There’s more: Lifetime airing follow-up to ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ documentary

Lifetime is about to air a follow up to their monumental and game-changing docu-series “Surviving R. Kelly” that may contribute to putting the legendary singer-songwriter-producer behind bars after three decades of sexual abuse allegations. The explosive Dream Hampton-directed documentary aired on Jan. 3 and was enormously successful in completely detonating R. Kelly’s life in ways […]

Soledad O’Brien blasts CNN as hypocrites for lack of diversity

Soledad O’Brien, once a popular anchor on CNN, smacked her former bosses in the face this week with the same charge they made against the Trump administration: the lack of diversity on the staff. In particular, O’Brien put CNN Politics’ Twitter account on full blast when it had the intestinal fortitude to share a story about […]

The 5 most beautiful Black female news anchors

The world of broadcast journalism has always been predominantly White. As regularly as topics such as race relations, police violence, even immigration are discussed on-air, the anchors, pundits, and reporters often look nothing like their subjects. However, over the last decade or so, many larger news companies have decided to diversify their staff (somewhat) — […]

Macy’s celebration of diversity is a win for Black women in power

Macy’s new CEO Jeff Gennette was surrounded by a powerful group, a benefit of his predecessor’s Terry Lundgren’s hard work and the relationships he’s built in the African American and other minority communities. The retailer’s chief diversity officer William Hawthorne III, Esq. hosted the invitation-only affair in the Macy’s executive suite that attracted the most […]

Platform.org founder and diversity advocate Hank Williams dead at 50

Renowned technology entrepreneur and diversity advocate Hank Williams has died at the age of 50. Williams died Nov. 15 after a weeklong stay at the Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey. He was being treated for complications from pneumonia and myocarditis, which can be caused by a viral heart infection. In 1998, Williams founded the Internet music […]

Usher, Jay Z, Soledad O’Brien and Harry Belafonte discuss social injustice

Usher Raymond joined longtime activist and entertainer Harry Belafonte and former CNN reporter Soledad O’Brien Friday evening at Manhattan’s Kaufmann Concert Hall for a dialogue on political activism, entitled “Usher Raymond: Breaking the Chains of Social Injustice.” The singer’s new song, “Chains,” which is dedicated to unarmed Black Americans gunned down without receiving justice, sparked the […]

Usher’s ‘Chains,’ inspires social injustice forum with Harry Belafonte, Jay Z

[jwplatform 9Ots6qgJ] Usher, Harry Belafonte, and Soledad O’Brien lead a discussion on today’s activism, entitled “Usher Raymond: Breaking the Chains of Social Injustice.” The evening, which took place at 92nd Street Y in Manhattan, acknowledged Usher’s new song and video dedicated to injustice, “Chains,” featuring Nas and Bibi Bourelly.

Russell Simmons’ Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation 20th anniversary gala

Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation 20th Anniversary Gala: The Hamptons evening of Black star-power and classUsually when we envision The Hamptons, it isn’t easy to disassociate it from its ritzy mystique. Us common folk know it to be a an enclave of private land, privilege and pinkies in the air. Last night however, humility, grace and […]

Macy’s hosts best in class diversity media partnership celebration

Ed Goldberg, Bill Hawthorne, Maria Rios, Christian Page and members of the Macy’s team hosted a phenomenal holiday event celebrating media partnerships and diversity procurement. The event allowed global media partners including Michelle Eubanks, President, Essence Communications Inc.; Dr. Benjamin Chavis, CEO & President of the National Newspaper Publishers Association; Vicki Free, Executive Vice President of Marketing and […]

Soledad O’Brien announces new ‘Black in America’ documentary

Award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien has announced a new “Black In America” documentary to air on CNN. On Tuesday, Nov. 18, “BLACK in America: BLACK & BLUE” will premiere on CNN at 9 p.m. EST. In the new installment of “Black in America” O’Brien will highlight the lives of several young men broken by aggressive policing […]

Soledad O’Brien, Hoda Kotb without makeup and hair undone

Popular television anchors Soledad O’Brien and Hoda Kotb post a selfie on Twitter of themselves sans makeup and hair teasing. O’Brien, 47, posted “I was in hair and makeup @TODAYshow and look–@hodakotb stopped by!!!” before her appearance on Today with Kotb, 49. The Afro-Cuban and Egyptian beauties, respectively, were praised on Twitter by fans for being naturally […]

Soledad O’Brien hosts 4th annual Starfish Foundation gala in New York

Broadcast journalist and philanthropist, Soledad O’Brien along with her husband, Brad Raymond, started the Starfish Foundation with the premise to help young women of color achieve success. Standing on the three pillars of education, advocacy and impact, the Starfish foundation “provide[s] hardworking young women with the resources necessary to succeed.” The young women (of color and/or low-income) take […]

McDonald’s 365 Black Awards gold carpet during Essence Festival

Mc Donald’s 365 Black Awards Show was held this past weekend during the 20th Essence Festival in New Orleans. The golden carpet was hosted by TV personality Janelle Snowden. This star-studded event featured performances and celebrities in honor of the outstanding individuals who make valuable contributions to the African American community. Hosted by Terrence Jenkins, who looked […]

Top 10 HBCU commencement speakers

Historically Black Colleges and Universities, also known as HBCUs produce some of the nations top executives, influential leaders and well known celebrities. These schools not only provide a place of learning, they encourage a tight knit network that essentially becomes an extended family.  It is no wonder that every year, the best and brightest want to give commencement […]

Pharrell celebrates 41st birthday with SpongeBob party

On Friday, April 4, super producer Pharrell Williams celebrated his 41st birthday (believe it or not) at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. The “Happy” singer welcomed guests to join him as he hit the yellow carpet for his SpongeBob SquarePants themed party, complete with it’s very own Bikini Bottom and crabby patty birthday […]

Celebrities who flash their Greek affiliations

You would be surprised by some of the celebrities who joined black Greek fraternities and sororities and which organizations they are members of. Take a look at the celebrities who like to flash their Greek affiliation.

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