Regina Hall & Alexandra Shipp Talk Girl Power And Simple Chicks In ‘Shaft’ [Video]

Shaft” is the next chapter in the film franchise featuring the coolest private eye on any New York City block. JJ, aka John Shaft Jr., may be a cybersecurity expert with a degree from MIT, but to uncover the truth behind his best friend’s untimely death, he needs an education only his dad can provide.

Absent throughout JJ’s youth, the legendary locked-and-loaded John Shaft agrees to help his son navigate Harlem’s heroin-infested underbelly.

The film stars Samuel L. Jackson, Jessie T. Usher, Regina Hall, Alexandra Shipp and Richard Roundtree. It’s directed by Tim Story, with a script written by Kenya Barris.

Back in the 70’s when the film franchise was first introduced, the role of women could best be defined as an accessory than equal. While the 2019 version still gives you John Shaft ladies man, the women featured aren’t just there for their gorgeous looks.

Regina Hall portrays Maya, the mother of John Shaft II’s (Jackson) estranged son JJ (Usher.) Maya chose to end her relationship with the elder Shaft because his career wasn’t productive to a safe and healthy family unit. While Alexandra Shipp takes on the role of Sasha. JJ’s childhood friend who has always been there to support JJ, while keeping him grounded.

EURweb’s Jill Munroe took a trip to Harlem to speak with Hall and Ship about the powerful roles women play in this version of Shaft, plus have a conversation that was sparked by one of my favorite lines in the film,  the traits of “a simple b**ch.”

Jill also took a stroll through Harlem with director Tim Story, where the topics were his vision in taking over the iconic franchise, and why it was important to him that the female characters in the film were just as strong as the three generations of Shaft men.

“When you think of Shaft, it’s always that definition of manhood and what is manhood. But we can’t forget womenhood. I just knew when it came to Regina, when it came to Alexandra Shipp, if they were going to be in a “Shaft” movie, they needed to be just as badass as Shaft.”

Shaft hits theaters on Friday, June 14.

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Starz To Host ‘Power’ Season 6 Premiere At Madison Square Garden

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New York City fans of the show Power are in for a big treat. Starz is providing The Big Apple a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the show at the World’s Greatest Arena.


The critically acclaimed crime drama will ride out its last season in style. The sixth season will premiere at Madison Square Garden on August 20. Aside from watching it days ahead from its scheduled premiere date on Starz, ticket holders will also be treated to a live performance from 50 Cent. Additionally the cast will also be in attendance.

Titled “The Final Betrayal”, the last season will close several loops in the ever-evolving plot line. According to the formal press release “season 6 picks up with James “Ghost” St. Patrick (Hardwick) seeking vengeance. His former drug partner and brother in arms must pay for the ultimate betrayal. Rocked to his core by the perfidiousness and cruelties of those he once called his family, Ghost devotes himself to one notion: Success is the best revenge, with all intentions of getting both.”

Starz will take reservations for the special MSG screening starting July 9 at www.powertakesmsg.com. For those who live outside of NYC or are unlucky at life Power will officially debut Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 8:00 PM ET/PT on STARZ and will be available on the STARZ app and STARZ ON DEMAND starting at 12:01 AM on that day.

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Looking Under the Hood: 14 Years Photographing White Power

Courtesy Anthony Karen

On June 10, 1966, three Klansmen murdered Ben Chester White, a 67-year-old African American farmhand, in Homochitto National Forest, southwestern Mississippi. They had kidnapped White from the nearby town of Natchez, shot him at least 18 times, and thrown his body off of a bridge into the creek below. The FBI believed that the wanton killing was part of a plot to attract Martin Luther King Jr. to Natchez, where the Klan hoped to assassinate him too.

Almost 50 years later, photographer Anthony Karen was standing on the bridge in Homochitto. FBI documents that he had obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests corroborated that this was indeed the site of White’s murder, though Karen could not be certain which bank of the 10-foot-wide creek his body had washed up on to be discovered by a picnicking family in 1966. But there was one cruel lead: the carcass of a poached deer, caught on the right bank.

The 53-year-old Karen’s journey to Homochitto was part of his larger collection of work on the white power movement. Since 2005, he has been photographing hate groups across the United States, from Klansmen in Kentucky to Nazis in Pennsylvania. Unwilling to be cast as a propagandist, he has further investigated the causes and consequences of hate groups, such as in projects documenting the history of a Nazi who discovers that he has Jewish heritage and following the trail of Ku Klux Klan-related crimes during the Civil Rights era, including the murder of Ben Chester White.

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Black Enterprise 2009 Woman of Power Legacy Award Honoree Leah Chase Passes Away

Chef, entrepreneur, and civil rights icon Leah Chase passed away on Saturday at 96-years-old. Chase was executive chef of Dooky Chase’s—a New Orleans landmark restaurant where many black leaders including Thurgood Marshall, Martin Luther King Jr., Hank Aaron, Ernest Gaines, Quincy Jones, and Barack Obama dined, and strategized during the Civil Rights era.

The restaurant opened its doors in 1941, founded by Emily and Dooky Chase, Sr. Their son, Edgar Dooky Chase, Jr. married Leah Lange Chase in 1946. Leah Chase helped propel the restaurant into the national spotlight with her Creole cuisine cooking and emphasis on showcasing black art and music in the establishment.

Dooky Chase’s was shuttered for two years in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. After a rebuild and assistance from the community, the restaurant re-opened and emerged even stronger.

Several notable black celebrities took to social media to pay respects to Chase. Chef Marcus Samuelsson called her a “true mentor, friend and inspiration” in a post on Facebook:



 


 


 

In 2009, Chase was honored as a BLACK ENTERPRISE Woman of Power Legacy Award. In an interview with BE she said, “My father taught us to live by three rules: Pray, work, and do for others.” Watch the entire video interview with Leah Chase below:

 

 

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For Billie Eilish, and Many Others, Power Dressing Means Wearing Baggy Clothes

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Billie Eilish’s new Calvin Klein campaign begins with a familiar scene: a teenager spending too much time getting ready in the bathroom.

But instead of hearing the sounds of a disgruntled younger sister banging at the door to get in, those who watch the 30-second spot are treated to a voiceover confessional from the 17-year-old pop dynamo.

“I never want the world to know everything about me,” Eilish drawls. “That’s why I wear big, baggy clothes. Nobody can have an opinion because they haven’t seen what’s underneath, you know? No one can say ‘She’s slim thick, she’s not slim thick. She’s got a flat ass, she’s got a fat ass.’ No one can say any of that because they don’t know.”

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Canadian province of Quebec has allocated an additional 300 MW of electricity to the region’s blockchain industry.

In a much awaited decision, Régie de l’énergie, the French speaking region’s energy regulator, lifted the moratorium on electricity supplies to the blockchain sector.

This 300 MW will be in addition to the 158 MW already granted to existing customers approved by Hydro-Québec, and to
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Judge Denies Petition By Prince Heirs To Limit Bank’s Power Over Late Singer’s Estate

A Minnesota judge has denied a request by Prince’s heirs to limit Comerica Bank & Trust powers over the administration of the late singer’s estate.

As we previously reported, three years after the death of music icon at age 57, his massive estate, believed to be worth hundreds of millions, remains in limbo as it is “still unsettled, still not officially valued and still not disbursed to the heirs, his six siblings,” USA Today writes.

Prince’s heirs — Tyka Nelson, his full sister, and his half-siblings, Norrine Nelson, Sharon Nelson, John Nelson, Alfred Jackson and Omarr Baker — claim administrators have spent $ 45 million on probate-related administrative expenses, including $ 10 million in legal fees. They also claim the estate still owes $ 31 million in unpaid taxes that continues to collect interest.

The siblings are trying to take more control over the estate so they filed a petition earlier this month to limit the power of Comerica Bank & Trust. But Judge Kevin Eide ruled that the heirs presented “little or no specificity” and until they come up with some “viable alternative” the Comerica arrangement will stay in place, Billboard reports.

“While the Court certainly appreciates the Heirs’ concerns with respect to preserving estate assets, minimizing estate exposes and planning for distributions, those concerns are more effectively addressed through discourse and mediation,” Eide ruled.

The judge said while he understands that the heirs want to reduce expenses, their motions have the rick of “significantly increasing Estate expenses.”

He said reducing Comerica’s power would “create a vacuum of uncertainty” and “may result in the loss of entertainment deal opportunities, which are necessary to raise needed funds to pay estate taxes and lead to the distribution of funds to the Heirs.”

He also noted that Comerica agreed to reduce its monthly compensation from $ 125,000 to $ 110,00 (not including expenses).

The judge also ordered the bank to keep the heirs informed of the exact amount of the outstanding tax liability.

A statement from Sharon Nelson reads: “We are continued to be dismayed and disappointed in the Judge Eide partially to Comerica and their advisors who have done a poor job managing this estate.”

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When to Use a Power of Attorney

Real estate, business, finance, and family—there are many
aspects of a person’s life that require important decisions to be made on a
regular basis. Perhaps your rental property needs immediate maintenance or the
tenant will start complaining. Or, maybe someone made an offer to buy your
business, but the price seems too low and you want to start negotiations. Did
the taxes get filed yet? Oh, and don’t forget, your child’s tuition is due
soon!

Life is full of problems that need to be solved, but
sometimes things get in the way when it comes time to make a decision on an
important matter. Some things you can plan for, like a vacation or business
trip, and some things you can’t, like an unexpected medical emergency that
leaves you incapacitated (i.e. mentally or physically disabled). So, who can
you turn to when you’re unable to manage your own affairs?

A Power of Attorney is a document that allows you to appoint a personal representative (called an agent or attorney-in-fact) to make important decisions for you when you’re unable to make them yourself. In this post, learn how a Power of Attorney can be an important asset for situations involving diseases or serious diagnosis, dangerous work environments, and extended travels.

The Powers of an Attorney-in-Fact

First, let’s establish some basic facts about a Power of Attorney (POA). When you create a POA, you grant legal authority to an attorney-in-fact to make short-term or long-term decisions for you in your absence.

There are a few different ways in which you can grant power
to your attorney-in-fact:

  • General authority allows your representative to make any kind of decision, including issues of finance, legality, property, and more (although, power is limited to the areas a POA can address).
  • Specific authority allows your representative to make decisions only where you’ve expressly granted power (for instance, you may only need their help managing real estate).
  • An Ordinary Power of Attorney grants your attorney-in-fact power for as long as you are mentally competent; the authority ends if you become incapacitated, on a predetermined date, or when a specific event takes place (e.g. “This POA will end upon the birth of my first child”).
  • A Durable Power of Attorney grants your attorney-in-fact power until you revoke their authority or pass away. So, even if you become incapacitated, your representative will still have the authority to act on your behalf. That being said, the POA must be granted before you become incapacitated to be valid.

Basically, a POA allows your personal representative to make certain official and legal decisions in your name. From signing legal documents to accessing your bank accounts, your attorney-in-fact acts on your behalf. As such, it’s important to choose a representative you can trust and to store your POA in a place that’s easily accessible in times of need.

Now, let’s explore some examples of appropriate times to use
a POA.

Use a POA to Prepare for Incapacitation Caused by Disease or Diagnosis

Perhaps one of the most common reasons for creating a POA is
to prepare for how your affairs will be managed when you are afflicted by a
serious medical condition that can leave you incapacitated.

For instance, you should strongly consider making a Durable Power of Attorney when you are diagnosed with an illness that affects your ability to communicate, concentrate, or make reasonable decisions. Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease are prime examples of such a condition. According to the American Alzheimer’s Association, one in three seniors in the United States dies with Alzheimer’s or another degree of dementia.

So, it’s a good idea to prepare for degenerative diseases by expressing your wishes to your appointed representative while you are still of sound mind. You may wish to grant general authority to your attorney-in-fact so that all aspects of your estate are covered. Alternatively, you could choose multiple representatives who will work together to make decisions about a particular part of your finances or property. In either case, it helps to sit down with your representative(s) and discuss how you’d like them to execute their powers in relation to your best interests.

You may also wish to create a Medical
Power of Attorney
(also known as a Living Will or Health Care Directive) to
address your personal health care wishes in the event you are incapacitated.
This is important because a normal POA does not allow an attorney-in-fact to make
medical decisions on your behalf. With a Medical POA, you can give your
personal representative instructions regarding life-sustaining treatments,
artificially provided nourishment, permanent unconsciousness, and more.

Use a POA When You Work in A Dangerous Environment

Your chances of incapacitation can increase if you work in a
high-risk environment (like in construction, resource mining, or product
manufacturing industries), which makes a POA an invaluable document to have.

Accidents can happen despite employers who urge for extreme
caution and enforce strict safety regulations. If you are mentally or
physically incapacitated while at work, you might lack the understanding or
presence to decide how to deal with the situation.

You can prepare for work-related accidents by creating a
Springing Power of Attorney—which means your personal representative’s power is
effective the moment you become incapacitated. Some examples of the powers you
could grant your representative in this situation could include the ability to:

  • make a workers’ compensation claim on your
    behalf
  • direct funds to pay for your medical treatments
  • proceed with any litigation you might impose on
    your employer

However, it’s important to note that some jurisdictions do
not allow Springing Powers of Attorney, so be sure to create a POA that is
effective for when you need it and abides by your local laws.

Use a POA When You Travel for an Extended Time

A Power of Attorney can be advantageous to many people,
especially parents or business owners, who have to travel frequently or for an
extended period of time.

For instance, if you’re a parent who will be separated from
your child because of a long trip, you may want to grant your child’s caregiver
Power of Attorney so they can handle your banking transactions, government
benefits, and family care on your behalf.

With these powers, your attorney-in-fact could access your
bank account and make any expenditures for your family’s education, medical
expenses, or general care. If you receive monthly child tax benefits, your
representative could collect those benefits in your name. You could also use a Child Medical
Consent
to grant your child’s caregiver the power to authorize certain
medical treatments if there is an emergency.

For business owners who travel frequently, a POA can help
ensure your business continues to operate smoothly while you’re away. In this
situation, you could grant your attorney-in-fact control over property
maintenance, management of investments, banking and business operating
transactions, and issues of claims or litigation.

As a result, your personal representative could effectively
manage all aspects of your business in your name—from something as miniscule as
hiring a cleaning service to maintain the building, to something as significant
as dealing with issues of faulty product claims or even lawsuits.

Your Attorney-in-Fact Acts on Your Behalf

There are many instances in which a Power of Attorney can
help guarantee your wishes are fulfilled despite your absence or incapacity. In
some instances, like when you’re planning to travel, you can create your POA
right before you know you’ll need it. But, for most other situations, it’s best
to create your POA far in advance because you’ll never know exactly when it
will be required; this is especially true for those at risk of serious health
conditions or work-related accidents.

With a Power of Attorney, you can ensure the person
appointed to manage your affairs is someone you know and trust, and who acts
with your best interests at heart.

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How to Unlock Your Earning Power

The idea of being in control of your earning power is a huge draw for those looking to soar to new heights. Koereyelle DuBose, chief experience officer of WERKPraySlay, has been empowering women to live a life that they love through her work and annual summit WKND.

In just a few weeks, she’ll be joining BLACK ENTERPRISE in Atlanta for the launch of the SOAR Empowerment Series in partnership with TDJ Enterprises, where she’ll be speaking about taking your business to the next level.

In this interview, DuBose speaks about unlocking one’s earning power.

BLACK ENTERPRISE: How is earning power calculated?

DuBose: I always talk about work with an e (werk) because of the effort and the energy you dedicate to your own business. Your earning power is not defined by anyone outside of yourself. It’s the one thing when transitioning from being a full-time employee to a full-time entrepreneur that you are in control of. A lot of times, we think that it comes down to our credentials, degrees, or a specific skill set, but I have come across so many people with different gifts, skills, talents who have embraced the mindset that they have unlimited earning potential. That is how they created opportunities to create revenue and increase their earning potential.

What are the first steps to identifying a skill set that can be turned into a side hustle that can be monetized?

Make a list of your skills. I live by lists. Any time I am stuck on something or need clarity, I make lists. One of the lists that you can make is one of your skills. List the things that you are doing on a daily basis on your 9-to-5 and are transferable skills that you have extensive knowledge on. Those are some of the things that you can make side hustles of and generate revenue from. A lot of things that you can start a side hustle with may not be related to your degree or career but they can be things that you have skills in.

List out your passions. There are things that you’ve probably been doing since childhood, that you’ve been interested in, naturally good at, or passionate about. Think about your passions; what you’re naturally drawn to; and how can you combine your talents and service or product that you can provide that’s aligned with the things that you already know how to do and you’re already interested in. I find that when we develop a business that we’re actually excited and passionate about, it will propel us when the obstacles come up and you truly have to fight for what you want.

Can you speak more about how people can leverage who they are to tap into more earning power?

Authenticity is something that I truly want to represent. You can carve out your own lane and live a successful life beyond society’s standards doing things your own way while being able to make money, be happy, and live life on your own terms. I think for entrepreneurs it’s scary to be authentic…especially in the world of social media and reality TV when you only want people to know the good stuff. I had no choice but to be authentic. No matter what it is that I’m offering my people trust me and I think it’s because of that authenticity piece.

What advice do you have for people to unlock their earning power today?

Read the book, The Game of Life and How to Play It by Florence Scovel Shinn. It will help you set a solid foundation for your personal or professional growth.

Get real about where you are right now versus where you want to be. From there you can create an action plan for how you’re going to get there.

Find an accountability partner. Share your goal and ask for them to check in with you and hold you accountable.

Meditate. We’re living in an age where we have access to too much information. And a lot of people look outside of themselves for answers. I’ve found that when I meditate that’s when God gives me my answers instead of looking outside of myself for all of the answers.

If you want to learn more from DuBose, join BLACK ENTERPRISE at the SOAR Empowerment Series in Atlanta on April 6. Click here to register.

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Voter Suppression Tactics Prove Many Fear the Power of the Black Vote in 2020

A voice that cannot be ignored is the one that goes to the polls and casts a ballot. For generations now, the white majority has put into place mechanisms to suppress the black vote. Some of these laws are just now being repealed—for instance, in Florida, felons have been given back the right to vote.

Georgia also has barriers in place to suppress the black vote. Many polling places in black communities were shut down prematurely or suffered from voting machines that broke down or weren’t working.

What Do The Numbers Say?

Despite these voter suppression efforts, according to Bold Blue Campaigns, a polling and campaign strategy company in Georgia, there was a significant increase in black turnout for the midterm elections.

Whites historically have shown up in the largest numbers of any group voting. Across the board, there was a higher turnout of voters for the 2018 midterm elections: 2.3 million black 18-to 29-year-olds voted; up from 1.6 million in 2014. Georgia, a significant swing state in the upcoming 2020 elections, saw a 63% increase of black voters, which just slightly outpaced the white voter increase of 56%.

Still, white voters were still the majority at the polls. Just think about it for a moment. If black voters cast ballots at the same percentage as white voters in 2020, what kind of power could the black vote wield?

Georgia, Florida, and Texas are Battleground States in 2020

2020 is going to be a crucial year for voting. The strength of the black community comes from the number of registered voters that utilize the power to vote. This was evident in places such as Georgia where some were so afraid of the black community coming out to vote, that they brazenly closed polling locations and made it as difficult to vote as possible.

States including Georgia, Florida, and Texas can turn blue, but this requires not just registering to vote but actually showing up and casting a ballot. Change doesn’t happen unless votes are cast, and power is never surrendered without a struggle.

2020 is not that far off, it is vital that community leaders unite and create not only opportunities to register more voters, but to assist in getting everyone that wants to vote to the polls to cast that all important vote. Staying ahead of the game is the only way to gain on the political playing field.


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Kamala Harris Addresses Criticism, Black Girl Magic, And More at Women of Power Summit

In a room packed with nearly 1,500 black women, Sen. Kamala Harris took the stage at the 2019 Women of Power Summit, opening up about her multicultural upbringing, run for president, and black girl magic during a fireside chat with media personality Star Jones. The Democratic senator walked out with a wide radiant smile and was greeted by a warm and excited audience as Shanice’s 1991 hit “I Love Your your Smile” befittingly played in the background.

Harris was one of several high profile speakers that headlined the BLACK ENTERPRISE Women of Power Summit, an annual three-day leadership conference designed for professional women of color. Others included Stacey Abrams, Valerie Jarret, Dallas Maverick CEO Cynt Marshall, Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, and Chaka Khan, who was honored at the summit’s legacy awards gala.

During her session, which took place Friday morning at The Mirage in Las Vegas, Harris described herself as a “joyful warrior” and talked about her plan to reform the country should she win the White House next year. The underlying tone of her message was optimistic, yet realistic about the harsh realities the country faces. The two-term senator also kept it real about what it means to be a black woman.

Here are nine sistergirl moments Harris shared at the conference.

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Sen. Kamala Harris and Star Jones at the Women of Power Summit (Black Enterprise)

An Ode To Howard University

Harris, who launched her presidential campaign on Dr. Martin Luther King Day, credited her success to two things: her family and education at Howard University.

“You’re in an environment that … tells you that you can be great and you will be given the resources and the expectation to achieve that, and the only thing standing in the way of your success will be you,” she said of her alma mater. “It teaches you as a young black woman or man that you don’t have to be limited by other people’s perceptions of who you are, that you come from great people, [and] stand on shoulders of those who came before us.”

The Power of Sisterhood

The California official talked about the support she gets as a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and recently seeing so many of her sorors during her visit to Howard University last week. That prompted the sorors in the room to erupt with skee-wees and raise their pinkies high.

“There is great power that comes with the sisterhood,” said Harris. “The word support undervalues the significance of it, but it is the thing that keeps you going. I would not have been able to accomplish what I have in my career and in my life without my actual sister and my chosen sisters. There is no way I’d be where I am today.”

Defying Expectation

Like many black women, Harris has been underrated and her competence has been questioned. “There have been moments where throughout my career people underestimated my ability to get something done,” she said.

Harris, who became the first black woman to serve as Attorney General in California and the second black woman to be elected as a U.S. Senator, added that people have also doubted her ability to win an elected office. “I’ve had the setback of attempting to run for office that nobody thought that we could win and all that comes with that.”

However, she used negative perceptions of herself as a source of motivation. “Good, underestimate me. I can work with that,” she said with defiance.

“Kamala Was POPO”

When asked about the criticism she has received about her record as a prosecutor in California, Harris said, “it’s a matter of mischaracterizing the purpose and the goal and the role.”

The former Attorney General was also candid about the scrutiny she faced from her family when she first decided to become a prosecutor. “My family looked at me like I was crazy,” she admitted. “With some of them, I had to defend the decision like one would a thesis.”

Nevertheless, she says she purposely ran for the position so she could reform the system from the inside. “I said ‘there has to be a role for us in the inside of the room where the decisions are made.’” For example, she pointed to the reentry program she created in 2004 as a District Attorney to help young men arrested for drug sales. Through the initiative, first-time non-violent offenders could have their records cleared if they obtained a GED, steady employment, took parenting classes, and passed drug tests.

Despite her intentions, Harris says she expects people to continue to slam her record. “People are going to say, ‘Kamala was popo,’” she laughed. “Somebody gotta be popo because there are some victims, and we do need to advocate for the victims,” added Jones — a former prosecutor, herself.

Being Misunderstood as a Black Woman

Harris knows firsthand how it feels to be misunderstood. A lot needs to be done so the world can understand “who black women are and understand the breadth and depth of who we are,” she said. She added, “there are so many who are unclear about it because they have not chosen to inform themselves.” However, to overcome the stigmas and stereotypes attached to black womanhood, Harris encouraged black women to not let other people’s expectation define them.

Black Girl Magic

When asked when she first recognized her own ‘Black Girl Magic,’ Harris said she feels it most when it’s reflected in other black women around her.

“When I see you, I feel it,” Harris told Jones. “When we see it in each other, I think that that’s when we see it. It’s not about one as an individual; it’s about us as a collective.”

Jones followed up asking Harris who would she use her ‘Black Girl Magic’ to make disappear. After a long pause, Harris finally answered, saying she would use it to eradicate poverty.

‘Isms’ Are Real

Black women know best the impact that “isms” have on disenfranchised communities. They are a constant and dreadful reminder of the systemic obstacles they face every single day. However, for far too long, society has tried to hide and downplay these institutionalized barriers.

“If Charlottesville didn’t make it clear, if the Tree of Life Synagogue [massacre] didn’t make it clear, racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, [and] transphobia are real,” said Harris. “Let’s speak those truths so we can deal with it.”

Opening The Door

Harris announced that she hired a black woman to be the state director for her campaign in Iowa where the black population is a mere 3.2%. Nonetheless, Harris has confidence in her state director’s ability to organize residents on her behalf. “If you look at her skill set, and her experience, and her talent, and all that she contributes, she is one of the strongest state directors anyone will ever have in Iowa,” said Harris.

Praising Shirley Chisholm

Harris talked about standing on the shoulders of Shirley Chisholm, who became the first black woman to run for president in a major party in 1972: “I am inspired by her every day,” she said.

Watch Sen. Harris’s full fireside chat with Star Jones below.



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Alicia Keys Says Grammys Will Focus On ‘Power Of Music’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Grammys host Alicia Keys previewed the show Thursday by rolling out the red carpet and dancing while Trombone Shorty played funk music with bandmates.

Keys was all smiles as she joined Grammys CEO Neil Portnow, show producer Ken Ehrlich and others for a toast at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, where the 61st Grammys will take place Sunday.

The piano-playing singer said the ceremony “will be about the celebration and the power of music.”

“There’s a sense of community that I want to bring to the stage,” Keys said. “So many times you come to these things as an artist and you’re juggling so many things and there’s so much pressure on you. I would love to ensure the peace and the good energy in the room so that our shoulders can all drop and we can feel the true blessing of having music as a universal language.”

Keys has won 15 Grammys throughout her career and is hosting the show for the first time. LL Cool J was the longtime host until James Corden took over in 2017 and 2018.

“We’re all very excited, and the energy you’re going to feel is far different than anything you’ve ever felt,” she said.

Women have a larger presence at this year’s Grammys after being nearly muted at the 2018 show. Female voices represent the majority in two of the top categories. Album-of-the-year nominees include Kacey Musgraves, H.E.R., Janelle Monae, Brandi Carlile and Cardi B. Best-new-artist contenders include H.E.R., Bebe Rexha, Dua Lipa, Margo Price, Chloe x Halle and Jorja Smith.

Lady Gaga, SZA, Maren Morris and Ella Mai also scored nominations in big categories such as song or record of the year.

“Celebrating so many amazing nominees, particularly women nominees … is so incredibly magnificent and so many are my friends,” Keys said.

 

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