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NFL Website Appears To Change Colin Kaepernick Status From 'Retired' After Backlash

Huff Post Black Voices - Sat, 05/23/2020 - 12:27
Kaepernick's girlfriend, radio personality Nessa Diab, called the league and its leadership "cowards" for the label before it was reportedly altered.
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How Some Mississippi Teens Are Saving Their Town From Climate Change

Huff Post Black Voices - Sat, 05/23/2020 - 06:00
The ASEEDS Creek Rangers program is teaching kids why climate science is personal and empowering them to change their communities.
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Study: White Supremacist Groups Are ‘Thriving’ On Facebook, Despite Extremist Ban

Huff Post Black Voices - Sat, 05/23/2020 - 03:45
With many Americans vulnerable to fascist ideologies during the pandemic, the study warns, Facebook could be fertile ground for recruitment.
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Jenna Bush Hager Pays Tribute To White House Butler Who Died Of Coronavirus

Huff Post Black Voices - Sat, 05/23/2020 - 03:19
"He was the loveliest," the daughter of former President George W. Bush said of Wilson Roosevelt Jerman. "We loved him."
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Crayola Unveils New Inclusive Skin Tone Crayons

Huff Post Black Voices - Fri, 05/22/2020 - 17:49
The "Colors of the World" line aims to promote representation and acceptance.
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Video: OWN’s ‘Girlfriends Check In’ Is Right On Time

Ebony Magazine - Fri, 05/22/2020 - 15:31
Girlfriends Check In is OWN’s newest edition to its repertoire of women-centered TV. The virtual series premiered May 16th with an all-star lineup featuring queens of gospel, Tamela Mann, Yolanda Adams, Erica Campbell and Tasha Cobbs Leonard.  Oprah knew just what the people needed and was sure to deliver the goods with this an authentic […]
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Biden issues apology for ‘ain’t Black’ comments after backlash

The griot - Fri, 05/22/2020 - 14:51

Former Vice President Joe Biden has issued an apology after he sparked outrage for suggesting that African American voters torn between him and Donald Trump “ain’t Black.”

READ MORE: Biden advisor Symone Sanders says ‘Breakfast Club’ comments ‘were in jest’

The politician called into a U.S. Black Chamber call late Friday afternoon to express his regret over the ill-advised joke, which he made earlier that day during a Breakfast Club interview, according to White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor.

“I shouldn’t have been such a wise guy. I shouldn’t have been so cavalier…I have never, ever taken the African American community for granted,” he said, per Alcindor. “No one should have to vote for any party based on their race, background, religion, or any demographic information.”

He went on to call his Breakfast Club comments “unfortunate” and stressed that he wants to earn the Black vote, calling the community “critical” to his ability to win the presidency.

NEW: Former VP Joe Biden just dialed into a U.S. Black Chamber call and addressed his remarks to Charlamagne tha God. Biden said, "I shouldn't have been such a wise guy. I shouldn't have been so cavalier…I have never, ever taken the African American community for granted."

— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) May 22, 2020

“I am prepared to put my record against his. That was the bottom line. And it was really unfortunate,” he reportedly said. “I shouldn’t have been so cavalier.”

The Democratic presidential nominee also turned his sights to Trump during the call.

Biden criticized the 45th president for referring to African countries as s–thole countries, for saying there were “fine people” on both sides during the Charlottesville white supremacist rally that left one woman dead, and for “advancing policies that Biden believes threatens the black community,” according to Alcindor.

Hours earlier, Symone D. Sanders, one of Biden’s senior advisors, took to Twitter to defend the 77-year-old.

“Vice President Biden spent his career fighting alongside and for the African American community,” she tweeted. “He won his party’s nomination by earning every vote and meeting people where they are and that’s exactly what he intends to do this November.”

She continued, “The comments made at the end of the Breakfast Club interview were in jest, but let’s be clear about what the VP was saying: he was making the distinction that he would put his record with the African American community up against Trump’s any day. Period.”

READ MORE: Biden tells Charlamagne ‘you ain’t Black’ if you’re torn between him and Trump

Biden sparked controversy when he remarked near the end of the heated, 18-minute interview that African Americans voters struggling between a vote for Trump and a vote for Biden aren’t really Black.

“It’s a long way until November. We’ve got more questions,” Charlamagne said as an aide attempted to the end the interview.

“You’ve got more questions?” Biden replied. “Well, I tell you what, if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t Black.”

Charlamagne was quick to respond, saying, “It don’t have nothing to do with Trump, it has to do with the fact [that] I want something for my community.”

The Breakfast Club host also questioned Biden on his record, his running mate, and his plans for Black America.

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Louisville prosecutor dismisses charges against Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend

The griot - Fri, 05/22/2020 - 14:49

Attempted murder and assault charges have been dropped against Breonna Taylor‘s boyfriend Kenneth Walker who returned fire when Louisville police stormed their apartment to serve a ‘no-knock’ warrant.

The Courier-Journal reports that Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Wine announced on Friday during a teleconference that Walker will no longer be charged with attempting to kill Officer Jon Mattingly. Mattingly was struck in the leg during the gunfire that occurred when police barged into Taylor’s apartment on March 13.

Breonna Taylor is pictured in an undated photo. (Credit: Instagram/@keyanna.guifarro)

READ MORE: Breonna Taylor police shooting gets special prosecutor

Wine played audio recordings of Walker describing what happened that day. Walker explained there were several knocks at the door. He and Taylor, an EMT, got out of bed to see what was happening and the LMPD officers barged inside. Walker fired his registered gun in self-defense and the police returned fire, hitting Taylor multiple times, who ultimately died. She was 26.

“All of a sudden there’s a whole lot of shots,” Walker said. “We both dropped to the ground and (my) gun fell. There’s the police and there’s a lot of yelling and stuff. They’re just shooting and we’re both on the ground, and when all the shots stop … she’s bleeding.”

Rob Eggert, Walker’s attorney, filed a motion on Thursday to have the charges dismissed in a case that has drawn national outrage and a special prosecutor. He claimed police officers never mentioned Taylor’s name before the grand jury or that she had been shot 8 times.

“There was no misleading testimony by the detective in this case, nor was there any ethical breaches,” Wine said in his opening remarks Friday. “However, I do agree with him that more should have been presented to the grand jury, including the statement of Kenneth Walker.”

Breonna Taylor is pictured in an undated photo. (Credit: Instagram/@keyanna.guifarro)

Wine added that more investigation was necessary and there was a possibility that Walker could still be charged if new evidence presented itself.

“It’s very possible there was no criminal activity on either side of that door because people couldn’t hear what the other party was saying,” Wine said.

The misconduct of Kentucky police has come into under criticism recently, especially in light of a federal lawsuit filed by Kendrick Wilson last October, alleging that one of the officers involved in the shooting death was a “crooked” cop. Wilson claims Brett Hankison maliciously targeted him and planted drugs on him.

According to the suit, in October 2019, LMPD officers executed a warrant at Wilson’s home and barbershop, kicking in the door of his home and pointing guns at his girlfriend before handcuffing her during the search.

Hankison was one of the three officers who executed a ‘no-knock’ warrant on the home of Taylor and Walker. Hankison, Mattingly, and Officer Myles Cosgrove fired more than 20 rounds into the apartment.

In a lawsuit filed by Attorney Benjamin Crump on behalf of Taylor’s family, they believe police forced their way into Taylor’s home in a botched raid, surprising Taylor and Walker,  who thought the officers were burglars. He criticized the decision to charge Walker in the first place.

READ MORE: Breonna Taylor’s family files lawsuit claiming ‘botched’ raid by Kentucky police

“Don’t African Americans have the right to the Second Amendment?” Crump asked last week. “He was trying to protect Breonna. He was trying to protect himself.”

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Lana Del Rey Clarifies Controversial Remarks On Beyoncé And Other 'Sexy' Female Artists

Huff Post Black Voices - Fri, 05/22/2020 - 14:14
The "Venice Beach" singer was accused of being racist after a fiery Instagram post aimed at her critics.
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Tyler Perry taking major precautions to reopen studio in July

The griot - Fri, 05/22/2020 - 14:05

Tyler Perry is working hard to reopen his sprawling Atlanta studio in July and plans to resume filming on several projects amid the COVID-19 crisis.

On Wednesday, he detailed the steps he will take to ensure everyone’s safety in a 30-page document entitled “Camp Quarantine.” In it, he outlines plans to have the cast and crew of Sistas and The Oval stay on the enormous campus as they go into production.

READ MORE: Tyler Perry officially unveils the first Black-owned studio

Perry plans to have the casts tested for COVID-19 using a nasal swab test 16 days before they plan to travel to the studio. After the test, they’re expected to self-isolate at home while they await their travel date.

Perry promised to provide private flights to Atlanta where they would undergo a rapid test from Abbot Labs that can return results in 15 minutes when they get into the car at the airport.

Tyler Perry Studios (Credit: Tyler Perry)

Face masks are required of everyone involved and all luggage will be sanitized before being unloaded at the studio’s campus. Upon arrival at the studio, everyone will be tested again; this time by medical staff from Emory Healthcare.

“Once inside the quarantine bubble, participants are not permitted to leave for the entire 14-day period,” it reads.

The cast and crew will continue to undergo COVID-19 testing throughout their stay and it’s clear Perry is taking the health and safety of his team very seriously.

READ MORE: Tyler Perry tips $21K to restaurant workers during COVID-19 shutdown

The document also included a letter to the cast:

Hello Everyone,

I couldn’t start this letter without first saying that our hearts, souls and minds stand with all those who have lost loved ones during this challenging time in our world. I’d also like you know that we stand firmly with our frontline workers. They are the true superstars in all of this.

It seems that there isn’t a person on this planet that hasn’t been affected by COVID19 in some way. I know I have, at the beginning of this pandemic we lost an amazing crew member. His name is Charles Gregory Ross and he came down with symptoms a few days after wrapping on another production and died a few weeks later. He put a face to the horrors of this virus for me. As my crew and I had been working with him on and off for over 15 years, it affects us all deeply as you could imagine. It’s still hard to believe.

It is with that sobering reality and the understanding that African Americans are disproportionately affected by this virus in vast numbers, and also knowing that my cast and crew members are largely African American — that we came up with this plan to return to work safely.

I want it to be abundantly clear that there was no way I could or would consider putting people back to work without a plan that takes extreme measures to try and mitigate as much risk as possible in our productions, and I think we’ve managed to do just that.

It took a village of staff, medical doctors, epidemiologists, lawyers, union reps, talent and their reps, crew members, insurers, and a lot of other great thinkers to come up with this plan.

I have personally been in touch with union reps and they have let me know that there is a collective union and guild guideline plan that is coming soon. My team and I will gladly be sure to implement these updates into our existing plan when available.

What is most clear about this plan, is that the union and guild reps, myself and everyone else involved all want the same thing, and that is the safety of our cast and crew as we return to work. With that all said here, below is an overview of the plan. More extensive details may be found in the deck.

Thank you for your time and consideration,

Tyler Perry

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Celebrity Beauty Looks Of The Week: May 17 – May 23

Essence magazine - Fri, 05/22/2020 - 13:59

It was a good week for getting dolled up. Virtual proms, class of 2020 graduations, and various birthdays took place in the celebrity world. And our favorite La La Land beauties pulled out their finest palettes, and put on their best hair to serve up glamour like they did pre-quarantine.

Purple seemed to be a popular color, and this week was less about keeping it subtle, and more about going for it with bright hues and bold accents.

Check out the celebrity quarantine beauty that reminded us that hair and makeup are just as much entertainment as they are for grooming.

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Atlanta man who lied about having COVID-19 charged with fraud

The griot - Fri, 05/22/2020 - 13:54

A Georgia man is now facing fraud charges after authorities say he lied to his employer about testing positive for COVID-19 so he could have paid time off.

According to TMZ, on Thursday Santwon Antonio Davis was charged with fraud by the U.S. attorney’s office in Atlanta by claiming he’d tested positive for the virus, causing his employer to shut down its plant for sanitizing.

READ MORE: Coronavirus pandemic exposes America’s shortage of nurses, nursing resources

Authorities said Davis worked for an unnamed Fortune 500 company with a plant in the Atlanta area. His Facebook profile indicated that the company was PPG Industries.

During the chaos set off by his claims, several other employees also had to be placed on paid leave while they quarantined, and prosecutors say the company ultimately lost over $100,000.

After Santwon Antonio Davis, 34, said he'd tested positive, his employer shut down its plant for sanitizing and put several other employees on paid leave while they quarantined, causing the company a loss of more than $100,000, prosecutors allege.

— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) May 22, 2020

“The defendant caused unnecessary economic loss to his employer and distress to his coworkers and their families,” U.S. Attorney Byung J. ‘BJay’ Pak said in a release. “We will take quick action through the Georgia COVID-19 Task Force to put a stop to criminals preying on Georgia companies and the public with Coronavirus-related fraud schemes.”

The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a pandemic on March 11th and on March 12th and 13th, the company held a mandatory training where employees were informed they would receive paid time off to quarantine if they tested positive.

A week later, Davis told his supervisors his mother, with whom he lived, had been exposed to someone who’d tested positive for COVID-19 and had been advised to self-quarantine.

His supervisor said Davis should continue working because that still made him a low-risk exposure. But the next day, Friday, March 20th, Davis texted his supervisor to say his mother had developed symptoms overnight. On Saturday,, he sent an update that his mom had tested positive for COVID-19. And on Sunday he completed his scheme by claiming he’d tested positive as well.

The company’s human resources manager eventually reviewed the medical excuse letter Davis sent and saw some indications of fraud, and when he refused to submit his test results he was terminated.

The 34-year-old has since come clean that he never had the virus.

READ MORE: Former White House butler who served 11 presidents dies of coronavirus

But federal agents say that before he was caught, on March 23rd, the company closed its plant on March 23 for cleaning and paid salaries of at least four employees who’d been in close contact with him.

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NFL’s Brandon Carr tackles youth literacy with virtual reading series

The griot - Fri, 05/22/2020 - 13:47

Brandon Carr has made a name for himself playing for the Dallas Cowboys, the Baltimore Ravens and the Kansas City Chiefs, but now the NFL cornerback is tackling a new challenge: youth literacy.

READ MORE: Study finds Black students are suspended more than white peers

The 34-year-old free agent has curated a virtual weekly reading series, alongside his son, Ace, that helps motivate children to continue to read amid the coronavirus pandemic. As a child of a elementary school teacher and basketball coach, the initiative is near and dear to Carr’s heart.

“Growing up, my world consisted of sports and school. The reason why I got involved with literacy, my parents always stressed the importance of just utilizing my platform in a positive way,” he tells theGrio. “As I’ve grown, you know, my platform has changed in different ways, until I got to the NFL and I realized what they were grooming me for, and it was a life of serving.”

He continues, “My mom, her big message was ‘Don’t be [just] an athlete, don’t be just a football player.’ I took that to heart at a very young age, and as I started to just try to figure out, you know, what would be something I can do off the field.”

Brandon Carr is pictured with his son, Ace. (Credit: Shaun Graham)

After consistently giving back during the holidays at Thanksgiving turkey drives and Christmas gift giveaways, Carr decided he wanted to do more.

“I was motivated by a lot of my teammates, not just their philanthropy, you know, outreach and things they were doing. I grew up seeing my parents give away all types of stuff. So it was in me. But at the same time, you know, I felt like it was a bigger purpose than just those, you know, holiday giveaways,” he explains.

The NFL player, who wanted to be a pediatrician growing up, decided to focus on literacy through his non-profit organization, Carr Cares Foundation. He references the stark statistics regarding literacy amongst Black boys, with only 10 percent of eighth-grade Black boys in the U.S. proficient in reading, according to

In October 2019, Carr launched Lit Buddies, a bi-monthly literacy subscription box curated for elementary-age children that works to ensure that they are reading on grade level by the third grade. His weekly virtual reading series, Lit Buddies Read-Along, followed shortly afterwards. Carr’s son, Ace, has selected nearly all of the books that have been read during the series, a father-son experience that Carr describes as “really cool.”

“I kind of go over with him, but I tell him who the audience was and he goes and picks his books,” he dishes. “Then sometimes we may change on the fly the day of. So that’s that’s been a really cool experience, to not only be side-by-side with him, but to see him grow as well. It’s bigger than myself and bigger than the Carr Cares.”

Brandon Carr is pictured reading to a group of students. (Credit: Shaun Graham)

He goes on to explain that Ace does give him some grief when he’s uninterested in reading and rather do other things, like play.

“I get the same thing as [other] parents. I’ll get the roll of their eyes and sometimes they’re not motivated to do it right. So I’m no different, right? I wanted to put that on camera, let everybody see it, but I was just excited to see him grow each and every week,” he says. “Some of the books I thought would be challenging, as far as the words, and he’d knock it out. So I just want the parents to see us work in progress over here, and I hope they’re doing the same.”

The athlete, who says he would like to write a children’s book one day with Ace, hopes to motivate other Black fathers, and give parents a much-needed break as they homeschool and work from home amid the pandemic.

READ MORE: NFL’s first virtual draft provides viral moments with new players

“It is just really just stepping out there and still trying to stay connected with our Black community, but to also motivate other dads, other parents, you know. We know we’re going through a tough time in having to wear a lot of different hats right now. I’m no different. We just want to just display that and just to kind of encourage parents to continue to read with the kids, continue to try to make it a fun environment.”

He adds, “Sometimes we serve as just a 30-minute or one-hour break for some of the kids. I tell the parents to set the kids down, you can go clean house, take a nap, whatever, we’ll entertain them for a couple minutes and send them back to you. It’s a way to try and stay creative, still trying to motivate the kids and the parents, and still continue to stress the importance of literacy and have fun with it.”

Interested parents can find out more information about Lit Buddies on the official website:

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Bakari Sellers talks memoir ‘My Vanishing Country’ and family’s civil rights legacy

The griot - Fri, 05/22/2020 - 13:46

With a range of accomplishments under his belt, a memoir documenting Bakari Sellers‘ success is right on time. In 2006, he made history as the youngest elected official in the South Carolina state legislature and the youngest Black elected official in the country at 22.

Now at 35, the political commentator and attorney has released My Vanishing Country, an in-depth look at southern heritage, Black history, and cultural legacies through his own family’s past.

READ MORE: Quarantine and chill with these books during pandemic

“The thing about this book is crazy, though, to the timing. Everybody’s like ‘the timing, the timing.’ A lot of people are pushing their books back and everybody’s like me; Your book is coming out during COVID. And I think it’s evergreen because it’s a sad testament to where we are as a country,” Sellers told theGrio during a recent Instagram Live conversation.

Bakari Sellers attends Politicon 2018 at Los Angeles Convention Center on October 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Politicon)

“This pandemic has ripped the band-aid off of the ethnic disparities and racial disparities we have in this country. And those disparities have always been present. So anytime this book comes out, I think it would have been on time.”

His release is one thing that will not be hindered by the coronavirus pandemic. Despite all odds, the author is determined to not only release the book but has goals beyond the publish date. He shares with theGrio the initial pushback for his opus.

“I want to be a best seller. I want to be a New York Times bestseller for this book.
And people ask me why. And I say, you know, it’s not to put in my Twitter bio, although it will go there. But I got turned down to write this book over 30 times,” Sellers revealed.

READ MORE: Big Sean shares books that changed his life

That drive to succeed is evident in his life journey, and for Sellers, the tenacity is in his blood. His father Cleveland Sellers, a key figure in his life and Black history participated in the Orangeburg Massacre, a pivotal moment in the Civil Rights Movement.

“February 8th, 1968, my father was shot along with 28 others. Three were killed, Henry Smith, Samuel Hammond, and Delano Middleton. It’s called the Orangeburg Massacre. Uniquely enough, we just celebrated the memorial, a commemoration. I really don’t know what you call these things where lives are lost and blood is spilled,” Sellers remarked.

He added, “I’ve been thinking this through and kind of rereading a lot of the book and, I remember when I wrote it one of the most powerful statements that I’ve put in the book … was when I was talking about the fact that my father taught us that heroes walk among us.

“He didn’t want us to believe that it was just Martin (Martin Luther King Jr.) Malcolm (Malcolm X), and Rosa (Rosa Parks). He wanted us to give and give credence to those names who who who aren’t written about.

“Henry Smith, Samuel Hammond, and Delano Middleton. Those are three names that are etched into my heart. And I lived for them. I referred to it as the most important day in my life, although it was nearly 20 years before I was born.”

My Vanishing Country was published May 19, 2020 and is currently available for purchase.

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Ebony Magazine - Fri, 05/22/2020 - 13:46
Kwame Kilpatrick, former Detroit Mayor, has been granted home confinement after spending 7 years of a 28-year sentence in prison. Kilpatrick, convicted in 2013 of perjury, obstruction of justice, and other crimes, was not expected to be paroled until 2037. He is currently on mandatory quarantine at a prison facility, and then will be released […]
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Grab Your Coins! These Beauty Brands Are Having A Major Memorial Day Sale

Essence magazine - Fri, 05/22/2020 - 13:11

When stay-at-home orders went into effect,you may have gone into savings mode—which is easy to do when you’re not meeting up with friends for happy hour,jet-setting, or buying outfits for festival season.

Quarantine, while challenging,has given some individuals an opportunity to set aside money for a rainy day and this weekend’s massive Memorial Day sales.

According to U.S News & World Report, the holiday is the perfect time to get the best price on both necessities and splurges, so now is the time to rack up on all of your beauty essentials like face masks and moisturizers, and treat yourself to anew facial cleansing device.

To help you navigate the world Memorial Day sales, here’s a list ofthe best beauty deals and steals.

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Is Your Vaginal Health Suffering In Quarantine?

Essence magazine - Fri, 05/22/2020 - 13:08

Even though economies are gradually starting to open up again, COVID-19 is still effecting our usual way of life, including healthcare. With doctors offices switching to virtual visits, many women are left wondering how best to address their vaginal health with a doctor while things are in limbo. Obviously, telehealth visits don’t quite work when it comes to annual pap smears, prenatal visits, and emergency matters where a doctor will need to conduct an in-person exam.

Luckily, social distancing doesn’t mean your lady parts have to go neglected. OB-GYN Dr. Tosha Rogers answers all of our urgent questions when it comes to when and how to care for our vaginal health while stay-at-home orders are still in effect.

When And When Not To Reschedule Your Annual Pap Smear

“If you are having issues/concerns or if you are high risk, meaning a history of abnormal pap smears, then by all means, insist on getting an examination without hesitation,” says Dr. Rogers. “If you are symptom-free and it’s truly just routine, then it’s fine to wait for three months or so. If you need a refill on birth control, simply call the nurse and explain you are scheduled for a future appointment, but you need refills now. They will usually comply.”

If You Are Pregnant, In-Office Visits Are Non-Negotiable.

Under no circumstances are prenatal visits to be scheduled virtually. “A pregnant visit needs to be hands-on to properly evaluate mom and baby,” says Dr. Rogers. “Don’t let your provider try to do a telemedicine visit if you’re pregnant.”

Should Couples Wait Until The Pandemic Ends To Conceiving?

Couples who are trying to have a baby aren’t quite sure if now is a good time to start the baby-making process. But Dr. Rogers says it’s difficult to tell a couple to wait since we don’t know how long coronavirus will be around. “We know that saliva and semen can contain Covid-19, even in people without symptoms,” she says. “My recommendation would be for both parties to be tested, quarantine together & practice social distancing & wear masks when leaving the home. Go out only when necessary. Once precautions have been taken, I would say proceed with trying with caution.”

How can we best take look after our vaginal health until we’re able to see our OB-GYN?

“As for general vaginal health, I would definitely recommend controlling your sugar, carb, and alcohol intake as it encourages an overgrowth of yeast,” says Dr, Rogers. “Also, stay well hydrated with water and a shot of Apple Cider vinegar daily. As for your physical, mental and heart health, get out and walk at least an hour per day. It will keep your blood pressure, blood sugar and weight down. Be mindful to use only Dove white bar soap on your entire body, including your vaginal area, and never wash your hair in the shower.”


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Scottie Pippen is reportedly ‘livid’ over portrayal in ‘The Last Dance’

The griot - Fri, 05/22/2020 - 13:06

The final two episodes of The Last Dance series aired Sunday, May 17, and for the most part, there have been positive reviews.

READ MORE: The last take on ‘The Last Dance’

However, some former Chicago Bulls players were not happy with the outcome of the docuseries. Horace Grant, who won three championships with Michael Jordan, called him a liar after Jordan alleged that he leaked info for sportswriter Sam’s Smith’s controversial 1992 book “The Jordan Rules.”

6-time NBA champion Scottie Pippen, widely considered ‘Robin’ to Jordan’s ‘Batman,’  is reportedly “livid” about his portrayal in the series, according to CBS Sports.

According to ESPN 1000’s David Kaplan, Pippen “is so angry at Michael and how he was portrayed, called selfish, called this, called that, that he’s furious that he participated and did not realize what he was getting himself into.” 

Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls, left, discusses strategy with teammates Ron Harper, center, and Scottie Pippen during a time-out on the court during the fourth quarter of game two in the NBA Finals at the United Center in 1996.

Jordan said he thought Pippen was selfish after Pippen’s decision to have surgery on a knee injury at the beginning of the 1997-1998 season instead of doing so in the offseason. 

In episode 7 of the docuseries Game 3 of the 1994 Eastern Conference Semifinals was featured. The Chicago Bulls were playing the New York Knicks and the game was tied with just seconds left.  Former Chicago Bulls head coach Phil Jackson made the decision to let a European rookie, Toni Kukoc, take the shot instead of Pippen. 

Pippen was so angry with the call he walked off of the court and sat on the bench. In the docuseries, several players expressed their disappointment in his choice. 

When recalling that moment Pippen said, “I wish it never happened, but if I had a chance to do it over again, I probably wouldn’t change it.” 

Grant had his own opinions about Pippen’s portrayal. In a interview with Bill Cartwright and Craig Hodges, Grant said, “If it wasn’t for Scottie Pippen there would be no six championships. I’m telling you right now, guys. The first championship I think MJ got in foul trouble against the Lakers and who came to the rescue?

No. 33. Scottie Pippen. Scottie Pippen. Yes, he made a mistake. We addressed that after the game. And then it was over with and we took the Knicks to seven games. My question is: How in the hell did that get on this documentary when MJ’s a-s wasn’t even on the team.”

Dennis Rodman, who won three championships with the Bulls and two with the Detroit Pistons, also came to Scottie’s defense. Rodman told ESPN, “Scottie was so underrated — and so underpaid. He should be holding his head up higher than Michael Jordan in this documentary. I think a lot of people are now realizing what he went through. The kid was a hero, in a lot of ways, during those great Bulls runs.”

Scottie has yet to publicly respond, although The Last Dance has dominated the sports conversation especially with all four major leagues dark due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

READ MORE: Michael Jordan series ‘The Last Dance’ crowned ESPN’s most-viewed documentary ever

“He felt like up until the last few minutes of Game 6 against the Jazz, it was just ‘bash Scottie, bash Scottie, bash Scottie,” Kaplan said.

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Chloe x Halle, Yebba and Jacob Collier Offer Danceable Grooves In Time For Summer

Essence magazine - Fri, 05/22/2020 - 12:58

Is it me or did this week just fly by? Even time can’t wait for that next Verzuz episode. I’m glad we all could make it together to enjoy another episode of ESSENCE’s The Playlist.

We’re rounding out of May and the question I ask is, “What is summer anyway?” I’m sure we’ll all be outside enjoying social-distance free concerts and quiet parties on rooftops, but what will summer 2020 sound like?

That’s why I’m here to help. If you’re still enjoying these sounds from your friendly neighborhood audiophile, I am happy to share these songs with you as we go into the weekend. Today’s edition features a soulful solo number from Yebba Smith, a throwback funk fest with Anthony Hamilton and Rick James, and an end of the night jam from Chelsie Denise.

Find a cozy corner, grab your dance shoes, check out The Playlist, plus share any thoughts about the songs with me @KevitoClark.

1. Chloe x Halle — “Do It”

Upping the ante are Chloe x Halle with a party-starting number called “Do It,” which is from their sophomore set Ungodly Hour. The Bailey sisters take us to a time we all miss—enjoying a night out with friends sans social distancing—and makes it an official “good vibes only” anthem. Co-written with Victoria Monét, this R&B tune is for those just with the crew and not out looking for boo.

2. Yebba — “Distance”

Twenty-five-year-old soul singer and arranger Yebba Smith has been making waves for the past few years now. She’s gotten the party started with PJ Morton (“How Deep Is Your Love”) and continues to make noise despite having only a few singles to her name. “Distance” is the first single from her upcoming album and is an emotive, bossa-nova tinged ballad that expands on her signature sound and melody. This is one’s for the steppers.

3. Anthony Hamilton — “Back Together” (ft. Rick James)

What’s summer without a little deep-rooted fire and desire? Producer 9th Wonder makes music lover’s dreams come true as “Back Together” serves as a duet of sorts between Anthony Hamilton and Rick James. The two crooners add that hip-hop soul that makes you hype for the next BBQ or brunch function. #BrunchGang. Hamilton pens a solid effort as he sings from the heart to get his girl to come back home.

4. Adeline — “After Midnight”

Adeline makes her return to The Playlist with this fan-favorite dance track called “After Midnight.” This one is ripe for the Soul in the Horn and Makossa crowd! A summer party jam that is bouncy from head to toe, the former frontwoman for nu-disco band Escort delivers a perfect groove for those who frequent Club Quarantine. Fresh, fun, flirtatious, and funky—”After Midnight” is exactly a song that adds some energy for her forthcoming EP Intérimes.

5. Brasstracks — “Change For Me” (ft. Samm Henshaw)

For those who are checking in from #KevitoSays (thank you!) — you know my thoughts on Samm Henshaw. Henshaw’s last joint, “Church” (ft. EARTHGANG), had people saying “hollaback, hallelujah” with their hands to the sky, which is why “Change For Me” is a welcomed sunshine offering. Alongside the songwriting-instrumentalist team Brasstracks, the single discusses self-worth and self-love over an intricately beautiful and uplifting melody.

6. Bree Runway — “Damn Daniel” (ft. Yung Baby Tate)

Budding UK musician Bree Runway is a musical wunderkind. Blessed with the inventiveness and strong work ethic to create her own world, “Damn Daniel” is a fun and bouncy romp that throws back to when clubs used to rock left and right. Keisha (Bree) and Felicia (Yung Baby Tate) are two rappers who go ham-and-turkey-burgers over this LIOHN-produced number. Lace-up your dance shoes, play this on repeat, and please stop sleeping on Yung Baby Tate. That’s it. That’s the PSA.

7. Jacob Collier — “All I Need” (ft. Mahalia & Ty Dolla $ign)

Before you step off the dancefloor, give this one a few plays. Jacob Collier is the Quincy Jones-managed musical prodigy who went from getting likes on YouTube to praise from legends both past and present. “All I Need” is a biggie that will have you dancing and smiling with its infection hook and groove. Mahalia and Ty Dolla $ign on this song is a guaranteed pocket that’ll make everyone get up and flex their best moves. If you’re still moving, Jacob Collier‘s upcoming album, Djesse Vol. 3, is one to keep an ear out for.

8. Col3trane — “Clutch” (ft. Kiana Ledé)

Col3trane and Kiana Ledé have been on this audio adventurer’s radar for a minute. Now as two exciting voices emerging out of R&B, their collaborative song, “Clutch,” marks an interesting future for them as artists. Perfect for the beach, the backyard, or the block itself, the J Moona and Mojam-produced track displaying Col3 and Kiana’s buttery vocals with a peppering of afrobeat influence in the percussion. “Clutch” is going to make a splash at the next Everyday People party very soon.

9. Teyana Taylor — “Made It”

Summer for the graduates is vastly different than in the past. Teyana Taylor is joining the chorus of other artists and public figures in congratulating the class of 2020. “Made It,” a praiseworthy song about overcoming obstacles and staying faithful to your dreams, is for the hardworking students who definitely deserve some accolade. Produced by The Aunties, Teyana delivers a passionate message to the 2020 graduates and should be shared by everyone who wants to celebrate excellence.

10. Chelsie Denise — “Call Me”

Every summer party needs that song that closes out the night like a good, cool breeze. Enter: Chelsie Denise. The Canarsie, Brooklyn native takes us to a Friday summer night overlooking the Belt Parkway. Over Lil Wayne’s “Single” sample, Chelsie delivers quarantine-and-chill type energy that’ll have you scrolling through your contacts to find that special somebody to slow wine with.

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Jennifer Hudson sued by photographer for $175K over Instagram post

The griot - Fri, 05/22/2020 - 12:34

Jennifer Hudson is being sued for allegedly for posting a picture to Instagram without crediting the photographer.

Paparazzi photographer Fernando Ramales filed a lawsuit against Hudson and her company on Wednesday in Manhattan federal court.

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Page Six reported Ramales snapped Hudson wearing a pink blazer and thigh-high stilettos last December. He alleges that Hudson erased the watermark to the picture and posted it to Instagram on Dec. 31, 2019, and provided a screenshot of the post as proof.

A screenshot released in court documents showing Jennifer Hudson’s Instagram post dated Dec. 31, 2019

“Me walking out of 2019 into 2020 like ….just as grateful as I can be ! Thank u Lord for all you’ve done for me ! I hope u all find your joy in the new year !” Hudson posted to Instagram.

The post, which garnered 31,965 likes, was recently removed but Ramales is demanding $175,000. He also wants his attorney’ fees paid for in regard to the alleged copyright infringement.

“More and more celebrities are using social media to reach out to their fans to promote their brand by using photographs,” said Ramales’ lawyer, Richard Liebowitz. “But Ms. Hudson and her company did not get the proper permissions to use the photograph, and they also cropped out the photographer’s watermark identifying him as the copyright holder. You simply can’t do that.”

Hudson, an Oscar Award-winning actress who is set to play Aretha Franklin in the upcoming Respect, has not yet commented on the matter.

Hudson is one of the latest celebrities to be sued by photographers.

In March, LeBron James was sued by Steven Mitchell for posting a picture of himself on Facebook without first getting permission from him. Mitchell cited Section 501 of the Copyright Act and wanted $150,000 in damages.

LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers in action against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on December 18, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

“This action arises out of Defendant’s unauthorized reproduction and public display of a copyrighted photograph of NBA basketball player Lebron James during a basketball game against the Miami Heat, owned and registered by Mitchell, a professional photographer,” the suit contends.

READ MORE: Lebron James sued for $150K over Facebook post

Mitchell declared that James had no authority to post the picture.

“Defendants did not license the Photograph from Plaintiff for its Website, nor did Defendants have Plaintiff’s permission or consent to publish the Photograph on its Website,” the filing continues.

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