Monthly Archives August 2019

Keshia Knight Pulliam & Arian Simone Launch Venture Capital Fund For Black Women Start Ups

Actress Keshia Knight Pulliam and Fearless CEO, Arian Simone are helping black women entrepreneurs.

The ladies launched a venture capital fund—dubbed the Fearless Fund, to close the racial and gender gaps that Black women entrepreneurs face when trying to secure venture capital. According to Fast Company, although Black women are the fastest-growing group of business owners in the country, less than one percent of founders get VC funding. Both Simone and Keshia Knight Pulliam are on a mission to address this issue and help women who have been impacted by these disparities fulfill their entrepreneurial dreams. Through the fund, money will be allocated to pre-seed, seed, and Series A startups.

Amongst some of the companies that they’ve started working with include a fitness app called Activvely, an all-natural, antioxidant-rich hibiscus tea brand named Ellis Island Tea, and a digital platform called Reset that provides flexible and affordable workspace options, according to Essence. The fund has also partnered with EnrichHER, which is a lending platform that provides women-owned businesses with access to capital and 100 Black Angels which is focused on building Black generational wealth through entrepreneurship.

Natalie Grant & Danny Gokey 4th Annual “Celebrate Christmas Tour”

Compassion LIVE has announced the 4th annual “Celebrate Christmas Tour” with Natalie Grant and Danny Gokey.

This holiday season the tour will embark on it’s first ever West Coast trek. The dozen dates will stretch from California, Arizona, New Mexico, Oregon and more. Pre-sale will begin Sept. 6 and tickets will be available on Sep. 9 at 10 a.m. local time. 

Natalie Grant

“I’m so excited to once again head out on our annual Christmas tour,” explained Natalie Grant. “This really is my favorite tour of the year, and I’m so excited for audiences on the west coast to experience the special evening Danny and I have put together!”

“Christmas is my favorite holiday because of the message of the music,” shares Gokey. “Love came down to us, to reach us where we are. It’s where true love began! The fact that we get to bring that message to life through this tour is why it’s one of my favorite tours that I do! Musically, I love the way Natalie & bring our styles together in an interactive set and I’m excited to share it with audiences on the West Coast this year.”

Compassion LIVE is partnering with Transparent Productions for the 12-date run. To learn more, visit www.celebratechristmastour.com.

Kanye West Sunday Service At Warryn & Erica Campbell’s Church

What do you do when Kanye West Sunday service pops up at your church?

Well, you have some serious church.. that’s what happened when Kanye along with his Gospel choir, The Samples popped up at Warryn and Erica Campbell’s church, Cali Worship.

Also in the building were Tori Kelly, Charles Jenkins, and yep Blac Chyna.

Kirk Franklin Makes History With Pandora

Pandora surprised Kirk Franklin with a billionaire plaque during the L.A. stop of his Long Live Love tour.

This honor, which has only been bestowed upon a small group of artists, commemorates Kirk Franklin having received over 1.6 billion streams on the platform. With this achievement, he also became the first gospel music artist to reach this milestone.

 “It is truly humbling that the music God let me borrow has touched so many people, and that they still choose to listen with so many incredible gospel artists out there,” Franklin shared about the honor.

Franklin being inducted into Pandora’s “Billionaires club,” comes on the heels of the release of his thirteenth studio album, LONG LIVE LOVE (Fo Yo Soul / RCA), on May 31st. The album has been atop Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart for ten consecutive weeks and spawned the smash hit, “Love Theory,” which has been #1 on the Hot Gospel Songs chart for 28 straight weeks. Additionally, he made history with LONG LIVE LOVE, becoming the first artist to top all five of Billboard’s gospel charts simultaneously.

Aretha Franklin Had Almost $1M In Uncashed Checks When She Died

When Aretha Franklin passed away last year she had nearly a million dollars in uncashed checks according to reports.

This news comes as inventory of her assets were revealed in recent court documents.

An inventory following her death found that Franklin had a check for $702,711.90 from Sound Exchange and Screen Writers Guild as well as uncashed checks to her publishing company, Springtime Publishing, from EMI, BMI, Carlin Music and Feel Good Films in the amount of $285,944.27. In total, $988,656.17 in uncashed checks were found, according to Billboard.

At the time of her death last August, no will was found, but 9 months after her death, three handwritten wills were reportedly found in her Michigan home. Two from 2010 and one from 2014.

Those wills are under review by a handwriting expert to verify their authenticity.

Aretha Franklin left behind four sons when she passed.

PICS: Barack & Michelle Obama Martha’s Vineyard Mansion

Barack and Michelle Obama are grabbing another piece of real estate.

The former first couple are reportedly purchasing the Martha’s Vineyard mansion they’ve been renting over the summer.

Barack and Michelle Obama
Photo Credit: Realtor.com

The 6,892-square-foot property sits on 29 acres. Built in 2001, it boasts seven bedrooms and nine baths. There are two wings with a private deck off the master suite. It also features a pool, massive lawn and a beach, among many other amenities.

Barack and Michelle Obama
Photo Credit: Realtor.com

Barack and Michelle Obama are purchasing the home from Boston Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck, for $14.8M according to reports.

The Obama’s still have their Chicago home, a home in D.C. and now one in Massachusetts.


#PowerCouple Russell Wilson & Ciara Part Owners Of Pro Soccer Team

Russell Wilson and Ciara are building an empire!

The couple announced that they’re part owners of the Seattle Sounders FC.

Russell Wilson
Photo Credit: Russell Wilson Instagram

In a post on Instagram, the singer posted a message to her daughter explaining to her that anything is possible, if she believes.

“Baby Girl, You will be able to do anything you put your mind to if you simply believe!” Ciara wrote. “Never walk in a room thinking of what you can’t do because of your gender! If you think it, it’s possible. If you dream it, it’s possible. If you believe it, it’s possible. It’s that simple.”

She added, “There’s only a small handful of female owners of any Major League Sports team, and I’m proud to be one of them! You are next Baby Girl! I have no doubt that by the time you’re my age, there will be many more!”

She concluded,


“And to every girl in this world, you can do anything you want to do and be anything you want to be! It truly possible if you believe.And to every girl in this world, you can do anything you want to do and be anything you want to be! It truly possible if you believe.”

Black Panther 2 Gets 2022 Release Date

Looks like we have to wait until 2022 to see Black Panther 2.

Disney announced at the D23 Expo today (Saturday) that it has set May 6, 2022, as the release date for Black Panther 2. Director Ryan Coolger, who returns to helm and write the sequel, revealed the news onstage during the Expo.

I pray they bring back the entire cast!

Kawhi Leonard Donates One Million Backpacks To Kids Headed Back To School

L.A. Clippers star Kawhi Leonard is giving back off the court.

Along with the LA Clippers Foundation and nonprofit Baby2Baby, the forward announced on Tuesday that he’d be donating 1 million backpacks to every student in Moreno Valley Unified, Inglewood Unified and Los Angeles Unified School Districts for the new school year, according to the Huffington Post.

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It’s bigger than basketball.

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The good deed is an effort to relieve stress on low-income families across Southern California, a press release stated.

“Going to the NBA, this is what I wanted to do. I wanted to be able to give back to my community,” said Kawhi Leonard, who grew up in the Los Angeles area. “That’s why I’m so happy to be back home. I’m able to be hands-on in the community where I grew up and where it started for me.”  

It’s bigger than basketball!

TUNE IN! SUNDAY BEST SET TO CROWN SEASON 9 WINNER SUNDAY NIGHT ON BET

The season finale of BET’s Sunday Best is here! Will Joshua Copeland or Melvin Crispell be crowned the season 9 winner?

With the competition officially over, this will be an unforgettable night of fun with the final 2contestants, Kirk, the judges and an array of special guests as BET concludes the series with an all-star Gospel celebration. And of course, at the end of the show, BET will announce the winner of Sunday Best season 9!

Sunday Best
Photo Credit: Nathan Bolster/BET


The season 9 winner will receive a recording contract with RCA Inspiration, a cash prize of $50,000 and the title “Sunday Best.” BET will crown the season 9 Sunday Best winner on Sunday, August 25th at 8:00PM ET/PT. The finale episode will feature special performances from GRAMMY Award®-winner Tasha Cobbs Leonard, multiple Stellar Award-winner VaShawn Mitchell.  Fans will also see soul stirring performances from judges Jonathan McReynoldsKelly Price, and  Erica Campbell debuting her new single “Praying & Believing.”

Singer Tweet Set to be Honored at 8th Annual Pure Heat Community Festival

Singer Tweet is being honored during the 8th annual Pure Heat Community Festival in Atlanta on Sunday, September 1st.

The “Created For This” singer is being honored with the 2019 Legacy Award. Tweet is best known for her debut solo single, “Oops (Oh My)”, a song about self-loving and appreciation – produced by Timbaland featuring guest vocals by Missy Elliott. Tweet has released three solo albums – including the most recent self-titled project,Charlene, via Entertainment One. As an actress, she has appeared in the Billie Woodruff directed motion picture, Honey, and has also appeared in the sitcom The Parkers. Tweet is hailed as one of the best voices of the new millennium and has collaborated with Karen Clark Sheard, Whitney Houston, Monica, Keke Wyatt, Syleena Johnson, Lil’Mo, Trina and more.

Singer Tweet

Also being honored is trailblazing triple -threat entertainer, and Pose actress, Angelica Ross, who  will receive the  2019 Trailblazer Award. Ross is a businesswoman, actress, and transgender rights advocate. After becoming a self-taught coder in the early years of her career she went on to become the founder and CEO of TransTech Social Enterprises – a firm that helps employ transgender people in the tech industry. Ross began her acting career in the web-series Her Story. In 2016, the series was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Short Film for Comedy or Drama. Ross also made a guest appearance that year on the TV series Transparent.

Previous festival honorees include entertainers K. Michelle, Sevyn Streeter, Brandy, Kelly Price, Ray J, Monica, Tiny and more. The annual hair battle, j-sette competition, gospel choir, house-music DJ and fashion show are set to return all live from the main-stage.