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This Week on FOX LA’s ‘CULTURE CONVERSATIONS’: Lee Merritt, Audrianna Williams, and Callie Evans / WATCH

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*If you haven’t heard, each week on FOX LA’s “Culture Conversations,” host Mimi Brown is joined by leaders, change-makers, thinkers, creators, activists, and other diverse voices to explore the issues of race, inequality, justice, policing, political strength, and more of the pressing issues that affect our communities on a daily basis.

“Culture Conversations” airs each Friday at 10:00 AM PST on the FOX 11 Facebook page. Past episodes are also available on FoxLA.com.

MEET THIS WEEK’S GUEST:

LEE MERRITT (@MeritLaw): A civil rights attorney whose eponymous law firm represents victims of police brutality, corporate discrimination, and hate-based crimes, Lee Merritt, Esq. is currently representing the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor.

A South Central native, Merritt joins Mimi to discuss ongoing protests in Wisconsin that followed the shooting of Jacob Blake, bringing an end to racial violence, and increasing police accountability.

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AUDRIANNA WILLIAMS AND CALLIE EVANS (@audriwill_and @_coolcal):

Two high school teachers from Albany, Georgia, Audrianna Williams and Callie Evans recently found viral fame with a COVID-inspired back-to-school remix of “What’s Poppin’” by Jack Harlow.

The rapping educators join Mimi to discuss the attention brought about by the video, the challenges of teaching virtually, and how this project continues their long-time effort to use music to engage and uplift their students and community.

FOR MORE CULTURE CONVERSATIONS, ENJOY PAST SHOWS:

  1. 12 (AMANDA SEALES):

https://www.foxla.com/news/culture-conversations-amplifying-the-voice-of-amanda-seales

  1. 11 (DOMINIQUE DiPRIMA AND DJ HED):

https://www.foxla.com/news/culture-conversations-special-edition-addresses-jacob-blake-shooting-social-justice-in-sports-rnc

  1. 10 (KIRK FRANKLIN AND JEFF FRIDAY):

https://www.foxla.com/news/culture-conversations-amplifying-the-voices-of-kirk-franklin-jeff-friday

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Wayne Brady Demands Social Media Platforms Do Better at Protecting Underage Girls [VIDEO]

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*Wayne Brady is calling out social media networks to take more responsibility in protecting minors. 

Brady appeared on “The Talk”, and expressed his concern about platforms like Facebook and Instagram making it easy for perverted men to send inappropriate private messages to underage users. 

Brady recalled the experience of his 17-year-old daughter Maile, and how he and his ex-wife Mandie have been monitoring her social media accounts, ET reports.

“Mandie monitors Maile’s Instagram and social media because even when she’s near-grown—’cause she’ll be 18 in February, you are still a child, so we have to monitor that,” he said. “And these grown men see her dancing and whatnot, and they just slide in.”

READ MORE: Wayne Brady on the ‘Fear’ Black People Have for Cop Culture [VIDEO]

Brady said Mandie once pretended to be their daughter and interacted with an older man.

“Mandie got on the line with one of them and was, you know, texting back and forth and he was talking slick, until he realized that it was her,” Brady said. “And then she’s like, ‘What the hell are you doing?’ And he’s like, ‘I just broke up with my girlfriend, and I just saw her.’ That doesn’t mean anything. You tell that to your cellmate when we put you in jail. You can talk all about your post-breakup relationship then.”

Brady then called for social media companies to do better at implementing tools for reporting and removing child sex predators.

“You can try to block a person’s account and report them for hate speech… you can report them for trying to be someone else, but in order to really get to them to say, hey, this person is saying something damning or showing images to a young woman or even to a woman who gets a salacious pic, all of the tap dancing you need to do to get that person reported shouldn’t happen,” Brady said. “If this is what social media is, make the tools available to deal with these reprehensible people.”

Scroll up and hear/watch Wayne Brady tell it via the clip above. 

Tune in to “The Talk” weekdays at 2 p.m. ET/PT on Global.

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Iyanla Vanzant Confirms End of ‘Fix My Life’ Series on OWN

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*Iyanla Vanzant has announced that the upcoming season of her long running series “Fix My Life” will be the last.

“This is my last season. This is my legacy season, I’m out. We out. 2020,” she announced during a virtual press conference.

“This season we deal with the massive breakdowns that have occurred in families and relationships as a result of the pandemic, [and] as a result of the shutdown. We’re dealing with some very compelling issues,” Vanzant said.

We previously reported… “Love & Hip Hop: Miami” star Shay Johnson will kick off the season 7 premiere of “Iyanla: Fix My Life” on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network  on  Oct. 31. 

READ MORE: Iyanla Vanzant on Why She Refused to ‘Fix’ R. Kelly [WATCH]

Johnson and several relatives turn to the spiritual life coach for help with personal and family issues. In a preview clip, emotions run high and the reality star storms out and says, “I’m not willing to deal with this s–t. Lady, I’m out.” 

When Vanzant tells Johnson “You don’t know what the process is” Johnson responds, “F–k the process!”

Johnson addressed the episode teaser on Instagram, saying “I’ve never seen a therapist before so this was very new to me,” she shared.

“There were heated ‘situations’ between Iyanla and I, which I will explain more once the show airs, but definitely stay tuned,” she added. 

Comedian and actress Luenell will also appear on the series this season.

In a description OWN says: “Iyanla will guide in the healing of the mother-daughter relationship with comedienne Luenell, bring together broken families, heal failing marriages, and even ‘fix’ clients who are in crisis mode in their personal and professional lives. Secrets will be exposed, relationships will be changed, and tears will flow as the process of change is often more emotionally debilitating than anyone imagines.”

“Iyanla: Fix My Life” premieres on Oct. 31 from 9-11 p.m. ET/PT.

Watch the trailer below.

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Tamar Braxton Admits She Has Contemplated Suicide Multiple Times [VIDEO]

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*Tamar Braxton revealed on “The Tamron Hall Show” on Wednesday that she contemplated suicide long before she acted on it this summer. 

“Were you at home at the time?” Hall asked the singer of ther July suicide attempt. “Did you take pills?”

Braxton replied, “It’s so hard to say, Tamron, because I feel like there’s a responsibility for- you know, I call them family, my fans, who watch. I don’t want to give any examples. But what I will say is, that was my lowest point of life.”

When asked if she had attempted suicide before, Braxton said, “I’m just going to be a hundred percent. There has been a time where I wanted to.”

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Hall said, “But this was the first time you acted on it.”

Braxton replied, “Yeah.”

She also implies that her relationship with ex David Adefeso soured after he found her unconscious in their hotel room in Los Angeles. Adefeso called 911 and Braxton was hospitalized before later transferred to a mental health facility.

“No, let me tell you something, I loved David. He was my best friend. He was an amazing, amazing partner. He was my son’s best friend as well, they were best friends. And it’s just so hard because through everything else, I never expected this from him. Now, I have to be real with myself, is he acting like this because he found me the way that he found me? Probably, I don’t know.”

During the interview with Hall, Braxton added that she has not attempted suicide since the July incident.

“It’s been a lot of dark, hard times,” she said. “I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety due to a circumstance.”

Braxton also revealed that she is in counseling.

“Tamar has been committed to working on her mental health for some time, but she experienced some setbacks during the last year, finding quarantine [during the COVID-19 pandemic] to be particularly difficult,” a source had told E! News.

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