Ferguson Protest: “Not A Moment, But A Movement,” Activists Say
Dec04

Ferguson Protest: “Not A Moment, But A Movement,” Activists Say

Hands Up, Don’t Spend!, a Michael Brown law making it mandatory that police wear cameras, and more oversight for police in the wake of fatal shootings are just some of the long term initiatives being proposed in the wake of the nationwide unrest that has followed the November 23 decision by a Missouri grand jury not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the death of 18-year old Michael Brown.

One On One: Tessa Thompson
Dec04

One On One: Tessa Thompson

Los Angeles native Tessa Thompson has been living the dream ever since being discovered as a child walking down Hollywood Blvd. with her father, Marc Anthony Thompson—singer/songwriter of the group Chocolate Genius. The 31-year-old, who studied drama at Santa Monica High and also grew up part time in New York (where her father’s group is based), won a NAACP Award in 2003 for her role as Juliet in a New Orleans production of Romeo & Juliet. Other credits include “Veronica Mars,” “When A Stranger Calls,” Tyler Perry's "For Colored Girls," and several guest spots on TV shows like “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Heroes” and “Private Practice.” These days, Thompson is getting her best film roles yet with a starring role in the indie satire “Dear White People,” which premiered in October, and playing a civil rights activist in Ava DuVernay’s upcoming film, “Selma,” based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery March, led by Martin Luther King, Jr.

With Tragedy Comes Blessings For Gospel Star J. Moss
Dec04

With Tragedy Comes Blessings For Gospel Star J. Moss

Imagine losing everything you own in a matter of minutes. Well, for Grammy award nominated gospel recording artist, J. Moss, losing all he owned was anything but his imagination.

It was just before sunset on October 14 when—at approximately 4:30 PM—a fire broke out in the basement of Moss’s suburban West Bloomfield (Michigan) home. Believed to have been sparked by electrical issues, the fire quickly spread to each floor.

Moss,—whose wife and two sons had not arrived home from school—was alone working in his studio on post production for his latest CD, when he said he heard a popping noise.

With A Record Number Of Members In The Statehouse, How Will The California Legislative Black Caucus Leverage A Rare Moment In History?
Dec04

With A Record Number Of Members In The Statehouse, How Will The California Legislative Black Caucus Leverage A Rare Moment In History?

Following midterm elections that sent their party reeling nationwide, a key block of Democratic lawmakers in California saw their numbers swell with victories won by a record number of African-Americans.

With five new members — Autumn Burke, Tony Thurmond, Jim Cooper, Kevin McCarty and Mike Gipson — winning election to the Assembly on Nov. 4, membership in the California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) will soar to an all-time high of 11. That number is widely expected to increase by one after Dec. 9, when a special election has been scheduled to fill the seat vacated by former State Sen. Roderick Wright.

Saving Grace: Elise Neal
Dec04

Saving Grace: Elise Neal

With her first reality series, “Hollywood Divas,” having debuted in October on TV One and playing Gladys Knght in the controversial Lifetime biopic “Aaliyah: Princess of R&B,” which premiered last month, actress Elise Neal is keeping it moving.

“I have a very busy schedule right now,” laughs the Memphis native known for her work in films such as “Money Talks,” “Hustle & Flow,” “Scream 2;” and on television in “The Hughleys,” “All Of Us,” “Belles” and a string of guest appearances including “Scandal.”

Obamacare & the african american church: Will The Church Make The Critical Difference?
Dec04

Obamacare & the african american church: Will The Church Make The Critical Difference?

Pastor E. Wayne Gaddis of the Greater True Light Missionary Baptist Church knows first hand what President Obama set out to accomplish with his establishment of the affordable care act. Just last year, the 58-year old pastor racked up over $1 million in medical bills in the treatment of what had become a life-threatening illness.

“They told me two more weeks and I would have been out of here,” said Gaddis of the condition caused by poisonous gas released in his body when a knee replacement surgery he’d had in 2009 came loose.

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