Coming To Netflix: Madam C.J. Walker Series, New Season Of ‘On My Block’ Arrive In March

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Netflix is gearing up to deliver some must-see titles next month.

The streaming giant recently shared its list of new TV and film titles coming in March, which features a new season of On My Block, a look at Madam C.J. Walker’s life with Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker, and Uncorked, a drama about food and family starring Niecy Nash and Courtney B. Vance.

We’ve selected a few titles arriving soon that we think you’ll enjoy. Add them to your queue and dive in.

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Please Don’t Let The Old Black People In Your Life Vote For Mike Bloomberg

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As far as many were concerned, Mike Bloomberg’s presidential campaign died the night Elizabeth Warren turned into Chun-Li and kicked the mess out of the former New York City mayor for two hours straight. Bloomberg was less terrible in his second debate appearance, but that’s akin to complimenting President Trump for managing to spell “too” correctly in a tweet on his second try. Proving money can buy you class and an enormous amount of airtime, but not necessarily the nomination if you can’t compete in the debate, Bloomberg’s poll numbers have since taken a tumble in the wake of folks realizing the man in the ads might not be able to hold his own without a paid crowd around.

(I’m not body rolling at my desk to the thought of this mega-billionaire blowing through half a billion dollars so far only to lose miserably, you are.)

Now, while it is not looking good for Richie Rich for Stop and Frisk, we can never count an incredibly wealthy, ambitious, power-hungry white man out. And as amusing as it was to hear pundits on Morning Joe introduce the idea of Bloomberg bowing out and throwing his support behind Joe Biden in order to thwart Bernie Sanders from winning the Democratic nomination for president the other day, Bloomberg has since officially killed such a dream.

Speaking with NBC News, Bloomberg said he will continue on into Super Tuesday and beyond, claiming  “as long as you have a chance of winning,” he would “absolutely” stay in the race.

“Why would I spend all of this money, all of this time out of my life, and wear and tear, you know, which I love — incidentally, (it) reminds me of my three campaigns in New York for mayor, which I did like,” Bloomberg said. 

Alright Black people under 40 (or maybe 45, depending), this is our moment.

I know it’s anecdotal, but I have been surveying Negroes at random about their elders and some of them somehow continue to believe that Bloomberg is Barack Obama’s very, very rich best friend. So much so that they are still considering voting for him. Beloveds, we cannot let this be. 

It’s been made abundantly clear across the internet that Joe Biden is not my preference for the nomination and I continue to maintain they need to vote for a progressive candidate, but if old Black folks want to just vote for Barack’s lil’ friend, at least let it be his actual lil’ friend. So please let them know that Bloomberg did not really rock with Obama like that. Let them know that he doesn’t really fancy the man they may or may not have a picture of on their wall like that  — that there is even audio you can play for them to prove it.

There’s also his blocking of a multi-million dollar settlement filed on behalf of the Central Park Five over the group’s wrongful prosecution. Recently, one of those men, Kevin Richardson, said, “We all might vote for a different candidate, but I’m sure [any other Democrat] will be better than Michael Bloomberg.”

He added: “Don’t let these ads get to you. Don’t be bamboozled by this.”

Then, remind them that the reason why Elizabeth Warren chopped him up like the onions she’s going to use to bake her ribs twice is that he has a long list of sexism and sex discrimination complaints that he won’t completely answer for by virtue of him keeping all women that have settled suits in NDAs.

If all else fails, say the words “stop and frisk” over and over again until it sinks in that there is no way in hell you should vote for a man who terrorized Black men, Latinx men, and Muslims for years and defended until about 20 minutes before he decided to try and buy the presidency. 

And beg. For you. For me. For me again. Look, I can’t handle four more years of that man and then God knows how many more decades with his two stupid children. Get on Facebook if you have to. That’s how dire this situation is. 

I have faith in my folks, but again, he’s supervillain rich and the American is generally petrified. But please, tell your folks not to pick this loser, no matter how rich he is. Because what he’s done to so many of us can not merely be washed away by donations, or belated and politically beneficially apologies.

The arrogance of the Bloomberg candidacy has been aided and abetted by too many people in media, but his boasts of being the strongest person positioned to take on a budding tyrant have long been a crock. There are certain types of Democrats that go above and beyond to bolster a Republican, but this has gone on far enough.

This is not just a question of Mike Bloomberg’s character—it’s a question about electability. We’re not going to beat Donald Trump with a man who silences women with who knows how many nondisclosure agreements. #DemDebate pic.twitter.com/ozPFghxU8s

— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) February 20, 2020

And if none of the reasons I outlined are convincing enough, do yourself a favor and once again compare all of that money Bloomberg has spent to sanitize his record and blind people to his true legacy and how it stacked up against a teacher.

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Kylie Jenner Wears Bronde Hair on Private Jet

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Kylie Jenner shows off a new bronde hair color, very similar to her sister Khloe Kardashian’s recent bronde hair change, while posing in a private jet. It’s likely that the long, bronde hair is one of Kylie’s many wigs.

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Romantic Cocktail Recipes Perfect For Your Next Date Night

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Since we’re still in the midst of a chilly winter, warm and cozy date nights at home allow you to get a little closer to your special someone and create more intimate romantic vibes. An old school R&B playlist, mood lighting, and their favorite meal totally creates the ambiance, but if you really want to impress bae, show off your cocktail game

The trick to making a great cocktail at home is to find drinks that are easy to make and help keep the mood flowing. Making cocktails together is the perfect way to bond and increase the heat in the room, if you know what we mean. These

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Lady Gaga Debuts Pink Hair in the ‘Stupid Love’ Music Video

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In her latest switchup, Lady Gaga debuts hot pink hair in the music video for her new single “Stupid Love.” In the video, she shows off an extra-long ponytail and waist-length hot pink hair that matches her hot pink outfit.

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Rep. Jim Clyburn Says Tom Steyer Is Taking Support From Joe Biden

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After givingJoe Biden his coveted endorsement earlier this week, Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) is going to bat for his pick, noting that billionaire Tom Steyer is picking off votes that would have belonged to the former VP.

“There’s no question about that,” Clyburn told ABC News’ Powerhouse Politics podcast when asked if he thinks Steyer was taking away support from Biden. “[Biden] was getting 52%…54% of the African American vote, then all of a sudden that started to drop down in some cases to the 30s. Another reason I spoke up…I wanted people to know that it ain’t over til it’s over.”

During the podcast, Clyburn revisited his reasons for picking Biden as his candidate, noting how much his late wife, Emily, who passed away in September, admired Biden’s politics.

“We talked about this campaign. We talked about the future of this country. We talked about who we thought would be the best person to be president, the best person to take on [President] Donald Trump,” Clyburn noted “And we felt very strongly that it was Joe Biden.”

Still, even though he said “it was easy” to choose Biden over all the other candidates, he still grappled with vocally offering support, until a community member called him out about wanting to know his opinion and who to vote for.

And Clyburn’s opinion certainly does matter. As House Majority Whip, he is the highest-ranking African American in Congress.

And with South Carolina being one of the most diverse states voting so early, and with about 60% of the Democratic electorate there being Black voters, his endorsement goes a long way to securing a win for any candidate.

“That was a pretty moving experience for me, and I decided then and there that I would be very public with my endorsement and do whatever I could to help educate those people in the public who may be torn as to who they want to vote for,” he said.

Clyburn also took some time on the podcast to talk about why he thinks a different order should be tried when it comes to early voting.

Iowa being first is fine, but Clyburn advocated for Iowa and Nevada to hold their caucuses on the same day while New Hampshire and South Carolina hold their primaries on the same day.

Clyburn pointed out that “it was unfair” for a candidate to win in Iowa and New Hampshire (with their lack of diversity in the voting pool) and develop momentum. Meanwhile, South Carolina is the last of the early states to vote ahead of Super Tuesday.

“By the time you get to South Carolina, where you’ve got a significant presence of African Americans, then the momentum has already been turned against you, the fundraising capability has begun to dry up and then we end up getting a candidate that will need African Americans at a much higher percentage in the general election,” Clyburn said. “But you have not exposed yourself to them in the primary.”

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‘Sistas’ Actress Novi Brown On How To Become A Fearless Traveler

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Actress Novi Brown is something of a mystery. To many people, she’s the new girl on the scene playing the kind-hearted ‘Sabrina Hollins’ on Tyler Perry’s Sistas, but in fact, she has played the lead in over 15 productions from TV to short and feature films. Perhaps Brown reminds people of that down-to-earth homegirl from around the way, and after just one conversation, they would be right, well, if that ‘way’ was in Berlin, Germany.

The reality is, putting your finger on just what makes the flawless mocha toned, Afro-German starlet so enigmatic requires you to peel back the layers of her proud Taurus Moon, Scorpio Sun, Cancer Rising skin. The one thing that is for certain, however, is that growing up abroad and the life she has had as the daughter of tips for traveling with your crew, what she packs to maintain her enviable curls and what she wants her fellow ‘Sistas’ to know about connecting with themselves abroad.

On Being A Berlin Love Child

My mother grew up in a time where venturing out wasn’t much of a possibility. So as soon as she was able to be on her own and venture out, she went to Germany at 18, met my dad, and had me when she was 26. Because of that, I grew up in Berlin with German as my first language, and by six-years-old, I was on a plane by myself traveling to different countries and different cities throughout the world. Above all, it instilled fearlessness in me and an understanding that at the end of the day our spirit is always on the search for more. Travel is just a way to consistently break the boundaries that you have inside of your own headspace.

On Her Favorite Travel Memories

I really love cruise ships, they’re perfect for people who like lots of versatility and comfort. My mom and I cruise a lot. We went to Jamaica and went horseback riding in the ocean. There was no saddle on them, we just held them by their manes really connecting with just the traditional way of being in the space. I really loved it. One of my best memories was on another cruise with my mother for Mother’s Day and that was the same time that I did my tape for Tyler Perry. On that trip was when I got the call that I got the role on ‘Sistas.’ That was super memorable because my mom helped me with the tape, it was Mother’s Day and I’m getting the chance to do something I love. It was really special.

On Traveling With Your ‘Sistas’

Oh, please have different personalities in the group. You always need somebody to go with the flow, that one person who just down to do whatever. You need another person who’s kind of like a planner because they’ll be organized. That’s [co-stars] Ebony [Obsidian], she’s the one that’s like, ‘We can do this, this, this, and this.’ KJ [Smith] is just like ‘Let me know what time to be there,’ andMignon [Baker] is like ‘As long as it’s not expensive.’You need definitely need that friend who’s on the financial budget and makes sure that not everybody’s overspending. And then you have me, the friend who’s always making sure you got the fly pictures and video to keep all the memories.

So make sure you have a dynamic range of personalities, people who are easy to go with because travel plans always fall apart. You always want people that are easy to be with, quick on their toes and obviously people who are people people. You don’t want to bring an introvert unless it’s an introverted trip. Unless it’s a private trip and you guys get a little cabin and you are alone. But you really have to suss out the personalities for the city that you’re going to.

Travel is just a way to consistently break the boundaries that you have inside of your own headspace.

Novi BrownOn Being #TeamCarryOn or #TeamCheckIt

Team carry-on! That quick exit from the plane? Ain’t nothing better than a quick exit, nothing.

On Her Travel Style

Comfortable, versatile and timeless.

Photo Credit: Novi BrownOn Things She Can’t Travel Without

I can never be without my Fenty lip gloss. I also need hand sanitizer – shoutout to Naomi Campbell – and some type of reading material, probably some kind of astrological book or biography. I’m currently reading “Children of Blood and Bone.”Definitely need a good pair of sneakers, that goes without saying. I love Nike. Nike for the win.

On Being A Traveling Naturalista

I love Melanin Gold Beauty edge control, especially since it already comes in a small travel-sized bag. My old school product is Giovanni Cosmetics. That’s my go-to because it’s vegan. I also must travel with an edge control brush and hair ties because you always need a million of them.Now my new go-to is the Taraji P Henson line. Really, really loving it. Smells good, it’s lightweight and not expensive. Above all I try to make sure that my products are vegan, parabens free and sulfate-free, no matter whether I’m picking them up here or abroad.

The further away you get, the more silent it gets, the more clarity you get, the more connected you get to your inner being and who you are as an individual.

Novi BrownOn Being An Eco-Friendly Traveler

The world is becoming more knowledgeable about climate change so I have really been trying to be more eco-friendly when I travel. Things that I take into account is how far away a hotel is from the location that I have to go to and my water and towel usage. I always try to make sure I don’t discard my towels every day and I don’t leave the lights and air on all the time. Just small things like that really help the planet.

Photo Credit: Novi BrownOn Encouraging Black Women To See Some World

The further you travel, the deeper you get to know who you are in this world. Do not be scared to get close to yourself. Because traveling reduces the noise of your current situation. The further away you get, the more silent it gets, the more clarity you get, the more connected you get to your inner being and who you are as an individual. That’s why when people travel sometimes they don’t come back.Connect with yourself, you deserve it. Also, your vacation can be as short or as long as you want. A two-day getaway is just as important as one that lasts two weeks.

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Dream Kits: Product Recommendations from Personal Shoppers

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We asked personal shoppers Amanda Murray, Anishka Clarke, and Sarah McNally to reveal their personal essentials. Here are the items the personal shoppers shop for — and the makeup, skin care, and home items that each woman can’t live without.

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Tomi Adeyemi Is Harnessing The Power Of Empathy With West African Magic And Epic Fantasy

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At the age of 24, and just a year out of college, Nigerian-American author Tomi Adeyemi made history by reportedly scoring an astounding seven-figure book deal for her Children of Blood and Bone trilogy. The Harvard University graduate and creative writing coach also sold the film rights to Fox 2000, with another Nigerian-American creative, This is Us writer Kay Oyegun, signing on to write the script.

Now on the second installment of the series, Children of Virtue and Vengeance, this thrilling story has captivated millions of readers worldwide and is poised to become an even bigger international hit.

Young adult fantasy — like the Harry Potter, Hunger Games, and Twilight series—  is an enticing, captivating genre. But it’s one that’s been sorely lacking in Black characters, or any characters of color for that matter. 

Set in a world heavily imbued with West African culture and spirituality, Children of Blood and Bone is one of many responses to these decades of erasure.  

The series’ protagonist — the fierce, dark-skinned, white-haired Zélie Adebola — is catapulted on an epic quest to restore magic to her homeland of Orïsha, avenge her mother’s death, and free her people from a bloodthirsty and bigoted monarchy. Along with her brother Tzain and the renegade Princess Amari, Zélie races to protect her people — all while dealing with complications that romance, friendship, family bonds, and clan responsibilities bring her way. 

It’s a beautiful series, >Birmingham Riots, or the way that Black entertainers and athletes are exploited. 

These are comparisons Adeyemi says are most often immediately apparent to Black readers. “Black people know what it’s about. They know,” she tells ESSENCE  “A lot of times when I talk to my black readers, they’ll say ‘I had to put it down here, because I thought about Trayvon Martin,’ or something.” 

Adeyemi says that she thinks Black readers “see their pain reflected… maybe it makes them feel less alone.” 

But for white readers, it’s usually different. “I call it cake with asparagus,” she says. “The cake is the fun part. It’s all the magic. It’s all the battles. It’s all the action. It’s all the adventure. The asparagus is the fact that all of that action is tied to obstacles that Black people have faced or are facing today.”  

As a genre, fantasy has the ability to transport us into drastically different worlds, which can bring intense excitement, but also intense empathy.  “The empathy [readers] feel for Tzain, Zulaikha, Zélie, or Salim…I don’t want that to stay with these fictional characters. I want it to go into the real world because that’s where we actually need it,” Adeyemi says.  

Adeyemi knows the power of what she and other Black artists are creating when they write with this purpose in mind, especially in traditionally white-dominated fields like publishing and film. “People are actively working to disrupt these spaces, to create this art, and to push it into the mainstream,” she tells ESSENCE. 

Adeyemi is a creator living in a powerful time in Black history. “I feel like we are in a revolution of Blackness, and specifically artistic Blackness,” she muses. “We’re having a birth of stories from the Black perspective across all mediums,  and things like Beychella and Rihanna’s [fashion and makeup] creations… activists and movements.”  

But, Adeyemi stresses, Black artistic genius has always been here and has never waned.  She says the crucial difference is how that artistic genius is being received and the monumental success it’s enjoying, saying “‘Black Panther’, ‘Girls Trip’, Children of Blood and Bone, The Hate You Give…. have [all] been highly successful.”  

However, she says, “The work isn’t done, because for every monumental success, there’s still a lot of horrible things that we’re not seeing within that success. And there’s still a lot of people being shut out from that success, or pushed out.” 

Adeyemi has reached an unprecedented level of success, at a very young age, and in very little time. The sky’s the limit for Adeyemi and this magical world she’s created, a world which we’ll all soon get to see come alive in theaters. 

Adeyemi has high hopes for the films, imagining magical warrior Zélie Adebola joining the ranks of classic film characters like Luke Skywalker or Indiana Jones.  “I’m like ready and not ready. I’m ready in my heart,” she laughs. “I don’t think I’m ready in my mind, because logistically it’s like, ‘Life is already so insane.’”

“But I’m less worried about that, because I’m more excited for this to exist,” Adeyemi tells ESSENCE. “I just can’t wait to be on set, you know? I can’t wait to see hundreds of people creating something that was in my head.” 

This interview took place shortly after the tragic death of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna. When asked how she wants history to remember her work, Adeyemi reflects briefly on the basketball star’s legacy, saying “I always think about mortality. It’s sort of hardwired into me…[it’s] the reason I do things.” 

“Should I be lucky enough to get to lay on my deathbed as an old lady and reminisce on my life, I want to measure the value of my life by how many people became authors because they saw me or heard me talk or read my books,” she tells ESSENCE. “I want to move the needle. I want to be remembered as someone who moved the needle.” 

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The Lodestar Is Always Justice

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Black History Month 2020 falls at the intersection of critical milestones in American democracy and the reckoning of the upcoming November elections.  For nearly 250 years — most of this nation’s history — its laws enabled the sadist practice of chattel slavery of Black people.

For 150 years following this ignominious history, formerly enslaved Black people and their descendants have worked to reform the American ethos to reflect its highest ideals, despite intransigent obstacles. And, for the past 80 years, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund has fought to secure equal justice under the law for African Americans — an essential component of our democracy’s integrity. Despite this progress, though, our country finds itself at a crossroads. November’s elections will test whether our democracy continues to undergo regressive de-maturation or whether we can confront our racial divisions and structural racism head-on.

The work of racial justice begins with transcending the mutating narrative of anti-Blackness that has long painted Black Americans as subhuman, second-class citizens. As optimal workhorses under enslavement and lazy and shiftless upon manumission. As docile and doltish to justify our servitude, and cunning and criminal to justify our mass incarceration. Whichever narrative suited the agenda of white supremacy prevailed. It is these narratives and stereotypes that comprise the DNA of American legal, economic, and social systems and, in part, the current demise of our democracy.

But, through the work of advocates, activists, organizers, agitators, and everyday martyrs who were neither learned nor leaders, this country’s laws have evolved to acknowledge the humanity of a people it never intended to serve. In fact, the civil rights milestones of the past decade epitomize the abiding but byzantine nature of racial justice-related progress. After becoming the first African-American president in 2008, Barack Obama won reelection to a second term, serving eight years in office. During this time, the Department of Justice increased federal investigations and oversight of police departments that engaged in civil rights violations. It filed an amicus brief in a Supreme Court case to support the rights of same-sex couples to marry, mirroring Obama’s newly-evolved views. Obama also signed the Fair Sentencing Act, which helped diminish racial disparities in penalties for crack versus powder cocaine offenses. His administration also supported two other landmark Supreme Court cases, one which affirmed that universities can consider race in college admissions, and another that found that the Fair Housing Act prohibits housing policies that have a disparate and adverse impact on protected groups.

But, there have also been many notable setbacks. Another Obama-era Supreme Court case, Shelby v. Holder, eviscerated one of the most >Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. This ruling dealt a disastrous blow to communities of colors’ ability to exercise their full rights of citizenship through the electoral process, and fueled an already-roaring wave of insidious voter suppression that threatens to compromise our elections.

Indeed, the moral descent and anti-democratic policies that the Trump administration and its supporters instigate almost defy belief and description. The hatred fomented against immigrants and human rights atrocities inflicted upon migrant families will forever condemn this country. The rollback of domestic civil rights, including the immediate curtailment of federal oversight of police violence amidst a policing crisis, has been feverish. Additionally, the Trump administration has pointedly >biased behavior or rhetoric, are substantially lacking in qualifications, or both. Moreover, the president has installed agency heads who seem set on dismantling civil rights protections, including Betsy DeVos, who has rescinded or rewritten dozens of guidance documents regarding students’ rights, and Ben Carson, who has done significant damage to housing policy.

Despite these setbacks, there have been critical wins — enabled by a balance of power protections in our governmental system and the work of civil rights groups. Following legal challenges by civil rights advocates, courts have repeatedly struck down efforts to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, though the Supreme Court is revisiting this issue. Courts also blocked a Trump Commerce Department’s decision to incorporate a discriminatory citizenship question into the 2020 Census, which would have led to a significant undercount of communities of color. Civil rights organizations, including LDF, sued to dismantle the (now-defunct) Presidential Commission on Election Integrity – a group allegedly created to combat (non-existent) voter fraud, but that instead investigated and intimidated voters of color.

These challenges and victories of the past decade — and the broader history of the struggle for racial justice in America — illustrate that we must hold fast to the belief that justice is achievable, even when the odds seem impossible and norms are pressure-tested. In those instances, it is especially necessary to push for systemic and institutional reforms to protect and advance civil and human rights. The structural integrity of checks and balances in our government, though strained, allows our nation to withstand the sociopolitical pendulum swings of a young democracy. It is imperative that we continue to demand accountability through these structures to safeguard hard-won progress and to continue to purge the legacies of racism embedded in our constitution.

Most critically, for the 2020 elections and beyond, our voting systems must be inclusive and accessible. We must adopt early voting and national automatic voter registration, which the For the People Act of 2019 proposes. We must institute veritable universal suffrage by prohibiting suppressive and discriminatory voter ID laws and laws that deny those with criminal convictions the right to vote. We must advocate for comprehensive and restorative federal regulations to protect voters and our elections, like the Voting Rights Advancement Act and the Election Security Act.

2020 demands that we persist with the visionary work of reforming our democracy because it is essential to its legitimacy. The long arc of our nation’s history underscores that racial justice progress is complex, nuanced, and inconsistent; but, it is our collective work to ensure that, no matter the winding of that road, the lodestar is justice.

Janai Nelson is the Associate Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

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