This past Sunday was definitely not just any old regular Sunday by far! The one year anniversary of LSD Studios/Viibez birthday celebration was pretty LiTTY as soon as you step foot inside of Bracket Room. The energy in the building was AMAZING!
The fact that Chicago came out to really support one of their own shows the culture and the support is STILL present. In the building you had Phor, Asa2times, KD Young Cocky, D Brooks, S7eaze, the rest All Co$t, and many more… She pretty much brought the whole city out.
With the drinks flowing and sounds by DJ Unstable, there was NO WAY anyone could’ve had a bad time. Everyone was able to come out and party in peace and it was a great vibe.
We weren’t able to stay forcing us to miss the performances by Asa, KD, and Solo but i saw the IG stories and it was LiT. The energy was high and the viibez were great, showing that we can turn all the way up and still party in peace in CHICAGO. When’s the next one?
Again, HAPPY BIRTHDAY VIIBEZ!!
President Trump on Thursday pardoned Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight champion, who was convicted in 1913 of transporting a white woman across state lines.
Mr. Trump signed the pardon for Johnson during an Oval Office ceremony, sitting at the Resolute Desk and flanked by Sylvester Stallone, Lennox Lewis and other fighters.
The president called Johnson “a truly great fighter, had a tough life,” but served 10 months in federal prison “for what many view as a racially-motivated injustice.” Mr. Trump said the conviction took place during a “period of tremendous racial tension in the United States.”
He was convicted of violating the Mann Act, which prohibited travelling with a woman across state lines “for immoral purposes.” The woman Johnson transported, Belle Schreiber, who had worked as a prostitute, had dated the heavyweight champion.
Johnson was sentenced to a year in prison, but he fled the country for several years, returning in 1920 to serve his sentence.
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Jemele Hill of ESPN has just been given one of the highest honors in her industry. The National Association of Black Journalist (NABJ) have named her their "Journalist of the Year." The award is given annually to the a journalist “who has amassed a distinguished body of work with extraordinary depth, scope and significance to the people of the African Diaspora.”
The ESPN star, a former host of many major shows on the network including His & Hers and Sportscenter, is currently the Senior correspondent and columnist for ESPN’s The Undefeated. She will receive the Journalist Of The Year award at the NABJ Convention and Career Fair in her hometown of Detroit later this summer.
NABJ’s vice president of print Marlon A. Walker said Hill is the “epitome of what a black journalist should be.” The media organization has chosen to honor Hill for using her platform to address national, social and cultural issues while still talking about sports.
Last year was quite a ride for Ms. Hill. She found herself in hot water with some fans and many critics because of a few statements she made on athletes' right to be able to protest. Her statements brought criticism from some NFL owners as well as President Trump. Following the highly-publicized tweets, she stepped down from her 6 p.m. hosting spot on ESPN’s SportsCenter6 after the media company placed her on a two-week suspension. Despite being with ESPN for a little more than a decade, she has publicly said she has no regrets.
NABJ will present Hill with the award Aug. 4 at the NABJ Salute to Excellence Awards in Detroit.
Kendrick Lamar is officially a Pulitzer Prize winner. The rapper won the prestigious award for his album "Damn", which came out April 14, 2017. While Kendrick is no stranger to winning awards, the album also won the Grammy for Best Rap Album, it is the first time that a non-classical or jazz album has won the Pulitzer for music in it's 75 year history.
The Pulitzer board deemed the album “a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life.”
Congrats K-Dot on this tremendous accomplishment.
Wakandacon is a fan convention happening in Chicago, IL to celebrate Afro-futurism, tech, and community outreach. Wakandacon will take place at the Hilton Chicago from August 3rd to 5th.
The three-day event is organized by a team of African-American Chicago residents: siblings David, Ali, and Matt Barthwell; along with entrepreneur Lisa Beasley and producer Taylor Witten. The event will feature panels, lectures, workshops, and live entertainment.
Recent films were the inspiration for Wakandacon, but the team was moved to do more. “The moment we saw Wakanda in film, we wanted a space to gather and talk about everything African-Americans are passionate about. Afro-Futurism is about imagining a future for Black people all around the world. Wakandacon is a space for Black people to look past the present and into our future,” says Ali Barthwell, co-founder of Wakandacon.
“Our people have been hungry for something like this for a very long time, and I hope that Wakandacon only adds to the fire,” says David Barthwell, founder of Wakandacon.
Along with educational and entertaining programming, Wakandacon will also feature a marketplace for African-American small business owners. The event is based in Chicago, but the organizers are hoping for people from across the world to attend.
“My siblings and I were all born and raised in the area, and Chicago is the city that we love. We hope that Wakandacon will not just be an event for people of Chicago but for people all over,” says Matt Barthwell, cofounder of Wakandacon.
A weekend pass is available for $35 on Wakandacon2018.com. Submissions for programming, vendors, sponsors, and volunteers are live on Wakandacon2018.com. More information is available on Wakandacon2018.com.
Afropunk Fest in Brooklyn Line-Up Announced: Erykah Badu, Janelle Monae, Tyler the Creator, Miguel & More
One of the biggest and most anticipated music festivals of the year is returning to Brooklyn this summer. The Afropunk Fest will take place at Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park in Fort Greene on August 25 and 26. On Tuesday (March 27), Afropunk Fest unveiled the Brooklyn edition of the festival will be headlined by Erykah Badu, Janelle Monae and Tyler the Creator.
In addition to Badu, Monae, and Tyler the Creator, Afropunk recruited the likes of Miguel, The Internet, H.E.R., Daniel Caesar, Jessie Reyez, Smino, and Jaden and Willow Smith to help round out the impressive bill.
This year's theme is The People Resist, which "brings together AFROPUNK ideology and the people who support it, in resistance to those that strive to opress." Afropunk has not only seen success in the states, but has expanded to international markets including Paris, London, and Johannesburg.
Afropunk has introduced a new ticketing system called Buy One, Give One (BOGO) in which each general admission ticket purchased will allow a New York City youth, who has been participating in art programs like Recess Art and Young New Yorkers, the opportunity to attend the festival.
Afropunk has also announced its Atlanta lineup, which takes place on October 13 and 14. So far, N.E.R.D, Noname, Little Simz, Kari Faux are set to hit the stage, with more names to be announced later this year.
For more information about Afropunk Fest and tickets, visit the official site.
By: Jimmie Sykes
Vic Mensa took the streets of Washington D.C. to perform at the March For Our Lives Rally."
This song is dedicated to Stephon Clark, Decynthia Clements, and all the unarmed black men and women killed by police weapons. Until all of us are free, none of us will be free."
Chicago artist Vic Mensa has never been afraid to speak his mind through his platform. With songs like "We Could be Free", "16 Shots", and "Shades of Blue", it is clear that Vic Mensa will always rise up and speak out. Salute to Mensa for taking it out to the Nation's Capital to perform "We Could Be Free", a track from his latest album The Autobiography.
The March For Our Lives Rally was organized as a national movement to put an end to gun violence. Last month, lone gunman Nikolas Cruz entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and killed 17 people. This sparked national outrage and questioning of the Second Amendment. March For Our Lives is a new rally, but this is something that many people have been calling on for far too long.
Although this rally is a push for tighter gun laws and to put an end to campus shootings, it was also a push for the lives of the black men and women. A push for those lives that were lost to unjust, senseless violence. Keep pushing so hopefully this time around their story will be heard. It is important that the names of the fallen such as Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, Decynthia Clements, and Stephon Clark are kept alive. Let the world know that they represent many others who too were lost to gun violence, but not in vein either.
Vic Mensa has always been a favorite of mine for this reason alone. To express social issues as fearless as he does on and off the track means a lot these days. It's like the voice for the voiceless, speaking for people who don't have the opportunity. Mensa backs those black men and women whose lives were cut short due to unjust violence.
"It ain't enough for police to wear body cams, cause n*ggas still getting tazed and body slammed. And cigarettes'll kill you on their own but they'll kill you for a cigarette, I honor Eric Garner fam'."
Vic Mensa- Shades of Blue (2016)
This battle is nothing new for Mensa, he will always be here fighting for the rights of the people. Check out his latest performance in D.C. below.
The Weather Channel has been sold to Entertainment Studios, a media company that includes several networks including Cars.tv, Pets.tv and Recipe.tv.
Entertainment Studios, owned by media mogul Byron Allen, will acquire the television network from its owners, The Blackstone Group, Bain Capital and Comcast/NBCUniversal. The terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, though one source estimated the deal to be in the $300 million range.
With the acquisition of The Weather Channel and Local Now, Allen expands into live and local cable news. The Entertainment Studios divisions now include broadcast television syndication, production and distribution of more than 41 programs; eight 24/7 cable television networks; theatrical motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; digital movie acquisition and distribution; and global news publishing.
Comcast, Blackstone and Bain purchased The Weather Channel for $3.5 billion in July 2008. The digital operations of The Weather Channel were acquired in 2015 by IBM in a deal pegged at around $2 billion.
Allen said he want to invest more in The Weather Channel, expanding both its international and local distribution. It’s part of a broader strategy to invest what he said would be billions of dollars in the media and entertainment industry
Going into this past weekend everyone knew that Marvel's Black Panther was going to do well at the box office. With record-breaking advance sales and incredible reviews, failure was never in the cards. In its first weekend, Black Panther has brought in a staggering $192 million as of Sunday and is expected to get to over $218 million after today's holiday (President's Day).
The Ryan Coogler-directed movie — unprecedented in being a big-budget studio tentpole featuring a virtually all-black cast — secured the fifth-biggest domestic opening of all time after blasting past all expectations. It's also the best launch of any superhero film behind fellow Marvel title The Avengers (2012), which earned $207.4 million in its first three days, not accounting for inflation.
The weekend isn't over, however, and Black Panther could climb even higher. Many rival studios show a four-day total of $222 million to $225 million, as well as a higher three-day total in the $195 million range.
Other records broken include that of the biggest opening for an African-American director, the top-scoring superhero film on Rotten Tomatoes (97 percent) and the biggest February bow, supplanting previous champ Deadpool, which took in $152.2 million over the four-day Presidents Day weekend in 2016.