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Malik Yoba Wants His New Play To Be Empowering

By Carolyn Hall If you’re a fan of Black cinema, you’ve probably seen Malik Yoba before. This brother has been in over 30+ films and television shows. In fact, in the 90’s, he was the star of one of the most popular television dramas-“New York Undercover.” This show is still in heavy rotation on a number of stations, such as TV ONE and BET. More recently, he has been a fixture and a favorite in Tyler Perry’s “Why Did I Get Married?” movies as the loving and devoted husband of Janet Jackson’s character. But, what is most exciting is Yoba’s new project-“The Pledge to Creativity.” Through this endeavor, Yoba is turning his passion into purpose. The goal of his project, “The Pledge to Creativity,” is to inspire, encourage, and teach youth how to use their creativity and talent and channel those things in a positive way by giving them an outlet, whether it be through fashion, art, technology or  music . He says that, “It’s something that I’m really, really excited about and it allows me to bring all of my skill sets together…to work in schools, to empower young people with this pledge and bringing influences together.” Kudos to Mr. Yoba for taking his passion and giving it a purpose. Source:   thegrio.com The post Malik Yoba Wants His New Play To Be Empowering appeared first on Black Like Moi . Read More »

Apollo Says He Keeps Apologizing To Phaedra, But Should She Forgive Him?

By Carolyn Hall Apollo Nida, husband of RHOA’s Phaedra Parks, has recently gotten himself into more hot water. If his “texting” his wife’s nemesis, fellow RHOA cast mate and inappropriate vixen Kenya Moore, were not enough, he now finds himself involved at the center of an FBI case for “bank fraud.” According to several different sources, Apollo is accused of fraudulently claiming anywhere between $700,000 to $1,000,000 in unclaimed funds while using fabricated names and bank accounts. Moreover, these same sources state that most of the funds were unclaimed monies and retirement pensions of Delta Airline workers. This crime is similar to the reason for which Apollo served his first prison sentence. Oddly enough, there had been rumors about Apollo’s “activities” for quite some time. In fact, back in 2012, a woman by the name of Angela Staton wrote a book about her prior illegal involvement with both Phaedra and Apollo entitled Lies of a Real House Wife: Tell The Truth and Shame The Devil . However, when the book came out and Ms. Stanton made her rounds via various smaller press outlets many dismissed her claims believing that she was simply a bitter former friend trying to capitalize off the couple’s new found fame. However, as the saying goes “where there is smoke, there is usually a fire.” One can only imagine how Phaedra must be feeling right now. The marriage seemed to already be in trouble from his inappropriate behavior with Miss Kenya Moore: the show antics, off the show, and his seemingly unapologetic attitude about it all. Even viewers could sense and see the tension between the young couple. Now, to deal with major criminal allegations with the tension from his past actions, new born child, not to mention the negative stigma this will attach to her professional career. This may be the last straw for Phaedra. Do you think an apology be enough this time? Whatever the case may be, guilt or innocence, the couple may need to take a break from the spot light to assess their lives and marriage. Read More »

Woman Lay Deceased in Her Apartment for Three Years with the Television On

By Y0landa Spivey For three years her body lay in her apartment, all alone, with the television still on.  She was surrounded by Christmas gifts—it appeared that she was still in the midst of wrapping them.  But yet, this young lady lay dead without anyone noticing or caring about her whereabouts. Joyce Carol Vincent was only 38 years old when she apparently passed away, and 41 years old when her remains were finally found laying on her living room sofa.  Her body was so badly decomposed that the reason of death could not be determined. She was identified from dental records. And yet no one checked on her for three whole years. Her body was finally discovered after Building Officials invaded her home on a repossession order.  The year was 2006 when they finally took possession of her place.  Once they entered into the apartment, a pile of mail greeted them in the front entrance and the apartment was covered with spider webs from the ceiling to the floor. After the Building Officials made the grisly discovery, many questions started to arise.  Who was she? Why hadn’t the electric and heating companies cut off her services? Why hadn’t the neighbors smelled her decomposing body?  And most importantly, where were her family and friends? The news of this young, attractive young lady was widely publicized in the British press and shocked many people who read about it. Filmmaker  Carol Morley  read about Joyce in the news and became intrigued by her.  They both had a lot of similarities—same age, both shared the name ‘Carol’, and both had a parent die when they were only eleven years of age. She produced a documentary film on the life of Joyce Vincent and the mystery surrounding her death and the many questions of her life.  The film is entitled “Dreams of a life.” In the film, “Friends of Joyce Carol Vincent,” lovingly spoke about her life and her untimely death.  It baffled them that Joyce was found dead. Her family declined to participate in the documentary, although they desperately tried to reach out to Joyce a year before she died.  It’s been reported that they’d hired a private investigator to look for her without any luck. Joyce Carol Vincent was born in 1965 in West London, UK.  Her parents were from the Caribbean Island of Grenada—she was the youngest of five girls. Although she had a limited education, she managed to hold down important jobs and made great money. She was known to be an impeccable dresser and was “very well spoken.” Her petite frame and quiet demeanor, along with her stunning looks drove men wild. In her last days, it was suspected that Joyce may have worked as a cleaning lady.  She also spent time in a domestic violence shelter as reports state she was trying to escape an abusive boyfriend. She moved into a “flat” that was set up by the domestic violence organization with subsidized housing paying a portion of her rent.  Unfortunately, the apartment was located in a seedy area where drug addicts roamed and trash bins overflowed causing a ratchet smell throughout the complex—which could explain how the smell of her decomposing body went unnoticed. Her mail was dropped directly in a slot through her front door which explains why no one noticed the pile up; and the noise from her television was masked by the often noisy apartment complex she resided in. Anyone who hears Joyce’s story is haunted by the same question: How does a person die without anybody noticing for three years?   Read More »

Inspirational 10 Year Old Boy With No Arms, Plays The Trumpet With His Feet

By April Taylor People all over the country are drawing inspiration from 10 year old Jahmir Wallace.  Despite the fact that he was born without arms, Jahmir has learned to play to instruments.  He plays trumpet in his school band at Green Street Elementary in Phillipsburg, NJ, and he has also learned to play guitar.  What is even more astounding is that he first picked up a trumpet just four months ago. Jahmir reports to the Grio that he was inspired to learn to play the trumpet by his music teacher Desiree Kratzer.  School administrators worked with a local music store to create a special stand that allows Jahmir to play the trumpet with his toes.  Although Jahmir was not available to be interviewed by the Grio, his uncle reports that he is excited that his story is inspirational to others.  He also encourages anyone who may be interested in learning to play a musical instrument to try it out and see if they enjoy playing the instrument. Jahmir’s story is a shining example of what can happen when teachers, families, school administrators, and the community collaborate to encourage students to pursue activities that interest them whether they have a disability or not.  Professionals are praising the fact that Green Street Elementary as assisted Jahmir in being as independent as he possibly can be while providing assistance with tasks that he needed help with. During a time when most schools are failing to close the educational achievement gap, learning that a school in a small town has successfully provided an African American student with a way to accomplish a task that his peers may have accomplished more easily than him is definitely a source of positive reinforcement to continue to believe that schools are able to help students overcome whatever obstacles they may be faced with. Read More »

Op-Ed Refers to Jay-Z as a “Poor Excuse for a Husband”

by Liku Zelleke The stars and guests at the 2014 Grammy Awards were entertained by none other than Beyoncé and her husband Jay Z as they sung “ Drunk in Love .” Everyone there seemed to like it: people were dancing to the steamy song and after it ended the couple were given a standing ovation. But, it seems there are some people out there that don’t think that their performance was all that, and NY Post’s Naomi Schaefer Riley is one of them. In a recent post entitled “ Jay Z a Poor Excuse for a Husband ” she blasted the couple on their stage antics. “What do you call a man who stands there smiling and singing as his scantily clad wife straddles a chair and shakes her rear end for other men’s titillation?” she started off. “I’m certain if I look through enough Jay Z song titles, I’ll come up with the right name for his role in Beyoncé’s performance…Rhymes with Goodyear…? Well, how about I just call him a poor excuse for a husband?” She went on to mention that the award ceremonies were getting more and more risqué every year and admitted that Beyoncé’s performance wasn’t any worse than what Miley Cyrus does, or Madonna used to do, on stage. “But there’s something particularly icky about doing it while your husband looks on approvingly,” she said. Riley then goes on to mention that the performance had come so soon after Beyoncé had contributed to the recent feminist manifesto, The Shriver Report. In an article, “ Gender Equality Is a Myth ” she gives a detailed and well researched insight into the US workforce and the working woman’s part in it. “One wonders to what extent her consent to sell sexuality has contributed to the problem,” Riley says. Charlotte Hays, author of “ When Did White Trash Become the New Normal? , contributed her thoughts on what she called Jay Z and Beyoncé’s “foreplay” by saying, “It wasn’t surprising to see Jay Z, looking pleased at his wife’s hyper-sexualized exhibition on stage. He’s made a living singing lyrics that call women ‘b*****s’ and ‘hos,’ so we shouldn’t be surprised that he objectified his own wife on stage.” Read More »

“Aunt Viv” From The Fresh Prince Wants To Do A Reunion To Honor The Late James Avery

By Afiya J. Watkins Janet Hubert has plans to head back to TV more than two decades after ending her most memorable role as Aunt Vivian from  The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air . Most will recall her highly-publicized departure from the show which was acrimonious, to say the least. Hubert’s career seemed to suffer somewhat after leaving  The Fresh Prince . She made appearances on several TV series including  The Job ,  The Bernie Mac Show ,  One Life to Live  and  House of Payne but was never able to return to her former TV glory. Most recently Hubert produced and shot a web show entitled  Janet Hubert’s Life In Between. “I produced and shot it myself with the wonderful people at the Refinery, “Hubert said. “We are in discussion right now with one of the biggest agencies in the world about packaging it and putting it together [for TV]. I’ve got Leslie Uggams on board, Loretta Devine, and Brian Stokes Mitchell… it’s exciting.” Earlier this month Hubert gave an  exclusive statement to theGrio  about the death of her  Fresh Prince co-star James Avery. Today, Hubert is still coping with the loss of her TV husband. “The last time I was here I said, ‘let’s do a reunion.’ That never happened,” she said. “I can’t control that. I’m sorry that never happened, and now it never will, and that makes me sad.” “It’s hard because you realize that we wasted a lot of time with a lot of bulls**t. Will [Smith] is the only person that can make that happen, and I think he should. I think in memory of James it should happen.” Will Smith seems to have moved on to much bigger projects over the years. Returning to a TV show that he appeared on in the 1990s does not seem remotely high on his list of priorities. Aunt Viv, sometimes you just can’t go home again…Not even when that home is a mansion in Bel Air. Read More »

Beyonce Fires Her Manager so She Can Handle Her Own Business

The singer Beyonce is at the top of her game, but she’s still making strong and bold moves.  It is being reported that she recently fired her manager and is going to manage herself.  According to The Cleveland Leader, Beyonce has parted ways with Faisal Durrani, an executive with Live Nation, and plans to allow she and her husband to handle the lion’s share of her business. She is now 32-years old, and the wife/mother appears to have quite a few great years in front of her.  Her 44-year old husband has been advising her for years and the money keeps flowing in. Durrrani isn’t the first manager Beyonce has dropped over the years.  She fired her father two years ago as well, and some have noticed that her image has changed quite a bit since her father left her life.   She is now the president of Parkwood Entertainment, a company that she created in 2008 and is constantly seeking to gain greater control over her image and choices. According to insiders, Beyonce and Jay-Z are making these adjustments for their daughter, Blue Ivy: “Now the couple have Blue, she wants to make sure her family come first at all times, especially as there’s talk of them adding to the brood. The best way to do that is to make sure all managerial decisions are made by her and her husband – together.” Read More »

Pam Oliver Is On Her Way Out Of A Job If She Doesn’t Get A New Contract

By Greg B. This year has been a turbulent one for Pam Oliver. Oliver, who has been a Fox analyst for 19 years, could see her contract ended at the completion of this season. We all know Pam Oliver from over the years as a well articulated, insightful and professional woman on the sideline. However, it appears there has been a shift in new talents at Fox. Erin Andrews has quickly become the go to commentator for Fox News. Just recently, Andrews interviewed Richard Sherman after the Seattle Seahawks had won the NFC Championship Game, which drew national coverage. Oliver who has had a great career with Fox has had a rough season thus far. Starting out in August, Oliver was hit in the face with a football and suffered a concussion. Next, after visiting New York for a SuperBowl event she asked Al Kelly, the president and CEO of the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee, what fans can do to keep warm at the game besides wearing a jacket, Kelly mentioned how games that are played the end of December can be colder that it will be at the Super Bowl. “If fans get frostbite, that’s their own fault,” Kelly said. “I’m not going to worry about a couple of idiots who can’t dress properly.” Oliver then responded that those individuals were probably Jets fans. She then asked Giants treasurer Jon Tisch, the co-chairman of the host committee, “How are we going to instruct the people of this area, particularly New Yorkers, to be nice, to say please and thank you.” Tisch, who is from the city, was not happy, and said, “I take exception with that. New Yorkers are unbelievably hospitable and travel and tourism is one of the most important generators of jobs, tax revenue and just gross dollars into our economy. I think the average New Yorker today understands that and when they see a visitor on the street, whether they speak English or not, they try to help them and the work of the host committee is just going to embrace what is so great about this region and people will leave here feeling really good about us.” Greg B., is a financial professional and native Ohioan who is the writer here. I am an avid reader, coffee connoisseur and dog lover. Follow me on Twitter  @love2edify . Read More »

Joy-Ann Reid To Host A New Show On MSNBC

By Greg B. Joy-Ann Reid who is currently a MSNBC contributor and regular guest commentator is being rewarded with her own show, starting February 24th on MSNBC. Reid who previously was the managing editor of The Grio , was announced as the new 2pm anchor on Monday. MSNBC president Phil Griffin made the announcement as well as some other slight programming changes to the channel’s lineup. Tameron Hall who has her show on MSNBC; News Nation will have an 11am time slot, and Andrea Mitchell will move up to 12 noon, and lastly Griffin announced the addition of Ronan Farrow’ s new show. This new line up will accommodate Reid at 2pm and still maintain its core set of journalists. “Tamron has established herself as one of the best news anchors in the business. It strengthens us to have her hosting during our morning news block,” Griffin elaborated. “Andrea Mitchell is so critical to MSNBC and I’ve always thought her show should be at noon. Andrea brings on the biggest newsmakers of the day and the new time slot will help showcase her work.” Reid who is a political analyst has been rumored for quite a while to be receiving a show. Perhaps this reloaded lineup is the result of CNN’s recent shakeup to its daytime schedule. The push for Reid was enormous as there was even a petition circulated to prompt MSNBC to give her a show. Reid is a veteran journalist and has been a regular on Al Sharpton’s radio and TV show also on MSNBC. Reid has worked in television and radio news since 1998, including for NBC News affiliate WTVJ and Fox station WSVN. She has written columns for the Miami Herald , South Florida Sun Sentinel , Salon.com and the South Florida Times . Source The Grio Greg B., is a financial professional and native Ohioan who is the writer here. I am an avid reader, coffee connoisseur and dog lover. Follow me on Twitter   @love2edify . Read More »

He Was Buried in a Solid Gold Casket: 8 Things You May Not Know about James Brown

By: Britt L A major figure of 20th-century music and a pioneer in every genre of music, James Brown has a resume that puts  modern day musicians to shame. Nearly six decades deep, Brown has created great dynamics in sound and influenced the entertainment that we today call R&B, soul and most importantly, funk. Over 100 chart-topping songs later, James’ legacy will forever live in the hearts of music lovers and musicians all over the world. Here’s some things you may not have known about the god father of soul. 1.  He was mixed? In his autobiography, “The Godfather of Soul,” James stated that he was of African, Chinese, and Native American ancestry. Guess it was all in the eyes! 2.  Born with the wrong name James’ name was suppose to be “Joseph Brown”, but his first name Joseph and middle name James got switched on his birth certificate in 1933. From then on, his name was just James Brown. 3.  Was in jail by the age of sixteen At sixteen, Brown was convicted of armed robbery and sent to a juvenile detention center in Toccoa, South Carolina.  As you can see, he did a good job of making a healthy comeback.  With the incarceration trends of today, he may have never seen the light of day again. 4.  James’ voice inspired the era of hip hop By 1969, Brown’s vocals were described as “rhythmic declamations”. In his songs, it was noted that Brown wasn’t singing but he wasn’t talking either. The sudden “stopping and starting” of lyrics featured traces of pitch and melody. This later became a major influence on the techniques of rapping, which influenced the creation of hip hop music in the next twenty years after. 5.  Was forced to drop out of seventh grade for wearing “insufficient clothes” Because James and his siblings were forced to live poorly in the slums of Elko, South Carolina, his mother couldn’t afford proper clothing. So he was always sent home for not having on appropriate attire. He was then forced out of school in the seventh grade. 6.  The cause for The Famous Flames break up In 1955, James and singer Bobby Byrd put together a singing group by the name of “The Famous Flames.” With Brown and Byrd, the group consisted of Sylvester Keels, Doyle Oglesby, Fred Pulliam, Nash Knox and Nafloyd Scott. By 1957, Brown hired manager Ben Bart. The group broke up after Bart decided to change their name to “James Brown and The Famous Flames.” 7.  Endorsed Nixon Brown endorsed the late president Richard Nixon during his 1972 presidential election. His support for the Republican negatively impacted his career during that period, with fans protesting his records and protesting his shows. 8.  Buried in a 24 Karat Gold Casket After his death on December 25, 2006, Brown was buried in a 24 Karat gold casket.  There was a great deal of dispute over his estate at the time of his death, leading to a suit filed by his children alleging that his estate had been mismanaged.   Part of the confusion resulted from the fact that Brown’s will had been signed a year before his marriage to his last wife, Tomi Rae Hynie.   Read More »

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