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Loss of a Legend…Civil Rights Icon & Comedian, Dick Gregory, Has Passed…

Death rears its ugly head again, this time claiming one of the greatest men of the twentieth century, civil rights activist and comedian, Dick Gregory. He was 84.

The news was verified by The Hollywood Reporter.

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“It is with enormous sadness that the Gregory family confirms that their father, comedic legend and civil rights activist Mr. Dick Gregory departed this earth tonight in Washington, D.C.,” his son, Christian Gregory said via a statement from his father’s rep. “The family appreciates the outpouring of support and love and respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”

“He was one of the sweetest, smartest, most loving people one could ever know,” his publicist of 50 years, Steve Jaffe, tells THR. “I just hope that God is ready for some outrageously funny times.” A full statement and details of Gregory’s funeral will be released Sunday, Jaffe said.

According to an Aug. 17 statement written by his son, Gregory was recently hospitalized.

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Dick Gregory was a pioneer in the comedic realm, becoming the first Black comedian to perform regularly in front of White audiences. His act consisted of social satires on racism and societal ills that hit all too close to home.

“When I started, a black comic couldn’t work a white nightclub. You could sing, you could dance, but you couldn’t stand flat-footed and talk — then the system would know how brilliant black folks was,” Gregory recalled in a 2016 interview.

Dick used his platform and reach to not only make audiences laugh, but fight for the civil rights of African-Americans. His autobiography entitled Nigger, details the pain, heartache, and triumph he and his wife endured during these trying times. It truly goes without saying that Mr. Gregory was a legend among legends right up there with the likes of Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta Scott King, and Bayard Rusting. We love and already miss you Mr. Gregory and the fight for equality and justice will carry on–FOREVER!

Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning

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Death rears its ugly head again, this time claiming one of the greatest men of the twentieth century, civil rights activist and comedian, Dick Gregory. He was 84.

The news was verified by The Hollywood Reporter.

Dick Gregory in 1966 before being arrested

Dick Gregory in 1966 before being arrested

“It is with enormous sadness that the Gregory family confirms that their father, comedic legend and civil rights activist Mr. Dick Gregory departed this earth tonight in Washington, D.C.,” his son, Christian Gregory said via a statement from his father’s rep. “The family appreciates the outpouring of support and love and respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”

“He was one of the sweetest, smartest, most loving people one could ever know,” his publicist of 50 years, Steve Jaffe, tells THR. “I just hope that God is ready for some outrageously funny times.” A full statement and details of Gregory’s funeral will be released Sunday, Jaffe said.

According to an Aug. 17 statement written by his son, Gregory was recently hospitalized.

Dick Gregory dead

Dick Gregory was a pioneer in the comedic realm, becoming the first Black comedian to perform regularly in front of White audiences. His act consisted of social satires on racism and societal ills that hit all too close to home.

“When I started, a black comic couldn’t work a white nightclub. You could sing, you could dance, but you couldn’t stand flat-footed and talk — then the system would know how brilliant black folks was,” Gregory recalled in a 2016 interview.

Dick used his platform and reach to not only make audiences laugh, but fight for the civil rights of African-Americans. His autobiography entitled Nigger, details the pain, heartache, and triumph he and his wife endured during these trying times. It truly goes without saying that Mr. Gregory was a legend among legends right up there with the likes of Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta Scott King, and Bayard Rusting. We love and already miss you Mr. Gregory and the fight for equality and justice will carry on–FOREVER!

Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning

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[ALBUM REVIEW] “85 To Africa” to Hit! Jidenna’s (@Jidenna)Whole Album is a MOOD!

It has been awhile since the “Classic Man, Jidenna, delivered us new music, but his new, sophomore album, 85 To Africa, was well worth the weight! Jidenna has shed the pomade, suits, cane, and casket fresh vests in change for African print attire, braids, and an “awokeness” that the culture is in need of.
Grade: A+

The album is one of this artist truly exploring and learning about himself by reconnecting to his African roots, speaking his mind unadulterated, and celebrating his life and those who love and celebrate him. This album is an ode to the old school link up with strong sentiments of community, real self-actualization, and not to mention an earthiness we cannot help but find appealing. Jidenna is a true jewel to the world of rap and hip-hop, and 85 To Africa, is a direct road map to his soul. Kudos, Jidenna, kudos!

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It has been awhile since the “Classic Man, Jidenna, delivered us new music, but his new, sophomore album, 85 To Africa, was well worth the weight! Jidenna has shed the pomade, suits, cane, and casket fresh vests in change for African print attire, braids, and an “awokeness” that the culture is in need of.

Grade: A+

jidenna 85 to africa

The album is one of this artist truly exploring and learning about himself by reconnecting to his African roots, speaking his mind unadulterated, and celebrating his life and those who love and celebrate him. This album is an ode to the old school link up with strong sentiments of community, real self-actualization, and not to mention an earthiness we cannot help but find appealing. Jidenna is a true jewel to the world of rap and hip-hop, and 85 To Africa, is a direct road map to his soul. Kudos, Jidenna, kudos!

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“Don’t Let Go”: The Supernatural & Thrilling Movie Premiere!

This new suspenseful, supernatural thriller is not one to miss! “Don’t Let Go” is sure to be a hit at the box office, as it thrills the Bronze Lens Film Festival.

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This new suspenseful, supernatural thriller is not one to miss! “Don’t Let Go” is sure to be a hit at the box office, as it thrills the Bronze Lens Film Festival.

As the tenth year anniversary for the festival, this film sure did set the tone for the rest of this annual event. Kicking off the festival, this supernatural film stars actors David Oyelowo from “Selma” and Storm Reid from “A Wrinkle in Time”. Oyelowo plays the role of Jack Radcliff. Jack is a detective apart of the L.A.P.D. who receives an unexpected phone call from his recently murdered niece Ashley, played by Reid. Crazy thing is, he receives the call two weeks after her death. 

As the story unfolds, we discover that throughout figuring out the mystery of the murder, Jack reconnects with his niece in quite the supernatural way. However, with him only being able to accept incoming calls from her, he finds himself experiencing random flashbacks.  

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David Oyelowo and Storm Reid in “Don’t Let Go”

As he navigates through the both realities, Jack realizes that in order to save his niece, she has to retrace her own steps & follow his direction. The film is truly reminiscent of the term “trans-temporal projection”. It relates to the transcendence of time, time travel & both the influence and communication of the lapse in time. The film was written and directed by Jacob Aaron Estes.

Without giving too much away, this is truly one film that will leave you wanting more. With the countless amount of cliff hangers, this film makes the mind wonder, and keeps you guessing. From the level of acting, to the script writing, it’s an amazingly thrilling body of work. The film releases in theaters everywhere on August 30. Make sure you get your tickets, because this is going to be one for the books. 

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“Transcending!” Strike a “Pose” For FASHION!

Since its’ 2018 debut, the FX drama, Pose, has managed to bring the world of ballroom culture into the mainstream all while maintaining an elusiveness that keeps you longing for more.
It’s hard to ignore the irony when you ponder how a show about trans women in the late 80’s could become so successful during a time that seems to be filled with hate and prejudice. Call it what you will, there’s no denying the impact Pose has had on society as a whole. Never in history have we seen such an embrace of inclusiveness, especially considering the consequences one could face back in the day for even appearing to cross dress.  The stars from Pose have benefited generously from this newfound inclusivity.

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Since its’ 2018 debut, the FX drama, Pose, has managed to bring the world of ballroom culture into the mainstream all while maintaining an elusiveness that keeps you longing for more.

It’s hard to ignore the irony when you ponder how a show about trans women in the late 80’s could become so successful during a time that seems to be filled with hate and prejudice. Call it what you will, there’s no denying the impact Pose has had on society as a whole. Never in history have we seen such an embrace of inclusiveness, especially considering the consequences one could face back in the day for even appearing to cross dress.  The stars from Pose have benefited generously from this newfound inclusivity.

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The beautiful bohemian turned glamour girl, Indya Moore, has had a meteoric rise in the world of high fashion. At the top of the year it was announced that Moore would be recruited for Louis Vuitton’s Pre -fall ’19 campaign. The fashion house would then utilize her for their B Blossom Jewelry collection campaign as well as host for their fashion show in March. Her cover of Elle Magazine’s June issue was one for the history books as it marked the first time a trans woman had graced their cover.

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Not to be excluded, house mothers (of the House of Abundance/Wintour and House of Evangelista respectfully) MJ Rodriguez and Dominique Jackson have also been blessed by the fashion gods. In 2018, it was announced that Rodriguez would take part in Moschino’s campaign for their collaboration with H&M. The ads were seen everywhere from the pages of the most prestigious fashion magazines to the billboards in Time Square. Dominique Jackson is the latest of the trio to land a fashion campaign. Fashion house, Valentino, recruited the actress to star in their latest campaign for their new VSLING handbags. In the series of video clips, Jackson plays the part of an outspoken woman named Devoray,  who is auditioning for the role as face for the Valentino campaign. Pose director, Janet Mock, can also be seen in the clips alongside Luke Gillford heading the auditions. Jackson is so charming and equally beautiful that it’s hard not to crack a smile.

So what can we hope to take away from all of this? A leggy blonde once said “In fashion, one day you’re in and the next day you’re out.” If that’s true we can only hope that this display of inclusivity is not something that is simply in fashion. The time of inclusion is now and it is up to fashion houses to get on board with the acceptance that trans people aren’t just a trend or an article in the back of a magazine. As the Pose girls continue to bust down barriers,  the naysayers should take a look around , relent their old fashioned views and embrace the fact that the world is forever changed.

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Dominique Bedell

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