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THE WORD | Ciara Accepted to Harvard Business School

R&B star Ciara took instagram yesterday to announce that she is going to attend Harvard Business School. The Harvard BEMS program will teach Ciara to "develop and execute more effective business strategies," "debate and analyze the business and technology trends that are redefining the industry," and "learn how to launch and manage creative products and portfolios more strategically." 

This is very important for Ciara to attain these skills as she launch  her own record and entertainment company, Beauty Marks Entertainment, as well as her production company Why Not You Productions with husband Russell Wilson last month. The latter focuses on backing film, television, and digital content projects that tell "inspiring and aspiring narratives and human interest stories."

THE WORD| Jason Mitchell Dropped From ‘The Chi’ Season 3, Netflix Film

Rising actor, Jason Mitchell, who received his break out role as Eazy-E in 2015 Straight Outta Compton film has recently been dropped by both his agency, UTA, and management company, Authentic Talent & Literacy Management, in what appears to be “allegations of inappropriate behavior”, as phrased by Deadline. The specifics of the accusations like who and what are unclear to the media, it appears that this isn’t the first issue with his behavior. The Chi co-star Tiffany Boone has previously addressed her concerns with the actor which were later resolved. 

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Boone previously had difficulty filming with Mitchell. It’s said that Boone felt unsafe working with Mitchell and her efforts to continue working with him have gone so far as to having her fiancé, Dear White People actor Marque Richardson, come to set on several occasions. Ultimately, Boone informed the Fox 21 producers that she could no longer work with him. Aside from Boone, several other actresses from the show came forward with grievances about Mitchell. 

The source also added that along with companies UTA and Authentic terminating him, Mitchell has also been released from an upcoming Netflix film, Desperados, which he was already casted but is now replaced by actor Lamorne Morris. Along with the upcoming film he’s reportedly being released from Lena Waithe’s “The Chi” after they’ve been renewed for a third season. The show commented stating that he’d continue no longer than the current season. It’s unclear as to how, the show will move forward with Mitchell’s character, Brandon, considering he plays a vital role to the shows story line. 

THE WORD | Billionaire Robert F. Smith pledges to pay off Morehouse College Class of 2019′s student loans

Billionaire investor and philanthropist Robert F. Smith had a special announcement during his commencement speech at Morehouse College in Atlanta on May 19. The gift is estimated to be worth $40 million. Smith received an honorary doctorate from Morehouse today and was the class' commencement speaker.

“This is my class and I know my class will pay this forward,” Smith said in his remarks.

Smith is the founder, chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners and is considered one of the wealthiest Black entrepreneurs today. His company, which has an estimated $14 billion in capital, was listed as No. 1 on Black Enterprise’s annual list of the most successful black-owned companies. He’s also made Forbes list of the 400 richest Americans, and in 2017 was named by Forbes as one of the 100 greatest living business minds.

THE WORD | Arnold Schwarzenegger Responds after being attacked at South Africa event

Arnold Schwarzenegger was attacked on Saturday in South Africa during the fourth annual Arnold Classic Africa competition.

The actor and former governor of California, was speaking with fans and signing autographs at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg when a man leaped in the air and kicked the actor in the back. According to a statement put out by the event, Schwarzenegger will not be pressing charges.

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THE WORD | PBS Arthur’s MR.Ratburn Gay Marriage Reactions

Monday, May 13 the animated children’s series Arthur entered its 22nd season on PBS Kids. The new season kicked off with a bang! In the episode titled “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone,” we learn that Arthur’s teacher — the popular and well educated Mr. Ratburn — is gay.

Throughout the episode Arthur, Buster and their friends attempt to break up his engagement after seeing Mr. Ratburn with a rather “pushy” woman who throughout the episode tells him to “toughen up”. Convinced, that marrying her would make both his life and theirs miserable the kids decide to take action without knowing the woman in question is his sister and not the bride to be. Upon the wedding, the kids are shocked to see him walk the aisle with someone else, yet relieved by how happy the couple appears. The kids decide to abort their plans to soil the wedding, and focus their attention on a bigger problem amongst the couple... the way they dance.

While this episode has been well received by the public, many are simply shocked that the series reached 22 seasons, it does leave some asking is the media pushing the LGBTQ agenda onto kids at too young of an age? Several shows on children’s networks like Disney and Nickelodeon have transitioned into the practice of creating and displaying characters who relate to and are members of the LGBTQ community. While many agree that education on the topic is important and the community presence and identity is needed, the culture asks, is it becoming too much for the children?

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THE WORD | Black-Owned Urgent Care Center Opens Up In Chicago

Chicago is the home of great things. It’s the headquarter for Whats The Word, the hometown of Chance the Rapper, Derrick Rose and now a Black owned urgent care center. Premier Health Urgent Care is a healthcare facility that just opened up on the Southside of Chicago. In the Hyde Park neighborhood the owners have made a commitment to providing the highest quality of healthcare and affordable services to it clients.

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Pictured above are all six of the doctors who decided to open up the medical center. One owner, Dr. Rutland was quoted saying “We are happy to open an urgent care in Hyde Park because the community needs it. I see so many urban professionals who either delay or go without care because of time constraints. No one has 8 hours to wait in the emergency department for a minor illness or the flexibility to wait 3 weeks because their primary care doctor is booked solid. We are here to help fill that gap,”.

Premier Health Urgent Care is located at 1301 E. 47th Street building #2 Chicago, IL. Office hours are Monday through Friday 10am-7pm.

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This is important and significant to our community. Not only was this medical center put in an urban community but it is own and operated by Blacks. Chicago is a great city and like I’ve said before the home of great people. However, Chicago gets a bad reputation because of the crime that happens here. Hopefully, this ground breaking achievement help bring favor to the city’s name.

THE WORD | Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West welcome fourth child

Congrats to Kanye and Kim Kardashian West on their 4th child, their second child via surrogate.  The baby boy joins his sisters North, 5, and Chicago 1, and brother Saint, 3. On "The Ellen Show" Thursday with her nieces and nephews, Kourtney Kardashian said her sister was supposed to join her but couldn't because the surrogate was in labor.

Their mother and family matriarch, Kris Jenner, appeared surprised and said she was not aware labor had started.

THE WORD | Miss America, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA are all BLACK WOMEN

Something that’s never been done before has just happened. Miss America, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA are all represented by black women! Yes, black women have won these titles before but not all at one time.

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Black women weren’t always allowed to represent our country or even states in beauty pageants. Although beauty pageants have been going on since the 1920s black women have only just become more ubiquitous in the last 50 years.

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The three wins are a powerful symbol of how much beauty have evolved in America. Bigs up to Nia Franklin Miss America, Cheslie Kryst Miss USA, and Kaliegh Garris 18, Miss Teen USA who just pushed the standard of beauty to the next level.

THE WORD | The Obamas Announces New Projects With Netflix

Former President Barack Obama and the former first lady Michelle Obama have a multiyear production deal with Netflix to produce shows and films. The annoucement of what specific content was recently announced 11 months after signing the deal with Netflix.

 “Touching on issues of race and class, democracy and civil rights and much more, we believe each of these productions won’t just entertain, but will educate, connect and inspire us all,” Mr. Obama said in a statement.

Here’s an early look at the shows and films the Obamas are planning (Source: NY TIMES)

 

“American Factory,” a documentary that examines life in Ohio where a Chinese billionaire opened a factory in a former General Motors plant and hired 2,000 people. Higher Ground Productions described the film, produced by Participant Media and directed by Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert, as “early days of hope and optimism give way to setbacks as high-tech China clashes with working-class America.” The documentary was already shown at the Sundance Film Festival, and Higher Ground Productions said it would be its first release.

“Bloom,” a drama series set in post-World War II New York that will explore the “barriers faced by women and by people of color in an era marked by hurdles but also tremendous progress.” It will be produced by Callie Khouri, who wrote “Thelma & Louise.”

 ■A film adaptation of“Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom,”the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography by David W. Blight. Higher Ground did not announce a screenwriter or any producers.

An adaptation of aNew York Times series, called “Overlooked,” about people whose deaths were previously not reported by the newspaper. The obituaries have been published in a recurring feature in the paper. Higher Ground Productions said it would be a scripted anthology series.

A series based on “The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy,” a book by Michael Lewis.

“Crip Camp,” a documentary film about the origins of the disability rights movement.

“Listen to Your Vegetables & Eat Your Parents,”a half-hour series for preschoolers that will “take young children and their families around the globe on an adventure that tells us the story of our food.”

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THE WORD | Avengers: Endgame' Breaks Box Office Records With $1.2 Billion Global Debut

 Avengers: Endgame’s opening weekend was a success with an incredible $350 million in North America and $1.2 billion worldwide.


The movie became the first film ever to exceed $1 billion during its opening weekend. It arrived at the billion-dollar mark in five days, more than twice as fast as the year-old Avengers: Infinity War, which had previously reached the record in 11 days. Endgame also set domestic and international records.

The fourth and final Avengers superhero movie beat Infinity War records by almost $100 million domestically and an impressive $560 million worldwide. China also grossed a stunning $330.5 million over the five-day launch weekend.

THE WORD | John Singleton in a coma after suffering stroke

Last week, news broke that John Singleton suffered a stroke while at the hospital. Today Thursday (April 25) TMZ repoted that, the 51-year-old's condition is worst.  He is in a coma. This was made known in a court filing made by his mother, Shiela Ward. As revealed in the court documents, she is requesting that a judge appoint her as his temporary conservator so that she can make medical and financial decisions on her son's behalf.

According to the docs, the director is "unable to properly provide for his personal needs for physical health, food, clothing, or shelter" at this time and remains hospitalized.

Revolt reported the legal documents, Ward noted how her son was engaged in several business projects when he decided to seek medical treatment after experiencing some problems with his legs. TMZ also reports the movie executive and educator was preparing to "sign a lucrative settlement agreement" prior to suffering the stroke. Given that he does not have any medical directives, Ward is now seeking the conservatorship

Singleton, whose catalog includes films such as the Oscar-nominated Boyz N the Hood, Poetic Justice, 2 Fast 2 Furious and more, has been teaching a course at the USC Film School titled "Film and Culture." His most recent projects include the TV series "Snowfall," "The People vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story," "Empire"and "Billions." FX has renewed "Snowfall" for a third season, which began earlier this month.

 

 This story will be updated as more information becomes available regarding John Singleton's condition.

THE WORD | The Homecoming Of The Year! Beyonce's Netflix Special

Whoa, if you didn’t want to yell I’m black and I’m proud while watching Beyonce’s Homecoming special on Netflix were you even watching? Beyonce’s Netflix special was a behind the scene look at her Coachella performance and without given too much away this Netflix special is one for the books. It empowered its Black audience within the first 30 minutes so image what the whole special can do for someone.

Go watch the special if you’re Black to get motivated, to get your ass up, and if you’re not Black, go watch to see how our culture coming.

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THE WORD | Insecure will not make a return until 2020.

Issa Rae’s hit series Insecure will not make a return until 2020.

Vulture reports Insecure will not be returning until 2020 because Issa Rae has become very busy and is in high demand. HBO programming chief Casey Bloys revealed the details, stating: “Well, Issa became a big movie star!

“We’re not the first place to deal with this, but when you’re in business with very creative and talented people, there’s a lot more opportunities for people to do things. Issa, I think, partly, wanted a break to come back to it fresh,” Bloys added.

Issa Rae is currently starring alongside Regina Hall and Marsai Martin in Little, which just made it to theaters.

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THE WORD | NIPSEY HUSSLE TAKES HIS VICTORY LAP, MEMORIAL RECAP

Thousands flocked to remember the life of Nipsey Hussle at a packed memorial service Thursday (April 11) that provided mourners with a deeper appreciation of Ermias Asghedom, the man behind the up-and-coming hip-hop persona. 

Hussle’s brother, Samiel Asghedom, talked about how Hussle would assemble parts to build his first computer, but became emotional about his brother leaving his “heart and soul” on the popular intersection of Crenshaw and Slauson Avenue.

“Bro, you made the world proud,” he said.

Hussle recently purchased the strip mall where The Marathon is located and planned to redevelop it, part of Hussle’s broader ambitions to remake the neighborhood where he grew up and attempt to break the cycle of gang life that lured him in when he was younger. His family and friends vowed to continue his work, and London told the crowd: “The marathon continues!”

THE WORD | LIL DURK SIGNS 10 DAY CONTRACT WITH THE CHICAGO BULLS

If you’re reading this just know this cap lol, Lil Durk is not signed to the Chicago Bulls but he does have game check out his highlights below lol…..Share this story with your friends, don’t spoil the fun!!!

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THE WORD | Jordan Peele has no interest in casting ‘white dudes’ as leads

After his breakout success with “Get Out” and “Us,” Jordan Peele plans to stick with his approach to casting.

“The way I look at it, I get to cast black people in my movies,” Peele, 40, explained at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in East Hollywood, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “I feel fortunate to be in this position where I can say to Universal, ‘I want to make a $20 million horror movie with a black family. And they say yes.”

The Oscar winner added that he’s not planning on changing anything about his casting process.

“I don’t see myself casting a white dude as the lead in my movie,” he added. “Not that I don’t like white dudes. But I’ve seen that movie

THE WORD | Jussie Smollett Removed From Empire’s Final 2 Episodes Following Arrest

On Friday, February 22, producers Lee Daniels, Danny Strong, Brett Mahoney, Brian Grazer, Sanaa Hamri, Francie Calfo andDennis Hammer revealed in a statement that Smollett, 36, will not appear in the final two episodes of the season.

The decision, producers said, was made to "avoid further disruption on set."

"The events of the past few weeks have been incredibly emotional for all of us," the statement said. "Jussie has been an important member of our 'Empire' family for the past five years and we care about him deeply. While these allegations are very disturbing, we are placing our trust in the legal system as the process plays out."

 

 

THE WORD | Gucci removes $890 "blackface" sweater, apologizes after receiving backlash

Gucci has removed a controversial sweater from its website and apologized after some people said the sweater resembled blackface. The black turtleneck covers the face and has mouth opening with red lips surrounding it. It originally cost $890, according to screenshots from the Gucci website, taken before the product was removed. Social media was outraged, especially because the release came during Black History Month. Below is Gucci’s Statement.

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 A screenshot taken before the sweater was removed made its rounds on social media, with many people writing to Gucci in outrage over the racist sweater.