Blavity CEO Morgan DeBaun Raises $6.5 Million in Funding for Company , More Money Than Any Other Black Female Founder in 2018

Blavity is clearly out here WINNING!

The digital lifestyle media company announced a eye-dropping $6.5 million in new funding heades by GV (formerly Google Ventures) with participation from new investors Comcast Ventures, Plexo Capital, and Baron Davis Enterprises.

Masterminded by Founder and CEO Morgan DeBaun, this funding is now the largest amount of money a Black female founder has secured in 2018.

According to the press release, Blavity will use this latest round of funding “to accelerate its mission to become the global media and tech company for a new generation of Black Americans, powering inspirational stories, smart news, events across lifestyle categories and developing new platforms.”

The company will expand its offices to a second location focusing on data and engineering to develop new tools for consumer connectivity, smarter publishing, and creative advertising solutions.

“Digital media is at turning point,” said Morgan. “Niche communities are becoming the majority and multi-billion dollar media brands built in collaboration with creators will evolve into market leaders seemingly overnight.” She adds “Blavity’s success was accelerated by empowering a young and growing underserved market of consumers often overlooked by Silicon Valley and traditional media outlets.”


Supa Cent Expecting Her Second Child

Internet Sensation Turned Million Dollar Business Owner of “The Crayon Case” Expecting

Supa Cent used social media to gain millions of followers by making us laugh with her family videos to using it to glam us up with the sale of her cosmetics line “The Crayon Case.”

Last night , Supa announced on instagram that she’s expecting a child. From the looks of things, her fiancé couldn’t be happier.

I blame y’all…. 😩😢🙏🏾

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I love me some Supa , her grind on a whole new level. Congrats Queen

Destiny’s Child Singer Michelle Williams Checks Into A Mental Health Facility For Depression

Michelle Williams has been very open and honest about her battle with depression in the past, however the Destiny’s Child singer knows this struggle is ongoing so she checked herself into a mental health facility.

Black Panther’s Sister Shuri Gets Her Own Comic Book Series

The ‘Black Panther’ franchise is getting a new comic added to the brand and it’s time for T’Challa’s little sister Shuri to be lead.

Marvel Comics will from releasing a new standalone comic book series about Shuri and all her genius in just a few months.

via Bustle:

The brand new series will be available in October 2018 and will focus on Shuri’s journey in the face of a tragic event: Black Panther is lost in a mission in space, leaving Wakandans asking questions about who should lead in his absence. As his little sister, and the next in line for the throne, Shuri is pulled from her happy place (her lab full of impossibly genius, high-tech gadgets) and into a much heftier role. According to the official Marvel synopsis, “Shuri is happiest in a lab, surrounded by gadgets of her own creation. She’d rather be testing gauntlets than throwing them. But a nation without a leader is a vulnerable one — and Shuri may have to choose between Wakanda’s welfare and her own.”

This compelling battle within the self and the impossible question of duty over passion will come to life in the new series thanks to Eisner-nominated artist Leonardo Romero and Afrofuturist author Nnedi Okorafor. Okorafor is an award-winning Nigerian-American writer, known for her work across the sci-fi genre, from young adult fiction to short stories and adult fiction. One of her most acclaimed works, a novel titled Who Fears Death, not only saw multiple award nominations and a World Fantasy Award for Best Novel, but it’s also on its way to becoming an HBO series with George R.R. Martin as an executive producer. And, as if there was any doubt about her writing pedigree, Okorafor has already contributed to the Black Panther storyline with her issues of Black Panther: Long Live The King, which followed a storyline penned by acclaimed journalist and author Ta-Nehisi Coates, and her continuing work on the Wakanda Forever series, which follows the Dora Milaje (Wakanda’s badass warrior ladies, for those that need a refresher) as they team up with other heroes from the Marvel Universe. And as she sets to work on the Shuri series, Okorafor is, in a word, thrilled.

“[Shuri is] an African young woman of genius level intelligence who is obsessed with technology and has traveled spiritually so far into the past that she’s seen Wakanda before it was Wakanda. The Ancestors call her Ancient Future. And she’s super ambitious. What do I love about her? Alllll that and more,” Okorafor tells Bustle via email. “She’s a character in the Marvel Universe who really sings to me.

New ‘Rugrats’ Episodes Headed To Nickelodeon

One of my favorite 90s cartoon ‘Rugrats’ is returning to Nickelodeon.

A 26-episode revival has been ordered by the network as well as a live-action movie with CGI characters.

TV reboot will include all-new adventures with characters Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil, Susie and Angelica, and will also introduce a new world of characters.

via Variety:

The show’s original creators Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó and Paul Germain will return to the TV series as executive producers. Nickelodeon’s “Rugrats” will be produced in Burbank, Calif., with production already underway. Additional news of the TV series, airdate and casting will be announced in the coming months.

“Rugrats is hands-down one of the most celebrated cartoons in TV history, and we are thrilled for a whole new audience to meet these iconic characters in brand-new adventures,” said Sarah Levy, COO of Viacom Media Networks and interim president of Nickelodeon. “What was true in 1991 when the original show premiered is still true today: kids are fascinated with the world of babies. We can’t wait for today’s kids to meet Tommy, Chuckie and pals.”

The “Rugrats” movie will be written by David Goodman and is set to be released on Nov. 13, 2020 by Paramount Players, the division of Paramount Pictures that develops and produces co-branded feature films with Viacom’s leading media networks.

“Now feels like the ideal time to reintroduce this iconic cast of characters to a whole new generation of young fans,” said Brian Robbins, president of Paramount Players. “Kids who grew up with Tommy Pickles and the “Rugrats” crew will now be able to share that experience with their own children.”

“Rugrats” joins the recently announced return of “Blue’s Clues” as the latest classic original series Nickelodeon is bringing back for today’s generation of kids and families. Nickelodeon produced and aired an all-new “Hey Arnold!” special in 2017, and has announced the return of two more beloved titles as forthcoming specials: “Rocko’s Modern Life” and “Invader Zim.”

Now If we could get a ‘Proud Family’reboot ill be super hype

Cardi B And Offset Welcome Baby

Cardi B is officially a mommy!

Cardi  took to Instagram earlier today to announce the birth of her and Offset’s baby girl Kulture Kiari Cephus.

Kiari, the baby’s middle name, is Offset’s real first name.

Kulture Kiari Cephus 07/10/18🎀🌸 @offsetyrn

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The photo’s caption tags her husband Offset and reads the name of her baby girl and the date 07/10/18.

Kulture :’)…no better feeling ❤️🌸

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RuPaul Is Filming a Daytime Talk Show

It seems like RuPaul is about to make a return to daytime television.

According to reports, the Emmy-winning host of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ is working on a daytime talk show pilot.

via Variety:

The show, which is targeted for a fall 2019 launch and will be filmed in front of a live audience, will feature the host bringing his unique, positive and aspirational point of view to the format, interviewing celebrities, giving beauty and glam tips, playing games, and dishing on pop culture. He’s not expected to do cooking or exercise segments, which have been typical daytime fare. Frequent collaborator Michelle Visage is also expected to play a major role.

Telepictures, the syndication production arm of Warner Bros., is also behind Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show, as well as “The Real,” which was recently renewed for two seasons. The hope is that his unique flair will help the show stand out, given that other celebrity-driven talk shows have faltered, including efforts from Katie Couric, Meredith Vieira and Harry Connick Jr.

RuPaul, who is best known for hosting “The RuPaul Show” on VH1 and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and its spinoffs for both Logo and VH1, skyrocketed to fame with the dance track “Supermodel (You Better Work).” That success led to a contract with MAC Cosmetics, making him the first drag queen supermodel.

He has several other TV projects in the works, including a comedy series for Netflix titled “AJ and the Queen,” in which he will star, as well as write and executive produce with Michael Patrick King. Hulu is also developing a series based on his life with J.J. Abrams serving as executive producer.