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An incredible rhythm-and-blues singer and songwriter, Big Mama Thornton recorded multiple hits in the early ’50s that have been credited with helping to jumpstart the decade’s new music craze known as rock ‘n’ roll. Think you know how Big Mama came to define the era? Then take the quiz! 1. Born on December 11, 1926, in Ariton, AL, Big Mama’s given name was _____ Thornton.a. Norma Rae b. Willie Maec. Sandra Day d. Tammy Faye   2. Which instrument(s) did Big Mama play?a. Harmonica b. Drums c. Both...
After a stressful year that is getting crazier and crazier by the day, it was a well-deserved breather to celebrate cultural accomplishments in television for a brief moment before we get back to preparing for the 2020 election. The Emmy nominations brought great accomplishments, like a record number of Black people being nominated, but also some problems, like the lack of Latinx nominations. But another important snub not to overlook is the exclusion of trans actors. Despite an incredible year for trans actors, especially trans actors...
The Ellen Show has been a staple of daytime television for years. But now there are allegations of sexual misconduct by the producers, according to a BuzzFeed News report. Several ex-employees have said that there was rampant sexual misconduct and harassment among the executive producers of the show. All of the ex-employees asked to remain anonymous out of fear of retaliation. Dozens of former employees of the show said that executive producer Ed Glavin “had a reputation for being handsy with women” and also made several...
After winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 2018 and amassing a worldwide following, sensational 27-year-old Israeli singer-songwriter Netta set to work transforming pop music as we know it. Her dance-worthy anthems, often layered with dizzying electronic vocal loops (which she creates live in performances), are brimming with positivity. And so was she when we caught up via Zoom to chat about everything from self-celebration to the power of gibberish.  What has life been like since Eurovision? I’m trying to hold on like when you’re on a rollercoaster—trying...
Happy birthday JK Rowling! To celebrate the queen of TERFs and Harry Potter author’s birthday, trans folks and allies took to Twitter and started donating money to Mermaids, a UK charity that supports trans youth, in her name. Rowling came under fire last month for her remarks about trans people on Twitter, particularly when she rejected the validity of the term “people who menstruate.” The statement she issued addressing the tweets was equally riddled with transphobia. On her website, Rowling explains why she stood in solidarity...
Netflix is adding seven iconic Black sitcoms to its streaming library starting this weekend. The '90s shows being added to the platform include Moesha, its spinoff The Parkers, The Game, Sister, Sister, Girlfriends, Half & Half, and One on One. Netflix’s Twitter announcement of the new additions included some heartfelt messages from stars of the shows, including Tracee Ellis Ross (Girlfriends), Tia Mowry (Sister, Sister and The Game) and Tamera Mowry-Housley (Sister, Sister), Shar Jackson (Moesha), and Dorien Wilson (The Parkers). Time to pop bottles🍾🍾The following classic shows...
We're celebrating the end of the month with a visual album by Beyoncé, several immersive new novels, and Brandy's return to music following an eight-year hiatus. Read on for all our entertainment picks this week. MOVIES/TV Black Is King   Beyoncé always seems to drop something new right when we need it most. This time, she’s bringing us a visual album exploring the lessons of The Lion King and celebrating Black culture and excellence through music. Streaming July 31 on Disney+.  I Used to Go Here   Gillian Jacobs stars in this new comedy...
Meet Rina Sawayama, a Japanese-British triple threat: she can do it all as a singer, songwriter, and model. Not to mention, her self-titled record Sawayama was hailed by those at Metacritic and the like all the way to the revered Sir Elton John. Not too shabby at all. Looking back, she recalled a time when her record label, Dirty Hit, asked what she wanted to achieve with her forthcoming album, and she casually replied, "I want to win a Mercury Award." I've lived here 25 YEARS (most of...
“We want complex characters with multifaceted experiences.” These words are the resounding call of 2020 as the confluence of the Black Lives Matter protests and queer POC activism make plain our fundamental need to redesign our media—and Maisie Richardson-Sellers is making her own wish come true. An Oxford graduate, actor, writer, and queer WOC activist—is there such thing as a quadruple threat?—Richardson-Sellers is reshaping representation within the film industry. Although many know her as Charlie on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, she is also drawing attention for her...
Charlize Theron has been at the forefront of changing how women are portrayed in action films for almost 20 years. During Friday’s San Diego Comic Con, Theron took the time to sign in from home and speak to online audiences. She discussed women in action films, how women fight, and how fear helps push her to achieve her goals.  Over the years, a lot has changed about how women are portrayed in action films. Many times, women are depicted as trophies while the men get to...