Thank You, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

There are so many reasons to thank this undeniable trailblazer.

The most important to me is to love one another for who they are and not what you think they may be.

It’s a lesson that couldn’t come at a better time.

Considering there is a racist occupying the White House that continuously spreads messages of hate.

I choose to cling to Dr. King’s message, and I thank him for it because it’s one I can pass on to my unborn children and in turn their children and on and on and on.

Because while everyone else would like to focus on the kids yelling hate speech at their Mexican classmate, it warmed my heart to see other students standing up to them.

Let’s continue to stand up. Let’s continue to resist.

Like Martin showed us.

The Black Panther Movie is a Must See for Kids and This New Yorker is Footing the Bill

To say that Marvel’s “Black Panther” movie is highly anticipated is like saying Oprah kinda killed it at the Golden Globes.

Y’all know this movie is everything.

So it should come as no surprise that everyone should be able to see this Black superhero on the big screen, especially our impressionable kids.

Fredrick Joseph is making it possible.

The New Yorker started a Go Fund Me campaign to raise enough money for 300 kids from Boys & Girls Club of Harlem to see Black Panther.

Frederick says the movie is a “rare opportunity for young students (primarily of color) to see a black major cinematic and comic book character come to life.”

The marketing consultant told the TODAY show the movie is more than entertainment.

It’s my opinion that inclusion and representation really are fuel for children to dream — not just to dream, but to dream big. It’s important that young people see themselves in roles they couldn’t even imagine… for a little girl to see herself as Wonder Woman, or for a young child of color to see himself as the leader of Wakanda.

Frederick, 28, does not have kids but wants to give back to reinforce that melanin magnificence in young people.

“I knew I wanted to do something so that I can give that opportunity for representation to an underrepresented group.”

Frederick’s Go Fund Me requested $10K and received $39,641. Well done!

But it’s far from over. Frederick is going national–challenging others to follow his lead by using Go Fund Me to raise money for the kids in their community to see the movie.

SportsCenter anchor Jemele Hill showed Frederick love on his important mission.

Consider yourselves #BlackPantherChallenged

Want to get Read by Viola Davis, Wanda Sykes and Rashida Jones?

These three ladies have enough class and sass to be doling out their own library cards, amirite?

But, when I mean read to, my blinkers, I mean literally read to…with actual books.

Wanda Sykes, Viola Davis and Rashida Jones are the latest celebs to join StoryLine Online, a site chock full of actors (like James Earl Jones, Dule Hill and Betty White) reading–and of course performing–childrens’ books aloud, while the illustrations fill the screen.

There is no cost to see Rashida Jones act like a bee or fear a pop up ad will wreck the flow of Wanda Sykes’ nasally owl impersonation because the SAG-AFTRA Foundation covers the cost to stream more than 40 videos, according to Look to the Stars site.

StoryLine Online, whose aim is to boost literacy, gets over six million views a month from kids, teachers and parents.

The site just introduced a free app for iPhone and Android for access to the full book collection.

There’s nothing like ̶N̶e̶t̶f̶l̶i̶x̶ StoryLine & Chill with your babies, especially if it’s playing detective with Wanda Sykes in “The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake” by Robin Newman.

…Or venturing down South with Viola Davis to see how a family uses music to pull through a crisis in “Rent Party Jazz” by William Miller.

Rashida Jones tells the tale of two unlikely animals (the bear and bee) treating each other fairly in “Please Please the Bees” by Gerald Kelly

Best part? Library cards aren’t required.

Stephen Curry Surprised LA Teen Battling Cancer with Warriors Tickets

Stephen took a break from shooting his powerhouse three pointers against the Clippers Saturday (Go Warriors!!) to show love to his No. 1 fan sitting court side.

Thirteen-year-old Jaylen Winzer from South LA has been dreaming about meeting his idol for a while now.

Judging by the two championship rings he got to rock, it was worth the wait.

Jaylen, who suffers from a rare bone cancer, shared his story with ABC7 last year. Family friend Shirell Henderson used her foundation, BrittiCares International, to raise awareness of Jaylen’s condition.

The Foundation also decorated Jaylen’s room with all things Golden State before he returned home from the hospital.

Steph used FaceTime to invite the teen and his family to the game.

Soon after Jaylen and Steph were exchanging gifts. Jaylen got Steph a tee with the “I’M A WARRIOR FOR JAYLEN” in it and the Golden State logo, of course.

Steph gave Jaylen the jersey and sneakers he was playing in.

Let’s hope he aired out the jersey.

“I appreciate you coming,” Curry said.

“I appreciate you having me,” Jaylen replied.

Chance the Rapper Came Through for Chi-Town Foundation | Deon Cole Surprises Shoppers

Blinkers, we are wrapping up this first week of 2018 (happy feel good Friday!!) with some charming stories out of Chi-Town.

Chance–you’ll likely spot him at a Chicago school board meeting and city council hearing–the Rapper issa legit real life Robin Hood for the windy city, y’all.

Black Celebrity Giving reports Chance the Rapper dropped by a local party for inner city kids from Gyrls in the H.O.O.D Foundation in Chicago, when founder Chez Smith asked him to come through.

The “Down Wit That” rapper did just that by showing some love to the kiddies and supporting the foundation’s aim of empowering young girls to be responsible women.

Chance the Mayor has a nice ring to it. You know, if the hip hop career doesn’t pan out.

“Black-ish” star Deon Cole can be his deputy mayor.

Last month the Christmas spirit guided the comedian to two Chicago Jewel-Osco grocery stores where he picked up shoppers tabs.

30 shoppers to be exact.

Deon’s rep told Chicago Tribune that it was a spontaneous decision. Deon picked random shoppers to give holiday cheer.

Deon bring that cheer to Charlotte. I shop at Family Lion, jus sayin’.

From BK to Queen City, Happy New Life

Wat up, fam?

So, how was your Thanksgiving…Christmas…Hanukkah…Kwanzaa…New Year’s? I didn’t miss MLK Jr’s birthday, yet, right?

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Riiigghhhtt, it has been a minute. Well, your old girl is still alive and well for those wondering. You can cross off witness protection, jail or living in the woods as reasons I went ghost. However, I did chuck the deuces up to BK and I’m officially a Queen City resident.

I moved to Charlotte because I needed a change. Brooklyn became too loud, expensive, and cold (y’all hear about the ‘bomb cyclone’ of snow hitting the North and South East tonight? Just when I thought I escaped). As unrecognizable as the rotten apple is to me now, it’ll always be home because that’s where my family is. Therefore that’s where my heart will remain.

But don’t get it twisted Queen City living isn’t for the faint of heart, especially if you don’t drive. So much for Southern comfort.

Yeah…let’s just say…Thank God for the invention of Uber and Lyft. No, but for real, there are buses and trains here like New York. Not really. But I’m a BK girl, so I can easily adapt. If I can put up with “Would you move into the fuckin’ train car” every morning for most of my life, I can easily tolerate the “You’re a Yankee?! Well, bless yore heart,” subtle dig.

This post is just a long-winded apology for not keeping my blinkers in the loop about my whirlwind move to the dirty south. And also not keeping my arsenal of good celebrity news locked and loaded. Judging by the past few months twitter timeline it’s needed now more than ever.

So, here’s to being happy in 2018 and making others just as joyous with care and kindness.

 

 

 

 

Rapper Pitbull Transports Cancer Patients in PR to US for Chemotherapy

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Now we know why he’s Mr. Worldwide.

‘Cause Pitbull don’t mind lending a hand to any area that needs it. And right now his goodness has reached our backyard aka Puerto Rico.

The “Give Me Everything” rapper used his private jet to round up cancer patients, affected by Hurricane Maria, in Puerto Rico and transport them to the US for chemotherapy treatment.

And shrugged off the gesture as if he was giving them a lift to the grocery store, which would also be helpful.

“Thank God we’re blessed to help. Just doing my part,” Pitbull told The New York Daily News.

It didn’t go unnoticed—Puerto Rico Congresswoman Jenniffer Gonzalez thanked the rapper for his good deed via Twitter, writing (en Espanol, of course)  “Thank you @pitbull for lending your private plane to move cancer patients from PR to USA so that they can get chemo.”

Pitbull’s generous gesture is one of many A-list celebs are unfurling to Puerto Rico like a red carpet at the Oscars. Hence, Despacito singer Daddy Yankee donating $1 million to Hurricane Maria relief efforts.

On Sunday, Jennifer Lopez joined forces with New York governor Andrew Cuomo to motivate New Yorkers to help those suffering in Puerto Rico. Oh, she also donated $1 million to charities and NGO org.

Thankfully people are listening and reacting. Let’s keep it up. For ways you can help Puerto Rico click here.