Russell Hornsby: ‘BMF’ Is A Story Of How Cities Across America Failed Black Families

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Loading the player… By Brande Victorian ·September 24, 2021 Updated

Tonight, Starz debuts its latest family crime drama, BMF. Based on the story of how Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory and his brother Terry “Southwest T” Flenory became two of the most notorious drug dealers in history, Russell Hornsby, who plays the boys’ father, Charles, says the TV series adds important layers to the story that’s been told about the Flenory family in pop culture.

“I think it’s important for audiences to know that their parents were present,” Hornsby tells ESSENCE of the origin story that’s laid out in the show’s early episodes. “That their parents were working three and four jobs, that their parents were God-fearing, they were going to church, they were there, and that this was the period that the city let these folks down. They let the Flenorys down among other families in Detroit, Chicago, and Oakland.”

Speaking to assumptions often made about parents whose children may turn to a life of crime, Hornsby adds, “The choices that kids make coming into adulthood are the choices that they make. People are thinking that the family failed. Society failed the family.”

Demetrius “Lil Meech” Flenory Jr. portrays his father in BMF with All American actor Da’Vinchi starring as Southwest T. Michole Briana White plays the brothers’ mother Lucille Flenory whom she and Hornsby met with as they shaped their characters behind the scenes. Though Hornsby didn’t meet with Charles in real life, he shares there’s a familiarity to the Flenory family story that made bringing him to life on camera relatively straightforward.

“As a Black man growing up in America, I have to be honest about his plight because Charles’ plight represents my father’s plight, my uncle’s plight, and everything else. In knowing my father and his life, uncles, family members and their struggles, I, in turn, know who Charles Flenory is,” he says. “[My role is] about honoring and representing Charles and it’s about honoring and representing all those other men dealing and raising their families at the same time.”

Check out the full interview with Russell Hornsby and Michole Briana White in the video above. BMF airs on Starz Sunday nights at 9 pm ET/PT.

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You No Longer Have to Be a Millionaire to Invest in a New Brand

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Equity crowdfunding makes it easier (and cheaper) for non-VCs to invest in emerging companies.

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Behold The Beauty At The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Opening Gala

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Behold The Beauty At The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Opening Gala By Brande Victorian ·September 26, 2021 Updated

Last night, movie stars stepped out in their finest formal wear for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Opening Gala in Los Angeles.

The museum, devoted to the history of the art and science of moviemaking, is the first of its kind in the United States. Located on Wilshire BLVD and Fairfax, the building encompasses seven floors of exhibition, education, and event spaces.

Though the museum won’t officially open to the public until Thursday, September 30, celebrities received a sneak peek of all there is to discover inside the facility’s walls at a special opening gala in LA on Saturday night. Scroll down to see the beautiful gowns and stylish suits seen on the red carpet for the special event. To purchase tickets click here.

01Tessa Thompson 02Issa Rae 03Laverne Cox 04Halle Berry 05Angela Bassett 06Michaela Jaé Rodriguez 07Jurnee Smollett 08Ruth Negga 09Jennifer Hudson 10Regina King 11Tiffany Haddish 12Regina Hall 13Ava DuVernay 14Ruth E. Carter 15Gabrielle Union

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How Does a Manicure Robot Fit Into an Industry Full of Human Nail Technicians?

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It may be irresistibly convenient at a time when many manicurists are recovering from the hit their work took during the pandemic.

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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Raises $2.1M To Support HBCUs

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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Raises $2.1M To Support HBCUs Getty Images By Jasmine Browley ·September 24, 2021 Updated

The women of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated have long been pillars in Black communities. Now, they are showing their support for historically Black colleges and universities affected by the pandemic. 

The sorority recently announced they set a new record and raised more than $2.1 million in one day to benefit our nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Alpha Kappa Alpha’s annual HBCU Impact Day on September 20 far exceeded the goal, as the country’s first Black sorority received online donations and checks from local AKA chapters, private donors, and corporate matching dollars from across the globe. 

“In the fourth and final year of our HBCU Impact Day Initiative, I am pleased, honored, and excited to report that we have doubled our giving, exceeding the $2 million mark, a historic moment for Alpha Kappa Alpha, our members, other donors, and the institutions that will benefit from these funds,” says Dr. Glenda Glover, AKA international president, and chief executive officer. “This means even more support for our HBCUs!”

HBCU Impact Day is one part of a four-year $10 million fundraising goal set by Dr. Glover under the HBCU for Life: A Call to Action initiative. Glover implemented the program when she took over leadership of the sorority in 2018. Aimed at promoting HBCUs by encouraging students to attend and matriculate through these institutions, members were asked to lead the charge in helping to secure fiscal sustainability and success for accredited HBCUs around the country. The sorority has successfully reached and surpassed the $1 million goal each year of its million-dollar in one-day fundraising initiative.

“We started this journey in 2018 with a goal of raising $1 million in one day. Certainly, unchartered territory,” explains Dr. Glover, who is also president of her alma mater Tennessee State University. “We had the audacity to believe we could raise $1 million in one day. We did it then, as well as in 2019 and 2020, in fact, exceeding our million-dollar goal! And, in 2021, to raise more than $2.1 million is simply phenomenal.”

At its recent virtual international convention in July, the AKA Educational Advancement Foundation presented $1.6 million in unrestricted endowment funds in the amount of $50,000 to the following HBCUs: Alabama A&M University, Alabama State University, Bethune-Cookman University, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, Claflin University, Clark Atlanta University, Clinton College, Florida A&M University, Hampton University, Howard University, and Interdenominational Theological. 

The more than $2.1 million raised online does not include mail-in donations or pledges and contributions that are still pending. It’s not too late to make an impact. Individuals or organizations interested in supporting the effort can still make contributions by texting AKAHBCU to 44321, giving by mail or online at http://donate.akaeaf.org. For more information on the sorority’s commitment to HBCUs, visit www.AKA1908.com.

Center, Jackson State University, Johnson C. Smith University, Meharry Medical College, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine, Morgan State University, Morris College, North Carolina A&T State University, Prairie View A&M University, Simmons College of Kentucky, Southwestern Christian College, Spelman College, Texas Southern University, Tuskegee University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, University of the District of Columbia, University of the Virgin Islands, Virginia State University, Virginia Union University, Winston-Salem State University, and Xavier University of Louisiana. Receiving endowments of $12,500 were Bishop State Community College, Coahoma Community College, and Shorter College.

In the past two years, all other four-year, accredited HBCUs received from $50,000 to $100,000 in endowment contributions. The first check was provided to Bennett College to support its fundraising efforts associated with accreditation.

“Most people are unaware of the significant contributions these legacy institutions continue to make in our cities and throughout the country, including graduating 22% of all African Americans with bachelor’s degrees, nearly 80% of all African-American judges, and 50% of all Black lawyers,” adds Dr. Glover.

“It’s gratifying to know that funds raised will support endowments, providing sustainability to our historically black colleges and universities. I am especially appreciative to everyone who contributed to the success of this year’s HBCU Impact Day.”

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It’s That Time Of Year: How To Navigate Cuffing Season In The Time Of COVID

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It’s That Time Of Year: How To Navigate Cuffing Season In The Time Of COVID ANDREW ZAEH/The Good Brigade/Getty Images By Victoria Uwumarogie ·September 24, 2021 Updated

As summer officially came to an end on September 22, welcoming in fall, lower temperatures and less sunshine, we find ourselves preparing for a very important time of year for many — cuffing season, of course. Now defined by Merriam-Webster, cuffing season is “the time of the year when the weather starts to turn cold and single people begin the active search for romantic partners in the hope of having someone with whom to ride out the colder, snowier, bleaker months.” This is often believed to begin in October, but people start seeking out prospects long before then in the hopes of maintaining a connection, at least until it’s warm again. 

But cuffing season and the way people go about it has had to change amid the pandemic and continues to. For those looking for a guide on the best ways to handle things in the time of COVID-19, you’re in luck. Popular dating app BLK has created an official cuffing season guide crafted by Georgia-based illustrator Davian Chester, whose work has graced the coveted homepage of Google in honor of Juneteenth. It may have been news to you that there are so many stages to this time of canoodling and coupling: scouting, drafting, try-outs, pre-season, actual cuffing season, playoffs, and then the championship, which is making it to Valentine’s Day. (See some of the graphics throughout.)

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For further help to understand all of that and to do cuffing season right these days, we gained some insight from the head of the BLK brand, Jonathan Kirkland. He talked with us about the steady rates of people preferring digital interactions to in-person ones presently, why you should never be scared to make the first move in communication, and why the more people you connect with, the better the chance you’ll find whatever it is you’re looking for.  

ESSENCE: How would you say the pandemic changed how people go about cuffing season these days? We’re in a somewhat better place than last year now that there is a vaccine, so is there a renewed excitement about it? 

Jonathan Kirkland: Better place? In terms of having a vaccine now vs. last year, yes.  However, with the new variants of the virus popping up along with rising infection rates, we still must take measures to protect ourselves – even in dating.  We saw a big uptick last year in app usage attributed to stay-at-home orders. We are still seeing people use BLK at the same rates post-vaccine. This tells us that people are getting to know one another digitally first before meeting IRL. Cuffing season will go on, but swiping, texting, and video chats are integral parts of the season this year.

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What tips would you offer to help people get the scouting process going? Some of us sit back waiting for others to say something or make a move and don’t know the right thing to say to ‘shoot our shot.’ 

Do you wait for that next job to call first???  No. If you see something, want something, go after it and get it! Empower yourself to send that first message. And guess what? If they don’t reply, there are six million other people who have downloaded BLK. I think you’ll be okay.Easiest way to get scouting season started is downloading BLK.  Find local singles with similar interests.  Pay attention and read profiles before you swipe right. Trust me, it’ll save both of you wasted time.BLK was created because we were not being seen, heard, or understood on mainstream dating apps. Waiting for someone else to say something first is contradictory to that message. If you match with someone, you’ve already been seen, now it’s time for you to be heard with that first message. If you can’t think of anything to say, read their profile info to see what they’re into and start from there. BLK

What tips would you offer to help people go about making connections that could get them to Valentine’s Day and further, which is a goal for some?

Get comfortable with the uncomfortable. Meeting new people is always a journey. There will be some speed bumps and detours, which is normal. Be honest with yourself. Know what you really want and be truthful about what you are bringing to the table.The more people you meet, the more likely you are to find someone who meets your vibe. Keep your dates short and sweet so that you can connect with more people.   BLK

Check out the full guide from BLK and its colorful illustrations, step by step, here.

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Singer Kelly Price Is Allegedly Missing; Legal Rep Says She’s Safe And Recovering From COVID-19

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By Essence ·September 24, 2021 Updated

UPDATE (Sept. 24, 9:43 pm EST): Kelly Price’s legal representative said to TMZ that the singer safe and is continuing to recover at an undisclosed location.

The National Crime Information Center currently lists singer Kelly Price as missing.

The vocalist was diagnosed with COVID-19 in July, was admitted to a Georgia hospital and then was moved to the ICU as symptoms heightened. She was then discharged.

TMZ was the first to report on this story.

Her children apparently received a call about the discharge, but were concerned because she was not believed to be in full health.

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“I found out today I have COVID,” Price wrote on Instagram on July 29. “I am COVID Positive. I’m following Dr’s orders. I’m quarantined. Feeling really drained. Splitting headache… I’m grateful and expecting to have a full recovery.”

She was reported as missing after a welfare checked was conducted at her home on Saturday, September 18.

“We’re told the authorities found no evidence of foul play and spoke with Kelly’s boyfriend at the residence, BUT … she’s now listed as missing with the National Crime Information Center,” TMZ exclusively reported.

Price is a powerhouse vocalist whose 1998 debut album, Soul of a Woman, went platinum. She is a beloved figure in popular music and worked with Ron Isley, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Faith Evans and many more.

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At 58, ‘RHOP’ Star Karen Huger And Her Teeny Black Bikini Won The Week

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At 58, ‘RHOP’ Star Karen Huger And Her Teeny Black Bikini Won The Week Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank By Victoria Uwumarogie ·

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NYC Medical Examiner Says Michael K. Williams Died From Accidental Overdose

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By Keyaira Boone ·September 24, 2021 Updated

Michael K. Williams lost his life to “acute intoxication by the combined effects of fentanyl, p-fluorofentanyl, heroin and cocaine,” according to the NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner, Deadline reports. The overdose has been rule accidental. He was 54.

The Emmy-nominated actor, who mentored many of his fellow performers, was found dead in his New York City apartment on September 6.  His death was met with an outpouring of love and em aria-label=”Emmys (opens in a new tab)” href=”https://www.essence.com/awards-events/see-all-the-black-excellence-on-the-emmy-red-carpet/” target=”_blank”>Emmys. 

An officer from the New York City police Department reported that an investigation into his death would be launched. 

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid that is similar to morphine, but is 50 to 100 times more potent.” 

They reported that “In 2019, nearly 50,000 people in the United States died from opioid-involved overdoses.” Fentanyl can be ingested without the knowledge of the person consuming it because according to the Center For Disease Control,  the substance “can be found in combination with heroin, counterfeit pills, and cocaine.” 

There has been a significant rise in opioid overdoses in the United States in recent years causing the situation to be declared a public health crisis. 

The cause of death in the Williams case has been widely speculated about on social media since his passing. 

Many in the entertainment industry including 2 Chainz and Tiffany Haddish have attempted to warn the public about the potentially lethal effects of fentanyl.  2 Chainz held a “fent free,” themed birthday party to raise awareness about the issue. 

Our thoughts and prayers are with Williams’ family and loved ones at this time. 

If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, you can contact SAMHSA’s National Helpline at 800-662-HELP (4357). 

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A Typically Private Method Man Opens Up About What’s Kept His 20-Year Marriage Solid

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A Typically Private Method Man Opens Up About What’s Kept His 20-Year Marriage Solid James Devaney/GC Images By Victoria Uwumarogie ·September 24, 2021 Updated

You may not see Method Man and wife Tamika Smith together on red carpets or at events, but the very private couple are thriving.

The rapper and actor, who rarely talks publicly about their relationship, briefly opened up about what it takes to make their marriage work during a visit to Red Table Talk. The now 50-year-old MC was there to celebrate Jada Pinkett Smith joining the big 5-0 club and was asked about their union.

“I’ve been with her 29 years,” he said. “We got married in ’01, so we’re 20.”

“It’s work,” he added, playfully admitting that “I’m a handful” when Adrienne Banfield-Jones (aka, Gammy) said his wife would probably agree that marriage is arduous.

When asked what advice he would give to others about marriage, the Wu-Tang Clan member briefly noted that “Respect is first and foremost.”

Method Man, born Clifford Smith, Jr., reportedly met his wife Tamika when she was his personal assistant in the late ’90s. The couple share three children together, whom he credited for a change in his image after acting in the How High films. When asked about that image in 2011, he said, “When you get older and you’ve got kids and your kids are going to school and you know [their] teachers…and they see how active you are and concerned [you are] with your kids’ education or well-being, it’s hard to sit there and be taken seriously if people are always talking about ‘he’s always high’…which is totally not the case,” he said.

He added at the time, “I have to use more discretion because of my kids. This is not for me; everything I do is for them now, so I use a bit more discretion and I don’t put weed as a forefront anymore.”

He’s also fiercely protective of them, and especially of Tamika. After Wendy Williams revealed on her then-radio show in 2006 that his wife was battling breast cancer, which wasn’t shared yet with some of Tamika’s family at the time, he sought to keep her away from the public. He went as far as to ask plead with a blog in 2016 to remove an image of her that leaked before quitting social media when they wouldn’t. To this day, he continues to be as protective as possible of his partner of nearly 30 years while, occasionally, celebrating her publicly.

“My wife is one of the strongest people on the planet,” he said in 2006.

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