January 2017

Whoa Baby: Pharrell Williams and Wife Helen Welcome Tripletts!

Whoa Baby!  Pharrell Williams had just announced not one, not two but three new babies with his wife! The “Happy” singer and his wife, Helen Lasichanh, welcomed triplets in early January, Williams’ rep confirmed to Vanity Fair. The couple have not shared any additional details on the gender or names of their babies at this time. Lasichanh, …

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SAG Awards Surprises: Fences, Hidden Figures and Moonlight

  Sunday, the outstanding film Hidden Figures earned the highest honor at the 2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards. In an emotional speech Taraji P. Henson tells the world, “These women, Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn and Mary Jackson are hidden figures no more! The ceremony was a bright night filled with finest Black actors in the industry promoting inclusion. …

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2017 Black Women in Hollywood Honors Janelle Monáe, Issa Rae, Aja Naomi King and Yara Shahidi

  In an announcement today, Essence, the preeminent brand for African-American women, will commemorate the 10th anniversary of its esteemed “Black Women in Hollywood Awards”—the annual event leading up to the Academy Awards ceremony, is an Oscar week celebration at the forefront of spotlighting Hollywood’s most creative and accomplished visionaries. Shifting from a daytime luncheon to …

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Night One of BET’s “The New Edition Story” Kicked Off with Record Ratings

 BET’s highly anticipated 3-part miniseries, “THE NEW EDITION STORY”, kicked off its first night with record-smashing ratings.  The premiere telecast of the special drew2.5MM viewers P18-49, and 4.2MM total viewers P2+ on BET*.  Simulcast on BET’s sister network Centric, the miniseries scored a combined 2.6MM viewers P18-49, and 4.4MM total viewers across both networks during its initial premiere …

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Grammy Award-winning singer Jill Scott Partners With Hallmark’s Mahogany Greeting Cards

Hallmark’s Mahogany brand today announced the Jill Scott Collection, a new offering of greeting cards featuring design, editorial and sound inspired by and created with Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Jill Scott. “The Mahogany brand is genuine, progressive and optimistic – values that are important to me and reflected in my music and poetry, and now, through my card collection,” said …

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Harvard Law professor Charles J. Ogletree, Jr. Honoree of NAACP Chairman’s Award

The NAACP announced today, Harvard Law professor Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., who taught Barack and Michelle Obama, will be honored with the prestigious NAACP Chairman’s Award which is bestowed in recognition of individuals who demonstrate exemplary public service and use their distinct platforms to create agents of change. Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman of the NAACP National Board …

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Interview: Creators of Angels and Tomboys Bodycare Products, Website Crashes After Being on Shark Tank

  Tween entrepreneur’s Madison Star and Mallory Iyana 12 and 11 respectively, have a lot on their plate these days. After successfully pitching their body care products business, Angels and Tomboy’s on Shark Tank (episode four of Season 8),  securing a deal with not one, but two Sharks, the charming little sisters from Memphis,Tennessee, have …

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OWN’S Popular Drama Series Greenleaf Returns March 15

Los Angeles – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced on Monday, the season two premiere date for its acclaimed original drama series “Greenleaf” from Lionsgate Emmy-nominated creator/executive producer Craig Wright (“Lost,” “Six Feet Under”) and executive producers Clement Virgo (“The Book of Negroes”) and Oprah Winfrey. The first eight episodes of the new season will debut on …

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