BET will honor slain rapper and visionary Nipsey Hussle with a posthumous Humanitarian Award this weekend. Regarding his award, Connie Orlando, head of programming at BET, said in a statement: “As a prolific artist and leader, Nipsey Hussle was zealous about driving change for the betterment of his community, empowering and employing those in need and being an influential and highly respected leader.” She added that Hussle’s death was a “tremendous loss” to the entertainment industry and black culture, and added, “We will continue to remember his advocacy and be inspired by the groundwork he set forth and his dire commitment to social change.”
July 4th, A CAPITOL FOURTH continues its 39-year tradition of celebrating the nation’s independence on the West Lawn of the United States Capitol building. Two-time Emmy Award-nominated actor and producer John Stamos returns to host the country’s longest-running live national July 4th TV tradition. A CAPITOL FOURTH’s family-friendly Independence Day celebration will commemorate the country’s 243rd birthday with all-star musical performances. The 39th annual edition of A CAPITOL FOURTH will feature: Carole King with the Broadway cast of the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning musical BEAUTIFUL starring Vanessa Carlton, Lindsey Stirling, Keala Settle, Vanessa Williams, Lee Brice, Colbie Caillat, Yolanda Adams, 2019 AMERICAN IDOL winner Laine Hardy, Angelica Hale (AMERICA’S GOT TALENT) and this year’s winner of THE VOICE (Season 16), Maelyn Jarmon. The concert will also feature a special treat for the entire family, with Big Bird, Abby Cadabby, Rosita, Elmo, Grover, Bert & Ernie from SESAME STREET.
Sought for three days for questioning on a sexual-misconduct allegation, Cuba Gooding Jr. voluntarily surrendered Thursday to New York police, was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor count of “forcible touching” involving an accusation he groped a woman’s breast in a New York bar Sunday. Gooding was charged by the Special Victims unit after he turned himself in and was questioned at a police precinct. Gooding pleaded not guilty and was arraigned Thursday. He was released without bail; his next court date is June 26. News video posted on Twitter earlier Thursday showed police walking a cuffed, smiling Gooding out what appeared to be a back door of the precinct.
Raven-Symone‘s alter ego, Raven Baxter, has been a staple on The Disney Channel since the child actor turned Hollywood renaissance woman debuted her famous character on the hit show, That’s So Raven, in 2003. Back then, Symone’s alter-ego played a teenager who could see into the future, and that extra-sensory ability often landed her in some comical hot water. It’s anyone’s guess if a three-year-old Raven-Symone, who came to national attention as precocious Olivia on The Cosby Show, could have predicted this kind of career longevity? The character of Raven Baxter was given new life with Symone’s second Disney show, Raven’s Home, in which her character Raven Baxter is a woman with two kids, navigating all that comes with single motherhood and forging her own path as a fledgling fashion designer. Now, going into its third season, Raven’s Home will be tackling some interesting twists and turns as the kids start their own music group, Raven Baxter continues with the launch of her fashion line and roommate and co-parenting partner, Chelsea, finds her niche as a life coach. Aside from plenty of interesting guest stars in the third season of the show, Raven-Symoné makes her Raven’s Home directorial debut this season.
25 years after the grisly murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman, O.J. Simpson says he is now living a drama free life, one he has dubbed “no negative zone.” Simpson tells The Associated Press he nor his children want to recall that tragic June 12, 1994 night – when Nicole and Ronald were killed and the beloved Pro Football Hall of Fame hero became a murder suspect. “We don’t need to go back and relive the worst day of our lives,” Simpson said. “The subject of the moment is the subject I will never revisit again. My family and I have moved on to what we call the ‘no negative zone.’ We focus on the positives.”
Pope Francis decreed the “heroic virtues” of the first African-American Catholic priest, thereby bringing a man who was born into slavery in the 19th century a step closer to becoming the first African-American saint. The Rev. Augustus Tolton, who was born a slave in Missouri in 1854, will henceforth be known as “venerable” due to the papal decree, which the Vatican announced on Wednesday. Father Tolton studied at a seminary in Rome after being rejected by every American one to which he applied—was ordained in the Italian capital in 1886 and served in Chicago, where he oversaw the construction of a church for black parishioners on the city’s South Side and where he died of heat stroke in 1897.
The “Men in Black” franchise has a new recruit who isn’t a man and actress Tessa Thompson is fine with keeping the masculine-centered film title — for now. Joined by co-star Chris Hemsworth on a black carpet, Thompson shrugged off the gender issue at the world premiere of “Men in Black: International” in New York. Thompson cited her co-star Emma Thompson, who reprises her role in the series, as a voice of reason when it comes to gender equality and representation. Thompson and Hemsworth step into the roles Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones made famous. In the sequel, the duo continues to deal with attacks around the world while searching for a mole in the organization. “Men in Black: International” lands in theaters on Friday.
Dave Chappelle will make his Broadway debut this summer. Chappelle will perform five shows at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, from July 9 through July 13. The theater this spring has become home for music acts like Morrissey, Yanni and Regina Spektor making their Broadway debuts. Chappelle received Grammy Awards for best comedy album in 2018 and 2019. He won his second Emmy for Outstanding Variety Special with “Equanimity” in 2018.
Michael B. Jordan told the men known as the Central Park Five that he cannot watch footage of the new series “When They See Us” without getting emotional and feeling like as a young black man he too could have faced a similar ordeal. “It’s dangerous in America when you’re living in a black body,” Jordan said. Jordan praised the men — Yusef Salaam, Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, and Korey Wise — for their perseverance and courage during a luncheon in which the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California honored Netflix’s series about their case. The series has re-ignited outcry about how the case was handled. Linda Fairstein, the Manhattan sex crimes prosecutor who observed the teenagers’ interrogation, has faced backlash for her role in their conviction. Fairstein has already resigned from at least two nonprofit boards as backlash intensified and a #CancelLindaFairstein movement spread on social media.
One of gospel music’s top singer/songwriters, Renee Spearman releases the highly-anticipated follow-up to “whoa to WOW!” Renee’s new hit CD “I LOVE HIM” features an all-star cast including Hezekiah Walker, Dorinda Clark-Cole and many others. A sophisticated blend of praise & worship, contemporary gospel and traditional gospel, “I LOVE HIM” is the new powerhouse release by Grammy & Stellar nominee Renee Spearman!
GRAMMY nominated, Billboard Music Award Winner, and seven-time Stellar Award winner JJ Hairston & Youthful Praise are set to release their 10th album “Miracle Worker,” on July 26 via Hairston’s JamesTown Music. Hairston’s 10th album will be accompanied by the release of a relationship book with his wife, Trina Hairston, titled, “A Miracle Marriage.” JJ Hairston and his wife Trina will be releasing a relationship book titled, “A Miracle Marriage,” on the same day as his 10th album, giving fans a balanced dose of knowledge and inspiration. The book is a simple guide on how millennial couples can learn to make their marriage work in today’s society. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-DaM6033O8&feature=youtu.be
TV One brings chills and thrills every Sunday night this July with four original movie premieres themed LOVE, LIES & MURDER.” features: SINS OF THE FATHER debuting Sunday, July 7 at 8 p.m./7C; IN BROAD DAYLIGHT premiering Sunday, July 14 at 8 p.m./7C; LOVED TO DEATH airing Sunday, July 21 at 8 p.m./7C; and DEADLY DISPATCH premiering Sunday, July 28 at 8 p.m./7C. Sparked by real events,”SINS OF THE FATHER” features Deitrick Haddon, A.J. Johnson, Clifton Powell, Terayle Hill and Angela Davis. The movie follows Clarence Burnett (Haddon) a pastor in Atlanta who’s happily married to Karen (Davis). The couple’s world is torn apart when Karen is brutally murdered outside their Atlanta home, sending shock waves through their close-knit community. As police delve deeper into the Burnett’s inner circle, they discover secret lives filled with lust, cruelty and unearth a sinful conspiracy of biblical proportions. SINS OF THE FATHER…..https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9gG51eIGeg&feature=youtu.
TOP SINGLES FOR THE WEEK:
1. Kirk Franklin…Love Theory
2. Donald Lawrence & The Tri-City Singers…Deliver Me (This Is My Exodus)
3. Koryn Hawthorne..Won’t He Do I
4. Koryn Hawthorne..Unstoppable
5. Tasha Cobbs-Leonard…You Know My Name