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CASSIUS Releases June Digital Cover ‘The First Supper’ featuring “30 Unapologetics”

On the heels of its inaugural “Culture Vultures” digital cover, CASSIUS — the latest brand from iONE Digital (formerly Interactive One) and the definitive digital destination for urban millennials – has announced its June 2017 cover: The First Supper.

‘The First Supper,’ a graphic illustration featuring 30 of the most talked-about, controversial figures in pop culture and American history, is divided into four covers featuring distinct groups of ‘Unapologetics’-cultural disruptors as they are known in the CASSIUS world. The series features critical essays penned by CASSIUS top editors and on video, extended conversation about the covers’ ultimate message and the sheer power of its many subjects.

The June cover is in keeping with CASSIUS’ mission to cut through today’s headlines with stories and critical commentary that are relevant to millennials and directly address the global impact of Black culture. Each month, CASSIUS will create original covers underscoring their unique point of view on themes such as power, identity, and race. Video content will accompany each cover.

“This month, we wanted to nod to ‘The Unapologetics’ of then and now,” says CASSIUS creator Kierna Mayo, SVP, Content and Brands at iONE Digital. “We determined that people throughout time who change the world and never apologize for it, fall into fascinating sub-categories worthy of exploration. Deciding which ‘disciples’ should have a seat at the ‘First Supper’ table was hotly debated in our office. The truth is, the world is filled with ‘Unapologetics’ -fearless individuals who push us to think differently and for everyone depicted, there was also the case for someone else. We hope our audience has the same endless discussion we did. Who really moves culture forward?”

The June cover art was illustrated by Mark Hammermeister.

At a time when mainstream media is dominated by political theater and extreme narratives, CASSIUS provides readers with a rare lens that positions Black culture as central to the world’s key issues.

Cadillac and The Coca-Cola Company are the proud launch partners of CASSIUS.

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Fly Recap: 10th Annual Essence Black Women In Hollywood Awards & Gala Presented by The Lincoln Motor Company

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ESSENCE, the preeminent brand for African-American women, proudly honored remarkable moments and performers in film and television at yesterday’s 10th annual ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Awards & Gala. Honoring Hollywood’s “Next Generation” the 2017 ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood awards were presented to Janelle Monáe, Issa Rae, Aja Naomi King and Yara Shahidi.

Known as one of  Oscar week’s most exalted and star-studded events, the red carpet included celebrity appearances and guests such as Gabrielle Union, Shonda Rhimes, Viola Davis, Pharrell Williams, Common, Tracee Ellis Ross, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Laverne Cox, Alfre Woodard, Holly Robinson Pete, Sherri Shepard, Tyrese Gibson, Alfred Enoch, Letoya Luckett, Quvenzhane Wallis, Debbie Allen, Tina Knowles-Lawson, Loni Love, Margaret Avery amongst others. Cynthia Erivo offered a heart-wrenching solo performance between honoree acceptances.

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Powerhouse actress Aja Naomi King was presented the Lincoln Shining Star Award by Viola Davis. Multi-talented singer, songwriter, actress, and model Janelle Monáe was presented the Breakthrough Award by Pharrell Williams. Issa Rae was presented the Vanguard Award by Debbie Allen and Yara Shahidi was presented the Generation Next Award by Tracee Ellis Ross. 

The ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Awards & Gala will be televised as an ESSENCE and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network special, airing on Sunday, March 5 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on OWN.

The ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards & Gala was presented by The Lincoln Motor Company and sponsored by AT&T, Coca-Cola, Colgate® Optic White®, GEICO, L’Oréal Paris, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Walmart.

Please visit Essence.com for highlights and behind-the-scenes footage from the ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards & Gala.  Follow Essence on Twitter @essenceonline #BlackWomenInHollywood and join in the discussion at www.facebook.com/essence.

Photo Credit: Leon Bennett/Getty Images for Essence

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Last Night In NYC: Jidenna Performs at Pepsi Sound Drop Event at Kola House

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Just on the heels of his new album release, Wondaland Records/Epic Records own Jidenna rocked NYC Meatpacking’s Kola House at the Pepsi Sound Drop event and Team SFPL was on hand to witness a great night!

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The performance brought together several notable attendees, including Janelle Monáe and Nate Wonder and celebrated the release of his debut project The Chief, which is available right now.

 

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During his performance set, the Nigerian-born artist kept the crowd rocking non-stop as he went through his current hit singles like “Classic Man”, “Long Live The Chief”, “Little Bit More”, “Knickers” and more.

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To end off his extraordinary show, the tailored hip-hop star touched on his new song “The Let Out” as he literally hit the floor with his fans leading straight out the door into the street, capitalizing off of the title of the catchy track; demonstrating what it means to party after the club.

Be sure to download ‘The Chief’ HERE.

Photos provided by Pepsi.

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Jidenna – “The Let Out” feat. Nana Kwabena [New Visual]

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As promised, Wondaland Records/Epic Records artist Jidenna premieres his new visual for the new single “The Let Out” featuring Nana Kwabena.

In the video, the artist gives us a glimpse of his typical night from dinner with his family, a night out with his friends to the club, and hitting the parking lot for “the official let out.”

Janelle Monae took to Twitter that Jidenna was dropping his album on Friday:

Congrats to rising star! We can’t wait to hear!

Be sure to peep the full video above.

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Essence To Honor Janelle Monae, Issae Rae, Yara Shahidi and Aja Naomi at The 10th Annual Black Women In Hollywood Gala

Time Inc.’s (NYSE:TIME) Essence, the preeminent brand for African-American women, will commemorate the 10th anniversary of its esteemed Black Women in Hollywood Awards—the annual Oscar-week celebration at the forefront of spotlighting Hollywood’s most creative and accomplished visionaries. Shifting from a daytime luncheon to a resplendent evening gala for the first time, the red carpet ceremony will be held at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, CA, on Thursday, February 23, 2017.

The Awards & Gala will honor Hollywood’s “Next Generation”—young women who are excelling and elevating their crafts—including triple-threat actress/musician/entertainer Janelle Monáe (Breakthrough Award); groundbreaking actress/writer/producer Issa Rae (Vanguard Award); standout actress Aja Naomi King (Lincoln Shining Star Award); and dynamic actress Yara Shahidi (Generation Next). Actress/Producer Gabrielle Union will serve as the program’s host.

“For the past decade, the “Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards have paid homage to our modern image-makers—both in front of the camera and behind the scenes,” said Essence Editor-in-Chief Vanessa K. De Luca. “This past year has been an exceptional one for diversity in film and television, and with the incredible contributions of Janelle, Issa, Aja and Yara, it is fitting that our 10th anniversary will honor the future of Hollywood and its continued steps on the path to inclusion.”

Also for the first time, internationally acclaimed visual artist and filmmaker Mickalene Thomas will be infusing the event with her elaborate imagery celebrating the power of female beauty as a facet of women’s empowerment.

Since its inception in 2008, the “Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards have honored some of the most cherished figures in the industry, including Oprah Winfrey, Lupita Nyong’o, Ava DuVernay, Halle Berry, Viola Davis, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Angela Bassett, Queen Latifah, Naomie Harris, Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson, Jennifer Hudson, Zoe Saldana, Alfre Woodard, Regina King, Gabrielle Union, Tracee Ellis Ross, Debbie Allen, Nina Shaw, Mary J. Blige, Gabourey Sidibe, Quvenzhané Wallis, Jurnee Smollett, Ruby Dee, Diahann Carroll, Cicely Tyson, Loretta Devine, Mara Brock Akil, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ruth E. Carter, Nina Shaw, Gina Prince-Bythewood and Suzanne de Passe.

As a highlight of Oscar week, this elegant awards celebration has hosted many of Hollywood’s elite, including Chris Rock, Tom Cruise, Will Smith, Amy Adams, Emma Stone, Samuel L. Jackson, Forest Whitaker, James Cameron, Terrence Howard and Laurence Fishburne, among many others.

Stay tuned to Essence.com for highlights and behind-the-scenes access to the “Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards & Gala.” Follow them on Twitter and Instagram @essence #BlackWomeninHollywood. Join in the discussion on Facebook.

The gala is presented by The Lincoln Motor Company and sponsored by AT&T, Coca-Cola, Colgate Optic White, GEICO, L’Oréal Paris, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Walmart.

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Women’s March Performance Lineup: Janelle Monáe, Maxwell, Angelique Kidjo and more

Today, the Women’s March on Washington announced that music icons Janelle Monáe, Maxwell, and Angelique Kidjo will be performing at the Women’s March on Washington, which will take place in Washington, D.C. on January 21, 2017. Additional performers include Toshi Reagon, Samantha Ronson, Emily Wells, DJ Rekha, MC Lyte, St. Beauty, Beverly Bond, Alia Sharief, DJ Rimarkable, Amber Coffman, the Indigo Girls, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Climbing PoeTree.

In addition to the performers, top artists Questlove, Grimes, Matt and Kim, KT Tunstall, Neko Case, Rakim, TV on the Radio, and Lila Downs will join the March’s Artist Table, a diverse group artists, musicians, actors, writers, and creatives who are supporting the Women’s March on Washington and sister Marches around the country, joining in solidarity either in person, or via social media. Chaired by America Ferrera, the Artist Table includes over 150 artists; to view the full list, click here.

“I am honored to join this critical movement to bring justice and equality to all,” said Janelle Monáe. “Music has always been a powerful tool for galvanizing unity and I believe that singing and standing together, our voices will be stronger than any force that tries to repress us.”

“We are here because women are every bit as capable if not more able to pursue any goal they set forth for themselves. Were it not for the limitless depths of their love we would not be the men that we are,” said Maxwell.

“I feel my role as an artist coming from the African continent is to remind people again and again, through music and advocacy, how beautiful and important our cultural diversity is. This is what makes our shared humanity so precious,” said Angelique Kidjo.

In honor of the March, performing artist and Music Director of the Women’s March Toshi Reagon recorded an original version of “Ella’s Song” aka “We Who Believe in Freedom Cannot Rest Until it Comes,” a classic protest anthem that was written by Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, Toshi’s mother, in honor of civil rights icon Ella Baker. The song was originally recorded by the famed activist A Capella group, Sweet Honey in the Rock. The rally portion of the March will conclude with a live performance of Reagon’s rendition of “Ella’s Song.” All March participants will be invited to join together in song. “Ella’s Song” can be listened to or downloaded here.

“Music engages every part of the body. It is also a call. Anyone within the sound of a voice ringing a good song has the opportunity to join in congregation and not only tell a power for story, but make necessary declarations. Now is the time for action. Now is the time for singing our songs together,” said Reagon.

Held on the first day of the new presidential administration, the Women’s March on Washington aims to send a message to all levels of government and the incoming administration: that we stand together in solidarity and expect elected leaders to act to protect the rights of women, their families and their communities.

“We are inspired by the 150 plus artists that have joined us to say that they will not be silent while the most vulnerable communities come under attack. Artists are the gatekeepers of truth and we are lucky to have these brilliant and brave artist stand in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington,” said Paola Mendoza, Artistic Director of the Women’s March on Washington.

Producer of the Women’s March on Washington, Ginny Suss said, “Music uplifts, inspires, and empowers during times of protest. At these crucial moments when we are taking to the streets to stand up for our rights, music can fortify us to go on with the hard work ahead.”

The Women’s March on Washington is a women-led grassroots movement that will bring people of all genders and backgrounds together to take a stand on social justice and human rights issues ranging from race, ethnicity, gender, religion, immigration and health care. Over 200 sister marches are also being planned across the country. The March is a statement of solidarity affirming our shared humanity and fundamental human rights. Visit www.womensmarch.com for additional information.

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The Right Move: Janelle Monae Confirms Kim Burrell WILL NOT Be Performing On The Ellen Show!

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* Update * Ellen DeGeneres has also confirmed that Kim Burrell will not be appearing on the show.

She’s out! Kim Burrell’s homophobic got the gospel singer officially removed from performing alongside Pharrell on The Ellen Show.

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TMZ caught up with Janelle and asked her the million dollar question about Burrell performing and she confirmed that Burrell was indeed out.

“I don’t think she’s performing, she’s not performing! I am huge advocate for the other, and I don’t stand for any hate speech or anything that targets our fellow brothers and sisters in a negative way.”

The TMZ cameraman also asked if Burrell’s part on the song should be nixed? or if Janelle would ever perform with Burrell again? He got no reply on either question. Before the ax came down on Burrell’s performance both Pharrell and Janelle both spoke out issuing statements via social media about the issue.

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It was definitely the right move to make as hateful rhetoric should not be tolerated at any cost. The Ellen Show has yet to respond on the situation. We hope Kim learns from her huge mistake. On a positive note Hidden Figures is in theaters January 6th, we got a chance to see the inspirational tale early and it’s absolutely amazing. Janelle, Taraji and Octavia were absolutely shined in the film, so make sure you and the family see that and start your new year off with some inspiration.

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The Cast of Hidden Figures Takeover NYC For Premiere!

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The Cast of Hidden Figures Takeover NYC For Premiere!

Saturday December 10th, at the SVA Theater in Chelsea NYC, the cast of the upcoming film Hidden Figures landed on the red carpet for the film’s premiere.

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Stars of the film in attendance were Taraji P.Henson,Janelle Monae, Octavia Spencer, Kevin Costner, Alis Hodge and Kimberly Quinn.

Taraji looking absolutely amazing, she graced the red carpet wearing a red Alexander Wang dress!

Our favorite FLY gal Janelle Monae loves a good pantsuit and she hit the red carpet wearing a Prabal Gurung metallic suit from their Resort 2017 Collection.

Also in attendance the film’s director Theodore Melfi, producer Mimi Valdes and Pharrell Williams who served as the film’s producer and music director.

It was night full of star power and of course tons of #BlackGirlMagic! Hidden Figures blasts into theaters December 25th, checkout the gallery below for more photos from the night.

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Last Night in ATL: Janelle Monae, Pharrell, Usher, Jasmine Guy Da Brat & More Attend Hidden Figures Screening & Soundtrack Listening Party

Last night in Atlanta, celebrities and influencers first converged on Regal Cinemas, Atlanta Station where they got the opportunity to see the highly anticipated film Hidden Figures.

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ATLANTA, GA – NOVEMBER 16: (L-R) DJ Drama, Usher Raymond, Kwanza Hall, Janelle Monae, Pharrell Williams, and Kap G attends “Hidden Figures” advanced screening hosted by Janelle Monae & Pharrell Williams at Regal Cinemas Atlantic Station Stadium 16 on November 16, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for 20th Century Fox)

Following the screening, invited guests converged on Means Street Studios to attend a listening party for the Hidden Figures movie soundtrack, hosted by Dj Drama, Don Cannon and DJ Sense.

Notable guests that attended included star of the movie Janelle Monae,  producer and score composer Pharrell Williams, DC Young Fly, Usher, Da Brat, Jidenna, Kap G, Carl Payne, Big K.R.I.T., Ludacris, Keisha Knight Pulliam, Don Cannon, Lil Uzi Vert, Jasmine Guy, Dj Fadelf and Egypt Sherrod, Migos, Torion Sellers, Silento, & more.

To see all the photos from the amazing night checkout the full gallery below and go see Hidden Figures when it hits theaters for a limited run December 25th and nationwide January 6th,2017.

PHOTOS: Para Griffin/Getty Images for 20th Century Fox

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Watch The New Trailer For ‘Hidden Figures’ Starring Taraji P.Henson, Octavia Spencer & Janelle Monáe

Taraji P.Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe lead an all-star cast in Hidden Figures, based on the untold true story of three African-American women who were instrumental in helping NASA with one the greatest space operations in history.

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The movie can’t get here any sooner as we as a country need something to inspirational right now as we are still trying to wrap our minds around our 2016 Presidential Election results.

The film shines a tremendous spotlight on Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P.Henson) a brilliant mathematician, Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) and their important roles in helping the U.S. launch astronaut John Glenn into orbit.

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The inspiring tale directed by Theodore Melfi also stars Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Aldis Hodge, Mahershala Ali, Ariana Neal, Maria Howell, Jaiden Kaine, Wilbur Fitzgerald, Scott Michael Morgan,Lidya Jewett, Alkoya Brunson, Saniyaa Sidney.

The film also boasts an impressive score led by Pharrell Williams whom also produced the film alongside Hans Zimmer (The Dark Knight) and Benjamin Wallfisch(12 Years A Slave). You can also now pre-order the film’s soundtrack here and it features new music from Pharrell, Janelle Monáe, Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige, Kim Burrell and more.

You can also catch the Facebook Live listening party for the Hidden Figures with Pharrell and Janelle Monáe tonight 6:30 pm PT/9:30 pm ET on the official Hidden Figures Facebook page.

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Hidden Figures is in select theaters Christmas Day, and opens nationwide January 6th, 2017!

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