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The Heartland Wichita Black Chamber of Commerce will hold its second annual Black & White Ball Hall of Fame and Awards event on Saturday.The event will be 6 p.m. at the Corporate Hills Marriott, 9100 E. Corporate Hills Drive.The keynote speaker will be Karen Carter, vice president of Dow Chemical.Black Business Hall of Fame Honorees for 2017 are Juanita Hayes-Hill, Ed Givens Sr. and James Arbertha. Other awards are going Wichita school superintendent Alicia Morris-Thompson, Wal-Mart and Cox Business.

Source: Heartland Wichita Black Chamber of Commerce to hold ball | The Wichita Eagle

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Florida State Senator, Spoken Word Artist and Songwriter Randolph Bracy pka Pres (@Pres47th) covers the latest Digital Issue of The Hype Magazine after his historic appointment as the Florida State Senate Criminal Justice Chairman during this last election. The cover story delves into the makings of the politician as well as exploring his experience in the entertainment industry.As an artist, Bracy as Pres, released his debut single “You Can Do It” which impacts national radio April 26, 2017.  The song is already available via digital retailers and streaming services and premiered via The Hype MagazineSenator Bracy made Florida Senate history when the freshman Democrat was appointed by the Senate President, a Republican, to the Chairmanship of the Criminal Justice Committee (https://www.flsenate.gov/Committees/Show/CJ). Bracy is the first Black to hold the post and perhaps the youngest in the history of the body. It’s also in the air that he may run for US Senate in Florida. He has put his decision on hold until after the current Senate session ends in May.

Source: Florida State Senator Randolph Bracy covers The Hype Magazine April Digital Issue — The Hype Magazine | PRLog

The decision by Orlando-area prosecutor Aramis D. Ayala to no longer seek the death penalty in murder cases has injected a racial discussion about death row into the Florida legislative session.Ayala, a Democrat elected as state attorney in 2016, announced her decision while handling the case of Markeith Loyd, who is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and an Orlando police officer. Scott removed Ayala from the Loyd case as well as 21 additional first-degree murder cases and reassigned them to Brad King, a Republican state attorney.Sen. Randolph Bracy, an Orange County Democrat and chairman of the Florida Senate Criminal Justice Committee, defended Ayala’s right to make that call and criticized Gov. Rick Scott’s reaction in an op-ed in the New York Times.”As a black man, I see the death penalty as a powerful symbol of injustice in which race often determines who lives and who dies, especially in Florida,” Bracy wrote. “The state has the second-largest number of death row inmates in the country, after California, and African-Americans are grossly overrepresented on Florida’s death row.”Related: Did the U.S. Supreme Court ban all state laws that make executions mandatory for murderers?

Source: Florida lawmaker says ‘African-Americans are grossly overrepresented on Florida’s death row’ | PolitiFact Florida

 

There is no doubt who the reigning champs in music are right now, Migos (@Migos) have raised the bar in music as full-scope entertainers. When Andre 3000 uttered these famous words after being good in 1995 during the Source Awards, ‘I’m gon’ tell ya’ll something, the South got something to say,‘  the gauntlet was dropped and the music world put on notice. Afterwards the southern region changed the face of the music game in short but long lasting order.New global superstar trio Migos, is a shining manifestation of those eternal words by Dre, and their feature story with GQ magazine is proof that not only do they make great music, their sense of style is respected!

Source: Global megastars Migos featured in GQ fashion spread – TheHypeMagazine

Read the full interview on GQ.com

 

One of a kind all black orchestra, Orchestra Noir, is hosting a black-tie concert called “Night at the Symphony” at Center Stage Atlanta on March 31, 2017. Orchestra Noir has recently been prominently featured as the trendsetting orchestra in the new music video for “Deadz”, the new banger from hip-hop mega stars Migos and 2 Chainz.

Source: Dope All Black Orchestra Featured In New Migos And 2 Chainz Video “Deadz” To Perform At Center Stage Atlanta

Shanghai, China — Widely known as “Chinese Tupac” or “The One Man BET in China” actor, screenplay writer and director Tsalta Baptiste has released another timeless movie trailer that Chinese audiences can expect the rest of the world to talk about yet once again. In 2016, Baptiste was covered in 60+ publications from 11 different countries including Rolling Stones Italy, Maxim Magazine and NY Times. His 2016 film Until the End of Time showcased global uniqueness from a young Black American male’s perspective while living abroad, a glimpse into a world that many were not prepared for and it soon became a viral sensation.

Source: Muslims Make Wu Tang Movie In China To Get The World’s Attention

News from The Associated Press

Posted: February 28, 2017 by realjdobypr in News

NEW YORK (AP) — Warren Beatty says Academy of Motion Pictures President Cheryl Boone Isaacs should “publicly clarify” what happened during Sunday night’s best picture presentation “as soon as possible.”Beatty released a statement Tuesday to The Associated Press in which he declined to comment further on the debacle that led to him and co-presenter Faye Dunaway mistakenly reading “La La Land” as best picture winner rather than “Moonlight.” Instead, he urged the academy to answer questions.”I feel it would be more appropriate for the president of the Academy, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, to publicly clarify what happened as soon as possible,” said Beatty.Representatives for the academy didn’t immediately comment Tuesday.Since Sunday’s broadcast, the academy has largely left the explaining to PwC, the accounting firm that has taken the blame for the “La La Land” mistakenly being read as the best picture winner by Beatty and Faye Dunaway. PwC, which is in charge of tabulating the winners, has said partner Brian Cullinan mistakenly handed them the wrong envelope.The film academy didn’t release a statement of its own until late Monday.

Source: News from The Associated Press

John Legend and The Roots are set to perform at The Karoondinha Music and Arts Festival. The festivities will take place on July 21-23rd at Penn’s Cave and Wildlife Park in Centre Hall, PA. There will be additional performances by Alessia Cara, X Ambassadors and more. Tickets go on sale March 1st over at Karoondinha.com.

Source: News: John Legend and The Roots To Headline The Karoondinha Festival | microphonebully.com

Hapilos Entertainment Group announces that Nicole Duhaney better known as Nikki Z, will assume the duties of Vice President of Client Projects and Content effective immediately.Her role according to the company president entails of securing clients and projects, on hand interaction with clients regarding project and content, market and promotion. “Nikki Z is our choice because we wanted that person with broad industry knowledge and experience that would also give us the physical, grassroots presence on the ground necessary to provide the assistance and clarity our clients need to navigate the digital distribution process within the global market place”, Hapilos Entertainment President, Kelly Dudley stated while further adding “She is also best suited to help us bring more of our artists and producers behind the music out on to the global stage. This is in line with our plans to offer promotional tours for the artists we distribute and the labels we distribute for.”Speaking of what clients could expect from her and the company, Nikki explained “You can expect me to be very proactive with our clients in getting to know their expectations and also being very clear and transparent on what it is we can provide as a distribution service. From this point on I want everyone we cater to, to feel secure in knowing we are working tirelessly to reinvent and find new ways to market and push sales of our music.”

Source: Nikki Z to Assume Vice President of Client Projects and Content for 21st Hapilos Digital | @NikkiZOfficial @21sthapilos – HipHopOnDeck.com

The Obama administration assessed $20 billion in corporate fines and settlements in its final days, according to new data from the nonprofit group Good Jobs First in Washington, D.C.Between 2010 and 2016, the Obama administration racked up more than $320 billion in corporate fines and settlements, Good Jobs First reports.The dollar amounts recorded in the final year of Obama’s term will be more than anything previously posted, said Philip Mattera, the Good Jobs First research director.“The Obama approach has been to seek unprecedented levels of settlements compared to any previous administration,” Mattera told AMI Newswire.President Obama’s final offensive against corporations for financial, environmental, health and other alleged misconduct could mark the high point in terms of penalties levied, Mattera said. President Trump’s emphasis on deregulation may mean business misconduct will now be less of a priority, Mattera said.“We’re assuming that there are going to be fewer such cases, and we’re not going to see these types of settlements,” Mattera said.Recent cases tracked by Good Jobs First include payouts of $7.2 billion from Deutsche Bank, $5.3 billion from Credit Suisse and $4.3 billion from Volkswagen.The level of corporate wrongdoing suggested by the recent settlements and fines should give pause to advocates of deregulation, said Mattera. But other analysts express concerns about how the payouts affect overall economic activity and whether they truly reflect willful, onerous corporate behavior.

Source: Obama Finale: Administration Assessed $20 Billion in Corporate Fines