Monthly Archives December 2020

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Launch “Archewell” Podcast

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are set to uplift and entertain listeners around the world with their new podcast deal with Spotify.

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Under the exclusive partnership, Archewell Audio will join Spotify and their global reach to highlight diverse perspectives and voices.

 What we love about podcasting is that it reminds all of us to take a moment and to really listen, to connect to one another without distraction.

A trailer clip of Archewell Audio was released on the streaming service on Tuesday, and was accompanied by a short description which read: “Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, present Archewell Audio.”

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The first episode will be a “holiday special,” the Duke and Duchess of Sussex confirmed and will be out later this month.

Beth Moore Spoke Truth To Power About Trumpism

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Beth Moore did what some of her male counterparts have been afraid to do, and that’s tell the truth about Trumpism.

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Over the weekend the evangelical Bible teacher took to Twitter to call out Christians who are following President Donald Trump and warned them to back away from it.

I do not believe these are days for mincing words. I’m 63 1/2 years old & I have never seen anything in these United States of America I found more astonishingly seductive & dangerous to the saints of God than Trumpism. This Christian nationalism is not of God. Move back from it.

She then spoke directly to her counterparts, warning them that they will be held accountable for not protecting their flock.

Fellow leaders, we will be held responsible for remaining passive in this day of seduction to save our own skin while the saints we’ve been entrusted to serve are being seduced, manipulated, USED and stirred up into a lather of zeal devoid of the Holy Spirit for political gain.

The Living Proof Ministries founder continued,

And, God help us, we don’t turn from Trumpism to Bidenism. We do not worship flesh and blood. We do not place our faith in mortals. We are the church of the living God. We can’t sanctify idolatry by labeling a leader our Cyrus. We need no Cyrus. We have a king. His name is Jesus.

Dr. Jill Biden: Put Some Respect On Her Name!

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Dr. Jill Biden has earned every degree she has.

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So to hear that the WSJ published an op-ed from Joseph Epstein (who is he by the way?) over the weekend suggesting that Dr. Biden drop the “Dr.” from her title is sickening.

Epstein goes on to call Dr. Biden “kiddo” how rude, obnoxious and misogynistic to me.

Let’s be clear if she was a man, this article wouldn’t of even been published.

Dr. Jill Biden, the future First Lady of the United States of America is an awesome example to young girls and women all around the world. She is the possibility! She is the modern woman who worked hard for her education and doesn’t have to dim her light for her husband’s to shine!

Taraji P. Henson New Talk Show Tackles Mental Health In The Black Community

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Actress and mental health advocate Taraji P. Henson new talk show tackles mental health in the Black community.

“Peace of Mind with Taraji” debuts Monday, Dec. 14th on FaceBook Watch.

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The single mother who is doing the damn thing! is joined by her best friend and co-host Tracie Jade to “shine a spotlight on the challenging mental health issues facing us today – particularly of those in the Black community,” according to a press release about the talk show. “Through personal interviews with both celebrities, experts and everyday people, the series will show how to provide support, bring awareness and help eliminate the stigmas of mental health issues.”

Two episodes will premiere each week; one on Mondays and another on Wednesdays. The Monday episodes will feature discussions with celebrity guests and everyday people, while the Wednesday episode will take a deeper dive into the various issues raised in the week’s previous episode with licensed therapists to help unpack and understand how to properly process it all.

Actress Gabrielle Union is featured on the premiere episode about PTSD that airs Monday. Union  shares how being raped at gunpoint sparked her condition and why 2020 has been so triggering.

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Other celebs who are set to be featured on the show are Mary J. Blige and Tamar Braxton.

Peace of Mind with Taraji airs 9am PT/12pm ET  on FaceBook Watch.

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My Daughter Has Joined The Black Girl PhD Club

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On Friday, Dec. 11th my daughter Arianna officially became a Black Girl PhD.

She received her Doctorate of Philosophy in Urban Higher Education from Jackson State University, home to the Sonic Boom!

Due to COVID-19, she couldn’t have the traditional graduation and celebration, but we made the best of it.

Jackson State held the graduation online, so we decided to watch until they called her name and then go take pictures to commemorate the day.

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People are always shocked when I tell them she’s 27 years old, which means she didn’t take any breaks on her journey to her Doctorate. Even though I wanted her to slow down sometimes and enjoy life, that was not a part of her plans…lol.

Growing up family and friends would complain about the fact that her father and I allowed her room to express herself. Folks would say things like her mouth is too smart, she think she knows everything, etc…. but guess what? Those same people are congratulating her now. You see that freedom to express herself paid off when it was time for her to defend her dissertation.

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When she was little I use to dance with her to Martina McBride’s “In My Daughter’s Eyes,” those lyrics couldn’t be more true today as I now call her Dr. Stokes.

But the truth is plain to see
She was sent to rescue me
I see who I want to be
In my daughter’s eyes

To say I’m proud of her is an understatement. I’m truly thankful that God chose me to be her mother. Not only is she my daughter, but she’s my best-friend and brunch buddy… and I couldn’t be more grateful!

Nate Parker Is Back With Powerful New Film ‘American Skin’

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Justice is finally on trial in the upcoming Nate Parker film “American Skin.”

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Written and directed by Parker, the powerful film weaves a layered story in the tradition of Sidney Lumet’s 12 Angry Men and Dog Day Afternoon, that follows a Black Iraqi War Vet, who after being denied of a fair trial following the shooting death of his teenage son (his only child) by a white police officer, desperately seeks justice and accountability for his son’s death.

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A message from Nate:

In 2014, following the death of Michael Brown, I traveled to Ferguson, Missouri to gain a better understanding of the tensions between law enforcement and young men and women of color. The most tragic moment of this trip arrived when I stood downtown between two infuriated groups of citizens. From one side came yells of ‘Justice for Mike Brown’ and on the other ‘Support Our Police’. It became clear to me, instantly, the disconnect in our understanding of citizenship, law enforcement, and our responsibility to preserve American life. As an American citizen, father, brother, son and artist, I felt compelled to use my platform as a filmmaker to respond to this crisis in a way that could not only promote social equity, but initiate a global culture shift that can result in the preservation of lives. If saving one life is the only thing this film achieves, it will have served its core purpose.

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The film which releases next year also stars Omari Hardwick, Theo Rossi, Beau Knapp, and executive produced by Spike Lee.

Nike Releasing A Revamped Valentine’s Day Air Force 1

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Nike is giving one of their iconic shoes a romantic twist by releasing a revamped version of the Valentine’s Day Air Force 1.

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The sneaker brand released images of the iconic sneaker, which features the model’s signature white leather uppers paired with a cream-colored midsole, outsole and Swoosh detail along the sides. They also have red heart details on the outer-facing portions of the heel and are finished off with “Nike” red lettering on the tongue and color-coordinated accents throughout the heel counter.

The revamped romantic shoe will retail for $110 and is set to drop in February 2021, according to Footwear News.

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris Named Time Magazine’s 2020 Person of the Year

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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris just beat out Trump again…..

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The President and VP-elect were named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year. They were among five finalist that included Donald Trump and Dr. Fauci.

Why give the honor to the next leaders of the free world? Together they offered restoration and renewal in a single ticket, and America bought what they were selling.

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The title reflects the ability of the chosen individual to “affect the news or our lives, for better or worse,” the magazine describes.

Upon being notified of the honor Thursday, Biden and Harris simply said, “Thank you for the honor.”

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Congratulations Mr. President-elect Biden and Madam VP-elect Harris.

Tory Burch Makes Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women List

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Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women list came out this week and my favorite designer Tory Burch has made it for the sixth time!

Equal rights will transform the economy and society.

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The executive chairman and chief creative officer of her namesake company, came in at number 88. She was beat out in the fashion world only by Rihanna, chief executive officer and artistic director of Fenty, who can in at number 69, and Beyoncé, who teamed with Adidas to launch her Ivy Park activewear brand, who came in at 72.

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Burch who is self made, brings in $1.5 billion in sales from apparel, footwear, watches and fragrances, also heads a charitable foundation that has been helping female entrepreneurs since 2009.

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Congratulations to my fav!!!!!!

Megan Thee Stallion Fashion Nova Collab Pulls In $1.2M Hours After Launch

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I was just telling one of my friends on Monday that Megan Thee Stallion has taken over the Hip-Hop game. Her debut album “Good News” premiered at #2 on the Billboard charts, her collaborations with brands are next level, and the way women, especially celebs and politicians have supported her (even Maxine Waters!) is refreshing.

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Now TMZ is reporting that the Megan Thee Stallion Fashion Nova collection pulled in $1.2 million within 24 hours of it’s launch. She is Good News Meg!

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Fashion Nova announced the highly anticipated launch of the collection several weeks ago. The collection consists of premium denim, luxe corset bodysuits, tops with matching pants, jaw-dropping dresses, and plush outerwear. With a total of 106 pieces, the capsule collection ranges in price from $24.99 to $199.99, and is available exclusively at fashionnova.com.

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Women Have To Show Up For One Another

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My first job in my 20’s was managing a women’s only health club called Women’s Workout World. I loved teaching aerobics and watching the ladies reach their goals after sitting down with me for a consultation. Working there not only taught me the strategies to help others reach their full potential but it also taught me the importance of women working together towards a common goal.

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Those learnings helped me in my career at Best Buy corporate. I was invited to become a member of this organization called “WOLF”: Women of Leadership Forum founded by my mentor Julie Gilbert(google her she’s a beast and Fortune 50 companies still call on her to help them grow their business).

Back in 2005 Best Buy partnered with Magic Johnson and decided to open a couple of stores in predominantly Black neighborhoods… and I was asked to be a part of history. We opened a store on 87th and the Dan Ryan in Chicago (this is where I met @rolandsmartin rag on my head and all) Julie Gilbert surprised me and flew in from Minnesota to support me. It was then I learned how important it was for us to show up for one another.

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It was also under her guidance that I learned the importance of opening doors for people who looked like me… she would always say,”this is the place where you can make the biggest difference. It’s a business imperative!” Those words have guided my personal and professional life over the years.

On this #wcw may we take the hashtags off the pages and show up and celebrate one another for real.

Check out one of Julie Gilbert’s Tedx: