*On Monday, Feb. 24, the hosts of “The Real” talk about the criticism and comments Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union have received since revealing their daughter Zaya is transgender.
Co-host Jeannie Mai shares her feelings that Dwyane and Gabrielle did a brave and important thing by sharing Zaya’s news.
The ladies wonder whether people should feel guilty for listening to R. Kelly’s music. Co-host Tamera Mowry-Housley feels that his songs came from a sexual place and they make her uncomfortable. Jeannie agrees and says that when it comes to Bill Cosby or Harvey Weinstein’s work, their crimes happened behind the scenes. Co-hosts Amanda Seales and Loni Love agree that everyone has the choice to listen to R. Kelly’s music on their own, but it shouldn’t be played in public.
The hosts discuss Rihanna’s speech at the NAACP Image Awards, encouraging people of color to tell friends of different races to “pull up.” Adrienne explains that people shouldn’t just be allies in public – they need to be allies in private as well.
And actor Mike Colter stops by to talk about Evil, and what being a #GirlDad means to him!
Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union Did A Brave And Important Thing, Sharing Zaya’s Story With The World
Loni Love: Black people have been very conservative about LGBTQ. We hide it.
Amanda Seales: Yeah, absolutely.
Loni: We go every Sunday morning, we see the gay, um, music choir…
Amanda: Choir director!
Loni: And we try to act like he’s not gay. I mean, seriously. And you know what? It’s a lack of education. And what we’re being forced to see, and thank you to Dwyane and Gabrielle for being so brave, because there is no education –
Amanda: Thank you to Zaya for being so brave!
[The Real audience applauds]
Loni: Because they’re very public! But there is no education about sexuality. And that’s why people are confused. In my opinion! I feel when people don’t know something and they’re confused about it, that’s when they shun it.
Adrienne Houghton: And they say ignorant statements!
Loni: And they make jokes about it! And it’s not a joke about somebody’s sexuality! It’s time for us to stand up and start realizing that we need to understand sexuality and that it’s ok…
Loni: And gender!
Jeannie Mai: Gender.
Jeannie: When it comes to the Wades, they did a very beautiful demonstration of what their job as a parent is. 1 – Listen…
Adrienne: The Wades can speak because on it because it’s their children – everyone else cannot.
Jeannie: …Listen and believe your child, #2, This is our daughter. Had they kept this inside of their home, they would have sent a terrible, and many times, traumatic message to their daughter that we are embarrassed of your existence in public.
[The Real audience applauds]
Jeannie: So that’s really important.
Amanda: Zaya, to me, is a beautiful example of how important it is for you to know thyself. And for you to encourage that in your child from an early age. At any point in time, Zaya might be like, “You know what? I want you to call me Zaire now.” And it’s like, that shouldn’t be a problem. And for rappers to be having the issue with this, it’s like, we calling you out your name all the daggone time!
[The Real audience applauds]
Jeannie: Yo, yo.
Loni: I know. And –
Jeannie: And another thing I just want to say really quick –
Jeannie: – that I hear a lot, because I’m a proud follower and lover of Jesus. And people say that God doesn’t make mistakes. Just because Zaya doesn’t fit into your understanding of gender doesn’t mean that Zaya is a mistake. God didn’t make a mistake. The mistake is us trying to put Zaya and trans people into a limited understanding of what gender is. So please note that God does not make mistakes.
Amanda: Ain’t nothing Christian about bullying.
About THE REAL
THE REAL is a live daily, one-hour, two-time NAACP Image Award-winning and Emmy-nominated talk show now in its sixth season on Fox Television Stations and in national syndication (check local listings), with a rebroadcast on cable network Bounce. The bold, diverse and outspoken Emmy Award-winning hosts, Adrienne Houghton, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai, Tamera Mowry-Housley and Amanda Seales, all frankly say what women are actually thinking. Their unique perspectives are brought to life through candid conversations about their personal lives, current events, beauty, fashion and relationships (nothing is off limits). Unlike other talk shows, THE REAL hosts are admittedly a “work in progress,” and fearlessly invite viewers to reflect on their own lives and opinions. Fresh points of view, youthful energy and passion have made THE REAL a platform for multicultural women. Produced by Telepictures Productions and distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, THE REAL is led by Executive Producer, Rachel Miskowiec (Good Morning America, Katie, The Tyra Banks Show, Judge Hatchett, The Ricki Lake Show) and shot in Los Angeles, California.
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.
Celebrate Halloween with ‘Spell’ Starring Omari Hardwick, Loretta Devine and John Beasley / WATCH
*Today/TONIGHT is Halloween and what could be a more perfect way to celebrate than with the release of SPELL? Enjoy the clips below to get you in the spooky spirit!
Omari Hardwick (“Power,” Sorry to Bother You), Loretta Devine (“Black-ish,” Crash) and John Beasley (The Sum of All Fears, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks) star in the terrifying thriller SPELL, coming to Premium Video-On-Demand and Digital today October 30 from Paramount Home Entertainment.
While flying to his father’s funeral in rural Appalachia, an intense storm causes Marquis (Omari Hardwick) to lose control of the plane carrying him and his family. He awakens wounded, alone and trapped in Ms. Eloise’s (Loretta Devine) attic, who claims she can nurse him back to health with the Boogity, a Hoodoo figure she has made from his blood and skin. Unable to call for help, Marquis desperately tries to outwit and break free from her dark magic and save his family from a sinister ritual before the rise of the blood moon.
DIRECTED BY | Mark Tonderai
SCREENPLAY BY | Kurt Wimmer
STARRING | Omari Hardwick, Loretta Devine, John Beasley
AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL PLATFORMS | Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, DirecTV, VUDU, Xfinity, FandangoNOW and more.
Rating | R – violence, disturbing/bloody images, and language
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