London Police Allegedly Choke 13-Year-Old—His Afro Pick Was Mistaken For A Knife

The boy’s mother said that the officers were told her son had special needs. On September 14, a London police officer allegedly choked a 13-year-old Black student during a stop-and-search incident in South London. The police were responding to reports of a Black person carrying a knife. Benjamin Olajive, who has ADHD, was stopped after getting off a school bus. He was put in handcuffs while his bag was searched. The police found a hair pick, which was mistaken for a knife.
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Seventeen’s First Black Cover Model, Joyce Walker-Joseph, Is Still Breaking Barriers

Joyce Walker-Joseph appeared on the November 1972 cover of Seventeen—the first Black model to get the full cover of the magazine. (Though, as Walker-Joseph points out, it wasn’t actually her first time on the cover; in her previous appearance, she was “postage-stamp size” above the logo.) Walker-Joseph soon became an icon of the “Black is beautiful” movement, and a major role model to young Black women. In 1997, she and her husband, playwright, poet, and former Black Panther Jamal Joseph, co-founded the IMPACT Repertory Theatre, a Harlem-based youth theater company and a key expression of Walker-Joseph’s lifetime of being, as she calls it, an “artivist.”
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Meet the first Latina Councilwoman for City of Roanoke: Vivian Sanchez-Jones

ROANOKE, Va. – In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we want to highlight influential Latinx figures that impact our community. After trying to run for city council in 2007, Vivian Sanchez-Jones was honored to finally take the seat 13 years later, making her the first Latina ever to become a councilwoman for the city of Roanoke.

BIA – “Besito” f. G Herbo

With her single “Whole Lotta Money” as one of the hottest songs of the Summer 2021, BIA is hoping to keep that heat well into the colder months of the year. Teaming with G Herbo, the Massachusetts artists has released her latest offering “Besito.” Tapping into her Afro-Puerto Rican roots, BIA switches between Spanish to English throughout her verses. BIA was recently one of Rihanna‘s guest for her “Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 3,” which is now available to view on Amazon Prime Video.

Steve McQueen to Receive Cologne Film Prize

Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen will receive this year’s Cologne Film Prize in honor of his life’s work. The British director and Turner-winning visual artist, won the Academy Award for best picture for his 2013 drama 12 Years a Slave.  More recently, McQueen has focused on the small screen, with his Emmy-nominated miniseries Small Axe, a series of films focused on London’s Afro-Caribbean community, and the Amazon documentary series Uprising. The Cologne Film Prize, which comes with a $30,000 (€25,000) cash bursary, honors filmmakers who “have made an outstanding contribution to the further development of film and media language.” Previous winners include David...

Zesty Mango Habanero Hot Sauce

This is the hot sauce we’ve been swooning over for months now and could hardly wait to share with you all! It’s adapted from the Mango Habanero Hot Sauce from the Afro-Vegan cookbook by Bryant Terry (a book we’re huge fans of!). We love the original recipe and have been paring it down for ease without sacrificing on heat.

Will ‘Dear White People’ End After Season 4?

The Netflix TV comedy Dear White People was created as an episodic show based on the indie film of the same name by creator Justin Simien. The show features a group of Black students at the predominately white Winchester University who are speaking out against racism and contending with racially charged situations at this ivy league college.

Lulu and Georgia’s New Collection Looks Like Tile—But It’s Something Else Entirely

When artist Malene Barnett was tapped to design a wallpaper collection with interiors brand Lulu and Georgia, she looked no further than her favorite medium for inspiration: ceramics. And not just any ceramics—her own. Barnett’s original sculptures are intricate and tactile. Everything from her vases to her individual tiles celebrate bold, primary hues and natural forms (not a straight square in sight), as does the new Kindred collection.

Urban Fu$e share new project ‘DLW3’

Urban Fu$e a/k/a UF shares their 8 track body of work titled DLW3 which is an acronym for Dough, Love, and Winning. The body of work sees the collective fusing different Asian sounds into their repertoire and the result is a mix of infused styles of music that everyone can rock with.

Miguel and Nazanin Mandi have separated after 17 years together

Miguel and Nazanin Mandi have called it quits after 17 years together. A rep for the singer-songwriter and the model confirmed that the couple separated. “After 17 years together, Miguel and Nazanin Mandi have decided to separate and have been for some time now,” the source said in a statement, according to People. “The couple both wish each other well.” The news comes two months away from the couple’s third wedding anniversary.

Brooklyn events coming up

1. All Pink Pre-Halloween Paint & Sip Party; 2. "Everictus Academiae" Nam.Ji.Kook K-pop NYC cupsleeve event; 3. Foster Care Unplugged, The Stage Play Part Two; 4. AFRO CARIBBEAN SATURDAYS; 5. DAVIDOFF CIGAR X SPIRITS SUMMER NIGHT SERIES 2021;

How Wild Swimming As A Black Woman Helped Me Heal From My Grief

Cat White is a writer, filmmaker, gender expert for the UN and founder of Kusini Productions, a Black female-led platform created to champion voices of Black women and girls. Her upcoming film Fifty-Four Days follows the journey of a girl who starts wild swimming in the wake of losing her father to suicide. Here, she tells us the real-life inspiration behind the project.

Community organizer Rosa Clemente talks activism strategies, importance of studying revolutionary history

Activist Rosa Clemente offered students advice on how to be effective grassroots organizers and shared lessons from her 30 years of advocacy experience during a virtual event hosted by AUSG Women’s Initiative Thursday. Clemente, an independent journalist, scholar-activist and community organizer, was the first Afro-Latina vice presidential candidate in United...

I was taught my Afro-curly hair is 'bad hair.' I'm now teaching girls that it's beautiful

Carolina Contreras is the 34-year-old founder and CEO of Miss Rizos Salon in the Dominican Republic and in New York City that helps people with Afro-curly hair care for and embrace its natural texture. For Latinx Heritage Month, Contreras reflected on her memories of hair from her childhood and how they shaped who she is now and informed her mission as an entrepreneur.

Temporary Or Permanent Hair Extensions, What To Choose?

For years and years celebrities from all over the world used wigs and hair extensions to look more beautiful. They had incredible, spectacular, almost impossible hair. They were hair extensions, even if many didn’t know it. Today hair extensions, whether temporary or permanent, are available not only to the rich...

Masaany Mansa Musa ft Stonebwoy – Sikli

Young talented and promising Ghanaian dancehall sensation, Masaany Mansa Musa surprises his growing fan-base and the music community with an amazing tune dubbed; “Sikli”. The Getho Youth preacher, Masaany connects with highly rated Ghanaian dancehall musician and BHIM Nation president, Stonebwoy to unlock this fresh and original afro dance hall jam.

Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble: …dreaming in lions…

Arturo O’Farrill likes to think big. The 10-piece band that has recorded the pianist, composer and bandleader’s debut for the esteemed Blue Note label, is actually a smaller collective than he usually works with under the name the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. O’Farrill’s output has become increasingly ambitious in recent years, and …dreaming in lions… keeps that momentum going. Divvied into two main sections, the five-part “Despedida” and the nine-movement “Dreaming in Lions,” the music maintains a unified vibe even while the ensemble explores themes that, in their origins and intent, bear little in common. “Despedida,” described as a “meditation on farewells,” was envisioned originally as a collaboration with the Malpaso Dance Company. It’s percussion and horn-rich (Arturo’s sons, drummer Zach and trumpeter Adam, are among the participants) and sprawling melodically, a wide banquet of textures and tones giving the compositions impressive breadth and depth. Despite the truth of loss that inspired its composition, the work projects warmth and a sense of cohesion; melancholic underpinnings surface periodically, but this is in no sense a gloomy piece of music. The “Dreaming in Lions” suite, however, is the kind of thing that O’Farrill and his companies do best: He is most at home with a vast canvas, and he has allowed himself plenty to work with here. The work, inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea (perhaps track titles like “Blood in the Water” and “War Bird Man” are the giveaways?), turns on a dime from sparingly simple—“Dreams So Gold,” the finale, solo piano played by Alison Deane, O’Farrill’s wife—to more complex arrangements that beg return visits. Taken in as a whole, it’s a compelling conception flawlessly executed.