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Martin and Davis Discuss Image of Black Women in Media

A few days ago, political and cultural analyst Roland Martin welcomed image activist Michaela Angela Davis to his program Washington Watch with airs on TVOne. The two discussed the image the of Black Women in the media and the damage it is causing.

Watch below:

Velma, The Girl Who Doesn’t Get It!!!

Living in New York, you get to meet so many talented people. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a very talented young lady. Chicago-born Nihara Nichelle is currently blazing a trail in the New York acting and film scene. The actor/singer/writer has created her own web series, “Velma Doesn’t Get it” and is leaving her imprint in the comedic universe.

She is currently running an IndieGoGo campaign to help fund her series. We all know how difficult it can be to break into the film industry as a woman of African descent, especially into the comedy world, without having to play condescending and stereotypical roles. I’m asking everyone to head over to her IndieGoGo page and support her. This sista is doing big things. Let’s help get her out there.

By the way, meet Velma:

Sistas Represent at Nerdland!!

I have been watching Melissa Harris-Perry every Saturday and Sunday (when I can) on MSNBC from 10a-12pm for some time now. (Shameless plug, I know.) Professor Harris-Perry covers a wide range of political, economic, and social issues that affect not only minority communities, but America as a whole. Her guests reach across both sides of the political arena as she welcomes guests from various viewpoints and with many different opinions.

During this past Saturday’s episode, “Nerdland” as Prof. Harris-Perry has coined the program, focused on issues such as family structure in America, what President Obama’s second term means, and First Lady Michelle Obama’s agenda. There were three particular segments that caught my attention. Prof. Harris-Perry welcomed Ms. Emily Carpenter from Girls for Gender Equity, INC (GGE) and they discussed the impact that Malia and Sasha Obama growing up in the White House has had on black girls across the country, especially since Malia will be able to vote for her father’s successor in 2016. Prof. Harris-Perry also welcomed Rochelle Ballantyne, a former student of I.S. 318 here in Brooklyn and 4-time chess champion, along with assistant principal John Galvin to discuss the new documentary Brooklyn Castle which chronicles the lives of students at I.S. 318, a low-performing school, as they win National Chess Championships and deal with hardships at home. For her weekly “Foot Soldiers” segment, Prof. Harris-Perry featured Southern Louisiana University junior Whitney Cristy and her initiative #Swabbin4Robin.

Emily Carpenter Courtesy of GGE

18 year-old Emily Carpenter, a youth organizer for GGE, discussed how seeing Malia and Sasha grow up in the
White House impacted her and how Malia is serving as a role model for young girls. She also mentioned how she has become more educated about the political races now that she is older.

Watch Emily here

Rochelle Ballantyne Courtesy of Black Celeb Kids

Rochelle Ballantyne and I.S. 318 assistant principal John Galvin talked briefly about Brooklyn Castle and some of the challenges she faced being a young lady playing chess as well as some of the lessons she learned.

Watch Rochelle here

Whitney Christy Courtesy of SELU

Finally, Prof. Harris-Perry introduced us to Whitney Christy, founder of SLU’s National Society of Leadership and Success, Be The Match Foundation supporter, driving force behind #Swabbin4Robin and Bone Marrow Donor. Christy helps organize bone marrow drives on her college campus and has added over 250 names to the national bone marrow donor list. Her #Swabbin4Robin campaign, an ode to Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts, who recently received a bone marrow transplant from her sister Sally-Ann, has begun to pick up steam and gain national attention.

Watch Whitney here

I would like to thank Prof. Harris-Perry and everyone at Nerdland for showcasing such beautiful, positive images of young black women. Also, thank you to Emily, Rochelle, and Whitney for doing great things within the community. Keep up the great work.

Catch Prof Harris – Perry every Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 12pm on MSNBC.

RIP Donna Summer Dec 31, 1948 – May 17, 2012

Jada Pinkett-Smith, daughter Willow, and mom Adrienne Banfield-Jones talk Live and Love

On May 13th, Jada Pinkett-Smith, daughter Willow, and mother Adrienne Banfield-Jones sit down and talk about life, love, relationships, and the industry. In the Red Table Talks presentation, Adrienne admits to Willow that Jada’s childhood is not as easy as hers as well as admits her own lack of parental support for Jada when she was a child. 

Watch the trailer below:

Entertain Me Mondays: Kalae All Day

Courtesy of Kalae All Day

There’s nothing better than coming across a dope emcee on someone’s Facebook page. That’s exactly how I was introduced to Kalae All Day. This emcee/singer/songwriter has been leaving her mark all around New York. The Harlem native has opened for the likes of Talib Kweli, Jean Grae, and Keith Murray just to name a few. She has blessed many NY hotspots including the Knitting Factory, Southpaw, Santos and Highline Ballroom.

Kalae recently released her FREE mixtape Passtimes and Crasslines. Her EP The Sun, The Moon, & The Stars is available on iTunes. Make sure you cop BOTH.

But wait! Did we mention she also has her own accessories line? Kalae’s UttaKAOS is a line of custom made jewelry that scream “FLY AS HELL!!” After you download the sista’s mixtape and EP, make sure you cop a necklace.

Check out her single “20 Kit Kats for the Riff Raff (Brain Power)” below and see for yourself why this sista is a force to be reckoned with.