Durban, South Africa Welcomes ESSENCE Festival 2016


By Angela Wills Durban, South Africa is always filled with excitement, but thanks to a new merger with eThekwini Municipality, ESSENCE Festival 2016 and 2017 will now be added to that excitement. The official announcement was made at the City Hall in Durban by Thekwini Mayor James Nxumalo and the President of ESSENCE, Michelle Ebanks. Ebanks said that ESSENCE is ...

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Quentin Tarantino Says He Doesn’t Care if Black Critics Don’t Like His Work


Reported by Liku Zelleke Actor and director Quentin Tarantino isn’t exactly known for timid movies. The legendary film maker cuts his teeth on movies filled with blood and gore, and doesn’t hold back when it comes to the content of his work, even when it has extensive offensive dialog, with the n-word, in it. On Christmas Day, he will be ...

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Tyrese Protests White Radio Stations Not Playing Hit Single, Cops Cite Him


April V. Taylor Singer and actor Tyrese Gibson was recently cited for staging an impromptu concert and protest outside the iHeartRadio summit in Burbank, California. Gibson was protesting the fact that white radio stations have not been playing his hit single “Shame.” The song comes from the album Black Rose, which Gibson released in July. The album debuted at number ...

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WATCH: MTV Documentary “White People” Full Of White People Crying Over White Privilege

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April V. Taylor The new MTV documentary “White People,” directed by Pulitzer Prize-winning executive director Jose Antonio Vargas, claims to ask some “very uncomfortable” questions about white privilege and white frustration. In what many people are calling a cryfest of white tears, the documentary highlights the perceived struggle that White teens and young adults face in coming to terms with ...

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Oprah Calls Selma Actor David Oyelowo “One Of The Dearest People In My Life”

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April V. Taylor According to the New York Daily News, Oprah Winfrey reports that she is upset that actor David Oyelowo lost out on the best actor award at the Spirit Awards and that “Selma” got snubbed by the Oscars, only earning a nod for Best Picture, but she says that there is a silver lining to being involved in ...

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April V. Taylor: Why Was This Michael Jackson Video Banned In The US?

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April V. Taylor Michael Jackson’s 1995 political song, “They Don’t Care About Us,” has received renewed attention as it has been played at protests across the country, including a protest I attended in Ferguson, Missouri during Ferguson October as well as actions in New York and California. The shortfilm Jackson created to go with the song was banned in the ...

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Is the NAACP asleep at the wheel when it comes to TV Buffoonery?

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By Ezekiel J. Walker Back in the early 19th century, black people were made to look like “coons,” “buffoons,” “mammies,” and other stereotypical caricatures for mainstream white audiences but we could always trust on the good ol’ NAACP to hold us down. Like in 1915, The Birth of a Nation, which is still considered one of, if not the most ...

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Boondocks Creator Aaron McGruder Is Bringing Black Jesus To The Airwaves

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By David Bloodsaw Exciting news for Aaron McGruder fans; not only will The Boondocks return for another season, but Adult Swim gave the green light on another project from the controversial and funny producer reports the entertainment website Shadow and Act. The live-action scripted comedy, titled Black Jesus will debut later this year. Jesus will be residing in modern day ...

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10 More Days for Jason Collins with Brooklyn Nets

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By Dr. Sinclair Grey III NBA Basketball Player, Jason Collins has signed a second 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets. As you may recall, Collins became the talk of the NBA last year by being the first basketball player to openly come out and say that he was gay. Throughout the league as well as other professions, he was congratulated ...

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Should Little Girls Be Twerking With a Grown Man Giving Instructions?

The culture of New Orleans has two faces. One is an elegant blend of french and southern style living. Where you can find amazing food and there’s always a Beignet, Daiquiri and a good celebration. But then there is the not-so-favorable side of the culture of black New Orleans, which is very different from the branded “New Orleans” experience that ...

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