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Serena Williams speaks out against police violence: ‘I won’t be silent’

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In a Facebook post, Serena Williams vowed to not be silent in the wake of countless black men being killed at the hands of police violence. The tennis star shared that while driving in the car with her nephew, who was behind the wheel, she began to worry about his safety after seeing a police car on the side of the road. In that moment, she said, she realized how easily…

John Legend speaks on Colin Kaepernick’s protest and Nate Parker

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a recent interview with Complex touting his new musical, La La Land, John Legend opened up on the controversy surrounding Nate Parker to the protests spearheaded by Colin Kaepernick’s decision not to stand for the national anthem. When asked about Kaepernick’s protest, Legend said, “I think it’s great that he’s talking about it. I don’t understand why people are upset. But I do understand, actually. They’re always upset when you protest these things….

Judge Glenda Hatchett talks new TV show, achieving justice for Philando Castile

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If you’ve seen Judge Glenda Hatchett on her court bench, you know she doesn’t play. The 65-year-old judge has been dishing out tough love and life lessons on the nationally syndicated show Judge Hatchettfor more than a decade. After a 14-year run, Hatchett took a break from TV and started her own national law firm in 2015, The Hatchett Firm. She has also authored several books and speaks at community events in Atlanta and around the country….

Beyoncé’s lead dancer surprised with proposal during ‘Single Ladies’ performance

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During a concert in St. Louis, Missouri, Beyoncé yielded the stage so that the boyfriend of her lead dancer could ask Ashley Everett a very important question. John Silver took the mic and quickly gave the audience a rundown of what was about to happen. “St. Louis, what’s up?” he said, addressing the fans at the concert. “I don’t know if y’all know this young lady, but she goes by the…

FX comedy ‘Atlanta’ hopes to shed light on black culture

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Fx’s new comedy series ‘Atlanta’ is set to premiere on Tuesday, September 6th. The show follows down on his luck Earnest Marks who tries to restart his life using his cousin’s budding rap career. Earn is played by Donald Glover (aka musician Childish Gambino) who also created and produced the show.  According to an interview in Complex, Glover “wanted to show white people, you don’t know everything about black culture….

Swizz Beatz defends wife Alicia Keys against haters who dislike her ‘make-up free’ face

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When everyone else’s face is “done-up” choosing to be natural is bound to make you stand out. But when Alicia Keys continued her makeup-free campaign at the 2016 VMAs on Sunday, some people noticed her bare face for all the wrong reasons and decided to hate. However Key’s husband, producer Swizz Beatz, was not shy about addressing criticism about his wife’s style choices, telling critics maybe they should be the ones to take a look…

Nate Parker addresses rape scandal: “I was speaking from a standpoint of ignorance”

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After a whirlwind of criticism over a 17-year-old rape case for which he was acquitted, Birth of a Nation star Nate Parker is speaking candidly about lessons learned. The 36-year-old opened up in an exclusive interview withEBONY magazine about understanding male privilege as well as the definition of consent, after his most recent Birth of a Nation screening at the Merge Summit in LA. ‘When I was first met with the news that…

TheGrio chats with Mahershala Ali about upcoming film ‘Kicks’

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Indie film, ‘Kicks’, follows a young boy, Brandon, as he treks around his home in the Bay Area to retrieve a pair of stolen Air Jordans. Brandon encounters many people on his journey, including his uncle Marlon, played by Mahershala Ali. Marlon helps to spark the quest with some much needed wisdom on responsibility and consequence. Ali had a standout performance in ‘Kicks’ and TheGrio had the pleasure of getting…

‘It hit a sensual nerve!’: Oprah admits her new show has inspired her own sex life

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Ava DuVernay, creator of the upcoming OWN series Queen Sugar, is very meticulous about the way she shoots the show’s sex scenes and her producer and collaborator Oprah Winfrey thinks whatever’s she’s doing is definitely working. “Her sex scenes look damn sexy,” says Winfrey, musing about the first time she and longtime friend Gayle King watched the episodes. “You want to be that person,” she says. “It hits a sensual nerve. He…

Al Roker’s takedown of Ryan Lochte allegedly caused drama at ‘Today’

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Al Roker may have kept it real about Ryan Lochte’s Rio robbery tale, but it turns out not everybody was happy about it. According to Page Six, “Today” show insiders say the network was “embarrassed” by Roker’s comments. “He lied. He lied to you, he lied to Matt Lauer, he lied to his mom, [and] he left his teammates hanging while he skedaddled,” Roker told Billy Bush during a debate about Lochte’s ever-changing story about having been…

Nat Turner’s story is way too important to be lost in Nate Parker’s past

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Before Nate Parker’s film “The Birth of a Nation” hits theaters in October, there is something we must get straight. Rape and sexual violence are epidemics we must address now.  Yet, boycotting an important film about Nat Turner will not push that debate forward, but it will help to silence the issues of our country’s legacy of systemic racism and #BlackLivesMatter that the film dares to broach. The film–which Fox…

Ciara and Russell Wilson moved their wedding from North Carolina because of transgender law

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Ciara and Russell Wilson recently tied the knot in London, but flying across the ocean wasn’t always their first choice. “I did the whole thing — three times. They were first getting married in North Carolina, but they called it off due to the transgender bathroom laws. But it was really done,” wedding planner Mindy Weiss told The Knot. ESPN reports that in a previous interview, Russell Wilson expressed a desire to use his…

John Legend to bring the story of ‘Black Wall Street’ to WGN

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John Legend is teaming up with WGN America to bring the real life story of “Black Wall Street” to a television near you. ‘Black Wall Street‘ was a wealthy black neighborhood in Greenwood, Tulsa that was attacked in 1921 by a mob of angry whites who burned it down and massacred hundreds of black residents over two days. In spite of the devastating attack, the community rebuilt from the ruins until desegregation…

Keshia Knight Pulliam reveals how divorce from Ed Hartwell helped her choose baby’s name

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Keshia Knight Pulliam has already picked out a name for her unborn daughter: Ella Grace. Pulliam revealed the name on her podcast Kandidly Keshia, saying that she drew the name in part from her split from Ed Hartwell. “In the midst of all of this, is when she’s earned her middle name — Grace,” an emotional Pulliam told her listeners before continuing on: “What I tell you, through all of this, the…

CBS gets roasted for lack of diversity on new shows, president says ‘we need to do better’

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — CBS’ entertainment president defended his network’s efforts to air more inclusive series even as it introduces a fall slate of new sitcoms and dramas with white malestars. Glen Geller, fielding a barrage of diversity-related questions at a TV critics meeting Wednesday, repeatedly said the network must improve “and we know it.” “In terms of leads, we’re definitely less diverse this year than last year, and…