws, and fighting against police brutality. As a global network, our work for the next year is building our own infrastructure. We’ve spent the last four years resisting and fighting back in reaction to black deaths and this next year is taking a deeper dive into what the next decade of this fight looks like.

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Berlin Closets: The Australian Stylist Who Makes Her Own Lingerie and Hates Wearing All Black

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A Viewer’s Guide To ‘Black Panther’

Marvel’s Black Panther hits theaters Friday and judging by the pre-sale ticket numbers (over $ 180 million) it’s evident that it’s going to be the company’s heaviest hitter to date. The main reason being that in addition to fanatic comic book nerds, Black Panther has caught the attention of an audience that’s unlike the typical Marvel fanbase.

Everyday Black folks are onboard this time around and it’s exciting to see so many of us taking part in a universe that has entertained Black Panther’s core fans for the past 52 years.

Black Panther boasts a predominantly Black cast, another reason why it has resonated so strongly within our community. There’s a mix of young and older Black Hollywood actors, making BP the first superhero film to have Black characters who aren’t just sidekicks or back-up to a dominant White hero.

In fact, the main characters in Black Panther break every stereotypical rule in Tinseltown. Here we have beautiful characters of beautiful talents with beautiful minds. Flaws and all.

If you haven’t already, it’s strongly suggested that you watch the Captain America: Civil War movie. It introduces Black Panther and will catch you up on his character’s history.

The Background

Years ago, a meteor crashed into the earth landing in Wakanda. After an investigation, it turned out that the space rock was made up of an indestructible material called Vibranium. This is the same material later used to create Captain America’s shield in the United States.

The Wakandan discovery of vibranium led to the hyper-advancement of the country’s civilization. In a short amount of time, Wakanda became a society that looked like something out of Star Wars. All this while the rest of the world was continued at its normal pace. Just like in real life, the world’s wolves came out attempting to get their hands on it. Internal struggles emerged and this is where our hero T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) comes in to restore order and protect the homeland.

As far as the other characters in the Wakandan forefront, here’s who they are and how they relate to the Black Panther character.

Black Panther/T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman)


T’Challa is the sole ruler and protector of Wakanda. Because of the world wanting in on the vibranium trade, T’Challa must break the country’s self-isolation and regulate Wakanda’s relationship with the globe. Not only is Black Panther a hero of might, he’s also one of diplomacy.

Ramonda (Angela Bassett)

Ramonda is Black Panther’s mom. In the comic she died giving birth to him, but it looks like things have changed in the movie. Maybe, Ramonda will be in a series of flashbacks? We’ll have to see what happens.

T’Chaka (John Kani)

We saw John in the last Captain America movie as T’Challa’s dad. It’s his fate that drives Black Panther to become a superhero.

Shuri (Letitia Wright)

Part of the royal family, Shuri is T’Challa’s sister and next in line to become the next Black Panther in the event the current one isn’t able to. This isn’t an easy task, as becoming Black Panther is no easy feat. Shuri has been training feverishly for when the day comes.

Erik Kilmonger (Michael B. Jordan)

The Creed star plays Black Panther’s rival. Erik is an economic mastermind who blames the death of his parents on T’Challa’s lack of leadership. Kilmonger’s plan is to completely destroy the Wakandan economy and take over.

W’Kabi (Daniel Kaluuya)

Daniel goes from victim in Get Out to Black Panther’s second in command. Think of him as the Vice President of Wakanda and major strategist in T’Challa’s armada.

Okoye (Danai Gurira)

Okoye is part of Black Panther’s elite security team Dora Milaje and designated driver. Highly skilled in warfare and military operations, Okoye is BP’s warhammer and one of his many betrothed.

Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o)

Lupita’s complex character Nakia is also a member of Dora Milaje who at an early age, became obsessed with T’Challa. Nakia trained hard and joined Dora Milaje at 14 and grew the rest of her teens in the Royal Palace of Wakanda. Her character may have changed completely for the movie though.

Ayo (Florence Kasumba)

One of the most fascinating characters in the Black Panther universe, Ayo (in the comic) played a pivotal role in Wakandan politics. Ayo left Dora Milaje in an effort to reform the Wakandan laws regarding women. If the movie’s version of Ayo is anything close to the comic’s version, Ayo will surely be the new face of Black Girl Magic.

N’Jobu (Sterling K. Brown)

The “This is Us” star’s character doesn’t exist in the comic book series but rumor has it that N’Jobu will be a part of Black Panther’s past. I’d expect N’Jobu to appear in flashbacks but not much in the present-day part of the movie.

M’Baku (Winston Duke)

M’Baku holds the title of the second most powerful warrior in Wakanda after T’Challa. He’s also the biggest hater as he believes that he should be ruler and the country should abandon all of their technological advances. M’Baku wants to go back to the old, iron-fisted ways of government.

As a reminder, there will be changes to some of the character storylines from the comic to make it more Hollywood friendly. Hopefully not so much that the Black Panther characters lose what make their already established personalities great. Either way, it’s a win-win for Black superheroes.

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The Oldest Elementary School In Salt Lake City, UT Will Be Renamed After First Black Female NASA Engineer

The oldest elementary school in Salt Lake City, Utah is going to undergo a name change to honor the first black woman to work as a NASA engineer. It has been reported that Jackson Elementary School, which is named after …



ANTA’s Walker Version 1 Chunky Sneaker Receives A “Triple Black” Makeover

After a sold-out release of its Walker Version 1 chunky sneaker, ANTA is set to drop a “Triple Black” followup of the sell out model.

Designed by sneaker designer Robbie Fuller, the mind behind Klay Thompson‘s signature shoe, the “Triple Black” Walker Version 1 utilizes shades of black to highlight the chiseled look of the model. The shoe’s dynamic lines are expressed by suede and ribbed mesh panels found on the ’90s-inspired mixed construction upper. While a shaped outsole continues the popular chunky trend and accents the upper’s striking lines.

Set to drop sometime in March, check out ANTA’s Walker Version 1 in “Triple Black” and stay tuned for the release of the chunky sneaker.

In case you missed it, Brandblack also made its entry into the chunky sneaker trend with a new ’90s-inspired model.

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Amazon Launches A Black Hair Shop For Textured Hair

None can refute the undeniable influence of Amazon. From original programming to same-day grocery delivery services, Amazon has literally worked to infiltrate every market, much to the destruction of smaller, mom-and-pop shops. Well, it seems Amazon’s recent tackle includes targeting a specific demographic–you guessed it, textured hair.

With the rollout of its new shop for textured hair, ironically named “Textures and Hues”, Amazon offers a variety of specialized projects once only found on the shelves of stores and our coveted beauty supply stores. On the front page it features @Mynaturalsistas, and even individually dives onto various profiles that educate and teach you how to perfect your twist out (with product recommendations, no less), protecting and maintaining protective hairstyles, and of course, how to tackle your coils on hair wash day. In fact, there are entire pages geared toward tutorials, and even separated categories you can shop based on your favorite hair brands like Carol’s Daughter, Eden Bodyworks, Miss Jessie’s, and more.

Of course with such a major launch, it does beg the question of Amazon’s intention (though we can all understand the financial aspect of any corporation), and what effect it’ll have on small businesses.

However, many have also been able to see this as a potentially monumental moment, not only for the brands involved, but for the natural hair community as a whole. While some have to do the serious side-eye when it comes to Amazon tapping into the natural hair market, others have stated that their products (and yes, even their bundles) are truly giving brands a run for their money.

I have to say, it does feel a bit refreshing to at least see a variety of skin tones and shades represented on the front of Amazon. Too often we see only one gamut of brown skin or hair texture when the discussion of “natural” and “Black” are involved. Could Amazon really be a part of this movement to increase visibility for all skin tones?



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10 Black Olympian Historymakers

A number of black athletes are making history at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, which kicked off earlier this week. This includes Maame Biney, who became the first black woman to join the U.S. Olympic speedskating team at just 17 years old; Erin Jackson, the first black woman to secure a spot on Team USA’s Olympic speed skating team; and Jordan Greenway, the first African American player to compete on the U.S. Olympic men’s hockey team. However, there are scores of black athletes who’ve paved the way for these legends-in-the-making over the last century.

10 iconic black Olympians who’ve made history by breaking records and racial barriers:

Constantin Henriquez de Zubiera

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In 1900, French soccer player Constantin Henriquez de Zubiera became the first black athlete to compete at the modern-day Olympics, which launched four years earlier in 1896. The Haitian-born rugby player was also the very first person of color to earn an Olympic gold medal when the French team won the first Rugby Olympic Tournament. 

George Coleman Poage

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George Coleman Poage was another trailblazer who faced great racial adversity during the Olympic games in St. Louis in 1904. Although many of the events were segregated, Poage became the first African American to win an Olympic medal after earning a bronze medal in both the 220-yard and 440-yard hurdles.

John Taylor

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Four years later, John Taylor became the first African American athlete to win a gold medal in athletics when the U.S. men’s medley relay team came in first place at the 1908 Summer Olympics.

Jesse Owens

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In 1936, black American sprinter and athlete Jesse James Cleveland Owens won four gold medals for running and field events in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. This victory helped dispel Nazi-based myths about Aryan supremacy.

Alice Coachman

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Track and field star Alice Coachman was the first black woman to win an Olympic gold at the 1948 games in London. The HBCU graduate also set new records with her high jump.

Wilma Rudolph

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World-renowned track-and-field star Wilma Rudolph made Olympic history at 16 years old when she became the youngest member of the U.S. team and won a bronze medal at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne. She later earned gold medals in the 100-meter, 200-meter, and sprint relay events in the 1960 Olympics, making her the first American woman to win three medals in track-and-field events.

Florence Griffith-Joyner

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Known for her flamboyant style on the field, Florence “Flo Jo” Griffith-Joyner set an all-time record as the fastest woman in the world at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul while competing in the 100- and 200-meter dashes.

Ibtihaj Muhammad

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Ibtihaj Muhammad became the first Muslim woman to compete for the U.S. in fencing and the first U.S. Olympic athlete to compete in a hijab during the summer 2016 Olympics. The fencing champ also became the first female Muslim-American athlete to win an Olympic medal when she took home the bronze in the team saber event at the Summer Games in Rio.

Usain Bolt

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Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt set a world record in the men’s 100-meters, 200-meters, and the 4×100 meters relay during the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. He is also celebrated as one of the most decorated sprinters of all time with six gold medals.

Gabby Douglas

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During the 2012 Summer Olympics, U.S. gymnast Gabby Douglas made history at as the first woman of color to win gold in the all-around competition at 16 years old. In addition, she is the first American gymnast to win gold in both the individual and team all-around competition.

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Ensemble: Black, Cinnamon and Red

I liked the colour combination and practical silhouette of this outfit. Black looks great with shades of cinnamon and toffee. The dash of red adds a playful touch. You could pull together a similar look shopping your closet. Feel free to substitute black with dark blue if that’s more to your taste. Use any shade of red.


Create a dressy, smart casual or casual vibe. Here are the components of the ensemble:

Dark Column: Create a black, charcoal or dark blue column of colour as a foundation for the outfit. Use separates or a dress. 

Topper: Choose a cinnamon or toffee topper like a jacket, coat, vest or cardigan and layer it over the column. Choose a plaid topper in the colours of the palette if that’s more to your taste. 

Footwear: Choose black, cream, red or animal print footwear that works with the silhouettes of the outfit.

Accessories: Finish off the look with a red bag and optional red scarf. You’ll retain the red in the outfit with red shoes and/or scarf. Add eyewear and jewellery as desired.

Ensemble: Black, Cinnamon and Red



Stars shine at the ‘Black Panther’ world premiere

The fashion on the purple carpet at the “Black Panther” world premiere on Jan. 29, 2018 was a celebration of African fashion thanks to its stylish attendees. Lupita Nyong’o, Janelle Monae, Chadwick Boseman, Daniel Kaluuya showed out in head turning styles and detailed prints to the film’s premiere, while Michael B. Jordan suited up for the star-studded affair.
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Best Merchant Cash Advance for Small Business Advice: Should Black Entrepreneurs Use This Option?

Traditionally, African American business owners have always had a tough time obtaining financing to grow, develop, and sustain their businesses. When business owners cannot obtain the capital they need from traditional financial institutions, they usually turn to alternative ones.

One of the growing sources of alternative business capital since the Great Recession, has been that of the Merchant Cash Advance (MCA), along with its sister product, the Alternative Business Loan. A company by the name of AdvanceMe (today the company is known as Can Capital) brought the MCA concept to the marketplace in the very early 2000s and even tried to patent the concept, but wasn’t successful.

But it wasn’t until the credit crunch of the 2008 recession that business owners began turning to the MCA product in high numbers, leading to an explosion of said industry. You have to be cautious using these alternative means of capital, so I am going to present the best merchant cash advance advice to you.


The Best Merchant Cash Advance for Small Business Info

Here’s how the MCA works: A business is doing $ 60,000 a month in credit card processing volume, for example. That business could be approved for about $ 60,000 in terms of the advance amount, which can be used for any business purpose, such as covering payroll.

The lender might set up the business with what is known as a  “factor rate,” which translates into a total payback amount of $ 72,000. To pay back the advance, the lender might hold 20% of the daily credit card processing volume of the business (which, in this example, comes to around $ 400) and apply this amount to the total outstanding payback balance.

As long as the business maintains the same level of monthly credit card processing volume, then the entire payback amount would be satisfied in six months. An MCA offer based on the above example would look like the following:

  • Advance amount: $ 60,000
  • Factor rate: 1.20
  • Total payback or purchase amount: $ 72,000
  • Holdback percentage: 20%

Note that the MCA is not considered a traditional loan with fixed terms, so if the monthly credit card processing volume of the business in this example drops to $ 50,000, then instead of six months to pay off the total payback amount, it might take just over seven months to complete. As a result, this product works best for businesses that are seasonal.


The Alternative Business Loan

Unlike the MCA, an Alternative Business Loan is structured as a real business loan with origination fees and fixed terms. Approval is based on 5% to 10% of the annual gross sales of a business, so if a business is doing $ 2 million a year in gross sales, it might get approved for $ 150,000. To pay back the loan, the lender will set up a fixed payment that comes out of the business owner’s bank account every business day. For the terms, let’s say the lender offers the business owner a 15-month option with a 28% interest rate. Here’s how the complete offer would look:

  • Loan amount: $ 150,000
  • Origination fee: $ 4,500 (based on 3% of loan amount)
  • Final disbursement amount: $ 145,500
  • Cost expense (interest): $ 42,000
  • Total repayment amount: $ 192,000
  • Daily business day payment: $ 508 (represents 378 business day payments over the next 15 months)
  • Term: 15 months

Should You Use One Of These Products?

Many experts believe business owners should never use the MCA or Alternative Business Loan, calling the products “payday loans for small businesses,” due to the fact that, at times, the annual percentage rates (APR) of the products can get up to 350%.

Having offered both of these products to numerous small business owners across the country, I believe the products can work for certain business owners in certain situations. For example, I have normally recommended the products as a form of bridge financing, which is just a tool to help get a business owner over a short-term/temporary “hump,” but with a focus on eventually getting them back into a position where they are able to take advantage of traditional (and more cost-effective) business financing options.

As a business owner, you would have to determine whether or not the MCA or Alternative Business Loan product might work for your current financing needs. As a financial professional, I recommend using the products for short-term/temporary financing issues rather than as a long-term, business financing strategy.

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‘Black Panther’ feels like a cultural watershed

Black superheroes have reached the screen before, but seeing the collective weight of Marvel/Disney thrown behind a blockbuster like “Black Panther” still feels like a cultural watershed, one that the movie exuberantly embraces. Boasting perhaps the strongest supporting characters yet among Marvel titles, director Ryan Coogler’s visually dynamic film should transform a lesser-known comic-book hero into a household name. – RSS Channel – Entertainment


This Day In Black History: ‘Home Run King’ Is Born

Henry Louis Aaron, nicknamed ‘Hammerin’ Hank,’ was born the third of eight on Feb. 5, 1934 in an underprivileged neighborhood in Mobile, Alabama. At the young age of 8, Henry and his family moved to Toulminville, a middle-class neighborhood nearby, where he developed a passion for baseball and football. He attended segregated Central High School, where he played third base and shortstop on the school’s team.

In his junior year, young Henry transferred to a private school that had a structured baseball program. In 1951, he left high school to play for the Indianapolis Clowns, a team in the Negro Leagues, which he led to victory in the league’s 1952 World Series. Shortly after, he was recruited for $ 10,000 by the Milwaukee Braves and named “Northern League Rookie of the Year.” Two years later, in 1954, at the age of 20, he joined the MLB. His first year he had a batting average of .280, and in the 1955 season he hit more than 27 home runs, had 106 runs batted in, and held a batting average of .328. During the 1957 World Series against the New York Yankees, Aaron hit a home run in the 11th inning, causing the Braves to win which was a major upset, and helping him to earn the title of the National League’s MVP.

Aaron was a loyal activist in the civil rights movement; he also supported the NAACP. Together with his wife, Billye, Aaron created the Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Foundation to help children develop and achieve their potential. In addition, the baseball superstar would speak about opportunities for minorities. He once stated, “On the field, blacks have been able to be super giants. But once our playing days are over, this is the end of it and we go back to the back of the bus again.”

Over the next decade and a half, Aaron continued to succeed, averaging 30 to 40 home runs per season. At the age of 39, he achieved a skyrocketing high of 40 home runs, just one run behind Babe Ruth’s sacred record of 714. Aaron began to receive death threats and hate mail that said a black man should not dare try to break baseball’s most sanctified record. On April 8, 1974, Aaron broke the record with his 715th home run in the fourth inning against the LA Dodgers. Afterwards, he returned to Milwaukee to finish his career, and retired there as a player, later becoming executive vice president of the Atlanta Braves.

Today, the 81-year-old Aaron is senior vice president of the Braves, and a leader and spokesman on getting players of color into the league. Aaron was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1982, and in 1999, the MLB introduced the Hank Aaron Award, which would be presented every year to the best overall hitter in each league. He also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2002 from President George W. Bush because of Aaron’s humanitarian ventures. Aaron now resides in Georgia and remains one of the best hitters in baseball history. He is responsible for breaking many baseball records; he is especially known for obtaining the most career home runs (755 in total), which lasted for more than two decades. The NAACP Legal Defense Fund awarded him the Thurgood Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.

Watch the below video for an interview with ‘Hammerin Hank’ who was honored with the A.G. Gaston Award last year at Black Enterprise’s Entrepreneurs Summit.




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Cardi B: I Don’t Have to Say I’m Black, ‘I Expect You to Know It’


Cardi B’s groundbreaking success has proved all her naysayers wrong. Three hit songs in, she shouldn’t have to explain anything to anyone, especially her ethnicity.

The Bronx artist spoke with singer and actress Zendaya for a recently published interview with CR Fashion Book. The two spoke about her fame, her haters and why she feels she shouldn’t have to prove her Blackness.

“One thing that always bothers me is that people know so little about my culture. We are Caribbean people. And a lot of people be attacking me because they feel like I don’t be saying that I’m black. Some people want to decide if you’re black or not, depending on your skin complexion, because they don’t understand Caribbean people or our culture. I feel like people need to understand or get a passport and travel. I don’t got to tell you that I’m black. I expect you to know it.”

While others may not have been shown the light, Cardi’s father made sure his daughter understood her heritage.

“When my father taught me about Caribbean countries, he told me that these Europeans took over our lands. That’s why we all speak different languages. I expect people to understand that just because we’re not African-American, we are still black. It’s still in our culture. Just like everybody else, we came over here the same f**king way, I hate when people try to take my roots from me. Because we know that there’s African roots inside of us. I really just want people to understand that the color that I have and features that I have are not from two white people f**king.”

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New Jobs Report: While Unemployment Went Down Overall, Black Unemployment Went Up

The African American unemployment rate is up by almost 1%, according to the January jobs report released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The monthly report showed that black unemployment, which was at an all-time low of 6.8% in December, went up to 7.7%, indicating a new high since May of 2017.

The unemployment rate remains at 4.1% while 200,000 new jobs were added; beating Wall Street’s forecast by 20,000. Average earnings rose by 9 cents an hour and are up 2.9% over the past year.

The new jobs report muddles President Donald Trump’s claim that his policies were responsible for the all-time decrease in black unemployment.

“Presidents routinely take credit for any good news, and so there is little difference here,” Kent Smetters, a professor of business economics and public policy at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, told “In reality, it is very challenging to trace economic outcomes so early in a presidential term back to a specific policy. Historically, the black unemployment rate often decreases after the general unemployment rate decreases, which has been happening over the past several years.”

In a tweet on Jan. 28, Trump attacked rapper Jay-Z while also taking credit for the continued drop in African American unemployment rates.

“It is not about money at the end of the day,” Jay-Z told Van Jones. “Money does not equate to happiness. You’re missing the whole point. You treat people like human beings… Treat me bad and pay me well; it’s not going to lead to happiness.”

Although the unemployment rate among African Americans has dropped to a record-breaking low, economists said it was inaccurate to credit the achievement to Trump’s economic agenda. For one, the downward turn began long before he entered the White House as the rate had been in steady decline for about the last seven years.

The African American unemployment rate is now more than twice the rate for whites, which stands at 3.5%.

Kate Bahn, an economist at the Center for American Progress, released this statement about the jobs report:

The top-line figures from today’s jobs report are, at first glance, generally positive, with wage growth reflecting increases to the minimum wage that are effective in January. However, black workers—who historically have been left behind in the job market—continue to see high rates of unemployment. President Donald Trump’s claims of record-breaking improvements to the employment situations of “the forgotten men and women” is incorrect.

Recently, on the eve of Black History Month, Trump lashed out at criticism over how his administration has interacted with the black community by taking credit for a temporary dip in black unemployment in December, at 6.8 percent. Trump’s retort reflects a fundamental ignorance of statistical significance; for instance, month-to-month changes, such as the 0.4 percentage point drop from November to December, are not statistically significant—nor verifiable—for subgroups of workers. It also overlooks the full picture of the labor market outcomes facing African Americans. Unemployment is still twice as high for black workers than it is for white workers, at 7.7 percent compared with 3.5 percent. Young black workers, ages 16 to 19, have an unemployment rate of 24.3 percent compared with 12.4 percent for white teen workers, which often leads to long-term reduced opportunity.

It has become common to acknowledge the declining labor market opportunities facing American workers with less than a college degree. But since the labor market’s peak in 2000, black men, black women, and white women have all suffered greater employment rate declines compared with white men. On top of this, black workers continue to face wage discrimination, leading to significant racial wage gaps and reduced economic security. These persistent historical trends constrain the potential of the American economy and can only be overcome through proactive economic policy that breaks down the barriers facing black workers, rather than relying on overall trends of a tightening labor market.


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Super Bowl LII Ads Cater to Growing Black Buying Power

Tiffany Haddish won’t be the only African American starring in Super Bowl commercials airing on Sunday when the Philadelphia Eagles take on the New England Patriots.

PepsiCo, revered for its viral and entertaining Super Bowl commercials, is stepping up its game this year by bringing together Hollywood veteran Morgan Freeman and hip-hop legends Missy Elliott and Busta Rhymes to feature in a joint ad campaign for Mountain Dew and Doritos. And, former American Idol star Todrick Hall will appear in an ad for M&M’s alongside actor Danny DeVito.

In a 30-second teaser uploaded on YouTube by Doritos on Jan. 17, Freeman can be seen facing off against Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage in a rap battle. Another video uploaded a week later shows Elliott and Busta Rhymes coaching Freeman and Dinklage as they prepare for their cameos.

This won’t be Elliott’s first time in the Super Bowl spotlight. In 2015, she thrilled fans with her surprise half-time performance alongside Katy Perry at Super Bowl XLIX.

“First of all, when you got [Peter Dinklage] and [Morgan Freeman] with [Busta Rhymes] who is turning that down?,” Elliot, 46, told Billboard. “I wanted to be a part of this history right here. That was an epic moment, hearing those names together.”

Other companies, including M&M’s, have released their commercials on social media ahead of the Super Bowl LII game to connect with new generations of fans. M&M’s decision to tap Hall for a Super Bowl ad was based on his huge social media following.

Hall gained global attention competing on American Idol in 2010, reaching the semi-finals. He has since gone on to become a YouTube personality and has appeared as a judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race.

“We often collaborate with social influencers to create and share branded M&M’s content in their own colorful and fun way,” M&M’s spokesperson Allison Miazga-Bedrick said in a statement. “This time, we flipped our approach and surprised Todrick Hall’s fans with an unexpected appearance in our Super Bowl LII commercial.”

For the first time in seven years, Groupon will be airing its own Super Bowl commercial after tapping Haddish to be their spokesperson. She came about the gig after she shared her personal Groupon story on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

While it was a major win for Haddish, it’s also a major move for the discount e-commerce marketplace. A 2015 study released by Nielsen reported that African American households earning $ 75,000 or more are growing rapidly. The report also said black America might be represented by 75 million people in the United States, about 20% of the U.S. population.

Super Bowl LII will take place at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Sunday, Feb. 4. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. ET.


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JAY-Z’s 4:44 Inspires Personal Finance Book to Build Black Wealth

In addition to revealing raw emotion and intimate revelations about his family, Jay-Z packed his critically acclaimed 13th studio album, 4:44, with inspirational gems about economic empowerment. Ash Exantus, a financial expert and author popularly known as “Ash Cash,” has transformed the lessons in financial literacy from the album into a new book titled The Wake Up Call: Financial Inspiration Learned from 4:44 + A Step by Step Guide on How to Implement Each Financial Principle.

In the book, Exantus decodes the messages and offers readers a blueprint on credit management, entrepreneurship, collective economics, and smart investments. The overall purpose of the book is to empower the African American community to manage money more effectively and build generational wealth.

In the following excerpt, Exantus explains the correlation between financial freedom as a means to fight systemic racism and build political capital and power.

When Jay says Financial Freedom is our only hope he is not exaggerating. Even before #45 took office we began to see a resurgence of racism. Mike Brown, Trayvon Martin, Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, Freddie Gray, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, Kalief Browder and the countless other injustices are examples of what happens when our collective power is not respected. When there is no real consequence for injustice then we are simply begging for mercy, and no one respects a beggar! The truth of the matter is that money is power! Those who control the money, control everything else… Politics, Schools, Business, Police, Community and everything else in between.


Just to be clear racism isn’t what the dictionary and the media want you to believe it is; which is defined as prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior. The true definition of racism (as stated by Dr. Claude Anderson in his powerful book #Powernomics) is when one group holds a disproportionate share of wealth and power over another group then uses those resources to marginalize, exploit, exclude and subordinate the weaker group. That’s why when you turn on the television it seems like African-Americans are losing every-day! Because of systemic and institutionalized racism!


Without getting too deep into the history of black economics, we must realize that most Blacks have only been able to create ‘real’ wealth and financial freedom for the last 50 years – slavery lasted 223 years from 1640-1863, then reconstruction and Jim Crow laws lasted 102 years from 1863-1965. It wasn’t until the post-civil rights era that we began to see the tides change. And to be clear most of this was LEGAL and sanctioned by the government. For a more in depth look at the government’s involvement in wealth disparities and inequities please read “The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America” by Richard Rothstein.


I can go on and on about how we got here but 4:44 is the first step in making things right. A recent report titled “The Road to Zero Wealth,” looks at the past 30 years of wealth accumulation across racial lines, as well as what the future will bring if current trends continue; it comes to the conclusion that by 2053, just 10 years after the country is projected to become majority non-white, black median families will own zero wealth and twenty years later, Latino median families will follow suit. White median families will continue to own six figures. The key words here are “If current trends continue!” That’s why it’s imperative that we get our collective economic lives together!


The following lessons in this book will give you a step by step guide on how to begin to create financial freedom for you, your family, and community. This is probably not the first or last time we will have this conversation and I can assure you that we have a steep mountain to climb, but if we all get on the same page then we can tip the scale and reach the mountain top faster.


You will learn about credit; what it is, how it works and how you can use it to build wealth. There is a step by step guide on how to buy real estate and the power it holds in the wealth creation process. We discuss appreciation and depreciation and how to spend your money wisely. We discuss starting a business, and creating multiple streams of income. We tackle spirituality and discuss how “This Spiritual S#@t Really Works” especially when it comes to your finances. You will learn about the importance of cooperative economics, how to pass down wealth to the next generation, and how to protect your ASSets through insurance, wills and trusts. This guide will give you the jump start needed to right the wrongs of economic inequality.

Check out Ash Cash’s personal finance book here.


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“You Look Up And You’re Like, ‘What The?’” Danai Gurira Reveals She Wasn’t That Eager To Shave Her Head For ‘Black Panther’

Last year when we first saw actress Danai Gurira debut a shaved head for her role in the highly-anticipated Black Panther movie, we were blown away by her beauty and her commitment to bringing her character, Okoye authentically from …



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Kids Get Surprised With Free ‘Black Panther’ Showing

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The Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta just made a bunch of kids’ feel like real life superheroes.

The non-profit middle school surprised the entire student body with a trip to see Black Panther, along with a day of cultural classes, African dancers and historical lessons. The kids’ reactions were priceless.

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This is a perfect depiction of how most of us will be pulling up to the movie theaters on February 16th.




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This Day In Black History: Hundreds of Protesters Arrested While Marching for Equal Voting Rights

On this day in black history, over 700 demonstrators, including the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., were arrested as they protested Alabama’s voter registration requirements in 1965. The mass majority of the 768 protesters were black.

They were marching to protest the impediments to voter registration within Selma, and Dallas County as a whole. After being arrested, Sheriff Jim Clark charged the group with “parading without of permit.” That same week, another 150 marchers of mostly high school students were also arrested by Sheriff Clark.

These protests were part of a series of marches to the Dallas County Courthouse led by King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) throughout the months of January and February of that year. The protests, however, took a drastic turn on Feb. 17 when Jimmy Lee Jackson was shot and killed by an Alabama state trooper during a demonstration. In response, activists organized a protest march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, on March 7, which infamously became known as “Bloody Sunday.”

Later that year, President Lyndon Johnson signed the federal Voting Rights Act on Aug. 6, 1965, which outlawed the discriminatory voting practices across the nation, such as mandatory literacy tests, which were used as a prerequisite to voting.


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