As the mom of a teenage girl and another girlpie well on her way to becoming one, this news feels like the Fourth of July: the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy says Black teen pregnancy rates fell 51 percent between 1990 and 2009.
Campaign CEO Sarah Brown says the massive drop is due to three factors: more teens are waiting to have sex; teens are reporting fewer sexual partners, and; teens are using contraception more. “In short, the credit for this remarkable national success story goes to teens themselves,” said Brown.
Still, Brown took us adults to task for not giving our kids credit, noting that nearly half of Americans “incorrectly believe the teen pregnancy rate in the U.S. has increased over the past two decades.”
This could be because at every turn, social conservatives—from the big-mouthed-but-clueless hypocrites in Congress to the loud-mouths-out-for-ratings TV and radio talking heads to your nutty neighbor next door—shout from the rooftops that American women, women of color specifically, are nothing more than promiscuous harlots sucking the system dry to support kids we can’t afford to raise. Those same mouthpieces are the ones who cheer on cuts to the federal food stamp program, welfare and Medicaid—programs that provide a safety net to our most vulnerable: children—all while spending their every waking moment trying to dismantle sexual health and reproduction programs and obliterate our lawful rights to reproductive choice.
The very face of those attacks is young Black women—teens included. So it makes sense that Americans are deluding themselves into thinking our daughters are promiscuous, fertile hookers just one hot-and-heavy sex session away from making a gang of babies. Read more…
DJ Premier Opens Up Gang Starr Holiday Pop Up Shop For The Next 20 Days
Its official! A few minutes ago, DJ Premier announced via his Facebook page the launch of the Gang Starr pop up shop which will house and sell official Gang Starr merchandise; the pop up shop will only be operational for a limited time basis (20 days). Read more…
***Tune-In Alert*** This Week on “T.D. Jakes Presents: Mind, Body & Soul” Talk About Teen Pregnancy at 2PM ET/PT
Daddy smelled her perfume first. And then it hit me in a wave. It was the first Thanksgiving that I’d made up my mind not to be sad that Mommy wasn’t here to cook and eat and celebrate family with us. As a thank you, she made her presence known. For this—for her scent, for her spirit, for the memories she created, for the almost four decades God gave her to be in my life—I was grateful.
After I ran into the bathroom and cried for a few minutes, I closed my eyes real tight and breathed really easy and talked to her—told her “thank you” for being my guardian angel, told her that I was still madly in love with her, told her that she’d be so very proud of her grandbabies, with their smart, pretty, sporty, amazing selves, told her that I’ve been trying my best to make her proud. I told my mother, too, that I missed her so—that I just know she must be having a time in Heaven.
Today, I am remembering that moment. And making an addendum to my talk with Angel Mommy, one that specifically thanks her for being a kind, respectful mother to her grown-up daughter. Earth Mommy was strict and no-nonsense, sure. But she was also a mother who was keenly aware that once she was no longer financing my life and I was out from up under her skirt and her roof, she had to respect my flow—that she had to stand back and let me make my own decisions, even if, quietly, she thought they were big, gigantic, fat mistakes that I would regret. Read more…
TYE TRIBBETT SCORES THREE 2014 GRAMMY AWARD NOMINATIONS / LEADS GOSPEL AND CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC FIELD
TYE TRIBBETT SCORES THREE GRAMMY NOMINATIONS LEADING THE GOSPEL/CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC FIELD
TRIBBETT CELEBRATES HIS RECENT 8 STELLAR GOSPEL MUSIC AWARD NOMINATIONS IN TOP CATEGORIES INCLUDING ARTIST OF THE YEAR, CD OF THE YEAR, SONG OF THE YEAR AND MORE
Current Album GREATER THAN Consumer And Critical Hit With Rave Reviews From The New York Times And Los Angeles Times
For Immediate Release:
(Newark, NJ – December 10, 2013) — Nominations for the 56th GRAMMY® Awards were announced last week by The Recording Academy and Motown Gospel/Kingdom Music recording artist Tye Tribbett scored three GRAMMY® nominations leading in the Gospel/Contemporary Christian music field among artists. Tribbett’s hit single “If He Did It Before..Same God” garnered a Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance and Best Gospel Song nomination. His chart-topping CD, GREATER THAN, is nominated for Best Gospel Album.
Just last week, Tribbett won a Soul Train Music Award for Best Gospel/Inspirational Performance and also snagged 8 Stellar Gospel Music Award nominations in top categories including Artist of the Year, CD of the Year, Producer of the Year, Song of the Year and more. Read more…
KYLE Releases “Raining Love” Music Video;
Appearance on BET’s 106 & Park for Young Stars Week
Los Angeles, CA – December 10, 2013 – Rising hip-hop star KYLE debuted the music video for his new single “Raining Love” on BET’s 106 & Park yesterday. Read more…
DANCEHALL REGGAE SINGER
BUCKY ITAL DELIVERS
NEW ALBUM, DO A TING FI DI POOR
The FOX FUSE Release Receives Coveted
December 10, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New York, NY (FOX FUSE) - Jamaican dancehall reggae artist Uhan “Bucky Ital” Pearson delivers his highly anticipated new album, Do A Ting Fi Di Poor, now available worldwide from all major digital retailers (released on December 10, 2013), from FOX FUSE. Bucky Ital returns with his signature sound that fuses various genres to create his unique brand of dancehall reggae, which does not escape the notice of iTunes, granting him a coveted feature on the iTunes New and Noteworthy Reggae homepage, on its day of release. Read more…
Who: N!ni * Eternal Sol
What: ETERNAL SOL PROMOS
(promotions, parties/events, music, djs, concerts, marketing, news/current events, trivia, inspirational quotes, fashion, books, recipes, photos, history, nightlife + more!)
Why: Eternal Sol Promos is a promotions, events, marketing and entertainment company that Globally Spreads the Word, One Event at a Time. Specializing in, but not limited to House Music parties, nightlife and more from NYC to South Africa; Eternal Sol is your source for music, inspiration and information. Eternal Sol clients include: http://about.me/nini.eternalsol.promos
Where: Based in New York
When: Established October, 2007
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Who: Consuelo “Connie” Lodge
What: Public Relations/ Marketing Student
Why:Connie has managed over a dozen models, worked and directed on music video sets/ photo shoots. She does various types of consultation, branding, product placement and has published work. Connie specializes in online promotions and there are a various of other things she is capable of perfecting at other things; making her a mutli-talented individual in the entertainment industry.
Connie is currently pursuing her Bachelors Degree in Public Relations/ Marketing at Ashford University and is already actively working in the field of her training. Connie has had the opportunity to work with and/or assist many celebrities whether it was doing hair, makeup, promotions, PR/ Marketing etc. She always makes it a habit to accelerate her customer service skills and further her education with specialty classes and workshops outside of college to stay up to date with what is going on.
Where: Based California Read more…
ESPN NBA SPORTS ANALYST AND TV PERSONALITY CHRIS BROUSSARD PRESENTS K.I.N.G. DAY OF GIVING BACK WITH “FREE” HAIRCUTS
“FREE” Haircuts for Boys 12 Years and Under of Single Household Parents
DATE: Saturday, December 7, 2013
WHAT: Chris Broussard and the Men of K.I.N.G. Movement Presents K.I.N.G. Day of Giving Back with “FREE” Haircuts for Boys 12 and under of Single Parent Households
WHERE: Center Stage Cuts Barbershop
402 Broad Street
TIME: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM Event
K.I.N.G. Movement Inc. is a national non-profit organization founded by Broussard that seeks to aid boys and men in becoming better husbands, fathers, leaders, citizens and role models. Its title is an acronym for Knowledge, Inspiration and Nurture through God. Broussard serves as the President of K.I.N.G. Read more…
CELEBRITY MAGAZINE EDITOR CYNTHIA HORNER MAKES TELEVISION APPEARANCES ON MICHAEL JACKSON TV SPECIALS
Prominent entertainment editor Cynthia Horner makes two rare and poignant television appearances weighing in on a personal friend, the late Michael Jackson on two specials which will air on the ReelzChannel on December 13 and 20, 2013. Ms. Horner, whose name is synonymous with Michael Jackson and his famous siblings, is one of the few journalists who ever knew the enigmatic celebrity and recalls memorable stories about the megastar.
ABOUT THE BROADCAST:
Michael Jackson’s Lost Childhood Friday, December 13 at 9pm
Michael Jackson was the most successful entertainer of all time, yet his life was riddled by scandal. His fixation on children struck some as innocent… and others as disturbing. From his creation of a private amusement park to multiple allegations of child abuse, Michael’s obsession stemmed from a desire to recapture a childhood he was never able to have. Read more…