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Black Women OWN The Conversation – VOTE! Tonight at 9pm w/ Tina Knowles Lawson and More



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Black Women OWN the Conversation

*“OWN Spotlight: Black Women OWN The Conversation – Vote!” is premiering today, Tuesday, October 20 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on OWN featuring an in-depth virtual conversation regarding the critical nature of voting and the importance of casting a ballot in 2020. I wanted to check in to see if your team would cover today.  Look forward to your thoughts, thank you!

In this special, Emmy-award winning ABC News host Adrienne Bankert talks with special guests and real women covering topics related to the election including having a plan for voting, key issues to the Black community, voting down-ballot, inspiring friends and family to vote, the social justice movements of 2020, youth and voting, and self-care during this time.  Special guests include award-winning actress, writer, and comedian Yvette Nicole Brown; activist, author and educator Brittany Packnett Cunningham; Senior Advisor and Assistant to President Obama for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement Valerie Jarrett; entrepreneur and designer Tina Knowles Lawson; and activist and WNBA Los Angeles Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike.

This special is a part of OWN’s popular eye-opening, topic-driven series “OWN Spotlight: Black Women OWN the Conversation” which premiered last fall. The series features intimate conversations about important issues with honest opinions and surprising solutions that put people first. “OWN Spotlight: Black Women OWN The Conversation-Vote!” is produced by Viva Creative and Wayfarer Studios for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

About the OWN Spotlight: Black Women OWN The Conversation Special – Vote!

Premieres Tuesday, October 20 (9pm ET/PT)

“Vote!” covers topics related to the election including having a plan for voting, issues on the ballot key to the Black community, voting down-ballot, inspiring friends and family to vote, the social justice movements of 2020, youth and voting, and self-care during this time.

Follow us on social media at @OWNTV and join the conversation using #BlackWomenOWN

American Dream – Yvette Nicole Brown

Empathy – Valerie Jarrett:

Joy – Brittany Packnett Cunningham:

Sentiment Now – Tina Knowles Lawson:

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Edward Norton Explains Why Trump Could be Eyeing a ‘Nixon-Style Deal’





*Actor Edward Norton hit up Twitter last week to share his theory about why Donald Trump is challenging the election win of Joe Biden.

The actor believes the president is buying time to cover up any illegal actions he committed as commander-in-chief. Norton believes Trump is holding out for a “Nixon-style deal” in exchange for conceding the office of the presidency. 

Norton began his Twitter thread by noting that his father was a federal prosecutor and that he has played “a fair amount of poker” to recognize what Trump appears to be doing. 

“I do not think Trump is trying to ‘make his base happy’ or ‘laying the groundwork for his own network’ or that ‘chaos is what he loves,'” Norton tweeted. “The core of it is that he knows he’s in deep, multi-dimensional legal jeopardy and this defines his every action.”

Check out his tweets below. 

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The “American History X” star went on to say….”I will allow that he’s also a whiny, sulky, petulant, Grinchy, vindictive little 10-ply-super-soft b—- who no doubt is just throwing a wicked pout fest & trying to give a tiny-hand middle finger to the whole country for pure spite, without a single thought for the dead & dying,” he wrote.

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Norton urged lawmakers to remove Trump from office without accepting any deals that protect him from prosecution. 

Meanwhile, Trump continues to claim the election was stolen from him without offering any proof. He has proclaimed on Twitter: “I WON THE ELECTION.”

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Meet Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Biden’s Freshly-Appointed Ambassador to the U.N. (Watch)




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*President-elect Joe Biden on Monday named Linda Thomas-Greenfield, a Black woman who held a top diplomatic post in the Obama administration, as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

Born in 1952, Baker served as the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs in the United States Department of State’s Bureau of African Affairs from 2013 to 2017. She’s also a senior counselor at Albright Stonebridge Group in Washington, DC.

The decorated diplomat grew up in Baker, La., where segregation and racism were harsh realities of her early life and college years at Louisiana State University. But life’s biggest test would come during her service in Rwanda during the genocide in 1994 where she found herself held at gunpoint. What do you do when faced with that kind of adversity? How do you survive?

In the gripping TED Talk below Thomas-Greenfield describes that surreal moment, the choice she made and the lesson her mother taught her that helped her survive.

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Barack Obama Makes TikTok Debut to Promote New ‘Promised Land’ Memoir



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*Former President Barack Obama made his TikTok debut Friday, amid the release of his new memoir titled “A Promised Land.”

On TikTok, Obama launched the “pass the book” challenge, telling fans that his new book “expresses the incredible hope I have in you. Take this and pass it on,” he says in the clip, holding his book before “passing it on” to the next person.

To celebrate the memoir’s release, Obama shared a list of “memorable songs from his administration, check it out below via the Twitter embed.

“A Promised Land” sold nearly 890,000 copies in the U.S. and Canada in its first 24 hours after release on Tuesday, in all formats including pre-orders, e-books and audio.

The first-day sales was a record for publisher Penguin Random House.

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“Music has always played an important role in my life—and that was especially true during my presidency,” he wrote in a tweet along with the playlist. “In honor of my book hitting shelves tomorrow, I put together this playlist featuring some memorable songs from my administration. Hope you enjoy it.”

The playlist includes Aretha Franklin, B.B. King, Beyoncé, Bob Dylan, Brooks & Dunn, Bruce Springsteen, Eminem, Frank Sinatra, Gloria Estefan, Fleetwood Mac, JAY-Z, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Phillip Phillips, The Beatles, Sade, Stevie Wonder and U2.


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We previously reported, Obama made time to surprise popular YouTube twins Tim and Fred Williams on their channel, “TwinsthenewTrend,” after they reacted to a song on his latest playlist.

The song that sparked the virtual chat is “The Times They Are a-Changin’” by Bob Dylan. 

The twins posted a video Thursday of them listening to the song, and later shared footage of their video conference with Obama.

“Hey people, what’s going on? I hear you guys were asking questions. I decided I’m just going to go ahead and come here live,” said Obama.

The New York Times bestselling author then explained how he curates his popular playlists.

“I do playlists all the time just for fun, and I did that when I was president. But one of the things I did was do a playlist because I released my book about the first part of my presidency called ‘A Promised Land’ and music’s kind of a theme in the book.”

Watch the moment via the YouTube player below.

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