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*A day after he was kidnapped, robbed, beaten and hospitalized, rapper Tekashi 6ixNine said he’s “fine” and that the incident was an “inside job.”

“It wasn’t no outside n—-s. It’s n—as that know how the king of New York moves,” the rapper said in an interview with DJ Akademiks Monday afternoon. “The only person that can get a Pharaoh in Egypt is the person who helped build the f—in’ kingdom, you know what I’m saying? The n—a that’s right next to him. The n—a that know who built that s**t, that got the blueprints.”

The MC (real name: Daniel Hernandez) said he’d suffered “concussion trauma to the head” after being knocked unconscious two times. “I’m fine,” he insisted.

Asked if he’d be more cautious about the people he keeps around him in the future, Hernandez replied, “My circle’s been short, it’s just that I opened it with the wrong n—-s.”

Hernandez said he willingly gave up an estimated $750,000 in jewelry, comparing the situation to the robbery that ended with XXXTentacion’s death last month. “I’m just happy to be alive,” he said. “I look at the X situation like, ‘That could have been me.’ That would have been the same situation if I didn’t give it up.”

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After the interview, he posted a photo of XXXTentacion on Instagram and wrote: “As crazy as it sounds.. yesterday morning I had a feeling that it was my day to die. May GOD strike me dead if I’m lying. Everything happens for a reason. I know you was there. Nothing materialistic is more important then LIFE. I live to see another DAY. I get to see my daughter another day. No Hate Charge it to the streets.”


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*Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop at Paris Las Vegas hosted celebrity athletes Marshawn “Beast Mode” Lynch on Friday night and fighting champion Daniel Cormier on Saturday night (07-07-18) in Las Vegas.

Lynch arrived at the rooftop nightclub late Friday night with a crew of friends and fans, dressed in light-washed jeans and a white shirt. The running back greeted the crowd from his lavish VIP booth as he partied alongside DJ Shadow ReD. Best known for leading his team to the football championship series, Lynch has earned the nickname “Beast Mode” for his powerful running style and consistent ability to run over defenders and break tackles. At the party, Chateau made a donation to the Fam1st Family Foundation, created by Lynch and Joshua Johnson, which provides mentors for underprivileged youth, focusing on the topics of education, literacy and self-esteem.

Cormier arrived at Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop following his heavyweight victory on Saturday night to host a knockout afterparty, lifting his championship belts as confetti rained down in celebration of his win and Chateau presented VIP bottle service and “GOAT” signs. The fighter partied late into the evening, sipping Veuve Clicquot as enthusiastic fans cheered him on and took photos.

Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop is located at Paris Las Vegas, 3655 Las Vegas Boulevard South, directly above HEXX kitchen │ bar │ chocolate. The nightclub is open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights from 10:30 p.m. to close. Chateau’s industry night, Chateau Wednesdays, offers complimentary admission to locals with ID on Wednesday nights. The club’s throwback night, Moon Tower Thursdays, feature hits from the 80s and 90s.  Locals receive free cover, excluding special events, and general admission starts $30. Dress code is strictly enforced. For table reservations and VIP bottle service, call 702.776.7777 or email For general information and updates, call 702.776.7770, become a fan on Facebook or follow us on Twitter at

Sidney Stewart

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*Lucy’s House Entertainment presents an All-Star celebrity line-up cast in The UnfaithfuStage-PlayTour. Unfaithful stage Tour features the legendary powerhouse vocalist Shirley Murdock, and in the leading male role, from Tyler Perry’s “If Loving You is Wrong,” Denzel Wells, also starring R&B singer and TV Reality Star (Love & Hip Hop) Teairra Mari and the legendary lead singer of the R&B group Silk, Gary ‘Lil G’ Jenkins.


Unfaithful is an emotional, twist-turning, stage play written and directed by playwright Kimberlyn M. Engram that reveals the truth about the seemingly perfect marriage of Kenny and Rochelle Jones. The couple appears to live an idyllic life. While Rochelle owns a thriving production company, Kenny is a First Sergeant in the United States Army.

Within a year of being married, Kenny leaves for deployment leaving his wife to take full responsibility of his teenage daughter. While Kenny is deployed, Rochelle becomes suspicious of his behavior. Upon his return, Rochelle notices a change in her husband’s inconsistent behavior and the fact that’s he’s become extremely secretive about his whereabouts.

At the advice of friends, Rochelle decides that it’s time to “keep her eyes open.” Not knowing that his wife has already uncovered some truths about him, Kenny believes that things are working out just as he had planned and decides to present his wife with an unexpected surprise. However, much to his surprise, Kenny discovers that Rochelle has made some secret moves of her own. So, the Question is…”Who’s been playing who?”

For more information or to purchase Tickets please visit

The Unfaithful Stage Play Tour Dates:

July 13: Charlotte, NC (Knight Theater) 7pm
July 20: Portsmouth, VA (Willett Hall) 7:30p
July 22: Baltimore, MD (UMBC Event Center) 4pm
July 26: San Antonio, TX (Tobin Center) 7pm
July 27: Houston, TX (Stafford Centre) 7pm

About Kimberlyn M. Engram:

Kimberlyn E. Engram, CEO of Lucy’s House Entertainment is a retired Army veteran who served over 21 years of active duty in the United States Army. In October 2014, after retiring from the military, Kimberlyn was able to pursue her passion of writing full time and started her own company, Lucy’s House Entertainment, LLC. Since then Kimberlyn has written and directed several short plays including four major productions, Family Secrets & Curses, Dirty Laundry, Let God Make Him a Man and her most recent play Unfaithful. Kimberlyn is a survivor who has overcome various obstacles and used those adversities as fuel to create literary masterpieces.

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*Actor Ving Rhames is in the news because of his role in Ton Cruise’s “Mission Impossible – Fallout” and as a result he was featured on “The Clay Cane Show” on SiriusXM Urban View. But it’s not what he had to say about the film that’s really getting folks’ attention. Nope, he told listeners that he pretty much had a near death experience when he found himself up close and person with a cop’s gun in his face … in his own home!

“I am sure you hear about all the reports of Black men being attacked by police,” Clay Cane said to Rhames. You are a big star, but how does racism show itself in your life?”

Rhames, 59, went on to tell his terrifying story of Sant Monica, California police pulling a 9-mm gun on him … again, in his own home, mind you.

“This happened this year. I am in my home, it was around 2:15 p.m. in the afternoon,” Rhames said. “I’m in my house, I’m in a pair of basketball shorts only. I have two English bulldog puppies. I hear a noise in my backyard but I’m thinking the puppies are just running around, and then I get a knock on the front door.”

Rhames continued: “I get up, I’m just in my basketball shorts — literally. I get up, I open the door and there is a red dot pointed at my face from a 9-mm. They say put up your hands, literally. I just walked and opened up the door. … Then they said open the front screen door. They say do it with one hand so then I have to do it with one hand. My hands are up and they have me outside.”

There were a group of police officers, a police dog and the captain of police, Rhames also said. Fortunately, the captain recognized Rhames, but not for the reason you might think. No, not because he’s a famous actor, but their children play sports against each other. In any event, the police claimed the Golden Globes winner’s neighbor called and said a “large black man” was breaking into a home.

” … Myself, the sergeant and one of the police officers went over to the house, which was across the street from my place, and the person denied it. So here I am in my own home, alone in some basketball shorts and just because someone called and said a large Black man is breaking [in,] when I opened up the wooden door, a 9-mm is pointed at me.”

Rhames realizes he is lucky that the captain recognized him.

“My problem is, as I said this to them, what if it was my son and he had a video game remote or something and you thought it was a gun?” Rhames said.

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*NEW ORLEANS – Several notable celebrities, community leaders and entertainers descended on the city of New Orleans once again to attend the 15th Annual McDonald’s 365Black Awards, held today at the Ritz Carlton, New Orleans.

They were joined by attendees from across that nation who converged to recognize this year’s recipients of the distinguished awards, including popular Political Commentator Symone Sanders, renown actress/activist Sheryl Lee Ralph, Black Girls CODE CEO Kimberly Bryant and next generation McDonald’s Owner/Operator Monique Vann-Brown.

Additionally, college philanthropist Tishauna Wilson was recognized alongside this lineup to receive a $10,000 McDonald’s HBCU Forward Scholarship, facilitated by Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

McDonald’s 365Black Awards take place annually to honor outstanding individuals who are committed to making positive contributions that strengthen the African-American community. The program launched in 2003 as an extension of the company’s 365Black platform, created to celebrate the pride, heritage and achievements of African-Americans year-round. Held in conjunction with ESSENCE Festival™ presented by Coca-Cola®, the event was hosted by actress Essence Atkins.

R&B singer Dave Hollister gave a dynamic performance during the awards. Presenters included actor and comedian Lil Rel Howery, actor Larenz Tate, actress Bresha Webb, media personality Tai Beauchamp and McDonald’s Owner/Operator Tanya Holliday. Award-winning gospel artists Fred Hammond and JJ Hairston also made appearances.

TV personality and model Cynthia Bailey brought her large social media following along to the event, posting live from the ceremony. Other celebrity attendees included actor Lance Gross, award-winning talk show host, Loni Love and R&B singer Raheem DeVaughn, among others.

“It was a privilege to witness and take part in the celebration of our outstanding female honorees. Their accomplishments reflect the tenets of our 365Black platform,” said Kenny Mitchell, McDonald’s U.S. Vice President of Brand Marketing & Content. “Our 15 year-long partnership with ESSENCE and continuation of the 365Black Awards affirms our commitment to celebrating everyday people who are doing extraordinary things to positively move Black Forward.”

Those who were unable to attend the ceremony can follow @365Black on Twitter for commentary on the awards and join the conversation on all social platforms using #365BlackAwards.

About McDonald’s
McDonald’s USA, LLC, serves a variety of menu options made with quality ingredients to more than 25 million customers every day. More than 90 percent of McDonald’s 14,000 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by businessmen and women who are independent employers, and set their own employment policies and practices, including pay and benefits for the people working in their restaurants. For more information, visit, or follow us on Twitter @365Black and Facebook To learn more about the 365Black initiative, visit

Steven Hunter, McDonald’s USA

Bria Purdiman, Burrell Communications

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*The publisher of and former radio personality Lee “The Voice” Bailey returns to serve on the panel of the “Uplifting Minds II” (ULMII) entertainment conference. The 19th annual “ULMII” event will be held Saturday, October 20, 2018 at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, California (5930 Franklin Avenue, 90028) from 1 – 5 p.m.

The ULMII conference is free and open to the public and offers an entertainment business panel discussion and a national talent showcase competition. Former ULMII winners and professional artists will open the entertainment portion of the event and 10 aspiring acts will compete (vocal, songwriting, dance and acting) for over $15,000 valued in prizes to end the event.

Bailey has served on the panel for the national conference in Los Angeles for 15 years, missing only a few dates. ULMII” was founded in Baltimore in 1999 as a way to inspire young artists and expanded to Houston, Atlanta and Los Angeles. It currently hosts only the Baltimore and Los Angeles events. Lee’s website is the event’s online media partner and it receives over a million hits a week from it’s over 200,000 weekly visitors.

The man with “The Voice” is an Air Force veteran who, because of that voice, was asked to DJ on KPOP in Sacramento. He went on to syndicate his “Radioscope” show establishing him a position in history as one of the first black radio jocks to be nationally syndicated. His “Radioscope” show aired on over 40 stations across the country. Before online magazines were the norm Bailey expanded his black entertainment news to his website in 1997 – the first and most read online source for black entertainment news. He also has a EURweb newsletter distributed via email daily to an estimated 100,000 readers. His entertainment news is also available via mobile devices and on TransiTV where bus/train riders in Los Angeles, Chicago, Orlando, Milwaukee and Atlanta can see the latest black entertainment news on TV monitors.

The winners of the “ULMII” talent competition on Saturday October 20th at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood will received the “ULMII Best Artist” award;  public relations or business strategy from Strategist Eunice Moseley, MS, M.B.A. (; entertainment business consult from entertainment business mogul Paul Gardner, II (; music track and studio time from producer/songwriter V.I.P. (; vocal and acting coaching from professional singer/actress and vocal coach Nadiyah Kareem (Superstar Enter.); make-up application/stylist consult from Jeneanne Collins (Rebellious Beauty); commercial photo shoot from commercial photographer Ty Moore (; song placement on soundtrack from award winning actor/filmmaker Anthony Michael Hobbs (, and music business legal documents from attorney Richard Jefferson (

To inquire about talent and panel availability call 562-424-3836, or email FreeAssocInc3@aol or or contact us at

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*The 33rd Biennial National Convention, of Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated will convene in Memphis, Tennessee July 23-27, 2018 at the Hilton Memphis. Members throughout the United States and the Virgin Islands will gather at the Convention for the purpose of leadership development, discussion of pertinent issues, to celebrate achievements and to strategically plan for the future of the Sorority.

The theme of this year’s Convention is “Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated: Making a Difference in a Changing Society.” The Keynote Speaker at the Opening Ceremony will be The Honorable Earnestine Hunt Dorse, Municipal Court Judge, Memphis, Tennessee.


Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated is a business and professional women’s organization that was founded in 1942 by eleven visionary women that attended Lewis Business College in Detroit, Michigan. The year 2017 marked the 75th Anniversary of Eta Phi Beta. Throughout the year, we celebrated the legacy of our Noble Founders and 75 years of community service.

Eta Phi Beta, Incorporated is family oriented. The National Council of SHADS are the husbands of the members and the Youth Group consists of children ages 6-18 years of age. The SHADs and Youth Group will hold their conventions concurrently with the National Convention.

The public is invited to join them for the public events during the convention. For more details, visit

About the Eta Phi Beta

Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., a non-profit business and professional women’s organization, founded in 1942 by eleven women who attended Lewis Business College in Detroit, Michigan.  The vision of these eleven visionary Founders was to promote higher scholastic standards, personal growth, career awareness, and to provide opportunities for community service.  Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. was incorporated in 1943.

The eleven Founders were Ivy Burt Banks, Earline Carter, Katherine Douglas, Mae Edwards Curry, Merry Green Hubbard, Ethel Madison, Ann Porter, Lena Reed, Mattie Rankin, Atheline Shelton Graham, and Dorothy Sylvers Brown.

The purpose of Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. is to promote and develop closer fellowship between business and professional women and to work for their welfare; to obtain for women the opportunity for the highest standards in all business fields; to aid high school graduates by awarding scholarships to further their education in business and professional fields; and to contribute financially to local and national charities and to promote and assist in programs designated for improving the well-being of developmentally disabled citizens.

For almost 75 years, Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. has provided services to improve the quality of life of individuals in many communities throughout the United States and the Virgin Islands.  All programs and projects are consistent with our motto, “Not For Ourselves, But For Others”.

Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. is also an affiliate organization of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW).  Eta Phi Beta Sorority supports the NCNW through its involvement at the National level and through the community-based sections. The National President of Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. is a member of the NCNW Board of Directors.

Dr. Lillie A. Robinson, EdD

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The Mo’Kelly Show on iHeartRadio and KFIAM640 in Los Angeles weighed in on the recent Trump hate-storm of tweets and the possible return of Norman Lear shows such as ‘Good Times’ and ‘The Jeffersons’ to television.  The shows were classics in the 1970s…but do we need to see them again in the 21st century?

And of course, Mo’ had a few words to say on the recent charges filed against social pariah George Zimmerman on the eve of the new Trayvon Martin documentary.  Check it out!

The Mo’Kelly Show airs Saturdays and Sundays on the #1 news/talk station in America KFIAM640 and iHeartRadio. For more: visit Mo’Kelly’s website at

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*What better way to celebrate your birthday than to be around those that love you?  Maybe that is what Michael Henderson had in mind when he decided to celebrate his 67th birthday performing at the Catalina Jazz Bar and Grill in Hollywood on July 7.

It was his third time performing there in less than a year; however, based on audience response, you would have thought they hadn’t seen him in years, if ever.  I think it’s fair to say the audience loved him.  Instead of fans giving him presents, which by the way, some did, he brought presents, in the form of surprise guests and good music.

Prolific composer, arranger, producer and pianist Sylvester Rivers, who has been involved with some of the biggest names in the music business, was the MC for the evening, a switch from the previous two times Michael performed at the Catalina.

Rena Scott who collaborated with Michael to create, “Take Me, I’m Yours,” was once again on hand for the festivities and was first up.  She did not disappoint; she never does.  Her voice was as clear and crisp as always, as she and Michael performed their signature duet, as well as others songs.

In a phone interview with EURweb’sleader, Lee Bailey, Michael made mention of Lamont Dozier’s, “Why Can’t We Be Lovers” being performed and said he was calling Lamont that day to confirm.  Imagine my disappointment when he introduced Lamont Dozier Jr. as the one to perform and not the elder Dozier.  My disappointment was very short-lived because Lamont Dozier Jr can sing.  He is the real deal and every bit as talented as his father.  I was anything but disappointed at the apparent bait and switch. I enjoyed his performance so much that I inquired if he was equally as adept at performing another Lamont Dozier Sr. song, “Fish Ain’tBitin.”

In the telephone interview, Michael mentioned he was going to mix things up, meaning not do the same things that were done at his two previous Catalina Jazz Club appearances.  Some things were different for sure, but they were things I was actually looking forward to, like seeing Ray Parker Jr. again and watching Michael and Rena move through the audience.  I got over it and the barrage of Dramatics hits that were performed helped. Michael has had a hand in more Dramatics hits than I can name and he performed several of them, including “Hey You, Get Off My Mountain” “In the Rain,” “What You See is What You Get,” “Get Up, Get Down”and “Be My Girl.” Michael also performed a medley of Prince’s “1999,” Rick James’ “You and I,” Jr. Walker and the All-Stars, “Shotgun” which was a change and performed very nicely.

Speaking of switching things up, how about Michael had the audience singing.  He told us to sing, “Betcha by Golly Wow.”  He started us off and we did the rest.  I guess he was right when he told Lee, “Everyone is going to sing that night.”  Phyllis Hyman’s 69th birthday would have been on July 6.  We celebrated her birthday by butchering her song.  LOL!  Actually, we didn’t sound half bad; just ask Michael or actress Roz Ryan (Amelia from “Amen”), who was also on hand to celebrate her birthday.

Of course Michael sang his hits, including “Wide Receiver,” with modified lyrics, “Sometimes you get your nut; sometimes you don’t.” LOL!  The audience got a kick out of that.  “At the Concert” and “In the Nighttime” seemed to be audience favorites, but then again, the reaction was good on all of the songs Michael performed.  Like I said, the audience loved him.  I don’t believe there was anyone who could think they didn’t get their money’s worth. I have to admit that although I enjoyed the show, I wasn’t blown away; however, that has more to do with the fact that I have seen Michael perform three times in less than a year, with no new music, than it has to do with his performance, as evidenced by the audience reaction.  He was very entertaining and knows how to put on a show.  If you are in one of the cities on his upcoming performing radar (Washinton D.C. or Cleveland), go check Michael out and report back to me.

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*Since podcasts came along, commuting has been forever changed. Whether in your car or on the train, it’s hard to beat the entertainment or knowledge you gain from listening to a podcast. In 2018, it’s rare that we think anyone would need to know what a podcast is, as the medium has exploded in popularity due to the likes of Serial, This American Life, and The Joe Rogan Experience. Podcasters, it seems, are becoming the new radio stars.

It should come as no surprise that a great many listenable podcasts have emerged from talented and funny black hosts across the U.S. From sports to movies to social issues, these hosts are just some of the voices of our nation right now, and they most certainly deserve your undivided attention during your next commute.

Much like fellow ex-NBA star Chris Webber, Shaq’s deep, booming voice works surprisingly well in podcast form, with Diesel naturally discussing current events surrounding basketball, but all sorts of entertainment news and randomness generally happen on the podcast. The big guy has some wild stories to tell and you’re never short of laughs here, but things can also get a bit emotional, primarily when one-time-enemy-but-still-friend-and-ex-Laker Kobe Bryant joined the show for an engaging reunion with Shaq.

Jonathan, James, and Jerah are three guys who focus predominantly on the film and TV careers of black actors, with news, reviews, and interviews making up the run time of each episode. Although the guys try to present a more lighthearted and fun look at the entertainment industry, they do take the topic incredibly seriously and really know their stuff. Recently featured on the podcast was Charles Stone, the director of Kyrie Irving’s first motion picture, “Uncle Drew”.

Although you might think these four very chatty and hilarious women (Ramou, Alesia, Fatima, and Aurelia) simply end up talking over each other, this couldn’t be any further from the truth. Intelligent, thought-provoking but still entertaining discussions take place on the matters of race, pop culture, politics, and let’s be honest, simply random girl talk. Every now and then a guest appears, but really, it’s the camaraderie between these four black ladies which is the heart of the podcast.

Hosts Kid Fury and Crissle have such a fantastic dynamic between the two of them, that you’ll instantly be hooked on their smart (but often silly) banter. With Kid Fury hailing from Miami and Crissle from Oklahoma City, the fact that both now record the show in New York lends itself well to a fascinating insight into two black friends simply trying to make it in The Big Apple. The duo routinely cover pop culture and hip-hop news, but certainly aren’t afraid to voice their opinions on anyone they think needs taking down a peg or two.

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*Will Smith is back in the news again today (after going viral earlier with his “In My Feelings” challenge). The actor/rapper, who will be featured as a performer at the closing ceremonies of the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Sunday, says Americans are “cut off” from the “magical global energy” and joy that the tournament brings.

At the press conference to speak on the upcoming performance, Smith remembered his first encounter with the global event in South Korea back in 2002.

“[The 2002 World Cup in] Seoul was the first World Cup that I went to,” Smith said. “And it was the first time that I really got to experience it first-hand on the ground. And you know being from America we say football meaning something different. That was an introduction for me and I sort of realized how much as Americans we were cut off from the world and the joy in that world. From that point I’ve been to three of the last four World Cup events. It is such a massive energy.”

“It’s just an absolutely magical global energy that I love being a part of,” he added.

Smith also said that he always enjoys visiting such a “historically rich” country as Russia, which makes him realize how young America is.

“I’ve been here [in Russia] a few times, I think the first time was [when we filmed] ‘I, Robot,’ so it was like 14-15 years ago. So that was my first time,” the actor said.

“What is always special for me, when you come to some place like Russia with that much history… America is really a young country. When you get into places you know like just how old things are and how rich and how much history there is. So for me it’s as far and as different from America in terms of architecture as a place can be. I always enjoy it artistically.”

If you’re wondering, Smith will perform the tournament’s official song “Live it Up,” at Luzhniki stadium alongside US star Nicky Jam and Kosovan singer and songwriter Era Istrefi, RT reports.


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*(ATLANTA) – Following its homage to the iconic Eddie Murphy film, COMING TO AMERICA, to mark its 30thanniversary, the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) continues its inaugural Summer Screening Series with 25th anniversary screenings of POETIC JUSTICE in Los Angeles July 14 at the Mark Taper Forum hosted by the “Curvy Film Critic” Carla Renata, and Atlanta July 21 at the Auburn Avenue Research Library hosted by former Rolling Out editor Yvette Caslin.

The Los Angeles screening will feature a Q&A with director John Singleton and is presented in partnership with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Diversity & Inclusion department.

According to AAFCA co-founder/president Gil Robertson, “the series has become a multigenerational experience that’s attracting a diverse audience of young and old, which adds another dimension to the screening. A majority of our younger audience have never seen these films on the big screen and the experience of watching a movie that way is different.”

Just before the AAFCA Summer Screening Series launched, AAFCA Programs Director Nicholas Maye said, “the fact that these films are still impactful 30, 25 and 20 years later speaks to the long-lasting power of Black film and its images and themes.”

“John Singleton is a talented director whose work not only entertains but raises awareness of the multifaceted African American experience. Sony Pictures has a long history with John and we are honored to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his critically-acclaimed film, ‘Poetic Justice,’” said Paul Martin, Chief Diversity Officer at Sony Pictures Entertainment.

An urban romance written and directed by John Singleton, POETIC JUSTICE, starring Janet Jackson and the late rapper/actor Tupac Shakur, along with Regina King and comedian Joe Torry, was a film ahead of its time with its theme of mental health in urban neighborhoods plagued by senseless violence and the enormous limitations created by poverty. Justice, (Janet Jackson’s character), is a poet and hairstylist who lives in depression after her boyfriend, a cameo performance by rapper/actor Q-Tip, is murdered. She is mostly a recluse. Meeting Lucky (Shakur), a young postal worker with great musical potential who is also dealing with his young daughter’s drug addicted mother, changes that. On a road trip outside Los Angeles with Justice’s best friend Iesha (King) and Lucky’s friend Chicago (Torry), Justice and Lucky grow closer. Poems from Maya Angelou attributed to Justice are recited throughout the film.

In August, AAFCA concludes its inaugural 2018 Summer Screening Series with a 20th anniversary screening of the Mississippi-set drama DOWN IN THE DELTA, the only major feature film directed by the phenomenal Maya Angelou. The film also showcases one of the last performances by the great Esther Rolle. Wesley Snipes and Alfre Woodard also star.

Since the beginning of film, Black filmmakers have pushed the boundaries of the craft in both big and small ways. With that in mind, the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) launched the Summer Screening Series to focus on films celebrating the diversity of Black culture and life, as well as the incredible power of imagination as well as the evolution of Black filmmakers overall. Consequently, our summer showcase of Black film focuses on anniversary titles that are of critical importance to film audiences. For more information about AAFCA, visit:

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*There is no better way to celebrate the life and legacy of Aretha Franklin, but through song…her songs.

Join KFI AM640’s Mo’Kelly on a musical journey through the life of the Queen of Soul with this extended walk down memory lane of one of the greatest musicians and singers the world has ever seen.

“All hail the queen.”

The Mo’Kelly Show airs Saturdays and Sundays on the #1 news/talk station in America KFIAM640 and iHeartRadio. For more: visit Mo’Kelly’s website at


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*Los Angeles, CA – The Los Angeles-based, Cheyenne Martin Foundation (CMF) hosts a number of events in Los Angeles, California and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. To date, the nonprofit’s annual events, include charity drives for the back-to-school season, and Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

On Tuesday, July 24, 2018, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, at the Junior Achievement Finance Park, CMF will sponsor a full day of education to 55 young women. The young women, ages 12 to 18 are from the YMCA in San Fernando and Life Line Charter School in Compton.

During the program, at the JA Finance Park, the young women will be given a unique life profile after answering a series of future lifestyle questions. Their life profile includes an income, marital status, and even kids. Using this new adult persona, they work to create a balanced monthly budget while making decision regarding housing, transportation, insurance, savings, entertainment expenses and more.

The JA Finance Park program will teach:

  • The difference between debit and credit
  • How to budget for personal expense
  • Why savings is important
  • How much money they need to earn to support themselves
  • How to set up checking and savings accounts

The first part of the day is about how adults live. The young women go to their assigned business to meet their volunteer, where they will then check out an iPad from their volunteer. They then discover the adult identity they will assume and conduct research. They then join volunteers and visit each business and read and discuss information for each budget category. Next, the young women build a monthly budget, informed by their research and volunteer discussion.

Lastly, the young women learn about responsible spending and budgeting. They visit each business on their iPad to make their shopping selections. They then visit each storefront in JA Finance Park to pay for all their shopping selections. During the last portion of the day, they receive a final report that details their life scenario and decisions.

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About Cheyenne Martin
Cheyenne Martin, Founder and Executive Director of Cheyenne Martin Foundation, has been giving advice and encouragement to women for almost her entire life. Through her Foundation, Martin strives to empower women, giving back to them the kinds of opportunities, inspiration, and drive to succeed and better oneself that she has received throughout her life and career thus far. Martin has been as intensely committed to helping other women and encouraging them to constantly reach for their own goals as she has her own.

Martin was active in the “Hoops for Hope” charity basketball game held at the Los Angeles Staples Center, and she was part of the “I Am Truth” campaign event of the Star Foundation, shot by famed photographer Adam Brouska (founder of NoH8). Ultimately, she again sought to grow and build on her knowledge and experience, deciding to establish her own foundation, and in 2015, she founded and established the Cheyenne Martin Foundation a 501©3 non-profit organization.


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*Nicki Minaj has pushed back the start of her upcoming tour with Future, citing the need for more time to “reevaluate elements of production,” but the announcement comes as the New York Post reports of the rapper “spiraling out of control” amid disastrous ticket sales.

We’re told stubs for her upcoming tour — to begin next month — aren’t flying off the shelves.

A Live Nation source told us, “Nicki’s tour could be the most disappointing ticket sales of the year for any artist. These are big arenas with up to 20,000 capacities. Sales for opening night in Baltimore is 2,000 tickets. LA is 3,400, New Orleans 1,000, Denver 1,300, Chicago 3,900. Even her hometown Brooklyn is only 5,050.”

Sources even said the tour is in danger of being canceled.

Live Nation’s official announcement on Tuesday revealed a five-month postponement for the tour launch: “Following her unforgettable VMA performance, Nicki Minaj has decided to reevaluate elements of production on the NickiHndrxx Tour. … [and] to contribute more time to rehearsal ahead of the tour’s launch to make certain her fans get the absolute best quality show that they deserve.”

Due to kick off Sept. 23 in Washington D.C., the tour will now start in Europe on February 21, 2019 in Munich, Germany as planned. It continues through March 28, when Minaj is scheduled to hit Geneva, Switzerland. New North American dates, to be announced at a later date, will follow.

The re-routing also means that Future will not join Minaj for the North American leg.

Live Nation is offering refunds to those who purchased tickets for the NickiHndrxx Tour’s rescheduled dates.

Earlier this week, Minaj lashed out at Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner, accusing them of using their baby Stormi to boost sales of his new album “Astroworld,” which has sold more in its second week than Minaj’s week-old “Queen.”

Minaj also accused Scott of manipulating the sales of his No. 1 album by using a well-known industry cheat of bundling free albums with cheap merchandise — like clothing and so-called tour passes — to bump up sales figures.

During her Beats 1 show, “Queen Radio,” (listen above) she fumed that Scott was “selling f - - king sweaters [and] tour passes” and parading daughter Stormi “for publicity.”

She called Scott “ho n - - - a of the week,” ranting the alleged maneuver had put “Astroworld” at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 while “Queen,” debuted at No. 2.

An industry insider tells the New York Post’s Page Six: “Nicki has gone off the rails. She can’t take it that she sold less records than Cardi B (who’s stealing her thunder big time) in her first week; she can’t take it that Travis beat her to No. 1. Her ticket sales for her tour are in the toilet, and it’s making her even more crazy.”

This comes after a major Minaj meltdown on Twitter, when she caused a stir by comparing herself to abolitionist Harriet Tubman. And at the Video Music Awards Monday, show organizers moved Scott and Jenner to seats farther away from her. Get all of that tea, plus Nicki’s ex Safaree talking about his run-in with the rapper at the VMAs below, via HollywoodLife:

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San Antonio – NAACP, the nation’s foremost civil rights organization, today announced it has lifted its travel advisory against American Airlines. The organization issued the advisory last fall. The NAACP and its partners have been monitoring the airline’s progress on a number of commitments agreed to last year, including a diversity and inclusion gap analysis, implicit bias training for the airline’s 130,000 team members, and the implementation of a new discrimination complaint resolution process for both team members and customers.

“We have worked with American Airlines for nearly a year, and they have taken substantive action to begin to address implicit bias, said Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO. “They have embraced the situation and we are encouraged by their commitment to improve upon their internal processes and increase inclusion across their airline. Our work with American has included very candid, open and ongoing dialogue about the realities for African Americans who travel with American and other airlines, and we will continue to monitor progress and share feedback with them.”

“Today’s news belongs to American’s 130,000 team members who have enthusiastically embraced our goal to lead all industry in diversity, inclusion and equality.  This is work that will never be complete, but we are making great progress,” said Doug Parker, CEO and Chairman of American Airlines. “We thank the NAACP for recognizing our progress and look forward to working with them in the future as we continue on this mission.”

About the NAACP:  
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. You can read more about the NAACP’s work here.

About American Airlines Group: 
American Airlines and American Eagle offer an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries. American has hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. American is a founding member of the oneworld® alliance, whose members and members-elect serve nearly 1,000 destinations with 14,250 daily flights to 150 countries. Shares of American Airlines Group Inc. trade on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol AAL. In 2015, its stock joined the S&P 500 index. Connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir and at


Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. You can read more about the NAACP’s work and our six “Game Changer” issue areas here.

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*The Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles was the place to be on Friday, July 20, as The WhispersJeffrey Osborne, Peabo Bryson, Freddie Jackson and Howard Hewett swaggered into town billing themselves as the “Gentlemen of Soul.”

Howard Hewett started the evening off performing hits, which included Shalimar’s “A Night to Remember” and concluded his set with my favorite, “Say Amen.” His voice was as soothing as ever and he is still eye candy. Howard was a good choice to get the evening started.

Freddie Jackson was up next and although allowed only 30 minutes to perform hits from his extensive arsenal, his choices were excellent. “Jam Tonight” “Tasty Love” and “You are My Lady” are audience favorites, so he didn’t go wrong choosing to perform those songs. He also didn’t go wrong with his wardrobe choice either. I loved his silver shoes. LOL!

Peabo! Peabo! Peabo! OMG! He is still as fine as ever and his voice was crisp, clear and as strong as it was when he first burst onto the scene. He was stimulating on both the visual and auditory fronts. He performed hit after hit. The audience was treated to new music, which was the bomb. Peabo also threw in an acoustic guitar-playing rendition of Sade’s “King of Sorrow.” We loved it! Of course we heard some of the Peabo staples from back in the day, which sounded as good as ever. “I’m So Into You” and “Feel the Fire” were performed to perfection as were the other songs, which included “Tonight I Celebrate My Love for You,” a duet he recorded with Roberta Flack, whose part was very adequately performed by one of his background singers. Peabo knows how to put on a show. I was actually apprehensive for the performer having to follow him to the stage.

That performer would be Jeffrey Osborne, who came out swinging for the fence, hit a homer (with “Holding On”) and followed up by knocking every other song out of the park, so to speak. His motto throughout his set was, “Old school is the shit!” Let me just say right now that his entire old school performance, in which he followed “Holding On” with James Brown’s “Funky Good Time” was definitely the shit. He performed “Love Ballad,” “Concentrate on You,” “On the Wings of Love” and also paid homage to George Duke, the man who produced pretty much all of Jeffrey’s solo hits, by performing George’s megahit, “Reach.” To say it was well received would be the understatement of the evening. The audience ate it up. There was also a portion of the set, when Jeffrey’s bass player did a baseline challenge; he played just the baseline portion of the song and the song should be recognized by the audience. Yep, we recognized The O’Jay’s, “For the Love of Money” and Stevie Wonder’s “I Wish.” Jeffrey’s time on stage was high energy and high octane from the first song. I’ve never seen a 70 year old perform with as much enthusiasm. He even made a quip that he didn’t know what he was doing moving like that at his age. That’s okay Jeffrey, you can rest today. 🙂 A Jeffrey Osborne concert wouldn’t be complete without the “Woo Woo challenge.” He had a male from the audience that could Woo Woo Woo with the best of them. The female wasn’t bad either, but what else would you expect from Glodean White, wife of the late Barry White and one-third of the singing trio Love Unlimited. Jeffrey’s set also included a new song, “Worth it All.” It was vintage Jeffrey and folks need to check it out because it is hot. Jeffrey’s entire set was hot!

The final act of the evening was The Whispers. What can you say about the Whispers that have not already been said a thousand times during their more than 50 year illustrious music career? Their set began with a Soul Train video clip from several decades ago. Throughout the set, pictures were displayed of the Whispers through the years. Hearing, “Gotta Do Wrong” nearly five decades later, really magnified their longevity. The Whispers have way too many hits to perform in an evening shared with four other artists, so they performed key songs from their immense treasure chest. A Whispers concert is not a Whispers concert without hearing “Keep On Loving Me,” “Rock Steady” and “Say Yes,” all of which sounded pretty darn good. Although now nearly 75 years old, the Scott twins are still making it do what it do and at 69, Leavell Degree is as fit as a fiddle.

By now, folks should be able to tell that I had a ball watching the Gentlemen of Soul. In fact, I’m already looking forward to the next one; whenever it happens. If you never seen these gentlemen perform, you may want to consider it. I doubt that you would regret it.


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*September 4th marks the launch of the highly-anticipated daily digital show, “Roland Martin Unfiltered” which will feature news and cultural commentator Roland Martin at his best; breaking down the issues of the day. The former host of “News One Now” wanted to make sure that not only will he be unlimited in his reach in the digital age, but also unfiltered in his content.

I had the opportunity to take a deep dive into both the present state of America as well as its complex history with Martin; as we give context to the dysfunctional state of American politics and the coarse rhetoric which surrounds it.

You will not make it to end of our extended conversation without feeling something, learning something and most importantly being moved to do something; be an active participant in American democracy.

For more information on Roland Martin and “Unfiltered,” please visit

The Mo’Kelly Show airs Saturdays and Sundays on the #1 news/talk station in America KFIAM640 and iHeartRadio. For more: visit Mo’Kelly’s website at


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*Today, Maxwell announces his “50 Intimate Nights Live” tour, a 50-date trek to many of North America’s top theatres, including New York’s Beacon Theatre, LA’s Microsoft Theater, and Chicago’s Chicago Theatre.

Following on the heels of performances at North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam and Afropunk Paris, the multi-GRAMMY-winning soul singer will debut new material during these intimate shows alongside his many critically acclaimed hits.

Tickets will go on-sale starting this Friday, July 27th. A limited number of VIP Packages will be available beginning Wednesday, July 25th. VIP Packages may include a front row seat, meet & greet with Maxwell and limited edition merchandise. VIP packages are available to purchase here:

Last month, Maxwell debuted “We Never Saw It Coming,” his reflective new song and his first piece of new music since 2016. The song’s music video, ‘The Glass House,’ is a chilling music short-film starring Maxwell and activist/actress/model Yomi Abiola. The film was written and directed by Jay Z collaborators Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz.

A 20th anniversary reissue of Maxwell’s 1998 album ‘Embrya’ will also be released this fall. More details to come.

“50 Intimate Nights Live” Tour Dates:
9/27 – Richmond, VA – Altria Theater
9/28 – Durham, NC – The Art of Cool Festival
9/29 – Atlantic City, NJ – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
10/2 – Pittsburgh, PA – Heinz Hall
10/4 – National Harbor, MD – The Theater at MGM National Harbor
10/5 – National Harbor, MD – The Theater at MGM National Harbor
10/6 – Baltimore, MD – MECU Pavilion
10/8 – Norfolk, VA – Chrysler Hall
10/9 – Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
10/10 – Augusta, GA – Bell Auditorium
10/12 – Atlanta, GA – State Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park
10/13 – Jacksonville, FL – Moran Theatre at Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts
10/14 – Mobile, AL – Saenger Theatre
10/16 – Orlando, FL – Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
10/17 – Hollywood, FL – Hard Rock Live at the Event Center
10/18 – St. Petersburg, FL – Mahaffey Theater
10/20 – Huntsville, AL – Von Braun Center Concert Hall
10/21 – Jackson, MS – Thalia Mara Hall
10/24 – New Orleans, LA – Saenger Theatre
10/25 – Memphis, TN – Orpheum Theatre
10/27 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
10/28 – Sugar Land, TX – Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
10/29 – San Antonio, TX – Majestic Theatre
11/1 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
11/2 – San Diego, CA – Humphreys Concerts by the Bay
11/3 – Reno, NV – Grand Theatre at The Grand Sierra Resort
11/4 – Las Vegas, NV – The Pearl @ Palms Casino Resort
11/8 – Oakland, CA – Paramount Theatre
11/9 – Oakland, CA – Paramount Theatre
11/10 – Los Angeles, CA – Microsoft Theater
11/14 – Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
11/15 – St. Louis, MO – Stifel Theatre
11/18 – Nashville, TN – Schermerhorn Symphony Center
11/20 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater
11/21 – Minneapolis, MN – State Theatre
11/23 – Louisville, KY – Louisville Palace
11/24 – Northfield, OH – Hard Rock Live
11/26 – Toronto, ON – Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
11/28 – Montclair, NJ – The Wellmont Theater
11/29 – Westbury, NY – NYCB Theatre At Westbury
12/1 – Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre
12/2 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
12/3 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
12/5 – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre
12/7 – Wallingford, CT – Toyota Oakdale Theatre
12/8 – Upper Darby, PA – Tower Theater
12/9 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
*VIP Packages will be available for Richmond, National Harbor and Baltimore on Wednesday, August 1st

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*NEW YORK — ESSENCE, the number one content, commerce and technology company aimed at Black women, today announced July 4-7, 2019 as the official dates for its franchise event, the ESSENCE Festival®.  2019 will mark the ESSENCE Festival’s 25th anniversary, with a 4-day celebration set to take place in New Orleans, Louisiana.

On the heels of this year’s record-setting Festival, which attracted more than 510,000 attendees and achieved a first-ever sell-out of its 3-night concert series, the Essence Fest community is encouraged to register here for information and early access to 2019 weekend ticket packages.

“The ESSENCE Festival represents culture, community and a powerful convening around one of the largest curated content experiences in the world,” commented ESSENCE Communications President Michelle Ebanks.  “As we look forward to the Festival’s 25th anniversary celebration in 2019, we will continue to offer curated platforms of entertainment, empowerment, entrepreneurship, activism and more that will both engage and inspire Black women globally.”

The reach and scale of the annual ESSENCE Festival is unmatched, with more than 100 performing artists across the Louisiana Superdome and the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. In addition, more than 200 influencers, leaders, creators and celebrities participated in the Festival’s daytime experience – rebranded as ‘Conference & Expos’ with programming across eight tracks spanning Beauty & Style to Business & Entrepreneurship.

Also engaging millions across the globe, simultaneous live streams of the daytime experience on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, and partnerships with Getty, IGTV and Snapchat Live ultimately generated trending status on social media.

For a full recap of all the exciting moments from the 2018 ESSENCE Festival, visit and log in to the ESSENCE Festival News Center for photo and video footage highlights.

About Essence Communications Inc.
Essence Communications is the number one content, commerce and technology company aimed at Black women; inspiring a global audience of more than 15 million through diverse storytelling and immersive original content.  With a multi-platform presence in publishing, experiential and online, ESSENCE encompasses its signature magazine; digital, video and social platforms; television specials; books; as well as live events, including Black Women in MusicBlack Women in HollywoodStreet Style and the ESSENCE Festival.  Essence Communications is owned by Essence Ventures, an independent African-American owned company focused on merging content, community and commerce to meet the evolving cultural and lifestyle needs of women of color.

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