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Looking for A New Holiday Movie? Check Out “Holiday Heist”

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A man recently released from prison is torn between a life of crime and a fresh start with a woman he meets while scoping out a potential heist.

Cast: Chaley Rose (Jade), Jatone Smith (Bolo), Tobias Truvillion (Devin), Edward Williams III

Devin (Tobias Truvillion) is ready to live life on the straight and narrow but is pulled back into a life of crime when his old gangster boss resurfaces ready to cash in on an old debt. They’ve set their sights on the priceless collection of African diamonds on display for the Christmas season at the struggling, family-owned Holiday Jewels store. Devin lands a job at the jewelry store so he can be closer to his target but winds up falling for the owner’s daughter, Jade Holiday (Chaley Rose). In turn, Devin does everything he can to save the store, the Holiday family, and his newfound love.

This film is produced by  MarVista Entertainment and will air December 14th on BET! It will also available to view on iTunes. Until then, set your DVRs and tune in to show your support for this new film!

Tamara is the founder of ArtSoulRadio.com and a contributor for Ebony/Jet Magazine and other publications. She also works in TV/Film production and has a strong passion for the arts, community outreach, teaching and working with the youth. Learn more at www.tamarallyoung.com and follow her on social media.

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Ciara and Russell Williams Donate 1 Million Meals to Seattle Area During Corona Outbreak

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Ciara and her husband, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson are donating one million meals to Seattle Food Lifeline to support their community during the coronavirus outbreak. They made an announcement Tuesday evening on Twitter  sharing their goal to help those affected by the coronavirus outbreak in the Seattle area and encouraged others to both donate and to continue to practice social distancing.

In their one-minute video posted to Twitter, the couple announced that they’re partnering with Seattle’s Food Lifeline, an organization that distributes food to more than 300 food banks, shelters and meal programs throughout Western Washington.

Western Washington has been hit the hardest in the US so far by the coronavirus outbreak. So, this donation is coming to the perfect area at a great time of need. The Associated Press has listed Washington as having the highest number of fatalities in the U.S. at this time. We plan to continue to keep this area along with the entire nation and world in prayer during this time.  We will also continue to celebrate stories like this showing the power of kindness and giving back that are happening within our nation and the world. So, comment below or send us your story ideas. In a time like this, there’s always room for good news. Shoutout to Ciara and Russel for being two of the many taking the lead on moves like this!

 

 

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Chicago Filmmaker Wins Oscar for “Hair Love” & Brings Special Guest Teen On The Red Carpet With The Team

Chicago filmmaker Matthew Cherry took home the Oscar for best animated short film for “Hair Love,” a six-minute short film about an African American father attempting to do his daughter’s hair for the first time.

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Chicago filmmaker Matthew Cherry took home the Oscar for best animated short film for “Hair Love,” a six-minute short film about an African American father attempting to do his daughter’s hair for the first time.

Matthew and the “Hair Love” team brought the Texas high school teen DeAndre Arnold who’s story has recently gone viral in the news for refusing to cut his locs. DeAndre was suspended for wearing dreadlocks and told he couldn’t attend his graduation ceremony in the spring unless he cut them in accordance with school dress code. Arnold, who has been growing his hair in locs since the seventh grade, has said that his hairstyle —rooted in Black pride, culture and sometimes religion — is a nod to his Trinidadian heritage.

As a surprise to Arnold, Cherry teamed up with Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade (who helped produce this short film) to create a special video invitation for the Texas teen. On Oscar Sunday, DeAndre walked the red carpet and attended the full Oscar’s ceremony along with the “Hair Love” team. During the acceptance of their award, Matthew directed the following statement to DeAndre and the crowd saying, “I want to say “Hair Love” was done to normalize black hair.”

 

Alongside co-producer Karen Rupert Toliver, Cherry who also directed and co-wrote the film gave tribute to Kobe Bryant saying, “May all our second acts be as great as his”. Bryant and Glen Keane won the best animated short film Oscar in 2018 for “Dear Basketball.”

When speaking of the inspiration behind the short film, Matthew shares his personal story. As a former NFL player and graduate of Loyola Academy in Wilmette and the University of Akron, Matthew shared: “You have a situation where Mom may have to go into work early and Dad has to get the kids ready. The gender norms that existed back in the day aren’t really the same as they are now.

“I feel like everyone has to step up and get it done. Black fathers have had one of the worst raps in mainstream media as being portrayed as being deadbeats and not being involved.”

“It was important to us to showcase a black father that was young, that had tattoos. I think if you saw someone like him on the street, you would assume that wasn’t a loving father that does his daughter’s hair,” Cherry said in an interview with The Associated Press. “We’re just trying to change the conversation, one project at a time.”

Our hair is an extension of ourselves,” Cherry previously told HuffPost speaking about the short film. “And the cool thing about this story is that it really represents pure love: what we’re willing to do for the people we love even when they ask us to do something we don’t know how to do.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Derek Minor Announces New Movement “Ownership Is The New Black”

CHH artist Derek Minor recently announced the start of his newest movement “Ownership Is The New Black”. Derek shared his inspiration behind this new movement:

“Ownership is the New Black is a movement promoting and supporting black ownership, shifting our consumer power to ownership power. For example, rather than just buying shoes, buy stock in the brand. Rather than simply renting our homes, invest in real estate.

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CHH artist Derek Minor recently announced the start of his newest movement “Ownership Is The New Black”. Derek shared his inspiration behind this new movement:

“Ownership is the New Black is a movement promoting and supporting black ownership, shifting our consumer power to ownership power. For example, rather than just buying shoes, buy stock in the brand. Rather than simply renting our homes, invest in real estate. This is paramount, not just for the black community but for the world in general. Imagine what would happen if a community with this much financial and cultural influence was able to grow and thrive. The possibilities are endless.” – Derek Minor

At the end of 1863, black Americans owned half of 1 percent of the wealth in America. Today, a little over 150 years later, black Americans own a little over 1.5 percent of the wealth in America. Considering the innumerable black contributions to the foundation and the evolution of this great nation, it seems black Americans would own much more than 1.5% of the wealth. Black consumers spend around 1.2 trillion dollars annually. That’s a buying power on pace with the gross domestic product of Mexico, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and many others.

In most American communities the US dollar circulates about 8-12 times before it leaves that community. In the black community it doesn’t even circulate once. Black Americans have been key in the evolution and advancement of the world by creating, inventing, being cultural visionaries, and solving problems. Ownership is the New Black was created to promote and support black ownership by shifting the Black community’s consumer power to ownership power.

 

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