Ester Okade continuously begged her mother to enroll her in the University for three long years. Now, at the tender age of 10 her mother finally agreed. This bright young woman from Walsall enrolled in the math program at the Open University in the United Kingdom.
Pe’Tehn Raighn-Kem blew audiences away when she performed Maya Angelou’s poem, “Dear Black Child” with power and more confidence than most adults have at her church in Chicago. The parents of this 3-year-old little princess are both educators who made sure their daughter was equipped with the skills needed to excel early in life (clap it up for them).
The BET Honors aired last night, and it is one of the more respectable programs the network puts on every year. The honorees came from the worlds of entertainment, education and philanthropy. Here are some of the highlights from the show. Enjoy!
Actress Zendaya Coleman has gained my respect after her response to the ignorant and disrespectful comments of Fashion Police host Guiliana Rancic about her rocking locs on the red carpet at the Oscars:
Maya Angelou will always be my favorite person in life. I pray to be even half the woman she was and accomplish many of the amazing things she did. Yesterday, the US Postal Service announced that they will honor the legend with a Forever stamp that will be revealed at a later date.
For this year’s installment of my Black History in the Making series I wanted to feature people who are using their talents to uplift communities of color. Radio personalities Barbara De Laleu and Shani Kulture are two of these people. By day, they are immersed in the world of entertainment on their respective stations, Radio 103.9 and Hot97, but outside of the radio world this duo came together for an even greater purpose. They formed the “No Disrespect Campaign” to help equip our young people with the tools they need to prosper in their homes, schools and just life. Despite their busy schedules, they make the time to talk, laugh and even dance with these young people in their classrooms. I had the pleasure of sitting down with 1/2 of the duo to discuss the campaign and pick her brain on her thoughts on Black culture and history. Here is what Ms. De Laleu had to share:
The 87th Academy Awards aired on television last night, but I refrained from watching due to the whitewash of nominees this year. Nevertheless, it was refreshing to wake up to the news that the song “Glory,” from the Selma soundtrack won the Oscar for Best Original Song. Common and John Legend’s speech was beautiful and effortless. They hit every note about why this song is so important. It tells of times that we are still facing today in 2015.
The King of Soca, Machel Montano, had another successful event in Trinidad on Monday. His annual Machel Monday concert was sold out, and did not disappoint with the soca star doing all of his latest songs and greatest hits. His special guests included Jamaica’s own Shaggy and Beenie Man. He also had some of his fellow soca artists join him on the stage such as Farmer Napper, Destra Garcia and Nadia Baston.
Kendrick, Kendrick, Kendrick!!!! You done did it with this one! The Compton, LA rapper released a new single, “The Blacker the Berry” yesterday fresh off of two wins at the Grammy’s on Sunday for his song, “I.” Let’s just say that he is bringing the HEAT on this track! Black pride is oozing from every lyric and I’m loving every drop!