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Meghan Markle ‘Absolutely Devastated’ Over Racism and Civil Unrest in US [VIDEO]

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*Meghan, Duchess of Sussex delivered a speech on racism, George Floyd and Black Lives Matter, describing the current civil unrest in the United States as “absolutely devastating.”

In a six-minute video addressed to the students at her former high school, Meghan admitted she was “really nervous” about speaking on the issue, but realized that “the only wrong thing to say is to say nothing.”

“George Floyd’s life mattered and Breonna Taylor’s life mattered and Philando Castile’s life mattered, and Tamir Rice’s life mattered,” she told the students of Immaculate Heart High in Los Angels, per MSN.com

She also recalled the 1992 Los Angeles riots which were “triggered by a senseless act of racism.”

“I remember the curfew and I remember rushing back home and on that drive home, seeing ash fall from the sky and smelling the smoke and seeing the smoke billow out of buildings,” Meghan said.

“Seeing people run out of buildings carrying bags and looting and I remember seeing men in the back of a van just holding guns and rifles.”

Watch the clip via the Twitter video embed below.

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A friend of the former actress told Newsweek: “As you can probably tell, it’s pretty raw and she spoke without notes.

“But she’s been having lots of conversations about the issue before filming.

“Both her and Harry have been having private calls with community figures about everything, so I’m sure that helped form her view.”

In the clip, Meghan begins by saying: “As we’ve all seen over the last week, in our country and in our state and in our hometown of LA has been absolutely devastating.

“And I wasn’t sure what I could say to you.

“I wanted to say the right thing and I was really nervous that I wouldn’t or that it would get picked apart and I realized the only wrong thing to say is to say nothing.

Meghan also apologized to students for not getting the world “to a place where you deserve it to be.”

She concluded her message by urging the graduates to use their voices to become the leaders “we all so deeply crave.”

“I am so proud to call each of you a fellow alumni and I’m so eager to see what you are going to do. Please know that I’m cheering you on all along the way,” she said.

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‘Tamar Braxton: Get Ya Life’ Exclusive Clip: Tamar Tries Some Tea to Get Snatched! [WATCH]

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*We have an exclusive look at Thursday’s episode of Tamar Braxton’s ‘Get Ya Life!,’ a new WE tv docuseries that takes viewers on the singer’s journey to turn her life around.

This week, Tamar is caught in the middle of a disaster between her new boo and the path to relaunch her music career. Cameras roll while David fights to protect Tamar from witchcraft.

In the clip above,Tamar wants to lose weight with diet tea. Will the tea give her what she wants?

Watch “Tamar Braxton: Get Ya Life” Thursdays at 9/8c.

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Tamar Braxton is back! After nearly losing everything, including herself, Tamar is determined to turn her life around and take matters into her own hands by sharing her truth in a revealing new docu-series that follows her every move. Tamar teams up with music and TV mogul Mona Scott-Young to bare it all and bring her “baggage” – aka the camera crew — along with her for the ride. But nothing can prepare Tamar for the most epic journey of her life. In a series of shocking revelations and extreme breakthroughs, it’s the most authentic side of Tamar Braxton ever as she vows to show the good, the bad and the ugly. Cameras continue rolling during Tamar’s most vulnerable hours as she invites love back into her life with her new boo David, relaunches her music career, navigates co-parenting with ex-husband Vince Herbert, and battles the pressure to reconcile and reunite with her family. In the end, will Tamar be able to bounce back and turn her life around or will all of her demons defeat her? This is her last shot.

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Show ‘Em How We Do It Now! Happy 78th B’Day to Herb Fame of Peaches & Herb [EUR Video Throwback]

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*There were many Peaches in Peaches & Herb throughout the decades, but only one Herb. And today is his 78th birthday.

Born Herbert Feemster on Oct. 1, 1942, in the Anacostia section of Washington D.C. , Herb changed his last name to Fame and got his start in the music business after graduating from Roosevelt High School.

While working in a record store, he crossed paths with musician and record producer Van McCoy, who would go on to record the iconic disco staple “The Hustle” in 1975.

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Van McCoy ended up signing Herb to Columbia subsidiary Date Records and paired him up with Francine “Peaches” Barker, who had been part of a trio on the label called The Sweet Things under her stage name Francine Day.

From McCoy’s recordings of Fame and Barker – now called Peaches & Herb – came the single, “We’re in This Thing Together,” which was  a flop — until months later in December of 1966, when a St. Louis disc jockey played the single’s B-side, a revival of the 1934 hit “Let’s Fall in Love.”

“Let’s Fall in Love” became a hit, and was followed in the next two years by several albums and singles, including the hits “Close Your Eyes,” “Love Is Strange” and “For Your Love.”

Although their careers were taking off around their media image as the “Sweethearts of Soul,” Barker got tired of her years on the road and decided to retire from the duo. Enter singer Marlene Mack (aka Marlene Jenkins), who became the new “Peaches” on stage, while Barker’s vocals remained on all of the duo’s recordings for Date Records.

Herb ended the act in 1970 and took a hard left turn by enrolling in the D.C. police academy. He was a full time police officer until 1976, when he decided to jump back into the music business with a fresh new Peaches. His mentor McCoy suggested local D.C. talent Linda Greene, whose musical training took place at DC’s Sewell Music Conservatory. Fame met Greene and the two hit it off, becoming the most successful Peaches and Herb incarnation of the three to date.

Their first of seven albums together, “Peaches & Herb,” was produced by McCoy for MCA Records and generated the lone hit single, “We’re Still Together.”

Next, Peaches & Herb signed with MVP/Polydor and released the album “2 Hot,” which went gold. It’s first single, “Shake Your Groove Thing,” also went gold and peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in March 1979.

The follow-up single was the triple platinum, Grammy-nominated hit “Reunited.” With a wink to the 1960s Peaches & Herb hit “United” (originally recorded and made a hit by The Intruders), “Reunited” reached No. 1 on both the Hot 100, the Billboard R&B chart, and in Canada. It was nominated for a Song of the Year Grammy in 1980.

Subsequent albums with Polydor produced several more hits, including the wedding staple, “I Pledge My Love.”

After changing labels again to the Entertainment Company, Fame and Greene released their seventh and final album in 1983. Scoring only one minor hit, the duo decided to call it quits. Fame returned to law enforcement and joined the U.S. Marshals Service in 1986 as a deputized court security officer at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

Herb Fame recruited at least five more Peacheses in subsequent years, including the first non-black Peaches. He continues to tour and perform with the Peaches du jour…

But he never quite matched the success of his run with Peaches #3, Linda Greene.

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‘Negative Exposure’: Film Flips the Script on Racism to Achieve Racial Reform / VIDEO

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*For centuries, Black people in America have been subjected to systemic racism that has touched every sector of their lives.  With ongoing displacement, exclusion, bias, segregation, and socioeconomic injustices, an overwhelming population of Black people find themselves woefully and wrongfully denied fair housing, a quality education, bountiful employment, affordable health care, and a fair justice system.  For White people, it’s the opposite.

Yet, what if the tables were turned, which presented a reversal of Black and White roles in America?  Imagine if Black people were the privileged sector of society and benefactors of golden opportunities in  their lives.  Suppose White people were transmuted to assume subservient roles that many Black people have struggled to shake since slavery.

In the recently released film, “Negative Exposure,” such reversals of Black and White roles come to fruition.  The movie’s storyline follows Jayson Gresham (Taylor Katsanis), a young WHITE MAN trapped in the ghetto, where vicious cycles of poverty, hopelessness, racial profiling and police harassment have  been a daily way of life for generations.  Jayson’s longtime friend is Bones (Darrell Snedeger), a White hoodlum who controls everything that’s illegal in the hood, specifically the sale of drugs and gang activities.

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Nevertheless, Jayson seeks a better life for his young daughter and himself.  However, Blacks maintain a system of racism to keep Jayson and other ghetto-dwelling Whites suppressed.  As a result, Jayson, through interactions with Bones, faces decisions and consequences that will alter his life in definitive ways.

The film was shot in Columbia, South Carolina – although it could have been shot in any American city, where impoverished communities and underserved populations fight for survival.

“The film’s concept has been brimming in me for about eight years,” said Bishop Eric Warren Davis, who is the film’s executive producer and stars as Pastor Kingsley, an elite Black clergy with ruling class  privileges, who is ultimately faced with soul-searching decisions in the name of humanity.  “After the Trayvon Martin deadly shooting,  I found myself having discussions with interracial groups and saw the lack of empathy, even in rooms with multicultural pastors.  That’s when the concept came to me to make a movie where there is a reversal of roles.  I saw the film as a way to deliver a powerful message about racism.”

According to Davis, he created E.D. Legacy Films in Columbia, South Carolina.  Last year, Davis and his film company partnered with writer/director/producer Tony Tite of Atlanta-based Global Star Media TV/Films.  Tite wrote the movie script and served as the film’s director.  The two men assembled a production crew out of Atlanta and an integrated cast of actors and actresses from Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.  The movie, said Davis, was shot in 21 days, wrapping up production in early March of 2020, just days before the COVID-19 pandemic hit the nation.

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While the COVID-19 pandemic has prevented the film from being shown in movie theaters, at the moment, “Negative Exposure” can be seen on Vimeo, an on-demand film/video hosting, sharing, and services platform.  On Vimeo, the movie can be rented or purchased. However, Davis said talks are still on-going with national and international movie theaters to show the film.

“The feedback from the film has been very positive,” said Davis. “We expected some pushback because people are going to have their biases.  Most people thought because the film was directed by a Black person that it was going to have an angry message.  This movie has black and white points in it that had to be made but the ultimate message is loving one another and having empathy for one another.  But there were some hard points made in the movie to get to those messages.”

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Davis believes “Negative Exposure” is right for this moment in time, although racism has been around for centuries.  And there are countless news stories of police brutality and other injustices against Black people at a rate too frequent to count.  However, the tragic murders of Tamir Rice, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd represent only a few Black lives that have been lost to the rages of racial and inhumane hatred.  What has followed these fatal encounters have been mass protests, coast to coast.

“The reasons why there are so many protests across the country and the world is that people are tired of systems based on stereotypical perceptions that are not in step with a changing world and generations,” said Davis. “The world is crying out for ‘justice and change.’  It’s no longer classism or racism as usual, there has to be a clearer picture, and in ‘Negative Exposure’ we offer the opportunity to look at where we need to be moving as a society.”

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Based on the film’s potent message, the movie has garnered the attention of The National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL).  With its 700 members, the organization represents more than 50 million Americans across the country.  NBCSL has adopted the J.A.Y.S.O.N. (Just as Your Son) Resolution, which is based on a concept from the movie.  During the upcoming NBCSL 44th Virtual Annual Legislative Conference in late November into December, the group will screen the movie as part of a central discussion.  The organization is targeting more than 100,000 young people to watch the film.

“Negative Exposure” is seen as a call to action in an effort to expedite legislation to transform policing into a model that is equitable and safe for all communities, specifically those inhabited by people of color,” said Davis.  “We want to take audiences out of the dark into the light and joining forces with NBCSL to strengthen political advocacy in local communities is one way to accomplish this goal.  This film stands as a beacon for social and racial reform!”

To learn more about “Negative Exposure” log on to www.negativeexposuremovie.com.  To see the film on Vimeo, log on to https://vimeo.com/ondemand/negativeexposure.

 

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