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Naomi Campbell to Develop Digital Content with Studio71 Collaboration

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*Supermodel and anti-racism activist Naomi Campbell is teaming up with Studio71 to build and diversify her digital content portfolio.

According to Variety, the partnership will allow Campbell to grow content via ad sales, channel optimization, and brand partnerships across social media and video sharing platforms. On Facebook she has 1.9 million followers, on Twitter she has over $700k and on YouTube, Naomi has 440,000 subscribers, where she hosts an interview series “No Filter with Naomi.” Guests have included Rev. Al Sharpton, Opal Tometi, co-founder of Black Lives Matter and Anna Wintour.

“I’m thrilled to be collaborating with Studio71 as I further develop projects in the media space and look forward to sharing my creative ideas with the masses in the very near future,” Campbell said in a statement.

“Naomi is doing something really special that she’s not done before. She understands the importance of content and has assumed a responsibility to connect with her audience in a meaningful and authentic way, like only she can,” Joseph Marchese, SVP and co-head of talent at Studio71, said in a statement.

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Campbell recently dished with Andy Cohen remotely on “Watch What Happens Live” and addressed Anna Wintour’s statement to Vogue staff about not doing enough to elevate diverse voices.

Wintour noted in the memo: “I want to say plainly that I know Vogue has not found enough ways to elevate and give space to Black editors, writers, photographers, designers and other creators. We have made mistakes too, publishing images or stories that have been hurtful or intolerant. I take full responsibility for those mistakes.”

When asked her opinion about the statement, Campbell said, “I think things are about to change, don’t you?” she asked Cohen. “Things are about to change.”

“Everyone used to think that you liked being the token Black person in the room,” she added. “It’s absolutely the opposite. I never did.”

Wintour acknowledged, “It can’t be easy to be a Black employee at Vogue, and there are too few of you. I know that it is not enough to say we will do better, but we will — and please know that I value your voices and responses as we move forward.” 

She pledged, “On a corporate level, work is being done to support organizations in a real way. These actions will be announced as soon as possible. I am arranging ways we can discuss these issues together candidly, but in the meantime, I welcome your thoughts or reactions.”

Campbell explained to Cohen that change needs to begin top-down.

“It needs to change from the boardroom to the seat. It needs to go right from the top through,” she said. “I’ve been saying this for years, and so I’m truly grateful and happy finally this is happening.”

“The way that it’s had to come out, for people to lose their lives, it’s very sad and my condolences to each and every one of those victims…parents of those people that have gone,” Campbell said of the rising racial tension over the police killing of Black people. “This had to happen. This change had to happen.”

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Abby Phillip of CNN: A Next-Gen Star is Born

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*In this age of fast-talking and often overbearing television news correspondents, many have been in the business far longer than CNN’s Abby Phillip.  Yet Philip, 31, is a breath of fresh air.

During the recent presidential election night coverage, and the days that followed, more people turned to CNN than any other news outlet, to get their information about the historic election.

What viewers witnessed was a strong team of correspondents, with Phillip at center stage.  She has been touted for presenting journalistic brilliance, rooted in deep perspectives and wisdom of the political landscape.  Phillip was superbly praised, especially when she talked about the role Black women played in the presidential election.

“For Black women, this has been really a proving moment for their political strength, in carrying Joe Biden to the Democratic nomination through the primary,” Phillip told the NY Times.

And even before Biden’s win, Phillip predicted the former vice president would become president-elect.

“Not only would Black Women put Joe Biden in the White House,” Phillip said on the air. “but they would also put a Black woman in the White House as well.  And while Donald Trump’s political career began with the racist birther lie, it may very well end with a Black woman in the White House.”

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While what Phillip said on the air is profound, it’s just as important how she said it.  Phillip is methodic in her vocal delivery, with a cadence and inflection in her voice that draw viewers to her solemn and insightful take on an array of political topics.

Born in Virginia and raised in Bowie, Maryland to parents from Trinidad and Tobago, Phillip ultimately graduated from Harvard College with a bachelor’s degree in government.  After working at ABC News and the Washington Post, CNN hired Phillip in 2017 as a political news analyst.

While she has been a valued news analyst and contributor on many segments at CNN since joining the popular cable outlet, her star began to rise exponentially after she was chosen to help anchor the coverage of the 2020 Democratic National Convention and the Republican National Convention.  The ultimate shine on the star came when CNN’s executive producers tapped her to be a major political contributor on election night, which has been called the most important election in American history.

“I was excited, but I was stressed,” Phillip said.  “I knew it was a big deal.”

 

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Faizon Love Hits Universal with Discrimination Lawsuit Over ‘Couples Retreat’ Poster [VIDEO]

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*Faizon Love has filed a race discrimination lawsuit against Universal Studios for removing him from the international poster for the 2009 comedy “Couples Retreat.”

“This film was a big money-maker for Universal, but instead of honoring my work and my contract, the studio chose to render me invisible to billions of moviegoers,” Love said in a statement, Variety reports

Love claims he only recently realized that he and co-star Kali Hawk are not on the international poster, and their names aren’t even mentioned. 

“Rather than enjoy maximum visibility with the film’s release, Mr. Love was demoted to the proverbial ‘Invisible Man,’” the lawsuit said, referring to Ralph Ellison’s civil rights novel.

“Although Couples Retreat achieved a first-place box office opening weekend ranking, and went on a spectacular run that grossed more than $171 million worldwide, Universal Studios placed Mr. Love in the back seat of the ride enjoyed by his six White costars,” it said.

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Universal allegedly apologized when first called out over the edited poster, and Love says he was promised future “lucrative, career-making film roles”… but that never hapened. 

The lawsuit claims the movie’s lead actor Vince Vaughn “went so far as to tell Mr. Love that making a big deal about his removal from the poster would not be good for his career.”

Love is taking legal action of behalf of all Black artists who have been mistreated in the industry. 

“They have not only hurt me financially, they have hurt me in a deeper way by dismissing me because of my Blackness — and they have hurt all Black performers by continuing to perpetuate racism in the movie industry,” Love said. “I want to ensure that future generations don’t have to endure the racism and whitewashing that I have experienced.”

The suit accuses Universal of fraud, breach of contract, and violating California’s fair employment act and civil rights law.

Scroll up and hear Faizon talk about the lawsuit via the YouTube clip above.

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‘Bachelorette’ Star Tayshia Adams Gets Emotional During Rare Conversation About Race [VIDEO]

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*“Bachelorette”Star Tayshia Adams opened up about racism and the Black Lives Matter movement during a rare conversation about race on the hit dating series.

Adams confessed to biracial contestant Ivan Hall on Tuesday’s episode that the death of George Floyd changed her perspective as a Black/Latina woman. She became emotional during their date while explaining her experience as a woman of color in America.

 “Being in Orange County and surrounded by a lot of people that don’t look like me — being the only person that looks like me — I’m realizing that I’ve been trying so hard my whole life to blend in because I knew I was different,” said Adams of her California upbringing. “I didn’t really want to cry about it or open up about it, but hearing people yell ‘Black Lives Matter,’ it hit me more than I realize just because those are people in my backyard that I’ve been trying to prove for so long that I’m the same as them.”

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Hall also shared his own experience as man of color, and recalled how his younger brother was mistreated in prison by correctional officers. 

Adamsl told the camera, “He understands me more than anybody else can. That’s obviously what I’ve been looking for.”

The casting of Adams and the discussion about race comes months after Rachel Lindsay, the franchise’s first Black lead, called out the “Bachelor” franchise for “systemic racism.”

In response, producers diversified the popular series both in front of and behind the camera. 

“We made a concerted effort, before the pandemic, to make better strides for diversity and let people see themselves and their love represented on the show,” host and producer Chris Harrison told The Hollywood Reporter. “I think the best thing we ever did was realizing and admitting there was an issue, and then saying, ‘Let’s get to work and let’s do better.'”

Speaking to the publication earlier in the season about starring on the show, Adams said: “Not only am I African American, but I am Mexican, and I’m going to have an opportunity to have a platform to relate to so many women who look like me, who haven’t had the opportunity to relate to someone in the past. How can you not want to take that opportunity and be an amazing role model for people? That was something that I took on and was really excited to be able to do.”

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