Independence Day for some: 7 Black political prisoners held since the 1970s

As the nation celebrated Independence Day, there are those who ironically fought for everyone to have complete independence from oppression in America who remain imprisoned since the 1970s or longer. According to the Office of Justice Reforms within the U.S. Department of Justice (, a political prisoner is defined as “one who is detained for […]

Amazon Music releases new video by groundbreaking artist Brittney Spencer

On March 30, Amazon Music exclusively released an Amazon Original cover of Gretchen Peters’ “Independence Day” and an accompanying music video by groundbreaking recording artist Brittney Spencer. The song and video are available now as part of the rollout for the upcoming documentary, For Love & Country. For Love & Country is directed by Joshua […]

Kerry Washington sends powerful message on Independence Day

Kerry Washington celebrated Independence Day, July 4, 2021, by highlighting the importance of critical race theory. The 44-year-old actress has taken to Instagram to celebrate the landmark occasion, and to stress the importance of telling the “complete history” of the U.S. Alongside some photos of herself in a swimming pool, Kerry wrote: “Swipe for #FACTS […]

Will Smith nearly missed out on ‘Independence Day’ role because he’s Black

One of the biggest box office stars in modern Hollywood history, Will Smith, was nearly passed over for his role in the classic film epic Independence Day because he is Black. ID4 director Roland Emmerich and writer Dean Devlin were adamant about hiring Smith for the leading role of Captain Steven Hillard. But studio heads […]

Azealia Banks checks Candace Owens over her Juneteenth comments

Candace Owens bashed Juneteenth being designated a federal holiday this week with a barrage of posts on Instagram that included, “Juneteenth is soooo lame. Democrats really need to stop trying to repackage segregation. I’ll be celebrating July 4th and July 4th only.” Rapper Azealia Banks ripped into Owens over her comments. “According to this logic, […]

Vivica A. Fox wants Zendaya to play her daughter in potential ‘Kill Bill’ film

Vivica A. Fox has revealed that she wants Zendaya to play Vernita Green’s daughter in a potential third Kill Bill film. The 55-year-old actress played the role of assassin Vernita Green in Quentin Tarantino’s 2003 classic and its sequel, Kill Bill: Volume 2, the following year. Fox also admits she has ideas for a third […]

Damon Wayans Jr. under fire for calling July 4th this name

Damon Wayans Jr. set off a different kind of fireworks after he took to Twitter to characterize Independence Day this way: “Happy white people proud of their racist ancestors day.” Wayans has since said that he meant his tweet as a joke, he has said that “some took [the joke] too personally.” He faced massive backlash for the […]

Will Smith talks the long-awaited ‘Independence Day’ sequel

Though it’s been twenty years in the making, a sequel to the 1996 blockbuster movie Independence Day is finally upon us. Unfortunately for fans of the original film, one of the main characters, Captain Steven Hiller as portrayed by Will Smith, will not be a part of the upcoming project. In a recent interview with Yahoo, Smith, […]

How celebrities spent their 4th of July weekend (photos and video)

Malia Obama was gifted a new car for her Sweet 16. Unfortunately for her, she won’t be able to take any joyrides without adults present. D.C. requires teens be at least 17 to drive without an adult present, after having their learner’s permit for six months. The first daughter’s birthday falls on Independence Day, July […]

Nick Cannon, Lil Duval, DJ Mally Mall play in Las Vegas during 4th of July

Check out which celebs were playing (partying and/or performing)  in Las Vegas during the Fourth of July. On Saturday, July 5 “America’s Got Talent” host and DJ Nick Cannon performed a special Fourth of July set at 1 OAK at The Mirage. Before his big night, he dined at Chef Brian Massie’s STACK Restaurant & Bar with friends. After […]

Cutest 4th of July nails to inspire you

While everyone is gearing up for the Fourth of July, the ladies are lined up at the nail salon because nail polish adds that pop to any outfit. Whether you are staying basic with just red polish or you are going extra with flags, stars and stripes, these designs are stylish and original. Check out […]

Best 4th of July inspired makeup looks

Independence Day is here and what better way to show your spirit than with a bright red lip or red, white and blue eye shadow. In the gallery you will be inspired to add some color to your look today in observation of the Fourth of July. Check them out. –joi pearson @joiapearson 

7 Must-see Independence Day movies

Today, we celebrate our independence. On July 4, 1776, our founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence, birthing the United States of America into existence. While many take this time to celebrate by remembering our founding fathers or being surrounded by loved ones, here at rolling out, we are breaking down the best in cinema […]

10 inspiring quotes about freedom and independence

This Fourth of July, we might find ourselves surrounded by family, barbecuing, and enjoying our precious independence. But the Fourth of July is also a time to step back, reevaluate and express gratitude for the endless opportunities, privileges and freedom we may take for granted each day. In honor of Independence Day, we’re breaking down […]

Funniest 4th of July memes on Instagram

The Fourth of July is the perfect opportunity to show just how patriotic you are! Host a family BBQ, post dozens of firework videos, or share a silly meme with your social media following. Have a little fun this holiday and check out what funny Fourth of July memes people are sharing on Instagram below! […]

5 people who should be reminded we’re no longer enslaved this Fourth of July

America. Land of the free. Home of the … culturally insensitive? Six months into the year and there have been enough racially-charged public occurrences to discuss at kickbacks for the rest of the year. The birthday of this country’s independence, July 4th, is upon us. As you head out tomorrow to various BBQs, family visits […]

Hottest Fourth of July bathing suits

Fourth of July bathing suits are cute and festive with their red, white and blue and stars and stripes. Whether you choose a two-piece bikini or a sexy one-piece, we’ve picked out the hottest ones that we saw on the Web. Check them out in the gallery. –joi pearson @joiapearson

Top Atlanta restaurants’ 4th of July menu

Temperatures are rising in Hotlanta and the city’s restaurants have added some refreshing fares to their menus. This Fourth of July, you can go out and enjoy some delectable, light fares and refreshing drinks at many of your favorite spots. Check them out. Alma Cocina 191 Peachtree St. NE Atlanta, Georgia 30303 404.968.9662 Nothing is […]

4th of July cocktail recipes from Jim Beam’s master mixologist Bobby “G” Gleason

Celebration of our nation’s independence is incomplete without the perfect cocktail. Whether you plan to kick it in the backyard with a few friends or host the whole block, you’ll need a refreshing, ice-cold, All-American drink in hand to make the Fourth of July party complete. Bourbon history mirrors U.S. history. Rebellion. Progress. Heroes. Facts. Legends. […]