Disney To Host First-Ever ‘Magical Pride’ Event To Celebrate The LGBTQ Community

Disney will be hosting its first-ever official pride event, ‘Magical Pride,’ to celebrate the LGBTQ community! The event will kick off Pride month on Saturday (June 1) at Disneyland Paris.

“Dress like a dream, feel fabulous and experience Walt Disney Studios Park like never before – loud, proud and alive with all the colours of the rainbow,” reads Disneyland Paris’ official website.

A ‘Magical Pride’ organizer told CBS News that although there have been unofficial events that have taken place at the park, this will be the first official pride event organized by Disney. Some of the activities at ‘Magical Pride’ will include a brand new parade along the streets of Walt Disney Studios Park with a vibrant Pride atmosphere, a dance party, Disney characters, and many more “magical surprises.”

Last year, Disney unveiled a pair of their infamous Mickey Mouse ears that featured a rainbow design. A Disney spokesperson told HuffingtonPost that Disney offers a wide range of merchandise items that appeal to guests of diverse backgrounds. The company is certainly taking the steps necessary to be inclusive to all, which is amazing.

Visit DisneylandParis.com for more!

Queen Latifah To Host This Year’s ‘Black Girls Rock’ Ceremony In Hometown Of Newark

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One of the most inspirational awards ceremonies of our culture will be taking place in Newark, New Jersey on Sunday (August 26). BLACK GIRLS ROCK! is a ceremony that highlights the accomplishments of women of color who have made outstanding contributions in their careers and stand as inspirational and positive role models in the community.

This year’s host is none other than Newark-native and legendary musician and actress Queen Latifah. In 2013, Latifah was honored alongside Patti LaBelle and Venus Williams at the BLACK GIRLS ROCK! event, so it only makes sense that she would be asked to come back as the 2018 host.

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CEO and founder Beverly Bond says:

“Queen Latifah is the epitome of black excellence, hip-hop royalty, and black girl magic! She has been a longtime supporter of BLACK GIRLS ROCK! and has been honored at both our televised and pre-televised shows. I’m so thrilled to welcome her back to the BLACK GIRLS ROCK! stage as host.”

The televised edition of BLACK GIRLS ROCK! airs Sept. 9 at 8 p.m. EST on BET.

Issa Rae To Host Rihanna’s 2018 Diamond Ball

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Rihanna dropped some amazing news today as if the season 3 premiere of Insecure HBO wasn’t enough for all of Issa Rae’s stans! Today, Rihanna announced that her sis Issa Rae will be hosting this years #DiamondBall. Donald Glover will also be closing out the night with a special performance. The Diamond Ball will be held on September 13th in New York City and we are sure it is going to be a night to remember.

The Diamond Ball benefits Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation which was named after her grandparents Clara and Lionel Braithwaite. The foundation supports underprivileged communities in health, education, and art.

It’s amazing to see dope women working together for a great cause!

These Awesome Black Women Bodied Their Essence Festival 2018 Looks

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The 2018 Essence Music Festival has finally come to an end and per usual the #BLACKGIRLMAGIC sprinkled all over the great city that is New Orleans, Louisiana. Every July, thousands of black women and men round up their posse and take a trip down south to New Orleans to enjoy great networking, shopping, music, food, drinks, events, and panels. The festival is curated especially for us by Essence, and it always feels like the ultimate black celebration of life, love, and success.

If you’ve ever attended the Essence Music Festival you are aware that it is always filled to the brim with smart, beautiful, talented, and successful women. Women of color from all over the world show up and show out with their natural beauty, aesthetic, and style. I mean, how else are we supposed to show up? That is what we do, we slay.

To nobodies surprise, this years festival was another one for the books. As I scrolled through social media this past weekend I began to get major Essence Music Festival FOMO. Every time I logged on I instantly started to crave Po’ boys and daiquiris. I also envisioned myself dancing and singing my ass off with my fellow beautiful black folks at Mary J. Bilge’s and Janet Jacksons epic performances. Lastly, I could not get over the super bomb outfits that were worked by the attendees. Festival goers did not disappoint when it came to showcasing their personal styles and personalities.

Issa Rae killed it in her mustard yellow jumpsuit and Yvonne Orji played no games in her gorgeous navy blue form-fitting dress at HBO’s Insecure Live Wine Down at Essence Festival event. Those ladies along with many others had our social media feed on fire, including the founder of Live Civil herself Karen Civilwho hosted a couple of events throughout the weekend.

Everyone looked absolutely stunning. Some of our favorite looks came from a couple of up and coming talents, hosts, producers, and social influencers. These awesome black women bodied their 2018 Essence Festival looks oh-so effortlessly. Get into their fits, get into their brands, and get inspired, check these #CivilChicks out below:

Dope & Darling w/ Christina Bright

 (@chrismiss_)

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Cozy & Cool w/ Reginae Carter

(@colormenae)

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Turnt’ Up & Tribal w/ Danielle Young

(@thedanielleyoung)

Pretty & Pink w/ Noelle Bellingham

(@noellebellinghausen)

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Modern & Memorable w/ Gia Peppers

(@giapeppers)

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Earthy & Everything w/ Makho Ndlovu

(@makhondlovu)

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Metallic & Majestic w/Kéla Walker

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Angela Rye, Amara LaNegra, Norega, Ja Rule, Director X and More Attend SPRINTER World Premiere Afterparty at ABFF

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Overbrook Entertainment and Mental Telepathy’s indie film Sprinter was the big winner at the 2018 American Black Film Festival Awards in Miami taking home three awards. The film, which was directed by Storm Saulter, was awarded the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature, the Audience Award in the category Best Film and Storm took home an award for Best Director.

The stars of the film are newcomer Dale Elliott, Kadeem Wilson, Shantol Jackson, Bryshere Y. Gray, Lorraine Toussaint, and David Alan Grier.

Overbrook Entertainment co-founder Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Ne-Yo serve as producers for the film, and Ne-Yo also has original music featured on the film’s soundtrack

Sprinter story follows Akeem, a 17-year-old Jamaican track athlete. His goal is to qualify for the national youth team and go to the World Youth Championships in Los Angeles. There, Akeem hopes to reunite with his mother, who immigrated to the United States 10 years ago, with aspirations to provide a better life for her family. As Akeem continues to chase after his dreams, he learns family can be complicated, dreams deferred, but you must continue to run your race.

In addition to its ABFF Awards, SPRINTER also made its debut at ABFF in a screening which was followed by a Q&A with some of the cast, hosted by social media influencer Khadeen Ellis.

On Friday, June 15, Sprinter followed its world debut screening with an afterparty which was attended by celebrities including Angela Rye, Norega, Ja Rule, Director X and Devale and Khadeen Ellis, Major Lazer’s Jillionaire, Amara La Negra and Denver Nuggets’ Richard Jefferson. Sprinters afterparty included signature drinks, Jamaican cuisine and lots of dancehall music played by DJ R-Tistic. The party was brought to the festival by sponsors Puma, Courvoisier, Red Stripe and Flow.

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Stem And TrakGirl Highlight Women In Music By Launching ‘The 7 Percent’ Series

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Did you know that women account for less than 7% of producers and engineers? Bringing this discussion to the forefront, Stem and TrakGirl teamed up to launch The 7 Percent series. This 

“We have to create a pathway for other girls. They have to see there are role models,” she said, at the event organized by her and Stem, a distribution and payment platform for creatives. “Any project I’ve produced, I try to get a female collaborator, whether it’s a writer or engineer. We have to create a girls club.” Among the artists TRAKGIRL has produced is Jhene Aiko.

The invite-only evening, which was held at Stem’s Los Angeles offices, drew a widely diverse group of female producers, engineers, performers, managers, publishers and A&R execs. It takes its name from the statistic that less than 7 percent of recording producers and engineers are women. The mission of The 7% is to move toward gender equality in music. 

“I get asked on a daily basis, what are you and your team doing to support female creators,” said panelist Tiffany Kumar, global head of songwriter relations for Spotify. She pointed to several developments at the streaming service, including Spotify’s Secret Genius recording studios, which offer free studio time in Los Angeles, New York, London, and Nashville, as well as Spotify’s writing camps, which strive for a gender balance among attendees. 

Any bias often comes because young girls can’t imagine themselves filling traditionally male-dominated roles. “If someone sees someone in the same role over and over again, they think that’s the only person who can do it. They don’t think someone else who looks differently can do it,” said producer/musician Madame Gandhi, who was worked with M.I.A., among other artists.  She also stressed that females are taught they are valued for their sexuality over their abilities. “Girls realize if they post a photo on Instagram with some sexy vibe instead of a photo of them creating on Ableton, they get 1 million likes versus eight. Invest in your own capability, that’s the hottest thing.”

Asked for advice on how to move forward for young artists, rapper/songwriter/entrepreneur Qveen Herby, who was previously signed to Epic as half of coed duo Karmin, suggested “show your talent.” Karmin’s YouTube covers drew hundreds of millions of views. “I’d do cover songs. I sent one to Janelle Monae and she reposted it and it tripled my followers in one day. So now I’m always looking for new talent to encourage.” 

Kumar advised to quit waiting to find a mentor — as helpful as they can be — and embrace your talents. “I just needed self confidence in myself from the beginning,” she said. 

Madame Gandhi then joked that her advice was going to be to find a mentor, but following Kumar’s remarks, she was changing it to “be a first-rate version of yourself and not a second-rate version of someone else.” 

While knocking down barriers is essential, Madame Gandhi also suggested creating your own spaces without any limits instead of waiting to get invited to the boys club. “I would think ‘How can I heal the men?’  The men oppress each other. I thought, ‘Go oppress each other. I’m over here with the women cutting up some oranges and enjoying the energy.” I’m not interested in not feeling safe. How do I create the session of my dreams where men say, ‘I want to be part of that’…When we have to depend on a system that doesn’t work for us and we don’t have an alternative, that’s the problem.” 

Madame Gandhi also suggested that women who are creating in the studio document their work on social media, not to show off, but to encourage the next generation. “I put every shitty beat I create on Ableton on my [Instagram] Story so [other Indian women] see what it looks like and say, ‘I’m here’.” 

Organizers plan for the next installment of The 7% to be in New York and open to the public.

-originally found on Billboard.com

 

 

Kristen Bell, Josina Anderson, and Dominique Moceanu Canales Honor 23 Gymnast In Their Fight Against Abuse

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The foundation for Global Sports Development presented a historical event honoring heroes in gymnastics. On Saturday, April 28, the Foundation for Global Sports Development hosted their biennial Humanitarian Awards Event at the Waldorf Astoria in Beverly Hills, CA. Former athletes and advocates of the cause all joined forces to support these courageous women of the gymnastic community. 

“These gymnasts have been fighting hard…for all of us. Fighting the men that abused them, but also, and maybe more importantly, fighting the silence.” – Kristen Bell

The Foundation for Global Sports Development Humanitarian Award is presented to individuals and organizations that have stepped up as leaders and champions for equality, or social, political, or environmental justice. This award honors those who actively fight against indifference, injustice, and intolerance.page1image18168

Present to accept the 2018 Humanitarian Award on behalf of all of the survivors were: Sabrina Mar, Alexis Alvarado, Morgan McCaul, Christina Baker Barba, Emily Meinke, Larissa Boyce, Emma Ann Miller, Charmaine Carnes, Alexis Moore, Amy Compton, Danielle Moore, Monica Lenches, Jessica Smith, Anne Malver, Heather Stevenson Kelly, Amanda Thomashow, Trinea Gonczar, Makayla Thrush, Megan Halicek, Denise Gallion, Christine Harrison, Megan Ginter, and Sarah Klein

More than 125 guests attended this intimate red carpet cocktail reception and gala. Honorees opened up about their experiences with Doug Boger and Larry Nassar, further displaying their badge of courage. The bond that was felt amongst these sister survivors provided a feeling of sincere strength that attendees will hold in their hearts forever.

In addition to recognizing the survivors with the prestigious Humanitarian Award, the foundation has designated $1 million to develop a nationwide abuse prevention education program. The foundation’s leaders, David Ulich and Dr. Steven Ungerleider, share a vision for every child to experience the joy of sport in a safe environment. This program will be launched in collaboration with Childhelp, an international leader in child abuse prevention and awareness.

Serena Williams Is Showered With Support At The ‘Being Serena’ New York City Premiere

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Serena Williams, 36, radiated in a white bodycon dress, with gold sleeves to match the superstar athletes 4 Olympic Gold medals, 23 Grand Slam titles, and 72 WTA trophies for the premier of her 5 part HBO docu series: Being Serena. The series follows Serena, and newlywed husband, Reddit founder, Alexis Ohanian, as they embark on their journey as newlyweds and new parents to their daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.

The docu-series paints a different picture of the typically private and fierce competitor that the sports world has grown to know, respect, love and revere in Williams. Many would liken Serena to a well tuned machine, however candid discussions about swaddling and blankets, naming her daughter, and the nervousness of being a good mom, reminds viewers that Serena is very much human. Her mortality is ever more present as the tennis stars previous battles with pulmonary embolisms posed a threat to her pregnancy, forcing her to deliver the baby via C-Section.

Serena uses this opportunity to provide an intimate look into the life of the world’s greatest athlete when the stadium lights dim. Williams allowed cameras into the delivery room, the gym, and her nursery: where she proudly displays the Australian Open trophy she won in 2017 while 3 months pregnant!

Williams says “it is important for Alexis to see the trophy, to know that she fueled the fire that led her victory.”

The five part series, set to air May 2, was premiered to a theatre full of close family and friends, including the Hadid sisters. Mom Oracene, and big sister Venus and her beau Nicholas Hammond were also in attendance to provide support to the star on her big night.

Being Serena will chronicle the journey to balancing family, marriage, and motherhood as Williams battles back to her spot as the #1 tennis player.

“I put so much pressure on myself. I want to make sure I am the best, says Williams, I don’t know if there’s anything left for me in tennis…But I am not done yet.”

Catch the premier of Being Serena on all HBO platforms beginning May 2, and Williams live in action in the French Open beginning May 21!

Below are some pictures from the event !

Jay-Z To Premiere Trayvon Martin Docu-Series At Tribeca Film Festival

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The 2018 Tribeca Film Festival is where Jay-Z will unveil his executive produced docu-series, ‘Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story.’

The six-part series, which is based on the book ‘Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin,’ written by Trayvon’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, provides a “definitive look at one of the most talked-about, controversial events of the last decade.” It will also highlight the powerful and prominent Black Lives Matter movement and the ongoing issue of police brutality.

Jay-Z, who has been incredibly supportive of the Martin family since the tragic loss of Trayvon Martin in 2012, excutive produced the docu-series alongside Sybrina Fulton, Tracy Martin, Chachi Senior, Michael Gasparro, Jenner Furst, Julia Willoughby Nason, and Nick Sandow.

 

“We want to make sure that we stand and support and we never forget [that] Trayvon serves as a beacon of light to the people out here, so you guys never have to go through the pain and hurt that these guys went through,” Jay says during the 2018 Peace Walk & Peace Talk rally. “His name will sit alongside some of the greats whom lost their life to push our culture forward—the Martin Luther Kings, the Ghandis; that’s the intention that we set, that his name serves as a beacon of light and hope, and pushes us into a better direction.”

‘Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story’ will make its debut at New York City’s 2018 Tribeca Film Festival between the dates of April 19-28.

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‘Black Joy’ Parade Spreads Smiles Through Oakland

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Parades are often used to celebrate wins and commemorate holidays, spreading cheers and excitement for all onlookers. The latest parade to hit Oakland was no different. The ‘Black Joy’ parade featured cultural diversity and highlighted the beauty of the black community.

Founded by Elisha Greenwell, the inaugural event aimed to provide the community of black community of Oakland with a culturally rich and diverse, enjoyable time.  The ‘Black Joy Parade’ is officailly descirbed as “a hyper-positive procession showcasing the undeniable energy, creativity and excellence of the African American community and its influence on cultures past, present and future.”

In true parade fashion, the ‘Black Joy’ parade featured a variety of live entertainment. The procession included several Black dance troups and a New Orleans style second line.  Faith-based choirs, Black Greek letter organizations, Black motorcycle crews, the famous Skraper Bikes and more were all involved in promoting the joyous vibes.

Eight blocks in Oakland  were closed off for the event which transformed from an average parade into a fun-filled street festival and fair with performances and vendors.

Grammy nominated Hip-Hop artist Jidenna also used his talents to celebrate black joy, creativity and excellence. SOL Development, The Seshen, spoken word poets and others also took to the stage. The lively processional and talent filled main-stage were not the features to keep attendees busy.

The ‘Black Joy’ parade also hosted Black-owned arts and crafts vendors, a kids skateboarding contest, a walk-up dominos tournament and Black Vines, a Black-owned wine collective.

Issa Rae Named As Host Of 2018 CFDA Awards

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For the first time in years the CFDA Awards will be hosted by a woman and that woman is Issa Rae. No nominees or honorees have been announced yet Issa Rae has been named as host for the annual event recognizing individuals, brands and more who excel in the fashion industry.

Issa Rae’s popularity comes from her genius content on HBO’s Insecure where her role as Issa has earned her Golden Globe Nominations.  Her simple yet glamorous red carpet style also makes her a fashion favorite.

“Issa Rae is leading a new generation of performers who use their voice and humor to discuss social topics in a way that is relatable and poignant,” says CFDA president and CEO Steven Kolb.

The ceremony will take place June 4 in Brooklyn for the first time in the 37 year history in the famed Brooklyn Museum.

“The Brooklyn Museum is a strong and iconic backdrop to one of fashion’s biggest nights,” says Kolb.

The CFDA Fashion Awards are the highest honor in fashion. The awards recognize the outstanding contributions made to American fashion in womenswear, menswear, and accessories as well as journalism, creative vision, personal style, and lifetime achievement

 

VegFestUK To Launch In Brooklyn This Summer

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Veganism, defined by The Vegan Society is “a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose”.  As with all lifestyles, interpretations and practices vary per person veganism included yet at least one thing is clear: the consumption of animal products including meat, dairy, eggs and honey is avoided.

Although ‘going vegan’ can be approached by some as a fad diet or quick path to weight-loss, the lifestyle as a permanent change is becoming more and more mainstream.  Whether people are ditching meat to reduce their carbon footprint or aiming to raise their level of physical health, it is reported that veganism now surpasses vegetarianism in popularity.

In the UK, VegfestUK has reigned supreme among vegan festivals and an organizer set out to carry that energy across the pond and deliver the first ever Black vegan festival in New York City. Being organized by Grassroots Artists MovEment, abbreviated G.A.ME, the nonprofit organization will ensure the festival addresses the socio-economic and political disparities in Black and Latino communities and how access to vegan options are effected.

The free event is scheduled to take place Saturday, August 11 2018 in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn and organizers anticipate a crowd. Created by Omowale Adewele, Black VegFest was started after seeing few Black or pOC speakers on veganism and once Adewale notice the lack of multi-cultural influences and broad discussions around intersectionality.

“To see yourself is a wonderful feeling. It breeds hope, euphoria and positive vibrations to see another Black vegan. Black Vegfest is an event to nurture and support first year vegans and provide opportunities and new realities for veteran vegans.” states the BlackVegfest website.

Adwele who is an international speaker on veganism hopes that BlackVegfest provides a platform and solution for the lack of representation. Calling for presentations from POC and women, white vegans are not excluded. The website interjects that support from white vegans, especially those with significant platforms and resources is welcomed and wanted.

Exhibitions at the festival will cover topics ranging from animal rights, food and agriculture and race, sex and gender politics.  For more information on this inaugural event, click here.