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Patti Austin, Chaka Khan, Dee Dee Bridgewater and More to Appear in TWIST2020 Voter Participation Campaign and Event




Top Row – Left to Right: Patti Austin, Chaka Khan, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Brenda Russell; Second Row – Left to Right: Sheila E., Terri Lyne Carrington, India.Arie; Third Row – Left to Right: Ledisi, Siedah Garrett, Lalah Hathaway, Lisa Fischer

*Multiple award-winning recording artists Patti Austin, Chaka Khan, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Brenda Russell, Sheila E., Terri Lyne Carrington, India.Arie, Ledisi, Siedah Garrett, Lisa Fischer, and Lalah Hathaway have formed TWIST (Tuff Women In Strange Times), a dynamic coalition of superstar female talent to rally voters to the polls for Election Day 2020.

Together with special guest, noted activist, academic, and author Angela Davis, they will all appear during a series of special voter encouragement videos under the banner TWIST2020.

The series kicks off today, Tuesday, October 6, 2020, with a very special motivational video vignette by the late poet, author, and activist Maya Angelou.

The campaign is live on, Instagram, Twitter, and The series will culminate with a live virtual event titled “This Is Why I Vote” on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT on, Instagram,, and Viewers are encouraged to use #WeAreTWIST2020 on social media to engage.

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Patti Austin (Getty)

Patti Austin (Getty)

The brainchild of Grammy-winning vocalist Patti Austin, TWIST2020 will feature daily vignettes from each of these accomplished women about the theme “This Is Why I Vote,” citing the women who inspired them to political action. Sheila E. and Terri Lyne Carrington created special musical underscores for each video in the series; viewers can expect a few special musical flourishes as part of the other presentations. Also part of the series is the all-star video version of the song “L.O.V.E. (Let One Voice Emerge),” previously composed and recorded by Austin, Garrett, and other artists for 2013’s Voter Participation Center voter registration campaign.

Austin says TWIST aims to remind voters, particularly women, of the historic power they have to make a difference, especially in light of the September 18, 2020, passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. “We’ve all got incredible stories about a school teacher, our mother, or her mother, or just other powerful women that influence our lives,” says the legendary pop and jazz artist. “We’ve got this election coming up. We have the power of the world in our hands, given to us by the women who came before us.”


Each of the participants in TWIST was chosen for her creativity, commitment to community, global awareness, and unique expression of ideas. “There’s this marvelous, incredible, sardonic humor that exists between all these women, and a frightening level of respect,” Austin continues. “If you’ve got extra super-duper powers, extra Black girl magic, then we need all of that plugged in together at the same time to empower others. I’m determined to change the mindset around this election.”

TWIST2020 is produced by Patti Austin, Tammy McCrary, Julie Bergman, and Gwendolyn Quinn.

For more information on the campaign, visit


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African-American Museum in Louisville Unveils Exhibit for Black Victims of Police Violence (Video)




Unarmed: An Afternoon of Images and Reflection created in memory of black victims of police violence in Louisville, KY’s African American Museum

*The African-American Museum in Louisville, Ky unveiled a new art exhibit called Unarmed: An Afternoon of Images and Reflection, which was created in memory of black victims of police violence.

New York artist, Raafi Rivero, created a series of sports jerseys, each designed in the colors of a victim’s local sports team. The number is the victim’s age and stars on the jerseys represent how many times that person was shot.

Rivero said he began the project in 2013 after the death of Trayvon Martin, and as there were more and more victims, he added jerseys, including Breonna Taylor’s.

View the jerseys on display in this WHAS 11 news report on the exhibit below.

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‘A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting’ Star Tamara Smart Stops by / WATCH




Tamara Smart1 - A Babysitters-Guide-to-Monster-Hunting

*Halloween looks a little different this year for most. If you’re looking for something to get your kids in the spirit of Halloween, the new Netflix film, “A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting is a good start.

The film stars Tamara Smart who plays Kelly Ferguson, a babysitter turned superhero. While she is babysitting the young boy she is watching after, he is abducted by the boogeyman, played by Tom Felton (“Harry Potter”). She (Kelly Ferguson) is approached by a secret society of monster-fighting babysitters that help her on her mission to rescue the young boy.

The film isn’t just about the spooky boogeyman and monsters but the movie also focuses on kids from different backgrounds coming together to help one another. Each member of the babysitters’ secret society has a special skill, skills that they could be made for having, or even bullied by others. We talked with Tamara about all the different elements of the movie.

“I love the fact that when Kelly meets with the babysitters, they all have these different strengths that when you put them together their invincible. I’m hoping that kids will each character to relater to in some way,” says Tamara.

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Smart also talks about the weakness that her character has and how the film shows her growth, from being bullied to becoming confident in who she is and not being ashamed of the things that make her, her. While watching this movie may confirm most kid’s fears about the boogeyman, but most importantly like Tamara said,  hopefully kids will see themselves in the characters and can help them overcome any doubts or fears they may have about themselves.

Grab the family and some popcorn, don’t forget the flashlight, and tune into Netflix to check out “A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting.” It’s streaming now.  


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Meet Queen Victoria’s Black Goddaughter: New Portrait of Sarah Forbes Bonetta on Display (Video)




Artist Hannah Uzor’s new portrait of Queen Victoria’s African goddaughter on display

*A new portrait of Queen Victoria’s black goddaughter, Sarah Forbes Bonetta, is now on view at Osborne, the seaside home created by the Queen and Prince Albert.

Per a statement, the painting—created by artist Hannah Uzor—is based on a photograph currently housed at the National Portrait Gallery in London. It’s one of a series of works commissioned by English Heritage to spotlight historical black figures whose stories have previously been overlooked.

“What I find interesting about Sarah is that she challenges our assumptions about the status of black women in Victorian Britain,” says Uzor, whose family and children share Bonetta’s Nigerian heritage, in the statement. “ … To see Sarah return to Osborne, her godmother’s home, is very satisfying and I hope my portrait will mean more people discover her story.”


Sarah Forbes Bonetta, as seen in 1856 (left) and 1862 (right). Hannah Uzor’s new portrait is based on the 1862 photograph. (L: Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2020 and R: National Portrait Gallery)


Bonetta was born into a prominent Yoruba family in 1843. When she was 5 years old, a rival king, Gezo of Dahomey (located in what is now Benin), defeated her tribe. Historians say Gezo killed the young girl’s parents and enslaved her, forcing her to fulfill “whatever role was required of her” at the Dahomey court. Bonetta ended up in England as the result of a failed diplomatic mission. In 1850, British Captain Frederick Forbes tried—and failed—to convince Gezo to abandon his role in the slave trade. The king gifted Bonetta to the captain as an act of conciliation; Forbes, in turn, brought the orphaned child back to his home country, renaming her after himself and the ship on which they’d arrived.

Watch a report about Sarah’s story and the painting below:

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