Kiki Layne

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Kiki Layne is from Cincinnati,Ohio. She attended DePaul University. Her next film is a screen adaptation of Richard Wright’s 1940 novel Native Son.
Her first acting role was with Lena Waithe in the pilot for the show The Chi, which was shot in 2015. Speaking to Vanity Fair, says she was always acting growing up and that her favourite movie as a child was, The Lion King. I used to watch it every day and create these extravagant stories with my Barbies and stuffed animals.”
Layne began her career attending a performing-arts school in Cincinnati, where she took the flute, then French horn and the trumpet. She later attended DePaul University in Chicago to study acting. After graduating she moved to LA where she landed her breakout role in the Barry Jenkins movie If Beale Street Could Talk.
Layne is outspoken about the injustices African American people face in the USA and the issue of representation of black people in films. Speaking to Vanity Fair, she says, “The black community faced [injustices] in the early 70s and still face them today, issues of wrongful incarceration and what the justice system looks like for black people growing up in poverty. But at the core of it is a really beautiful love story between Tish and Fonny. I don’t feel like I’ve seen this for young black actors—there’s this tenderness that I just don’t see.” She’s really making a big splash in the industry.

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Hannah Lashay

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Hannah Lashay is beautiful young lady.  She’s making quite an impression on the music and modeling scene.  Here’s some information from her biography:

Hanna Lashay is an American vocalist, songwriter, model,​ actress, and ​award winning entrepreneur. The Sunflower Goddess was b​orn in the suburbs of Chicago, IL​, raised in Round Rock, TX and is now residing in Atlanta, GA​.

 Hanna has always had a passion for music, entertainment, fashion and performance. With sprinkles of Indie, R&B, Jazz and Neo Soul, her voice creates a category of it’s own.

 Hanna’s aspirations for entertainment are twofold. While Hanna loves to express herself through performance, she also likes to use her public platform to inspire others all over the world and promote self love and positivity. She created “The Sunflower Tribe​,  a movement that began when she conquered clinical depression as a result of bullying and sexual assault. She decided to give purpose to her pain by transmuting that energy into a life affirming platform.

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Hanna has shared the stage with SWV, Morris Day and The Time and sang background for Kool and the Gang. She opened for Grammy nominated Anthony David on his ” Simple Man Tour “as well as, Antonio Ramsey at his” After Dark Show”

​in Atlanta, GA.  She performed at the Apache Cafe, Katz Cafe, Cafe 290, WSBTV’s Meteorologist Summit, The Blue Room, Koils by Nature’s 7th Anniversary Party​ and many other events in the Atlanta area. The Austin Jazz Festival, SXSW in Austin, TX, The 96.3 RNB Soul Lounge, The KAZI 88.7 Summerfest, RASDAY Fest, The Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce, The City of Austin, The African American Firefighters Ball, and a multitude of other events.

​She has multiple singles on her Soundcloud that she has both written and provided vocals.​Hanna has graced the runway as a model at the Fashion Show Taping for Love & Hip Hop, The Fashion Lounge ATL, hosted by Love and Hip Hop Atlanta’s Ariane. She has modeled for Austin Fashion Week 3 consecutive years since her debut. She has modeled for Daniel Esquival of Project Runway, Toombas Jeans And Denim’s Fashion Fusion Runway Show. She was the Face of the International Curly Girl Natural Hair Cruise.

​ The modeled in Dress Austin, Fashion Atlantis hosted by Bianca Golden of America’s Top Model and Fashion Designer Jonathan Kayne, Austin RAW Runway Show, and many other Fashion Shows.She has established herself as a Brand Ambassador with an engaging and extensive following on social media.Her acting credits include the U Better Sing PBS web series, the Onyx web/ television production by the Delirium Entertainment Company, a Chevy Commercial, Microsoft Commercial,Co-hosting “A Child Trumpet TV” and commercials for the Shea Moisture/Naturally Curly Brands. Hanna won Best Supporting Actress in an Round Rock, TX Actors Competition.Being a part of this generation, Hanna hopes to inspire the youth to accept, embrace and love themselves no matter what.

Author Trojan Pam-Rest in Power(1953-2018)

 

I recently got some very sad news.  A fellow blogger I’ve followed for many years has made her transition.   Her name was Pamela Harris.  Although most in the blogosphere knew her best as Trojan Pam. She was not only a blogger but also an accomplished author.  And  brilliant one I might add. The first book I bought of her’s was Trojan Horse: Death of Dark Nation.  She went under the pen name Anon.  She later changed it to Umoja.  The book blew my mind!  Pam broke down the wicked nature of racism in America.  She was so intelligent and gave such insight into racism and how it operates. I had spoken to her many times on the COWS radio show. I would call into the host Gus T. Renegade and she was a frequent guest.  I loved the way she was not afraid to challenge white racists.  And she would do her best to wake up black people who were still confused about racism.  She truly was a woman without fear. This is from her obituary:

Pamela Evans Harris was born on Oct. 12, 1953 to Columbia natives Hattye Evans Harris and George B. Harris. She was the niece of Camille and Randolph Howell, Gladys and William Davis and counted many Columbians as a part of her extended family. Ms. Pamela E. Harris passed away in Chicago on Feb. 15, 2018 after a long career as an Electronic Technician, repairing mail processing equipment for the United States Postal Service until her retirement in 2017.

One of Pam’s greatest gifts was her writing: she wrote short stories and novels, and there is a strongly captivating wit and brilliance to her work. In her own words, Pam said “I needed to be gainfully employed, but in my heart I knew that I had to be a writer.

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I loved talking to her and exchanging ideas.  She had a brilliant mind.  I respect the fact that she wanted to educate her people in a world of anti-blackness.  She always spoke truth to power.  She had a deep love for her people. She was definitely BLACK and PROUD. She let that be known. I believe we lost a true warrior for justice and liberation.  I never met her yet I felt like I knew her so well.  We really did lose a dear friend.  She will not be forgotten.  I suggest you all go out and buy her books.  She was kind enough to send me autographed copies.  I really did appreciate that. I don’t think I ever told her I much I admired her. Now I wish I had. Her hard work will not be vain.  My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends.  Thank you Pam.  Rest well my friend.

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Is the violence in Chicago the Purge films come to life?

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Have you seen the latest Purge film?  It’s being called the First Purge.  It’s the fourth film in the series.  The film is about pushing the crime rate below one percent. It’s supposed to be a test of the sociological theory that vents aggression for one night in one isolated community.  This version takes place in New York.  In a mostly black area that has black people killing each other. When there isn’t enough killing to their liking the government sends in hired gunmen to kill citizens. But…this could never happen right?

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Or has it already happened before? Sometimes I wonder if it’s art imitating life?

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Well in this radio interview(above)  Umar Johnson believes that the Purge films represent what’s going on in Chicago right now.  He says that’s why you have all these unsolved murders throughout the city.  After listening to the interview I must admit he presents a strong case.  Take a listen and let me know what you think.  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

 

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A friend told me about this female rapper Secrett. He told me about this catchy song she had called Melanin.  I must admit it is pretty catchy.  And of course on this blog we support all things that are pro-melanin.  Here’s a little biography from her website:

Whether she is lyrically lashing out on society and politics over soulful hip hop instrumentals, or keeping it simple and carefree over a hard hitting trap beat – Secrett is sure to move the mind and the crowd.  Though she was born in Chicago, she was raised all over the world due to her father serving in the U.S. Army.  This “military brat” represents the unique community that struggles to call one place “home” – essentially from everywhere… and no where.  Hence, her brand, “BraTT Rap”.

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Secrett currently resides in New York City, where she began recording, and continues to earn respect as a serious up and coming independent artist.  In June 2014 she released her first project – My S.T.U.P.I.D. Mixtape.   Hot 97’s Dj Enuff and Thisis50’s funnyman, Jack Thriller, hosted the tape and release event respectively.  With co-signs from two of NYC’s most respected entertainers under her belt, Secrett gained momentum as a new artist and hasn’t turned back.

Since her debut, Secrett has remained consistent through releasing singles & remixes, self-directed music videos, and mixtapes – Picture Day (2015), Clock Out (2016), and Verbal Warning (2016) – on hubs such as Spinrilla.com. Social media power blogs BallerAlert (@balleralert) and The Shade Room (@theshaderoominc), as well as Vlad TV, are among several media outlets that have featured Secrett’s work.  You may catch Secrett performing live at local open mics, or bigger venues such as NYC’s legendary S.O.B.’s and BlackThorn 51.  Stream & download Secrett’s top singles on iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, & Tidal.  Secrett is currently working on her EP, set to release in 2017.

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Terrorism on Black children: Do we need our own Black Militia?

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Did you hear about this?  A fifteen year old black girl was raped on Facebook live!  And people watched this and did nothing!  This is disgusting!  This is heartbreaking to say the least.  Then when you think of the multiple black girls missing in Washington D.C. it makes matters much worse. I know a lot of are frustrated right now.  We have to protect our children at all costs.  They are being kidnapped for organ harvesting or being sex slaves.  The possibilities are endless.  We can’t let our babies be taken like this.  It got me thinking if we need our own black militia groups.  Maybe we need some type of black neighborhood watch across the country.  We actually need it worldwide to be honest.  But we need some type of organization from the grassroots level. And we need to expose any black person helping our enemies hurt our children.  We need a code of conduct of in the black community.  If you harm black children…you deserve DEATH!  Whether you are a black man or woman for that matter.  You are a traitor and must be dealt with harshly.  We need the black warriors to stand up now.  We can’t always rely on the police.  We can give information to authorities if we have it.  But we all know the police come after the fact.  They show up after the incident is over.  Which is we have to do some things on our own.  We need to be properly trained on firearms.  On how to use guns,knives and self defense tactics.  We need our entire families trained in survival.

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Do you think it’s important that black people know self defense?  Should it be taught to our children?  Do we need our own black neighborhood watch?  Something needs to be done?  We can’t just stand by and watch our children be raped and killed and do nothing.  We have to protect them no matter what.  Even at the cost of our own lives.  I’m open to any ideas and suggestions.  I would love to hear your thoughts on this urgent issues.