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NEW MAGAZINE WANTS BLACK WOMEN TO KNOW THEY ARE ENOUGH

“Nobody cares about Black women.” Those were the words that ignited fire in the belly of Qimmah Saafir to finally go out on faith with launching her own magazine for Black women. The statement came from an industry insider who started a number of magazines in the market. A casual conversation about diversity in the magazine business led to a sobering reality. “I realized nobody else cares about this. Nobody else is going to do this for us, so why not just do it?” she says. And then the conception of Hannah magazine was born. The biannual glossy seeks to give… Continue Reading

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Miss Mykie Talks Leaving 106 and Park, New Instagram Show “The Tea”

I had the pleasure of interviewing Miss Mykie, former BET 106 and Park host, who dished on her new talk show, The Tea. Check it out via EBONY.com: Change is no stranger to Miss Mykie. Before she got the call from BET president Stephen Hill to become the co-host of 106 and Park, Mykie was a rising independent artist from Houston, who had built her brand from the ground up through mixtapes and YouTube videos. Her online presence fell on the radar of BET producers, who flew the young hopeful to New York to audition for the job that would single-handedly alter her life forever. As one of… Continue Reading

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Online Series ‘Finding Me’ Breaking Ground in Black LGBT Culture

An independent dramedy called “Finding Me: The Series” is making ground on the Internet these days. The series, which follows a circle of friends who struggle with issues in dating and sexuality, is one of only a few mediums to show a glimpse into gay black culture, and its social nuances. The online series includes scandalous story lines, emotional revelations and other humanistic occurrences many black LGBT Americans (and beyond) experience in their everyday lives. Created and directed by Roger Omeus, Jr., the “Finding Me” franchise includes the movie “Finding Me: Truth,” which was distributed on DVD, and the online… Continue Reading

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BET Forces B. Scott to Change Outfit, Take Off Heels for Awards Show

Media personality B. Scott revealed on Twitter that while he was hired to host the BET Awards‘ pre-show red carpet, he was asked to change his outfit – including his heels. The androgynous media maven and blogger, who’s a prominent face for the LGBTQ community, was visibly less animated than his typical self while interviewing celebrities on the red carpet during the 106 and Park pre-show. What many fans and onlookers didn’t know was that Scott was asked to do a complete outfit change including the removal of his heels, which is a staple piece in his fashion, before the show. B…. Continue Reading

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‘Deception’ Is Cancelled: Was Race a Factor?

NBC’s Deception starring Meagan Good and Laz Alonzo has officially been cancelled by the network due to underwhelming ratings. While one could simply brush it off as another loss for an embattled primetime series, it’s hard not to look at NBC’s decision with a more critical lens. With Good being one of only two African-American women in a leading role on television, Deception was far more than another primetime failure – it was a much needed representation in media that’s rarely seen. When the undercover drama series first aired, black audiences in particular were ecstatic. Suddenly little ‘ole Meagan Good, whose biggest role up until that… Continue Reading

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Queen of All Media: Is Wendy Williams The Next Oprah Winfrey?

Watch just a few moments of The Wendy Williams Show, now one of the highest rated daytime television shows in syndication, and you’re sure to be instantly captivated by Gossip Queen Wendy Williams. Whether it’s her striking 6-feet-tall, sizable frame or the way she quips about celebrity make-ups, breakups and everything in between, you’ll quickly notice she’s just as much as a cultural phenomenon as she is a successful talk show host. Even her signature “How You Doin’?” phrase has become virtually ubiquitous among American audiences. After making her name in urban radio for her say-it-like-you-mean-it reputation, Williams, 48, in… Continue Reading