BY: Kacee Marie
Black excellence is something we will always be rooting for, because lets be honest- we are amazing and don't always get the recognition they deserve. However we have been slowing up and showing out lately and I'm here for it. So its only right to highlight and put even more spotlight on our Kings and Queens. Lets jump right into it guys!
EMMY NOMINATIONS ARE IN - INSECURE AMONG THE TOP TO EARN FIRST EVER NOMINATION
NS ARE IN - INSEC
The Emmy Nominations are in Ladies and Gents, and our good sisters Ms. Issa Rae and Yvonne Orji are amongst the nominees. The hit HBO series, which just finished with season 4 last month, scored big with a whooping 8 total nominations. That's right sis, you read right EIGHT. Now, the overall show is nominated for OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES, but Issa Rae and Yvonne Orji also snagged their own individual nominations with Rae for OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS and Orji for BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY. Fingers crossed for their win!
There are many more other Black kings and queens nominated as well, such as Zendaya for BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA, everybody’s aunty Ms Tracee Ellis Ross for her role in BLACK-ISH and Billy Porter for OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES. Congrats to all the Black Excellence that were nominated for an Emmy !
*For a full list of nominees, click on the link below*
NIKE HIRES FORMER TESLA EXECUTIVE AS ITS NEW DIVERSITY CHIEF
Congrats to Felicia Mayo, who previously worked at Tesla, and is now taking over at Nike and running the Diversity Department. She is now considered a Black veteran of Silicon Valley and wants to help make Nike more inclusive. Diversity and inclusion have become front and center issues at companies across America. Nike, known for its "Just Do It" slogan has been trying to address these issues in a very public way. We love seeing strong, independent Black Women in leadership positions. Get your coin sis !
KYRIE IRVING COMMITS 1.5 MILLION TO SUPPORT WNBA PLAYERS WHO OPTED OUT OF 2020 SEASON
According to the Associated Press, Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving is doing his part to ensure that his WNBA peers can opt out of playing this season due to COVID-19, without having to worry about their finances. The 28-year-old point guard recently announced that through his KAI Empowerment Initiative he is committing $1.5 million to help cover the salaries of WNBA players who forgo playing during the 2020 season. Way to go Kyrie, thanks for looking out for the women!
‘HIDDEN FIGURES’ STAGE MUSICAL IN THE WORKS AT DISNEY
Hidden Figures, the 2016 film about Black women working at NASA in the 1960s, is one of the movies The Walt Disney Company obtained from 20th Century Fox, and now they are turning it into a musical. Deadline has reported that Disney wants to assemble a team of Black creatives for the project. The film was directed by Theodore Melfi, a white man. Apparently, the musical has been in the works quietly for a few years, but now veteran Black film critic Elvis Mitchell has been brought on board as a creative consultant so ya’ll know its lit. We’ll keep you posted when more info is released.
WHOS READY TO NETFLIX AND ACTUALLY REALLY CHILL?
Well according to NETFLIX’s Strong Black Leads, many classic Black shows are coming back to the small screen. In addition to Sister, Sister; Moesha and Girlfriends, it has bought the rights to The Game, One on One and Half & Half.
Moesha will launch on August 1, followed by the first three seasons of The Game on August 15. Sister Sister arrives on September 1, with Girlfriends launching on September 11 to mark the 20th anniversary of its premiere. The Parkers debuts on October 1, followed by Half & Half, and One on One on October 15.
Whos excited for all that's in store for some of our favorite celebs?! I know I am. Tap in to all this Black excellence, and congrats are in order for everyone winning and getting to that money! And to those who aren't there just let, keep shinning and grinding. You're still a Black Queen.