By: Taylor Jackson

Two 15 year old African American twins Deanna and Mya cook who attend Mystic Valley Regional Charter School outside of Boston has been punished for having their hair in braids at school. The twin had served multiple detention which would result in a suspension.

One of the twin Deanna who is on the track team was banned from competing in the track meet because the athletic director removed her from participating.

Mystic Valley Regional Charter school defended their punishment of Deanna And Mya with this following statement:

“One important reason for our students’ success is that we purposefully promote equity by focusing on what unites our students and reducing visible gaps between those of different means. Our policies, including those governing student appearance and attire, foster a culture that emphasizes education rather than style, fashion, or materialism. Our policy on hair extensions, which tend to be very expensive, is consistent with, and a part of, the educational environment that we believe is so important to our students’ success.”

Diversity In This Season’s Bachelorette

By: Jeff Graham

Get ready for the most diverse season of “The Bachelorette” ever! The franchise, which has received criticism for it’s lack of color in past seasons, is finally listening to fans and detractors.

“To be the first African-American woman is a beautiful thing,” Lindsay, this season’s Star, told THR of her casting, while also opening up about the pressure she would soon face over picking a black winner. “I’m honored and humbled to be the one chosen. Because that’s how I feel: like I was chosen to be in this role.”

Regarding the cast, host Chris Harrison offered the following: “They are a part of the most successful, most diverse and, of course, most dramatic cast we have ever had on the show,” said Harrison. He described the as being older, having strong educational backgrounds and diverse jobs, and continued, “Rachel knows what she wants. She’s not looking to date, she’s looking for someone serious.”

Jordan Edwards Tragically Shot and Killed in Police Incident

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By: Lanisha Fisher

Yet another innocent life has been taken long before it’s time.

Jordan Edwards, a African American teen, was unarmed leaving a house party that got out of control. But was tragically shot and killed by the Texas police. The family of the young 15 year old, demanded answers to why they’re loved one was taken from them and why did the police feel like they had no other options.

According to Essence, Jordan was leaving a Balch Spring Party with friends when a unidentified officer fired shots at the vehicles with the teens. Edward was struck in the head by a rifle and was taken to the nearest hospital, where he died from his injuries .

Many have the thoughts of when will the violence stop? How many more lives will be taken until the world will finally wake up and stand up against the injustice?

We at Black Hollywood Live want to give our thoughts out to Jordan Edwards friends and family at this time.

Nicole Bryer Upset with Make Up Artists.

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By: Lanisha Fisher

It’s a lot being a beautiful African American, especially in hollywood.

Comedian, Nicole Bryer is frustrated with the fact that the MUAs that she has encountered could never get her make-up right. As trained in beauty school, it is important to learn how to apply make-up to ALL different shades of skin color. According to Bryer, she writes, “Things I’ve looked like after getting my makeup done by ‘professional makeup artists’: 1. A black woman in blackface. 2. A dead woman. 3. Dry and/or dusty or a crusty combo of the two. …This is about how makeup artists on set FUCK UP my beautiful black face.”

It’s easy to make a simple mistake when it comes to makeup, but an entirely wrong color palette? That’s just wrong. And another important question, why didn’t they stop as soon as they realized it was not her skin complextion? Were they trying to make her look bad on purpose? According to the IndieWire, Bryer talks about her first job and a horrible makeup artist, “I remember getting my makeup done and looking in the mirror and having to resist clutching my pearls and screaming.” She continues by saying, “The woman had somehow covered my face in a grayish-brown color and given me bright-blue eye shadow that looked as if it she were trying to bring the sky inside and put it on my face.”

Maybe, by making this statement, Nicole Bryer can finally negotiate and find herself a decent make-up artist.

Two Black Women Pilots Make History For Delta Airlines

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By: Briana Phipps

The nature of history is that it’s being made every single day, 24/7, but of course most times we’re completely oblivious to all it because it’s just plain ol’ impossible to be aware of the entirety of it.

That’s why we want to make sure you know about what went down on Sunday, February 26, 2017. On that day, pilots Dawn Cook and Stephanie Johnson made history for Delta Air Lines. Specifically, Capt. Stephanie Johnsonand First Officer Dawn Cook were totally in charge of an Airbus A320 flying from Detroit to Las Vegas.

Another way of looking at it is that Cook and Johnson became the first African American women to make up the cockpit crew on one of Delta’s “mainline” flights.

Upon arrival in Las Vegas, as the pilots of Flight 555, Cook posted a photo of the two of them on Facebook to commemorate the occasion (see above).

Interestingly, we recently posted a story on Stephanie Johnson for securing a Delta milestone by becoming the airline’s first African-American female captain.

Johnson says she was drawn to flying at an early age.

“There were no pilots in my life growing up, and I think I’m the first person in my family to graduate from college,” Johnson said via a Q&A on Delta’s website in February. “But for as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated with airplanes and would think, ‘What a great thing it would be to know how to fly.’ “

A high school physics teacher encouraged Johnson to follow up on that interest, and she eventually learned to fly while studying at Kent State University in Ohio.

“After building flight time as an instructor, I was hired by a commuter carrier, where I was able to earn enough good flight experience to apply for a job at Northwest Airlines, and I was hired as their first African-American female pilot in 1997,” she said.

When asked how she felt about breaking barriers – first at Northwest and then at Delta – Johnson responded:

“I feel a great sense of responsibility to be a positive role model. There are so few women in this profession and too many women who still don’t think of it as a career option. When I was hired by Northwest Airlines, there were 12 African-American women airline pilots in the country at the major airlines, and I knew all of their names.”

“Today is very different, and though there are still people to inform, I am so thankful that the word is out,” she added. “This is a great career – it’s worth the hard work.”

This news was first reported by EURWeb.

Queen Latifah Talks Reviving Hit 90’s Drama ‘Living Solo’

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By: Briana Phipps

We all know Queen Latifah now as one of Hollywood’s top movie stars but like many she was also on television.

Living Single” aired for five seasons on the Fox network from 1993 -1998, and the show centered on the lives of six black friends who share personal and professional experiences while living in a Brooklyn brownstone.

Throughout its run, the comedy series became one of the most popular African-American sitcoms of its era, ranking among the top five in African-American ratings in all five seasons. The series, produced by Yvette Lee Bowser’s company, Sister Lee, brought to television a beautiful sisterhood that varied from kooky to boujee.

The cast featured Queen Latifah, Kim Fields, Kim Cole and Erika Alexander. Together, they entertained viewers as they navigated the Brooklyn streets, all while having a grand time.

When asked what she thought about creating a reboot she said, “Watch What Happens Live” Thursday night, and teased the possibility of a a series return.

“It’s still very early days for the potential project,” she said. “[It’s] not there yet, but hopefully we can get it going.”

This news was first reported by EURWeb.

Tony Rock Interview | BHL’s Headlines With Headliners

In today’s episode of Headlines With Headliners, our hosts Nate Jackson, Tehran Von Ghasri and Kanisha Buss welcome comedian Tony Rock in for an exclusive interview!

Anthony “Tony” Rock (born June 30, 1974) is an American actor and stand-up comedian. He is the younger brother of comedian Chris Rock.

Rock was born in Brooklyn, New York City, New York. The son of Rosalie Rock and Julius Rock (d. 1989), he grew up on Decatur Street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of New York City. He has seven brothers and two sisters.

In the early 2000s, Rock hosted a short-lived game show entitled Can You Tell? for Oprah Winfrey‘s Oh! Oxygen network. He was also a correspondent for BattleBots on Comedy Central for the show’s fifth season.

Rock has appeared on radio and television shows including The Howard Stern Show and The D’Angelo Show. He performed in New York with Mark Curry and John Henton to highlight the Apollo Theater. He co-starred as Dirk Black on the UPN/CW sitcom All of Us. Rock has worked as a back-up to his brother Chris, and appeared on the latter’s sitcom Everybody Hates Chris in the recurring role of the title character’s uncle Ryan. Rock has hosted The Funny Spot on TV One.

Rock starred in his own sketch comedy TV series, The Tony Rock Project, was broadcast on MyNetworkTV from 2008 to 2009. On February 19, 2010, Comedy Central aired Tony Rock’s feature on Season 14 of Comedy Central Presents. His episode was the first original of the 2010 season.

In 2012, Rock starred in Think Like a Man, a feature film based on Steve Harvey‘s 2009 book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man. In the same year, Rock began hosting Apollo Live on BET.

AAFCA Partners with Largest Black Owned Bank For #BankBlack Financial Literacy

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By: Briana Phipps

OneUnited Bank, the largest Black owned bank in America, has partnered with the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) and BMe Community (BMe) to bring a powerful series of financial literacy videos to Black America that will underscore the importance of financial literacy, buying Black, banking Black and the genius of collective economics. Topics will include the importance of saving for the future, how to power up your credit score, millennials and money, banking based on your valued and how the#BankBlack and #BuyBlack movement can create jobs and support community development.

The series launched on Facebook, YouTube and OneUnited Bank’s website on January 13, 2017.

OneUnited Bank’s commitment to the #BankBlack Movement is demonstrated in its partnership with AAFCA, an annual premium awards show produced by the leading Black film critics in the world. Considered “The Black Oscars”, this uber elite event is attended by top ranked studio executives, producers, directors and boasts plenty of star power with the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Shonda Rhimes, Ava DuVernay, Alfre Woodard, Viola Davis, Forest Whitaker, Jamie Foxx and other luminaries. AAFCA and its newly formed sister company AAFCA Productions are widely respected for the style and integrity they bring to its projects, and will be responsible for content and production of the #BankBlack video series.

“We are thrilled to launch AAFCA Production Services with a strong partner with similar values,” says AAFCA co-founder and president Gil Robertson. “Our work with OneUnited Bank will provide a great example of the multi-tiered services we provide for companies looking to craft messages that merge celebrity with subjects and themes that impact the community.”

In August 2016, OneUnited Bank began its partnership with BMeCommunity, the national, award-winning social network of inspired Black men working to build community health and wealth in cities across America. Both organizations place strong emphasis on the importance of empowering the Black community through initiatives that focus on economics, community development, entrepreneurship and technology.BMe is led by Trabian Shorters, CEO and backed by private donations and leading philanthropies including the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Campaign for Black Male Achievement, The Heinz Endowments, and The William R. Keenan Jr. Charitable Trust. BMe Community and OneUnited Bank serve as consultants to AAFCA on the content of the video series.

“At OneUnited Bank, we began with the understanding that traditional ways of teaching financial literacy to under-served communities are not effective and we needed to do something more creative,” saysTeri Williams, President & Chief Operating Officer of OneUnited Bank. “Our partnership with AAFCA and BMe Community allows us to think outside of the traditional banking box to educate consumers, especially Black millennials, on the importance of being financially literate and using their collective spending power purposefully.”

Black Activism Backfired, Played Pivotal Role In Trump Winning Election


By: Briana Phipps

When the drug epidemic ravished black neighborhoods throughout the nation in the 1980s, it galvanized a handful of hip-hop’s most renowned ambassadors to speak out.

“The Message” was designed to be more than a catchy tune, it doubled as a rebellious warning to the oppressive white power establishment.

As with any timeless classic, the lyrics from this song coincide with the increasing level of angst and panic currently forming within the African American community. These emotions stem from decades of social and economic hardship, and as a result, the past few years have been saturated with an abundance of civil demonstrations occurring nationwide aimed in the direction of White America.

This string of events has produced two conflicting outcomes: on one hand, further awareness has been raised in regard to issues like police misconduct and racial inequality. The downside of this process involves the provocation of ire among whites who resent being vilified and persecuted by their Black counterparts and the left-leaning media.

This is why such a large segment of their populace (58 percent) voted for Trump — he was the de facto puppet in a revenge plot to destroy Black optimism. In hindsight, the chickens had come home to roost — millions of white voters jumped from the proverbial “edge” of sanity and into the welcoming arms of a professional conman.

Contrary to popular opinion, it wasn’t lighting in a bottle that Trump captured, he capitalized on a seething rage brewing inside the gut of White America. This anger extends beyond the trailer parks and barnyards of Iowa into the sophisticated air of high society. Trump’s presumptuous campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again,” was appealing to White voters from all backgrounds. It was a cryptic nod to the millions of his supporters who desperately yearned for a rebirth of the Jim Crow era in which the only alternative to censorship for Blacks was imprisonment, public humiliation or death.

There’s no cut and dry answer to explain how a longshot celebrity snatched victory during last November’s presidential election. The morning after Trump silenced his critics and shocked the world, every news station across the country scrambled to locate “experts” who could shed light on how such an improbable result occurred. The consensus thus far among every political party has been that the nation simply wasn’t prepared to accept leadership from a female chief executive, especially a woman who had proven that she could not be trusted to protect sensitive government information. Other theories have been tossed around like footballs on a Sunday afternoon, but none of them highlight the impact that African Americans had on Trump winning the election.

Although the country’s population has become increasingly diverse, the key to victory for both candidates was securing the largest portion of the White vote — a demographic that still outnumbers other racial groups exponentially. Trump certainly did his part to ingratiate himself with the country’s largest voting bloc. Throughout his much-maligned campaign, the 70 year old billionaire made stops at every Podunk town in the Midwest and he also combed through the white-washed portions of the South and East Coast respectively.

Until recently, the country’s White population had been experiencing a generational divide between those who longed for the good ol’ days of segregation and those who harbored genuine sentiments of guilt and shame in regard to the role their ancestors played during American slavery. It appears now that White people of all ages have developed an insensitivity to racial injustice, and they certainly don’t give a hoot about the Black condition in America.

When I discuss race with my White colleagues, they ordinarily express the same point of view. “There’s a difference between fighting for a cause and flogging a dead horse,” one of them explained curtly. I considered offering a rebuttal, but after giving his statement some thought, it became increasingly difficult to formulate a counterargument. For the better part of a century, the country’s black population has peddled an agenda consisting of one perpetual grievance: the existence and tyranny of “White privilege.” This issue is a dead horse that has taken more blows to the face than Ronda Rousey did in her last two UFC bouts combined.

In only a few short weeks Trump will replace current president, Barack Obama. Has it registered yet? Trump’s unexpected, and surprisingly convincing victory left millions of democrats scratching their weary heads — the running joke of 2016 suddenly became a disturbing and perplexing reality, our nation’s most polarizing villain emerged victorious. Ever since that fateful November night when hell froze over, pigs levitated and Trump was announced as America’s next commander-in-chief, his critics have been asking themselves this question: how did a woman-hating, Muslim-bashing, race-baiting  jackal with no tangible political experience possibly weasel his way into the Oval Office?

The Black community should be commended for the role it played in Trump winning the presidency. Despite the fact that former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton snagged a substantially larger portion of the urban vote, it wasn’t enough to overshadow the inadvertent boost Trump was given by his unknowing Black allies. Here’s a clue: it involves nigger-hating White folk.

This news was first reported by EURWeb.

LA’s First Black DA Under Pressure To Prosecute ‘Killer’ Cops


By: Briana Phipps

Imagine being the District Attorney and head prosecutor of the second largest city in America and you have to decide whether to bring charges against police officers for the shooting deaths of black men.

Oh yeah, did we say the DA is a black woman? Her name is Jackie Lacey and she’s in charge of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office.

And as you may have sensed, things aren’t going too well for Lacey in the black community of Los Angeles these days.

“You help killer cops, you help killer cops!” is what Lacey heard from citizens in South LA recently at a packed community center. “You’re a race traitor,” one woman screamed. “A betrayal, an accomplice to murder.”

When she finally addressed the crowd members at a town hall meeting on race and the criminal justice system, according to the LA Times, Lacey told them she understood their anger. A little boy screamed at her from the front row, “No, you don’t!” Her shoulders slumped and Lacey asked them to give her a chance. They booed and demanded her resignation.

As a new article in the Times points out, the recent event shows the intense pressure that Lacey is dealing with as LA County’s first black district attorney. She’s under pressure to take a tougher stance in prosecuting police officers who use force against civilians, particularly African Americans.

In her latest test, Lacey has to decide whether to file charges in two high-profile killings of black men by police, including one in which Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck has publicly urged her to prosecute the officer who shot an unarmed man in the back near the Venice boardwalk last year.

The decisions, and the larger issue of how prosecutors deal with police force, weigh heavily on the otherwise popular Lacey, who this year became the county’s first district attorney to win reelection without a challenger in 60 years.

Her office has not filed charges against an officer in an on-duty shooting in more than 15 years, long before she took the helm. But Lacey has drawn especially forceful criticism from some African American activists who say they feel she has failed them.

For her part, Lacey says she has a deep-rooted respect for police but also a clear view of their historical abuse of black people and how that influence carries into the present. After police shootings, she said her mind often jumps to the same question: Was it racially motivated?

“Who could not think about that?” she said in an interview, adding that she always looks for assumptions in cases, especially those involving people of color. She recently announced new mandatory training for prosecutors in how to avoid implicit racial biases.

Of course some say it’s unfair to blame Lacey, individually, for a system that trains prosecutors to view law enforcement as the good guys and then expects them to look at officers as potential suspects in force cases.

“The culture of the D.A.’s office is to circle the wagons around cops who you need to make your cases. That’s human nature,” said longtime civil rights attorney Connie Rice, adding that she believes Lacey is one of the fairest prosecutors she’s met.

Beyond that, Rice said, officers have wide latitude under the law in use-of-force encounters. Officers can’t be held criminally liable if they acted reasonably and genuinely feared for their safety when they fired their weapons — an extremely tough thing for prosecutors to disprove.

It’s a true pressure-cooker situation DA Lacey finds herself in. Read/learn MORE at LA Times.

This news was first reported by EURWeb.

LeBron James To Produce Muhammad Ali Documentary For HBO


By: Briana Phipps

Last month, LeBron James donated $2.5 million to support the Muhammad Ali exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Now the NBA champ will produce a multi-part documentary about Ali’s life and career for HBO. The as-yet-untitled film will be directed by Antoine Fuqua, who also directed the boxing drama “Southpaw” and “Training Day.”

“It’s tough to put into words how much it means to me to be a part of this project honoring the legacy and telling the extremely important story of the great Muhammad Ali,” James said in a news release.

“He transcended sports and used his platform to empower people, which paved the way for all athletes and people of every race and gender that came after him, myself included. It’s important that his story continues for generations to come, and it’s an honor for SpringHill Entertainment and me to be a part of this.”

HBO says the documentary will “explore Ali’s greatest triumphs and comebacks, painting an intimate portrait of a man who, against all odds, dreamed and achieved the impossible, over and over again.”

James’ SpringHill Entertainment, which he co-founded with business partner and close friend Maverick Carter, will produce the doc, which will combine archival footage with cinematic recreations to tell Ali’s story. notes that Ali’s family is also participating in the project, and his widow, Lonnie Ali, is very excited about James’ involvement.

“This documentary will have national and global appeal,” she said. “I’m hopeful this documentary will engage the audience in a similar way Muhammad engaged his audience and fans. Without a doubt, Muhammad’s life journey provides simple yet extraordinary lessons for all of us, with perhaps the most important one being, to see and embrace the humanity in all people.”

This news was first reported by EURWeb.

Bounce TV Premieres ‘Holiday Praise’ TV Special on Christmas Day


By: Briana Phipps

Soul Train Award nominated and Stellar Gospel Music Award winning recording artist Charles Jenkins’ “Holiday Praise” yuletide musical program will air  Sunday, December 25 at 8:00 a.m. (ET) with a repeat broadcast at 9:00 a.m. (ET) on Bounce TV, the fastest-growing African-American network on television.

Watch the Holiday Praise tease below.

The hour-long holiday celebration was filmed at the historic Fellowship Chicago church in the Windy City with an all-star musical lineup.

The exhilarating concert boasts magical performances by platinum-duo Mary Mary’s Erica Campbell singing “Come Let Us Adore Him” and Grammy Award nominated singer Brian Courtney Wilson reinventing Donny Hathaway’s classic “This Christmas.”

Deitrick Haddon delivers a passionate take on Nat King Cole’s “The Christmas Song.” Jonathan McReynolds does a resplendent acoustic cover of “Mary Don’t You Weep” while gospel legend Dorinda Clark Cole sings “Away in a Manger” to a circle of children.

The show also features appearances by Tasha Page Lockhart, Isaac Carree, Donishia Ballard, and Dexter Walker & Zion Movement.

The shepherd for the 8,000-member Fellowship Chicago, Jenkins burst onto the national stage when his global worship anthem “Awesome” topped Billboard Magazine’s Hot Gospel Songs chart for 22 weeks in 2012.

His foot-stomper “War” spent five weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Gospel Airplay chart and was cited by the magazine as the most played gospel song of 2015. Jenkins currently has a Top Ten hit with “Winning” and his tune “Christmas Music” just made its Hot Gospel Songs chart debut at No. 21.

Bounce TV (@BounceTV) airs on the broadcast signals of local television stations and corresponding cable carriage and features a programming mix of original and off-network series, theatrical motion pictures, specials, live sports and more.

Bounce TV has grown to be available in more than 94 million homes across the United States and 93% of all African American television homes, including all of the top AA television markets.  Among the founders of Bounce TV are iconic American figures Ambassador Young and Martin Luther King, III.

This news was first reported by EURWeb.

Income Based On Stress, Breast Cancer In Men | BHL’s Fit Club

BHL’s Fit Club — In this episode Black Hollywood Live hosts Shaka Smith and Fallon Mercedes bring you the weekly diet and fitness tips including double masectomies being on the rise in men, companies recalling powdered milk products, income linked to stress level and more.

All of this and more on BHL’s Fit Club!

Curran Blevins the #AllNaturalAthlete, Laga Gaga’s PTSD | BHL’s Fit Club

BHL’s Fit Club — In this episode Black Hollywood Live hosts Shaka Smith and Fallon Mercedes welcome Curran Blevins to bring you the weekly diet and fitness tips including Lady Gaga reveals she had PTSD, hazardous African American beauty products, Fruits that fight Psoriasis and more.

All of this and more on BHL’s Fit Club!

Black-Owned Restaurant Facing Boycott After Catering a Trump Event


By: Briana Phipps

Chef Don Studvent, a Black business owner in Detroit, Michigan, is under fire for catering an event for Donald Trump’s son. His 7-year old restaurant, the 1917 American Bistro, serves well-prepared dishes ranging from grilled shrimp, salmon and chicken to blackened or deep-fried catfish. But they are facing a potential boycott by other African Americans and other protestors against Donald Trump’s presidency.

Studvent was reportedly just returning to the event to pick up his pots and pans when he got caught in a photo-op. His picture taken with Trump’s son ended up all over Facebook, and people started reacting in a way that was never expected.

People began accusing him of “selling out” and postings on Facebook started to appear calling for people to boycott his restaurant and catering service.

Studvent believes that “business is business” and has nothing to do with politics, but the public has turned the event into a political issue. They are saying that because of Trump’s rocky relationship with the Black community, no Black-owned business should do business with him or his family members.

But Studvent has explained that he doesn’t take political sides when it comes to his business. “This is my living,” he said. “And it’s not just my living, my employees as well.”

The bad publicity has left Studvent’s restaurant almost empty lately. He is hoping that it all blows over soon, and that he gets his former customers back. He says that the whole thing is unfair, and very hurtful to his company and his employees.

“I don’t deserve this crap,” Studvent told

This news was first reported by BET.

Baltimore Teacher Fired for Using N-Word Toward Black Students


By: Briana Phipps

The Baltimore City teacher who was captured on video using the N-word as she yelled at black students in her classroom no longer has a job.

Baltimore city school officials confirmed the incident happened Wednesday at Harlem Park Elementary/Middle School in West Baltimore.

After putting a student out of her room and calling the rest of the class “idiots,” she warned that if they don’t straighten up, they’ll end up “broke ass nig**rs who are going to get shot!”

Video of the incident was captured by a student and has since gone viral with over a million views.

Watch below:

The district released the following statement Thursday:

“Yesterday a middle school science teacher at Harlem Park Elementary/Middle School engaged in verbally abusive behavior and made racially charged comments directed at students. The teacher involved in the incident is no longer employed by City Schools.

“At Baltimore City Public Schools, we are committed to creating positive and equitable learning environments in school communities where all members are welcome, supported, and valued. No form of discriminatory behavior of any kind is or will be tolerated.”

City Council President Bernard “Jack” Young tweeted about his disappointment in what he saw in the video.

“It turns my stomach to think about this woman in front of a classroom of impressionable young minds,” Young said. “There’s zero tolerance for adults who violate our young people. That video is proof that we have more work to do as a city and a country.”

Representative Keith Ellison Officially Announces Run For DNC Chair


By: Briana Phipps

Rep. Keith Ellison, an African-American Muslim from Minnesota, has officially launched his campaign to lead the Democratic Party as it attempts to pick up the pieces following last week’s crushing loss to Donald Trump.

Ellison, a progressive who backed Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton in the presidential primary formally announced his candidacy Monday to be the next Democratic National Committee chairman. Ellison has been the U.S. Representative for Minnesota’s 5th congressional district since 2007.

“It is not enough for Democrats to ask for voters’ support every two years. We must be with them through every lost paycheck, every tuition hike, and every time they are the victim of a hate crime,” Ellison said in a statement announcing his bid. “When voters know what Democrats stand for, we can improve the lives of all Americans, no matter their race, religion or sexual orientation. To do that, we must begin the rebuilding process now.”

He continued by offering some criticism. “This election cycle, we did not motivate enough people to the ballot box,” Ellison added. “We must invest in and empower our state and local parties by creating effective field operations, an enhanced and advanced voter file, and a culture of collaboration between candidates at every level. Let’s put the voters first.”

Ellison already has the support of both Sens. Chuck Schumer and Harry Reid, the party’s incoming and outgoing leaders in the Senate, respectively, along with the strong backing of Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

His announcement came with additional statements of support from a number of prominent Democrats, including New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, three congressmen, two union presidents, and four state party chairs, who will play a large role in deciding the election.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida ran the DNC from 2011 until this summer. She was forced out by progressives following the disclosure of internal DNC emails in the WikiLeaks scandal that showed close cooperation between party officials and the Clinton campaign.

Via Politico:

The race for the DNC is shaping up to be a competitive battle. Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean — DNC chairman from 2005-09 — is running. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is considering a run. Labor Secretary Tom Perez, DNC Vice Chairman Raymond Buckley, South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison and former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak — another DNC vice chairman — have all been mentioned as possible candidates as well. The election for the new chairman won’t come until next March.

While praising Ellison, Dean said running the DNC is a full-time job, implying that Ellison wouldn’t be an effective party leader while still serving in Congress.

“Look, I like Keith Ellison a lot. He’s a very good guy,” Dean said in an MSNBC interview. “There’s one problem. You cannot do this job and sit in a political office at the same time. It’s not possible.”

This news was first reported by EURWeb.

Black Doctors Blast California Medical Board for Racial Profiling


By: Briana Phipps

Black doctors in Los Angeles and statewide charge that the California Medical Board has engaged in a long standing systematic practice of harassment, discipline, reprimands, license suspensions and hostility toward African-American doctors in California.

The doctors will cite an exhaustive study that shows Black doctors are suspended and their licenses revoked at a far greater disproportionate rate than white doctors for alleged medical infractions.

They will discuss a proposed joint class action lawsuit by, the National Medical Association, the national association of African-American physicians, and the Black American Political Association of California.

There are also other individual lawsuits that have been filed by Black doctors in Los Angeles against the Board for racial bias.

The Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable and the National Action Network have also endorsed the demand to end the racial profiling of Black doctors.

“The racial profiling by the California Medical Board of Black doctors has been long standing, widespread, and insidious, it has had an irreparable damaging affect in undermining the quality of health care in poor and underserved minority communities, “says Richard Allen Williams, President National Medical Association and Dr. Anthony Jackson BAPAC, “It has further had a chilling effect on the medical practices of black doctors, and hampered the ability of doctors to provide expanded services and the highest quality of medical care to African-Americans who suffer much greater health challenges. As concerned and affected medical practitioners we are determined to end the attack on Black doctors in the state and are calling on Governor Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris to order an end to the profiling and harassment.”

First Black Student Has Classroom Named After Him at Yale


By: Nikki Kemp

A classroom at Yale University was officially named after its first black student at an event that was held on Thursday. The university has a tradition that is usually known for naming classrooms after notable individuals tied with the school. A former slave, who escaped in 1837, by the name of James W.C. Pennington studied at Yale when it was illegal for African Americans to receive an education in the state of Connecticut. During that time, Pennington was not permitted to use the library, speak in the classroom or legitimately receive a degree. Pennington became a minister and abolitionist later writing according to Yale News, “There is one sin that slavery committed against me, which I can never forgive. It robbed me of my education.”

Dean Greg Sterling was a strong force behind the renaming of classroom S100. The announcement was first made back in 2015 at Yale’s commencement. Sterling’s decision to honor Pennington was not only a way to acknowledge the influence African American students had at the university, but also an opportunity for students to release tension after an intense year. Allegedly, black women were turned away from a Halloween party held on campus by a fraternity which set a tone, and caused racial tensions at the beginning of the school year.

People stood up and applauded when the announcement was made at commencement. “Part of the reason this decision was made is that Yale is based on tradition and that tradition is largely, but not entirely, white. This is a way for students who haven’t been able to lay claim to Yale’s history to have a chance to do so,” Dean Sterling said. Bottom line, it’s about acknowledging and honoring someone who fought for their education when everything was set up against him to do so is the point Dean Sterling wants to make.

“James Pennington was an individual who demonstrated great courage and great deal of ability to overcome enormous odds. Leaving slavery, illiterate, learning rudimentary skills from Quaker family, come to Yale and succeeding. If his subsequent career is an indication of what took place in the classroom here, I want students to understand what can be done with hard work, ability and courage.”

President Obama Speaks at Opening of New African American Museum


By: Briana Phipps

It’s finally here and it’s a sight to behold! We’re talking about the new African-American history museum opening in Washington, D.C that President Obama says is “an essential part of our American story.”

“This national museum helps to tell a richer and fuller story of who we are,” Obama said at the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. “It helps us better understand the lives, yes, of the president but also the slave, the industrialist but also the porter, the keeper of the status quo but also the activist seeking to overthrow that status quo.”

While addressing the audience, the president visibly shed several tears as he told about his rides on Marine One over the National Mall watching the museum get built and thinking that one day he would visit it with his grandchildren during which he’d “hold a little hand” and “tell them the stories that are enshrined here.”

“We’ll learn about ourselves as Americans,” Obama said of the museum. “We’ll walk away that much more in love with this country. The only place on earth where this story could have unfolded.”

He said the history displayed in the museum is “a story that perhaps needs to be told now more than ever.”

“What this museum does show us is that even in the face of oppression, even in the face of unimaginable difficulty, America has moved forward,” the president said. “It is in this embrace of truth as best as we can know it and the celebration of the entire American experience where real patriotism lies.”

After his speech, the president rang in the opening by clanging a 500-pound bell from the First Baptist Church in Williamsburg, Virginia, which was founded by slaves and free blacks in 1776.

The president and first lady Michelle Obama sat on the stage alongside former first lady Laura Bush and President George W. Bush, who in 2003 signed into law a bill to move forward with the building of the museum.

This news was first reported by EURWeb.

Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Hire First African American Ringmaster

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By: Briana Phipps

You may have heard that Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey has removed their trademark elephants, the ones that generations of circus fans have enjoyed, from the show.

But the newest, who happens to also be the first African American, ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson, assures that we’re in for a treat.

“There was a time when the greatest attraction at the circus was the incandescent lightbulb,” the 40-year-old Iverson told me by phone. “And people came from miles and miles to see it — we filled whole tents full of folks. When the elephants left, it presented an opportunity to do what we’ve always done. We’re always reinventing ourselves — that’s the beauty of the circus.”

“With this new show, we still have the world’s greatest menagerie — lions and tigers, rescue dogs, horses, donkeys, pigs, kangaroos, llamas…and ice! We have ice and ice skaters,” Iverson continued, with an enthusiasm that’s absolutely contagious.”

“It’s an intergalactic space odyssey, and there are great projections that reflect off of the ice that literally transport your imagination to the planet we’re going to — it’s stunning,” Iverson continued.  “I’m riding around in this space ship the whole time. It’s hilarious to me, because I’ve always been skeptical about black people going into space! I’ve been with the show for 20 years, and I’ve done everything from being a part of a living carousel to presenting fictional dragons, to now going to outer space! That can only be done at the circus.”

This news was first reported by EURWeb.

Viola Davis on Diverse Female Roles: “We Have to Keep Pushing the Button”

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By: Briana Phipps

Viola Davis made history last year when she became the first African-American actress to win the drama lead actress Emmy, for her work on How to Get Away with Murder. She gave a speech for the ages, saying that the only thing separating women of color from anybody else is “opportunity.” “You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there,” Davis, who’s nominated again this year, said at the time.

A year later — and two years after first embodying the unflinchingly complicated, unlikable and empathetic Annalise Keating on Murder — the two-time Oscar nominee is grateful to be at the forefront of the change. But she knows that the work is by no means done when it comes to pushing the limits the industry has tacitly placed on minorities and women.

“Whenever … I see a black woman come onto the screen, she’s the bus driver, she’s the authoritative teacher, she’s the wise-cracking best friend,” Davis tells “I’m always thinking, ‘Who is she? Does she have a husband? What’s her secret in life? Is she in love? Did she have sex this morning?’ And by the time I’ve answered all those questions, she’s gone.

“I think right now we’re in a golden age of TV where that’s just not the case,” she continues. “I think that is what’s changed and I think we have to keep pushing the button.”

Watch the full video:

Season 3 of How to Get Away with Murder premieres Thursday, Sept. 22 at 10/9c on ABC. The 68th Primetime Emmy’s airs Sunday at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on ABC.

This was first reported by TV Guide.

#KapSoBlack, DCCC Memo Leaked, Thurz In Studio & More | BHL’s Black Twitter Talk

In today’s episode of Black Twitter, our hosts Anjy and Kelli Scates discuss the top Twitter news of the week of September 4th, 2016.

#KapSoBlack, DCCC memo leaked, Lena Dunham apologizes, Chris Brown arrested and more on Black Hollywood Live’s Black Twitter for September 4th, 2016!

Dwayne Wade ‘Conflicted’ By Donald Trump’s Tweet About Cousins Shooting

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By: Briana Phipps

A day after the Chicago shooting death of Dwyane Wade’s cousin Nykea Aldridge, GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump sent a tweet saying her senseless death is the reason why African-Americans will vote for him in November.

Wade said the tweet left him “conflicted,” adding that he didn’t want his family to be used for “political gain.”

“I was grateful that it started a conversation but on the other hand, it just left a bad taste in my mouth because of what my family is dealing with and what our city of Chicago is dealing with and it looks like it’s being used as political gain,” Wade said in an interview with “Good Morning America” co-anchor George Stephanopoulos that aired Friday.

As previously reported, Aldridge was fatally shot on Aug. 26 as she was pushing a stroller through Chicago’s Parkway Gardens neighborhood. Police said the 32-year-old mother-of-four was not the intended target. Two brothers described by police as known gang members have been arrested and charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder in Aldridge’s death.

The NBA star said he was “hurt” by how media reports characterized his cousin.

“Instead of talking about a mother of four and getting to know her and getting to know how amazing, how great she was as an individual … most of them said ‘this is Dwyane Wade’s cousin.’ That was the whole thing from her murder. That kind of hurt me and put me in a dark place for a few hours,” he said, speaking

Wade, who was born in Chicago and grew up in one of its toughest neighborhoods, played with the Miami Heat for 13 years before signing this year with the Chicago Bulls. The shooting came just hours after he had participated in an ESPN Town Hall on violence in America. He said his sons are just as concerned about being shot by law enforcement as they are in random street violence.

“My boys are afraid of police just the same way I was when I was growing up. And you know, not all the police, obviously. But you know my boys hear everything that’s going on in the world …,” he said.

When Stephanopoulos mentioned that Chicago police have said they’re fighting a “war” on the streets of the city, Wade agreed.

“They are. They are fighting a war. And, they can do a lot better, but they can get more help as well to do better … These other cities have way tougher gun laws, we have weak gun laws,” he said.

Wade said he just wants his family to be able to grieve for his cousin, whom he described as “the quiet one.”

Aldridge “would just be there,” he added. “She would be about her kids. She would be about her family. But you would never know she was in the room. It was shocking. It was shocking to hear not only that she was murdered. But it was shocking to hear the way and how. And her mother — my auntie, my mother, the family is, you know, is torn up.”

Stuntwoman Lafaye Baker Making Her Incredible Mark on Hollywood

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By: Briana Phipps

Hollywood’s professional stuntwoman LaFaye Baker is busy kicking down doors in Tinsel town and making history as an African-American stuntwoman. From action-packed car chases to death defying free falls, to breathtaking fight sequences and mind-blowing fire gags, Baker is featured in films and commercials doing the unthinkable.

Baker, a forty-something, 20-year veteran stuntwoman, has landed her share of opportunities in entertainment, doubling for over 40 of Hollywood’s top actors, including Angela Bassett, Regina King, Regina Hall, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Lynn Whitfield and many others. “I’ve done pretty well in the business,” she says.

With more than 20 movies under her belt, Baker put her skills to work in Hannibal, Green Lantern, and a myriad of national automobile commercials, television shows, most recent NCIS and corporate advertisements. After 10 years of daredevil free falls and turning things up, Baker recalls in a recent interview with EURweb, receiving the call of a lifetime from Academy award-winner actor Halle Berry, to serve as her stunt-coordinator for the award-winning HBO film, “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge.” Baker made history by becoming the first African-American Stuntwoman to stunt coordinate a big budget project. This project help make Baker, a well-respected and sought after player in stunts.

Although serving as a stuntwoman is an extremely dangerous profession, Baker says: “I never thought about it. It was something that just happen. My background was in gymnastics.” However, she recalls a situation that took a turn for the worst while on the 1996 music video set of the Grammy-winning Fugees “Ready or Not” where she broke her jaw, splattered her mandible and required complete constructive surgery with titanium plates and screws. Despite all of this, Baker refuses to allow this situation to hinder her risky but challenging career.

It is more dangerous for women performing dangerous stunts than men because women may be dressed in skimpy clothes and cannot cover up with crash pads. According to Baker, about 20-25 African-American women are working and making a living as a stuntwoman in the United States.

Baker was first introduced to stunt performing through a colleague on her daytime job in the probation field. She thought it would be a great alternative to release stress. Baker was already trained in gymnastics and volleyball and her athletic ability proved to be beneficial to Baker’s career as a stuntwoman. Her first gig was the popular show, “Heat of the Night” doubling Crystal Fox. “After the first gig, I was like this is cool, so I started other things to make me universal,” she says.

Baker’s career accomplishments have been featured in a documentary film about Hollywood Stunt women, and in 2015, she was inducted into the renowned Smithsonian Institute’s Entertainment exhibit honoring the contributions of the African-American stunt performer. She was also recently featured in the book, “Stuntwomen: The Untold Story” by Molly Gregory.

When Baker is not doubling as a stuntwoman, she works her non-profit, “Diamond in the RAW”, a non-profit designed to work with at-risk teen girls. Baker encourages teens to concentrate on work behind the camera. “My non-profit empowers and transforms the lives of foster care and teen girls,” says Baker. “It’s an exciting opportunity. I just want to open their eyes. I didn’t have any role models in this business. I stumbled in this.”

What’s next for LaFaye Baker?
9th Annual Action Icon Awards
LaFaye Baker and The Diamond in the RAW Foundation will kick off its 9th Annual Action Icon Conference/Awards, October 12-16, 2016, at Sheraton Universal Hotel, Universal City, California. The four-day event is packed with action-oriented seminars, stunt demonstrations and stunt coordinators. The awards ceremony will honor the unsung heroines behind the scene, stuntwomen, entertainment professionals and women who dare to be different.

“I created the Action Icon Awards because they weren’t recognizing women and bringing awareness to the unsung sheroes behind the scene,” says Baker. “What I hope to accomplish is to bring awareness to stuntwomen and to let them know that we exist. I just wanted to create something that recognizes women. No one really talks about stunt people and stunt coordinators.”

Rapper Young Thug rocks a dress, Nate Parker gets honest | BHL’s Black Twitter Talk

In today’s episode of Black Twitter, our hosts Anjy and Kelli Scates discuss the top Twitter news of the week of August 28th, 2016.

Rapper Young Thug rocks a dress, Nate Parker gets honest, #BlackMenSupportLeslie, Trump exploits murder of Dwyane Wade’s cousin and more.

All this and more on Black Hollywood Live’s Black Twitter for August 28th, 2016!

The Nate Parker Case, The Ryan Lochte Story & More | BHL’s Black Twitter Talk

In today’s episode of Black Twitter, our hosts Anjy and Kelli Scates discuss the top Twitter news of the week of August 21th, 2016. Nate Parker’s rape case resurfacing amidst the release of his new film, Department of Justice cancels contract with private prisons, how Black you have to be to be considered Black, Ryan Lochte’s Olympic Lie-fest and much more.

All this and more on Black Hollywood Live’s Black Twitter for August 21th, 2016!

Cam Newton Criticized for Telling GQ That America Is “Beyond” Race

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By: Briana Phipps

NFL star Cam Newton gave a lengthy interview to GQ, which was posted online Monday morning, and there was immediate backlash to some of his comments on race in America.

The Carolina Panthers’ quarterback was voted Most Valued Player last year for his tremendous play during the NFL regular season, but he also was the point of regular ridicule for his demeanor and antics on the field, which came to a head after the Denver Broncos beat the Panthers in Super Bowl 50.

The 27-year-old Newton told GQ he believes people’s dislike of him has nothing to do with the fact that he is African-American.

“It’s not racism,” Newton told the magazine. “Everybody’s entitled to their own opinion.”

When asked about a comment he made before Super Bowl 50 — “I’m an African-American quarterback that may scare a lot of people because they haven’t seen nothing that they can compare me to” — Newton replied, “I don’t want this to be about race, because it’s not. It’s not. Like, we’re beyond that. As a nation.”

When pressed about the dislike some have for him, Newton said, “I’ll let you be the judge. I don’t look at it like that. I look at it like some people have certain beliefs, and I have my own belief, and we can agree to disagree on certain things. But this is what makes sports so amazing, that we can start a discussion around a table, in the newspaper, in the magazines, that will get people’s attention. And that’s what sports does.”

Not long after the article was published, Newton’s name began trending on social media, with numerous users posting over the top pictures and memes expressing their disbelief with some of Newton’s comments.

This news was first reported by EURWeb.

OWN’S Hit Drama Series “Greenleaf” Delivers Most Watched Wednesday Telecast in Network History with 2.3 Million Viewers

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By: Briana Phipps

The hit summer drama series “Greenleaf” delivered OWN’s most watched Wednesday telecast in network history last night (8/10) with 2.3 million total viewers and a 1.79 women 25-54 rating.  It was also Wednesday night’s #1 cable telecast for women.

Last night’s telecast was up +13% in women 25-54 and +18% in total viewers vs. the prior six-week average.  In addition, the episode built in each quarter hour climbing +11% from start to finish among women 25-54.

“Greenleaf” is currently the summer’s #1 new cable series among women and total viewers and the summer’s #1 new series on all of TV across all key African-American demos.

“Greenleaf” takes viewers into the unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis megachurch, where scandalous secrets and lies are as numerous as the faithful.  Born of the church, the Greenleaf family love and care for each other, but beneath the surface lies a den of iniquity — greed, adultery, sibling rivalry and conflicting values — that threatens to tear apart the very core of their faith that holds them together.  “Greenleaf” stars Merle Dandridge (“The Night Shift”) as Grace Greenleaf; Keith David (“Community”) as Bishop James Greenleaf; Lynn Whitfield (“The Josephine Baker Story”) as Lady Mae Greenleaf; Kim Hawthorne (“Rake”) as Kerissa Greenleaf; Lamman Rucker (“Meet the Browns”) as Jacob Greenleaf; Tye White (“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”) as Kevin Satterlee; Deborah Joy Winans (“Whitney”) as Charity Greenleaf-Satterlee; Desiree Ross (“Falling Skies”) as Sophia; and Oprah Winfrey (“Selma”) in a recurring role as Mavis McCready.  The series is executive produced by Craig Wright (“Lost,” “Six Feet Under”), Oprah Winfrey (“Selma”) and Clement Virgo (“The Book of Negroes”).  “Greenleaf” is produced for OWN by Lionsgate in association with Harpo Films and Pine City.

Catch up on our Greenleaf aftershow her on Black Hollywood Live and make sure to tune in live every week at 8pm PST.

Mercury News ‘Sorry’ For Insensitive Simone Manuel Headline; NBC Blasted For Not Airing Medal Ceremony Live

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By: Briana Phipps

Simone Manuel has become the first African-American woman to win a gold medal in an individual Olympic swimming event…and the inevitable awkward headlines regarding her pioneering status have already begun.

“Michael Phelps shares historic night with African-American” proclaimed the Mercury News on Twitter Thursday after her win, prompting an Olympic sized backlash.

Mercury News, which brings the latest Silicon Valley and San Francisco Bay Area news, eventually deleted the tweet…but of course it lived on in memory:

Mercury News, which brings the latest Silicon Valley and San Francisco Bay Area news, eventually deleted the tweet…but of course it lived on in memory:

“We apologize for an insensitive headline earlier on a story about Simone Manuel and Michael Phelps’ medal wins.”

The Mercury News wasn’t the only outlet targeted by viewers over its treatment of Manuel.

NBC was called out for opting not to air her gold medal ceremony live. Instead, the network continued its taped footage of gymnastics and eventually ran Manuel’s footage after midnight.

Carbonated TV reported: “BBC was the only channel to broadcast the monumental ceremony live. However, once the Internet began shaming NBC for not deeming Manuel’s historic win important enough to show on TV, they aired it — almost an hour later.”

NBC Sports doesn’t even have the full ceremony on its YouTube channel. (The footage picks up midway through the National Anthem.) Also, it’s forcing folks to view the footage at its YouTube site.

To see Simone Manuel’s full medal ceremony, click here. Thank you BBC and Deadspin.

This news was first reported by EURWeb.


White Veteran Dallas Cop Says Black Targeted, Arrested To Meet Quotas

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By: Briana Phipps

A Dallas cop — who served on the beat for 34 years — has spoken out against his department’s unlawful practice of harassing and wrongfully arresting African-Americans in order to fill arrest quotas. 62-year-old Veteran officer Nick Novello, cited the improper practice and brutal, lawless arrests as the source of mistrust between law officials and communities of color.

“Officers are under pressure to reach targets,” Novello told the Daily Mail in an exclusive interview. “There has to be an end to the arrest and ticket quota that exists within the Dallas Police Department.”

The veteran cop said these racially motivated quotas only exacerbates predatory policing and brutality by overzealous cops.

“A lot of the Black community are supportive of the police, and that’s wonderful,” he said. “But a large number say we can’t police ourselves. Not only can’t we police ourselves, we go out of our way to protect the predator cop.”

Novello also blasted the department for profiting from their questionable “To Serve And Protect” tactics.

“In my estimation, the quota system is corrupt,” he said. “You are telling the officer who has a great deal of power that he is required to exercise that and generate funds for the city. Arrests generate money.”

His comments come weeks after five officers were shot and killed in what authorities called a sniper ambush on police during a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest. Seven officers and two civilians were also injured in the shootings.

After an exchange of gunfire, officers attached explosives to a bomb robot and detonated them near suspect sniper Micah Xavier Johnson — killing him. Dallas police said during a search of Johnson’s home, “detectives found bomb making materials, ballistic vests, rifles, ammunition and a personal journal of combat tactics.”

This news was first reported by EURWeb.

Black Hollywood Live & Uptown Magazine Partner To Create A Multi-Level Platform For Brands!

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By: Derrial Christon

(Hollywood, CA) Black Hollywood Live Network (BHL) and Uptown Magazine partnered to create a multi-level platform that will include: video content, podcasts, events, network programing and social media campaigns to reach the African American audience.

BHL delivers informative interviews and insightful commentary with top celebrities and industry influencers. Some of past guests on the network include: Spike Lee, Oprah, Steve Harvey, Mara Brock Akil, Terrence Howard, Mel B, Jamie Foxx, Donald Trump, Will Packer, Kym Whitley, Nia Long, Iyanla Vanzant, Taraji P. Henson, Beverly Johnson, Shemar Moore, Wayne Brady & Rick Fox.

BHL’s current roster includes 20 shows covering a variety of topics affecting the African American community including: Pop Culture, Politics, Sports, Fashion, Music and Philanthropy. BHL is part of the AfterBuzz TV Group (owned by E! Networks Maria Menounos) and features AfterShows for top television shows.

When asked about the partnership, BHL’s President Derrial Christon said “I am extremely excited to work with Uptown Co-Founder Len Burnett and his team. Len is very knowledgeable about building a solid publication and brand. BHL is one of the top places for African Americans to receive great digital content. By partnering with Uptown, it completes our overall objective to deliver strong content across all levels of media.”

BHL Co-Founder Keven Undergaro also expressed his excitement about the partnership “We love what Len and his team have done with Uptown. Uniting BHL to the Uptown brand is such a natural fit.”

Uptown is one of the leading lifestyle brands in entertainment featuring some of today’s most recognized talents on it’s covers.

“We’re extremely excited about our partnership with BHL. Entertainment news and celebrity lifestyle has always been a key editorial focus for our brand. This partnership provides us with access to more timely and insightful information on what’s happening in Hollywood and the latest with entertainment influencers and tastemakers. The partnership will also provide us with the opportunity to further deliver on our ability to provide our advertising partners with even bigger and more integrated multichannel programs. In addition to delivering more impressions, we now can provide richer and more engaging video content for our partners to integrate their brands” said Burnett.


Founded in 2004, Uptown Ventures Group is the only luxury lifestyle company that targets the Affluent African American (AAA) Market. With a cross platform reach of over 1 million, UPTOWN our advertising partners with the broadest access to the highly sought-Affluent African American audience. Uptown offers cutting edge and innovative strategies, including digital, social, branded content, print and Uptown’s signature events; Uptown Uncorked Food & Wine Festival, Uptown Vineyard and the Uptown Short Film Festival. For information about Uptown, check out


Black Hollywood Live is the 1st online broadcast network dedicated to African Americans in Entertainment. For more information about Black Hollywood Live, check out, or reach directly at

Ex-‘Apprentice’ Star Omarosa Named Donald Trump’s Director of African-American Outreach

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By: Briana Phipps

Omarosa Manigault, alum of Donald Trump’s The Apprentice, has been named the director of African-American outreach for the presumptive GOP nominee’s campaign, she announced Monday in an interview with MSNBC.

“It happened this week,” Manigault told MSNBC while speaking at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. “It’s really an extension of the work that the [National Diversity Coalition for Trump] has already been doing, and so I’m very happy to take up that cause for Donald Trump.”

The former reality star and memorable “villain” of the franchise previously served as vice chairman for the National Diversity Coalition for Trump.

MSNBC host Craig Melvin then showed Manigault a poll indicating that zero percent of African-American voters in Ohio said they’d vote from Trump.

“It would seem as if you have your work cut out for you, to say the least,” he said.

“I’m wondering who they polled because I just spent an amazing weekend with African-Americans for Trump, about 300 of them,” she replied, adding, “So I look at the data, but my reality is that I’m surrounded by people who to want see Donald Trump as the next president of the United States, who are African-American.”

She added: “Donald Trump really has an incredible vision for this country.”

Manigault was a contestant on season one of Trump’s NBC reality competition series and rose to fame after appearing on subsequent seasons of Celebrity Apprentice and All Star editions.

This news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.

African-American Women Top List of Most-Educated in Country

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By: Briana Phipps

According to the National Association of Education Statistics, African American Women are the most educated group in the U.S. population. Between 2009 and 2010, black women earned 68% of associate’s degrees, 66% of bachelor’s degrees, 71% of master’s degrees and 65% of all doctorate degrees awarded to black students.

“By both race and gender there is a higher percentage of black women (9.7 percent) enrolled in college than any other group including Asian women (8.7 percent), white women (7.1 percent) and white men (6.1 percent),” reported Slate.

The percentage of black students attending college has increased from 10%-15% from 1976 to 2012, while the percentage of white students fell from 84%-60%.


From 1999–2000 to 2009–’10, the percentage of degrees earned by females remained between approximately 60 and 62 percent for associate’s degrees and between 57 and 58 percent for bachelor’s degrees. In contrast, the percentages of both master’s and doctor’s degrees earned by females increased from 1999–2000 to 2009–’10. Within each racial/ethnic group, women earned the majority of degrees at all levels in 2009–’10. For example, among U.S. residents, black females earned 68 percent of associate’s degrees, 66 percent of bachelor’s degrees, 71 percent of master’s degrees, and 65 percent of all doctor’s degrees awarded to black students. Hispanic females earned 62 percent of associate’s degrees, 61 percent of bachelor’s degrees, 64 percent of master’s degrees, and 55 percent of all doctor’s degrees awarded to Hispanic students. (White women earned 61 percent of Associate’s degrees, 56 percent of bachelor’s degrees, 61.8 percent of master’s, and 51.4 percent of doctorates.)

As About notes, “although black women only make up 12.7 percent of the female population in the country, they consistently make up over 50 percent—and sometimes much more—of the number of blacks who receive postsecondary degrees. Percentage-wise, black women outpace white women, Latinas, Asian/Pacific Islanders, and Native Americans in this arena.”

However, a recent study found black women make up just 8% of private sector jobs and 1.5% of leadership roles.

This news was first reported by EURWeb.