Monthly Archives: May 2017

OWN Releases 2nd Official Trailer For Season 2 Of Queen Sugar

OWN has released the second trailer for season two of Queen Sugar and the images are just as absorbing as the first trailer. The Bordelon family’s battle to become the first Black family to own a sugar mill is the main story but the trailer also has plenty of scenes pertaining to the other plots within the dominant one. The show has a two-night premiere on June 20th and 21st.

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Joey Bada$$ Announces European Tour

Joey Bada$$ is going on a tour of Europe in October to support his All-Amerikkkan  Bada$$ album. The tour will start in Bristol, UK and end in Helsinki, Finland in November. Tickets go on sale this Friday.

Tour Dates:

Oct 21st @ Motion, Bristol – UK

Oct 24th @ O2 Kentish Town Forum, London – UK

Oct  25th @ Birmingham O2 Institute 1, Birmingham – UK

Oct  26th @ Manchester Albert Hall, Manchester – UK

Oct 27th @ Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh – UK

Oct  30th @ Olympia, Dublin – IE

Oct  31st @ Trix, Antwerp – BE

Nov 2nd @ Elysee-Montmartre, Paris – FR

 Nov 3rd @ Paradiso, Amsterdam – NL

Nov 7th  @ Dynamo, Zurich – CH

Nov 8th @ Arena Vienna, Vienna – AT

Nov  9th @ Theaterfabrik, Munich – DE

Nov 11th @ Festsaal Kreuzberg, Berlin – DE

Nov 12th @ Essigfabrik, Cologne – DE

Nov 14th @ Vega, Copenhagen – DK

Nov 15th @ Nobelberget, Stockholm – SE

Nov 16th @  Vulkan Arena, Oslo – NO

Nov 18th @  Nosturi, Helsinki – FI

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WGN Cancels Underground After 2 Seasons

WGN has canceled Underground after two seasons and 90 episodes. The show was a period drama series about the Underground Railroad in Antebellum Georgia. It had record ratings during of March of last year and brought acclaim to the network. The announcement comes two weeks after the network canceled Outsiders, which was their most-watched show. Sinclair Broadcast Group announced that it was purchasing Tribune which is WGN’s parent company earlier this month. Chris Ripley, who is the CEO of Sinclair, said earlier this month that the network’s ratings did not justify the costs of the original programming. He also said the company “is already going to be shifting its strategy away from high-cost originals into more cost-effective originals and reruns.” Some fans of the show see the connection between Underground’s cancellation and Netflix ending The Get Down because of the expenses. John Legend, who played Frederick Douglass on the show and produced it took to Twitter and shared his belief that the show will find a new home.

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Binary Star Release New Single Subterraneous From Waterworld 3

Binary Star’s One Be Lo and Decompoze are joined by T Calmese, RoSpit and Malaki on “Subterraneous” from Waterworld 3. Decompoze produced “Subterraneous” and he shaped the sound of the album with OneManArmy. Binary Star describes Waterworld 3 as an album for the people who have been smushed between wars and capitalist exploitation among other things. Waterworld 3 comes out Friday.

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Alicia Keys And The Indigenous Rights Movement In Canada Receive Amnesty International Award

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Alicia Keys and the movement of Indigenous Peoples fighting for their rights in Canada have been honoured with the 2017 Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award at an evening ceremony in Montreal, Canada.

The award is the organization’s highest honour for human rights work. This is the first time the award was given to a Canadian recipient.

“Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience awardees this year stand in the tradition of past winners such as Vaclav Havel and Malala Yousafzai – people who have shown exceptional leadership and courage to champion human rights, often in the face of great difficulty,” said Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International.

Accepting the award recognizing the Indigenous rights movement of Canada were activists Delilah Saunders, Melanie Morrison, Melissa Mollen Dupuis and Widia Larivière. Activists from across the movement have bravely fought to end discrimination and ensure the well-being of Indigenous communities.

In solidarity with the Indigenous movement, Amnesty International launched a petition urging the Minister of Justice to fulfill Canada’s promise to uphold the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The ceremony featured performances and speeches from Canadian musicians Patrick Watson and Safia Nolan, and actress Tantoo Cardinal. Renowned activist and former leader of the Black Panthers Party, Ericka Huggins, presented Alicia Keys with her award and praised her for using her platform to fight for the marginalized and encourage young people to raise their voices.

Upon accepting the award Alicia Keys delivered an impassioned speech calling on people to stand up for human rights: “Can we depend on each other to speak up any way we can? Because who do we count on to support the fight for freedom, the promise of dignity and equality, if not us?”

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