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UPDATE: Miami TV News Producer Fired for Racial Slur Caught on Video

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Miami's WSVN News Producer Robin Cross has been terminated following video of her using a racial slur.

Miami’s WSVN-TV Channel 7 News producer Robin Cross has been terminated. Cross was the subject of international media coverage as the woman caught on cell phone video yelling at her neighbor about vehicle  parking. Cross’s profanity-laced tirade ended with her using a racial slur in reference to the Black girlfriend of her neighbor’s son.

It is unfortunate and disappointing that WSVN allowed this story to linger for five days before taking action beyond suspension of Cross. It is also unfortunate that WSVN didn’t use this as a teachable moment and opportunity for healing via a community conversation about race. America will never be as great a nation as she can be until that very painful and shameful issue is addressed and overcome.

Thank you to everyone who contacted WSVN to voice their opinions regarding the situation. This is what happens when people unite. This is what happens when we are more than just keyboard soldiers. This is what happens when we take action.

 

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Miami's WSVN-TV Ch. 7 Producer Caught on Video Using Racial Slur and Profanity [VIDEO] [EXPLICIT LANGUAGE]

 


Miami's WSVN-TV Ch. 7 Producer Caught on Video Using Racial Slur and Profanity [VIDEO] [EXPLICIT LANGUAGE]

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Robin Cross (Facebook)

WSVN-TV Ch. 7 producer Robin Cross was captured on video engaged in a spat with her neighbor, Robert Fenton. Cross drops the f-bomb several times and drops the n-bomb in referring to Fenton's son's girlfriend who is Black. Cross and the Fentons are white. This incident occurred in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

The younger Fenton is an attorney. He contacted WSVN with the video and an explanation of what transpired. He also demanded Cross be fired. After several days, it appears that Cross has been suspended (probably with pay) but not fired. Her racism is clearly on display. Saying the word "nigger" out loud in public appears to have been a liberating experience for her. 

Ch. 7 needs to do the right thing and terminate her employment now. Her future work product will not be perceived as objective. Her interaction with non-white fellow employees or subordinates will be strained at best. The leadership of the station will be considered racist also. The fact that Cross is still employed does not bode well for WSVN. The video is not well lit but Cross's words are loud and clear. Watch the video and judge for yourself. 

WSVN Producer Caught Using N Word from Gossip Extra on Vimeo.

It's very disappointing that WSVN has not already reported this story, condemned Cross's behavior and announced her termination. Bigoted folks like Cross are another reason why we must support Black media - newspapers, magazines, TV, radio and online. 

Here is contact information for WSVN:
WSVN-TV Sunbeam Television Corp 
1401 79th Street Causeway
Miami, FL 33141
Switchboard: (305) 751-6692
Newsroom: (305) 795-2777
News Director: Tony Gonzalez
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/7NewsMiami/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/wsvn

 


School Board Member Dr. Steve Gallon III presents RISE UP, District 1’s Second Annual Black History Month Showcase.

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District 1 students will celebrate Black History through song, dance, visual art, and spoken word on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at Miami Carol City Senior High School. Come out and support our students in celebration of Black History Month and beyond. The event is free and open to the public. It will be held in Miami Carol City Senior High School Auditorium, 3301 Miami Gardens Drive (NW 183rd Street) in Miami Gardens. You are advised to arrive early. Last year's event was standing-room only and some supporters had to be turned away to not violate fire laws. 


Art + Soul Fifth Anniversary Celebration of the PAMM Fund for African American Art

Don’t miss a festive evening of cocktails, food, and music at the Art + Soul Fifth Anniversary Celebration of the PAMM Fund for African American Art. This celebratory event will offer three unique opportunities to support PAMM’s efforts to build a diverse collection. Proceeds from the evening benefit the Fund. The Knight Foundation has generously agreed to match the event’s fundraising efforts dollar for dollar. She-J Hercules of 99 Jamz will join patrons as the DJ for "The Celebration" portion of the evening.

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Women in Hollywood Awards Luncheon: Danai Gurira, Tiffany Haddish, Tessa Thompson and Lena Waithe

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NEW YORK, Feb. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- ESSENCE, the preeminent brand for African-American women, has announced the honorees for its prestigious "Black Women in Hollywood Awards." The highly anticipated annual Oscar-week celebration—which returns as a daytime luncheon—will be held on Thursday, March 1st, at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, CA.

ESSENCE's annual event puts the spotlight on Hollywood's most innovative and accomplished visionaries, and this year will honor four game-changers who are taking the culture higher, including: Emmy-award winning writer/actress Lena Waithe; actress/award-winning playwright Danai Gurira; actress/activist Tessa Thompson and comedian/award-winning actress Tiffany Haddish.

"As the modern feminist movement continues to gain prominence during Awards season, women are emboldened to not only speak up, but to stand together," said ESSENCE Editor-in-Chief Vanessa De Luca. "ESSENCE proudly salutes Lena, Danai, Tessa and Tiffany for being remarkable artists shining beyond the screen, and raising their voices to benefit all women."

ESSENCE's March 2018 Black Women in Hollywood issue (on newsstands February 23rd) showcases each honoree in a captivating Oscars-themed package. Highlights include:

  • Tiffany Haddish on Having Fun While Performing: "'When you're onstage, you need to be having fun.' That's the advice Richard Pryor gave me. No matter what I'm doing or where I am, I live by that philosophy…If I'm not having fun? Well, that's when I end up getting arrested..."
  • Danai Gurira on Creating Opportunities for Women of Color: "Creating opportunities for Black women, women of African descent and other women of color is a big part of my mandate because I want us to shine. I understand that being on TV as Michonne and in films like 'Black Panther' help Black girls feel validated. I don't take that lightly…"
  • Lena Waithe on Winning an Emmy and Telling Our Stories: "Being the first Black woman to win an Emmy for comedy writing was just amazing, but I don't want to be the last. It's about our industry, our society, taking a big leap forward. It's about my ancestors, the women comedy writers and queer communities of color. I shared that moment with them…"
  • Tessa Thompson on Breaking New Ground With Her Roles: "I feel as if I'm breaking new ground and providing more representation for women of color around the globe. But even if it wasn't me, I'd still look at those projects and if I saw a woman who looked like me, I'd think, Wow!"…

Stay tuned to Essence.com for highlights and behind-the-scenes access to the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @essence #BlackWomeninHollywood. Join in the discussion on Facebook.

The Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards is presented by The Ford Motor Company and sponsored by AT&T, Geico, L'Oréal Paris and Walmart. 

 

 

2018 ESSENCE Festival Initial Line-Up Announced July 5-8 In New Orleans

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NIGHTLY CONCERT SERIES SPOTLIGHTS WOMEN--WITH ELECTRIFYING PERFORMANCES BYJANET JACKSON, MARY J. BLIGE, FANTASIA, XSCAPE, H.E.R., THE ROOTS FEATURING ERYKAH BADU, JILL SCOTT AND SNOOP DOGG

PLUS MIGUEL, DANIEL CAESAR, IDRIS ELBA AND MORE

GRAB YOUR SQUAD AND PLAN YOUR TRIP!

NEW YORK/PRNewswire/ -- ESSENCE wants you to grab your squad and plan your trip as it announces its exhilarating initial talent line-up for the 2018 ESSENCE Festival, taking place July 5-8 in New Orleans. The nightly concert series keeps the spotlight on women, featuring electrifying headline performances from Janet Jackson; Mary J. Blige; a headline set featuring Erykah Badu and Jill Scott, with special guests Snoop Dogg and many others in a special curation by The Roots; Xscape; Fantasia and Miguel*Additional acts will be announced in the coming weeks.

This year's Festival will feature chart-topping names and inspiring experiences across four days of music, culture, empowerment and entertainment. The electric nighttime concerts will feature more than 40 acts and will take place across five stages at the Louisiana Superdome—including the Festival's renowned Mainstage and four intimate Superlounges. For the first-time, the Festival will also feature an ESSENCE Superlounge with a unique DJ-curated experience—with offerings by actor/DJ Idris Elba, MC Lyte and more. Also, for the first-time, the Festival welcomes an interactive music experience with The Read's Kid Fury and Crisslehosting a Superlounge.

*Artists scheduled to perform at the nightly ESSENCE Festival concerts over Fourth of July weekend at the Louisiana Superdome include: Janet Jackson; Mary J. Blige; Erykah Badu and Jill Scott, along with Snoop Dogg and more in a special curation by The Roots; 112; Daniel Caesar; D-Nice; Doug E. Fresh's Legends of Hip-Hop Show featuring Big Daddy Kane, Kool Moe Dee and more; DVSN; Fantasia; H.E.R.; Idris Elba; Kelela; Kelly Price's For The Love of R&B featuring Dave Hollister and Vaughn Willis; Kevin Ross; MAJOR.; Mali Music; Marsha Ambrosius; MC Lyte; Miguel; Mykia Jovan; Ro James; Teddy Riley's New Jack Swing Experience featuring Wreckx-n-Effect, Blackstreet and Guy; The Read's Kid Fury and Crissle; VICTORY, Xscape and many more to be announced soon. Mainstage host: Roy Wood, Jr.

"In 2018, women are at the forefront of a seismic shift reverberating across the cultural landscape, and this movement comes to life for our community at the ESSENCE Festival," said Michelle Ebanks, President, Essence Communications. "Some of the most iconic female artists and powerhouse performers of this generation—Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Fantasia and others—embrace ESSENCE and the Festival as a sacred space to entertain, inspire, revel in culture and be renewed."

Weekend ticket packages are on sale now with prices starting at $150. For information about ticket sales, accommodations and the latest news about the ESSENCE Festival® visit EssenceFestival.com.

Join the Festival community: Follow us on Twitter @essencefest #EssenceFest and become a fan of Festival on Facebook. The 2018 ESSENCE Festival® is presented by Coca-Cola®State Farm is a major sponsor. ESSENCE Festival is executive produced by Essence Communications Inc., and produced by Solomon Group with the ESSENCE® Empowerment Experience executive produced by GeChar.

*Artists subject to change.

 


Village of Palmetto Bay Recognizes Alpha Phi Alpha for Community Service

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From left to right, Village of Palmetto Bay Commissioner Larissa Siegel Lara, Village Clerk Missy Arocha, Iota Pi Lambda Chapter Vice-President Leslie Elus; Mayor Eugene Flinn; and Commissioner David Singer present proclamation to Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.
 
The Iota Pi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. was honored by the Village of Palmetto Bay Commission for the organization's years of service to Miami-Dade County. Mayor Eugene Flinn highlighted the fraternity's national programs and the chapter's local initiatives hosted throughout the county. The Village Commission joined the Mayor to applaud and support the chapter's continued civic and philanthropic activities.
 
 

Miami Jackson Alumni Hall of Fame Induction March 3, 2018

The Miami Jackson Generals Alumni Association has announced their 2018 class of inductees into their Hall of Fame.

2018 Miami Jackson Senior High School Hall of Fame Inductees:

ATHLETICS - Nick Ferguson, Tim “Ice” Harris and Carmen Thomas Jackson

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT/PUBLIC SERVICE - Rodney Adkins, Bertha Watson Henry, Brian Person and Ronetta Williams Taylor

EDUCATION - Debra Mason Reddick and Rennina Taylor Turner

ENTREPRENEURSHIP - Tammi King-Miller and Isaac “Ike” Woods. Jr.

HEALTH AWARENESS - Dr. Rubin Thompson

JUSTICE - The Honorable Miguel de la O

RELIGION - Rev. Dr. Anthony Tate

CAROL WHITEHEAD LEGACY - Evangeline "Angie" Canty

The induction ceremony and dinner will be held at 6 p.m., Saturday, March 3, 2018, in the Miami Jackson Senior High School Gymnasium, 1751 Northwest 36 Street, Miami, FL  33142.

The attire is dressy. Tickets are $50 each and the deadline to purchase is February 25, 2018. For ticket information contact Karen Duty at  305-206-8847 or knette@att.net or Rubye Howard 305-343-5072 or rubye17@bellsouth.net.

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What we can learn about being Black and Latin from Love & Hip Hop: Miami

“We get caught up in where the ship dropped us off versus where the ship picked up us.” - Laz Alonso

It’s Black History Month. Let’s explore a controversial topic that has captured the attention of Black America, especially the millennials. That topic is colorism in the Afro-Latino culture.

This season’s cast of the Love & Hip Hop: Miami includes a young American woman of African-Dominican descent who has been in the Latin-American entertainment industry for most of her life. Her name is Amara La Negra, born Dana Danelys De Los Santos.

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Amara La Negra, breakout star of Love & Hip Hop: Miami

Amara is a beautiful dark-skinned woman with a signature big Afro hairstyle similar to political activist Angela Davis in the 1970s. Her look is different and refreshing. Most Black women in the public eye choose to wear their hair in straight, Eurocentric hairstyles rather than their natural hair which could be curly, wavy, kinky or nappy. So when Amara is told by a music producer that she needs to be a “little bit more Beyoncé and a little less Macy Gray” social media exploded.

 

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The producer, Young Hollywood, is of Puerto Rican descent. He was roundly criticized and called racist. It didn’t help that he referred to Amara as Nutella Queen and called her psychotic.

Ignorance of colorism and racial discrimination in the Latin culture continued to prevail when Amara was interviewed on the nationally-syndicated radio show The Breakfast Club hosted by DJ Envy, Charlamagne Tha God and Angela Yee. Charlamagne and Envy tried to invalidate Amara’s struggles with colorism. They even went so far as to insinuate that she is delusional. As expected, Black Twitter dragged them for a few days. 

 Actor Laz Alonso, a Howard University alum of Cuban descent, broke down the Afro-Latino issue and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade in the most succinct and intelligent manner.


At the end of the day, White supremacy is real. Its effect is still seen and perpetuated today. Like calling straight hair “good” and kinky hair “bad”, let’s stop with the ignorance and understand that people can be Black and Latin. After all, life began in Africa. We are all African.

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