Atlanta’ Renewed for Season 4 On FX Ahead Of Season 3, Both to Film in 2020

‘Atlanta’ has been renewed by FX for a fourth season — and the third season hasn’t even started production yet!

via Shadow and Act:

The news was announced by FX on Tuesday. Joining the previously-announced Season 4, Season 3 of the Donald Glover series will also have eight episodes. Both will be shot in Spring 2020, presumably capitalizing on the schedule availability of its stars.

“What more can be said about Atlanta than the critical acclaim and accolades that Donald, Paul, Dianne, Stephen and Hiro have earned for two exceptional seasons of what is clearly one of the best shows on television,” said Eric Schrier, President, FX Entertainment in a statement received by Shadow And Act. “This group of collaborators and cast have created one of the most original, innovative stories of this generation and we are proud to be their partners.” 

In Atlanta, two cousins work through the Atlanta music scene in order to better their lives and the lives of their families.  Glover portrays Earn Marks, a young manager trying to get his cousin’s career off the ground. Brian Tyree Henry is Alfred “Al” Miles, aka Paper Boi, is a new hot rapper trying to understand the line between real life and street life. Lakeith Stanfield is Darius, Alfred’s right-hand man and visionary and Zazie Beetz is Van, is Earn’s best friend and the mother of Earn’s daughter. 

So ready for this !

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Toni Morrison, ICONIC Author Of ‘Beloved,’ Dead At 88

Morrison won both the Nobel Prize in Literature and the Pulitzer Prize.

Via CNN
The trailblazing author Toni Morrison, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, died Monday night at the age of 88, her publisher, Knopf, confirmed Tuesday.Her family also confirmed her death Tuesday in a statement, issued through Princeton University, where she had taught since 1989.She died at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, a spokeswoman for Knopf said in a statement. A cause of death was not specified.

It is with profound sadness we share that, following a short illness, our adored mother and grandmother, Toni Morrison, passed away peacefully last night surrounded by family and friends. She was an extremely devoted mother, grandmother, and aunt who reveled in being with her family and friends. The consummate writer who treasured the written word, whether her own, her students or others, she read voraciously and was most at home when writing. Although her passing represents a tremendous loss, we are grateful she had a long, well lived life.
While we would like to thank everyone who knew and loved her, personally or through her work, for their support at this difficult time, we ask for privacy as we mourn this loss to our family. We will share information in the near future about how we will celebrate Toni’s incredible life.

The Nobel committee honored her career and dedication to centering the lives and histories of African Americans, writing in its citation that Morrison’s work is “characterized by visionary force and poetic import” and “gives life to an essential aspect of American reality.”

Morrison was best known for her 1987 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “Beloved,” later adapted into a 1998 film starring Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover. In 1993, she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, becoming the first black woman to receive the honor.

Prior to becoming a legendary author, Morrison blazed trails at Random House from 1967 to 1983, becoming the first black woman editor at the storied publisher. In that role, she championed the work of many writers of color, publishing the work of black luminaries including Gayl Jones, Toni Cade Bambara, Henry Dumas, Huey P. Newton, Muhammad Ali and Angela Davis.

In 2012, then-President Barack Obama awarded her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

“Toni Morrison’s working life was spent in the service of literature: writing books, reading books, editing books, teaching books. I can think of few writers in American letters who wrote with more humanity or with more love for language than Toni,” Knopf Chairman Sonny Mehta said in a statement to HuffPost Tuesday. “Her narratives and mesmerizing prose have made an indelible mark on our culture. Her novels command and demand our attention. They are canonical works, and more importantly, they are books that remain beloved by readers.”

Morrison also held teaching positions at Yale, Bard College, Rutgers and the State University of New York at Albany.

Born Chloe Ardelia Wofford in Lorain, Ohio, on Feb. 18, 1931, Morrison was the second of four children to working-class parents George and Ramah Wofford, who left the South during the Great Migration.

Morrison had two sons, Harold and Slade, with ex-husband Harold Morrison, whom she divorced in 1964.

Trecend In Peace Legend

WTH? Galveston Police Apologize After Photo of Black Man Being Walked On A Leash Makes It Online

Police in Galveston, Texas, are apologizing after a photo made online and viral. Its showing horse-mounted officers walking a handcuffed Black man on a leash made of rope.

via Chron:

Police issued a press release about the photo on Monday, confirming that horse-mounted officers had “clipped” a “line” to a man’s handcuffs after he was arrested Saturday on a criminal trespassing charge.

Galveston Police Chief Vernon Hale also issued a statement Monday in the press release. He apologized to the man, Donald Neely, 43, who had been arrested on a misdemeanor criminal trespassing charge.

“First and foremost I must apologize to Mister Neely for this unnecessary embarrassment,” he said in the statement. “Although this is a trained technique and best practice in some scenarios, I believe our officers showed poor judgement in this instance and could have waited for a transport unit at the location of the arrest.”

Leon Phillips, president of the Galveston Coalition for Justice, commended the chief for immediately ending the arrest technique but hoped to see the officers disciplined.

“With the climate in the country today, I would hate to see, six months or three years down the road, what kind of judgment these same officers would make in a worse scenario,” Phillips said.

Phillips also worried about the lasting impact the photo could have on the city’s tourist-heavy economy and questioned why the officers didn’t wait on the scene.

“Stay there with him instead of humiliating him,” he said. “And now you’ve humiliated the whole city of Galveston because everybody who sees it is going to have an opinion.”

Phillips also said the image reminded him of racist images from the 1920s. He said he didn’t know the officers personally, but the optics of the photo was shocking.

“All I know is that these are two white police officers on horseback with a black man walking him down the street with a rope tied to the handcuffs, and that’s doesn’t make sense, period,” he said. “And I do understand this —  if it was a white man, I guarantee it wouldn’t have happened.”

James Douglas, president of Houston’s NAACP chapter, also responded to the photo, saying it showed a lack of respect for people of color.

“This is 2019 and not 1819,” he said in an email. “I am happy to know that Chief Vernon [Hale] issued an apology and indicated that the act showed poor judgement, but it also shows poor training. Even though the chief indicated that the technique would be discontinued he failed to address the lack of respect demonstrate by the officers in the episode.”

The police statement went on to say that the officers, identified only as P. Brosch and A. Smith, did not have malicious intentions during the arrest.  Hale said the department has changed the policy to prevent this technique from being used again.

“[We] will review all mounted training and procedures for more appropriate methods,” he said.

The release said Neely was arrested for criminal trespassing at 306 22nd Street in Galveston. Neely had reportedly been warned against trespassing at that location several times, the release said.

The officers were leading him to 21st and Market about eight blocks away, where the mounted patrol unit was staging. Body cameras were activated at the time, the release said.

Neely is free on bond. He has no listed telephone number and couldn’t be reached for comment.

This is 2019. Stay Woke

Netflix Cancels ‘She’s Gotta Have It’

She’s Gotta Have It

Netflix has canceled ‘She’s Gotta Have It.’

The Spike Lee-led series won’t return for a third season. Spike has plans to shop the series around to other outlets.

via Variety:

“Spike Lee is one of the greatest filmmakers of all time and we’re thrilled he brought the series ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ (1986, based on his first feature film) to Netflix,” said Ted Sarandos, chief content officer at Netflix. “While this is our last season, we’re very proud that it will be on our service for years to come, and excited to be working with Spike on his upcoming Netflix film ‘Da 5 Bloods.’”

Like the film on which it was based, the series followed free-spirited artist Nola Darling (DeWanda Wise). The series also starred Anthony Ramos, Ilfenesh Hadera, Cleo Anthony, Lyriq Bent, Margot Bingham, Chyna Layne, and Fat Joe. Season 1 of the series consisted of 10 episode, while Season 2 was nine. Lee personally directed every episode in his first foray into series television. Lee also executive produced along with Tonya Lewis Lee.

“Da 5 Bloods” is a war drama about a group of Vietnam veterans. The cast includes Chadwick Boseman, Delroy Lindo, Giancarlo Esposito, and Jean Reno. The film does not currently have a release date.

Netflix has been notoriously mum about releasing any kind of viewership numbers for their originals, but the streaming giant has said in the past that they evaluate shows on a viewing versus cost basis, meaning if a show does not prove a big enough draw with subscribers it will not continue.

Earlier on Wednesday, Netflix reported in their Q2 earnings that they had experienced a drop in their U.S. subscriber numbers for the first time in eight years. The company also saw 2 million fewer international subscribers than expected. The company said the numbers were the result of a weak content slate in the quarter as well as a price hike.

Im Soooo sad to see the series go 😥😥😥

Lashana Lynch Is The New 007 In The Next James Bond Film

No – your eyes not playing tricks on you! The new 007 is about to be a Black woman.

The next James Bond film will introduce British actress Lashana Lynch as the new 007.

via Metro:

James Bond fans will know that the spy retired at the end of Spectre and as Bond 25 opens he will be living a life of luxury in Jamaica.

However soon we will return to MI6 in London and the insider reveals that ‘there is a pivotal scene at the start of the film where M says “come in 007”, and in walks Lashana who is black, beautiful and a woman’.

With Bond in retirement, it makes sense for the agency to pass on his codename to another agent, and we are here for it being a woman.

‘It’s a popcorn-dropping moment. Bond is still Bond but he’s been replaced as 007 by this stunning woman,’ the source told The Daily Mail.

This is certainly a moment Im here for and can’t WAIT to see!

Sadie Roberts-Joseph, Activist and Founder Of African American Museum, Found DEAD In The Trunk Of A Car

75-year-old Sadie Roberts-Joseph, a Louisiana activist who founded an African-American museum was found dead in the trunk of a car.

Investigators said Saturday they are working hard on the case and seeking suspects.

via ABC:

Sadie Roberts-Joseph, a Baton Rouge community activist who teamed up with police on an anti-drug and violence program, was found slain Friday afternoon when police were directed to a car parked in a residential neighborhood northeast of downtown Baton Rouge and discovered her body in the trunk, officials said.

“Our detectives are working diligently to bring the person or persons responsible for this heinous act to justice,” the Baton Rouge Police Department said in a statement.

Louisiana state Rep. C. Denise Marcelle called Roberts-Joseph an “amazing woman” who loved history.

“My heart is empty … as I learned last night that Ms. Sadie Roberts Joseph was found murdered!” Marcelle said in a statement posted on Facebook. “She never bothered anyone, just wanted to expand her African American Museum downtown, where she continually hosted the Juneteenth Celebration yearly. I loved working with her and am saddened by her death…. whoever knows what happened to her, please contact the authorities and say something.”

Police did not say how Roberts-Joseph, known as “Ms. Sadie” in her community, died, nor did they explain what led them to look in the trunk of the car parked about 3 miles from her home.

An autopsy is being conducted to determine the cause of death, police said.

Baton Rouge police officials called Roberts-Joseph a “tireless advocate of peace in the community.”

“Ms. Sadie is a treasure to our community. She will be missed by BRPD and her loss will be felt in the community she served,” police officials said in a statement posted on Facebook.

The victim’s sister, Beatrice Johnson, told The Advocate newspaper of Baton Rouge that Roberts-Johnson stopped by her house earlier on Friday. She said her sister lived near her in the Scotlandville neighborhood of Baton Rouge and would check in with her daily.

“Friday, she came by [because] she had mixed some cornbread, but her oven went out, and she brought it here to put in the oven,” Johnson told the newspaper. “The bread is still there. She never came back to get it.”

Roberts-Joseph helped found the Odell S. Williams Now and Then African-American History Museum in 2001. The museum, now known as the Baton Rouge African-American History Museum, is housed on the campus of New St. Luke Baptist Church in Baton Rouge.

She also organized the city’s annual Juneteenth festival at the museum, commemorating the abolition of slavery in the U.S., and partnered with Baton Rouge police to launch a Community Against Drugs and Violence program.

In a recent interview with ABC affiliate station WBRZ in Baton Rouge, Roberts-Joseph said her work at the museum and the annual Juneteenth event was meant “to celebrate, to embace” African American history and to “learn of our past and to be able to move forward in unity.”

Baton Rouge police are asking anyone with information on the case to contact homicide detectives immediately.

This is beyond ridiculous and sad. We need answers — and we need them NOW! Whoever did this needs to be brought to justice.

Nipsey Hussle’s Baby Mama Says She’s NOT An Bad Parent

Nipsey Hussle’s entire family has joined forces to get full custody of his 10-year-old daughter Emani, but her mother says that she’s perfectly capable of caring for her daughter.

via TMZ:

Tanisha Foster says in legal docs, obtained by TMZ, she and Nipsey shared responsibility for parenting 10-year-old Emani.

She seems to be rebutting the family’s contention she’s not capable of caring for the child, saying they are ignoring the fact Nipsey provided for her … setting her up in an apartment and providing for her livelihood. She’s insinuating she’s been cut off and that’s not what Nipsey would want.

She also says, she’s not the only person involved in the case with a “problem past,” but she says she’s choosing not to “sling mud.” 

She says she can’t pay rent, she’s been cut off financially and is in desperate shape. Foster notes the lifestyle she and Emani were used to before Nipsey’s death won’t be the same … but she is willing to make it work to the best of her ability. She’s asking the judge to at least give her visitation rights

Foster says, “If everyone was truly interested in doing what is best for Emani, they would treat me as her mother and not in the manner that they have.

Nipsey’s family was awarded temporary custody of Emani, claiming Tanisha is an unfit mother.

I don’t feel like the family would be going through all this if they believed Emani was safe with her mother — do you?