Selena Gomez goes public with private message to Facebook calling out ‘hate, racism and bigotry’

SELENA GOMEZ SPEAKS OUT TO FACEBOOK!

Selena Gomez went public on Friday night with a private message she sent to Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg about “hate, misinformation, racism, and bigotry” on Facebook and Instagram.

The Wolves hitmaker initially sent the message privately to the Facebook founder and CEO and Sandberg, chief operating officer, but, after failing to receive a response, went public on her Instagram Stories with her complaint.

Pleading with the duo to start a dialogue on the issues of misinformation and hate speech, she penned: “Facebook and Instagram are being used to spread hate, misinformation, racism, and bigotry

“I am calling you both to HELP STOP THIS. Please shut down groups and users focused on spreading hate speech violence and misinformation. Our future depends on it.”

Selena went on to note that the upcoming U.S. election is just 46 days away, adding “We cannot afford to have misinformation about voting. There has to be fact-checking and accountability. Hope to hear back from you ASAP.”

Selena’s post comes days after stars including Kim Kardashian and Jamie Foxx joined the #StopHateForProfit initiative on Facebook and shut down their social media pages for 24 hours.

It was arranged by officials at the Stop Hate for Profit coalition, who represent nine civil rights and advocacy organisations, following the deaths of two protestors who were attending a Black Lives Matter rally in Wisconsin last month.

Local militia groups used Facebook to post calls for their followers to retaliate. Although Facebook removed the pages for certain groups, it did not delete content advertising their actions, which company leader Mark Zuckerberg called “an operational mistake” earlier this month.

Newsdesk/Music-News; September, 2020

Sony Pictures Television Latin America Developing Series Inspired by ChocQuibTown (EXCLUSIVE)!

ChocQuibTown

Sony Pictures Television Latin America is developing a new Colombian drama series inspired by popular hip hop band ChocQuibTown that will examine racism in Latin America and what it means to be Afro-Latino.

Announced Sunday during the American Black Film Festival, series “Somos Los Prietos” (“We Are the Black Ones”) marks the first cross-company collaboration – referred to internally as “One Sony” – between SPT’s international production arm and Sony Music Latin, which counts the Latin Grammy Award-winning Afro-Colombian trio among its roster of artists.

Set in Condoto, a town on Colombia’s Pacific coast, “Somos Los Prietos” follows a group of adolescent friends of Afro-Latin descent as they struggle with the challenges of poverty and racism and seek to avoid the recruitment efforts of local armed commandos while trying to form a band and take part in a festival organized by their favorite group, ChocQuibTown. Along the way they confront their family, friends, underhanded racism, violence and their own fears to finally define their identity and find their place in the world.

Venezuelan writer Karin Valecillos (“El Amparo,” “Luis Miguel: The Series”) is penning the show, which is inspired by ChocQuibTown’s own music and trajectory.

The Colombian band has become internationally renowned with its blend of urban sounds and folklore from the Pacific coast that fuses hip-hop, funk, reggae, pop and elements of electronic music to produce elaborate beats.

“We are thrilled to partner with Sony Music Latin and ChocQuibTown to develop this project with the aim of shedding light on a taboo topic in Latin America: Racism,” said Ana Bond, SVP and MD, international production and US Hispanic, SPT. “Latin America’s music is astonishingly diverse, and so much of it is influenced by the historical Afro-roots in the region.

“ChocQuibTown’s Colombian Pacific genre enters the spectrum of popular music, and it’s a point of pride for a population that has long been relegated,” Bond noted. “It is important for us to be able to share this story with our diverse audiences, especially as the discussion of race and discrimination in the global landscape are front and center.”

By Ed Meza for Variety, August 31, 2020

Dua Lipa says her career is about ‘much more’ than just her music

DUA LIPA SPEAKS UP!

The 24-year-old pop star has opened up about how the coronavirus pandemic and the Black Lives Matter protests made her sit back and take stock of what is important in life. And she hopes that using her platform to speak out and bring “light” to so many other things “going on in the world”, she will inspire others to continue to “grow for better change”.

The Mercury Prize-nominated star – whose acclaimed second album, ‘Future Nostalgia’, is up for the prestigious honour – is quoted by the Daily Star newspaper’s Wired column as saying: “The year started off with learning about patience, not living your life so fast, and being more open and accepting of the world, and treading lightly with mother nature, the Earth and the way we live our lives.

“Now we’re digging a lot deeper and learning that we really have to educate ourselves about the injustices that are happening around the world.

“2020 will be seen as a year that we can reflect on, we have grown as people and a community together, and hopefully we can continue to grow for better change.”

On how she views her career, the ‘Levitating’ singer – who shot to fame after signing to Warner Records in 2015 – said: “It has become so much more than about the music, and so much more about what I do.

“I’ve been given this platform, and I am highlighting and bringing light to so many other things that have happened in this world.”

In 2017, Dua – who is dating model Anwar Hadid – vowed to use her platform to teach the next generation what it means to be a feminist.

The ‘New Rules’ singer is an outspoken feminist and says that anyone who doesn’t believe in equality for all is “sexist”.

She said at the time: “It’s a crazy time in the world. Women are the f***ing future. And we’re going to take over the world. That’s really what I think. I think if you’re not a feminist, you’re sexist. Both men and women. My idea of feminism is just wanting equality. It’s just wanting women to be treated the same and to have equal opportunities. I guess we just need to teach the younger generation. Whatever I can do in my circle, however, I can use my platform to get things out – that’s the most important thing for me.”

Newsdesk/Music-News.com; Aaugust, 2020

Chika Shares New Song “U Should”: Listen 🎧

CHIKA’s new single, “U Should”, Listen

Chika has shared a new song called “U Should”. The single follows the rising 23-year-old’s seven-song debut EP, Industry Games, which arrived via Warner Records earlier this year. Take a listen to the new track below.

Chika, who debuted in 2019 with her self-released single “No Squares” gained prominence in 2018 after she posted a freestyle over Kanye West’s “Jesus Walks” beat, in which she addressed the rapper and criticized his support of Donald Trump. That video netted her co-signs from Erykah Badu, Cardi B, Missy Elliott, and others.

Listen to Chika’s “U Should”: https://bit.ly/3ksQlRa

Article By Noah Yoo; Pitchfork; August, 2020

Melanie Martinez Curated Her Own Guest DJ Station on iHeartRadio 📻

MELANIE MARTINEZ is celebrating her new song, “Fire Drill,” with her own IHeartRadio Guest DJ station!

Melanie Martinez dropped her sophomore album, K-12, less than a year ago along with its accompanying film of the same name, and now, she’s preparing to release her After School EP. With the release of her newest song “Fire Drill,” the singer/songwriter is celebrating her new music by curating her own Guest DJ station on iHeartRadio powered by HBO Max. 

On her exclusive station, fans can hear music from her albums, including songs like “Lunchbox Friends,” “Show & Tell,” “Copy Cat” featuring Tierra Whack and “Nurse’s Office” which is “one of [her] favorites that [she’s] ever written,” among others. They can also hear some of Melanie’s favorite tracks from artists like Brandy, Missy Elliott, Kehlani, Frank Ocean, Solange, FKA Twigs. Ari Lennox and many others.

Fans can also hear Martinez talk about her music and some of her favorite songs. Check out the highlights below.

On her song “Copy Cat” and working with Tierra Whack:

“Tierra is one of the most incredible lyricists, and when we first started talking about working with each other, I sent her a bunch of options for songs, and I remember hoping that she would choose ‘Copy Cat’ and she did.”

On “Teenage Fantasy” by Jorja Smith:

“The reason why I chose this song is because the lyrics are incredibly relatable and make me feel many emotions.”

On “U Don’t Know Me (Like U Used To)” by Brandy:

“It’s one of my favorite songs from growing up and I love dancing to it.”

On Pink Matter by Frank Ocean featuring Andre 3000:

“I love this song because it makes me cry my eyes out. So if you’re feeling emotional, here we go.”

On “Truth” by Sabrina Claudio:

“This song is so beautiful and her voice is like angels singing.”

Listen to more of Melanie Martinez’s music and favorite songs on Melanie Martinez’s Guest DJ station on iHeartRadio powered by HBO Max. 

By Taylor Fields, Aug, 2020, AT40 article

Alicia Keys to executive produce documentary on female African-American entertainers 👏🏽

ALICIA KEYS: “I am proud to be a part of such a meaningful, important project,”

Alicia Keys is set to executive produce a feature-length documentary about Nina Simone, Cicely Tyson, and other iconic African-American women entertainers for PBS.

The No One hitmaker is developing the production American Masters: How It Feels To Be Free, which will also focus on the careers of Lena Horne, Abbey Lincoln, Diahann Carroll and Pam Grier.

The film will examine how the six stars overcame racist stereotypes and to become prominent figures in the entertainment industry.

Based on the book How It Feels To Be Free: Black Women Entertainers and the Civil Rights Movement by Ruth Feldstein, it will feature interviews and archival performances from the women profiled and conversations with Keys, Halle Berry, Lena Waithe, Meagan Good, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, and Samuel L. Jackson.

“I am proud to be a part of such a meaningful, important project,” Alicia shares in a statement. “Art is the most powerful medium on the planet, and I continue to be inspired by and learn from these powerful, brave and stereotype-shattering women who leveraged their success as artists to fearlessly stand up against racism, sexism, exclusion and harassment. I honor their courage by celebrating their stories and continuing the work they started.”

How It Feels To Be Free will air in early 2021.

Article by Music-News.com/Newsdesk; July, 2020, here: https://bit.ly/33axNyU

Beyoncé wins legal battle to trademark Blue Ivy’s name! 💃🏽

Beyonce and Blue Ivy, daughter

Her claim had previously been contested by events planner Veronica Morales.

Beyonce is closer to trademarking the name of her daughter Blue Ivy, after U.S. authorities dismissed a challenge to the application.

The singer has been in a legal battle with Veronica Morales, the owner of events planning firm Blue Ivy Company, since 2017. At the time, Beyoncé filed legal papers that sought to protect the commercial rights to ‘Blue Ivy Carter’ – her daughter with husband Jay-Z.

Contesting the claim, Morales said the trademark would be too similar to her own company and called on U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officials to deny the bid. At one point, she even accused Beyonce of fraud and said the singer had no intention of using the name for business purposes.

However, her claims have now been denied by authorities, who have ruled that there is no evidence to suggest that members of the public would confuse the two brands.

They declared, as The Blast reports: “Because we find Opposer failed to establish that Applicant lacked a bona fide intent to use its mark in connection with the goods and services identified in the application, her fraud claim based thereon… fails as well.”

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is now expected to officially grant Beyoncé’s trademark.

Last week, Beyonce launched a new fund to give Black-owned businesses grants through her BeyGOOD Foundation.

The fund has been started in collaboration with the National Association For The Advancement Of Colored People (NAACP).

Read complete article by Nick Reilly/NME; July, 2020 here: https://bit.ly/2CFWvvP

The CROWN Act: Working to eradicate race-based discrimination! 📽

Black Hair A Crowning Glory: Be Unique, Be Yourself

We want all of our beauty to be welcome in all places and institutions. Narrow beauty standards make it difficult for women to freely celebrate their own beauty. While all women experience pressure to conform to certain standards of appearance, Black women are disproportionately impacted by the Eurocentric standards that so often define what is beautiful. Society’s bias has enabled discrimination against Black women’s hair, including being judged differently based on hair texture and hairstyle.

Did you know …

  • A Black woman is 80% more likely to change her natural hair to meet social norms or expectations at work
  • Black women are 1.5 times more likely to be sent home or know of a Black woman sent home from the workplace because of her hair

In the US, the law in many states does not currently afford protection for race-based hair discrimination, even if the hairstyle is inherent to racial identity. That means Black women can be denied opportunities for employment or professional advancement without consequence. It means Black children can be denied entry to school or educational opportunities because of their natural hair. This is NOT OK. That’s why in 2019 we co-founded the CROWN Coalition in partnership with the National Urban League, Color Of Change and Western Center on Law and Poverty to advance anti-hair discrimination legislation. Our mission was, and is today, to advance efforts to end hair discrimination and to create a more equitable and inclusive beauty experience for Black women and girls. 

How the CROWN Act is enacting change

While there is still a lot of work to do, there has been progress. The CROWN Coalition sponsored The CROWN Act (SB 188) in California, introduced by Senator Holly J. Mitchell. California was the first state to pass The CROWN Act which was signed into law on July 3, 2019. With support from the CROWN Coalition, the bill has now been passed in 6 other states (CO, MD, NY, NJ, VA, WA), filed federally, and is in progress in 25 additional states. Once passed, these bills ensure that traits historically associated with race, such as hair texture and protective hairstyles, are protected from discrimination in the workplace and in K-12 public and charter schools. The CROWN Coalition continues to galvanize support for legislation to end hair discrimination federally and in all 50 states. Our CROWN petition has over 70,000 signatures so far, too, and you can sign it here:  https://bit.ly/2ZQ8SgJ

Hair bias hurts us all

Black women are unfairly impacted by societal norms and corporate grooming policies, creating distractions that impact our whole society. We know diversity has a positive impact on a workplace, and that companies that fire, refuse to hire or promote Black women because of their Protective Hairstyle destabilizes individuals, households and the broader economy. The workforce may boast more working women than ever[1], but Black women still remain pressured to conform to Eurocentric standards of appearance. Black women report receiving formal grooming policies at a rate significantly higher than White women. Natural hairstyles inherent to Black identity such as locs, braids, bantu knots, etc. are ranked the lowest for professional appearance. 

We want to see a world where we are all valued for who we are, a world where we express our individuality without any concern or consequence. No woman should ever be “judged” or held back by her hair.

Get involved!

Join us in creating real change that will impact the freedom that Black women and girls feel in expressing and celebrating their beauty. Follow @Dove and visit #TheCrownAct.com to see the progress we’re making together. Write to your legislators to encourage them to introduce and pass anti-hair discrimination legislation in your state. Below is an easy to use letter template for you to download.

Let your vote and your voice count in bringing anti-hair discrimination legislation to your state. Help us drive change today by signing the petition to pass The CROWN Act.

Download the Letter (PDF) (100 KB)

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The CROWN Coalition in 2020

This year, we are accelerating our work to eradicate race-based hair discrimination, and expanding our work with the CROWN Coalition. We are putting additional initiatives into action to end racial discrimination through legislative advocacy and societal change efforts. And there’s more to come.

In partnership with our Coalition members, we are evolving the CROWN Coalition and updating the name. The CROWN letters will now stand for:

Creating a 

Respectful & 

Open

World with

NO RACISM

We are creating the new CROWN Fund and pledging $5M of ongoing support that invests in efforts to eliminate barriers to progress for the next generation of Black lives. Alongside the fund, we will drive change by co-creating new programs and expanding existing ones such as the Dove Self-Esteem Project to help empower young people in the Black community. 

[1] Mark DeWolf, 12 Stats About Working Women, U.S. Department of Labor Blog (March 1, 2017) (According to the Department of Labor, women make up 47% of the US workforce, own close to 10 million businesses, and account for $1.4 trillion in receipts) 

See “Unique Hair” video here: https://youtu.be/UPcJog4DCPA

Dove, The Crown Act; complete article here: https://bit.ly/3e8Pe4A 

Hartecast Music… Where Music Is Living! ❤🎧

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