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The Black Business Association ‘Black History Awards Dinner’ Focused on Voting Now

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The Ridley-Thomas family members celebrates BBA’s honoree Hon. Sebastian Ridley-Thomas: (clockwise) Sebastian, mother Avis, Sebastian, County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Twin brother Sinclair (Photo: iFoxx Media)

*Los Angeles, CA — The Black Business Association (BBA), the oldest ethnic business organization in the State of California, celebrated Black History Month (aka African American Heritage Month) in grand-fashion at the Salute To Black History Annual Awards Dinner on Thursday, February 27, 2020, at the California African American Museum.

Guests were treated to a dinner catered by Chef Marilyn “The Queen of Soul Food,”  down-home southern goodies menu and a musical performance by Urban Country Gospel Artist, Al Mac Wil.

The evening was filled with joy and political awareness as they focused on this years’ theme “African Americans and The Vote,” that marked the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment.  The BBA paid homage as they honored outstanding individuals who have made contributions in the advancement of the African-American vote. Honorees included;

  • John Lewis

U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 5th Congressional District, serving in his 17th term in the House and is the dean of the Georgia congressional delegation.

  • Sebastian Ridley-Thomas:

The Honorable Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (Ret.) serves as the Chief Strategist of the African American Voter Registration, Education, and Participation.

  • William Barber II

Member of the national board of the NAACP and has been president of the NAACP’s North Carolina state chapter. Barber has served as pastor Greenleaf Christian (Disciples of Christ) in Goldsboro, North Carolina.

  • Willie Brown:

Former California State Assembly, spending 15 years as its speaker.  He became mayor of San Francisco and was the first African American to hold that office.

  • Adrian Dove:

President and CEO of the Kingdom Day Parade which honours the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and is a former field staffer who worked under Dr. King as a Voter Registration Worker in the Deep South during the 60s.

  • Dr. Amos C. Brown

President of the San Francisco branch of the NAACP and has been the pastor of the Third Baptist Church of San Francisco.

  • Alice A. Huffman

President of California & Hawaii NAACP and a member of the National Board of the NAACP.

  • Karen Bass

U.S. Representative for California 37th congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.

The year 2020 also marks the sesquicentennial of the Fifteenth Amendment (1870) and the right of black men to the ballot after the Civil War. The Black History Month theme, then, recognizes the struggle for voting rights among both black men and women throughout American history. It is an ongoing struggle experienced by people of color that continues into the 21st century.

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BBA’s “Skip” Cooper with honorees Alice A. Huffman and Dr. Adrian Dove (Photo: iFoxx Media)

About National African American Heritage Month

This February National African American Heritage Month (as amended from Black History Month).  Will celebrate significant contributions that African Americans have made to our great Nation.  African Americans have made contributions that stand as a testament to their resolve, resilience, and courage.  Over the course of our Nation’s history, African Americans have endured egregious discrimination and bigotry. They have, nevertheless, always been determined to contribute their earnest efforts to America’s greatness. This annual observance is an opportunity to remember the challenges of our past, but also to honor countless African-American heroes who inspire us to shape our country’s future.

BBA Honoree, Rev. Dr. Amos C. Brown and “Skip” Cooper (Photo: iFoxx Media)

BBA Honoree, Rev. Dr. Amos C. Brown and “Skip” Cooper (Photo: iFoxx Media)

About The Black Business Association:

Celebrating 50 Years of service, the Black Business Association (BBA) was founded in 1970.  Headquartered in Los Angeles,  the oldest active ethnic business organization in the State of California, has been committed to ensuring that African American and other diverse business owners benefit from our advocacy efforts to impact, improve and implement policy that improves access to contracting and procurement opportunities with the public and private sector, in addition to providing access to financial resources. The BBA is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization.

 

 

 

 

 

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Nona Hendryx to Host Global Virtual Event with Special Guest Appearance by Angela Davis

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*Singer, songwriter, and activist Nona Hendryx in conjunction with Nubian Q.U.E.E.N.X., have partnered with the international feminist group JASS (Just Associates) to present a “Musical Meditation and Celebration of Radical Healing” on Friday, August 14, 2020. This global, multi-artist virtual online event is designed to share and affirm our connections and power in a time of uprising and crisis through music, dance, poetry, and guided meditations. Featuring female performing entities from around the world, including noted activist, academic, and author Angela Davis, this one-of-a-kind event will be live-streamed on the StreamYard platform beginning at 4:00 p.m. EST/1:00 p.m. PST/2:00 MT/7:00 p.m. UCT.

JASS was founded in 2003 by activists, organizers, popular educators, and scholars from five continents, including Lisa VeneKlasen, who recently stepped down as Executive Director, and Shereen Essof, the current Executive Director, who are connected by their commitment to grassroots feminist organizing and justice through shared political struggles from Central America to Zimbabwe, South Africa, and the Philippines.

Hendryx – a former member of Grammy Hall of Fame trio LaBelle – and VeneKlasen have long wanted to collaborate politically on an event spotlighting women’s often invisible role in the ongoing fight to address unfinished struggles of our liberation – violence, inequality, racism, discrimination, stigma, and more. Initially planning to partner to celebrate Women’s History Month in March, then Black Music Month in June, they postponed plans when the country was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic as well as by the global outcry for racial and social justice. With numerous artists and organizations taking to online platforms for performances and fundraisers, Hendryx and VeneKlasen decided that August was a stronger opportunity for the two women-focused entities to address both the hopeful possibilities and trauma and pain of these times.

“By radical healing, we’re acknowledging the power of music to lift our spirits and connect us across all our differences,” says Hendryx. “We recognize that we can’t build and sustain strong movements for the long haul with broken people who bear the brunt of crises and violence. We need moments of shared joy and connections as much as information and strategy.” Adding that women’s role at the forefront of numerous movements has been powerful and consistent, she also notes, “some of the most amazing music ever created has been birthed from struggle.”

Shereen Essof, JASS Executive Director, adds, “In the face of crises and violence, feminist organizers believe that our collective healing is vital to building strong, agile movements for the future. Songs, music, dancing, and poetry are part of a long tradition of activism and communities organizing for justice globally. We are incredibly excited to co-create this moment of radical healing with these extraordinary artists.”

Hendryx will perform with New York-based collective Nubian Q.U.E.E.N.X. (Quantum, Unique, Evolving, Essence of Nubian Sistas), a musical meditation on the affirmation of healing traumas of the past and present while answering questions and exploring ways to move forward. First presented at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., in September 2019 with special guests Divinity Roxx, Be Steadwell, Liza Jessie Peterson, the group will be joined by Sophia Ramos for the August 14th performance.  Q.U.E.E.N.X. is a multi-generational, multi-disciplinary blending of music, spoken word, hip-hop, funk, rock, and avant-garde. The group has been hailed for its unique performances that embrace a broad range of audiences, particularly the African American, Latinx, Indigenous Natives, and LGBTQI communities.

Also joining Nubian Q.U.E.E.N.X. for this special presentation in radical healing will be noted women artists from around the globe, including South African actress and poet Lebo Mashile; indigenous Guatemalan singer Sara Carruchich; Zimbabwean singer and Mbira player, Hope Masike; and Filipina theater actress and singer Monique Wilson.

For more information and reservations for this event, please go to https://nona-hendryx.squarespace.com/nubianqueenx and https://www.justassociates.org/

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Evelyn Lozada Gets Emotional Recalling Ochocinco Abuse [VIDEO]

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*Evelyn Lozada has responded to the recent comments her ex-husband, former NFL star Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson, made about his 2012 domestic violence case.

“I lost my temper for once in life for 3 seconds & it cost me a lifetimes worth of work,” he tweeted without mentioning the incident. “I got it all back plus some after getting a 2nd chance & NOTHING will ever get me out of that happy space again.”

As reported by thejasminebrand.com, Johnson was arrested and charged with domestic battery in 2012 following an altercation with Lozada. She filed for divorce days after.

He pleaded no contest and struck a plea deal and served a year-long probation sentence.

Johnson was also dropped by the Miami Dolphins after his arrest. He and Evelyn also filmed a VH1 realty show that never aired. 

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The “Basketball Wives” star released a tearful video Thursday in response to Johnson’s tweet.

She captioned the 5 minute clip: “I’m sorry to my kids, my family & friends, my fellow cast-members, their kids & family, the viewers & anyone else I hurt or affected with my actions. I hope & pray my message is received and that this video makes sense. I’m sorry for being so upset but this is HEAVY on my heart. #ILoveAllOfYou”.

In the video Lozada makes clear that Ochocinco was abusive on more than one occasion.

Hear/watch her tell it via the YouTube clip above. 

Evelyn Lozada Cries While Alleging Ochocinco Was Abusive More Than Once [VIDEO]

Johnson’s spoke about his troubled past after social media users asked his advice on how to stay positive.

“What’s the secret? How do you stay so positive? Was it therapy? Not being funny…really asking for myself,” wrote one fan.

Evelyn and Chad were married for only 41 days before she filed for divorce after they had a violent brawl.

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Stephen A. Smith Says NBA Players Will ‘Struggle’ with Sexual Frustration in Orlando / WATCH

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*As the NBA prepares for the conclusion of the season in Orlando, Florida, Stephen A. Smith thinks the biggest challenge players will face in the city is the lack of sex due to the COVID-19 lockdown. 

“Do we really think that the ‘recreational activities’ that these guys are accustomed to are going to be compromised for three months?” said Smith on Tuesday’s edition of First Take, per 97 The Game.

The NBA recently shared a photo of courts for the Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers and Orlando Magic being set up inside the bubble at Disney World, offering a first look at team practice rooms being set up in hotels. 

As noted by CBS News, ” as teams start traveling to Orlando next week, we should start getting more information about how everything in the bubble is going to look,” the outlet writes. Adding, “Teams will practice at staggered times in order to promote social distancing and keep everyone healthy. “

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Smith added, “Forget three months. They’re gonna’ struggle with three weeks. Why you think they wanted Vegas?” asked Smith.

Hear him tell it via the Twitter video above.

Meanwhile, Jesse Pantuosco of 97 The Game writes, “the NBA has made its Orlando accommodations as player-friendly as possible with table tennis, on-site barbers, movie-viewing areas and other entertainment options. But even with all those amenities at their disposal, Smith predicts players will leave the premises to fulfill their sexual appetites.”

“They’re gonna’ violate the bubble. That’s what I’m telling you,” Smith insisted. “Somebody’s gotta’ say it.”

Meanwhile, when asked what he would like to see when the league restarts in Florida, Lakers player representative Danny Green told ESPN.  “We got to continue to speak up, continue to figure out ways to affect change as a group,” said Green. “We’ll be competing against each other and focusing on winning, but we still need to focus on what’s the bigger picture.”

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