"At last night's Critics' Choice Awards, not only did 12 Years a Slave take home the top prize, but star Lupita Nyong'o took home the award for Best Supporting Actress. It was her first big win of the season. Still likely recovering perhaps from being nominated in the same Oscar category earlier that day, Nyong'o's speech was particularly moving."
The legendary hip-hop duo Outkast will not only be reuniting at Coachella 2014, but plan to take their show on the road.
In a post from their official Outkast Facebook page, Andre 3000 and Big Boi announced that they will be touring in 2014 in honor of the 20th year anniversary of their classic debut Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik.
If you have preconceived notions about models being dumb and coders being nerdy white dudes, prepare to abandon them. Lyndsey Scott has modeled for brands like DKNY, Victoria's Secret, Gucci and Prada. But she also knows Python, Objective C, and iOS, and builds apps in her spare time.
In a profile by Carmel Diamicis on Pando Daily, Scott explains that she graduated from Amherst in 2006 with a dual-degree in computer science — and 3 years later, found herself modeling for Calvin Klein, as "the first ever African American to get an exclusive contract with the company for New York Fashion Week."
Sasheer Zamata is no stranger to comedy. The University of Virginia graduate was also trained at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. Now she can add “Saturday Night Live” cast member to her resume.
Zamata will make her debut on SNL’s January 18th show with Drake as host and musical guest. Zamata’s addition to the SNL cast is from the feedback and criticism the show has received over recent months, which culminated in Lorne Michaels holding secret auditions for a new black woman cast member.
What do you do when you can’t find dolls for your children that reflect their African heritage? Well if you’re Chris and Ada Ngoforo, a Nigerian couple, living in London, you make them yourself. The entrepreneurial couple designed their own line of talking African-themed doll line called “Rooti Dolls.“
The 12 Rooti dolls are programmed to speak in several African languages. Amongst them, there’s Nina, a “vibrant girl” with Nigerian parents, who “loves watching Nollywood” and can interact in the Nigerian languages of Igbo, Yoruba, Hausa, and Ibibio; there’s Ama, a “bubbling dynamic girl” whose “dream is to be a doctor someday,” and can speak the Ghanaian languages of Twi, Ga, Ewe and Krobo; and there’s also Keza, with parents from Zimbabwe and Zambia. She “loves adventures, reading and listening to beautiful music” and can communicate in Shona, Ndebele, Bemba, and Nyanja.
Well this is a pleasant surprise!
Fresh off the announcement that Sasheer Zamata will become the first Black women to be a part of the SNL cast since 2007, news broke that the show will also add two black female writers to its roster.
LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones will join SNL writers on Monday. The pair was discovered during the “secret” auditions held for African-American women last year after the show came under fire for its lack of diversity.
While adding Zamata to the SNL lineup was awesome, adding two black woman writers is a really big deal. Hopefully the addition of Tookes and Jones will help SNL writers sidestep the stereotypical ways in which Black women are often portrayed on the show. We’ll keep our fingers crossed!
"Zuriel Oduwole, Nigeria’s African Girl-Child education campaigner has been appointed as the Global Ambassador of the Ethiopian Airlines. At a recent event in the United States, the Airline’s Regional Director for the Americas Kagnew Asfaw, who signed the Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of the global African Airline highlighted her astonishing achievements.
Read more: http://news2.onlinenigeria.com/latest-addition/321012-nigeria-s-influential-10-year-old,-zuriel-oduwole-named-ethiopian-airlines’-global-ambassador.html#ixzz2mHTSJEXL"
"With Black Friday right around the corner, we're all looking for great gifts for our loved ones. If you're also looking to spend your hard-earned dollars with black-owned small businesses, we've got the perfect online fix for you.
We've compiled a list of 35 amazing Etsy stores all run by black entrepreneurs. You can buy everything from jewelry to dolls to beautiful prints. All handmade, all black businesses!"
"Black scholars and scholarship are marginalised in British academia. The lack of jobs and opportunities has led to an exodus of Black British academics to the United States, where there is a tradition of Black Studies which has produced a vibrant academic African American presence. In order to redress the chronic under-representation of the Black population in British academia (for example, only 50 out of 14,000 professors are Black in the UK) the development of British Black Studies is essential. We outline the basis for Black Studies in Britain and its vital importance."
"Isaac Kinde will soon add M.D. to his name after he completes his tenure at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Kinde has accomplished impressive feats in research since his post-high school days. He’s developed significant improvements in technology used to detect several kinds of cancer. He’s submitted patent applications for his work, which has been published in prestigious academic journals such as Science Translational Medicine, Nature and PLOS ONE."
"During the 6-week exhibition, coinciding with London Design Festival and in his first presentation of new work since Milan Design Week, Yinka Ilori adds pieces to his collection by using a combination of vintage modernist furniture and traditional stories from his childhood, creating one-off pieces inspired by traditional Nigerian parables and story-telling, creating meaningful yet humorous furniture designs." @yinksdesigns
"Two Fresno State students, Nadia Lewis and Jamila Ahmed, were the first African-American women to win first-and second-place speakers in the 42 years of the Henry Clay Invitational Debates held at the University of Kentucky.
The competition was established in 1971 and is one of the oldest and largest U.S. policy, varsity debate tournaments in America. This year, the Fresno State debate team competed against 286 speakers from 30 schools."
"The Atlanta-based company behind the Super Soaker water gun and Nerf toy guns has been awarded nearly $73 million in royalties from toymaker Hasbro Inc., according to the law firm King & Spalding.
Johnson Research and Development Co. and founder Lonnie Johnson have been in a royalty dispute with Hasbro since February, when the company filed a claim against the giant toy company. According to King & Spalding, which along with the A. Leigh Baier P.C. law firm represented Johnson, Hasbro underpaid royalties for the Nerf line toys from 2007 to 2012."
"Nine years ago, without any experience in journalism, Tanzania's Emelda Mwamanga started her country's first lifestyle publication, Bang! magazine, which now also reaches audiences in neighbouring Uganda, Kenya and Zambia."
"The John S. And James L. Knight Foundation started the Black Male Engagement Initiative two years ago. And now thousands of African American men are coming forward to tell their stories of success. BMe provides a platform for men to connect and engage with one another online and through networking events.
“Regardless of what you’re seeing, there are Black men out there doing good things,” says Alex Peay. “There are Black men out there making a difference, they are doing their part. There’s just so much negative media out there, you just don’t see these men on a regular basis.”"
"Quick -– off the top of your head, no Googling allowed — how many black female characters in comics, sci-fi or video games are you able to think of?
For most people, the list starts off with the predictable: X-Men’s mistress of the elements Storm and the five-fingered feline Catwoman as told by Halle Berry (who for a while seemed to be building a career on destroying characters I love). Others might bring up Disney’s first black princess Tiana, the Walking Dead’s katana wielding Michonne, Avatar’s water bending Katara (though her actual race is ambiguous), or the sharp toothed black-best-friend-turned-baby-vamp Tara from True Blood. And that’s typically where the list starts to trail off."
"...new businesses opening up in Detroit, and when young entrepreneurs bring their talents to try to help revitalize and re-build our city.
But, we’ve rarely reported on a business woman quite this young.
“I wanna let everyone know that I am Detroit’s youngest entrepreneur and I like to do what I like to do,” said the 10-year-old Asia.
Asia Newson is a little dynamo that’s even captured Dan Gilbert’s attention.
Newson sells candles with her dad. Her big smile is matched by her passion to get other kids involved.
“I teach young people, like myself, how to make their own money,” she said."
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"Thessalonika Arzu-Embry and her mother, Wonder Embry, get up at 5 in the morning most weekdays to go to school together.
Unlike most 14-year-olds, however, Thessalonika isn't off early in the morning to the local high school. She's going to Chicago State University.
Thessalonika is putting the finishing touches on a college career that started three years ago at College of Lake County and will end next month with a bachelor's degree in psychology from Chicago State."
"Florida teen Kiera Wilmot, 16, deserved some good news after being the target of a racist legal system, arrested and expelled for causing a small explosion during a science experiment. And she received it in the form of an unexpected scholarship to attend the United States Advanced Space Academy (ASA) from former NASA engineer Homer Hickam, reports the Black Youth Project."
"Exhale is the name of the new talk show, which according to Variety.com, will feature five prominent African American women in the entertainment space as co-hosts. The women are, number one, our favorite awkward black girl Issa Rae, journalist and former ESSENCE editor-in-chief Angela Burt-Murray, comedian Erin Jackson, author and TV anchor Rene Syler who’s appeared on The View as a guest host, and actress Malinda Williams. Sounds awesome already right?"