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Tessa Thompson has received praise for her striking performance in Passing. The story about the inner world of Black women is a narrative that’s all too rare in Hollywood. With her new production company, the acclaimed actress is determined to upend the system by telling more of our stories and creating more diverse and nuanced lead movie roles for Black actresses. “There is the opportunity to put so many different kinds of Black women on-screen in parts that don’t get to be the love interest, that don’t get to be the love seeker, that don’t get to take up space in that way,” says Thompson, who’s determined to reimagine the portrayal of Black actresses as different types of protagonists.

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EBONY proudly presents Mind, Body, Soul sponsored by smartwater on December 1st for a discussion on how Music Heals The Soul with hosts Kainon Jasper and Dr. Kendell Jasper with special guest R&B Recording Artist Lucky Daye.

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Kainan Jasper, Dr. Kendall Jasper – Host
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Dec 2021 / jan 2022: TESSA THOMPSON

Tessa Thompson has received praise for her striking performance in Passing. The story about the inner world of Black women is a narrative that’s all too rare in Hollywood. With her new production company, the acclaimed actress is determined to upend the system by telling more of our stories and creating more diverse and nuanced lead movie roles for Black actresses. “There is the opportunity to put so many different kinds of Black women on-screen in parts that don’t get to be the love interest, that don’t get to be the love seeker, that don’t get to take up space in that way,” says Thompson, who’s determined to reimagine the portrayal of Black actresses as different types of protagonists.

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Today, we are reminded of the power we hold. It is the decision to stand out from the crowd that allowed #DrKing to stand in faith that the fight for #racialequality was, and still is, a just one. We celebrate #DrMartinLutherKingJr for his #nonviolent resistance to racial #prejudice, putting his life on the line for the advancement of #AfricanAmericans, and a #dream that should never be deferred.

𝗠𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗻 𝗟𝘂𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗞𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗝𝗿 𝗡𝗼𝗯𝗲𝗹 𝗣𝗲𝗮𝗰𝗲 𝗣𝗿𝗶𝘇𝗲 𝗔𝗰𝗰𝗲𝗽𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗦𝗽𝗲𝗲𝗰𝗵 𝟭𝟵𝟲𝟰 𝗘𝘅𝗰𝗲𝗿𝗽𝘁 🕊️ “I refuse to accept the idea that the ‘isness’ of man’s present nature makes him morally incapable of reaching up for the eternal ‘oughtness’ that forever confronts him.”

Embrace and reflect on the legacy of #DrKing on EBONY.com or by clicking the link in our stories.
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🕊 — "We are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters...” #DrMartinLutherKingJr.

#EBONYhonors the life and legacy of #DrMartinLutherKingJr. #mlkday
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A man of service, nonviolence, and quintessential leadership — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s fight for equality embossed a permanent message of liberation and freedom into the framework of the Black community.

Today, we invite you to reflect on #DrKing ’s life and legacy of #activism through featured #EBONY and #JET magazine cover stories over the years. Read more on EBONY.com or by clicking the link in our stories.

#MLKDay #MLKDay2022 #EBONYMag #MovingBlackForward #martinlutherking
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At the time of his passing, legendary #actor, #filmmaker, and #activist 𝒮𝒾𝒹𝓃𝑒𝓎 𝒫𝑜𝒾𝓉𝒾𝑒𝓇 was filming a documentary being executive produced by @oprah

The "forthcoming documentary #airing on #AppleTV will provide a comprehensive look into his life and impact on #culture." Read more on EBONY.com or by clicking the link in our stories.

📷 : Kwaku Alston

#sidneypoitier #movingblackforward #legacy #oprawinfrey #oprah #blackexcellence #black #tellblackstories
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#Sunday reminder - It is OK to #standout in any room you stand in! 🤸🏽‍♀️: @ThemaWilliams

#beyou #letyourlightshine #sundayvibes #lovetheskinyourein #handstand #stretch #blackgirlmagic
#movingblackforward
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𝑅𝑜𝓃𝓃𝒾𝑒 𝒮𝓅𝑒𝒸𝓉𝑜𝓇, was the charismatic lead singer of The #Ronettes — An iconic girl group much unlike their contemporaries. "The Grammy #HallofFame inductees charted nine songs on the #BillboardHot100, five of which landed in the #Top40 — Songs such, “Baby, I Love You”, “(The Best Part of) Breakin’ Up” “Walking in the Rain,” and their signature tune #BeMyBaby are considered classics in the #American songbook."

𝙁𝙖𝙢𝙞𝙡𝙮 𝙎𝙩𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙤𝙣 𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙋𝙖𝙨𝙨𝙞𝙣𝙜: 🕊️
"Ronnie lived her life with a twinkle in her eye, a spunky attitude, a wicked sense of humor and a smile on her face. She was filled with love and gratitude. Her joyful sound, playful nature and magical presence will live on in all who knew, heard or saw her. In lieu of flowers, Ronnie requested that donations be made to your local women’s shelter or to the American Indian College Fund."

Read more about #RonnieSpector's life and historical contributions to music on EBONY.com or by clicking the link in our stories.
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👀 Talk about booked and busy! #Grammy, #Tony, and #Emmy winner @CynthiaErivo will star in #BlinkSpeed. In addition to her work on the #scifi thriller, Erivo is currently in production on the upcoming season of Luther with #IdrisElba. Learn more about Erivo's upcoming projects about on EBONY.com and by clicking the link in our Instagram Stories.

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💍 𝒟𝒶𝓃𝒾𝑒𝓁𝓁𝑒 𝐵𝓇𝑜𝑜𝓀𝓈 (@daniebb3) always knew she wanted to wear two dresses on her big day —“It was very important to me to find a 𝐵𝓁𝒶𝒸𝓀 wedding dress designer. For her second dress, the #OrangeIstheNewBlack star chose designer Oluwagbemisola Okunlola of the Alonuko label— When I tell you I hit the jackpot finding (@alonuko_bespoke), I hit jackpot." Indeed she did! ❤️‍🔥Read about her sensational looks at EBONY.com and by clicking the link in our Instagram Stories.

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𝗘𝗿𝗶𝗻 𝗝𝗮𝗰𝗸𝘀𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗼 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗲𝘁𝗲 𝗮𝘁 𝗪𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗢𝗹𝘆𝗺𝗽𝗶𝗰𝘀 𝗔𝗳𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗧𝗲𝗮𝗺𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗚𝗶𝘃𝗲𝘀 𝗨𝗽 𝗦𝗽𝗼𝘁

After a stumble in the trials, top ranked speed skater, @speedyj will compete in the upcoming #WinterOlympics. Read more about #ErinJackson and her rare opportunity to compete at the top on EBONY.com or by clicking the link in our stories.

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𝗔𝗻𝗱𝗿𝗲𝗮 𝗝𝗲𝗻𝗸𝗶𝗻𝘀 𝗕𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗙𝗶𝗿𝘀𝘁 𝗧𝗿𝗮𝗻𝘀𝗴𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿 𝗘𝗹𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗢𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗶𝗻 𝗨.𝗦.

#AndreaJenkins has made history as the first #transgender official in the U.S. She plans to foster a culture of accountability within #MinneapolisPoliceDepartment in her district where #GeorgeFloyd was murdered by former police officer #DerekChauvin. Learn more about her extensive plans on EBONY.com and by clicking the link in our Instagram stories.
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If Friday doesn’t give us this mood, we don’t want it— 🔥😍

Repost from @traceeellisross

Another day, another yellow dress that I’m absolutely obsessed with! Catch me and my fringe on @latenightseth tonight #blackish

— #friday #fridayvibes #itsgiving #blackgirlsrock #traceeellisross
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𝗝𝗮𝗱𝗮 𝗣𝗶𝗻𝗸𝗲𝘁𝘁 𝗦𝗺𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝘁𝗼 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝗿 𝗶𝗻 𝗗𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗿 𝗠𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘄 𝗔. 𝗖𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗿𝘆’𝘀 𝗗𝗿𝗮𝗺𝗮 ‘𝗥𝗲𝗱𝗱 𝗭𝗼𝗻𝗲’

@JadaPinkettSmith is set to star in the new #Netflix drama, #ReddZone. directed by #Oscar winner director @MatthewACherry. Dedicated to the memory of high school football player #DominicRedd, Redd Zone follows Tia Magee (Smith), a single mother who steps forward to help her son’s and their high school #football teammates, “The Bros,” heal after his #murder. Learn more about the upcoming film on EBONY.com and by clicking the link in our Instagram Stories.
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𝗟𝗮𝘂𝗿𝘆𝗻 𝗛𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗶𝘀 𝗘𝘅𝗲𝗰𝘂𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗱𝘂𝗰𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮 𝗗𝗼𝗰𝘂𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝗼𝗻 𝗔𝗺𝗶𝗿𝗶 𝗕𝗮𝗿𝗮𝗸𝗮 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗛𝗶𝘀 𝗙𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗹𝘆

#NewJersey native and #Fugees own #LaurynHill has partnered with screenwriter #OrenMoverman to executive produce a new documentary exploring the legacy of the #Baraka family of Newark, NJ to be directed by Udi Aloni. Read More on EBONY.com or by clicking the link in our Instagram Stories.
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𝗠𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗰 𝗜𝗰𝗼𝗻 𝗝𝗮𝗻𝗲𝘁 𝗝𝗮𝗰𝗸𝘀𝗼𝗻 𝗥𝗲𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗱𝘀 𝗨𝘀 𝗪𝗵𝗼’𝘀 𝗕𝗼𝘀𝘀 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗟𝗮𝘁𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗖𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝗦𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆

Janet Jackson’s self titled documentary, #JanetJackson is set to be released January 28, 2022. In the exclusive cover story with #Allure, the #RhythmNation songstress shared that she aims to give loyal fans the #questions and #answers they’ve always wondered through footage from her career and personal life over the last four decades!

Read the full story on EBONY.com or by clicking the link in our stories.

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𝗝𝗼𝗵𝗻 𝗟𝗲𝗴𝗲𝗻𝗱 𝗦𝗲𝗹𝗹𝘀 𝗛𝗶𝘀 𝗠𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗰 𝗖𝗮𝘁𝗮𝗹𝗼𝗴 —

#EGOT winner #JohnLegend became the latest #music star to cash in on the growing market for music rights, selling a catalog dating back to his first album to KKR & Co. and BMG. The terms of the deal were agreed upon in September but was not announced until recently. Read the full story on EBONY.com or by clicking the link in our stories.

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𝗞𝗮𝗻𝘆𝗲 𝗪𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗦𝗲𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗱𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟮 𝗖𝗼𝗮𝗰𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗮 𝗙𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗮𝗹 —

#KanyeWest is set to headline the #Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April.

The April 17 set, which falls on #EasterSunday, will reportedly be a version of his popular #SundayService shows. West is replacing #TravisScott who has not performed since November when several people died during his set at his #Astroworld festival. Read the full story on EBONY.com or by clicking the link in our stories.
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𝗟𝗶𝘃𝗦𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗲𝘁𝗪𝗲𝗮𝗿 𝗣𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗻𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗪𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗙𝗼𝗼𝘁𝗹𝗼𝗰𝗸𝗲𝗿 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗜𝘁𝘀 𝗕𝗲𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗱 𝗛𝗲𝗿 𝗟𝗮𝗯𝗲𝗹 𝗣𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗺 🙌🏽

Footlocker and LivStreetWear by Olivia Anthony @_liv4olivia_ have teamed up for a #capsulecollection BHL x LivStreetwear, as a part of the shoe and sportswear retailer’s Behind Her Label platform.

The capsule collection is made up of cool #bomberjackets #joggers #cargopants #hoodies, T-shirts, and #croptops in vivid green, white, and black colorways.

Read more about the #Livstreetwear x #Footlocker collection on EBONY.com or by clicking the link in our stories.
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𝗦𝘆𝗺𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗗. 𝗦𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗛𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗡𝗲𝘄 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗺𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗔𝗰𝗿𝗼𝘀𝘀 𝗠𝗦𝗡𝗕𝗖 𝗣𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗺𝘀 🙌🏽

Political strategist #SymoneSanders will join MSNBC to host a series of new programs across the cable and streaming networks, Rashida Jones, president of MSNBC and a 2021 #EBONYPower100 “Ceiling Breaker” awardee) announced today.

Before becoming a part of the team at #MSNBC, Sanders served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor and Chief Spokesperson to Vice President #KamalaHarris. In 2016, she became the youngest #presidential press secretary on record working for Sen. Bernie Sanders’s then-presidential campaign.

Read more about Sanders' new role on EBONY.com or by clicking the link in our stories.

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Pushing through what’s left of the #weekend, never looked so good! 🖤

#blackfamily #sundayfunday #sunday
#movingblackforward

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***we do not own the rights to this music***
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#repost from @lavishlybritt

Know your position, and play it well!

👨‍👩‍👧‍👧🖤
Hubby: @bullyjuice
Mommy: @lavishlybritt
Kids: @noelle.chanel @saige.dhannyl
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𝘼 𝙇𝙤𝙤𝙠 𝘽𝙖𝙘𝙠 𝙖𝙩 𝙎𝙤𝙢𝙚 𝙤𝙛 𝙀𝘽𝙊𝙉𝙔 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙅𝙀𝙏’𝙨 𝙈𝙤𝙨𝙩 𝙄𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙞𝙘 𝙎𝙞𝙙𝙣𝙚𝙮 𝙋𝙤𝙞𝙩𝙞𝙚𝙧 𝘾𝙤𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙨

Actor. Author. Activist. 🕊

Sidney Poitier’s distinguished voice has led a multitude of generations toward #justice and #equality. With his powerful sense of eloquence and command of diction, the 𝒯𝑜 𝒮𝒾𝓇, 𝓌𝒾𝓉𝒽 𝐿𝑜𝓋𝑒 actor is the definition of a force to be reckoned with.

Reflecting upon his rich #legacy that impacted our community for the better, we pulled together some of our favorite #SidneyPoitier covers. See our #gallery of covers on EBONY.com or in our Stories.
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🕊 — "If I'm remembered for having done a few good things, and if my presence here has sparked some good energies, that's plenty. #sidneypoitier

#EBONYHonors the groundbreaking legacy of #Oscar winner and #activist Sidney Poitier.
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💍 𝗧𝗲𝗻𝗻𝗶𝘀 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝗿 𝗦𝗹𝗼𝗮𝗻𝗲 𝗦𝘁𝗲𝗽𝗵𝗲𝗻𝘀 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗦𝗼𝗰𝗰𝗲𝗿 𝗣𝗹𝗮𝘆𝗲𝗿 𝗝𝗼𝘇𝘆 𝗔𝗹𝘁𝗶𝗱𝗼𝗿𝗲 —
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@sloanestephens married #soccer player @jozyaltidore in a breathtaking ceremony on #NewYearsDay at the St. Regis Bal Harbour in Miami Beach, Florida.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Read more about their #Blacklove and blissful union on EBONY.COM or CLICK THE LINK IN OUR INSTAGRAM STORY.
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𝗞𝗮𝗺𝗮𝗹𝗮 𝗛𝗮𝗿𝗿𝗶𝘀 𝗡𝗮𝗺𝗲𝘀 𝗝𝗮𝗺𝗮𝗹 𝗦𝗶𝗺𝗺𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗮𝘀 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗗𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗿 —

Vice President #KamalaHarris has named @realjamalsimmons Democratic communications aide and media contributor, as her new communications director.

A graduate of #MorehouseCollege and #HarvardUniversity, Simmons is a principal at the Raben Group. He has been a political commentator for CBS News, NPR, MSNBC, CNN, and The Hill. 

The hiring of Simmons follows many top aides who have departed Harris’ staff. On Wednesday, two more staffers announced that they’ll be leaving the vice president’s team.

Read more on EBONY.COM or
CLICK THE LINK IN OUR INSTAGRAM STORY.
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The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made an everlasting impact during the Civil Rights Movement and on our nation, leading to an …

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