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Daunte Henderson, BlackDoctor.org Contributor -Blackdoctor.org
Day ‘n’ nite
I toss and turn, I keep stress in my mind, mind
I look for peace, but see, I don’t attain
Kid Cudi’s lyrics from his debut single “Day ’N’ Nite” spoke of a man struggling to find peace in his own mind even in the beautifulest form of artistry. On Tuesday evening, the Cleveland rapper posted a status to his Facebook page explaining his recent decision to enter himself into rehab after battling depression, anxiety and suicidal tendencies for years.
“Yesterday I checked myself into rehab for depression and suicidal urges. I am not at peace. I haven’t been since you’ve known me. If I didn’t come here, I wouldve done something to myself. I simply am a damaged human swimming in a pool of emotions everyday of my life. Theres a ragin violent storm inside of my heart at all times. Idk what peace feels like. Idk how to relax. My anxiety and depression have ruled my life for as long as I can remember and I never leave the house because of it. I cant make new friends because of it. I dont trust anyone because of it and Im tired of being held back in my life. I deserve to have peace. I deserve to be happy and smiling. Why not me?”
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Oliver Gettell of Entertainment Weekly via MSN.com
Filmmaker and actor Nate Parker has criticized media coverage of his 1999 rape trial and acquittal, the details of which recently resurfaced and embroiled his new historical drama The Birth of a Nation in controversy.
In an excerpt from an interview airing Wednesday on The Steve Harvey Show, Parker, 36, says he has spent the past month “watching the ticker of headlines, salacious headlines, asking myself, ‘What are these journalists trying to do? Do they care about anyone involved? Do they care about what we’ve been talking about?’ I think it’s been a tragedy on so many levels.”
He adds, “I’ve had to ask myself, ‘These headlines, are we in the business of headlines or are we in the business of healing?’ Because I’m trying to do the work. I’m trying to figure out how to navigate this space that I’m walking through as an artist who was falsely accused, vindicated [in the] judicial system.”
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Detroit, MI — The Rhythm & Blues Music Foundation is looking for a home for such artists as The Temptations, The O’Jays, Aretha Franklin, Jackie Wilson, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Prince, and Elvis Presley – just to name a few.
The Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame was founded in 2010 by long time music lover and business entrepreneur LaMont Robinson. Since 2013, the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame has inducted over 135 rhythm and blues legends at their annual star-studded ceremonies.
Cleveland has the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for rockers, and Nashville has the Country Music Hall of Fame for country music icons. There is a need for a hall of fame museum for rhythm & blues artists that have helped pave the way for some many genres of music.
Cheryl Ruffin, president of the Rhythm & Blues Music Foundation and the daughter of the late great David Ruffin of the Temptations, says that the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame will be a 3-D highly interactive educational experience with a wall of fame, music theme restaurant and a 250-seat theater.
Robinson says any city that is interested in having this tourist attraction, that will bring more than 250,000 visitors per year plus the annual induction ceremony, will boost their economy. “For example,” he says, “look at what the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame has done for both cities Cleveland and Nashville.”
Any city that wants the title of The Rhythm & Blues Music Capital of the World, should contact the Rhythm & Blues Music Foundation at (313) 936-9616 or email them at [email protected]
Their official web site is www.RBHallofFame.com
by Natasha S. Alford -thegrio
‘Luke Cage’ is a bulletproof black man fighting in the streets for justice — and he just might be the hero we all need. Marvel’s highly anticipated Netflix series premieres Friday, and theGrio got the scoop with cast member and award-winning actress Alfre Woodard.
In the show, Woodard plays a Harlem politician named Mariah Hillard, a Howard University and Wharton graduate with a fierce reputation for getting things done.
Woodard talked about the importance of the show’s setting in Harlem and how gentrification is a theme her character tackles.
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Nationwide — Chess champion Orrin “Checkmate” Hudson from Stone Mountain, GA, has been chosen by Disney Studios to help promote their new film Queen of Katwe starring Oscar award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave) and actor David Oyelowo (Selma, The Butler). The film tells the story of the life of Phiona Mutesi, a 10-year old girl from the slums of Katwe, Uganda, who learns how to play chess and goes on to become a global chess champion.
Hudson, who is also the founder of an organization called Be Someone was asked to bring his personal and professional messages to the “Queen of Katwe” audiences. Just like Phiona in the film, Hudson learned the game of chess as a youngster and it propelled him to unimagined heights. Now, as a world-class champion, he explains that he was once an at-risk high schooler when a teacher taught him through the game that he could be someone if he used his God-given smarts and talents positively. That changed his life.
Orrin’s tour to promote the film included a series of KATWE Boys and Girls Club workshops, and it took him to four different cities (Atlanta, Washington DC, Chicago, and Los Angeles) from September 12-16.
During his visit to Los Angeles, actress Lupita Nyong’o who stars in the film, joined Orrin for a special workshop with several young local children.
Regarding the game of chess, Hudson comments, “I learned that for every move I make, whether it be on the chess board or in life, there is a consequence.” He now teaches this through his Be Someone Inc. organization that has literally touched and changed the lives of more than 50,000 young people coast-to-coast.
For more details about Be Someone and/or to invite Orrin to speak at your next event, visit www.BeSomeone.org
For more details about the Queen of Katwe film, which opens in theaters nationwide on September 30, visit www.QueenofKatwe.com
Jason Hughes –Blackdoctor.org
“What would you do if you couldn’t do what you love?”
Chris Bosh pondered this question on his blog Friday, days after reports that the Miami Heat star’s ongoing battle with blood clots will derail his NBA comeback this season.
“Got the news. [I] was in disbelief for a couple of seconds and then I threw my phone down and stormed out the room,” Bosh said in his latest video blog on Uninterrupted.com.
Bosh’s was first diagnosed with blood clots and a pulmonary embolism after the All-Star break in 2015. What started out as Bosh feeling ill on vacation turned into a blood cot traveling from his leg to his lung, which landed him in the hospital.
He didn’t play another game for the rest of the season.
After making a recovery and returning to the court for the 2015-16 season, the Heat pulled Bosh out of the All-Star Game initially due to a calf strain. With more tests, Bosh learned the blood clotting had returned.
He was out for the rest of the season.
Bosh and his teammates expected him to make a full recovery for this upcoming season, but tests revealed more clotting prior to the start of training camp. Though his condition isn’t life-threatening, doctors say it is unsafe to play with this complication.
“The Miami Heat regret that it remains unable to clear Chris to return to basketball activities, and there is no timetable for his return,” the NBA team released in a statement.
Blood clots are clumps of blood that can pool in the blood vessels leading to your heart or lungs. These clots can lead to serious medical problems, including heart attack or stroke.
Miami Heat president Pat Riley told the Herald that the team is not working on Bosh’s return. Based on he last physical exam, “his Heat career is probably over.”
“Can’t really do anything about that, but I didn’t see my career in Miami ending like this,” said Bosh, who didn’t receive a call or a text from Riley or the team about their decision.
“I feel like its just some higher power telling me its not right now,” Bosh continued. “Maybe just right now isn’t your time to play basketball and that’s kind of how I took it.”
Gemma Greene, BDO Staff Writer
This week, superstar Janet Jackson was spotted for the first time with her beautiful pregnant belly. It’s been nearly four months since the singer revealed she was pregant.
“She’s doing very well,” Janet’s older brother Tito told PEOPLE.com. “She’s taking it easy. [She’s] hoping for a healthy baby.”
“Janet is very well pregnant,” Tito continued. “She’s doing very well. She’s taking it easy. As you know, she’s off tour. She’s protecting her health.”
“I couldn’t tell you [when she’s due], but I know she’s hoping for a healthy baby,” he added. “She doesn’t know what she’s going to have — a boy or a girl — but she just wants a healthy baby.”
News of Janet’s pregnancy broke in May, a month after she announced she will delay the European leg of her Unbreakable world tour. The singer had said at the time that she Al Mana were planning a family.
“We’re in the second leg of the tour and there actually has been a sudden change,” Janet told fans in April. “I thought it was important that you be the first to know.”
“My husband and I are planning our family, so I’m going to have to delay the tour,” the 50-year-old Janet revealed. “Please, if you can try to understand that it’s important that I do this now. I have to rest up, doctor’s orders.”
Believe it or not, getting pregnant after 50 is a growing trend in the United States. But while technology supports this lifestyle choice, does our society?
Nonetheless, statistics point to a sharp uptick in moms who are having babies later in life. In 2013, 13 babies were born each week to moms age 50 and older. And according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, births by women between the ages of 50 and 54 increased by more than 165 percent from 2000 to 2013.
Actually, most women who get pregnant at age 50 do so with the help of in vitro fertilization. And given that the average age for menopause is 51, older moms typically use donor eggs of younger women in order to conceive.
Here’s to wishing Janet a continued healthy pregnancy!
By NEKESA MUMBI MOODY, AP Entertainment Writer via MSN.com
NEW YORK (AP) — If you check Danielle Brooks’ Instagram account, you’ll see plenty of poses that ooze self-confidence, from shots of the “Orange is the New Black” star in glamorous outfits to a selfie of her with her midriff exposed.
But full-figured Brooks says it has taken some mind manipulation to get her to feel as happy with herself as the vibe she projects.
“I kind of like tricked myself into this love, and positive affirmations that I have for myself, which has been really good,” said Brooks. “I don’t wanna walk around this world feeling like I don’t feel worthy, or I don’t feel like I’m beautiful because society has shown me that I am not enough, because they don’t put me on the cover on the magazines or I don’t see myself reflected in media enough.”
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Ava DuVernay’s documentary, 13th, is set to premiere on Sept. 30 at the New York Film Festival, and ahead of its anticipated release, Netflix has released an astounding trailer.
The documentary takes a look at the Thirteenth Amendment and particularly at the clause that exempts criminals from the abolition of slavery, considering the fact that, today, the American prison system is a multi-billion dollar industry.
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