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#BWAY4BLWM: The Best Moments From The Broadway For Black Lives Matter Special Event

August 2nd, 2016 - By Nneka Samuel
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On August 1, the Broadway for Black Lives Matter special event took place at Columbia University’s Lerner Hall in New York City. Co-sponsored by the Columbia School of Law, the special event featured musical performances, poetry readings and an open dialogue between activists, public officials, actors, community leaders and other engaged, concerned civilians. #BWAY4BLM addressed the racial and social justice issues currently plaguing our country, and ways to affect positive change through the healing power of the arts. Some of the stars in attendance included Audra McDonald, Indie Arie, Cynthia Erivo, Billy Porter, Ledisi, and many more – all of whom reminded us that we can individually and collectively be agents of change. If you missed the inspirational event, don’t worry – you can stream it here via Check out some of the magical highlights from #BWAY4BLM.

Pass The Popcorn: Our Vote For Lifetime’s Next Biopics

January 27th, 2016 - By Nneka Samuel
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Toni Braxton’s Unbreak My Heart Lifetime biopic drew 3.6 million viewers, becoming the network’s most-watched film in a year.  Did you enjoy it? Because we sure did. Narrated and executive produced by Toni Braxton (who sang her own music in the movie), Unbreak My Heart followed the success of Lifetime’s much talked about Aaliyah and Whitney Houston biopics.  Whose life story would you love to see on screen next? From Missy Elliott’s comeback to Brandy’s interesting career and love live and Jennifer Hudson’s incredible story, here are some candidates we think Lifetime should consider.

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Vanessa Williams

Vanessa Williams made headlines as the first Black winner of Miss America, a title that she would later relinquish after a Penthouse scandal threatened her burgeoning career.  But Williams bounced back and conquered virtually every sector of entertainment: the musical charts, Broadway, film, and television.  If that doesn’t scream biopic, I don’t know what does.

Support Your Sister: Black Women Come To Zendaya’s Defense

February 25th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Though Giuliana Rancic’s apology last night seemed sincere and heartfelt to me, there are still some who are refusing to accept it. But more importantly, other Black women in the limelight who stepping forward to show their support and solidarity.

First, there was fellow loced sister Selma director Ava DuVernay, who wrote this under Zendaya’s initial open letter.

Then “Scandal” actress Kerry Washington commended Zendaya on her open letter to Giuliana.

And finally, Solange spoke about the ways in which the show had been speaking about the fro on the red carpets for years. And she even referenced the time In Touch Weekly compared her hair to a dog. That didn’t go unnoticed. In true Solange fashion, she provided the perfect response for it.

India Arie even released a “Songversation” about this whole thing. See what she said. 

I wanted to jump in and defend Zendaya – but she’s doing that BEAUTIFULLY  herself.

VERY. WELL.  DONE.  It’s a powerful thing to be a TEENAGER in the public eye, and feel empowered to speak up in your own defense. STUNNING!

In my opinion, Entitlement in and of itself, BLINDS people to that very entitlement …  THUS allowing the behavior exhibited.

I’m not calling Giuliana Rancic a RACIST, .. but OF COURSE  it has to do with RACE.   To say it has “Nothing to do with race” .. THAT’S why people get mad.

But lets remember HOW difficult it is for a person of Gullianna Ranci’s social context to really UNDERSTAND how we see race in this issue. How race is a pervasive ISSUE in the entertainment industries as a whole.

We  need more more compassion in this world. Period

So I’m not MAD at Giuliana Rancic I’m SAD at her.  I’m Sad that things LIKE THIS keep happening.

“I Don’t Like Being Touched Aggressively. Period.”: Lady Gaga’s Security Shuts Down India Arie [Watch]

February 10th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Lady Gaga’s security team is not here for the shenanigans–even if the “shenanigans” are in the form of another celebrity reaching out to try and say hello. Just ask India Arie.

On Sunday night, as Gaga made her way down the red carpet for the Grammys with Tony Bennett and a security guard, India Arie approached her, tapping her arm in the hopes of saying hello to the pop star. Well, that wouldn’t happen because her one-man security team stepped in to deflect Arie’s hand. He wasn’t having it. You can check out the awkward encounter for yourself:

It seems that Gaga didn’t see the “I Am Not My Hair” singer as she walked with Bennett because news outlets were trying to get her attention. As for her security guard, he just didn’t seem to know who she was as she stepped out of nowhere (presumably after talking to press) and just started tapping Gaga. But for whatever reason he got super aggressive with Arie, she wasn’t too happy about it. She sent out these tweets about the encounter while recapping followers about the best and worst moments for her at the show:


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I can totally understand Arie’s frustration, but I can also understand Gaga’s security guard jumping to strong-arm anyone coming her way. After red carpet prankster Vitalii Sediuk started jumping underneath celeb’s dresses, grabbing their legs, trying to kiss them and throwing his face at people’s crotches on numerous red carpets, I guess it’s better safe than sorry…right?

“My Life Changed So Fast That It Wasn’t Enjoyable”: India Arie On The Downside Of Fame, Retiring From Music Twice

August 1st, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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For folks on the outside looking in, getting a taste of fame (and the money that usually comes with it) seems either really nice, or really stressful. For someone like India Arie who has lived in the spotlight since dropping the hit “Video” from her critically-acclaimed album Acoustic Soul in 2001, it has been more of the latter. In an interview with the Huffington Post, Arie was honest about the fact that being in the spotlight hasn’t necessarily always been a fun experience for her.

“My life changed so fast that it wasn’t enjoyable. I went from being a really sensitive, spiritual and emotional artist (you can tell if you listen to my music), to working 20 hour days and being on 5 airplanes a week. Being in front of crowds of people, offstage, you know, and at meet-and-greets. Then there was all the make-up. There were people making sure I didn’t wear the same thing twice. All of these things, it was just too much for a person like me. It wasn’t my nature. I always thought my nature was the music. I didn’t know how to handle it at all. I retired two times. It was like, I want to make music, but can’t do this.

It was harder on me than I ever could have imagined. I went from playing guitar under a tree in Savanna[sic], Georgia, going to my art classes, talking to people, in five years, to the Grammys. And being shut out [in 2002, India was nominated for seven Grammys, and was snubbed], and the whole politics of the thing. Clive Davis and the rest.”

She also shared some advice for those looking to break into the music industry, and kept it 100 percent real: Money might make you happy for a little bit, but that happiness won’t last.

“It’s a myth that one thing can happen and make your life better forever, or that you’ll be happy forever because of this one thing. A lot of us think it’s money, others think it’s fame, and if someone has money and fame they should be happy. People think that until they’ve been there. Every person who’s made a big chunk of money early, or got introduced to fame young, knows, it’s just one more thing to be responsible for. I’ve never heard of a person who was happy because they got rich. It takes certain worries off your plate, but it doesn’t change the fact that you have this plate you need to deal with. You don’t know who your friends are, your parents are asking for things–my mother never asked me for anything, which I’m blessed for — but I have friends who spent all their money buying their parents cars.

And your friends think you’ve changed. I could tell you a million things, but you know where I’m going with that.

The advice I’d give to a young, sensitive artist, is figure out how to define what it means to give your power away. For me, that means giving anything outside of yourself the power to define how you feel about yourself. You’re going to sit across from people who see the world differently from you, you are a product to them. That doesn’t mean you have to see yourself that way. Figure out what your spiritual practice is, and make that the center of your life.”

What do you think of what Arie had to say? Talk about it below and check out her full chat with HuffPo here.

Girl Power: 12 of Our Fave Female Anthems

June 29th, 2014 - By Rich
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The month of June is Black Music Month. And as it swiftly comes to a close, we want to salute a few of the women who have used their musical talent to reinforce confidence, motivation and strength into the spirit of their female audience. Through moving tunes, some of which are speaker thumpin’ and others of which are two-step inciting, each woman in this group has released a hit (or two) all about the uplifting of women. These songs double as anthems that are reflections of girl power at its absolute finest! Ladies, want to add some affirmative tracks to your power playlist? These songs are absolute musts! Check out 12 of our fave empowering female anthems!

Style Queen: 11 Fashion Forward India Arie Outfits

June 20th, 2014 - By Rich
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We love India Arie! We all first fell in love with the “Brown Skin” singer in 2001 when she released her debut Acoustic Soul. The then 26-year-old was right on time, the music industry was thirsty for something real. Arie’s debut was nominated for seven Grammy Awards including Album of the Year. These accolades spoke to the fallacy that only sex sells. Arie spent her career celebrating beautiful brown skin and natural beauty. For those same reasons we celebrate Arie, for staying true to herself and teaching us how to love ourselves unconditionally.

The singer continues to make music for the soul and she looks damn good while doing it. The now 38-year-old still looks amazing, we love when she color blocks her head-wraps with beautiful gowns. Take a look at some of Arie’s fashion forward moments.

Style Queen: 11 Fashion Forward India Arie Outfits

Syleena Johnson Tries To Explain Her Blue Ivy Comments As India Arie Slams Her And Others For Criticizing A Child’s Hair

June 16th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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On the red carpet for Think Like A Man Too (the same red carpet where Kevin Hart discussed his issues with Torrei at), Bossip talked to Syleena Johnson about the controversy she caused when she decided to crack jokes about Blue Ivy’s hair, jokes that referenced ODB and Terence Trent D’Arby of all people. The BeyHive came after her pretty intense, and in turn, she basically laughed off the attacks. But when speaking to Bossip, she let them know she’s actually a big Beyoncé fan and thinks Blue Ivy is adorable…but she still took a few joke jabs here and there:

“Oh God…They brought up a picture of the girl’s hair. Her hair was off the chain. But she is the cutest, most adorable baby…So I’m like, okay, they didn’t comb her hair today. But I’m just jokes. In real life, I’m a Beyoncé stan. I love Beyoncé. And her daughter is too cute. The people on Twitter? I can’t do the computer thugs, but I was told about them because I didn’t really get to see them, because my sister sometimes runs my Twitter account because I was getting ready for this. But you know how they do, girl. You could be like, Beyoncé had a booger on her arm and they’d be like, ‘You don’t worry about her boogers! Don’t talk about her boogers! [laughs]’ They be going in. But no, we love–Me, Tamar and Keke, we love Beyoncé, we love her baby…but the girl’s hair wasn’t combed. And you know what, a lot of our babies’ hair don’t be combed. We just caught hers.”

But someone who isn’t laughing is India Arie. The “I Am Not My Hair” singer took to social media to say that people are going way too far:

Why does ANYone get the idea that its ok to make fun of a child?

In public no less?

This celebrity culture that hypnotizes people into thinking a person is LITERALLY NOT REAL because you see them on television is a spell the watcher HIM or HER SELF MUST BREAK.

Blue Ivy — is a CHILD.

and ANYONE thinking to themselves right now:

“But she was born with a silver spoon in her mouth so what does it matter what I say”

Denying ANY PERSON their humanity , is a GAME we should ALL stop playing.


Because it’s the kind of PERSON YOU WANT TO BE.

Why NOT be a person who is loving towards human kind as a whole AND people as individuals?
WHY NOT be a person protects the hearts of children?

I think! all these people making negative comments would feel the SAME WAY if Blue Ivy’s hair were TOO DONE. If she had a relaxer, of Hair pulled too tight at the edges.

being gentle with a child’s hair is simply appropriate – this goes the same for ALL children.

come ya’ll Lol

Were ARE better than this.

Check out Syleena’s comments in full below, and let us know what you think of what both women had to say.

“Everything Happens For A Reason”: Kendrick Lamar Speaks On Leaving The Grammys Empty-handed

January 29th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Let the public tell it, Sunday night’s Grammys were a travesty with a side of a popularity contest. Watching Kendrick not pick up anything throughout the night, and also having to witness him lose out to Macklemore in almost all of the rap categories, had quite a few people talking, including Russell Simmons:

“He’s a great rapper, but there is no evidence anywhere that he’s a better artist than Lamar.”

As well as India Arie:

@Kendricklamar WAS robbed, BUT he was not the only one who was robbed. Personally, I was pleased he was able to perform and they KILLED! IT! One of the FEW moving moments of the night for ME.

Don’t forget about Meek Mill!

Congrats 2 @macklemore for a incredible win and I believe Kendrick was robbed.

This game was never fair….and awards can’t change the judgement of the culture…. Most of these awards are always f**ked up!

Hell, even Macklemore, himself:

“He’s somebody that I love his music and, in my opinion, had the best Rap album of the year. And knowing how the Grammys usually go, I knew that there would be a great chance that we’d win that award and, in essence, rob Kendrick. That’s what happened tonight. It kind of sucks. I think we made a great album. I think that Kendrick made a better Rap album.”

But what about Kendrick Lamar? From the look on his face throughout the night as the awards for the categories he was nominated in were handed out to other people, he was over it all by hour two. But when speaking with XXL after a performance on Tuesday, Lamar said Macklemore worked hard, so he deserved to win everything he did, but he also acknowledged the lack of hip-hop being represented at the show:

“It’s well deserved; he did what he did, man. He went out there and hustled and grinded. Everything happens for a reason; the universe comes back around, that’s how it go.

I definitely feel like they should always have more of the culture up in there, for sure, because we definitely stand out just like any other genre. We part of the world. We part of the movement. So I think any awards, including the Grammys, should always push for more hip-hop because it’s music as a whole, it’s not just splitting different regions. Everything moves as far as sound and vibrations, and that’s how it goes. And we are a part of that.”

What do you think about his statements?

‘The Grammys Are Not About The Music, It’s A Popularity Contest:’ India Arie Speaks Out Against The Grammys

January 28th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Every once in a while, a celebrity will go against the Hollywood grain and act as a mouth piece, saying aloud what many of us regular folk are already thinking. In response to the 2014 Grammy Awards, India Arie had quite a bit to say about her disappointments regarding the show.  She shared those thoughts via an open letter, which she posted to Twitter and Tumblr.

Screen shot 2014-01-28 at 9.58.34 AMIndia began by addressing Kendrick Lamar’s loss.

“@Kendricklamar WAS robbed, BUT he was not the only one who was robbed,” the “Chocolate High” singer wrote. “Personally, I was pleased he was able to perform and they KILLED! IT! One of the FEW moving moments of the night for ME.”

She then went on to express that Grammys are not about what organizers claim that they are about.

“Though it’s called ‘Music industries biggest night’ the #Grammys are NOT about the music, it’s a popularity contest. The voting process allows people, to vote on name recognition alone – the music industry politics is a whole NUTHER conversation. Too much to go into here. The American Music Awards is a show that awards sales and popularity and popularity – the #Grammys are SAID to be about the music. If the hip hop community voted on hip hop –  R&B COMMUNITY the same –  same for each category – we’d see winners that reflect the MUSIC ITSELF. We all know that’s just not the way it goes.”

Her letter continues:

“NOW the BIGGER losers, are ALL of black music. Where was the black music community represented in last nights #Grammy show? Performers and Winners (or not). Where were the black artists? And this isn’t the first time the #Grammy’s has had a show all but excluding young black America and black artists in general, although we set the worlds musical trends. Why NOT televise the lifetime achievement awards of the Isley Brothers? SURELY they deserved to be on televised stage LAST NIGHT! While other artists were on stage TWICE.

The truth is in a perfect world diversity would matter, and respect would be rampant, but the TRUTH is, The #Grammys is a television show, and in THAT world ratings reign supreme.  So, in general, bigger names take the stage, and sadly the biggest names often times ARE BIGGER drawn along racial lines from the release of an album i.e. marketing dollars, and just general support. It’s unfortunate

I don’t even get surprised any more, but, it still hits my sense of fairness, because I KNOW many of the artists who are overlooked. I LIVE in that world. We keep showing up and subjecting ourselves to the game, hoping MAYBE we’ll win. I was so HAPPY to see @Kendricklamar take that stage – because it is a FORM of winning, at LEAST, he was SEEN.

Speaking of diversity, congratulations to my PERSONAL favorite albums of the year –  @I_GregoryPorter #LiquidSpirit @Realsnarkypuppy and @lalahhathaway on your win and THANK YOU! @pharrell for acting RIGHT in the presence of the greatness that is @Nilerodgers and #StevieWonder

Love to all #SoulBirdsWorldWide”

India followed up by addressing some uninformed folks who may have implied that she’s simply hating.

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What do you think of India’s letter?

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