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Administrators Suspended Over Racially Insensitive F.I.T. Fashion Show

Two administrators at New York’s famed Fashion Institute of Technology have been suspended after a recent graduate’s fashion show caused controversy over racially insensitive pieces that were added to the show. According to the New York Times, Junkai Huang, a recent graduate of the iconic Fashion Institute of Technology, recently came under fire after a last […]

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Amy Klobuchar Is Slammed By Black Man She Prosecuted: ‘She Gave The Police Free Reign’

Presidential Candidate Amy Klobuchar Holds NV Caucus Kick Off Event

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Amy Klobuchar‘s prosecutorial history is continuing to be under fire and this time, someone most impacted is providing commentary.

Myon Burrell is currently serving life in prison for the killing of 11-year-old Tyesha Edwards in 2002. He was charged when he was 16 years old in Minnesota and he was prosecuted under then-County Attorney Amy Klobuchar. Burrell maintains his innocence, saying a lack of evidence led to his conviction and eventual life sentence. He holds Klobuchar as the “source of everything that happened, with her charging me” in an interview with ABC News. [Read more]

Katherine Johnson, Pioneering ‘Hidden Figures’ NASA Mathematician, Dies At 101

We’ve lost another icon.

According to KHOU 11, Katherine Johnson died on Monday morning at 101 years old, according to NASA Administration Jim Bridenstine.

“She was an American hero and her pioneering legacy will never be forgotten,” wrote Bridenstine in a tweet.

Our @NASA family is sad to learn the news that Katherine Johnson passed away this morning at 101 years old. She was an American hero and her pioneering legacy will never be forgotten. https://t.co/UPOqo0sLfb pic.twitter.com/AgtxRnA89h [Read more]

Salt-N-Pepa Launches Makeup Collection In Collaboration With Milani Cosmetics

Salt-N-Pepa Launches Makeup Collection In Collaboration With Milani Cosmetics

The legendary hip-hop group Salt-N-Pepa is stepping into the beauty industry. According to Rolling Out, the collective’s members Cheryl James and Sandra Denton launched a makeup line in collaboration with Milani Cosmetics.

We talked to the hip-hop legends about the incredible collaboration. https://t.co/wFzHcdTUE8

— Allure (@Allure_magazine) February 23, 2020

The line—dubbed the Salt-N-Pepa Collection—features four products inspired by the group’s classic songs and albums. It includes two lip kits named after the songs “Push It” and “Shoop” as well as the Hot, Kool and Vicious and Very Necessary eyeshadow and highlighter palettes. The nostalgic packaging is reminiscent of the 90s and includes imagery of James and Denton donning their iconic eightball jackets and haircuts. [Read more]

Box Office Winner

“Sonic The Hedgehog” once again burrowed its way to the top of North America’s box offices.  The family film based on the popular video game is the number one movie in the U.S. and Canada — earning just over 26-million-dollars in its second week in release.  Coming in second is the Harrison Ford picture “The Call of the Wild” — which sold nearly 25-million-bucks worth of tickets in its debut weekend.  Rounding out this week’s Top Five are “Birds of Prey,” “Brahms — The Boy 2” and “Bad Boys for Life.”  The Oscar-winner for Best Picture “Parasite” finished in eighth place. [Read more]

American Idol Contestants Advance

Nine young singers from across the U.S. are on their way to Hollywood after passing Sunday’s auditions on American Idol.  The second episode of the singing competition aired last night on ABC, and featured celebrity judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie touring the U.S. to view singing auditions.  By the end of the two-hour episode, nine singers made it to the next round.  American Idol will return with more auditions in episode three next Sunday.

Fans To Say Farewell to the Bryants Today

Thousands of mourners will gather in Staples  Center on Monday to say farewell to Kobe and Gianna Bryant. The basketball superstar and his 13-year-old daughter will be
honored in a public memorial at the arena where Bryant played for
the Los Angeles Lakers.   Kobe and Gianna Bryant died along with seven others on Jan. 26 in a  helicopter crash.

The Celebration of Life will feature speakers reflecting on Kobe Bryant’s impact on his sport and the world, along with music and retrospectives on Bryant’s on-court achievements. Bryant became active in film, television and writing after he retired from
basketball in 2016. Bryant’s family, dozens of sports greats and many major figures in
Bryant’s public life are expected to attend.  Staples Center is sold out for the memorial. The money made from  ticket sales will be given to the Mamba and Mambacita Sports
Foundation, which supports youth sports programs in underserved communities and teaches sports to girls and women.

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Actress B Smith has Died

Actress, model and TV personality B. Smith is dead.  B. Smith, whose legal name is Barbra Smith, passed away Saturday at the age of 70.  Smith’s husband made the announcement saying she died peacefully in their home on Long Island after battling early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease.  She began her modeling career in the ’60s and became the first African-American woman on the cover of Mademoiselle Magazine.  In 1997, Smith launched a popular cooking and lifestyle show, “B. Smith with Style” and went on to open several restaurants on the east coast. [Read more]