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In the eight seasons of ABC's The Bachelorette, the bachelorettes have always been beautiful. They have always been intelligent. They have always been warm and friendly. They have also always been white. But that is about to change if Misee Harris has her way. The 28-year-old African-American dentist is currently engaging in a social media campaign to be the first African-American bachelorette. Her potential candidacy prompts the question of whether America is ready to enthusiastically watch eligible men of all races compete for a black woman's heart. I believe that — despite the fact that black women's beauty and worth is often marginalized by the mainstream media — America is indeed ready. Hopefully ABC and the producers of The Bachelorette will recognize that. Read more at http://thegrio.com/2013/02/26/is-america-ready-for-a-black-bachelorette/#s:misee-1
As previously announced, Kevin Hart is set to host Saturday Night Live on March 2nd and the first promotional videos have been released. For the reel, Hart teams up with SNL cast member Jason Sudeikis, and receives vertical assistance from Bobby Moynihan. Read more at http://thegrio.com/2013/02/27/kevin-hart-to-make-saturday-night-live-debut-this-weekend/
Anthony Darnell Liddell (pictured), 19, a student at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina, was pronounced dead at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center after being shot to death outside of a campus residence hall, reports CCU’s website, Coastal News. The gunman is still at large. According to the school, there were approximately 4 or 5 shots outside the University Place residence hall. Liddell took two steps before collapsing against a vehicle, said one witness, and eventually laid motionless on the ground. Read more from Coastal News below: The 911 call came in at about 7:22 p.m. Tuesday; campus police and Conway Police responded immediately and found the victim, who was transported to a nearby hospital, CCU spokeswoman Martha Hunn confirms. Campus officials alerted students with an ‘active shooter alert’ via text message and e-mail. The message asked students to remain in their dorm rooms and classrooms. The first alert issued by staff at the college at about 8 p.m. said a shooting incident occurred at University Place, an off-campus housing facility for students. A second alert was sent moments later to ensure that the shooting incident was “not ongoing,” but the search for the suspect was continuing. The suspect…
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 14:53

Kids pose as famous black figures

Photographer Eunique Jones' photo series, 'Because of them, we can..." , has made a splash on the Internet as a unique and creative take on the importance of Black History Month. Her 28-photo project features more than 40 young children posing as some of the most iconic and influential black figures from the past and the present. From Harriet Tubman to Spike Lee, the children are seen dressed and styled like the individual they are portraying and also incorporate an inspirational quote from each particular famous person. Read more at http://thegrio.com/2013/02/26/because-of-them-we-can-campaign-features-children-as-famous-black-figures/#s:mlk-16x9
Wednesday, 27 February 2013 14:43

3 YouTube singing sensations you should know

If you're a child of the new millennium, chances are you think today's tunes are the best thing since "Shrek." If you're an 80s or early 90s baby, however, you probably find yourself jamming to the new hits in the club, but still longing for those tunes you grew up listening to with perfect melodies, meaningful lyrics and vocal skill that's just as grand live as it is on the radio. It's a good thing, many artists are allowing their artistry to shine almost as bright as it used to "back" in those days. Well, #TeamBeautiful has got your back! Here are a few songstresses you should load onto your iPod. With obvious R&B and Gospel influences, mixed with just enough modern day commercial flair, these three voices are sure to fill that void and bring a balance to your favorite modern day, mainstream numbers!Tori Kelly As if her California smile isn't enough, Tori Kelly's voice is the perfect blend of subtlety and power. She knows exactly when to belt out and when to simmer. You're sure to love this singer/songwriter/producer/musician. I went to one of her live shows at Webster Hall in NYC and I was amazed, but not…
Chris Brown is speaking out about hitting Rihanna and calls the incident the 'biggest mistake' of his life. In a new interview, Chris told The Mirror:"That night was the deepest regret of my life, the biggest mistake." "Sometimes you row, you fight, with the one you love and things get said, stuff spirals." After the attack, it took months of "serious making up," Chris admitted. "People attack me and criticize me, it happens all the time. But they don't know me, and they don't know us. It doesn't bother me any more. Other people can judge us but they don't know anything." MUST READ: Rihanna & Chris Brown Drama Gets Spotlight On 'Law & Order: SVU' Even though the media and fans have not forgiven Chris, Rihanna definitely has, she just spent her 25th birthday with Chris in Hawaii. Rumor has it the couple are planning a wild and crazy summer wedding. Star magazine reports: Chris Brown and Rihanna are planning the wildest nuptials in showbiz history. "The want tattoo artists, fire breathers and near naked waitstaff," says a source. "They're even talking about having pre-rolled joints at the reception!" The wedding, which is rumored to be happening in Barbados…
Kelly Rowland is currently on the top of her game! After showing off her inner fierceness beside Beyonce at the Super Bowl, setting the carper ablaze at the 2013 Grammys, then gracing the Oscars yesterday in a ravishing gown, the Destiny's Child star released this behind-the-scenes snippet from her latest video shoot–"Kisses Down Low." "I'm so excited about this video. The theme is fun and flirty and pinup," said Kelly. "The makeup is poppin', the hair is poppin', the styling is so cool, but it feels just really flirty. I wanted to bring that out of the song instead of making it as racy." The fun Colin Tilley directed visuals should be out soon, until then, enjoy this clip from the "Good Game" track!
Tuesday, 26 February 2013 12:43

Man stripped, whipped over $20 debt (video)

  (CNN)-- Footage of the beating of a New Jersey man, who was forced to strip naked for a belt-whipping over an apparent $20 debt, has garnered the attention of Newark city officials after the online video went viral. "Take everything off right now. You're moving too slow," a man yelled in shaky cell phone video, which shows him whipping the naked victim as others crowd around.   CNN)-- Footage of the beating of a New Jersey man, who was forced to strip naked for a belt-whipping over an apparent $20 debt, has garnered the attention of Newark city officials after the online video went viral. "Take everything off right now. You're moving too slow," a man yelled in shaky cell phone video, which shows him whipping the naked victim as others crowd around. Moments before the August assault, a man handed the assailant his belt as the cameraman appears to spray the victim, now 21, with a clear liquid. "Your father owe me money. Take everything off, jeans, everything," the male voice said. The video then shows the man being whipped 49 times as others laugh in what appears to be a gang-related attack, according to Newark Police Director…
By Laura Ly Special to CNN (CNN) -- A math homework assignment that asked fourth grade students to tally the number of slaves on a ship has sparked outrage among parents and administrators in Manhattan. The assignment was devised by another group of students, after they apparently expressed interest in the transatlantic slave trade. It required fourth graders to calculate the remainder of those not killed by a mutiny aboard the vessel, and to determine the number of times slaves were beaten in one month. "This is really inappropriate," student teacher Aziza Harding told CNN affiliate NY1 on Friday. "It should not be a homework assignment, and I did not want to make copies of this." Harding was asked to photocopy the assignment by another teacher, but refused because the questions made her uncomfortable and she thought it desensitized students to the horrors of slavery. The first question read: "In a slave ship, there are 3,799 slaves. One day, the slaves took over the ship. 1,897 slaves are dead. How many slaves are alive?" The second question read: "One slave got whipped five times a day. How many times did he get whipped in a month (31 days)? Another slave…
Friday, 22 February 2013 17:27

Golden Girl Jill Scott

Known for her powerful vocals and head-turning curves, Jill Scott is fabulous, fierce and living her life like it's golden in the new year. The Grammy award-winning singer whose double-platinum debut album Who is Jill Scott? captivated the music world more than a decade ago, remains at the top of her game today. The world-class diva with home-girl charm just completed her six-city US Summer Block Party Tour and world tour in London, Madrid, Istanbul and Spain. She shows no signs of stopping and recently shared the screen alongside Alfre Woodard, Phylicia Rashad, Queen Latifah and Adepero Oduye in Lifetime's Steel Magnolias. Ms. Scott wants it to be clear that motherhood is her first priority. "I enjoy every bit of motherhood and I happily embrace being single." She sat down exclusively with FRONTPAGE Detroit to talk about her career and personal evolution, living through the rumors and being able to have faith through it all. FRONTPAGE Detroit: From your first album until now you have remained at the top of your game. Talk about your personal evolution.Jill Scott: Everything about me is evolving but it's mostly that my life keeps changing. I think my music changes as my life changes.…
This Sunday, the 2013 Oscars will grace our television sets, honoring Hollywood heavyweights, such as Daniel Day-Lewis and Naomi Watts. But if you are wondering who are some of the Black film stars who could be bringing home an Oscar, NewsOne's got you covered with an African-American Oscar nominee list for this year's show. Best Picture: "Beasts Of The Southern Wild," starring Quvenzhane Wallis"Django Unchained," starring Jamie Foxx Actor in a Leading Role:Denzel Washington in "Flight"Actress in a Leading Role:Quvenzhane Wallis in "Beasts of the Southern Wild"Watch the "Beasts" trailer here: Cinematography:"Django Unchained"Watch the "Django" trailer here: Directing:"Beasts Of The Southern Wild" Writing-Adapted Screenplay:"Beasts of the Southern Wild" Writing-Original Screenplay:"Django Unchained""Flight"
Friday, 22 February 2013 15:57

Amber Rose, Wiz Khalifa Welcome Baby Boy

Congratulations are in order for one of the cutest couples on the planet! Model and television personality Amber Rose, and Hip-Hop heavyweight Wiz Khalifa welcomed a healthy, baby boy into the world today. This is the first child for both Wiz and Amber. The couple named their son Sebastian "The Bash" Taylor Thomaz. Wiz has made no secret of the fact that he was excited to be hands-on during the water-birth of baby Bash, so we know the proud parents will have details and photos for everyone soon. Until then, congrats to the happy couple and Happy Birthday baby Sebastian!
Michael Jackson's former masterpiece of a home Neverland Ranch hasn't had a person living in it since 2005. that might change in the near future because it is rumored the new king and queen of music, Jay-Z and Beyonce are looking to buy the King of Pop's former home. According to AOL Real Estate, a "source close to the Jackson estate" said the power couple have toured the property and have expressed interest. However, Jay-Z has claimed he has not one ounce of an interest in buying Jackson's former mansion that sits on 3,000 acres with its own amusement park and fire department. The Jackson family source believes the opposite, saying, "If [the current owners] took them to the ranch ... there must be something to it."Michael Jackson officially lost Neverland Ranch in 2008 when a private equity firm bought out the $23.5 million loan Jackson defaulted on. The owner of the firm wouldn't comment on the recent rumors, but if they are true, Jay-Z and Beyonce are the perfect people to bring glory back to the Neverland Ranch. http://theurbandaily.com/2090754/jay-z-beyonce-to-purchase-neverland-ranch-rumors/
Thursday, 21 February 2013 15:20

Alicia Keys Talks Global HIV

Alicia Keys, who is well known for her work as an ambassador of the "Keep A Child Alive" foundation spoke candidly about the need to open up the dialogue about HIV/AIDS globally and here, at home. Keys spoke to a crowd of concert goers at a private event in Harlem, reinforcing her passion for furthering the dialogue and attention paid to AIDS spreading in low-income communities. "'Keep A Child Alive' really is such a passion for me. We started because there were these beautiful children and families who couldn't afford the medicine that exists, that can keep you alive, and it was just so unfair that they should not get it because of their social status or where they lived," she said. "If we can talk about it, we can change the face of it." Keys was presented with a $5,000 check from Orasure, creators of the first approved at-home HIV test for the "Keep A Child Alive" Foundation.