In and outside court, Smollett fights for reputation, career
As Jussie Smollett fights criminal charges that he lied to Chicago police about being the victim of an anti-gay, racist attack, his supporters are also working on a broader strategy: Ensuring the 39-year-old emerges from the scandal with his reputation and career intact, whatever the outcome of the trial.
WATCH: Civil rights activist Angela Davis speaks to UTSA students about the struggle of freedom
All month long, the University of Texas at San Antonio has held virtual webinars around a range of topics related to Black people, culture and the civil rights movement. AdThe meaning of freedom is always evolving“We have to include a whole range of issues in order to accommodate a constantly transforming and growing notion of the meaning of freedom,” Davis said. Davis said that through her experiences — being a child of segregation — the idea of freedom is always evolving. The power of women of colorDavis also spoke about the civil rights movement in the 1960s and pointed out how the leaders of the movement were all men. Still, the masterminds behind the scenes were women, Davis said.
History on screen: East Germany through its filmmakers' eyes
In this Wednesday, June 17, 2020 photo Gunnar Dedio, German film producer and managing director of PROGRESS Film GmbH poses for a photo between rolls of film in the archive of PROGRESS Film, in Leipzig, Germany. A new project is underway to digitize thousands of East German newsreels, documentaries and feature films 30 years after Germanys reunification. The East German Augenzeuge, or Eyewitness, newsreel on the Kennedy visit trumpeted the prank as a triumph, scoffing that the American president got an “unexpected surprise instead of the great view into the East German capital promised by his Secret Service” and allegedly had to cut his visit from “20 minutes to five." Germany was divided into four occupation zones after World War II, the Soviet-influenced East Germany and West Germany's American, British and French sectors. In 1950, the year after East Germany was established as a country, the authorities formed another company, Progress, as a state monopoly to distribute DEFA films and to import foreign productions.
Jay-Z, Pharrell to release new song about Black ambition
NEW YORK Jay-Z and Pharrell Williams have teamed up to release a new song about Black ambition titled Entrepreneur." Black Twitter, whats that? When Jack gets paid, do you? raps Jay-Z, referring to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. For every one Gucci, support two FUBUs.On the track, Williams sings: In this position with no choice/The system imprison young Black boys/Distract with white noise." Williams told TIME the song is about how tough it is to be an entrepreneur in our country to begin with."
Jada Pinkett Smith Talks Racism, Police Killings and More on a Special Juneteenth 'Red Table Talk'
"When I watched the George Floyd video, just the amount of restraint just for me to remain steady," Jada said. Davis pointed out, "Black men are demonized. Meanwhile, Mallory said it was primarily the responsibility of white people to deconstruct white supremacy, especially when it comes to having uncomfortable conversations in their own lives. "So, deconstructing white supremacy is to deal with the Karens that work on your job," she said. Part one is how are you getting uninvited from Thanksgiving, from the Christmas party, and from the activities where you know white supremacy flies around."