Author Archives: Kiara C. Fair

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LeBron James To Develop Series on Madam C. J. Walker’s Life with SpringHill Entertainment

NBA superstar LeBron James is currently developing a television series about the life of African American icon Madam C.J. Walker (based on the book On Her Own Ground) with his production company SpringHill Entertainment. On Her Own Ground draws from over two decades of exhaustive research and “is enriched by the author’s exclusive access to personal…

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Beyonce Knowles-Carter Announces #FormationScholars

After the one-year anniversary of the groundbreaking visual album LEMONADE, Beyonce Knowles-Carter and Parkwood Entertainment have announced #FormationScholars to “encourage and support young women who are unafraid to think outside the box, and are bold, creative, conscious, and confident.” The scholarships will be awarded to four women pursuing studies in creative arts, music, literature, or…

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Powerful Exhibit by Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle Examines Urgency of Missing Black Women

A collection of one hundred drawings of missing Black women by Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle at the California African American Museum sheds light on the thousands who disappear every year in the United States. The exhibit consists of Hinkle’s notebook-size contour drawings of Black women in black ink that represent thousands of Black women who have…

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Black-Ish Spin-Off Starring Yara Shahidi is in the Works

An official spinoff of the ABC hit show Black-ish starring Yara Shahidi is in the works. Black-ish creator and executive producer Kenya Barris is in collaboration with former executive producer Larry Wilmore to introduce the pilot episode on Black-ish in the spring. The spin-off will follow Zoey Johnson, Yara Shahidi’s character, on her journey through…

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Celebrating A Legacy: Our Favorite Moments From Barack Obama

President Barack Obama is undoubtedly one of the most charming, well-spoken, respectable, intelligent, relatable, gracious presidents America has ever seen. In the last eight years, he has managed to make us cry, laugh, take pride in who we are, and believe in change. Before we say goodbye, we’d like to say thank you. As we take our last day…

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Remembering Nigerian Funk Musician William Onyeabor

On Monday, January 16th, the Luaka Bop label announced the passing of Nigerian funk musician William Onyeabor. At 70 years old, Onyeabor passed in his sleep after suffering a brief illness at his home in Enugu, Nigeria. In the ’70s, Onyeabor managed to single-handedly record, press, and print a series of groundbreaking synth-funk albums in…

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Chance The Rapper & His Father Are Officially Board Members of Historic African-American Museum

The DuSable Museum of African American History of Chicago, IL has just announced five new Board of Trustee Members including Chance the Rapper and his father, Ken Bennett. As a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate, the DuSable Museum of African American History’s mission is to promote understanding and inspire appreciation of the achievements, contributions and experiences of…

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First-Ever Grace Jones Biopic Will Premiere In 2017

According to Screen Daily, the first-ever biopic documenting the life of Grace Jones is set to be released in the U.K. this year. The film, entitled The Musical of My Life and directed by Sophie Fiennes, is described as “a multi-narrative journey through the private and public life” of the iconic singer, songwriter, lyricist, supermodel, record producer, and…

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Tupac To Be Sixth Hip-Hop Artist Inducted Into Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame

In his first eligible year to be nominated, Tupac Shakur has snagged a spot in the iconic Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Twenty-five years after his first released single, “Brenda’s Got A Baby,” and debut album, 2Pacalypse Now, the legendary rapper will become the sixth hip-hop artist (and first solo hip-hop artist) to receive…

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Chance The Rapper Will Pen The Foreword for Upcoming Book, ‘A People’s History of Chicago’

Chance The Rapper has certainly had an extraordinarily successful year both before and after the release of his highly acclaimed mixtape Coloring Book, which was recently ranked the 3rd best album of 2016 by Rolling Stone. Although the year is nearly over, Chance has no plans of slowing down the ways in which he’s expressing…

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Jamie Foxx To Produce Limited Series Chronicling Marvin Gaye’s Life

Since the legendary Marvin Gaye’s tragic 1984 death, there have been countless attempts to honor the legacy he left behind as a soulfully conscious singer-songwriter and idol. As one of the most successful artists to emerge from the Motown era, with timeless hits likes “What’s Going On,” “Sexual Healing” and “Let’s Get It On,” it…

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Mark Anthony Green Illuminates The Beauty of Black Culture in Art Basel Film

Art Basel is taking over Miami Beach this week for an exhibition of the world’s most distinct and gifted contemporary artists—a gathering of fellow art lovers everywhere. This year, GQ’s style guy Mark Anthony Green contributed to the festivities with an art film dedicated to the beauty of Black culture. The half-hour compilation illuminates Black…

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