Daily Archives: July 13, 2016

VH1’s Hip Hop Honors Scores More Than Three Million Viewers

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VH1’s Hip Hop Honors: All Hail The Queens scored more than three million viewers Monday night. Eve hosted the event that had appearances from Common, Michelle Obama, Busta Rhymes, Puff Daddy, Fantasia, Nelly Furtado, Timbaland, LL Cool J and Pharrell who all paid tribute to Lil’ Kim, Salt N Pepa, Queen Latifah and Missy. The Hip Hop Honors show was live for the first time and was VH1’s highest-rated Monday night in a year and the #1 cable program in its time period. The viewership completely denies the idea that female rappers are not relevant. The show amassed over half a million Tweets, 17 trending topics including Rich Homie Quan’s failure to remember Biggie Smalls’ lyrics to the Junior M.A.F.I.A.’s “Get Money.” Hip Hop Honors began in 2004 and returned this year after a six-year hiatus. All Hail The Queens was the first time women in hip-hop have received any kind of major recognition.

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Actress Vivica A. Fox and R&B Balladeer Howard Hewett To Highlight 2016 DNC Watch Party Celebrating the Black Vote

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Philadelphia, PA – The city of Brotherly Love will declare more than liberty onTuesday, July 26, 2016 when a convergence of trendsetters, elected officials, labor and civil rights leaders descend upon the city and partake in the DogonVillage.com 2016 Democratic National Convention (DNC) Watch Party. Heralded as the ‘must attend’ side event of the Democratic Convention, “Independence Day: Resurgence” star, actress Vivica A. Fox will host the affair, alongside the Chair of the Darby Township Democratic Party, Richard Womack Jr. R&B’s smoothest balladeer, Grammy award winning singer, Howard Hewett will perform. Planned as a resounding “Celebration of the Black Vote,” there will be a special tribute to the dean of the civil rights movement, Rev. Dr. Joseph E Lowery, and Samuel Staten Jr., vice president of LIUNA will also be honored.
The festivities will begin at 7:30 p.m. and end at 12:30 a.m. at Penns Landing Caterers Ballroom,  1301 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd. in Philadelphia. 
Rev. Dr. Joseph E Lowery

Rev. Dr. Joseph E Lowery

 

 

Confirmed attendance includes: Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH); Congresswoman Corrine Brown (FL); Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, Congressman, George “G. K.” Butterfield (NC); Assistant Democratic Leader, Congressman James Clyburn (SC); Congressman David Scott (GA); woman’s rights leader, Melanie L. Campbell; civil rights attorney, Barbara Arnwine; and civil rights leader, Rev. Jesse Jackson.

Award-winning journalist, Roland S. Martin will bring his crew from TV One’s News One Now with Roland Martinand Joe Madison The Black Eagle will broadcast live from the event on SiriusXM Urban View Ch 126 from 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Samuel Staten Jr.

Samuel Staten Jr.

Ryan N. Boyer, business manager for Laborers’ District Council of Philadelphia & Vicinity, the Presenting Sponsor of the Watch Party states, “It’s an honor to celebrate those who fought for our right to vote, the hard-working individuals getting people to the polls, and most importantly, voters.”  Boyer continues, “We will also honorSamuel Staten Jr., – who was recently appointed vice president of Laborers’ International Union of North America – for his outstanding contribution to increasing Black voter participation.”

Produced by Edrea Davis, the founder of DogonVillage.com, the oldest Black-oriented website focused on digital advocacy, the nonpartisan celebration will project a live stream from the convention floor so guests can assess how  important issues related to the Black community are addressed.  “Our civil rights leaders made huge sacrifices to make sure every citizen can vote. Their work created opportunities for people of color and women to become elected officials and led to the election of President Barack Obama. We are celebrating past leaders and those tenacious activists continuing to protect the right of all Americans to cast a ballot. We are thrilled to have Vivica A. Fox and Howard Hewett among this prestigious gathering of influential minds.”
DNC Watch Party sponsors include: Laborers Local 332,   Tri State Design Construction Company, and Transport Workers Union of America.
To join the celebration, become a sponsor, purchase a table or tickets, visitwww.dogonvillage.com, email [email protected],  @dogonvillage on Twitter or Instagram, or call 770.961.6200.

 

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Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Queen Latifah & Others In PSA: 23 Ways You Could Be Killed If You Are Black In America

Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Queen Latifah, and other celebrities narrate the various ways Black can die in America by using the examples of Eric Garner, Oscar Grant III and the too-long list of those who have died at the hands of the police. Talib Kweli references Grant, who was played by Michael B. Jordan in the Ryan Coogler-directed Fruitvale Station, as an example of a Black person dying while taking a commuter train. The We Are Here Movement produced the video.

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Erykah Badu Talks About Her Artistry At Montreal Jazz Festival

Erykah Badu is interviewed at the press conference for the Montreal Jazz Festival and is asked why she sings and she explains how music is a form of therapy. Badu is giving a concert at Detroit’s Chene Park on August 12th and $5 of the proceeds from the concert and the cost of a V.I.P. reception will go towards unprocessed rape kits via the 490 Challenge organization.

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