Akon Talks Giving Millions Electricity

Akon Talks Giving Millions Electricity Akon Talks Giving Millions Electricity

Akon stopped by to talk with VladTV about his light up Africa Project, how he used to live without electricity, and how the politics of starting his project were extremely tricky. Akon let us know that he grew up in Senegal a small country on the West coast of Africa. Akon grew up without electricity and running water, and when it came time to eat, cook, or wash he had to use the same water … Continue reading

NASA’s African American Mathematicians

NASA's African American Mathematicians

The story of the space race has been told from a million angles. But there’s one perspective that our pop culture has long overlooked: the voices of African American women who worked at NASA as mathematicians. In her upcoming book Hidden Figures, author Margot Lee Shetterly describes the lives of women like Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson who played significant roles in Americans getting into orbit and then to the moon. They worked as NASA’s first … Continue reading

‘Underground’ Renewed for Season 2

‘Underground’ Renewed for Season 2

WGN America has renewed “Underground” for a second season, the network announced Monday. The series, created by Misha Green and Joe Pokaski, is currently averaging over 1 million viewers per episode in live-plus-same-day ratings and 3 million viewers in live-plus-seven. It was also the sixth highest-rated scripted series premiere of any cable drama this season. “With enormous pride we are announcing a second season of ‘Underground,’ a series that has resonated with so many passionate … Continue reading

NWA Reunites At Coachella

NWA Reunites At Coachella

On Saturday (April 23rd), all living members of the legendary rap group, N.W.A., reunited to perform for the first time in 16 years. Iconic rapper, actor, and producer, Ice Cube, brought MC Ren, DJ Yella, and most notably Dr. Dre onstage during his weekend set at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Dre joined his former bandmates on stage after they performed “Straight Outta Compton” and “F-ck The Police” to an exhilarated sold-out crowd. … Continue reading

Lil Wayne Receives Key to the City

Lil Wayne Receives Key to the City

Lil Wayne was gifted a key to the city of Lafayette in his home state of Louisiana, and Mayor-President Joel Robideaux made sure the key was made into a one-of-a-kind gold chain. Robideaux told the New Orleans rapper, “We want to present to you a very special key to the city that we made specifically for you. One of a kind, nobody else has it. … That’s the only one in America. Thank you, sir.” This came … Continue reading

‘Underground’ Cast Applaud Harriet Tubman on $20 Bill

“We’re excited that we’re starting to represent our actual history,” Joe Pokaski tells TheWrap. With the news that Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill, the cast and creators of WGN America’s Underground Railroad series “Underground” could not be happier. “We’ve always said the show ‘Underground’ is about American heroes, so to finally have not only a woman but a black woman on a monetary bill is fantastic,” co-creator Misha Green told TheWrap. … Continue reading

Beyoncé Responds to ‘Formation’ Backlash

Beyonce's "Formation" Wins Grammy

Beyoncé is set to be featured on the cover of the latest issue of Elle Magazine, and she took the time to address various criticism, including backlash towards her latest music video, “Formation.” When the video initially released, it geared fans up for a new album from the singer after being away for some time. However, many were not pleased with images in Beyoncé’s video, which made references to the Black Lives Matter movement, along … Continue reading

The Answer: Yes

Former Philadelphia 76er and 9 time All-Star player also known as The Answer received his answer. The answer was YES!! Our Allen Iverson was elected this morning to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Sept 9th 2016! I say “our Allen” because Iverson definitely stayed true to himself throughout the course of his careers giving hope to little black corn-row rockin (yes corn rolls… not boxer braids) boys who grew up in a hard & similar … Continue reading

Dear King,

DEAR KING, First I’d like to say: thank you for earning your crown. It’s not easy nowadays to live in a way that deserves the adornment of royalty yet. You haven’t fallen victim to the influences of today’s society and have held your standards as high as your head, and for that we are grateful. Who are we you may ask… We are your queens. You may not see us as you scroll your timeline, … Continue reading

Black History Unsung Heroes: Robert Smalls

Long before he assumed the Oval Office, Barack Obama, advocating for a more equal America in the 21st century, said, “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” Change has not come easily for Black Americans. Over the centuries, there have been countless proponents of equality—Frederick Douglass, Rosa Parks, and Martin Luther King, … Continue reading