Let Freedom Ring Happy Black Herstory Month

Let Freedom Ring

Happy Black Herstory Month

By Trissean McDonald

African Americans are appreciated in the month of February for their civil rights activism and their multiple contributions toward race and equality for all. Still, elements of society still treat black Americans as “less than” their white or other minority counterparts.

Media mogul Oprah Winfrey made history this year at the Golden Globes Awards as the first black woman to be awarded the Cecil B. DeMille Award. The award is granted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) for “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.”

Joining the ranks of Sidney Poitier and Lucille Ball, Oprah is the first African American woman to be given the honor. Her speech was so empowering that many thought it was the beginning of a presidential campaign.

“I want all the girls watching here and now to know that a new day is on the horizon,” Winfrey said. “And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say, ‘Me too’ again.”

Winfrey’s speech referenced an ongoing conversation about sexual misconduct allegations within Hollywood. Her own experiences in the past make her especially qualified to speak on behalf of the #MeToo movement.

Despite her global status as a renowned journalist, Winfrey experienced an incident a few years ago that reminded her of the challenges of being a black woman in the world.

She said that a sales associate in a store in Zurich, Switzerland refused to sell her an upmarket handbag because it was “too expensive” for Winfrey to afford.

“I go into a store that shall remain unnamed and I say to the woman, ‘May I see that bag right above your head?’ and she says to me ‘No. It’s too expensive.’ “And I said ‘No, no, no, the black one, the one that’s folded over,’ and she said, ‘No, no, no, you don’t want to see that one, you want to see this one because that one will cost too much. You won’t be able to afford that one’,” Winfrey said in an article posted by the Daily Mail.

The store owner denied all allegations and said that she would apologize for any inconvenience if she ever had the opportunity to speak directly to Winfrey.

“I would apologize and say it was all a misunderstanding. I surely did not intentionally want to insult Ms. Winfrey. I hope this nightmare ends soon,” said the store owner, who wanted to stay anonymous. “It is absolutely not true that I declined to show her the bag on [racial] grounds.”

Certain Americans tend to be oblivious, or at least feign their oblivion regarding racial disparities. But discrimination is global, and equally displayed in other countries. “I could have had the big blow-up thing and thrown down the black card and all that stuff, but why do that,” Winfrey said. Doing that, she implies, would have left her labeled as “the crazy/angry black woman.”

Winfrey’s often credits her earlier struggles with where she is today. As a young girl, she was sexually abused and became pregnant, but lost her baby shortly after its birth. Pain fades as scars heal, and Winfrey has since become a multi-billionaire with her OWN network. Outside of media, she continues to be a leading advocate for community activism.


LilUziVert Goin’ Super SaiYan In Phoenix  

By Trissean McDonald

Deaf defining music, clouds of marijuana smoke in the air, and a hyped up artist, put those all together and what do you have? A LilUziVert concert.

On Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, Symere Woods, commonly known as LilUziVert gave a guest appearance in Phoenix, Arizona. 
 Symere Woods, born July 31, 1994 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has been active in the Hip-Hop industry since 2013. Uzi Vert’s talent was discovered by Don Cannon, who’s occupation is a record producer and songwriter, after being played on the radio by DJ Diamond Kuts.

Uzi was subsequently offered a record deal in which he signed with Don Cannon, DJ Drama, and Leighton Morrison’s label Generation Now and Atlantic Records.

Uzi Vert recieved public recognition after featuring on Carnage’s single “WDYW,” who is an American DJ and record producer, along with two other hip hop artists, ASAP Ferg and Rich The Kid in 2015.

Although there may be a number of individuals who may not share interest with Uzi’s artistry, several media outlets are agreeing that the artist is one to be watched after. Complex stated, Uzi is “one of those names to pay attention to in 2016.”

Spin agrees by stating, “the 22-year-old has solidified his spot as one to watch…(with) his signature rapid delivery.” And lastly, the TV series “Noisey.” The series launched March 2, 2016 on Viceland. The show educates and enlightens people about music culture around the world, whilst understanding problems that may arise within youth and crimes that associates themselves/itself with music.

LilUziVert released his third mixtape “Luv is Rage” on December 18, 2015. And, he realeased his fifth mixtape “The Perfect Luv Tape” on his 22nd birthday.  This mixtape features artist like Future in one of his songs “Seven Million.”

LilUziVert, on June 13, 2016,  was named one of the ten 2016 XXL Freshman. In an interview with Complex, LilUziVert stated his influences are ASAP Rocky, Marilyn Manson, Pharrell Williams, Kanye West, Young Thug, Wiz Khalifa, Lil Wayne, and the Ying Yang Twins.

The Voice Judge’s Special Performance. 

By Trissean McDonald

On June 30, 2016 The Voice is scheduled to air a live performance with judges Miley Cyrus, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, and Alicia Keys at Universal. As crowds are increasing, the sun pratically scorching almost everyone in its sight, a certain crew member is perhaps affected somehow by it all. I mean, not giving me a disclaimer to sign even after I informed the member of not signing a disclaimer? Oops. The member shunned the issue and had me proceed, as I did.

*With that said, I have impunity over the disclaimer.

Although the preparations are time consuming, hours of downtime without a cellphone to pass time, people still have ways of keeping themselves entertained. The crew members also assists in entertaining people. One crew memeber engages in impersonations of well-known celebrities, including Miley Cyrus; however, ended up making a fool of himself. Not because of him pretending to be Miley Cyrus; however, it’s because of the crew member not knowing the words to her songs that made him look rather foolish.

Almost any person he impersonates, he makes that person out a disaster. Nevertheless Miley Cyrus, yes the real Miley Cyrus, was absolutely phenomenal. Before seeing the judges perform, everyone is waiting outside by the famous clock tower from the movie “Back To The Future.”

In the background you could hear Adam Levine warming up; however, he isn’t visible due to it being a rehearsal. What song is he singing? Not “This Love” or “Sugar.” Would you have guessed “Dream On” by Aerosmith? Yes, all the judges are singing “Dream On;” yet, you only hear Levine rehearsing that high “Dream On, Dream On” with the final “Ahhhhhh.”

Luckily, I am front crowd. I see the judges face-to-face. Adam has on a dark-colored tank-top with white horizontal stripes, Blake has on a blue button down, Miley has on a red and white suit, Alicia has on a white jacket with artistic colorful designs and a head wrap to match.

Selected individuals were given illuminating wristbands prior entering the stage. Once escorted to the stage, there are stunt personals standing on top of roof sets, sitting on the edge of window sets, and even sitting on the edge of banisters. They all have on an illuminating wrist band.

Cameras are everywhere, practically 360 degrees. The lights are dim and the spotlights are on. As the crowd is being prepped, the stunt personals are seen making hand puppet shadows, amusing several onlookers as myself. Great energy from the crowd and judges, perticularily Miley Cyrus. She displays so much energy. A fan actually agrees by detaching her bra and giving it to Miley. Miley wits, “See what happens when you don’t wear clothes, people just start giving you theirs.”

There are about 3-4 takes and it is all over. Everyone departs and heads back towards the shuttle to be taken to the starting point. This is set to air September 19, 2016. Check out Miley Cyrus Instagram for more information:


Rihanna cancels 2016 Grammys

By Trissean McDonald

Rihanna cancelled her appearance at the 2016 Grammys. Rihanna’s representatives have stated that the singer’s physician put Rihanna on a 48 hour vocal rest, due to a high risk of vocal hemorrhaging.

Reports from Rihanna’s representatives confirmed in a E News statement conveyed that, “the antibiotics she has been on for 3-days did not kill the infection adequately; therefore, she cannot perform safely.”

Very unfortunate. We wish you the best during your recovery, Rihanna. Get well soon.