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Tichina Arnold, activist DeRay McKesson and Pastor Sarah Jakes Roberts are the latest culture-shapers to be honored as AT&T’s 2021 Black Future Makers who thrive in the pantheon of their respective fields while enriching the community.

Rolled out at the beginning of Black History Month with a gorgeous video narrated by LeBron James, the campaign marks the return of AT&T’s Black Future Makers initiative–a future-forward celebration of inspirational people in the culture.

“To be honored as one of 2021’s Black Future Makers is both humbling and inspiring,” said award-winning actress Tichina Arnold.

“I am humbled to be recognized alongside this group as their accomplishments are broad and magnificent. I am inspired that even after age 50, I continue to be included as a beacon for the future generations of Black women who, like my own daughter, will ensure that our dreams together are fulfilled.”

Activist and author DeRay McKesson had this to say about being recognized by AT&T Dream In Black:

“It is an honor to be featured as a Black Future Maker! We have the power to make changes now that fundamentally alter the choices of every successive generation so that justice is finally made real.”

In addition to the high-profile Black Future Makers, honorees include entrepreneurs, activists and everyday heroes, including frontline workers who have put themselves in harm’s way to help save the lives of others during this global pandemic.

“At AT&T, we work to create opportunities, strengthen communities, and improve lives,” said Angela Burgin, AT&T Director of Marketing for the company’s Global Marketing Organization.

“Black Future Makers is one of the many ways we celebrate, honor and uplift the voices and actions of those making a meaningful contribution to our society.”

New additions to the Black Future Makers honoree list were announced every week this month. Here’s the full list:

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Kwame Anku
Tichina Arnold
Tabitha Brown
Dario Calmese
Temi Coker
D-Nice
Channing Dungey
Charlamagne Tha God
Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green
H.E.R.
Makenze Humphrey*
LeBron James
Dr. Carl Lambert*
Tamika Mallory
DeRay McKesson
LaLa Milan
Keeley Morris*
Faraday Okoro
Abby Phillip
Billy Porter
Pastor Sarah Jakes Roberts
Cyrus Robinson Jr.*
Angelica Ross
Rodney Shelton*
Tabitha White*

For a chance to be honored as a Dream in Black Future Maker, you can post a video highlighting what you’re doing in your communities or fields to make a positive impact using the #DreamInBlack and #ATTFutureMaker hashtags.

You’ll also be able to nominate other members of the community for the honor using the same process.

Ten winners will be selected as part of the 2021 class of Black Future Makers and each will win $10,000.

To learn more about how to enter the AT&T Dream in Black Future Maker contest, click here.

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Every single state needs to follow suit. ASAP.

387 Known Coronavirus Cases Linked To Cook County Jail In Chicago

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Things they are a-changin’ in Illinois which is now notorious for scandals, schemes, shenanigans, shadiness, and surreptitious misconduct in the police force of the state’s biggest city, Chicago. According to NBCChicago, the state’s governor, J.B. Pritzker signed numerous new legislative mandates into law today.

The Pretrial Fairness Act is the result of the brain trust and hard work of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus. It abolishes cash bail for those individuals deemed a non-threat to the community. Judges still retain the power to keep domestic abusers, rapists, and murderers locked down but those who have been arrested for other less egregious violations will not have to pony up a single penny to be released from the confines of a holding cell. The law will not go into effect until January of 2023.

This is MAJOR. Imagine getting pulled over and arrested while on the way to the bank to cash your minimum wage check so that you can pay the power bill so that your family has heat. How much would it help people if they could keep the few dollars that they desperately need to survive if the state wasn’t in their pocket over a failure to appear warrant on a speeding ticket?

“The end of cash bond — one of the most important reforms — will put meaning into our criminal justice system’s presumption of innocence,’” the Illinois Justice Project said in a statement.

Amen to that. Who’s next? Don’t all raise your hands at once, Governors

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There is trouble in marital paradise (again) for Erica Mena and Safaree, but for some reason, this feels like Erica is NOT here to coddle her husband who called their marriage a “mistake” on social media earlier.

Safaree wrote a message on Twitter about his relationship with Mena. He tweeted:

“I mean this from the bottom of my heart getting married was 1 of my BIGGEST mistakes and it will never happen again.” The situation must not be good as he says he’s willing to walk away to prevent jail time. “I’m walking away before I End up in jail over some dumb shit. Nobody is worth my freedom!!!”

Safaree’s message to Erica online comes seemingly out of nowhere. The couple hasn’t made much noise in the last several months of their union, at least in regards to any major falling out. Back in September 2020, Erica did scrub her social media pages clean of Safaree, which fans did notice.

The “Love and Hip Hop Star” responded to her husband just a minute after his tweet went up, saying:

“Since you always run to social media like a little girl I might as well join in. I absolutely agree with you on this. You are the most selfish, vain and inconsiderate person.” She even mentions their daughter. “And not just with me but your only daughter!

Erica added,

“Out of RESPECT for my daughter and to honor my growth as a woman. I’m going to get back to doing what I do best. Make money and be only about my business. Entertaining social media with my issues isn’t my thing.”

Are you surprised by them beefing like this?!

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Ray J breaks down lyrics that reference him for Genius, including Kanye West’s “Highlights” and Money Bagg Yo’s “Said Sum” remix.

Ray J Visits "Making Money"

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Ray J is one of the few people in pop culture that somehow provides us with unlimited comedy and classic moments time and time again. Sometimes, it even feels like everything in the entertainment industry is somehow connected to Ray J.

The reality star recently sat down with Genius to break down lyrics that have mentioned him over the past years. Most notoriously, Ray J’s Breakfast Club rant about Fabolous is where a majority of the references about Ray J come from. If you haven’t heard the 2011 rant, do yourself a favor and watch it below. This clip in particular launched the Breakfast Club as we know it.

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Of all the lyrics he breaks down, he finally addresses Kanye West mentioning him on the track “Highlights” from his album The Life Of Pablo.

I bet me and Ray J would be friends
If we ain’t love the same bitch
Yeah, he might have hit it first
Only problem is I’m rich
Uh

Ray J laughs off the lyrics, but admits he had never heard them in full and is kind of shocked by his facial expression. Either way, Ray J is a good sport about the references and you can hear him discuss all of them below courtesy of Genius.com.

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DaBaby is involved in yet another lawsuit after an alleged assault during a video shoot.

Shaq's Fun House

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Gary Pagar, the owner of a vacation rental home in Runyon Canyon, California, is suing DaBaby after the rapper allegedly stole his phone and assaulted him in December 2020.

According to reports from Variety, Pagar claims that the Carolina rapper rented the home under the condition that he would only have 12 people on site, a requirement that was put in place to keep in line with COVID-19 regulations. When it came time for the video shoot, DaBaby brought 40 people to the home, violating the lease agreement. The lease also claims that the property can’t be used for commercial purposes.

When Pagar showed up at the property to try to shut the shoot down, he was met with opposition from an unknown assailant. Then, he alleges that the rapper got out of the car and chased him into the house. Pager claims that DaBaby warned him to not call the police and punched him in the mouth, knocking out a tooth and leaving him bloody. The home owner goes on to state that he was spat on and that he was being taunted by the assailants playing catch with his stolen phone.

When another person called the police, DaBaby and his associates were forced to flee. According to the lawsuit, the rapper took Pager’s phone and “valuable kitchenware” when they left the premises. The crew also reportedly left thousands of dollars in damage and still haven’t paid the full rental bill.

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REAL R&B

Velvety-voiced savant Emanny is back on the scene with sultry new single “Just A Phase” (produced by longtime friend and collaborator Karon Graham) that delivers classic R&B feels with modern vibes perfect for late-night drives (after your sneaky link).

When you combine the sensual soundscapes from producer Karon Graham with the vibrant energy from Emanny, you get a vibey jam that’s sure to provide the mood for any R&B and Soul-lover alike.

“I feel like most of my music in the past has always embodied a dark or very sexual vibe, and I wanted to present a different feel, bounce, and delivery this time around; still R&B, but also capable of existing in the pop world as well,” said Emanny.

After taking a brief hiatus from writing hits like his commercially successful collab with Joe Budden (“I Messed Up”), Emanny is ready to expand his impressive catalog with soulful vocals ranging from romantic and raunchy to scorned and seductive.

Since the beginning of his music career at the early age of 13, Emanny’s talent, tenacity and passion has put him in the studio and on stage with major talent and genre giants like Tank, Miguel, Ginuwine, Trey Songz, Donnell Jones, Patti Labelle and the late Gerald Levert as well as rappers Jeezy, Jadakiss and Royce Da 5’9.”

Now, with over a decade of experience in the music industry, a number of tours and thousands of fans, Emanny is set to make an impact in 2021 and beyond.

Stream “Just A Phase” here and follow him on the gram here.

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Sole List Class of 2021

In celebration of Black History Month, Foot Locker debuted its inaugural “Sole List” that honors the next generation of Black Innovators shaping sneaker culture.

From contributing to a meaningful shift in sneaker culture to opening doors for others through collaboration and community, The Sole List (a nod to the soul that Black people bring to everything) spotlights Black sneakerheads who’ve positioned themselves as thought leaders in cultural conversations.

Official list of the 2021 honorees:

Ari Chambers, Founder of Highlight Her

Che’Keita Jones, Founder of Kicks 4 Kids Foundation

Dex Robinson, Celebrity/Athlete Stylist and Brand Manager

Dion Walcott, VP of Brand Partnerships at Yellowbrick and Founder of Martk’d

Grey Skye Evans, Multi Talented Child Influencer

Jeff Harris, Founder of #JeffsShoeChallenge

Justin Johnson, Founder of Kicks 4 the City

Channing Beumer, Founder of CNK Daily

Nikki Boutte, Photographer

Tausha Sanders, Founder of Her Grails

Last year, Foot Locker, Inc. committed $200 million over the next five years towards enhancing the lives of our team members and our customers in the Black community through education and economic development. In alignment with this mission is to inspire and empower youth culture, Foot Locker is utilizing its platform to champion lasting change.

“We recognize that Black culture plays a pivotal role in shaping sneaker culture — the foundation of our business at Foot Locker,” said Jason Brown, Vice President of Marketing for Foot Locker North America. “We aim to continue driving meaningful and lasting change across our company and within the communities we serve.”

The Sole List Class of 2021 will be amplified across Foot Locker’s social channels with video intos for this year’s honorees, showcasing their work, impact and what inspires them. To learn more about this year’s honorees, click here.

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23rd Annual Keep Memory Alive Power Of Love Gala - Red Carpet

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The age-gap between musical soul legend Lionel Richie and his girlfriend Lisa Parigi has Twitter in flames, even though they’ve been linked together for a few years. This is the first time many are hearing of her. A fan randomly pointed out Parigi’s age in a tweet that went viral in just a few hours.  The photo and caption stirred up debates around the dynamics of their relationship.

Lionel, 71, and Lisa (unconfirmed but reports say she’s 30), supposedly have a 39 year age difference between them. The caption of the tweet,”Lionel Richie with his new Bae, he’s 71 and she’s 30, love wins,” is not 100 accurate, being that they’ve been linked to each other since around 2104.

Is their coupledom controversial to YOU?

Lisa Parigi, a model and beauty shop owner, is merely 8 years older than Lionel’s daughter Sofia if 30 is her correct age, with several articles claiming this is true. She is of Swiss, Chinese, and Caribbean descent and can speak four languages.

In 2019, Lionel gushed about his longtime girlfriend in a interview with Mirror UK, saying, “She’s extremely beautiful, but most importantly she’s smart and helps me deal with my crazy world.” He added, “At this time in my life when you can be so jaded about things, Lisa kind of makes everything feel a bit safe.” He even saids he was open to the idea of having more kids.

Good for them!

GAP GENERATION GOOD Campaign

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Clothing and accessories retailer Gap has announced a new spring campaign, in which the company is highlighting agents of positive change.

A reinterpretation of Gap’s ‘Individuals of Style’ campaign and photographed by Mark Seliger, Generation Good reflects on unique creatives and trailblazers filling “the gap: the space in between, in which new things — good things — can happen.”

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“This campaign captures an all-new era of GENERATION GOOD – culture-shapers and creatives using their voices to inspire the next generation. Grammy-nominated artist Michael Kiwanuka’s ‘You Ain’t The Problem,’ offers an empowering soundtrack of self-love. Acting on the shared values of inclusion, diversity, sustainability and community, these ground breakers are changing the paradigm, propelling a real shift in how we show up, represent, listen and learn across generations,” the company says of the Gap Adult campaign video via press release. The campaign also spans across Gap Teen.

Amongst those highlighted are 15 Percent Pledge founder and activist Aurora James, Trans community leader D’Jamel Young, 14-year-old clean water activist and philanthropist Mari Copeny, 16-year-old anti-bullying activist and speaker Nandi Hildebrand, and more. “I think the world is really ready for a rebirth and we’re about to show how many beautiful colors we developed while we were cocooning. And we’re really ready to take off and fly. And it’s going to be really beautiful,” James told Gap.

Tune into the campaign clip above. More photos below:

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Yes, Cynthia Bailey’s bachelorette party was just as steamy as you saw on The Real Housewives of Atlanta and LaToya Ali says there’s clearly, even MORE, we didn’t see behind the scenes.

As previously reported after all the dungeon debauchery courtesy of “Mistress Angel” Kandi who brought super-sized schlong slinger Bolo to dance for the ladies, two members of the cast apparently kissed on the couch.

Bravo aired footage clearly showing “Trini Gyal” LaToya Ali “kissing and grinding” on top of “Peach Juice” Porsha Williams. The ladies had clearly been drinking and enjoying the party. Prior to their makeout sesh, an admittedly Hennessy drunk Porsha told LaToya to “come on down and f***” and made comments about oral sex. The girl-on-girl action was also apparently seen by Cynthia Bailey who admitted to watching the “Bolo After Dark” party going down from the staircase.

According to LaToya however, Porsha wasn’t the only one she locked lips with that night. While Watch What Happens Live was airing featuring Drew Sidora and #RHOSLC’s Lisa Barlow, LaToya live-tweeted and claimed that (surprisingly) she and Drew shared a kiss as well.

“Wait Drew you left out the part where you kissed me,” wrote LaToya. “I wonder if Drew watched this episode with Ralph. Awkkkkwarddd.”

Uhhhhhhh….what????

Drew Sidora & Latoya Ali

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Mind you, Drew said flat out on Watch What Happens Live that she just watched a “very thirsty fan [clearly LaToya] try to lick a lot of things” but didn’t participate in the girl-on-girl action at all.

“I wasn’t letting her tongue near me,” said Drew.

The two also confirmed that in another unseen moment, Drew helped a super drunk LaToya after she threw up in her toilet.

Also, YES LaToya, Drew did watch the episode with her Tampa trip taking husband Ralph.

“By the way, I was watching with hubby Ralph,” said Drew. “At first he felt some type of way and once we talked through it and I had to remind him that I didn’t know what he did in Tampa that’s when it got real. Sitting there watching with him, I was definitely nervous because he was looking, he was waiting for me to show my a**!”

She also reiterated that she was NOT here for Kenya’s snitching detective work.

What do YOU think about LaToya’s alleged lip-locking with Drew??? Do YOU believe her???

Golden State Warriors v Charlotte Hornets

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Michael Jordan is beginning to look like a genius for his decision to back up the Brink’s truck for Terry Rozier.

Last night (Feb.20) in Charlotte, we were treated to a wild finish during the Golden State Warriors and Charlotte Hornets matchup. The night already got off to a pretty interesting start when Steph Curry was scratched right before tip-off due to an illness and was escorted back to the locker room.

Despite Curry’s absence, the Warriors, led by their passionate glue guy, Draymond Green, almost managed to squeak one out without their rangeless sharpshooter. But with Green, sometimes his passion can also be his downfall. Late in the game, Green let his emotion get the best of himself, once again earning not one but two technical fouls, and was ejected with just 9.3 seconds left up in the game setting up a stupid finish.

Green’s beef stemmed with the Hornets being awarded a timeout after Green felt he got his hands on the ball in time to force another jump ball. Terry Rozier shot the two technical free throws that would tie the game and then sealed the deal with a buzzer-beating jumper sending the Warriors to the lockerroom with a bitter taste in their mouths. Rozier also scored 20 of his 36 points in the 4th quarter.

Following the game, Warriors’ head coach Steve Kerr kept it real about Green saying his late-game ejection “crossed the line.” Meanwhile, Rozier looks like a wonderful return on investment for Jordan and his Charlotte Hornets scoring over 30 points in his last 4 games.

Scary Terry is quietly terrorizing the NBA and brought the buzz to Twitter after his late-game heroics. You can peep the reactions in the gallery below.

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4.

Yup, no debate. 

6.

Bingo.

10.

Yup, this one is gonna sting for a minute.

BAPE x Kid Cudi Capsule Collection

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Three weeks ago, we reported Kid Cudi and Japanese BAPE collaborating on a limited-edition T-shirt but hinting at the possible development of a new clothing line later this year. Well, the two have linked up again and taken things to the next level with a full-fledged capsule collection, available for purchase Saturday, February 20.

At a count of 20 items, this collaboration will be the largest one that the Japanese fashion house has ever worked on with an artist to date. As described on the website: “In this collection, items based on Kid Cudi’s ideas are available, such as “BABY MILO®” style “Kid Cudi” character design, “BAPE® X KID CUDI Enter Galactic Camo,” and Kid Cudi’s nickname “MOONMAN” logo. The collection features all the motifs.”

Cudi’s relationship with the brand dates back to 2008 when he moved from Cleveland to NYC and famously worked in their SOHO store, which is where he bumped into Kanye West and the story of “Mr. Rager” took off. But he’d always loved BAPE since his days in Ohio, telling Hypebeast it was “a dream come true to be able to work at the store I dreamed of shopping in one day.”

But even though he and BAPE have worked together on various smaller one-offs in the past, Cudi may have been dropping hints about this specific project since his 2019 Complex Magazine interview, saying how he’d “never had dreams of having my own clothing line. Maybe when I got older and started to get this crazy idea to become a rapper, that came with me thinking about all the things that I could do through that one thing, like acting or fashion… I feel like I have good enough taste, and I trust my decisions. I did two or three shirts with [founder] NIGO when he was at Bape. So that was, early on, me getting the feeling of designing a little bit.”

BAPE x Kid Cudi Capsule Collection

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The new collection should cover many of your wardrobe bases, with its jackets, sweaters, hoodies, and headgear, so you can be fully decked out in MOONMAN gear in alternating colorways. The Kid Cudi x BAPE x G-Shock DW-6900 collaboration is also finally available for purchase, which the rapper’s been teasing fans about since July of last year. It will retail for 25,000 yen, which is a little more than $236.

However, the launch is primarily targeted for BAPE’s Harajuku, Shibuya, Osaka, and Aoyama stores in Japan, and doors will be open at 10:00 a.m. JST (Japan Standard Time). So if you want to know whether physical inventory might also be available at another location, you’re advised to reach out to that store directly and find out. Otherwise, you can shop online at bape.com/collections/all or shop.kidcudi.com.

Get a better look at the entire collection below:

BAPE x Kid Cudi Capsule Collection

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