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‘Selma’ Dir. Ava DuVernay Joins #BoycottBlackFriday (Ferguson) Movement with Free Film Screenings

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*As the world knows, on Monday, a Ferguson, Missouri grand jury decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. That decision set off protests that included looting, the burning down of business, torching police cars and scores of arrests.

The ruling also sparked a national conversation about race and justice with the hashtags #BoycottBlackFriday and #BlackoutBlackFriday spreading on Twitter and a Facebook page. The overall movement is being referred to as the BLACKOUT For Human Rights (BLACKOUT).

The message on the Facebook page is to Boycott Black Friday “to galvanize economically and influence change in the politics of American Justice pertaining to Law Enforcement vs Citizens.”

“The only tool to fight against this is the economic side,” Carlos Howard of the Hampton Roads Leadership Council in Norfolk, VA told USA Today.

The idea, says Howard, is to get African Americans to skip shopping on Friday and show the economic power of the black community. He uses as an example, the civil rights movement under Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. which championed boycotting as a way to end segregation on buses in the South and creating jobs and economic opportunities for blacks.

Black Economic Facts: According to Nielsen data, African Americans have a current buying power of $1 trillion and it is forecast to reach $1.3 trillion by 2017. Black people make an average of 156 shopping trips each year compared with 146 for the total market.

Meanwhile, the BLACKOUT movement has gotten the attention of black Hollywood. In particular, “Selma” director Ava DuVernay is among the Hollywood figures joining in the boycott action.

“Ferguson is a mirror of the past,” DuVernay wrote in an email to TheWrap. “And S‎elma is a mirror of now. We are in a sad, distorted continuum. It’s time to really look in that mirror.”

DuVernay is known for her activism on behalf of African-American filmmakers. She is the founder of AFFRM, the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement, a distribution collaborative. As a Black Friday Shopping alternative, FREE to the public, she’s screening three films in Los Angeles at the Downtown Independent theater (251S. Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012). The films are Ryan Coogler’s “Fruitvale Station,” her own “Middle of Nowhere” and will present the debut “25 to Life” (2014 American Black Film Festival Grand Jury Winner).

In addition to the film screenings, there will be community conversations in support of Ferguson protests moderated by DuVernay.

Friday, November 28th
7:00 PM 25 TO LIFE

For more info, visit TheWrap.

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Singer-Actress Antonique Smith Unleashes ‘Hold Up Wait A Minute’ Music Video Teaser (Watch)

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*”Is that the girl who played Faith Evans?

Yes, but after watching this video teaser you will know her simply as Antonique Smith.

The sultry songstress delivers a captivating performance in her music video for “Hold Up Wait A Minute (Woo Woo)” – the lead single from her forthcoming debut album Love Is Everything.

The high energy visual, directed by Larenz Tate, features the blond bombshell storming the streets of Los Angeles with dancers and a funk jazz band in tow. The horn-driven track is equally matched with high fashion vignettes illuminating the powerhouse vocalist as she sends the final kiss-off to an undeserving boyfriend. The video also stars actor Lance Gross and Vine sensation King Bach.

Watch the “Hold Up Wait A Minute (Woo Woo)”  teaser video:

Antonique’s Video Premieres on Tuesday, December 2nd!

Hold Up Wait A Minute (Woo Woo)” is a retro meets future, soul pleaser best described as a liberation song. The rousing anthem showcases Antonique’s dynamic voice which channels the soulfulness of Aretha Franklin with a pop sensibility à laCeline Dion – two of her biggest influences alongside the legendary Whitney Houston. While the song focuses on a tumultuous relationship Smith is quick to point out the universal appeal of its message. “It’s time to take the power back for all the injustices in our lives – from Mike Brown to the kidnapping of innocent Nigerian girls and all the demoralizing issues in between. This is an anthem for people worldwide that demand respect. Hold Up Wait A Minute!”

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Love Is Everything arrives in early 2015 via independent label 9:23 Music Group and boasts production from Toby Gad (Beyoncé, Fergie), Danja (Justin Timberlake, Usher), Jukebox (Willow Smith, Eve) and the elusive icon Dr. Dre“It’s an album that walks you through the full Love Experience.” says Smith. “Hold Up Wait A Minute,” is the Love empowerment experience, it charges you to Love one’s self, and put your foot down on your own injustices. While other songs show Love in different forms, Humility, Compromise and a bit of Tough Love too! I’ve experienced quite a few things and gained a little bit of wisdom. I’m trying to drop some jewels for both women and men as we navigate our way through Life and Love.”  

Antonique will next be heard on the album HOME, a project presented by the Hip Hop Caucus to raise awareness about climate change and “expand the climate movement.” Smith recorded a version of Marvin Gaye’s “Mercy Mercy Me” which serves as the album’s lead single. The collection is currently up for pre-order and will be available on iTunes, December 2nd with additional contributions from CommonNe-Yo and Elle Varner.

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Antonique Smith first garnered attention in her buzz-worthy leading role in “RENT” on Broadway as Mimi Marquez. She is most known for her portrayal of Faith Evans in “Notorious” where she received rave reviews and universal critical acclaim. Smith also starred in the 2011 indie drama “Yelling To The Sky” opposite Zoe Kravitz and Gabourey Sidibe and the action film “Abduction” opposite Taylor Lautner and Alfred Molina.



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Rick Ross Not Buying Darren Wilson’s Story; Believes He’s Lying (Watch)

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Rapper Rick Ross stopped by “TMZ Live” to give his thoughts on Ferguson, Darren Wilson and Mike Brown.

Basically the Bawse ain’t buying what Officer Wilson is selling as far his version of the Michael Brown killing.

Ross said he needed to vent, and while he doesn’t agree with rioting … in theory … he admitted he might feel differently if he was in Ferguson with other protesters.

“If you gonna murder us on sight let us know so we can be prepared,” Ross told Harvey Levin on Wednesday.

As for Wilson’s claim he was fighting off an attack from Brown, Ross questions the number of shots fired, and why Wilson fired fatal shots — “You coulda shot somebody in the leg.”


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Clavell Jackson: People of Color, Women Can’t Afford to Be Average

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*I have previously written several articles about how most Americans are pretty clueless. The results of the last elections showed that. A lot of Americans stayed home, and people from states that depend heavily on government programs, such as food stamps, welfare and social security, elected Republicans — the very people who have said they plan to slash these programs.

MIT professor Jonathan Gruber, the architect of Obamacare, caught flak for referring to American voters as stupid, but he is right. Bill Maher, who is known for his biting comedy, recently ran a video montage showing all the times he had also expressed that Americans are stupid.  If you need any further evidence of this, a recent YouTube video showed some Texas Tech students who were unable to answer basic questions, such as which side won the Civil War or who was the vice president. Of course, they all knew what show Snookie was on.

As much as we can laugh at these videos, there is something serious going on here. I don’t think people of color and women can afford to be that stupid. They need to be at the top of their game academically. White men will do fine, no matter how dumb they are. If they wear the right clothes, join the right country clubs and stick it out long enough, they will eventually get shunted up the ladder in Corporate America. George W. Bush is a great example. Bush never showed any great academic talent, but still graduated from two Ivy league schools. And after several failed businesses, he finally struck gold with the Texas Rangers, managed to get elected governor of Texas and used his family connections to win the presidency. The good-old boy network is alive and kicking.

I have worked alongside a lot of white men in Corporate America, and while they dominate the field, they are not always the best workers. I’ve seen white men who sexually harassed co workers, refused to show up to work on their first day and showed downright incompetence, yet they weren’t fired. The other white men in Corporate America will generally cut them some slack or overlook their flaws, until it reaches a breaking a point.

Other groups don’t have that opportunity. People of color and women are expected to be darn near perfect in Corporate America. Screw up a few times and you will be out the door. Chris Rock talked about this in an interview for the HBO documentary film “The Black List.” He said he lived on the same street as Jay-Z, and a white guy was his neighbor. The white neighbor was just an ordinary dentist. Rock pointed out he and Jay-Z were at the top of their games in their respective fields, but their neighbor was just an average dentist.

When quizzed about their lack of diversity, CEOs often say they can’t find qualified graduates of color. I find this hard to believe considering all the colleges that are churning out graduates. It is also a false argument because a lot of the white graduates they hire are not the cream of the crop, but they still employ them anyway.

So while white men can still flourish, in spite of being average academically, people of color cannot afford to follow in their footsteps. They need to excel in class. President Barack Obama is a great example. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School, and yet people still accuse him of being incompetent.

Black people have to be not only book smart, but street smart. A young black man not only has to know how to succeed academically, but also how to avoid the long of the arm law. They have to learn how to navigate the tortuous American criminal justice system and avoid “riding dirty.” Black men are also taught to be very careful in dealings with America’s trigger happy police force, who have a habit of killing them. Black men who decide to rely on street smarts alone often realize they need book learning, especially when they are faced with complex, sports/entertainment contracts. Ignoring the business side of show business is how many entertainers and athletes go broke.

Women are often held up to a higher standard than white men too. Sarah Palin was a good example of a woman who benefitted from white privilege, but also suffered the backlash of sexism. She was unqualified to be vice president, but no one ever asked how someone as dim as her ever got to be a heartbeat away from the presidency? There is no way a person of color, with her kind of baggage, would ever get that chance. And while Palin was pilloried for her lack of intelligence, the press went easier on Dan Quayle and George W. Bush, who were not intellectual titans. Being white men, they were given a bye, after all they looked the part. They had greying hair, played golf and looked good in a business suit. They fit in at the country club. There are plenty of people in Congress who are plain stupid, such as Reps. Steve King and Louie Gohmert, but they still seem to get elected.

White men might bleat about their supposed loss of status, but they still have a firm grip on the reins of power. (They’re just mad that they don’t have 100 percent of the pie anymore.)  No matter what pseudo-news outlets such as and FOX News say, the black and brown people and women are not taking over — at least not yet. According to Diversity, Inc., 1.2 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs are black and only nine black men have ever been elected to the U.S. Senate. White men, even the mediocre, ones are doing just fine.

Clavell Jackson is the CEO of URoast, a company that produces personalized online roasts. For more information email [email protected] or go to

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Look What Today’s Today’s Hi-Tech Prostheses Can Do! (Video)

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*(Via Newsy) – Prosthetic limbs used to consist of wood and rubber, with maybe a pulley or hook to restore manipulation lost with a hand.

But today’s cutting-edge prostheses look — and feel — a lot different. Thanks to advances in materials, electronics and surgical procedures, researchers are making prostheses more functional and high-tech than ever.

With the latest synthetic hands, wearers can feel what they’re holding, thanks to touch sensors built into the fingers and palm.

They’re accurate enough to differentiate between different textures — sandpaper and velcro, for example — and sensitive enough for users to handle fragile fruit without damaging it. (Video via DTSciVids)

The latest bionic arms, like the modular limb from researchers at Johns Hopkins University, can be wired straight to the wearer’s existing nerves. This reduces the amount of conscious thought necessary to operate the hand.

This story continues at Newsy.

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RG3/Robert Griffin III Now Benched; Skins to Boot Him from Team

*Dang! Talk about a career going south in a hurry.

It was just on Monday that that we said that the Redskins were depriving quarterback Robert Griffin III certain privileges, etc., BUT, he would be on the field this weekend.

Well, that was then. We can only guess Mister RG3 must’ve pissed off his coach or somebody powerful in the organization, ’cause as of now, he ain’t … to put it bluntly. So what Happened?

Here’s what USA Today is reporting:

On Wednesday, President Obama will pardon a turkey as part of the White House’s annual Thanksgiving celebration. Meanwhile, the turkeys down the road in Ashburn are getting ready to do the opposite to Robert Griffin III, essentially axing their young quarterback – the one who’s two years removed from leading a team to the playoffs and winning offensive rookie of the year.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports Colt McCoy will start Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts, ending RG3’s three-game “tryout” following an ankle injury in Week 2 of this season.

It appears to be an ignominious end for a quarterback so closely removed from NFL greatness.

Two years ago this week, Griffin was in Dallas, winning a season-saving Thanksgiving game in front of a massive television audience, en route to a seven-game winning streak and division title. He was the toast of the NFL. Now he’s on the verge of being left on the curb, available for the best offer. The one-time king of D.C. relegated to exile by the biggest jesters in town – Daniel Snyder, Bruce Allen and Jay Gruden.

If this turn of events hadn’t been foreshadowed for weeks, it’d be completely inconceivable. How could Robert Griffin III be benched for performance? They always say you couldn’t write that script. This time, it’s true.

Get the rest of this story at USA Today.