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Weekend Reload: Stephen Curry Out of This World 3 Pointer Shot, Broke Some Records & Made NBA History

Posted On: February 29, 2016

One can not deny Stephen Curry has a mean arm and his three pointer shots are out of this world. You could think he's an alien or not of this planet, whatever it is you think, Curry got game and plays to win! This has been one of the greatest decade, season and time for the Golden State Warriors. They're like midas right now, it's more than a golden touch but dragons who bring the heat. 

This past Saturday (Feb. 27th), the GSW (Golden State Warriors) once again came like a tornado and took the Oklahoma City Thunder by storm. For them, teamwork makes the dreamwork. 

During the final seconds of the game in overtime, Stephen Curry made a 38 foot three pointer shot, broke some records and made NBA history. 

  • In breaking records: Curry scored 46 points in 38 minutes, broke his own NBA record for 3's in a season (287 and counting) and tied the NBA single game record with 12 three pointers, while attempting for 16. 
  • In history: Stephen became the first player in the NBA with 10 three pointers in back to back games and seasons. 

With a scoreboard of 121-118, the GSW won the game. 

Check out Curry's winning shot below. 

Video Source: NBA

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Artist Spotlight: Beyonce's 'Formation' Inspired Art Pieces

Posted On: February 29, 2016

Beyonce's 'Formation' literally broke the internet and sparked a new plug in the matrix. Her performance at Super Bowl 50 commemorating the Black Panthers got many people peeved and even had, the former mayor of New York, Rudolph 'Rudy' Giuliani coming out of his skin and showing his true colors. 

Formation resulted in a domino effect by highlighting issues that are affecting America, it gave the public's outcry of police brutality a voice which vibrated all through the airwaves. It created a tsunami of awareness and washed away the abeyance of consciousness to fertilize and breed a state of enlightment. The song also touched the hearts of African-Americans, invoking the power of love, for them to harvest self acceptance and self love.

Then there was also the domino effect of White hysteria and panic, boycott, protest of Formation; and even the police started sweating like they got a taste of that hot sauce in Beyonce's bag. Formation's lyrics does not state anything against police nor their departments. The lyrics speak of solutions, compassion for humanity and eradicating police brutality in order to save lives. 

Several artists were inspired by Beyonce's Formation and it assisted in motivating their creative abilities and skills. These artists established pieces in sketch forms, painting, watercolors, digital art and etc. to design and create Formation inspired art.


By: Sophia Canning

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By: Jennifer Hom

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By: Armand Mehidri

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For phone cases

By: Ruben Studio

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Beyonce as Marvel's character, Storm

By: Javere Irie

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By: Sibylline Meynet

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The sainf of Formation 

By: James R. Eads

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North Carolina A&T State University's First Black Women Swim Team Disbands, Although Made History and Created Legacy

Posted On: February 29, 2016

North Carolina A&T State University's first and only African-American swim team in the NCAA Division I, made history and became a national symbol for Black Girls Rock. Their motto is "Black Girls Do Swim" which is a representation of reforming stereotypes and ignorance. North Carolina A&T State University's only Black swim team also made a difference when it comes to diversifying and transforming barriers of aquatic sports and their teams.

For many reasons, of them due to decrease in budgets, the university decided to end the program this year and disbanded the team. The team characterized and role modeled beauty in all tones, strength, sisterhood, different body build and types, grace in swimming, of course diversity and etc. 

In 2013, the team faced the same issues of the program being discontinued because of lack of funding. The public got involved with petitions and the team was reinstated. The team already had their final practice and performance at the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association championships two weeks ago. 

Despite the disbandment of the team, the girls remain faithful that their legacy will go forth and be the inspiration to create, develop and formulate more Black teams in aquatic sports and swimming with poise and purpose. In a recent interview, the team expressed all of them remained friends and are study buddies.  

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"#DamnDaniel" Gets Lifetime Supply of Vans and Appeared On The Ellen Show

Posted On: February 25, 2016

Two teenagers from California started to trend on Twitter and other social media outlets with the hashtag #DamnDaniel. The tag came from their Snapchat which displayed Josh filming his friend Daniel's individual style of clothes, wearing his favorite white Vans. The shoes are the main subject in their visual diary, where Josh is heard on the video saying "Damn Daniel," as in to say or with the expression of "you have those shoes on again." 

Since going viral, the two teenagers appeared on The Ellen Show and spoke about how the hashtag sparked and spread like wildfire. We all know how Ellen has a big heart who gifted Josh with a special surfboard, after she found out he loves surfing. Ellen also managed to plug Daniel with Vans and he received a lifetime supply of their shoes. Ellen is so sweet and the two teenagers were glowing with joy. 

Check out the clip below. 

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Adele's Performance of 'When We Were Young' at The 2016 BRIT Awards

Posted On: February 25, 2016

Adele was one of the headline performers for the 2016 BRIT Awards at the O2 Arena in London, England yesterday (Feb. 24th). Styled in a multi-colored Valentino, full sleeved dress, Adele graced the stage and gave a rendition of her song, 'When We Were Young.' 

Adele's performance was the curtain call of the show and while the spotlight was on her, Adele sparkled like the star that she is.

Check it out below. 

Adele won four awards: Brittish Female Solo Artist/Brittish Single/Global Succes and Brittish Album of The Year. During her acceptance speech, Adele expressed her support for Kesha who made national headlines when a judge declined/rescinded her request to leave her record label, stemming from a sexual abuse allegation against her music producer.

Also, Adele opened up about some of her trial and tribualtions, revealed she was lost and unsure if she would be back. 

But due to the light of her talents, Adele found her way back and babygirl is shinning! 

 

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Rihanna's Performance at The 2016 BRIT Awards with Drake and SZA

Posted On: February 25, 2016

During her performance at the 2016 BRIT Awards, Rihanna opened her show with SZA who is a TDE artist, performing their collaborated joint, 'Consideration.' 

From there, Rihanna went to 'Work' with her dancers in a mutlitasked digital effect backdrop. 

Drake came on stage to perform with Riri and the crowd went crazy. He gave Rihanna a bow, acknowledging her royal efforts on the song with him. 

Check out the full footage of the performance at the 02 Arena in London, 

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Dr. Carla Hayden Is Nominated By President Barack Obama To Become The First Black and Woman Librarian of Congress

Posted On: February 25, 2016

President Barack Obama presented his nomination for Dr. Carla Hayden to become the 14th Librarian of Congress. If the initial votes needed to fill the seat are reached, Dr. Hayden will make history and become the first Black person and woman to oversee the Library of Congress. 

Below is an excerpt of President's Obama's speech about Hayden.

"Michelle and I have known Dr. Carla Hayden for a long time, since her days working at the Chicago Public Library, and I am proud to nominate her to lead our nation’s oldest federal institution as our 14th Librarian of Congress. Dr. Hayden has devoted her career to modernizing libraries so that everyone can participate in today’s digital culture. She has the proven experience, dedication, and deep knowledge of our nation’s libraries to serve our country well and that’s why I look forward to working with her in the months ahead. If confirmed, Dr. Hayden would be the first woman and the first African American to hold the position – both of which are long overdue."

Dr. Carla has been nurturing the vision to make a difference. Ten years ago, Hayden took the position of presidency at the American Library Association. Recently, she maintained her leadership as chief executive for the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore and in her stance, kept the library opened admist tension of police brutality issues and its aftermath. 

Upon the announcement of being nominated, Dr. Carla Hayden made these following statement about society's outlook on libraries. 

"Being the first female and the first African-American really brings together two aspects of -- of course my life that make this even more significant in terms of how people view the future of libraries, and what a national library can be."

She also added it would be part of everybody's history. 

“It’s inclusive. It can be part of everyone’s story.”

The White House released a video detailing the expertise of Dr. Carla Hayden, how a library is a treasured chest for her, the work she has done as a librarian; and to familiarize the public with her. 

Check it out below. 

 

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President Barack Obama Launches 'Open eBooks', A Digital Resource for Students to Access Books

Posted On: February 25, 2016

For a president that will be leaving office soon, President Barack Obama is putting in a lot of work of reforming, renovating and revolutionizing important issues affecting America. Instead of dwelling about a problem, although President Obama might address it, his main focal point is on the solution and that's what he focuses on. I admire President Obama for being the leader he is and also, First Lady Michelle Obama for following in his footsteps and facilitate the initiative to empower mainly women, children and even men; and take a step in uplifting people and do her part.

The White House announced and launched a new program called Open eBooks that is a digital and resourceful platform for students and children to access books for free. 

President Obama first hinted about the program in April of 2015. After much needed research, the plan was put into action with the recruitments and enlistments of: publishers, non-profit organizations, tech and digital companies and libraries from across the nation; and bring about its launch. Open eBooks is basically one giant library for children to study, research, retrieve information to do their homework, book reports and cultivate the habit and love of reading. 

“No matter who you are, where you live, or how much money you’ve got, you should be able to access the world’s knowledge and information just like anyone else," stated President Obama. 

The main purpose and targeted audience of Open eBooks was towards children who can't access libraries or a simple book because of the povertywithin their communities, lack of supplies and resources in their schools and etc. Open eBooks is available at the Apple Store and the students need a code provided by an adult because of supervision, in order for them to download and start enjoying the program. 

Check out footage of Michelle Obama introducing Open eBooks below. 

For more information, log on to OpenEBooks.net

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Zac Posen Brought The #BlackGirlsMagic on The Runway for NYFW and Things Got Controversial

Posted On: February 25, 2016

With two snaps and a twirl hunny, Zac Posen brought it this year and got into formation at New York Fashion Week when he had the #BlackGirlsMagic stuntin' and strutting on the runway. And just like with Beyonce's reaction to her new song, some people lost color and got all white on Posen. But Zac didn't bat an eyelash, with kisses in the air, Posen and his models did their thang! 

The gorgeous ladies on the #ZacPosen #FW16 runway! #NYFW

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Zac Posen's show was featured in a New York Times article about the diversity in fashion and how things need to change. It was also the headline topic for some other media news outlets but some people are resistant to those modifications and revolution in fashion (in general).

Inspired by an African (Ugandan) Princess named Elizabeth Bagaaya Akiiki, also known as Princess Elizabeth of Toro, who made history when she became the first woman East African to be admitted to the English bar in 1965. As a trailblazer, Princess Elizabeth is documented for being a history maker who was the third African woman to be accepted and graduated from Cambridge University. From there, she entered the fashion world and became a distinguished and esteemed model in America. Princess Elizabeth graced the covers of fashion magazines such as: Harper's Bazaar and Vogue.

The theme and vision board for Zac Posen's show was galvanized by Princess Elizabeth's innovations and contributions as a model who went against all odds of racism, stereotype and ignorance to open doors and pave the way. Posen's show highlighted not just her achievements but African-American women models that continue to break down walls and turn them to runways and walk to beat of their drums.

The mood boards for #ZacPosen #FW16 #NYFW @cfda @nyfw

A photo posted by @zacposen on

Making a statement at NYFW, Posen wanted to raise awareness that Black models are just as beautiful, eccentric, exotic and should be showcased just like other models, regardless of their skin color or skin tones.

In a recent interview with Harper's Bazaar's magazine, Zac Posen expressed the need of diversity in fashion and his mission of intergrating it into the world. 

"Since the inspiration was Elizabeth of Toro it made sense to have a casting reflecting this. Their presence and the diversity of the casting complemented the collection and made it more striking. We live in a diverse world and it is essential it is represented in the fashion industry, it has always been critical to me, as well as a key component of my collections, whether it’s shapes, sizes or skin color,as my customers are global and part of all diverse groups."

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New Music Video: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis feat. Leon Bridges - 'Kevin'

Posted On: February 25, 2016

The opening scene for his new video 'Kevin,' features the setting of Macklemore in an abandon building, depicted in black and white cinematography effects. 

Kevin is assisted by Leon Bridges who sings a deep hearted, soul filled hook for the song. Off his upcoming album "This Unruly Mess I've Made" which is scheduled to release tommorow (Feb. 26), Macklemore lyrically expresses the issues and affects of the pharmaceutical market and the doctors that prescribe psychiatric medications to children for normal behaviors, anxiety and sometimes, uses it as a band-aid without cleaning the wound. Meaning if that child endured something tragic or traumatic, the wound is not dealt with, instead the child's change of behavior is often looked at and some doctors (psychologist/psychiatrist) are blind to see the triggering events that caused the domino effect.

"Put down the pen and look in my eyes/ We're in the waiting room and something ain't right."

These children end up becoming dependent on these medication which leads to addiction because of it, most of them can not live normal lives and fall through the cracks of the system. But that's another article, it's good to see musicians utilized their platforms to raise awareness about subjects and issues as this which most people are not aware of. 

Anyhow, check out the new video below. 

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Twitter Hashtags: #BlackHistoryMonth

Posted On: February 25, 2016

February is of course Black History Month and it's been trending on Twitter with the same likeness of words in hashtags. We can't fit nor try to squeeze an era of history into one month but we can not deny highlighting it, because of racism that tries to erase Black history by whitewashing it and trying to hide its truth.

Unearthing that truth with the Twitter hashtag #BlackHistoryMonth,  it features founders, activist, leaders, contributors to sports, science, politics, education and etc. who became the first to break down the walls of ignorance. 

Starting with W.E.B. Du Bois who was a civil rights activist and one of the founders of the NAACP. 


 Hiram Rhodes Revels who was a prominent leader seving as a minister, a college adminstrator and was a Repbulican in the political party. He became the first African-American U.S. Senator and the first one to be seated in Congress.

 Black History is all day, every day, every week, every month and every year because of how these history makers were written out of school books because of racism. Their contributions, innovative products, inventions, businesses and etc, their talents, gifts and fruits of their dreams that were shared with the world, needs to be acknowledged and honored. 

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