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    As part of its “Music Driven” series, Williamsburg’s Nitehawk Cinema (136 Metropolitan Avenue) will showcase a special screening of Miss Sharon Jones!, Barbara Kopple‘s documentary chronicling soul singer Sharon Jones. It’s a real story of struggle, perseverance, and triumph.

    Previous screenings have already sold out, but the Nitehawk just added another showing on Sept. 25th at 11:30 a.m. — prime brunch time! Not only will you have the opportunity to learn about the singer and her band, the Dap Kings, but you’ll also have the opportunity to hear from the woman herself during a Q&A session.

    If you’re not familiar with Jones and her band, here’s the official description of Miss Sharon Jones!:

    “Dreams never expire but sometimes they are deferred. Miss Sharon Jones follows the talented and gregarious soul singer of the Grammy nominated R&B band Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. In the most challenging year of her life, Sharon Jones confronts pancreatic cancer. As she struggles to find her health and voice again, the film intimately uncovers the mind and spirit of a powerful woman determined to regain the explosive singing career that eluded her for 50 years.”

    The tickets ($16 each) for the Sept. 25th brunch screening were just released today, so get yours soon — like right this minute. Check out the extensive brunch menu here.


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    uptown_tyre_kingColumbus police are investigating the police-involved shooting of Tyre King, 13, who died at a children’s hospital in the city Wednesday.

    Reportedly, officers were attempting to take King and another male into custody following a report of an armed robbery. King allegedly “pulled a gun from his waistband” as the officers approached, the Columbus Division of Police said in a statement. An officer, who was later identified as nine-year veteran Bryan Mason, shot the child “multiple times.”

    King died at at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital at 8:22 p.m. He was an 8th grade student at Linden STEM Academy.

    The gun turned out to be a BB gun with an attached laser sight, and police recovered it at the scene, Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs said during a press conference today. She showed a replica of the BB gun.

    “Our officers carry a gun that looks practically identical to this weapon,” said Jacobs, adding, “It turns out not to be a firearm, but as you can see, it looks like a firearm that can kill you.”

    The alleged robbery victim told police three individuals approached him and demanded money, and one of them had a gun. Police spotted three people who fit the description the victim provided. Two ran as the police approached. It is presumed that one was King.

    The alleged holdup was over $10, and the victim was unharmed.

    No one else was injured in the shooting, and police interviewed the other male suspect and released him pending further investigation.

    Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther said, “We ought to be shocked and angry as a community. In the safest big city in America, we have a 13 year old dead in our city. That’s unacceptable. We as a community need to come to grips with the fact, with such easy access to guns, whether they’re firearms or replicas, there’s something wrong in this country and it’s bringing its epidemic to our city streets.”

    The robbery and shooting are under investigation. The officers involved will be mandated to undergo psychological support counseling, and will have the opportunity to “take leave time to assist in recovery from a traumatic experience,” according to Columbus police. Mason has been placed on paid administrative leave for about a week.

    Mason was involved in the fatal shooting of an unarmed man in 2012. The department later determined that he acted within policy.

    Through an attorney, the family has asked for an independent investigation.

    “The Columbus Police Department has a history of investigating itself following these officer involved shootings and we believe that these investigations are inherently biased,” attorney Chanda L. Brown said. “The best thing that the City of Columbus could do to ease the minds and fears of its citizens is to step aside and let an independent party investigate the matter.”

    Once the police complete their review, it will be passed onto a prosecutor and grand jury, who will determine whether the officers should face criminal charges.

    The fatal shooting is drawing comparisons to 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was shot and killed by Cleveland police while he was holding a BB gun.

    [Image: NBC affiliate WCMH]

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    August Wilson‘s Broadway classic Fences will hit the big screen on Christmas Day of this year. Before then, we’re giving you a peek at the production about a Black father who struggles with “race relations in the United States while trying to raise his family in the 1950s and coming to term with the events of his life.”

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    Troy Maxson (Denzel Washington) and Rose Maxson (Viola Davis) in Fences

    Fences stars Denzel Washington as Troy Maxson, the role James Earl Jones made famous when the play initially hit the Great White Way. Viola Davis (Rose Maxson), Mykelti Williamson (Gabriel), and Russell Hornsby (Lyons) also star in the highly-anticipated movie.

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    Troy Maxson (Denzel Washington) and Bono (Stephen Henderson) in Fences

    Both Davis and Washington appeared in the same roles during the 2010 Broadway revival, which earned them Tony Awards in 2010. Several other cast members from the revival will reprise their roles in the film adaptation of Fences.

    Washington also directed the film and produced it along with Todd Black and Scott Rudin. Molly Allen, Eli Bush, Jason Cloth, Aaron L. Gilbert, Charles King, and Kim Roth executive produced the film.


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    A Fulton County judge has ruled that Nick Gordon is civilly liable for the death of Bobbi Kristina Brown.

    Gordon sealed his fate when he failed to appear for the second time in an Atlanta court, this morning, in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by Brown’s estate.

    Brown’s estate alleges that Gordon physically and emotionally abused her. The estate has accused him of battery against her and transferring money from her bank account into his without her permission. The estate also claims Gordon was responsible for Brown’s death because he gave her “a toxic cocktail rendering her unconscious and then put her face down in a tub,” according to court papers.

    Since Gordon was a no-show today, Fulton County Superior Court Judge T. Jackson Bedford ruled anything alleged by the plaintiff is admitted through omission. Bedford planned to make a judgement today after hearing motions from the estate’s attorney and Gordon.

    Now a jury will determine the amount of damages to be awarded to Brown’s estate. The lawsuit asked for $50 million.

    “In court today, we finally finished a long journey for justice for Bobbi Kristina Brown,” Brown’s estate attorney R. David Ware told 11 Alive. “The court agrees with us, by striking Mr. Gordon’s answer that he is legally responsible for her death. The only thing left to prove is the value of her life. We intend to do that.”

    No criminal charges have been brought against Gordon for the death of Brown.


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    A recent study suggests that millennials are better than Gen Xers at balancing their work and play, which can lead to greater creativity and innovation.

    Microsoft partnered with bestselling author and leading innovation expert Steven Johnson on the study. The tech company is focused on the work/play balance because “for the first time since the 1980s, America’s productivity gap will decline, meaning fewer companies will drive innovation,” according to a press release.

    Basically, working continuously without breaks doesn’t breed innovation, as one might assume. Instead, it has the opposite effect, according to the findings of the study. It seems this is a lesson millennials have learned already; now it’s time for Gen Xers to catch on.

    For the purpose of the study, “play” defines time for hobbies, exercise, friends, and/or family.

    The study found that only 10 percent of employed Americans are able to incorporate play time into their concentrated work days. Gen Xers tend to have a more rigid and focused work routine than millennials, 46 percent and 37 percent respectively. Millennials are also three times more likely (14 percent) to have a relaxed work routine that involves periods of intense play with shorter periods of focused work than Gen Xers (4 percent).

    The generational gap might not be to blame when it comes to millennials and Gen Xers balancing work and play.

    According to the study, only 31 percent of employed Americans feel their organization prioritizes or encourages play time during the work day.

    One might argue that employees have jobs in order to work, but the study also addresses that thinking, and found that play time during a work day has positive effects for the employee and the organization.

    Seventy-one percent of those surveyed said they feel more energized when play is built into their day; 60 percent said they feel more productive. Over half reported feeling increased creativity and empowerment, and they feel more innovative on days they include time for play.

    Nearly half of employed Americans say their hobbies trigger new ideas. However, millennials are more likely than Gen Xers to think of new ideas when playing, 31 percent versus 21 percent respectively, or while in the shower, 30 percent versus 20 percent respectively. Socializing with colleagues, friends, or family also is more likely to help millennials think of new ideas than Gen Xers, 28 percent versus 16 percent respectively.

    In today’s world, it’s not about working harder, it’s about working smarter, which means scheduling time to allow your mind to wander, to have conversations that might spark an idea, to take on a hobby, or to just simply relax. Millennials know this. Now it’s time for American companies and organizations to implement a new work culture, and for Gen Xers to catch on.

    *Survey conducted by Microsoft and Harris Poll. Read the research method on the next page.

    Research Method
    The survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of Microsoft between June 17-20, 2016 among 2,078 adults ages 18+, among whom 874 work full time or part time.

    Results were weighted for age within gender, region, race/ethnicity, income, and education where necessary to align them with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents’ propensity to be online.

    All sample surveys and polls, whether or not they use probability sampling, are subject to multiple sources of error which are most often not possible to quantify or estimate, including sampling error, coverage error, error associated with nonresponse, error associated with question wording and response options, and post-survey weighting and adjustments. Therefore, Harris Poll avoids the words “margin of error” as they are misleading. All that can be calculated are different possible sampling errors with different probabilities for pure, unweighted, random samples with 100% response rates. These are only theoretical because no published polls come close to this ideal.

    Respondents for this survey were selected from among those who have agreed to participate in online surveys. The data have been weighted to reflect the composition of the adult population. Because the sample is based on those who agreed to participate in our panel, no estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.


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    Let’s take a look at the red carpet stunners from the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles and the 2016 Triumph Awards in Atlanta.

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    Kerry Washington attended the Emmy Awards on Sept. 18th in a Brandon Maxwell cutout gown that showed off her growing baby bump. Gianvito Rossi shoes, Fred Leighton jewels, and a Salvatore Ferragamo clutch completed the look.

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    For the 2016 Triumph Awards on Sept. 18th, Kandi Burruss wore a body-conscious dress from her store in Atlanta, Tags.

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    Fantasia chose sequins, fringe, and mesh for the 2016 Triumph Awards.

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    Anthony Anderson brought his daughter Kyra Anderson to the 2016 Emmy Awards.

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    Tracee Ellis Ross tapped Ralph Lauren for a gorgeous white gown with a cutout at the waist for the Emmys. Earrings by De Grisogono finished her look.

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    For the Emmys, Julius Tennon coordinated with wife Viola Davis‘s fuchsia Marchesa gown. Harry Winston baubles and Tyler Alexander Ellis clutch punctuated the look.

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    Taraji P. Henson was a ray of sunshine at the Emmys, but she totally switched it up when presenting at the awards show.

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    Yara Shahidi floated down the Emmys red carpet in a white and gold Clara Rotescu dress.

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    Trevor Jackson was extremely dapper in a burgundy velvet tuxedo with a contrast lapel for the Emmys.

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    Laverne Cox wore a gold sheer and beaded gown by Naeem Khan to the Emmys.


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    Twice this summer I was traveling and received the dreaded message that my iPhone storage was full, halting all photography and video recording. One of the times, I was at an Aretha Franklin concert in the fourth row and there was a possibility I’d get to meet the her. I wasn’t going to let the opportunity to snap a photo with the Queen of Soul pass me, so I feverishly began deleting photos, videos, and even apps from my phone. The meeting never went down, but the experience proved to me that I needed to figure out another way of storing my images without paying Apple to increase my iCloud storage again.

    uptown_picture_keeper_mainEnter the Picture Keeper

    This USB backup drive secures photos, videos, and contacts on any smartphone, tablet, or computer. It easily plugs into a smartphone via the lightning port or included cable USB port. Once the drive is plugged in, you’ll be prompted to download the Picture Keeper Connect App for free via the App Store or Play Store. Once you’ve created an account, you’re all set to begin backing up your images and contacts or storing them on a new phone. The Picture Keeper also allows you to backup your files on a Mac or PC desktop.

    If there were one criticism of the drive, it’s that I wasn’t able to select the photos I wanted to store on the it. The Picture Keeper simply backed up the most recent pics. Still, it has proven to be a godsend when I needed to free up memory on my mobile, and I can’t imagine embarking on another trip without it.

    Picture Keeper is available in 16GB ($119), 32GB ($139.99), and 64GB ($179) here.


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    The fall TV season is upon us, and many of your favorite programs are returning to the small screen. Whether you’re planning to host a viewing party or relax at home watching a favorite thriller, comedy, or competition show, the night won’t be complete without a cocktail. Truly Spiked & Sparkling has created a specialty drink for every TV-watching situation.

    If this is your first time hearing about Truly, I’m glad to put it on your radar. At 100 calories, one gram of sugar, and two grams of carbs per serving, Truly is a guilt-free way celebrating the return of Empire, The Walking Dead, or another highly-addictive series — just enjoy responsibly. The following low-calorie cocktails are a refreshing complement to any fall TV premiere.

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    Truly Sangria + Modern Family (Sept. 20th)
    This drink has a little bit of everything mixed in and is meant to be shared. Make a big pitcher to serve to all the people you love (over 21, that is) and get ready to laugh!

    Ingredients:

    • 6 oz Truly Pomegranate
    • 2 oz red wine
    • assorted citrus fruits (oranges, etc.)
    • assorted fresh berries (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries)
    • Brandy

    To Make:

    1. In advance, soak fruit in brandy.
    2. Combine 6 oz Truly Pomegranate and 2 oz red wine in a red wine glass over ice.
    3. Garnish with orange slice.

    NOTE: To make batch sangria, use 3:1 ratio of Truly Pomegranate to red wine.

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    Truly Americano + New Girl (Sept. 20th)
    With the return of everyone’s favorite dysfunctional roommates, why not pay tribute to the gang’s made-up game True American with a Truly Americano? Though the rules are very elaborate and never fully explained, this cocktail is simple and delicious.

    Ingredients:

    • 6 oz Truly Lime
    • 1 oz Campari
    • 1 oz Sweet Vermouth

    To Make:

    1. Combine ingredients
    2. Garnish with an orange twist or peel.

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    Truly Spicy Rita + Empire (Sept. 21st)
    Cookie’s fiery one-liners are even more enjoyable when paired with the Truly Spicy Rita. This spicy drink may be even more heated than the family drama that is sure to unfold this season.

    Ingredients:

    • 6 oz Truly Lime
    • 1 oz chili pepper infused tequila
    • dash of lime juice
    • dash of orange juice
    • pinch of salt for garnish
    • thinly sliced chili pepper for garnish

    To Make:

    1. Combine Truly Lime, dash of lime juice, and dash of orange juice with 1 oz chili pepper-infused tequila.
    2. Pour over ice and rim glass with salt and garnish with a pepper slice floating on drink.

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    Truly Moscow Mule + Shark Tank (Sept. 23rd)
    This cocktail comes together so perfectly, any of the Sharks would agree to invest! The dash of ginger beer creates a seasonable version of a Moscow Mule so you can enjoy all of the drama.

    Ingredients:

    • 6 oz Truly Lime
    • 1 oz vodka
    • 1 oz ginger beer

    To Make:

    1. Combine 1 oz vodka and 1 oz ginger beer in a pint over ice.
    2. Top off with Truly Lime.
    3. Add Lime for garnish.

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    Truly Spritzer + The Walking Dead (Oct. 23rd)
    With the delicate grapefruit aromatics, this cocktail will have your guests running back to your bar for another round like there’s a flock of undead behind them.

    Ingredients:

    • 6 oz Truly Grapefruit
    • 2 oz white wine (e.g. Sauvignon Blanc)
    • 1 oz orange juice
    • splash of lemon juice

    To Make:

    1. Combine Truly Grapefruit, white wine, 1 oz orange juice, and a splash of lemon juice in a white wine glass.
    2. Garnish with orange slices.

    NOTE: For a twist on this cocktail, try using 1 oz grapefruit juice instead of orange juice and lemon juice for the ultimate “grapefuity” cocktail.


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    You need to l’eggo that Eggo and that side of smoked salmon, as both have recently been recalled over concerns for listeria.

    Kellogg Co. is voluntarily recalling about 10,000 cases of Eggo Nutri-Grain Whole Wheat Waffles in 25 states, reports CNN. The Michigan company learned of potential listeria problem through routine tests. It hasn’t received any reports of people actually getting sick, though.

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    [Image: Kellogg Co.]

    The recalled waffles are sold in 10-count packs and have the “Best if used by” dates of Nov. 21, 2017 and Nov. 22, 2017. The company is asking consumers to discard the affected products. It is providing refunds to consumers via 1-800-962-1413 and its website.

    Another breakfast favorite, smoked salmon, has also been recalled over listeria concerns.

    The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has initiated a recall of Wild Sockeye Smoked Salmon and Sensations Wild Pacific Smoked Salmon, reports CTV News. The Toronto company that smokes the salmon, Central Epicure, detected the possible listeria issue. The company is currently investigating food safety at its facilities, which could lead to more recalls.

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    CFIA officials say the salmon was mostly sold in Ontario, but may have been shipped to additional provinces. The packaging on the Wild Sockeye Smoked Salmon has the code 2017SE07 and the code for the Sensations Wild Pacific Smoked Salmon is 2017MA30 and 2017JN03.

    There haven’t been any reported illnesses as a result of consuming the smoked salmon.

    Officials are warning that food contaminated with listeria might not look or smell spoiled, but can still make you sick. Symptoms of listeria infection include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache and stiff neck.


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    Courtesy of HypeHair.com

    With filming currently underway for season of the hit series Being Mary Jane, we’re all waiting with bated breath to see what newfound amazingness October cover girl Gabrielle Union will be giving us. Since she first hit the scene, she’s consistently served goals, inspiring us with both her talents and stunning beauty and hair slay.

    I caught up with celeb stylist Larry Sims, who is behind some of Gabrielle’s most memorable hair moments, and has slayed the manes of other faves, such as Tracee Ellis Ross, Kerry Washington, Lupita Nyong’o and Alexandra Shipp. With his gift for transforming the ordinary into edgy, he shared details on how he creates hair magic with the actress. We also talked about everything from what we should all be doing with our hair and the importance of embracing our imperfections. Keep reading for total hair inspiration.

    — Stephenetta (isis) Harmon

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    “All the people — from Jerry Rice to Jason Whitlock from Ray Lewis to Rodney Harrison — who was so upset about Colin Kaepernick not standing up, I wish all of them were just as upset about Terence Crutcher getting shot down as they are about Colin Kaepernick not standing up. I wish they were just as upset about it. As I recall, that’s how this whole shit started.”

    — D.L. Hughley calls out Jason Whitlock and former professional football players Jerry Rice, Ray Lewis, and Rodney Harrison for publicly admonishing Colin Kaepernick for his protest efforts, yet staying mum about Tulsa police fatally shooting Terence Crutcher (below) Sept. 16th. Kaepernick is protesting the treatment of Black people in America, especially police routinely shooting unarmed Black men and women, by kneeling during the national anthem at NFL games.

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    Crutcher’s vehicle stalling in the middle of a road precipitated his interaction with the police. Police released video footage Monday of Crutcher’s death at the hands of officers Betty Shelby (above), who fired her service weapon, and Tyler Turnbough, who deployed his stun gun. The police claim Crutcher didn’t heed the officers’ commands and reached into his vehicle. Police Chief Chuck Jordan has called the video footage “very disturbing.” He added: “The first time I watched it, I watched it with the family … We will do the right thing: We will not cover anything up.” Shelby and Turnbough are currently on paid leave.

    Crutcher is one of 172 black men — 697 people total — who have been fatally shot by police officers this year, according to a Washington Post database tracking police shootings.

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    Carlos “Shawty Lo” Walker‘s brother and a manager have confirmed that the Atlanta rapper died in a fiery crash early Wednesday morning.

    The Fulton County medical examiner hasn’t officially identified the victim of the collision, but Shawty Lo’s brother tweeted the news.

    The crash was initially described as a hit-and-run, but officials have confirmed that only Shawty Lo’s vehicle was involved.

    At about 2:20 a.m., a white Audi went over the guardrail, collided with two trees, and burst into flames, according to police. The driver, who was only described as a man about 40 years old, was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. Two female passengers sustained non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, police said.

    Before the fatal wreck, Shawty Lo had spent time at Blue Flame strip club.

    Shawty Lo was known for the hit songs “Dey Know” and “Laffy Taffy,” which he performed as a member of the Atlanta rap group D4L.

    He gained nationwide notoriety when the Oxygen network announced plans for a docuseries about his large blended family that includes 11 children with 10 women. The series entitled All My Babies’ Mamas was canceled before it even aired, after there were calls and online petitions to boycott it.

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    Once again, I’m sitting with my laptop trying to find the words to report another police-involved shooting of a Black man. This time, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer Brentley Vinson, a Black man, shot and killed Keith Lamont Scott, a 43-year-old Black man who was disabled, on Tuesday. Scott’s family says he was sitting in his car and reading a book, while he waited for his son to arrive on a bus. Police, who were attempting to serve another man with a warrant, say Scott was armed with a gun and “posed an imminent deadly threat to the officers.” Police say they seized a firearm, but no book. It’s crucial to drive home the point that North Carolina is an open-carry state.

    The police-involved shooting of Scott came one day after Tulsa police released video footage of officer Betty Shelby fatally shooting Terence Crutcher on Sept. 16th. Crutcher needed assistance with his stalled car. Tulsa police claimed Crutcher was acting erratic before Shelby shot him. Today, they said they discovered a vial of PCP in Crutcher’s car.

    The narrative doesn’t seem to ever change. Police confront Black (wo)man. Black (wo)man puts hands up, hoping not to get shot. Police shoot Black (wo)man and say they feared for their lives. Black family mourns another Black (wo)man gunned down by law enforcement. District attorney decides whether to take case to grand jury. Grand jury fails to indict cop(s). Rinse. Repeat.

    My soul is tired of trying to make sense of these racially-motivated and senseless killings of Black men and women, while the privileged citizens of America stay quiet or cosign the racist beliefs that lead cops to shoot and ask questions later make up a story later. So I looked to notable actors, politicians, journalists, activists, and entertainers to verbalize the thoughts that are running through my brain. Here’s what Jeffrey Wright, Steve HarveyHillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Joy Reid, Shaun King, Pusha T, and more have to say about the police fatally shooting Terence Crutcher and Keith Lamont Scott.


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    Everyone’s favorite medical-examiner-turned-detective, Rosewood Beaumont (Morris Chestnut), returns tomorrow, Sept. 22nd, at 8/7c on Fox. The second season of Rosewood promises to be hotter, sexier, and more exciting, especially with Eddie Cibrian joining the cast as East Miami PD’s new leader, Capt. Ryan Slade.

    The season 2 premiere, entitled “Forward Motion & Frat Life,” sounds like it will be a juicy episode, but we know Rosie will still bring the comedy:

    “Rosewood (Chestnut) and Villa (Jaina Lee Ortiz) investigate the mysterious murder of a promising young mentee of Miami’s young, hot-shot mayor (guest star Yancey Arias), who gets personally involved in the case. Meanwhile, a new captain (Cibrian) shakes things up at the East Miami Police Department in the all-new.”

    RELATED: Fall TV + Low-Calorie Cocktails = Guilt-Free Pleasure

    There are so many questions I want answered after viewing season 1. Will Villa and Rosie finally hook up? Is Capt. Hornstock (Domenick Lombardozzi) being replaced? Will he and Daisie (Lisa Vidal) make a relationship work? Will Rosie’s heart keep ticking? And will Pippy (Gabrielle Dennis) and TMI (Anna Konkle) walk down that aisle? Well, there’s only one way to find out …

    Check out the Rosewood season 2 sneak peek below.


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    “Imagine if every single African American in the United States that was really fed up with being angry, sad and disgusted, would pick ONE DAY to simply ‘stay at home’ from every single job, work site, sports arena and government office in the United States of America. I’m very sure that within 72 hours from Wall Street to the NFL…Black Lives Would Matter. September 26, 2016 is THE DAY. #ItsTime #CanWeDoIt? #ACallToAction #StayAtHomeSeptember262016 #RIPTerenceCrutcher #HandsUpDontShoot”

    — Isaiah Washington advocates for Black America to shun their jobs for at least one day to prove that our lives do matter and we’re not expendable, in a Facebook post. Like many, the actor is reeling from the recent news of police fatally shooting two more Black men — Terence Crutcher and Keith Lamont Scott. Washington might be onto something. America only seems to understand dollars and cents, and if every Black person refused to work for one day, we’d hurt the silent Americans, the complicit Americans, the all lives matter Americans the only place it seems to matter — their wallets.

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    Trevor Noah‘s New York City condo is reportedly going for $15,000 per month. Let’s take a look at the amenities and space he gets for that money.

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    [Image: Stella Tower via New York Post]

    The condo is located in the Stella Tower building (425 W. 50th St.) in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of the city. The Daily Show host only has to walk a few blocks to reach the studio where his show is recorded.

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    [Image: Stella Tower via New York Post]

    The apartment is 2,000 sq. ft. and contains two bedrooms. The bachelor pad also boasts an outdoor terrace, a chef-worthy kitchen, high ceilings, exposed columns, and water and city views. The master bathroom features heated floors and a steam shower.

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    [Image: Stella Tower via New York Post]

    Famous architect Ralph Walker designed the Stella Tower in the art deco-style and named it for his wife. The property opened in 1927. The building’s grand lobby features original details like terrazzo flooring.

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    [Image: Stella Tower via New York Post]

    The amenities included in Noah’s rent are a gym, a residents lounge, a media room, and a garden.

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    ASPiRE’s New Web Series “The Graduates NYC” to Air During Coverage of the Network’s HBCU Football Games

    Series to Premiere On Air and Online October 8

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    ATLANTA — September 20, 2016 — ASPiRE (@tvASPiRE), the network that presents authentic portrayals of Black and urban culture, announced today its new web series “The Graduates NYC” will premiere inside the network’s coverage of HBCU football games while also rolling out online. The eight-part series will launch October 8 during halftime of the Tuskegee versus Morehouse game at 2 p.m. ET. Webisodes will be available on www.aspire.tv immediately after premiering on air.

    “The Graduates NYC” is a web series that turns the cameras on the often dramatic lives of six driven graduates from various HBCUs as they find themselves living in New York City. In this new web series, we will see aspiring artists, moguls, entrepreneurs and executives as they continue to pursue their passion in various competitive industries. Cameras will follow them as they juggle their careers while maintaining their hectic social calendars and budding love lives.

    “We are excited to expand our HBCU programming with the premiere of this new web series featuring proud graduates,” said Melissa Ingram, vice president, channel operations and business affairs, ASPiRE. “The dynamic cast is comprised of diverse backgrounds and personalities trying to make it in the big city on their own terms. There’s no better time than inside our coverage of HBCU games to unveil ‘The Graduates NYC’ to the ASPiRE audience.”

    “The Graduates NYC” is produced by Al Roker Entertainment and RDS Entertainment Group. Executive producers are Randolph Sturrup and Al Roker. The series is created by Randolph Sturrup and Keith Brown.

    Meet the Graduates

    Brittney Blackmon, a 2009 graduate of Howard University, is a luxury sales and marketing professional based in New York City. She is also a freelance model.

    Emilee Christopher, a 2009 graduate of North Carolina A&T State, is the director of Human Resources at Public Preparatory Network in New York City. She also coaches basketball in her free time.

    Kian Brown, a North Carolina Central University graduate, is an innovative personal branding expert known for an array of social channel correspondent appearances and coaching strategy seminars in the greater New York area.

    Chasity Logan is a Florida A&M University graduate and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Nonprofit Management at Columbia University. She is the Senior Vice President of Marketing & Development for a large non-profit drug rehabilitation center.

    Herman L. Riley, III graduated from Morehouse College and is currently a Marketing Manager at Audible, the digital audiobook subsidiary of Amazon.com. He is also the Co-Founder of “Petty Cash NYC” which is a new brunch series in Harlem catered to millennials.

    Ian Davis, a Hampton University graduate, is a results oriented, creative consultant and special projects producer creating and identifying opportunities that build and strengthen the relationship between brands and the creative community.

    ASPiRE’s HBCU Live Game and “The Graduates NYC” Schedule

    Saturday, October 8 at 2 p.m. ET
    Tuskegee vs. Morehouse
    The Graduates NYC #101 will premiere in halftime and following the game.

    Saturday, October 15 at 2 p.m. ET
    Virginia State University vs. Bowie
    The Graduates NYC #102 will premiere in halftime and following the game.

    Saturday, October 22 at 2 p.m. ET
    Clark Atlanta University vs. Albany State University
    The Graduates NYC #103 will premiere in halftime and following the game.

    Saturday, November 5 at 2 p.m. ET
    Winston Salem vs. Fayetteville State
    The Graduates NYC #104 will premiere in halftime and following the game.

    Saturday, November 5 at 6 p.m. ET
    Tuskegee vs. Miles
    The Graduates NYC #105 will premiere in halftime and following the game.

    Saturday, November 12 at 2 p.m. ET
    CIAA Championship
    The Graduates NYC #106 will premiere in halftime and following the game.

    Saturday, November 12 at 6 p.m. ET
    SIAC Championship
    The Graduates NYC #107 and #108 will premiere in halftime and following the game.

    About ASPiRE
    ASPiRE is the television entertainment network that presents authentic portrayals of Black and urban culture through stories of Heritage, Heart and Humor. ASPiRE offers a diverse programming mix of movies, series and specials featuring music, comedy, drama, faith/inspiration, theater/performing arts, lifestyle and news/information. The network was launched on June 27, 2012 by Magic Johnson Enterprises, which acts as a catalyst for driving unparalleled business results for its partners and fosters community/economic empowerment by making available high-quality entertainment, products and services that answer the demands of ethnically diverse urban communities. ASPiRE is available in 24 of the top 25 African-American markets including New York City, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.aspire.tvfacebook.com/aspireTV@tvASPiRE on Twitter and @ASPiRETV on Instagram.

    About Magic Johnson Enterprises
    Magic Johnson Enterprises acts as a catalyst for driving unparalleled business results for its partners and fosters community/economic empowerment by making available high-quality entertainment, products and services that answer the demands of ethnically diverse urban communities. For more information, visit http://magicjohnson.com/enterprises

    About Al Roker Entertainment
    Al Roker Entertainment is a leading producer of original, award-winning TV programs and digital content. Led by nine-time Emmy award winning TV personality and trusted multi-media authority Al Roker, ARE produces all forms of content for distribution across a variety of platforms around the world, including: broadcast, cable, digital, OTT, and streaming technologies.

    About RDS Entertainment Group
    RDS Entertainment Group is a multi-media production company based in New York City with a satellite office in Houston, Texas.


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    Celebrity stylist Anastasia Walker, who works with best-dressed style mavens like Lupita Nyong’o; Gigi Hadid; and Madonna, talked fall fashion and shared her styling tips during a Colgate Optic White and Family Dollar Fabulous event on Sept. 10th. Colgate ambassador and Fashion Bomb Daily founder Claire Sulmers and celebrity makeup artist AJ Crimson, who also shared his beauty tips, joined Walker for the New York Fashion Week event.

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    Celebrity stylist Anastasia Walker, celebrity makeup artist AJ Crimson & fashion blogger Claire Sulmers [Image: Soul B for Colgate]

    The Family Dollar Fabulous program aims to celebrate women of color “by highlighting how inner beauty, when combined with fashion, unique features, skin tones, and hairstyles, makes us all fabulous, fantastic, and fashionable,” according to a press release.

    Part of the day-long event occurred at Harlem Skin & Laser Clinic (2119 Frederick Douglass Blvd.). This is where I had the opportunity to chat about fall fashion with Walker one-on-one. During our discussion, she explained how to adopt one of the trickiest trends from the past few seasons, issued a fashion warning, revealed the only coat you’ll need this winter, and more.

    Annika Harris: What’s the one garment women should add to their wardrobe this fall?
    Anastasia Walker: I would say a car coat. A car coat is very simple. It’s a little bit longer in the length, has a clean silhouette, but is very easy to dress up or down, or even for everyday with jeans and sneakers to a black tie event where you’re throwing it over your gown. I think that’s a great piece for fall to winter.

    AH: What is the one accessory she should add this fall?
    AW: I don’t want to seem corny but people always say your smile. (Tip: Colgate Optic White Express White Toothpaste is Colgate’s fastest whitening toothpaste. In just three days, the user can achieve a bright white smile.) For me, I think something with makeup is more fun for an accessory. I know that’s not a fashion item but not everybody likes earrings. Some people don’t really like bracelets. So I’m kind of into a colored eyeliner. It doesn’t have to be crazy. Something with a little glitter adds a little more sheen for your day, a little sparkle. Everyone sees your eyes, so I think that’s a good accessory.

    AH: What are your top basics for transitioning from warm weather to the chillier months?
    AW: Well, layering is always good. So even during summer, those super lightweight knits are great for layering into fall. Layers. Layers. Layers. Basic camis, basic Tees, they’re things you’re going to use over and over again. And weather permitted, they work either way.

    AH: There’s one trend that’s been running through the past few seasons, and I’m a little scared of it. Socks with sandals or socks with heels. Are you for it, and if you are, how would you counsel everyday women on adding this to their look?
    AW: So I think it’s really important to focus on your personal style and not just see what the street style photographers are. People think those are just people actually walking around. Those are styled shoots as well. That’s what they won’t tell you, but they aren’t necessarily real-life. I actually kind of love some of it. But I would say for an everyday person, I would not do a tube sock or a Nike sock. I would focus on a really nice fine-knit sock. Maybe something with a little glitter, a little sparkle, something like that. I think there’s a way to do it. I would do it with a toned down shoe, as well, because this is everyday life we’re living in and you don’t want to look crazy. I think it can be done if done right. I would tell people to not reference the street style that you’re seeing and really think about what works for your own life and life goals.

    AH: So if it feels wrong to the individual, then it’s not something they should jump on?
    AW: Yeah, because a lot of times, it’s a confidence thing and if you’re questioning yourself already when you get ready for the day, you’re going to be questioning yourself throughout the day. If you’re not sure about what you’re wearing, it just affects your mood. For me anyway, if I’m not totally feeling something, it’s a confidence killer and we don’t want that. You look better when you feel better, honestly.

    Walker also presented her top styling tips to a room full of bloggers at Harlem Skin & Laser Clinic (2119 Frederick Douglass Blvd.). Find out how she prevents makeup smudges while getting dressed, the genius way she remembers her favorite outfits, and more on the next page.

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    Anastasia Walker’s Styling Tips
    • Hand-held steamer: The steam heats up quickly, within 2-3min, works for all fabric types, and can be taken with you in a bag. It’s perfect for the days that turn into nights with no time to go home and change.
    • Make-up mask: This mask will change the way you get ready in the morning. We’ve all been faced with going through our morning routine, putting on our shirt or dress, just to see that you got makeup on the collar. With these masks, you no longer have to dread getting foundation on your white shirt.
    • Camera: Here are two reasons why this is helpful:
    1. See how your outfit will look in future photos: Have you ever tried on an outfit, looked in the mirror, and thought it looked great only to see pictures from the event and realize it looked nowhere as fabulous as you thought? Cameras have the ability to pick up on details we miss. Before special events, or first dates, I recommend snapping a quick pic -– have a friend take it, your doorman, or use a self-timer!
    2. It will help you remember a killer outfit for the future: If you love your outfit, take a picture! Sometimes we forget how we wore something or why it worked well before. Snap a photo and save it so you have a great go-to look that you know you can fall back on.
    • Walker’s formula for the proper ratio for showing skin: We all want to feel sexy and confident, and showing skin is an easy way to accomplish this. However, it’s important to be strategic to the ratio of skin that should be exposed. The best way to do this is to pick one area to highlight. For example, if you’re showing off your legs, opt out of revealing cleavage.
    • Top 5 Fall Staples this year:
    1. Statement coat with detachable embellishments
    2. Flare trousers
    3. Light camisole to transition your office outfit to a night out
    4. Quality black leather coat
    5. Plaid print

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    Tulsa officer Betty Shelby posted bail early this morning, minutes after she was charged with first-degree manslaughter for fatally shooting motorist Terence Crutcher on Sept. 16th. Her bond was $50,000.

    Prosecutors say Shelby “reacted unreasonably” when she killed the 40 year old and accuse her of “escalating the situation from a confrontation with Mr. Crutcher.” According to a court document, Shelby is charged with “becoming emotionally involved to the point that she over-reacted.”

    According to Oklahoma law, “heat of passion” in manslaughter cases is defined as a strong emotion “that would naturally affect the ability to reason and render the mind incapable of cool reflection,” reports BBC News.

    Shelby reportedly told homicide investigators that “she was in fear for her life and thought Mr. Crutcher was going to kill her,” according to an affidavit. She said she gave Crutcher commands to stop and kneel, but he ignored her and was walking away with his hands up. Her lawyer says she opened fire when Crutcher began reaching into his vehicle.

    However, the affidavit also says Shelby “cleared the driver’s side front” of Crutcher’s vehicle before their interaction began. That would mean she didn’t find a weapon on the driver’s side of the vehicle.

    Police acknowledge that Crutcher wasn’t in possession of a gun on his person or in his vehicle.

    Dash cam and aerial footage do not provide a clear view of Shelby shooting Crutcher in the chest once.

    His family says that enhanced video footage from a police helicopter shows Crutcher’s driver’s side window closed, so there’s no way he could’ve reached through it.

    If convicted, Shelby faces a minimum of four years in prison.


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    Steven Caple Jr. has signed on to write the script of HBO‘s Emmett Till miniseries based on the book Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked The World And Propelled The Civil Rights Movement by Devery Anderson.

    The script is in good hands. Caple wrote and directed his feature debut, The Land, which tells the story of skateboarders caught in Cleveland’s drug world. It was selected for the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and IFC Films acquired it.

    The untitled miniseries is in development. It will depict the tragic murder of 14-year-old Black teen Emmett Till, whose only “crime” was allegedly flirting with a white woman in 1955 Mississippi. Mamie Till-Mobley, Emmett’s mother, insisted on an open-casket funeral and the teen’s murder at the hands of racist whites galvanized the budding civil rights movement.

    A-listers Jay Z, Will Smith, Casey Affleck, and Aaron Kaplan are producing the high-profile miniseries.

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