Will Packer To Produce Three-Part Docu-Series On ‘The Atlanta Child Murders’ For Investigation Discovery

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Coming to the Investigation Discovery channel next month is a new docu-series produced by Will Packer that will tell the story of the 29 mysterious murders of African-American children that shook the Atlanta area in 1979.

‘The Atlanta Child Murders’ tells the story of what would turn out to be 23 horrifying months of trying to track down what appears to be a serial killer targeting the Atlanta, Georgia area. It began in 1979 when two 14-year-old boys go missing. A few days later a woman stumbles across their remains, with one boy fatally shot and the other strangled. This incident begins a horrifying 23 months, with a total of 29 African-American children being stolen from their families and killed. Multiple suspicions lead nowhere, and under intense pressure, local police rush to find the killer before he strikes again. The city is primed to blame someone, anyone, for these cold-blooded crimes against the community. Yet decades later, no person has been tried for these murders, and the killer has never been confirmed.

“This case remains one of our countries’ most perplexing mysteries, and at ID we are proud to shine a light on every angle of this largely forgotten story,” says Henry Schleiff, Group President of Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, American Heroes Channel, and Destination America, “Will Packer’s vision to revisit this national tragedy through the never-before-heard perspective of the victims’ families brings home the true devastation of these cases.”

Will Packer will produce the three-part series with Jupiter Entertainment, according to Deadline. He will executive produce alongside Kelly Smith, Harrison Land, Mike Sheridan, Allison Wallach and Pamela Deutsch.

“Having lived in Atlanta for over 20 years, the story of this senseless tragedy is personally important to me, and the echoes of what happened 40 years ago still resonate in the city,” says Packer. “I am proud to give a voice to the victims’ families, many of whom still seek closure to this day, and analyze how this story is more relevant than ever in today’s environment.”

‘The Atlanta Child Murders’ will premiere on the cable network on March 23.

This Baltimore Yoga Instructor Wants To Teach Black Men The Importance of Holistic Health

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If you’re into yoga, then I’m sure you’re aware of the great mental and physical health benefits associated with the ancient Hindu practice. It decreases stress, relieves anxiety, fights depression, can improve heart health, and more. It is something that everyone, both men and women, is highly encouraged to participate in.

After suffering from a heart condition that he says forced him to transform his lifestyle, Changa Bell started to use yoga as a way to improve his physical and mental health. He grew up watching his father do yoga, but it wasn’t until he suffered a major health infraction that Bell turned to the yoga studio to “save his own life.”

“I was raised in the ’80s and yoga was totally not the cool things to do, but I always grew up having yoga as a part of my life,” the 46-year-old Baltimore native tells PEOPLE. “I had a major health infraction and I wanted to do better. I needed to turn my life around. I was in the yoga studio to save my own life.”

Bell began to take yoga seriously, eventually becoming a certified instructor. As a way to encourage fellow black men to find the same healing he did by practicing yoga, Changa Bell created the Black Male Yoga Initiative (BMYI) in 2015. He says one of the reasons he founded the organization was to create a space where black men didn’t feel out of place.

“A major factor was my own personal discomfort in yoga studios. I didn’t feel anybody cared about whether I was there or not. It seemed like I was being judged over my appearance and I didn’t fit the mold,” Bell admits. “I just didn’t want others to feel that way. And once I did indeed get myself better, I wanted to make sure other men didn’t feel the same way I did. I wanted to create a space where they could be themselves and be better.”

Within the last year or two, the conversation surrounding mental health in the black community has become a very hot topic. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, African Americans are 20 percent more likely to experience serious mental health issues than the general population, including depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. We are also at greater risk for societal circumstances that increase the risk of mental illness, such as homelessness and exposure to violence. Bell admits that it’s not easy to persuade black men to take on yoga.

“It’s still a work in progress,” says Bell. “Getting men to follow you as a yogi is hard, so I have to model the lifestyle. I just try to stay centered and be who I am and that resonates with people. I show that it’s okay to love openly, it’s okay to love yourself. It’s really modeling this openness and ability to grow spiritually that I think really resonates.”

Since starting BMYI in 2015, Changa Bell has been able to encourage dozens of black men to attend his yoga classes and hopes to help at least 1,000 Black men become licensed yoga instructors.

According to PEOPLE, Bell now travels around the country teaching and talking about the importance of holistic health. The loved ones of those he has been able to reach says they’ve seen positive changes in their partners both mentally and physically.

“I’ve seen changes in their emotions,” Bell said. “They’ve talked to us about changes in their home life, in terms of literally being ‘different people.’ Sometimes their wives will come in and say, ‘I don’t know what you’re doing, but keep on doing it!’ Right now it’s been a lot of emotions, mood, and anger management changes for the positive!”

Ava DuVernay Named Co-Chair Of Prada’s New Diversity & Inclusion Council

Following the release of what seemed like a plethora of racially insensitive high-end and low-end products from fashion houses everywhere, one luxury brand, in particular, is taking the steps necessary to diversify its company and “amplify voices of color.”

Prada has created an advisory council that will be led by filmmaker and screenwriter Ava DuVernay and activist and artist Theaster Gates. The Prada Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council’s purpose is to “advise the company as it invests in diverse talent development and expands opportunities for young students of color in the fashion industry.”

The company’s new initiative includes partnering with several universities and colleges to create internships, sponsorships, and training programs at Prada offices in the US and worldwide.

“Prada is committed to cultivating, recruiting and retaining diverse talent to contribute to all departments of the company,” Miuccia Prada, chief executive officer and lead creative director at Prada, said in a statement. “In addition to amplifying voices of color within the industry we will help ensure that the fashion world is reflective of the world in which we live, and we are thrilled to be working with long-time collaborators, Ava DuVernay and Theaster Gates, on this important initiative. We look forward to working with the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council to help us grow not only as a company but also as individuals.”

Prada is no stranger to receiving backlash for racially insensitive imagery. In December, the luxury fashion house issued an apology and discontinued selling a small simian figure with a black face and big red lips, a creature created by Prada as part of its holiday “Pradamalia” collection.

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“Prada Group abhors racist imagery,” Prada said in a statement according to CNN. “The Pradamalia are fantasy charms composed of elements of the Prada oeuvre. They are imaginary creatures not intended to have any reference to the real world and certainly not blackface. We abhor all forms of racism and racist imagery.”

Serena Williams Joins Poshmark’s Board Of Directors

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After launching her own line of clothing last year, Serena Williams appears to be expanding her resume beyond the sports industry as the legendary tennis player has now been appointed to join Poshmark’s board of directors.

If you’re unfamiliar with Poshmark, it’s an online marketplace created for people to sell their new and used clothing. Poshmark, which was founded by Manish Chandra, Tracy Sun, Gautam Golwala, and Chetan Pungaliya in 2011, is valued at nearly $600 million, according to News One. Poshmark sellers collectively garnered $1 billion since the company was launched.

“I’m really excited to join Poshmark because it really speaks to my core values,” said Williams. “They really believe in so many different aspects of my life that I am not only living but I’m also preaching.”

Manish Chandra released a statement on what makes Serena Williams the perfect fit for Poshmark’s Board of Directors, even adding that the platform was developed by a team of strong women like Williams.

“What triggered my initial interest [in Williams], is there are very few people who have that focus on excellence. What we are trying to build is a very diverse, independent board, people who can guide us to the next level of growth,” said Chandra. “Seeing she had the right experience, and the passion for fashion, that’s the way we looked at it.”

Serena Williams currently has a closet on Poshmark, where the proceeds from purchased items will go to the Yetunde Price Resource Center, an organization that she founded in memory of her sister who was fatally shot in Compton in 2003.

Tessa Thompson & Nnamdi Asomugha To Star In Jazz-Era Romance Film ‘Sylvie’

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Tessa Thompson and Nnamdi Asomugha will star in an upcoming jazz-era romance film titled ‘Sylvie.’ Set in New York City between the late 1950s and early 1960s, the film follows Sylvie (Thompson) who meets aspiring saxophonist Robert (Asomugha) when he takes a job at her father’s record store in Harlem. After a summer romance that comes to an end, the two fatefully reconnect several years later and find that their feelings for each other have never disappeared.

According to Deadline, ‘Sylvie’ is currently in production and will be directed by Eugene Ashe, who also serves as the screenwriter. Asomugha and Thompson will not only star in the film, but the pair will also be producing and executive producing. Asomugha will produce the film through his iAm21 Entertainment label along with Jonathan Baker, Gabrielle Glore, and Matthew Thurm.

Tessa Thompson will also star in the upcoming film, ‘Men in Black: International,’ as well as the voice of character Lady in live-action/ CG hybrid remake of ‘Lady And The Tramp’ for Disney.

Queen Latifah To Invest In $14 Million Affordable Housing Project In Newark

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A new housing development project is coming to the city of Newark, New Jersey. Queen Latifah is partnering with GonSosa Development through her BlueSugar Corporation company, where she serves as co-president, to develop affordable housing for residents in her hometown of Newark, valued at $14 million. The project will include 20 three-family townhomes and a three-story mixed-used building with an additional 16 units of affordable housing based on an individual’s income, a fitness center, and commercial space for nonprofit community organizations. 60 of the units will be market rate starting with a price of $1,800.

 

 

According to Cristina Pinzon, a spokeswoman for the project, all of those involved is dedicated to making life better for the residents of Newark.

“They understand how difficult it is to make ends meet for many residents and want to be part of the solution,” Pinzon said in a statement. “They remain dedicated to making life better in communities like Newark.”

The homes will be located on Springfield Ave. and South 17th Street and the project is expected to break ground this summer.

Michael B. Jordan Partners With Obama Foundation To Create Fellowship For Underrepresented Youth

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Michael B. Jordan’s production company Outlier Society is teaming up with the Obama Foundation and their My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (MBK) to create a fellowship for boys and young men of color who are looking for a career in the entertainment industry.

The ‘Black Panther’ and ‘Creed’ actor made the announcement during the MBK’s first national meeting in Oakland, California, February 18-20. Jordan spoke on the importance of giving back once you’ve reached a certain level of success.

“When you get in a position of power or you get a little bit of leverage to help create opportunities for other people, I think that’s really, really important,” he said. “It’s something I always promised myself that once I got a production company, I would be able to do that.”

Outlier Society’s partnership with the Obama Foundation will help provide support and opportunities to young people of color. The organization will include a summer internship program open to high school and college students from underrepresented communities. Young men and boys will get work experience, networking opportunities, and mentoring from other men in the arts and entertainment fields, including Michael B. Jordan himself.

For the closing conversation, “Changing the Narrative: The Story We Tell, and Who Tells the Story,” Jordan was joined on stage by director and producer Ryan Coogler. The pair discussed the impact that the media has on young men of color and how important it is that the storytelling showcases young men of color in all forms. Michael B. Jordan and Ryan Coogler worked together on Coogler’s first feature film, ‘Fruitvale Station’, the Oscar Grant story about an unarmed 22-year-old black man who was fatally shot by a police officer at an Oakland train station.

“Since Fruitvale Station, it’s been a dream of mine to use every opportunity I have to create pathways of success for young people,” says Jordan. “Outlier Fellows is a chance to find and cultivate a purposeful pipeline of talented and diverse minds from the next generation — the voices who will shape our community for years to come. Pulling up a seat to the table for the next group of cultural leaders is the greatest investment we can make as a community.”

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Bennett College’s Accreditation Restored By Federal Judge After Appeal Rejected By Accrediting Body

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After celebrating the victory of being able to raise nearly $10 million in an effort to keep from losing accreditation, it was announced Friday (Feb. 22) that the Southern Association of Schools Commission on Colleges had rejected Bennett College’s appeal to have their accreditation restored. However, the institution then filed a lawsuit against the accrediting body, in which a federal judge granted the college a temporary restraining order to prevent the organization from revoking the college’s accreditation and notifying the Secretary of Education of its decision. It is because of the judge’s decision that Benett College’s accreditation has been restored and will remain restored during legal proceedings, which is expected to last several months.

For more, see the press conference below.

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Ryan Coogler To Produce Film About The Rise & Fall of Black Panther Fred Hampton

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Ryan Coogler is working on his latest project — and there’s no better time to make the announcement than during Black History Month. The Black Panther director is teaming up with Charles D. King to produce a brand new film for Warner Bros. titled Jesus Was My Homeboy, which tells the story of iconic Black Panther Party (BPP) member Fred Hampton.

According to Deadline, Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out) is in talks to star as Fred Hampton, with Lakeith Stanfield (Atlanta) in talks to star as William O’Neal. O’Neal is the man who betrayed then 21-year-old Hampton by providing the FBI with a detailed layout of Fred Hampton’s apartment, which resulted in a controversial 1969 raid that killed both Hampton and fellow BPP member Mark Clark. The film, as seen through William O’Neal’s eyes, will also explore how the FBI infiltrated the Black Panthers and the psychology of their informant. In the angry controversy after the raid, the Chicago Tribune reports, police maintained they were justified in opening fire, but the Panthers saw the raid as a pretext for killing Hampton.

Fred Hampton was an activist and revolutionary. He also served as chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panthers organization and deputy chairman of the national Black Panther Party.

Set to executive produce Jesus Was My Homeboy, which will be co-financed by Warner Bros. and King’s production banner MACRO, is Sev Ohanian, Zinzi Coogler and MACRO’s Kim Roth and Poppy Hanks. The screenplay is based on a story originated by Shaka King, Berson and the Lucas Bros.

10 Do’s & Don’t of Wearing Makeup

BEAUTY INFLUENCER

“My name is Devi-Ann Rampersad (rather be called Devi) and I’m a marketing management student from Brooklyn, NY. Expression of emotion was what inspired me to tap into makeup. I’ve always loved it. But around the ages of 12 or 13 was when I really started going hard at trying to perfect it. I was the only one in the 7th grade coming to school worrying about how my makeup looked, and a lot of the times I got made fun of for that. I learned to do makeup by watching various beauty influencers on YouTube and recreating their looks. Yup! YOUTUBE!! I spent a majority of my time doing that even when I had nothing to do, so thats how I’ve learned. I continue to do makeup because it is something I really love. It’s a form of art, and I am an artist. Making people of all shapes, colors, and sizes is what inspires me to continue.”

DO’s

  1. SKIN PREP! 

Protect your skin by prepping with a base. Always create a barrier between your bare skin & your makeup for protection. Skin prep is so important; moisturizer, eye cream, and maybe even a serum/facial oil is all you need to protect your skin while having a nice moisturized base!

  1. ALWAYS USE A PRIMER!

Primer is so necessary when it comes to beating a face! Whether it’s a natural or full glam; adding a primer with your skin prep is what’s REALLY going to keep that make up lasting all day long. There’s tons of primers that all do different things. Find out what kind of primer your skin desires, incorporate it into your skin prep routine & watch that makeup last all day!

  1. LOOK DOWN WHEN APPLYING FALSE LASHES

Lashes are something that complete almost every eye look! All you need to do is apply a strip of lash glue, let it dry for about 3 minutes, hold your mirror below your face, look down & place your lashes right in the middle of your lid. Fix the corners to your desire. Looking down into your mirror is KEY!

  1. START AT THE TOP OF YOUR EARS WHEN CONTOURING 

Ever confused on where/how to contour? Take the handle of your brush, place the tip at the top of your ear, & hold the handle along side your face to help you vision where you should place your contour! Picking up product with your brush, tapping off the excess, & swirling the product in an upward angled motion will help you get the perfect chiseled cheekbone.

  1. PRIME YOUR EYELIDS WHEN CREATING ANY EYESHADOW LOOK! 

Priming your eyelids is necessary if you ever want to make those shadows pop. It’ll also help your shadow last all day long and prevent creasing, while covering up any veins or discoloration on your eyelids. This helps to give you a nice camouflaged base! Concealer can be used as an eyeshadow primer as well!

DON’TS

  1. NEVER PLACE CONCEALER TOO CLOSE TO UNDER YOUR EYES

When doing contour and highlight, one thing people tend to do is place their concealer directly underneath the bottom lash line. That’s the last thing you want to do in order to prevent creasing. Place your concealer half an inch under the eye; you’re going to blend upwards anyway!

  1. DON’T TUG ON YOUR EYE WHEN DOING A WINGED EYE LINER 

Every female wants to create the perfect winged liner. If you have the patience for tape, make use of it. Otherwise never pull on the eye to get a valid winged liner. Try placing your pinky finger on your cheekbone to keep your hand steady, then drawing your wing. Start from the middle, bring the wing outward, & fill it in.

  1. DON’T DO YOUR COMPLEXION BEFORE EYESHADOW 

To each is own, but doing your eyebrows & eyeshadow looks prior to foundation will help a lot! It will help prevent fall out in your foundation, which will save much more time. Focusing on the eyes first will help your beat face come out flawlessly!

  1. NEVER SKIP MOISTURIZING!

In some cases, people believe that their skin is oily, so they tend to skip the moisturizing step in their makeup or daily skincare routine. Some use nothing on their face prior to makeup; but you should NEVER skip moisturizer. This can cause dehydration in the skin which can cause the skin to produce more oil & dirt buildup.

  1. NEVER GO TO SLEEP WITH YOUR MAKEUP ON 

It sounds crazy but yes, lots of girls do it. Never go to sleep with your makeup on ladies! Using a makeup remover in the form or a balm/oil can help calm & hydrate the skin, while gently removing makeup & cleansing pores.

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Here’s One Web Series You Should Be Watching: ‘Young Black Love Series’

24 YEAR OLD BRITTANY NICHOLSON

Is a recent graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University. She’s a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, multimedia personality, and content creator. “I currently run my own brand, Naturally BNicki. It consists of my own YouTube channel, entertainment news website and original content.”

Nicholson’s latest project ‘Young Black Love Series’ explores healthy relationships from the millennial perspective. It features a variety of couples offering a unique outlook on love and life. Brittany says “the ultimate goal of this project is to provide much needed, positive representation and hope that healthy, black love still exists.”

If you are a young, black couple interested in being featured on the YBL Series, please contact Brittany Nicholson at youngblackloveseries@gmail.com. New YBL Series episodes air each February!

Interested in watching the first episode? Click the link below.

STAYING CONNECTED

Stay up to date with the YBL Series by subscribing here.  Follow YBL’s official instagram for exclusive content and updates here. Connect with Brittany Nicholson on Instagram and Twitter . 

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Muhga Eltigani Secures $1 Million Investment From Richelieu Dennis For Her Natural Hair Care Brand ‘NaturAll Club’

After becoming frustrated with commercial hair care products that left her hair dry and brittle, Muhga Eltigani began experimenting with fresh and natural ingredients by concocting her own line of hair care products, which has now landed her a $1 million investment from Richelieu Dennis, the co-founder of Sundial Brands!

“I started making hair products in a college dorm room,” Eltigani writes. “Frustrated with commercial hair products that left my hair dry and brittle, and supported by a small YouTube following, I committed to a three-month journey of using only fresh and natural ingredients in my hair.”

The result of her experiment left her hair 32-inches longer and a YouTube channel that attracted 40,000 more subscribers.

NaturAll Club is a company that uses handmade avocado hair products to promote healthy natural hair. It is also the first hair care company that Richelieu Dennis has invested in.

“We are the first hair care company he’s invested in,” said Muhga Eltigani founder and CEO of NaturAll Club. “I selected him as my first investor because he looked at my three-year strategy and told me he could get it done much faster with his network. I come with the ingredients and he comes with the connects.”

NaturAll launched its product line with a deep conditioner that includes fresh avocados, which must be kept in the freezer in order to keep them from spoiling. The company then expanded to a Jamaican Black Castor Oil Growth Serum and now includes a wide range of products from such as Cleansing Avocado Shampoo, Hydrating Avocado Conditioner, Nourishing Avocado Leave-in Conditioner, and Avocado Curl Custard. If you’re looking for any of these products at your local beauty supply store, unfortunately, they are not available in retail stores. However, it’s only because Muhga hopes to continue to give her customers the full brand experience.

To shop NaturAll Club hair care products, click here!