*These days, there are so many talented and inspirational black celebrities out there, that if you don’t pay attention, you’re going to miss out. We’re not talking about the likes of LeBron, Denzel, or Snoop, but up-and-coming celebs who are just getting into their stride and are set to become famous and influential very quickly.
Michael B. Jordan
Though he’ll be the first to tell you that there’s no relation at all to that Michael Jordan, MBJ definitely has the talent and drive to become one of the all-time greats of the acting world (no disrespect to His Airness in ‘Space Jam’). After getting some attention in the great 2013 drama, Fruitvale Station, and following this with his energizing performance both in and out of the ring in the boxing film, ‘Creed’, Michael really got the role where his star would explode in 2018.
Playing the complex (and jacked) villain, Killmonger, in the hugely important and successful ‘Black Panther,’ MBJ practically stole the show and definitely made cinemagoers shed a tear or two with the final scene. He’ll no doubt look to diversify his portfolio in the future, as well as likely appear in a few more Marvel adventures.
Rapidly on her way to becoming everyone’s favorite new actress, Lupita’s body of work ranges from good, to great, to astounding. After wowing audiences in ‘12 Years a Slave’ and picking up the Academy Award for Best Actress in 2014, Lupita kept the momentum going with ‘Non-Stop’, ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’, ‘The Jungle Book’, and ‘Black Panther’. It would have to be the biggest horror film in recent years that really put her on the map, in the scary yet thrilling ‘Us’, in which she plays two vastly different roles.
Thanks to her cool style and natural beauty, Lupita has become the brand ambassador – see here for the brand ambassador ‘Who, What, and Why’ if you’ve never heard that term before – for huge companies like Lancôme and Miu Miu. She has also had numerous cover shoots for Vogue and Vanity Fair.
When you’re drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers with the second pick in 2015, there are definitely going to be high hopes. In his first two seasons as point guard for the famous franchise, Russell had a decent start but didn’t light the world on fire. When traded to the Brooklyn Nets in 2017, however, Russell started to become the player everyone expected him to be. With flashy drives to the hoop, a silky-smooth release from the 3-point line, and a great eye for setting up teammates, Russell quickly made the Lakers regret that trade. In 2019, Russell helped bring the Nets to the playoffs and averaged an impressive 21.1 points per game, 7.0 assists, and 1.2 steals.
The 2019 off-season saw Russell on the move again, this time to the Golden State Warriors. Right now, Russell is undoubtedly the star of the show, playing point guard for an injury-depleted team and a young, new roster. With his cool look and explosive play, it should come as no surprise that Russell was recently added as a brand ambassador for Dwyane Wade’s new sneaker company, ‘Way of Wade’.
Mahershala (shortened from Mahershalalhashbaz) has worked incredibly hard to get where he is today, and it’s thankfully starting to pay off. After dozens of minor and supporting roles over his long acting career, 45-year-old Mahershala is now getting the recognition he deserves.
With must-see performances in ‘True Detective’, ‘Moonlight’ (winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2017) and ‘Green Book’, Mahershala is going to step into Wesley Snipes’ shoes and take on the role of badass vampire hunter, Blade, in future Marvel movies.
Fresh off a historical 2019 Glastonbury performance, in which he became the first UK rapper to headline the renowned festival, the sky is most definitely the limit for Stormzy. Rocking a style of rap called ‘grime’, Stormzy’s tracks are fresh, smooth, and delivered with an earnestness that’s hard to ignore. After blowing up on YouTube, Stormzy released his first album, ‘Gang Signs & Prayer’ in 2017, where it went straight to number one in the UK charts. Stormzy will release his brand new album at the end of 2019, called ‘Heavy Is The Head’, and has collaborated with everyone’s favored collaborator, Ed Sheeran, for a new single.
Is Pres. Elect Biden Obama’s 3rd Term? & What 44 Said About Black America’s Progress Under His Watch on ‘Breakfast Club’ (VIDEO)
*Attorney Antonio Moore discusses the recent Obama Breakfast Club interview during his Book tour.
Moore harshly critiques the interview of Pres. Obama performed by Charlamagne, DJ Envy and Angela Yee.
He also looks closer at President Elect Joe Biden’s cabinet picks and measures them again Barack Obama & Bill Clinton’s prior administrations.
The Virtual United Negro College Fund Tour Heads to NY, DC & NJ on Fri & Sat-Nov. 20 & 21 (EUR EXCLUSIVE!)
*African American students interested in going to college can attend the United Negro College Fund’s (UNCF) Fall 2020 virtual Empower Me Tour. Set for this Friday and Saturday (November 20 & 21, 2020), New York, District of Columbia, and New Jersey will be repped. (This year’s tour kicked off earlier this month in Wisconsin and Illinois). To register, go here.
The Empower Me Tour is an extension of the goals of the UNCF. Founded in 1944, the UNCF, a non-profit, has raised more than $5 billion and helped more than 500,000 students attend 37 private historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).
The EUR caught up with Stacey Lee, the tour’s director for four years, who discussed the importance of the event.
“The UNCF is the nation’s largest provider of education support to minority students,” said Lee. “The Empowerment Tour has been executed for the past 12 years and last year along we offered over $12 million dollars in scholarships.”
Lee continued, “I think the great thing is that during these times, even with COVID-19, is that a number of corporations (Wells Fargo/P&/FedEx/Disney/Goldman Sachs) and donors have really been providing opportunity and financial access to our schools and students.”
The tour is packed with information and resources so that students and parents have the right tools to make informed decisions.
“It’s a free event that provides educational support, scholarships, interviews with colleges, empowerment, and information on how to get to and through college. We also provide this information for parents as well. We have a parent section that focuses on financial aid and the things you need to get your students to college.”
Lee continued, “Sometimes we have students that don’t realize that they can attend college. They can receive scholarships. Some of them don’t even know what an HBCU is. So, it’s inspirational for me to see these students receive this information and the excitement that’s around this tour.”
In addition to college information, panel sessions on issues affecting the community will also take place. Legendary rapper Bun B will be part of a special My Black Is Beautiful panel. The panel will have discussions with girls and boys and the MC will lead the male portion.
“It’s about empowerment,” Bun B told the EUR. “It’s vital for us to lift each other up and amplify each other’s voices. We just talk about now what that role is in this COVID world. And with everything that we are seeing with young Black men on television, we want to keep them motivated and centered. We want to make sure that they are not discouraged in this moment.”
Ever since Kamala Harris threw her hat into the presidential race and elected vice president of the United States, a spotlight has shined on the fact that she’s an HBCU grad (Howard University) and member of the African American sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha. These facts are not lost on the UNCF.
“Kamala has really boosted people’s awareness about HBCUs and (African American sororities) and the type of people that come out of HBCUs. HBCUS have also provided so many people from science, mathematics, and engineering programs (STEM).”
Bun B added, “We have more than enough examples to show you how beneficial an education from an HBCU can be. So, there is no reason to not be a part of an HBCU because the world is just as available to you as it is for anyone else attending any other type of university.”
New Music Buzz: Jazzy Rita Shelby’s ‘Goodbye 2020’
*SB Music presents “Goodbye 2020” a new single for the times we are in.
“Goodbye 2020” is performed by Jazzy Rita Shelby and written by Miss Shelby (ASCAP) and Eddie Lawrence Miller (BMI).
It’s the perfect anthem to end a year that has impacted the globe.
EURweb’s Jazzy Rita is also a prolific lyricist who has teamed up with Eddie Miller for “Goodbye 2020” because it was timely and convenient for the birth of a song such as this.
Eddie Miller is a coveted keyboardist & vocalist who performs regularly with Brian Culbertson and he’s the Rhodes Festival musical director. Jazzy Rita rose to notoriety as host & performer at The Starlight Jazz Serenade, an annual benefit concert in North Hollywood with an A list of stars. As a teen Miss Shelby was inspired to write songs by the legendary David Porter.
This year has been a year like no other. “Goodbye 2020” is an ode to the world for the year that we have seen and the hope that lies ahead. Radio Programmers click here for adds.
“Goodbye 2020” is released on the SB Music label and was recorded at Wishing Wells Studio in Canoga Park, CA. Willie Daniels and Mildred Black perform background vocals along with Jazzy Rita. The video is produced & directed by Jazzy Rita (LaRita Shelby), filmed & edited by Reggie Simon of Simon Vision Media, with wardrobe styling by Jazzy Rita and Poet Roni Girl’s Army Couture. “Goodbye 2020” is available on most digital platforms. Click here to listen on Spotify.
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