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‘You Are Not Alone:’ Gabby Douglas Joins Anti-Cyberbullying Campaign — Black America Web

Gabby Douglas is taking a strong stand against cyberbullying as part of a new campaign, reports ABC News. The three-time Olympic gold medal gymnast, 20, is the first Change Ambassador for Hack Harassment, which is an effort between media and tech companies as well as Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation to “take a stand against…

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Your Girl Taraji….

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Why you want Taraji as your home girl…..

She’s become a household name since bringing the character, Cookie Lyon, to life. Taraji P. Henson has been in the game for a long time, but there’s no doubt that right now is her moment. With a hit show on Fox and a leading role in the upcoming movie, Hidden Figures, which is also expected to be a hit, not to mention a MAC makeup line launching this month, the most appropriate response to everything the actress is doing right now is exactly what Entertainment Weekly put on their cover with her: “Yaasss Queen!” Here’s just a few things we lloovvee about Taraji!

1. Her humility

Although Henson is most famous for playing the role of an arrogant drug dealer turned corporate force, she is a very humble person in real life.

“Empire means to me that I’m valuable,” Henson told USA Today in a recent interview. “It proved to me that all of my hard work and efforts building an audience and a fan base payed off because they followed me to ‘Empire.'”

2. Her charisma

Henson is humble, but that humility doesn’t take away from her charisma, which easily shines through in her role as Cookie on “Empire.” Just watch a few interviews and you’ll see the way she can command your attention.

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Taraji P. Henson is definitely the most charismatic person on 3″Empire.”

 

3. Her acting chops

Taraji has been in Hollywood for almost two decades, and in that time she’s shown great range. In “Hustle & Flow,” she presented a nuanced portrayal of a meek, but fiercely loyal prostitute. In “No Good Deed” Henson played the part of a down to Earth woman determined to save her child’s life. In “Empire” she steals the show when she plays the effortlessly charismatic, and aggressive Cookie.

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The Fox star wowed at the the Golden Globes in January, sporting a strapless white Stella McCartney dress with a cape-like back.

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Stunning: The Fox star wowed at the the Golden Globes in January, sporting a strapless white Stella McCartney dress with a cape-like back; pictured January 10 in Los Angeles - she said she loves to shop at Target, but now she is famous finds it harder

Pure happiness: Taraji accepted the Best Actress Award at the Golden Globes last month for her portrayal of Cookie on the Fox hit; pictured January 10 at the show

Pure happiness: Taraji accepted the Best Actress Award at the Golden Globes last month for her portrayal of Cookie on the Fox hit; pictured January 10 at the show

During the stunner’s acceptance speech for her Best Actress award, she said: ‘I mean who knew that playing an ex con would take me all around the globe?’

Adding: ‘It just goes to show…it was Cookie who spent 17 years in jail for selling crack!’

When she was told to wrap her acceptance speech, Taraji exclaimed: “Please wrap!” Wait a minute. I waited 20 years for this. My fans have been praying for this. You gotta give me time.’

Taraji accepted the Best Actress Award at the Golden Globes last month for her portrayal of Cookie on the Fox hit.

Introducing our October cover star: @tarajiphenson! Tap the link in our bio to hear what the @empirefox star has to say about single parenting, finding real love, and aging gracefully.

Taraji P. Henson just launched her MAC Cosmetics collaboration this week. In fact, she had an in-store event for its launch yesterday,

The collection only went on sale online Tuesday, but already items have sold out. Henson’s own mother couldn’t buy a powder from the six-piece set.

Fortunately, she probably was the one who gave the actress her perfect complexion, and doesn’t need to pay for that “Taraji Glow.”

But for those outside of the Empire star’s bloodline, items that are still on sale online include a deep beige “Strip Me Down” lipstick, a black “Haute & Naughty” mascara, “Rapidblack” liquid eyeliner and a “Duo Fibre” brush. The highlighting powders in the collection are not currently available online, but are “coming soon,” reads the MAC Cosmetics site as of Thursday evening.

Empire on FOX – Returns on September 21‎

How Ava DuVernay & Oprah Are Teaming Up To Change The TV Industry — 106.7 WTLC

For her new family drama on OWN, titled Queen Sugar, DuVernay made it clear that casting minorities in front of and behind the camera was a conscious effort.

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Music Mixx…Leon Bridges

 

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Sounds Like: Usher as a vintage soul crooner in 1963, backed by Motown’s Funk Brothers

For Fans of: Sam Cooke, Aloe Blacc circa “I Need a Dollar,” John Legend

Why You Should Pay Attention: Leon Bridges’ elegantly smoldering voice often evokes comparisons to Sam Cooke at his finest. However, his tone is unmistakably modern, a result of listening to 112 and Dru Hill as a teenager growing up in Fort Worth, Texas, before discovering Cooke and the Temptations. “I come from a slow jam background, and that carries over into the music I have now,” he says. Four years ago, he started performing at open mic nights, accompanying himself on guitar. It was at Magnolia Motor Lounge where he met Austin Jenkins of rock group White Denim. “His vision was, ‘I want to make it exactly like it came out in the Fifties and Sixties,'” remembers Bridges. Together with White Denim’s Josh Block, they recorded “Coming Home” and “Better Man,” and premiered the songs on Dallas-based music blog Gorilla vs. Bear last October. A bidding war ensued, with Bridges signing to Columbia, and he subsequently earned raves at this year’s SXSW for songs like “Lisa Sawyer,” where he lovingly details his mother’s childhood in New Orleans, and “Brown Skin Girl,” a celebration of women of color. His debut album, Coming Home, drops on June 23rd.

He Says: Born Todd Bridges, he originally performed under the name Lost Child. “My mom, she used to always tell me whenever I had a haircut or something, ‘Boy, you look like a lost child,” he says. “Later, I wanted a more professional-sounding name. A lot of people in college would call me Leon, after the actor. He acted in Cool Runnings, The Five Heartbeats and The Temptations. People were saying I looked like him. I felt that ‘Leon’ and ‘Bridges’ went together very well.”

Hear for Yourself: On “Better Man,” Bridges and his band strum soulfully on a black & white stage straight out of Shindig! Mosi Reeves

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My Sista’s Business….Channing Dungey

 

Channing Dungey Named ABC Entertainment President

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Channing Dungey, executive VP of drama at ABC, has been named entertainment president of ABC, replacing Paul Lee, who was ousted in a power struggle with Ben Sherwood, president of Disney/ABC Television. She’s the first African-American to head programming at a major broadcast network. Dungey will now report directly to Sherwood.

“Channing is a gifted leader and a proven magnet for top creative talent, with an impressive record of developing compelling, breakthrough programming that resonates with viewers,” said Sherwood. “We thank Paul for his many accomplishments at ABC and his devotion to the ABC brand, and we wish him continued success in the future.”

Dungey, who’s been with the network since 2009 (and its affiliated studio since 2004), is credited with developing many of the Alphabet’s successful dramas, including “Scandal,” “Quantico,” “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD,” “How to Get Away With Murder” and “American Crime.”

Dungey said: “I’m thrilled and humbled that Ben has entrusted me with this tremendous opportunity. And I am truly grateful to Paul for being a valued mentor and friend. I’ve had the great honor of working alongside the talented team at ABC for many years and look forward to starting this exciting new chapter with them.”

Lee has held the position of entertainment president since 2010, having moved over from ABC Family. “Leading ABC has been a fantastic experience,” he said. “I’m especially proud of the incredible team I built and the strategic, creative vision we established and successfully executed for both the network and studio.”

As part of the transition, Patrick Moran, executive VP of ABC Studios, will now oversee day-to-day operations. The well-liked exec is poised for a career boost as well. His contract is up at the end of this season, so a title bump is likely. He’ll now report directly to Sherwood, so a layer has been removed.

Dungey began her career as a development assistant for Davis Entertainment at 20th Century Fox. She then became story editor at Steamroller Productions, where she worked on the development and production of such films as “Under Siege” and “On Deadly Ground.” Following that, she joined Warner Bros. as a production executive, helping to develop films including “Bridges of Madison County,” “Heat,” “The Matrix” and “Practical Magic.”

An Angela Davis Biopic Is Coming Soon — Black America Web

Codeblack Films has picked up the movie rights to “Angela Davis: An Autobiography” with plans to develop an authorized biopic of the prominent civil rights activist, reports Variety. The untitled film will be produced by Nina Yang Bongiovi, whose credits include “Fruitvale Station” and “Dope.” Sidra Smith, a producer on the 2012 documentary “Free…

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ESPN Sportscaster John Saunders Dies At 61 — Black America Web

NEW YORK (AP) — ESPN sportscaster John Saunders, who has hosted “The Sports Reporters” for the last 15 years, has died, the network announced Wednesday. He was 61. Saunders joined ESPN in 1986. He did play-by-play on various sports, hosted NHL Stanley Cup Final coverage and World Series coverage and hosted studio shows for baseball,…

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“My Life, My Vibe” July 2016

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We will be on a community excursion and volunteering efforts for the month of July with The 46th Annual Indianapolis Summer Celebration hosted by Indiana Black Expo, Inc. If you have been living under a rock you are definitely missing a treat. The Summer Celebration is an 11-day celebration of African-American culture that’s filled with forums, film festivals, business conference, one- on-one competitions, food & vendors from all over the world and so much more. So once again this will leave me little blogging time, BUT I’m not leaving you hanging as I reconnect with my community.  I will be posting pics of all my adventures and I encourage you to do the same throughout the month of July. However feel free to catch up on some of our previous posts or see what we are up to on Twitter & Facebook.

Focus on what it is important in life”

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It’s going to be an awesome month!!!

Also, don’t forget we always give you your Motivational Mondays, Wellness Wednesdays, Fly/Fresh Fridays, “Things We Are Loving Lately” and we are starting something new with “The List” a summary of all that goes on in my circle from entrepreneurs, bloggers, community leaders, restaurants and small business ( keep a look out for that)….so  stay tuned and be inspired…many blessings!

My Business Improves Lives:  Always Push To Keep Learning & Growing…#WINNING…#THEBOSS

Monthly Affirmation:

#Plan Your Work & Work Your Plan…..

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See You At The Summer Celebration In Indy!

We look forward to being of continued service to you and I hope you will enjoy the benefits of our new co-op networking community. Please let us know what you are doing in your business and community, your feedback is very important to us! ’til our next chit-chat,

#Positive Mind…#Positive Vibe…#Positive Life!

“C”

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Crystal Dixon

CEO/Event Director Evolution Events, LLC

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Rev. Al Sharpton Says Put A Purpose In Your Fourth Of July Party — Black America Web

https://ioneblackamericaweb.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/062916sharpton.mp3Rev. Al Sharpton talks about the significance of the Fourth of July and its connection to Fredrick Douglas. “We’ve made more progress but we still have a long way to go when it comes to the disparities of jobs, healthcare and criminal justice system. We still have to continue to fight so that we are…

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My Sista’s Business….Kyemah McEntyre

Teen Designer Featured In ‘Vogue’ + Artist Gets MET Showcase

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In exceptional black girl news, we have two amazing stories to share.The first is about Kyemah McEntyre, the New Jersey teen who was made famous last year for designing a dashiki-inspired dress for prom. While she wasn’t the most popular girl in school, the internet loved the gown; and apparently so did the fashion world.

In addition to being a student at Parsons School of Design in New York and having a capsule line of her own, the 19-year-old will be featured in three major magazines. “Your girl has a full feature in Glamour Magazine, Allure Magazine aaaand Vogue for the celebration of natural hair and natural beauty,” she announced on Instagram.McEntyre’s feature will be a part of Dove’s #LoveYourHair campaign, where she shows off her beautiful afro. “Woah there. That’s me, flexing my curls and natural face on page 84, in Glamour Magazine. Dove got it right, #LoveYourHair,” she said in another Instagram post.

Next, up is the remarkable Cliffanie Forrester, an 18-year-old NYC-based artist who’s work is being featured in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

“This piece was inspired by a missionary trip I took last summer,” Forrester said in a statement about her oil-canvas painting on the Met’s website.

Adding, “When I was creating Uganda I struggled to re-create the color scheme and contrasts from my references. I fused the background with the foreground in cool tones so that references I used appear seamless in the painting. I was pleased with the results. I am appreciative of the skills I thought I never had.”

Forrester is currently a senior at the High School of Art and Design in New York City, and her work is a part of the P.S. Art 2016: Celebrating the Creative Spirit of NYC Kids exhibition open until October 23.

http://www.cosmopolitan.com/style-beauty/fashion/news/a42678/kyemah-mcentyre-designs-naturi-naughton-bet-awards-dress/