Why You Should Be Visiting Tumblr Daily… After This Site, Of Course

TUMBLRWhile Twitter and Facebook continue to garner most of the attention when social media sites are talked about, there is a much smaller gem out there that I have found myself gravitating to more and more over the last couple of months: Tumblr.

If you are a member of a fandom, such as Olitz, WestAllen, Captain Swan, or Ichabbie, then you already know Tumblr is the place to be online. However, if you aren’t a member of a fandom, or don’t even know what the hell a fandom is, you’ll find that Tumblr still has a lot to offer via it’s various communities.

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LAW ENFORCEMENT’S ROLE IN SLAVERY

LAW ENFORCEMENTS ROLE IN SLAVERY

It was blustery cold outside; 17 degrees I think. But I was present, in the church’s basement, when New York City’s top cop, Commissioner Bill Bratton was brave to admit to a mostly black audience in Jamaica, queens, at the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York for a Black History month event, February 2015, that police played a part in some of the darkest moments in black history. The worst parts of black history were possible due to the racist culture and nature of the police. Slavery, The United States original and greatest sin (colonizing Indians on reservations came later), sat on a foundation that was codified by laws—LAWS !!! And then enforced by the police, slave catcher, etc. He went on to discuss how Peter Stuyvesant, a Dutch settler used black slave labor to build New Amsterdam (now called Manhattan), then he build a police force. He acknowledged the distrust seeded historically by the role of police in enforcing laws that were the foundation of slavery and Jim Crow discrimination. And he talked about the risk that attitudes born of policing neighborhoods where most crimes are committed by blacks can unconsciously harden into bias against all blacks. And ever since then, the stories of police and black citizens have been intertwined, again and again…and it was always bloody, most times, ending in death. I started to cry. A stranger—parishioner patted my shoulder to calm me down!!!!
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DEAR WHITE PEOPLE: WHAT IF THEY WERE YOUR KIDS?

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I am so angry, I can chew rocks!! When will Blacks stop being America’s boogyman? There are still people out there who feel that the Brown shooting was self-defense… white people. Such people may even feel that Rodney King’s brutal beating and the killing of Amadou Diallo and Eric Garner were justified… white people. The young man in the Brown shooting was UNARMED—not a knife-wielding, gun-toting, muscle-bound hulk. I thought that the police were only supposed to use their firearms as a last resort or when there is no other way to stop an individual from causing deadly harm to the officer or to another person, particularly with a weapon… white people. Basically, an individual’s defense is supposed to be comparable to the degree of harm he or she is confronted with… white people. There are those who feel that unarmed minorities cannot be subdued without killing them… white people.
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Educational Obstacles Young Girls Face in School

While growing up in a predominately White school district, I suffered from a lot of social and educational barriers that hindered me from reaching my full potential at times. I struggled with very deep self-identity issues, as I became more aware of the fact that white students would get away with saying and disrupting the class a lot more than I could. I eventually fostered feelings of wanting to be a little white girl. I also began to notice that some of my white teachers would reference black people in a negative tone during general discussions. I was even spat on and called a “nigger” several times out of my school day, that resulted in nothing less than, “I am sorry you had to endure that”, from the principal of my elementary school. To say the least, I had some major social barriers that caused a few educational deficits.
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Opie and Anthony Shock Jocky Fired By SiriusXM

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If anyone should know by now that belligerent rants on social media can virtually ruin your career, and perhaps even your life, it should be high profile personalities whose count of followers have exceeded the amount of money they make per year. Take for instance, Anthony Cumia, radio shock jock who makes up one half of Satellite and Sirius’s “Opie and Anthony” talk radio show. Reportedly, Cumia whose talk radio career has extended for nearly two decades has been fired by Sirius XM for posting “racially-charged” and “hate-filled” comments on Twitter.
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ARE AFRICANS SMARTER OR WORK HARDER THAN BLACK AMERICANS?

ARE AFRICANS MORE MOTIVATED THAN AMERICAN BLACKS

While African immigrants attend college at a much higher rate than U.S. born Blacks. Their motivation of course, is very different—in that they leave their country, which has no opportunities and come to the United States that has many opportunities. “They come to do something with their lives, not to sit around and do nothing.” Exclaimed David, my male Ugandan friend who sat across from me in a Cuban restaurant. “Our cultures are very different.” CeCe, my female friend continued. I said yes, but for American Blacks, it’s a culture of low expectations also…dating back to the days of slavery (CeCe rolled her eyes at me, but I ignore it). “American Blacks were faced with institutionalized racism; do you know what that even means?” I asked. “It means that the system that was erected due to biased inequality in this country was woven so deeply into the fabric of this country’s laws, policies and practices based solely on race—so Black students just gave up.” I finished, taking a bite of my chicken.
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Jennifer Hudson Slays the Pink Carpet

How amazing does singer Jennifer Hudson look?

The 32-year old Oscar winner slayed the pink carpet at the taping of this year’s Black Girls Rock Awards Ceremony.

Jennifer left the lace front at home and accentuated her short new do with fuchsia lips, a black mini, fishnets and thigh high boots.

Jennifer, who performed at this year’s show, called her look “Biker Chic” on Instagram and said fans should expect to see a similar look when she hits the promo trail for her upcoming film Black Nativity
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Rihanna Channels Medusa for GQ

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When not selling out stadiums as part of her Diamonds World Tour, Rihanna is slaying magazine covers across the globe.

For their 25th Anniversary issue, British GQ called on photographer Damien Hirst, who decked the singer out in nothing but a python and seashell bikini bottom.

According to Hirst, his love for his subject is rooted in her attitude. “At the end of the day the only interesting people are the people who go, ‘Fuck off. This is what I think.’ And you know what? That’s why I like Rihanna. She’s very ‘Fuck the lot of you, this is what I think.’”
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Teairra Mari Lands New Movie Role

TEAIRRA MARI LANDS UP MOVIE ROLE

With her musical career somewhat stagnant at the moment, former ROC Princess Tearri Mari has decided to expand her portfolio by dabbling in the world of acting.

Teairra, alongside Denyce Lawton and Cyphonique Miller, will star in the UP original drama The Dempsey Sisters.

The film follows the usual narrative: three women looking to break in the business while overcoming personal and professional turmoil.
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Naturi Naughton Joins ‘Power’ Cast

NATURI NAUGHTON JOINS POWER CAST

Actress Naturi Naughton has landed one of the starring roles in the upcoming Starz original drama Power.

The series stars Omari Hardwick and tells the story of wealthy New York nightclub owner (James Ghost St. Patrck) living a double life; one: catering the city’s elite; the other: heading one of the city’s largest and deadliest drug-dealing rings.

Naturi will play Tasha, St. Patrick’s (Hardwick) wife and willing accomplice She will be joined by actress Lela Loren (St. Patrick’s mistress) and Boardwalk Empire actor Joseph Sikora (St Patrick’s business partner).

The show is executive produced by 50 Cent and is expected to debut in the first half of 2014.

Jill Marie Jones to Join Sleepy Hollow

JILL MARIE JONES ADDED TO SLEEPY HOLLOW CAST

Former Girlfriends actress Jill Marie Jones has found a new gig.

According to published reports, Jill will be joining the cast of Fox’s freshman hit Sleepy Hollow.

The show is presently on hiatus but will return with new episodes on November 4th. Jill will make her debut on the November 25th episode, where she will play the ex-wife of Captain Frank Irving (Orlanda Bloom), and mother of his teenage daughter Macey.

The Macey character will be played by Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg, also a new addition to the cast.

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If you’ve been keeping track… and I have… then you know Jill and Amalda are the fifth and sixth Brown Sistas to appear on Sleepy Hollow this season. At this rate, the show has probably surpassed all other network series’ combined.

New Beyonce Music is Coming Soon

When she’s not wowing crowds on her sold out Mrs. Carter World Tour, Beyonce is busy shooting videos and putting the finishing touches on her fifth solo album, reportedly set for a December 2013 release.

In a recent interview with Billboard, Columbia CEO Rob Stringer alluded to two big albums being released in December by women. Because her new single is already out, he readily admitted one of those albums was by Celine Dion. When asked if the other was Beyonce, Stringer declined to comment, but said new music from the unnaned album/artist would most likely arrive in December.

Now, because new music from the singer has been rumored to arrive any day now, for almost a year, fans should probably take this news with a grain of salt.

In the meantime, you can feast your eyes on some newly released shots of the singer taken by photographers Herring & Herring. Several are featured in Beyonce’s official 2014 calendar.


Actress Keke Palmer Grows Up

Actress Keke Palmer is covering the latest issue of RollingOut magazine, and just in time for October 21st premiere of CrazySexyCool, the TLC biopic she stars in alongside Drew Sidora and rapper Lil Mama.

Keke exudes classy sexiness on the cover which finds the young star showing a bit more skin than usual. Keke talked about her cover look via Instagram, saying she wasn’t looking to do a complete 180, but did want to show off her “softer sexier side.”

Aside from CrazySexyCool, fans can also look forward to seeing Keke in the upcoming films Animal with Jeremy Sumpter and Curdled, which co-stars fellow Brown Sistas Robinne Lee (Being Mary Jane, Hav Plenty) and Chenoa Maxwell (Hav Plenty, Girlfreinds).


Tamar Performs New Single on Arsenio

Singer Tamar Braxton hit up the Arsenio Hall Show earlier this week to perform All the Way Home, the third single to be released from her #1 R&B album Love and War.

Tamar will continue to promote the CD when she hits the road on October 20th as part of John Legend’s Made for Love Tour.

In a recent interview Tamar also disclosed plans to re-release Love and War sometime next year. According to Tamar, fans can expect full length versions of She Did that and One on One, as well as several rap collaborations.

In the meantime, enjoy Tamar’s performance below, as well as her upcoming performance on the Soul Trains Awards.

Toni Braxton’s New Album Cover

TONI BRAXTON - BABYFACE - LOVE - MARRIAGE - DIVORCE - ALBUM COVER

Toni Braxton and Babyface’s new Love, Marriage & Divorce CD has officially gotten a cover image and new release date.

Once scheduled to be unveiled on December 3rd, the pair have now moved the release date up by a week to November 25th. They have also revealed the cover, which I have posted up top. The album title, which was rumored to undergo a name change, only got an “&” added to it, which I think is pretty sad. I believe a more upbeat title would have been a better choice.

Toni was asked about the title in a recent interview with Rollingstone and had this to say: “I think because Babyface and I have both gone through divorces, we can relate and we can collaborate together on this topic and make it so others who have gone through this situation can relate as well.”