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‘Black Panther’ goes home empty-handed at Golden Globes + full winner’s list

by Cortney Willis --  Even though we were rooting for Wakanda at the 76th annual Golden Globes on Sunday night, Black Panther didn’t take home any awards. The film directed by Ryan Coogler was nominated for Best Motion Picture (Drama) and Best Original Score but lost...

New poll shows Michelle Obama voted most admired woman by Americans

According to a Gallup poll, former first lady Michelle Obama has been named America’s most admired woman of 2018, knocking Hillary Clinton from the top spot for the first time in 17 years, CNN reports. Mrs. Obama released a memoir, “Becoming,” and is currently on a...

Alzheimer’s clinical research trials need more African-American participants – desperately!

by Chelsea-Lyn Rudder Q-Tip, celebrated hip-hop artist, producer and founding member of A Tribe Called Quest, took to Instagram recently to honor his mother, who is living with Alzheimer’s. Known for lyrics that touch fans with their eloquence while simultaneously educating them on timely issues, the...

NYC to rename streets to honor Notorious B.I.G. and Wu-Tang Clan

The New York City Council has voted  to honor three music legends in their home borough with streets named in them: the Notorious B.I.G. (a.k.a. Christopher Wallace), the Wu-Tang Clan and Woody Guthrie. Culture advocate LeRoy McCarthy spearheaded the street co-naming efforts and told Gothamist:...

Jordan Peele offers first look at his bone-chilling new movie with Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke

by Kia Morgan Smith Jordan Peele shocked audiences with his Oscar-winning movie Get Out and for his second act, Peele plans to up the creepy factor with his new feature-film Us, starring two of Black Panther’s breakout stars. “For my second feature, I wanted to create a monster...

Tennessee doctor charged in massive opioid fraud scheme

A Tennessee doctor faces a decades-long prison sentence after being charged in connection with “a massive opioid distribution and healthcare fraud scheme,” according to authorities. Dr. Samson Orusa was charged Thursday with “maintaining a drug-involved premises, 22 counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance outside...

MLK’s childhood home sold to National Park Service

The childhood home of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. now belongs to the National Park Service. The two-story home on Auburn Avenue in Atlanta was sold to the National Park Service on November 27, 2018. The organization “facilitated through private philanthropy the purchase of...

Arkansas’ capital city elects black mayor for first time

From left, Frank Scott and Baker Kurrus. (The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP) LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A banking executive and former highway commissioner won Tuesday’s runoff for Little Rock mayor, becoming the first African-American elected to lead Arkansas’ capital six decades after it was...

Missy Elliott opens up about writing for Aaliyah and Beyoncé

Missy Elliott built a hip hop and R&B empire by singing and rapping catchy tunes, but she also wrote and produced some of pop’s most memorable tunes, thus earning her a nomination for the 2019 Songwriters Hall of Fame—a prestigious organization which honors and inducts a...

Rapper Meek Mill demands criminal justice reform in latest New York Times Op-Ed

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Rapper Meek Mill is in the New York Times this week with a powerful op-ed on criminal justice reform. If you remember, in November 2017, Judge Genece Brinkley sentenced the Philly native to two to four years–claiming he violated his probation. Upon his early release in...