The Photograph: Not a love story – a like story

Alton Worley II | Staff Writer Photo Credit: Pexels User Brett Sayles It’s been a while since audiences have seen a black romance movie, and The Photograph provides a breath of fresh air, but not in the way you would think. The official synopsis: “On Valentine’s Day, Issa Rae (HBO’s Insecure, Little) and LaKeith Stanfield (FX’s Atlanta, Sorry to Bother You) connect in a romance where a woman must learn from the secrets in her mother’s past if she is to move forward and allow herself to love and be loved.  When famed photographer Christina Eames unexpectedly dies, she leaves her … Continue reading The Photograph: Not a love story – a like story

Gayle King “was doing her job” in asking about Kobe Bryant’s past, journalists say

Andi McCloud | Staff Writer Gayle King was being a responsible journalist for CBS when she asked about a past felony sexual assault charge against former Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, several journalists agree. “I just feel like she was doing her job,” Hampton University journalism major Marcus Nelson said, adding, “If you aren’t in her field of work, you just might not understand that.”  Snoop Dogg issued a warning to King online after her “CBS This Morning” interview with former WNBA player Lisa Leslie about Bryant, who was killed Jan. 26 in a helicopter crash with his daughter … Continue reading Gayle King “was doing her job” in asking about Kobe Bryant’s past, journalists say

Commentary: Oscars are still so white

Anisa Saigo | Staff Writer Photo Credit: Unsplash User Denise Jans The Oscars have been the highlight of almost every actor’s dream for more than 90 years. The glitz, the glamour and the expenses that these amazing actors and actresses go above and beyond for don’t go unnoticed on the most famous red carpet ever. What does go unnoticed, however, is the lack of appreciation for black actors. You would think by 2020, things would be different, but it is no different than 80 years ago, when Hattie McDaniel became the first black actor to win an Academy Award. Even then, … Continue reading Commentary: Oscars are still so white

Jay Electronica tweets that his debut album is finished

Barry Jones | Staff Writer Photo Credit: Flickr User Joshua Mellin Jay Electronica, one of hip-hop’s biggest mysteries, has finally tweeted that, after a decade, he has finished his debut album. Electronica got his start in 2009 with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation. He immediately got to work with some of the industry’s biggest producers such as Young Guru and Just Blaze. In December 2009, Jay Electronica released one of hip-hop’s most revered records to date: Exhibit C. Exhibit C, produced by Just Blaze, caught major attention worldwide. To say Jay Electronica had an amazing introduction is an understatement. Exhibit C landed Electronica … Continue reading Jay Electronica tweets that his debut album is finished

Neptunes and Outkast among 2020 nominees for Songwriters’ Hall of Fame

Barry Jones | Staff Writer Photo Credit: Flickr User The DePaulia In the eyes of the public, songwriting is one of the more underrated aspects of a musician’s overall talent. However, every year, the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame recognizes some of the best songwriters to ever contribute to the music industry. The 2020 list of nominees is full of familiar names such as The Neptunes, Mariah Carey, The Isley Brothers, Outkast and Journey. According to the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame website, “A songwriter with a notable catalog of songs qualifies for induction 20 years after the first commercial release of a … Continue reading Neptunes and Outkast among 2020 nominees for Songwriters’ Hall of Fame

Comme des Garçons accused of cultural appropriation following debut of 2020 menswear line

Andi Mccloud | Staff Writer Photo Credit: Unsplash User Alin Surdu The runway featured mostly white models in braided cornrow wigs. There were black models who wore wigs and some who kept their natural hair. Critics quickly took to social media to point out the “offensive” look. Diet Prada, an Instagram page that notoriously calls out major fashion brands and designers, was one of the first to comment on the alleged cultural appropriation, citing that the models appeared to be embarrassed.  “The look on the models’ faces says it all,” Diet Prada wrote to its 1.7 million followers. Social media fashion … Continue reading Comme des Garçons accused of cultural appropriation following debut of 2020 menswear line

Are diversity and inclusion becoming normalized or are they trends?

Carlie Beard | Arts and Entertainment Editor The words diversity and inclusion are often used in just about everything seen on a daily basis. Being inclusive seems to be the main focus of top companies. New roles such as Diversity and Inclusion leaders are being implemented to ensure that there are more diverse workplace environments. However, does having these roles really create a space for people of different races and socioeconomic backgrounds? In media, ad campaigns have noticeably taken steps to showcase multicultural people. Some even reference this as “Inclusive Marketing.” However, being inclusive is not only showing people with … Continue reading Are diversity and inclusion becoming normalized or are they trends?

“The Most Searched: A Celebration of Black History Makers”

Alton Worley | Staff Writer Photo Credit: Flickr User super bond1 Google released a Black History Month ad Jan. 25, showing that its most searched icons and moments in U.S. history were black. Using data from Google Trends, Google identified African American achievements that were searched more than anything else. Google used data from Jan. 1, 2004, when search data first became available, to July 1, 2019. “Growing up, I saw firsthand how the NAACP ACT-SO program inspired young black talent to believe in and showcase their brilliance,” said Justin Steele, director of Google.org. The most searched U.S. history terms were: … Continue reading “The Most Searched: A Celebration of Black History Makers”

Ex-NFL player Matthew Cherry tackles filmmaking, earns an Oscar nomination for Hair Love

Alazja Kirk | Staff Writer From the NFL to Hollywood, the writer, director and filmmaker Matthew Cherry has had an impressive rise to the top. The Chicago native is a former NFL receiver-turned-filmmaker who played for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Cincinnati Bengals, Carolina Panthers and the Baltimore Ravens. Cherry moved to L.A. to pursue a career in entertainment after his retirement in 2007. He’s worked as a production assistant on more than 40 commercials and 20 music videos. Cherry’s latest project, Hair Love, received an Oscar nomination this month for best animated short film. Hair Love is about an African American … Continue reading Ex-NFL player Matthew Cherry tackles filmmaking, earns an Oscar nomination for Hair Love

Black British actors: The next big thing

Brandi Hutchison | Staff Writer For many years, African American actors from the UK have left their marks on Hollywood, especially the American film industry. These actors do nothing less of a phenomenal job in playing American roles. Their skillful performances in playing these roles of Black Americans tend to leave audiences in high praise and recognition. One of the many talents to have bridged the gap for British black actors and actresses is Idris Elba. The UK native first appeared on the TV series Crimewatch. He later rose to fame after appearing on the television series The Wire, a … Continue reading Black British actors: The next big thing