EBONY Magazine Features Kevin Hart Talking Moguldom, Relationships and Race               

Idris Elba, Issa Rae,  NBA Forecast, Quintessential Voters Guide and more highlighted in 2016 Men’s issue

 
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CHICAGO (Sep. 29, 2016)— KEVIN HART rakes in millions touring the world doing stand-up and dominates the box office with his films. The secret to his success is … well, it’s no secret. Whether spitting bars as satirical battle rapper “Chocolate Droppa” or doing viral dances for the ‘Gram, Hart knows how to keep us entertained.  But he’s dead serious when it comes to his empire, and he’s become the first comedian to unseat Jerry Seinfeld at the top of Forbes’ highest-paid celebrities list. 

EBONY goes one-on-one with the mogul to learn more about the challenges he faced during his climb to the top; the importance he places on marriage and being a family man; and his upcoming stand-up comedy film, KEVIN HART: WHAT NOW? Hart also opens up on hot topics including why he isn’t more outwardly “political” during a time when many celebrities are taking sides in the #allivesmatter and #blacklivesmatter debate.

“I love my people.  I have never not stood by my people and by my race,” the comic declares. “I love representing my race all over the world at the highest level where people have to look and go, ‘Hey man, that strong Black man right there is a smart individual.  He’s got it together; he’s trying to do some positive things.”

Speaking of positivity, the 2016 Men’s Issue is specifically devoted to uplifting Black men. 

“This is one of my favorite editions of the year because we shine a much-needed spotlight on the upcoming November election as well as the issues affecting a group of human beings I truly love: Black men,” explains EBONY Editor-in-Chief and Senior Vice President, Head of Digital Editorial Kyra Kyles.  “We are so tired of reading negative stories about our brothers, fathers, husbands, sons, cousins and friends, so this issue highlights awe-inspiring gentlemen making a positive change in their communities and offers self-care tips specific to the fellas.”

In addition to the articles on Hart, Idris Elba and Issa Rae, readers will find a comprehensive voters guide; a 20-year retrospective on the debut albums of Lil’ Kim and Foxy Brown; and an in-depth interview with Abraham Bolden, the first Black Secret Service agent to protect a U.S. president .

For more, pick up the October/November 2016 issue of EBONY, which is coming to a newsstand near you.  And to get more Hart, watch the hilarious behind-the-scenes video on Ebony.com. Read and join the conversation on social media using #EbonyHartsKevin


Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson to Receive Chieftaincy Title at South Florida’s Celebration of the 56th Anniversary of Nigeria’s Independence 

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MIAMI, FL – Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24) will be conferred with the title of Chief at the Nigerian American Foundation of South Florida’s “Green and White” Banquet and Awards Gala, which will take place on Saturday, October 1, 2016, at 7:00 p.m., at Broward College South. 

Congresswoman Wilson will hold the distinct honor of being the only female Member of Congress with a Chieftaincy title.  Congresswoman Wilson will also serve as the keynote speaker at the gala, which is themed “Nigeria: Moving Onward.”  Proceeds will benefit Bring Back Our Girls, the Kill Malaria Initiative, and the Kids of Promise Scholarship Fund. 

 

WHO:             Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson

WHAT:          The Nigerian American Foundation of South Florida’s “Green and White” Banquet and Awards Gala

WHEN:          Saturday, October 1, 2016, at 7:00 p.m.

WHERE:       Broward College, South Campus Auditorium (Building 65/ Room 129), 7200 Pines Blvd, Pembroke Pines, FL 33024 

 

 


Hillary for Florida Opened Office in Little Haiti

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Miami, FL - On Saturday, September 3, Hillary for Florida and the Democratic National Committee opened a DNC Headquarters in the Miami neighborhood of Little Haiti. The office serves as a hub for organizing activity in the local Haitian community - allowing supporters to mobilize and help elect Hillary Clinton and Democrats up and down the ballot in the upcoming General Election.

Several community leaders, campaign staff and volunteers were on hand for the office opening as was a handful of Anti-Clinton protestors. American voters, regardless of political affiliation, can’t afford to sit out this election. We also can’t afford a racist, hateful, divisive Donald Trump presidency.

Little Haiti DNC Headquarters/Hillary for Florida Office:

5905 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33150 

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From left, Me, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson, and Michelle Austin

 

 

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Get Ready to Vote in the Upcoming General Election and Select Run-Off Elections

Please be mindful of upcoming dates for the November 8, 2016 General Election. Get registered to vote or change your voter registration information (address, party affiliation, etc.) no later than October 11. Request a vote-by-mail (absentee) ballot no later than November 2. If you have already registered to vote, confirm your status and make sure your voter registration record is current.

Some Miami-Dade voting precincts have changed due to reprecincting, and this may affect where you vote. View your registration information and confirm your current Election Day voting location before heading to the polls on Election Day. 

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Please refer to the schedule below for run-off election dates and voter registration deadlines for select municipalitites conducting election activities after the November 8 General Election.  

Run-off Election Dates Nov 2016

If you have any questions, contact the Miami-Dade County Elections Department online, by phone at 305-499-VOTE (8683) or by email to soedade@miamidade.gov.

 


Zeta Day on the Hill 2016 - "Unleash Your Superpower: Vote. Advocate. Run."

 


Zeta Day on the Hill 2016 Addresses How African Americans Can Leverage Their Power in Government

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WASHINGTON, Sept. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated will convene in Washington D.C. for Zeta Day on the Hill (ZDOTH) 2016. ZDOTH will provide community leaders from 15 states a platform to voice their concerns on issues that affect minority communities across the United States.  This day-long event informs attendees how to make significant policy changes in their communities by getting engaged in government.

The theme of this year's ZDOTH will be "Unleash Your Superpower: Vote. Advocate. Run." Preceding the 46th Annual Legislative Conference hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, ZDOTH will focus its discussion on sharing ways that African Americans can unleash their collective power to drive change in their communities, and ultimately run for political office.

"In 2012, when President Barack Obama was re-elected, African American women were 33% more likely than any other sub-group to vote," said Dr. Mary Breaux Wright, Zeta International President. "Our power goes far beyond our vote. Zeta is demonstrating how community leaders can take their rightful seat at the political table and direct the kind of change we want to see in our communities."

Past Zeta International President, Dr. Barbara West Carpenter, a member of the Louisiana State House of Representatives, will be joined by leadership representatives from the NAACP, the White House Council of Women and Girls, the American Association of University Women, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to host workshops to help Zeta leaders tackle key issues that plague their communities. 

The day will culminate with a public community forum, A Seat at the Table: Black Women as VotersAdvocates, and Elected Officials featuring an expert panel of women, including Congresswoman Donna Edwards.

Zeta Day on the Hill will take place at the Holiday Inn Capitol, 550 C Street SW in Washington, D.C.

 


Pastor Wayne Lomax to Deliver Opening Prayer before Congress Today

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WASHINGTON —This morning, Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson will welcome Pastor Wayne Lomax as guest chaplain to lead the day’s opening prayer before Congress. Pastor Lomax is the founder and senior pastor of the Fountain of New Life church located in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Founded nearly 20 years ago, the Fountain of New Life is one of the largest churches in Florida and an indispensable community partner in South Florida. The church enriches thousands of lives in Florida’s 24th congressional district and tackles many pressing issues, including hunger, poverty, and crime. The pastor is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  He is a proud husband and father of three beautiful children.

Tune into your local C-SPAN station, at 11:30 a.m. ET, to watch Pastor Lomax deliver the prayer and Rep. Wilson welcome him to the House floor.


Hillary for Florida Releases New Haitian Radio Ad, "Our Home"/Hillary pou Florid ap anonse yon nouvo reklam nan radyo ayisyen ki rele: “Lakay nou”

 
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Miami, FL - In a new Hillary for Florida radio ad, "Our Home", a Haitian American supporter describes what's at stake for the Haitian American community this election and explains why everyone must do his or her part to elect Hillary Clinton as our next president.
 
The ad describes Hillary Clinton's vision for the Haitian American community, including good-paying jobs; quality, affordable health care; quality education; and comprehensive immigration reform. The ad also argues how important it is to cast a vote in this historic election: "If you do not vote, you do not count. We must do our part and vote for Hillary Clinton for President."
 
The ad will be running in key markets across the state of Florida starting Thursday, September 8. Audio available here.
 
Hillary pou Florid ap anonse yon nouvo reklam nan radyo ayisyen ki rele: “Lakay nou”
 
Miyami, an Florid –Nan yon nouvo reklam nan radyo pou Hillary pou Florid ki releLakay nou,” gen yon  sipòte ki yon Ayisyen–ki-Ameriken  ki dekri  sa ki an je pou nou nan eleksyon sa a  epi sipòtè esplike poutèt ki sa tout moun dwe fè tout sa yo dwepou yo voye Hillary Clinton monte kòm pochen prezidan peyi isit.
 

Reklam nan dekri vizyon Hillary Clinton genyen pou kominote Ayisyen ki Ameriken yo paregzanp: travay ki peye byen, swen medikal ki abòdab epi ki debòn kalite, edikasyon lekòl ki siperyè, epi refòm total kapital nan sistèm imigrasyon peyi isitReklam nan fè moun santi jan li enpòtan pou yon moun al vote nan eleksyon istorik sa a:  “Si w pa vote ou pa konte Se devwa nou pou nou vote  Hillary Clinton prezidan.’’ 

Y ap pase reklam nan  nan yon seri sipèmakèt kle kòmanse jedi 8 sektanmOu kab tande yon anrejistreman reklam nan isit la.

 


Don’t miss the opening weekend of Southside With You — When Barack met Michelle — The best first date ever

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Tomorrow, August 26, 2016, is the national premiere of the highly anticipated film Southside With You. It is the fictionalized account of the first date of future First Couple, Barack Obama (Parker Sawyers) and Michelle Robinson (Tika Sumpter). Please see this movie this weekend. I encourage everyone to see this film but I’m making a special request for my Alpha Kappa Alpha sisters to support our sisters, Tika Sumpter and Vanessa Bell Calloway who is cast as Marian Robinson, Michelle’’s mother. Sumpter is also one of the producers of the film along with John Legend who is one of the executive producers. 

The timing of the release of this movie makes some folks think about the impending end of the Barack Obama term as President of the United States. *deep sigh*

 

 

 

 

 

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Official website: Southside With You

 

   

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The Black Archives to Launch Second Edition of “ICONS” with featured guest Garth C. Reeves, Sr., Publisher Emeritus of The Miami Times

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The Black Archives presents the second installment of the quarterly coffee talk series “ICONS,” on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 5 p.m. The ICONS series features leading community scholars and personalities, speaking on significant moments that impact the South Florida Community with a host/moderator and interactive audience Q & A throughout. This edition of ICONS will feature special guest Garth C. Reeves, Sr., Publisher Emeritus of The Miami Times and will be hosted by Derek T. Davis, Curator at Old Dillard Museum. The topic for this session is, “A Voice for the Voiceless: The role of black media in the Civil Rights Movement through the eyes of pioneering news publisher, Garth C. Reeves, Sr.”

“It is an honor to have Mr. Reeves as our featured guest for this episode of ICONS. Many people know of his accomplishments as a newspaper publisher, but his resume is rich with groundbreaking contributions to our community and culture,” said Timothy A. Barber, Black Archives Executive Director. “The ICONS program is an opportunity for The Black Archives to tell the untold or little known stories of the giants among us.”

ICONS will take place on Sunday, September 18 at the Black Archives Historic Lyric Theater Cultural Arts Complex, located at 819 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami FL 33136. Admission to ICONS is free and open to the public. Doors open at 4 p.m. and the program will begin at 5 p.m.

To become a member of the Black Archives, make a donation, or for more information on program sponsorship, contact Kamila Pritchett at 786-708-4610 or kpritchett@bahlt.org.

 


Blogging Black Miami Releases 2016 Primary Election Recommendations

We are releasing our list of recommendations for the upcoming August 30, 2016 Primary Election. There are several races that will be decided on August 30. Too many voters wait until the November General Election to vote. It is crucial that registered voters get out and vote n the Primary. Vote by mail. Vote early. Vote on Election Day. The choice is yours. Your vote is your voice and silence is NOT golden.

  BBM 2016 Primary Election Recommendations

 

 

 


EBONY Magazine’s September 2016 Fashion Issue Features Alicia Keys -- Unfiltered, Lupita Nyong’o, Beauty Award Winners and HBCU Campus Queens

 

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CHICAGO —Alicia Keys tells EBONY she doesn’t believe in being “flawless,” yet on the set of the September Issue shoot, the 15-time Grammy® Award-winning music artist, philanthropist and judge on the new season of NBC’s The Voice proves she’s still a girl on fire. The fresh-faced star posed perfectly in futuristic attire while maintaining her dedication to the #nomakeup movement.

In an exclusive interview, the incomparable entertainer updates us on her upcoming and highly anticipated album. In addition to giving us insight into her career moves, she holds court on an assortment of hot-button topics, including raising Black boys in the era of #BlackLivesMatter. 

“We are at a tipping point for major change. Senseless killings are outrageous and unacceptable. It’s like a slap in the face. It’s a constant reminder that our lives—our Black lives—are literally meaningless,” Keys tells the writer.

She also talks about self-confidence and the cruelty of social media.  Her viewpoints are especially relevant as Twitter trolls attack the #blackgirlmagic of Olympians Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas and Simone Manuel.

“Alicia Keys is one of the artists I respect most because of her dedication to social justice and desire to go beyond lip service to make the world a better place,” says Editor-in-Chief and Senior Vice President of Digital Editorial Kyra Kyles. “Her commentary on race, class and gender were illuminating, and she shared some sentiments with us that you will see few other places.”

The issue also reveals the winners of EBONY's annual Beauty Awards and trendsetting tips from “It”-girl group Chole x Halle. Look out for coverage of actress Lupita Nyong’o, hip-hop icons De La Soul and the multitalented Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino. And this edition would not be complete without one of EBONY’s favorite time-honored traditions, the HBCU Campus Queens. Over 50 lovely, talented and community-oriented young ladies who represent historically Black colleges and universities across the country are highlighted.  Check out the September issue on newsstands now, and visit EBONY.com for behind-the-scenes videos. Join the conversation on social media via #AliciaOnEbony

 

 


Miami's Liliane Nérette Louis selected one of five master artists for Florida Folklife Apprenticeship Program

TALLAHASSEE — Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced the selection of five folk artists to serve as master artists in the 2016-2017 Florida Folklife Apprenticeship Program. The chosen artists are Tomás Granado (Webster), Norteño accordion musician; Liliane Nérette Louis (Miami), Haitian storyteller, culinary artist, and herbalist; Bob Pitt (Bradenton), traditional boat builder; Jamal Jones (Jacksonville), freestyle hip hop artist; and Aida Rodriguez (Winter Garden), Puerto Rican bobbin lace maker.

 

“Florida is home to a diverse body of traditional arts and these five artists are representative of the state’s unique cultural heritage,” said Secretary of State Ken Detzner. “The Apprenticeship Program recognizes master artists and apprentices devoted to learning and sharing folk and traditional arts, and ensures the preservation of those art forms for future generations.”

 

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From Left to Right: Tomás Granado, Liliane Nérette Louis, Bob Pitt, Jamal Jones, and Aida Rodriguez

 

The Department of State’s Folklife Apprenticeship Program fosters the continuation of Florida folk arts by supporting masters who teach selected apprentices. Under the program, each master artist works intensively with one or more apprentices during a period of up to eight months. Program support consists of honoraria to the masters and apprentices to cover expenses for lessons and supplies.

 

To apply for the Florida Folklife Apprenticeship Program, master artists should be known in their community as expert practitioners of a living traditional art form that is considered a valued aspect of that community’s folklife. The Florida Folklife Program defines folklife as the living traditions that are currently practiced and passed down by word of mouth, imitation, or observation over time and space within groups or communities. Each apprentice must have demonstrated an aptitude for, and a commitment to, the art form he or she wishes to study and an involvement with the cultural community that sustains the tradition. The next deadline for applications to the Folklife Apprenticeship Program is May 15, 2017.

 

The Florida Folklife Program is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts’ Folk and Traditional Arts Program. For further information about the Department’s Folklife Apprenticeship Program, visit their website, or contact the Florida Folklife Program at (8500 245-6427.