5 TV Series And Films We’re Streaming In August and September

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After weeks of bingeing old series as part of my viewing entertainment, I thought I’d mix in some new projects available in August and September. With these varied hoots (Lamorne Morris is very smart, funny and Black in Woke) and horrors (Lovecraft Country’s deep dive on American racism is scarier than its otherworldly monsters), I’m happily watching these TV series and movies as the summer winds down.

This article appears in the September/October 2020 issue of ESSENCE magazine, available on newsstands August 25.

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Original Cast Of ‘Hamilton’ Reunites Virtually In Support of Organizations Eradicating Racism

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Hamilton star Okieriete “Oak” Onaodowan has taken Alexander Hamilton’s words “I am not throwin’ away my shot” to heart.

On Saturday, August 15, Onaodowan and Morgan Marcell will reunite the original Broadway cast for the musical’s popular Ham4Change performances in an effort to help fund organizations dedicated to ending systemic racism. The virtual event, which begins at 4 pm PT/7 pm ET and available on Looped, features exclusive behind-the-scenes, trivia, interactive games, prizes, and never-before-seen original content shared by the cast. Proceeds will benefit Know Your Rights CampAfrican American Policy Forum (AAPF), and Black AIDS Institute.

Onaodowan, who originated Hamilton roles Hercules Mulligan and James Madison, shared this with ESSENCE. “It is vital for everyone to exercise the right to vote and speak out against this administration and any government official that doesn’t acknowledge or pledge to eradicate systematic racism and oppression of Black and Brown people.”

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#HAM4Change Episode 2 is this Sunday!! A huge thank you to everyone who attendwd the first and got there 1 on 1 meet and greet on!We had an amazing show and raised over $76,000 for @leapaction @_beamorg @whenweallvote!!! 2 MORE TO GO!! So keep sending in your Hamilton costume submissions to @achapphawk!! And make sure you gdt a ticket for THIS SUNDAY!! Its a good one yall!! We raising money for @colorofchange @untilfreedom & @dance4hopeinc!! We are trying to raise at leazt $100,000 this Sunday, August 9th. Join us! Lets create the change we wish to see in the world. We cant do it alone. $10, every dollar goes to the charities mentioned. Every dollar. Thank you to the @loopedlive foe donating their time, and caring as much as we do about making a difference in this world!!! $10, add your drop.Link in bio!! Aaaaaaaandddddd…. REGISTER TO VOTE THIS NOVEMBER!!#MyNameIsOak #WeAreTheChange #WeCanWeCanWeCan #VoteVoteVote #Ham4Change

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He continued: “Our democracy theoretically only works if we do so. Now is the time to shout out against systematic racism so all others know their cries for change are not alone.”

Since August 1, Onaodowan and Marcell have gathered several cast members in taking a stance for justice. Today’s final Ham4Change virtual event is its largest reunion; it will feature Onaodowan with Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr., Daveed Diggs, Anthony Ramos, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Javier Muñoz, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Ephraim Sykes, Austin Smith, Hope Easterbrook, Neil Haskell, Thayne Jasperson, Seth Stewart, Sasha Hutchings, Betsy Struxness, Carleigh Bettiol, Alysha Deslorieux, Voltaire Wade-Greene, Elizabeth Judd Salinas, Ariana DeBose, with special guests Hamilton musical and film director Thomas Kail and associate choreographer Stephanie Klemons.

Past Ham4Change events have benefited BEAM (Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective), LEAP (Law Enforcement Accountability Project), When We All Vote, Until Freedom, Color of Change and Dance 4 Hope.

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I’m Mind Blown by This Makeup Artist’s “WAP”-Inspired Beauty Look — See the Photos

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Makeup artist Zay Beckford created a stunning beauty look inspired by Cardi B’s new “WAP” music video, which features Megan Thee Stallion and a whole host of mesmerizing makeup, hair, and nail looks.

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ICYMI: Missy Is Stunning And Giving A Word In A Recent Instagram Post

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When is Missy Elliott not inspiring us to be our best?

That’s clearly a rhetorical question because the answer is never. The 49-year-old rapper and singer has been giving a word through her music, interviews and more since the ’90s. And in a recent Instagram post, she dropped another gem about embracing one’s differences that has us in our feelings.

“I never did fit.. I wasn’t the size or the look but I embraced that I was DIFFERENT even tho it would of been easier to follow to fit in,” she wrote. “I went on to CREATE MY OWN LANE & To find there were MANY people like me. I am GRATEFUL to have seen 3 eras of music. So when many may count you out, my advice to You is to PUSH 4ward.”

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I never did fit.. I wasn’t the size or the look🤷🏾‍♀️ but I embraced that I was DIFFERENT even tho it would of been easier to follow to fit in.I went on to CREATE MY OWN LANE & To find there were MANY people like me🙂 I am GRATEFUL to have seen 3 eras of music🙏🏾So when many may count you out🙌🏾 my advice to You is to PUSH 4ward💜

A post shared by Missy Elliott (@missymisdemeanorelliott) on Aug 11, 2020 at 12:24pm PDT

The heartfelt message is exactly what many of us need to hear nearly nine months into what has been a year seemingly filled with more lows than highs. It’s a beautiful affirmation for anyone feeling like the odd one out, who might actually just be ahead of his or her time.

We love that the message also comes alongside an image of the star looking absolutely stunning in black lipstick and green hair. Didn’t the haters tell us melanin-rich girls that we couldn’t rock certain colors at one point in time?

But Missy has always been a trailblazer when it comes to beauty and fashion trends, refusing to be tethered to antiquated expectations for women in entertainment. She’s also been a leading voice of female empowerment in the hip hop community, daring to own her sexuality with songs such as “One Minute Man”, “P—y Cat” and “Sock It 2 Me.”

She not only paved the way for female rappers today who refuse to be boxed into a category, but she continues to champion for them daily.

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Gucci Mane And Keyshia Ka’oir Are Expecting Their First Child Together

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Baby love is in the air, and we couldn’t be happier!

Rapper Gucci Mane and his wife Keyshia Ka’oir are expecting their first child together.Their lovely pregnancy announcement was made on Instagram as the model unveiled her baby bump in some strappy black lingerie. Quoting a song by Atlanta rapper Mulatto, who her husband recently collaborated with, Ka’oir playfully captioned the photo, “I ain’t athletic but on @laflare1017 D I did gymnastics.”

How gorgeous is this glowing mama?

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I ain’t athletic but on @laflare1017 D I did gymnastics🤰👼🏽

A post shared by Keyshia Ka’oir Davis (@keyshiakaoir) on Aug 14, 2020 at 2:57pm PDT

Gucci also celebrated the news by posting a proud photo of his pregnant wife, assuring us that “life is great.”

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My wife pregnant my life is great @keyshiakaoir ❤🔥🥶

A post shared by Gucci Mane (@laflare1017) on Aug 14, 2020 at 2:59pm PDT

Back in 2017, Gucci and Keyshia officially tied the knot in an ultra-lavish televised ceremony. The bride documented the budgetless wedding planning process, and the “Mane event” spared no expense. Their $75,000 wedding cake was so large, the newlyweds needed an entire sword to cut it! Celebrity guests included Diddy, Rick Ross, Big Sean, Jhené Aiko, King Combs, Lil Yachty and others.

Gucci has a son and Keyshia has three children, both from previous relationships. In an interview with The Breakfast Club, Ka’oir explained why she doesn’t post photos their children on social media, and also why they weren’t seen in the televised wedding ceremony.

“Gucci and I both have children,” she says. “It’s a situation where I’m proud to be a mother, but I need it to be private. I don’t need the kids in the limelight. I don’t want them on social media. I need them to go to school and just be children.”

There’s been no word on Ka’oir’s due date, but we’re looking forward to lots of icy maternity photos. Congrats to the Wopsters!

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Elevate Your Home With These Smart Tech Devices

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With more time spent at home than ever before, there are many benefits to incorporating smart-home technology. Because life (and living through a pandemic) is busy enough, smart home gadgets automate and expedite home processes, leaving one less thing for you to worry about each day.

These days, you can find devices that allow you to turn your thermostat up, monitor your air quality, purify your drinking water and play your music all with a simple voice command. Who knew life at home could be so easy?

So if you’re looking to create a seamless, smart environment that promotes functionality and self-care, here are a few options to upgrade your home.

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The Best Celebrity Manicures Of The Week

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Whether you’reinto short, mid-length, or long nails, celebrities brought inspiration this week for your next manicure.

Our Instagram feed was crawling with eye-catching nail art, the kind that’s worthy ofa screen-shot and a double-tap.

If you missed La La Anthony’s fresh fingernails, Megan Thee Stallion’s dragon digits, Rico Nasty’s neon stilettos, Lizzo’s golden links, or Lil Yathcy’s polished man paws, you can check them out in the gallery below.

And in case you decide to go to the nail salon to copy one of these must-see manicures, be sure to wear a face mask, practice social distancing and wash your hands.

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La La x @chaunlegend🔥we’ve been doing this (check that swipe🤪) the best team 💖😍

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New Quay, who dis? 😎 Introducing the allnew glasses campaign w @quayaustralia! With this campaign I’m empowering you to represent and exercise ur right to vote ! So we’re putting our money where our mouth is & committing $100k to @naacp_ldf + @866ourvote to help lift barriers on voting in the US. Let’s use our voice and look good doin it! Xoxo 💋

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New $et 🐉🔥

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10k comments using a 💚 and I’ll reveal the colors in MY TWO PALLETES w @ilmakiageHURRY UP AND JOIN THE WAIT LIST IN MY BIO SO YOU CAN BE THE FIRST TO GET IT 📍💚 (located In Artist Store)MAKEUP BY ME ✅

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@lilyachty ⛵🦶

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The Best Dressed Black Creatives On Instagram This Week

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Summer came like no was watching, and unfortunately, the season is coming to an end faster than anyone would like it. Globally we battled COVID-19 along with a civil unrest but even that, couldn’t stop our favorite fashionistas from spreading some style joy across our feeds, and arguably when we needed it the most.

To wrap up the last few weeks, thesehref=”https://www.essence.com/fashion/50-black-creators-in-fashion-you-should-know/” target=”_blank”>Instagram can serve as the best place to find your next outfit. And there is nothing wrong with grabbing a little inspiration from the internet. Check out these creatives who brought the best style this week.

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Jennifer Hudson Threw Her Son Daniel Jr. An Epic 11th Birthday Party

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Jennifer Hudson’s son, Daniel Jr., just celebrated his 11th birthday. Like the rock star mom she is, Ms. Hudson didn’t let the pandemic stop her from giving her son an epic party.

In a series of photos and videos, Hudson shared the fun moments from her son’s D-11 themed birthday party. It was everything a kid could ask for: a Nerf gun tournament, a full basketball court, games, cake and the coolest group of family and friends.

“I ain’t gone ever stop celebrating you, my baby,” the superstar wrote in dedication to her only child. “You will never forget a bday on my watch.”

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I ain’t gone ever stop celebrating u , my baby !!! U will@never forget a bday on my watch !!! U said yal wanted to play ! #campdavid

A post shared by Jennifer Hudson (@iamjhud) on Aug 12, 2020 at 6:32pm PDT

The fun continued as family and friends sang happy birthday and cut into an impeccably decorated Nerf cake.

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D-11 bday turn up!!!!

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The party’s guests had a blast in the photo booth, which created fun gifs set to music. This looked like the kind of get-together even adults would hate to miss.

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It’s a family affair ! D-11

A post shared by Jennifer Hudson (@iamjhud) on Aug 12, 2020 at 7:10pm PDT

David Jr. got double the love when he spent some time with his dad, David Otunga, who put together a Captain America–themed party for the birthday boy. He even received his own Captain America shield.

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When your son is a real life superhero!Happy Birthday son!

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We just can’t wait to see how dope the next post-COVID birthday party will be. Happy birthday, David Jr!

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Twiggy’s Iconic Haircut Was Apparently An Accident

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Iconic model Twiggy is known for the 1966 portrait photograph that gave her international fame and helped launch her career. On a recent podcast, the star shared that the cut was actually not something she initially wanted.

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