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Watch: Netflix’s Powerful New Initiative ‘#FirstTimeISawMe’

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Netflix launched an incredibly powerful new campaign called #FirstTimeISawMe – about the importance of representation in entertainment. Acclaimed actress Viola Davis joined the initiative as well on Twitter to speak to the first time she saw herself on screen.

In the visual, check out Ava DuVernay, Logan Browning, Spike Lee, Marlon Wayans, Selenis Leyva, Marque Richardson and Jackie Cruz.

Netflix has created more than 1,000 hours of original content (Dear White People, Chewing Gum, She’s Gotta Have It, Orange is the New Black, etc.), this year so far that are multi-layered, unique and cover intersectional stories, which shed light on so many diverse walks of life.

Peep the full video above.

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Andra Day – “Rise Up” [New Video]

Hot off the heels of the Inspirational tune “Rise Up”, the sensational Andra Day delivers two visuals, backing the successful hit single.

The Inspirational Version (above) was directed by M. Night Shyamalan, and the Introspective Version was helmed by Spike Lee.

Andra also recently debuted her brand new campaign, partnering with both Coca-ColaMcDonald’s, and the Essence Festival, which is based off the official track. She celebrated the launch for her new program in New York City, held at a flagship McD’s location. SFPL‘s own Gabriel Williams and Hello Beautiful‘s Shamika Sanders were both in attendance, pictured above.

The program features Andra and the lyrics of her single, and the film I Rise, on close to 40 million Coca-Cola cups in select McDonald’s restaurants across the nation.

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The short film ‘I Rise’ was created to focus on African-American women sharing the incredible strides they are making in their communities. Those featured in the film were Brandice Daniel, LaToya Cantrell, Kyemah McEntyre, Nzingha Prescod, Bene Vera, Kimberly Goldson, Kathryn Finney, Michaela Angela Davis, and Andra herself.

Back to her new visuals, check out the full ‘Introspective Version’ below:

Photos Credit: Bernard “Beanz” Smalls

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Kofi Black is back with “Booty Do” & “Spike Lee” [New Music]

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It’s been a minute since Kofi Black released “I Love Your Crazy” featuring Raekwon, but he’s back with two new records.

First up, is “Booty Do” that is sure to get the ladies dancing and “Spike Lee” that is sure to have the fellas nodding their heads with the familiar sample from Future‘s “Same Damn Time.”

Listen to both tracks produced by Kofi Black below.

About Kofi Black

Kofi Black attended New York’s Institute of Audio Research (IAR), where he studied production and engineering. It was also at this time that he was taken under the wing of famed vocal coach Craig Derry, who helped hone the raw talent into a refined instrument. Opportunity presented itself and Kofi began singing background for artists such as: Mariah Carey, Joe, Carl Thomas, Raheem DeVaughn and several others. Understanding just how rare his talent was, Kofi went into the studio and began penning and producing his own songs, gaining placements for up and coming artists both domestically and internationally and later producing for Diddy, Mariah Carey, French Montana, Torey Lanez, Ghostface Killah, Busta Rhymes, JadaKiss and more.

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On The Gram: The Internet Casts Stacey Dash Back To The Fire From Which She Came With Memes!

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If Stacey Dash thought she was going to get away, unscathed from her ridiculous comments she was sadly mistaken. The internet plays no games when you say something that’s just outright stupid. The clueless actress and yes the pun is indeed intended, spoke on Jada Pinkett-Smith and Spike Lee’s decision to skip The Oscars due to the outrage of the awards show lack of diversity. What really ruffled everyone’s feathers was when Dash said that Black History Month, BET and The Image Awards are forms of segregation.

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BET and Stephen Hill quickly snapped back at Dash on Instagram:

Thus opening the flood gates to the well deserved slander that came her way. Peep the hilarious memes directed towards Dash in the gallery below.

 

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The Daily Word: Stacey Dash Thinks BET and Black History Month Are A Form of Segregation!

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*Kanye West voice* Stacey Dash doesn’t care about black people nor does she like them. Stacey Dash continues to spew out nonsense all in the name of soundbites and Fox News continues to supply the soap box for her to do so. This years Oscars are the talk of the nation after the nominees were revealed and were once again completely dominated by white actors and actresses.

Dash appeared on Fox and Friends to talk about the subject, which ultimately lead to most dumbest statements we have ever heard.

Dash of course didn’t agree with Jada Pinkett-Smith and Spike Lee’s decisions to boycott (Spike says he is not boycotting) the awards. Here’s what she spewed:

I think it ‘s ludicrous, because we have to make up our minds.Either we want have segregation or integration and if we don’t want segregation we need to get rid of channels like BET and the BET Awards and The Image awards. Where you’re only awarded if your black, if it were the other way around we would be up in arms.  It’s a double standard.

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But wait, there’s more! She even feels that there shouldn’t be a black history month either. Dash states:

Just like there shouldn’t be a Black History Month. We’re Americans period!

Seriously she should have ended her sentence with this:

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Like everyone on that god awful news channel Stacey still found a way to blame Barack Obama for what’s going on in Hollywood in typical Republican fashion.

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It’s times like this we wished there was really a racial draft, we would trade Stacey for ANYTHING at this point, just to get her out here. You actually have to see this to believe it though.:

Of course social media had to sound off and BET repsonded on the matter. Hit the gallery to see best Twitter reactions to Stacey’s tomfoolery below:

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The Word: Aunt Viv (Janet Hubert) Fires Back At The Smiths, Calls Them Out On Their Hypocrisy!

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The “blacktress” Janet Hubert is not here for the lets boycott The Oscars train being driven by Jada Pinkett Smith. Aunt Viv took to her Facebook page on MLK day to call out Jada and her husband Will Smith for what she considers bull you know what. We knew we was in for a treat when she started out her rant with “Ms thing” and “does your man not have a mouth of his own with which to speak ?”.

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In case you missed it, in a video posted to her Facebook page, Jada Pinkett Smith made it very clear that she and we will assume her husband Will Smith will have nothing to do with The Oscars this year. She also urged other black actors and actresses to follow her lead and do the same.

Now Jada and will are facing a lot of backlash over comments Will made about encountering race in the industry during a round-table discussion with The Hollywood Reporter. Will’s comment in question is his eluding to “racism being rare” in the industry, which understandably has people frowning at Jada and her call to boycott. Peep the interview below:

Now Jada wasn’t alone, quickly after famed director Spike Lee announced via his Instagram account he would also be boycotting The Oscars this year. Now keep in mind he did already accept his honorary Oscar already this past November. He also did touch lack of diversity in Hollywood as well at the same time. Checkout what Mr.Lee had to say on his decision to boycott below:

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#OscarsSoWhite… Again. I Would Like To Thank President Cheryl Boone Isaacs And The Board Of Governors Of The Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts And Sciences For Awarding Me an Honorary Oscar This Past November. I Am Most Appreciative. However My Wife, Mrs. Tonya Lewis Lee And I Will Not Be Attending The Oscar Ceremony This Coming February. We Cannot Support It And Mean No Disrespect To My Friends, Host Chris Rock and Producer Reggie Hudlin, President Isaacs And The Academy. But, How Is It Possible For The 2nd Consecutive Year All 20 Contenders Under The Actor Category Are White? And Let's Not Even Get Into The Other Branches. 40 White Actors In 2 Years And No Flava At All. We Can't Act?! WTF!! It's No Coincidence I'm Writing This As We Celebrate The 30th Anniversary Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's Birthday. Dr. King Said "There Comes A Time When One Must Take A Position That Is Neither Safe, Nor Politic, Nor Popular But He Must Take It Because Conscience Tells Him It's Right". For Too Many Years When The Oscars Nominations Are Revealed, My Office Phone Rings Off The Hook With The Media Asking Me My Opinion About The Lack Of African-Americans And This Year Was No Different. For Once, (Maybe) I Would Like The Media To Ask All The White Nominees And Studio Heads How They Feel About Another All White Ballot. If Someone Has Addressed This And I Missed It Then I Stand Mistaken. As I See It, The Academy Awards Is Not Where The "Real" Battle Is. It's In The Executive Office Of The Hollywood Studios And TV And Cable Networks. This Is Where The Gate Keepers Decide What Gets Made And What Gets Jettisoned To "Turnaround" Or Scrap Heap. This Is What's Important. The Gate Keepers. Those With "The Green Light" Vote. As The Great Actor Leslie Odom Jr. Sings And Dances In The Game Changing Broadway Musical HAMILTON, "I WANNA BE IN THE ROOM WHERE IT HAPPENS". People, The Truth Is We Ain't In Those Rooms And Until Minorities Are, The Oscar Nominees Will Remain Lilly White. (Cont'd)

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – His senior photo from Morehouse College (Class of 1948) Good morning, people. With my essay " #OscarsSoWhite …Again" that I posted yesterday, it was cut off half way through. This is the remainder of it. Please read and Thank You for your love and support for the position my wife, Ms. Tonya Lewis Lee and I have taken for the upcoming 2016 Oscars. ———————— As I Said In My Honorary Oscar Acceptance Speech, It's Easier For An African-American To Be President Of The United States Than Be President Of A Hollywood Studio. Also The United States Census Bureau Released A Report Stating White Americans Will Be A Minority In America By The Year 2044. Don't You Think It's A Wise Business Decision To Have Your Product And Workforce Reflect The Diversity Of The Greatest Country On This God's Earth? I Ask, What's The Hold Up? And Please… Don't Go To The Well And Say There Are No Qualified Minority Candidates For These Green Light Gate Keeping Positions. It's Amazing How Far Sports And Music Have Moved Ahead Of Hollywood And Television, But Maybe We Can Learn From Them Too. Your Honor, I Present Exhibit A: The National Football League's Rooney Rule. It's Named After The Late Dan Rooney, Owner Of The Pittsburgh Steelers. Mr. Rooney Was Also Chairman Of The League's Diversity Committee. The Rooney Rule States NFL Teams MUST Interview Minority Candidates For The Positions Of Head Coach And Senior Football Executives Before Hires. Since Being Put In Place Before The 2006 Season, African-American Hires Have Increased. Facebook And Pinterest Have Their Own Version Of The Rooney Rule To Hire Minorities. Why Can't Hollywood Do The Same? It's Worth The Effort Or It Will Be The Same Old Hi-Jinks. I Do Hope In My Children's Lifetime Things Will Change For The Betterment Of All Americans. A Great Diverse America. Spike Lee Filmmaker Da Republic Of Brooklyn, New York MLK Day January 18th, 2016

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Which brings us to last night, Janet Hubert, whom is affectionately known to us all as Aunt Viv from the classic 90’s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air gave her opinion on the matter. Now if you can ignore the messenger and whether or not she is “salty”, made some valid points in the video. Hubert used her best comic book filter and called out the Smith’s for being pretty much hypocrites and wasting time on a matter that no one should really care about. Hubert also brought up in her rant an incident from the past where Will Smith only looked out for his best interest instead of the cast of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. She also pointed out that Jada should be more focused on the current issues such as people dying, our boys dying, bills and the Oscar gripe just “ain’t that deep”.  See Janet’s entire video below:

Now again she makes some valid points, but we will let you voice your opinion on the matter. Do you think the blacktress is speaking the truth? Or is she still bitter about what happened to her on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air?  Let us know in the comment section below.

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Michael Jackson’s ‘Off the Wall’ Rerelease Will Include Spike Lee Documentary

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Michael Jackson’s estate is gearing up for the rerelease of the late singer’s classic album Off the Wall. The release will feature Spike Lee’s new documentary Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall. Slated for release on February 26th via Sony Legacy Recordings it will be made available in CD/DVD and CD/Blu-Ray combo options.

‘Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall’ premieres January 24th at the Sundance Film Festival. Its TV debut is set for February 5th at 9 p.m. on Showtime through their on-air, on-demand, and online platforms. Following its TV debut it will be broadcast in territories all over the world.

The documentary explores Jackson’s career from child star to the debut of his iconic ‘Off the Wall’ album. It features footage from the musician’s personal stash, interviews with family members and some of today’s musical influencers.

In a statement regarding the project it is described as,

“A look at a chapter of his career that is rarely examined, Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall allows audiences to travel with Michael as he gets his start at Motown, strikes a new path with CBS Records and forges a relationship with legendary producer Quincy Jones.”

Pharrell Williams, John Legend, Questlove, Mark Ronson, the Weeknd, Marlon Jackson, Lee Daniels and L.A. Reid make appearances discussing the late icon’s influence and the album’s legacy. ‘Off the Wall’ was Jackson’s adult solo breakthrough album. Combining the elements of funk, pop, disco, and jazz it’s gone on to stand the test of time and earn a place in music as one of the best albums of all time.

Source: Rolling Stone

By: Arlene Danna

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The Daily Word: Kanye “of ALL Trades” West Stars In New Film with Common

 

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It’s clear, Kanye West is out here like an octopus with limbs in every pot! Aside for his #AllThingsYeezy releases and his clothing line debut fashion week, he’s executive producing albums like Rihanna‘s #R8, Taylor Swift‘s upcoming album Loisaidas, a film he’s working on with Damon Dash, a new series called Underground and now he’s going to be acting along with G.O.O.D. Music member Common in a film called Chiraq. Evidently, Ye’ has as many hours in a day as Beyoncé!

In this film which is a Spike Lee production, Kanye and Common unite to bring their town together. It will be exclusively available on Amazon.

 

As mentioned before, Kanye is also working on ‘Underground.’ The storyline follows slaves who plan to escape a Georgia plantation. Kanye is scoring the show — meaning choosing the soundtrack. Hmmm… Makes us think Yeezus but messing with this genius it could be anything..

Make everyday count — clearly Kanye does.

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[Fly Girl Shayna]

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Last Night In NYC: Naomi Campbell, Swizz Beatz, Shay Mitchell, Spike Lee & more at Diddy’s DeLeón Tequila Launch

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Last Night In NYC…Sean “Diddy” Combs hosted a star-studded unveiling for DeLeón Tequila, his latest joint venture with Diageo – the global leader in beverage alcohol.

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Dave Chappelle: “I can’t see how my life is harder because Tyler Perry exists”, Dave Covers GQ’s “The Men of The Year” 2014 Issue

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Rocking a few designer pieces from the likes of Tom Ford, Sean John, and even jewelry by David Yurman, comedian vet Dave Chappelle covers GQ‘s Men (And Women) of 2014 cover. Dave shares the covers with Chris Pratt, Ansel Elgort, Shailene Woodley, Steve Carell, and Michael Sam. In the article, Dave speaks on Spike Lee, Tyler Perry, Idris Elba, why he quit the business in the past, his trip to Africa, and much much more.