In February 2018, following the Golden State Warriors’ championship, Stephen Curry and several teammates brought local youth to visit the iconic National Museum African-American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. During the visit, Curry grew intrigued by the mystique the venue itself—a feat architecture from lead designer David Adjaye.
Inspired by that trip, Curry and Under Armour have today introduced a commemorative Black History Month Curry 7 colorway dubbed “Our History.”
The Curry 7 “Our History” colorway reflects the museum’s unique three-tiered exterior with its own distinct, multi-layered upper, featuring tiers brown, olive, bronze and splashes neon green. Additional details include the museum’s longitude and latitude coordinates, which can be found on the heel tab.
“The Our History colorway is special; it reflects on our history and those who helped build it. The colorway is inspired by both a memorable trip to the National Museum African-American History and Culture, and the incredible art by David Adjaye.”
This limited edition colorway, priced at $140, will launch worldwide UA.com, UA Brand Houses and at select retailers on January 20.
This year’s Cannes Film Festival that takes place May 12th to 23rd will have its first-ever black president to lead the jury and its none other than the famed director, Spike Lee, Page Six reports. Spike was chosen not only because his impressive resume and moves for the culture but also as a means to “shake things up” when it comes to the prestigious cinema event.
Mike Coppola/Getty s
”Lee’s perspective is more valuable than ever. Cannes is a natural homeland and a global sounding board for those who (re)awaken minds and question our stances and fixed ideas,” the festival stated. Spike’s BlacKkKlansman took home a major prize at last year’s festival and many f his other movies have been screened at the annual event.
“When I got the call … I was shocked, happy, surprised and proud all at the same time,” Spike said the milestone moment in his career.
“I’m honoured to be the first person the African diaspora (USA) to be named president the Cannes jury and a main film festival. To me, the Cannes film festival (besides being the most important film festival in the world – no disrespect to anybody) has had a great impact on my film career. You could easily say Cannes changed the trajectory who I became in world cinema.”
The long-awaited fourth season FX’s Fargo, which will star Chris Rock, is almost here. Earlier this week, the network released the first trailer for the upcoming season.
Season four will follow an African American crime syndicate which goes to war with the Italian mafia in Kansas City, Missouri during the 1950s.
Chris Rock was asked about moving into a dramatic role with Fargo by ET Canada, and he said, “Fargo always has a little comedy. But it’s always more ironic. The comedy in Fargo really serves the story. It’s not like ‘a guy is going to be funny right now.'”
“This year, we’re really looking at the origins the American capital crime, which is the exploitation cheap labor,” Creator Noah Hawley explained the upcoming season. “It took a long time for those people working to break into what we consider mainstream America.”
Fargo is an anthology by season based on the Coen Brother film the same name. Its previous stars have included Ewan McGregor, Martin Freeman, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons and more. It’s received universal acclaim from critics, having received 8 Primetime Emmy Award nominations and 8 Golden Globe nominations as well as having a 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Season four is scheduled to premiere on FX on April 19th.
Sunday night, Future headlined his very own show at the Eko Convention Centre on Lagos’ Victoria Island.
It marked a momentous occasion for the Atlanta emcee who served as a highlight the weekend as many descended upon the city for year-end festivities. However, a brief moment almost found Future stepping out character as a concertgoer abruptly hopped on the stage during his set.
In a clip the incident, Future is seen instinctively bucking at the gentleman before restraining himself and allowing security to handle the rest. Soon, the man finds himself tackled to the ground without warning as he attempted to inch closer to the rapper.
While in Nigeria, Future also made the media round, sitting down for a press conference ahead the show in which he also unveiled hat he was harboring some unreleased collaborations with Nigerian stars Wizkid and Burna Boy.
This weekend, both stars were further west in Ghana for the AfroNation Music Festival as they headlined alongside the likes Davido, 6LACK, Olamide, and Alkaline. This year, the occasion was especially significant as it closed out 2019 which was designated as the “Year Of Return” by President Nana Akufo-Addo.
The initiative was launched in support providing cultural opportunities for the African Diaspora to return to the continent Africa and explore their heritage. As a result, a heightened interest in booking American artists prominently in countries such as South Africa, Nigeria, and Ghana found itself at the forefront this past year.
South African actress Charlize Theron is best known for her roles in Atomic Blonde, Long Shot, Mad Max, Gringo and many more and only recently has the actress opened up in detail about her upbringing with an alcoholic father whose life was cut short when he attempted to shoot and kill his family. The 44-year-old chatted with NPR’s Fresh Air podcast about her days growing up in South Africa and opened up about her mother killing her father as an act self-defense after he fired three times, while they hid behind a door in 1991.
Rodin Eckenroth/Getty s
“My father was so drunk that he shouldn’t have been able to walk when he came into the house with a gun,” she explained. “My mom and I were in my bedroom leaning against the door because he was trying to push through the door.
“So both us were leaning against the door from the inside to have him not be able to push through. He took a step back and just shot through the door three times,” she added. “None the bullets ever hit us, which is just a miracle.”
Charlize’s mother, Gerda, grabbed her gun and fired back as a way to protect her and her daughter, killing her now late husband. “This family violence, this kind violence that happens within the family, is something that I share with a lot people,” she said. “I’m not ashamed to talk about it, because I do think that the more we talk about these things, the more we realize we are not alone in any it.
“I think, for me, it’s just always been that this story is about growing up with addicts and what that does to a person.”
Deezer has landed a major deal with Saudi Telecom Company. It’s the French music streaming service’s first MENA telco expansion since launch in the region.
rs to STC can also subscribe to Deezer Premium through their mobile plans. Those who sign up for premium service in December will get three months of Deezer Premium for free.
The deal makes sense since Deezer is the exclusive home for Saudi Arabia-based Rotana Records. Rotana Records claims to be the largest record company in the Middle East.
Deezer has worked to expand its availability in the MENA region this year. Recently Deezer announced a deal with Emirates Airlines for .
Deezer CEO MENA & Turkey, Tarek Mounir, says the partnership will cater to Saudi music fans. New and existing STC subscribers can activate premium service SMS.
“As our first-ever partnership with a MENA telecommunications provider, this agreement marks a new milestone for our regional growth journey. We look forward to enabling listeners in the Kingdom to access millions of their favorite Arabic and English tracks.”
Deezer launched in the MENA region (Middle East & North Africa) in October 2018. The move undercut rumors of Spotify’s later that year.
Deezer’s exclusivity deal with Rotana Records in August 2018 makes it very attractive to the region. The app is tailored to local music tastes in each country and includes local playlists. When the streaming service launched in MENA last year, the service offered six months free to new members.
A $185m funding round led by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia helped the expansion, too. MENA is a strategic priority for the streaming service with its Rotana Records exclusivity deal. That deal was vital in setting Deezer apart from rivals like Spotify.
CEO Hans-Holger Albrecht says his company remains committed to local music tastes. He even went so far as to compare Spotify to the McDonald’s of the music industry.
“There’s a certain target group that wants to be global and international: to go for McDonald’s and pizza rather than for local food. Spotify will serve them, I guess, but we have a different approach. We’re very local.”
One woman was body-slammed onto the concrete outside a Popeyes after a fiery argument turned nasty. According to ABC7, the woman was disputing a charge on her bill at the Columbia, Tennessee Popeyes when things began to get heated. This is when the woman allegedly used the N-word, which sent the employees, mostly African American, into a rage. Video can be seen the employees responding to the racist word, with the cameraman stating, “This ain’t no place to say the N-word.” The cameraman was referencing the fact the store has several African Americans inside at the time she allegedly used the N-word. You can hear the woman claiming that she has family that works for the law.
After the woman finally decided to leave the establishment, she was pursued by several employees. One man grabbed her and body-slammed her to the ground viciously. The woman’s attorney said the employee’s actions weren’t justified.”If she said something that she regrets, it doesn’t give a grown man the right to chase her into the parking lot as she is trying to leave the store, and body slam a 55-year-old grandmother down on the concrete,” he said. The attorney also said the woman suffered nine fractures, including six broken ribs and a broken knee. Police arrested 29-year-old Deriance Hughes, who faces aggravated assault charges.
Ciara and Russell Wilson have three kids, but according to Ciara, the couple is nowhere close to finished building their family. The singer spoke with Extra on Friday and mentioned that more kids may be on the way.
“Oh, you know, if you ask him, we’re talking eight babies… you know, we’ll just go one day at a time, but I definitely do look forward to having more kids… we got time for that.”
A day earlier, the couple showed their bond with an elaborate Jay Z and Beyoncé costume.
The couple also celebrated their wedding anniversary with a trip to Fiji recently.
“Yes, we were in Fiji,” Ciara told Extra. “I was thinking about South Africa. We went to South Africa the year before, which was our ficial honeymoon because we didn’t get to do a proper one after we got married, but we did go to Fiji… and that was really fun! It was a short, quick trip for us, but really good.”
Ciara also commented on her work as the beauty brand ambassador for Ipsy. “Hopefully, people walked away feeling inspired and encouraged if they needed some encouragement, and also feeling good about self-love,” she said. “You want to have the attitude you wear the makeup, the makeup doesn’t wear you.”
Washington Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle will not be attending the White House with the rest the team after their World Series win. Despite wanting to spend as much celebratory time with his teammates as possible, his aversion to Donald Trump has caused him to skip out on the team’s trip Monday. Dolittle spoke to The Washington Postabout the decision.
Elsa / Getty s
“There’s a lot things, policies that I disagree with, but at the end the day, it has more to do with the divisive rhetoric and the enabling conspiracy theories and widening the divide in this country. My wife and I stand for inclusion and acceptance, and we’ve done work with refugees, people that come from, you know, the ‘shithole countries,’ ” Doolittle said, referencing comments Trump has made about Haiti, El Salvador and African nations. Doolittle continued, “At the end the day, as much as I wanted to be there with my teammates and share that experience with my teammates, I can’t do it.”
“I have a brother-in-law who has autism, and Trump] is a guy that mocked a disabled reporter. How would I explain that to him that I hung out with somebody who mocked the way that he talked or the way that he moves his hands? I can’t get past that stuff,” Doolittle added.
The team is scheduled to make their trip to the White House on Monday.
The Princeton Theological Seminary has received what’s believed to be the largest grant $28 million for slavery reparations. According to CNN, the new move will be carried out over the course five years and will give out five doctoral fellowships and 30 new scholarships to descendants people who were enslaved and marginalized groups.
Alex Wong/Getty s
The money will also contribute to the hiring new scholars and programs that teach the history slavery, as well as the renaming certain locations on campus after prominent African-Americans. The changes will cost about $1 million a year. “These responses are intended as acts repentance that will lead to lasting impact within our community,” John White, dean students and vice president student relations said. “This is the beginning the process repair that will be ongoing.”
CNN notes that the Seminary did not own slaves and was not built by slaves but it did receive financial contributions from Southern sources such as slaveowners and congregations that are directly tied to slavery.
“The Seminary’s ties to slavery are a part our story,” M. Craig Barnes, the seminary’s president, said in a statement. “It is important to acknowledge that our founders were entangled with slavery and could not envision a fully integrated society.”
Hans-Holger Albrecht, who is the CEO of the music streaming service Deezer, once again signaled his plans for an IPO.
He says that the company will go public sometime in the next 12-18 months, with the exact time being dependent on market conditions.
In 2015, Deezer was planning an IPO that it hoped would raise close to $330 million for the company. But it backed out of it after failing to convince investors.
In an interview with The National, Albrecht pointed to other successful music IPOs, including that of Spotify, which in April of last year received a valuation of more than $26 billion. He believes that Deezer is “the right size” to issue an IPO “if everything goes well.” Exactly what that means is unclear.
Deezer has some big investors, including Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who in August of last year invested 1 billion Saudi riyals ($270 million) in the company. Warner Music, Sony, Universal as well as telecommunication company Orange and French tycoon Xavier Niel also have interests. At the time of Alwaleed’s investment, the company was valued at about $1.1 billion.
Albrecht insists that the company does not need to raise more money at the moment, but he also insists that they could if they wanted to. He categorized Deezer as being “well-funded” and in “a very fortunate situation.”
Deezer began operations way back in 2007. It currently has 14 million active monthly users spread across 185 countries. The company’s catalog includes over 56 million songs as well as other content.
Last October, Deezer entered both North Africa and the Middle East, and they are expecting significant growth in the coming months from countries such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the UAE. It is in markets like these — markets that are small for Spotify, Apple and Amazon — that the company sees itself succeeding.
History was made Tuesday when the capital Alabama, Montgomery elected its first African American mayor, Steven Reed. He defeated businessman David Woods by a decisive margin, earning about 67% the vote in Tuesday’s mayoral runf.
“This election has never been about me. This election has never been about just my ideas. It’s been about all the hopes and dreams that we have as individuals and collectively in the city,” Reed said in his victory speech.
“We’re a city that wants to move forward and a city that wants a vision for the future, and a city that wants to see better opportunities across the board,” Reed added.
Reed was already the first black probate judge elected in Montgomery County and was one the first to issue marriage licenses to gay couples in the state. His father, Joe Reed, is the longtime leader the black caucus the Alabama Democratic Party.
Reed will replace current Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange, who has served since 2009 and did not seek reelection. Check out some the reactions from people on Twitter (below).
This past weekend, the Jr NBA World Championships were hosted in Orlando, Florida and some NBA stars were in attendance to check out the young talent that was participating in the tournament. Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade was among one the biggest stars at the event and he was completely awestruck by the performance a young player for Africa/Middle East named, Marouf Moumine. In the game Wade got to watch, Moumine went f as he picked up a triple-double and was able to score 28 points, 21 rebounds, and 12 assists.
After the game, Wade went up to Moumine and spoke to him through an interpreter about his performance. Moumine was extremely gracious towards and Wade and seemed a little starstruck over being approached by such a legend. The two even took a selfie together before Wade had to leave.
“It was a joy to watch him play. …] He’s definitely one the most talented kids I watched play,” Wade went on to say. This is high praise when you consider how Wade has seen a lot kids play over the years.
The Jr NBA initiative is great as it allows kids from around the world to show f their talents and get looked at by scouts they otherwise wouldn’t even get exposure to. It will be interesting to see if we Moumine at the next level in the future as its clear he’s already starting to impress people.
It is being reported that Toni Morrison, Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winner, has passed away at the age 88. According to TMZ, her publisher confirmed the news.
Perhaps best known for her best-seller Beloved, which was released in 1987, Morrison was a celebrated writer and she was viewed as one the great minds in literature. A cause death has not been revealed but she is said to have been surrounded by loved ones when she passed last night. Jazz and Paradise followed Beloved in what can be considered a loose trilogy, with Beloved being made into a film starring Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover.
Jemal Countess/Getty s
Morrison was awarded a Presidential Medal Freedom while Barack Obama was in fice, further solidifying her great impact on the African-American experience.
In her life, Toni Morrison published eleven novels, nine non-fiction pieces, five children’s books, two plays, two short stories, and one libretto. She additionally worked extensively on essays and university papers. She won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1993 and she made history by becoming the first black woman to ever win the award.
She is survived by two children. Rest in peace to Toni Morrison, one the greatest authors all time.
New audio surfaced earlier this week two American presidents sharing a laugh over a racist remark. In audio obtained by The Atlantic, Ronald Reagan is heard using racist language in reference to African delegates at the U.N. during a conversation with Richard Nixon. The conversation occurred in 1971 before Reagan became president and while Nixon was still in fice. In the conversation, Reagan’s heard referring to the African delegates as monkeys, a term that carries heavy racial connotation.
Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty s
“Last night, I tell you, to watch that thing on television as I did,” Reagan told Nixon who replied, “Yeah.” “To see those, those monkeys from those African countries—damn them, they’re still uncomfortable wearing shoes!” Nixon got a good chuckle out that statement.
The whole conversation stemmed from Reagan’s feelings towards the Tanzanian delegation dancing at the General Assembly. It came after the U.N. voted to withdraw Taiwan, a country that Reagan strongly supported. Nixon later recounted the conversation to Secretary State William Rogers without omitting Reagan’s nasty comments.
“As he said, he saw these, uh, these cannibals on television last night, and he says, ‘Christ, they weren’t even wearing shoes, and here the United States is going to submit its fate to that,’ and so forth and so on,” he’s heard saying in the newly surfaced audio recording.