On My Block breaks barriers and gains success

Selena Roberts | Staff Writer Responsible for hit shows like Stranger Things, Dear White People, One Day at a Time and so on, Netflix supports shows that feature diverse casts and show minorities in a positive light. On My Block was recently added to the streaming service’s website and it has generated a lot of buzz among fans due to its refreshing way of portraying the drama that teens experience on an everyday basis. The 10-episode drama centers around a tight-knit group of four friends (Ruby, Jamal, Caesar, and Monse) who are about to enter high school. As a new … Continue reading On My Block breaks barriers and gains success

BET Social Media Awards celebrate creative content

Selena Roberts | Staff Writer Social media plays a huge role in people’s lives. It is where people can get news, entertainment and awareness on different issues. So, it is no wonder that BET hosted an awards show honoring those who’ve produced creative content across all social media sites in the past year. Comedian Michael Blackson hosted the live show Feb. 11, and it sure did leave an impression. The categories included Best Tea, Best Podcast, Social Hustle, Issa Wave, LMAO!, Clapback, Mood AF and Baewatch. The show opened with the Instagram comedians Lala Sizahands and Blame it on Kway. … Continue reading BET Social Media Awards celebrate creative content

African Americans aplenty at Academy Awards

Selena Roberts |Staff Writer The Oscars are right around the corner, and this event is sure to be monumental. The show broke barriers for African Americans last year. Viola Davis won the coveted statue of Best Supporting Actress for her work in Fences. Mahershala Ali won Best Supporting Oscar for his role as Juan in Moonlight, and the film won for Best Picture as well. Tiffany Haddish and Andy Serkis announced the 24 categories Jan. 23, and the nominees consisted of several people of color. Jimmy Kimmel is set to host the 90th awards show. Mary J. Blige is nominated … Continue reading African Americans aplenty at Academy Awards

Black Lightning Strikes Gold

Selena Roberts | Staff Writer The CW has added another show to its lineup, and it’s already generating a lot of buzz from viewers around the world. The network is known to host several shows based on DC Comics, including Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow and now, Black Lightning. Black Lightning focuses on Jefferson Pierce and his two daughters, Anissa and Jennifer. To the outside world, Pierce lives a normal life as a high school principal and is admired in the community. Behind closed doors, however, he’s been hiding his true identity for nearly a decade to protect his family’s well-being. … Continue reading Black Lightning Strikes Gold

She’s Gotta Have It generates success with viewers

Selena Roberts | Staff Writer Netflix has does it again. The streaming service has released several shows that are centered around an African-American cast, including Dear White People, Chewing Gum and now She’s Gotta Have It. She’s Gotta Have It is a reboot of Spike Lee’s 1986 film. Spike Lee is responsible for several hit films, including Do The Right Thing, Malcolm X, Crooklyn and School Daze. The new show has already generated some controversy, but it has also attracted new fans. Although the show is based on the movie, the new series provides a refreshing look at how females … Continue reading She’s Gotta Have It generates success with viewers

Inside interview with artist Kelela

Selena Roberts | Staff Writer Kelela Mizanekristos, otherwise known as Kelela, is a singer/songwriter who is far from afraid to express herself. She experiments with her music and seeks to break down barriers with her craft. Kelela is known for her debut mixtape, Cut 4 Me, her EP, Hallucinogen, and her most recent album, Take Me Apart.  Recently, our Arts and Entertainment writer, Selena Roberts, had the pleasure of interviewing her. SR: What are your musical influences?: K: I have a lot of different influences. Some are abstract and some are literal. They include Natalie Cole, Joni Mitchell, Janet Jackson, … Continue reading Inside interview with artist Kelela

Marshall Movie Review

Selena Roberts | Staff Writer This time of year promises new films that will be sure to generate excitement from audiences everywhere. One film that is sure to get Oscar buzz is none other than Marshall. Marshall is a unique biopic that showcases the esteemed judge’s early beginnings as a young lawyer working for the NAACP. The film displays Thurgood Marshall’s career and life before his victorious win in Brown VS. Board of Education, the case responsible for desegregating schools in 1954, and his role as the first African American Supreme Court Justice. The film stars Chadwick Boseman as Thurgood … Continue reading Marshall Movie Review

Dove commercial creates controversy

Selena Roberts | Staff Writer Dove is known to be an inclusive brand featuring women of different sizes and races in the brand’s advertisements. Recently, Dove faced controversy due to a commercial featuring an African American model wearing a brown T-shirt who took her shirt off, revealing a white woman wearing a beige shirt. Some people took offense to the ad, saying that it was insensitive and racist. Dove ultimately took the commercial down due to the overwhelming amount of backlash. This is not the first time Dove has been the center of controversy due to its choice in advertisement. … Continue reading Dove commercial creates controversy