This Week In Good Black News: Will Shows Love For Jada, April Ryan Gets Married And Mariah Carey Is Already Ready For Christmas

Also, ‘God's Grace: The Sheila Johnson Story‘ premieres on BET+, a must-see biopic for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

In this edition of "This Week In Good Black News," we highlight an outpouring of affection by Will Smith for his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, the joyous occasion of April Ryan's marriage, and Mariah Carey's upcoming holiday festivities. 

Additionally, as we observe Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we are excited about the must-see biopic titled "God's Grace: The Sheila Johnson Story," which premieres on BET+ and is sure to inspire and educate while championing the strength of those impacted by breast cancer.

Lets' take a step back to appreciate the good news and inspiring stories that shine a positive light on the Black community.

  • Will Smith Shows Love For Jada Pinkett Smith's New Memoir

    Jada Pinkett Smith's memoir "Worthy" has caused controversy since the moment she started on her press tour. Revelations including her separation from husband, Will Smith, since 2016 sent the internet on fire. However, Jada recently sat down with podcast host Jay Shetty, where he read a letter from Will to Pinkett Smith: 

    “I applaud and honor you. If I had read this book 30 years ago, I definitely would've hugged you more. I'll start now. Welcome to the Authors Club. I love you endlessly. Now go get some Merlot and take a rest," wrote Will.

    While holding back tears, Jada replied, “He know I can't have no Merlot. That's beautiful. That's why I can't divorce that joker.” See the clip above.

  • Madonna's Daughter Steals The Show!

    Pop icon Madonna opened her Celebration tour on October 14 in London. The tour is honoring her 40-year career, and it's a moment to celebrate-- she recovered after a serious bacterial infection in June which left her in the ICU for several days. While the 65-year-old pop diva ran through her endless hits for over two hours, her 11-year-old daughter Estere stole the show. During a performance of Madonna's 1990 iconic No. 1 hit "Vogue," which is originally inspired by Black queer dancers in Harlem, Estere gave "hand performance," whipped her hair, and had the crowd in a frenzy.

    Four of her other children also made appearances including daughters Lourdes, 27, Mercy, 17, and Stella, who is Estere's twin, 11, as well as son David, 18 (her 23-year-old son Rocco was not in attendance). Mercy, Stella, Estere, and David were all adopted from Malawi. 

    See Estere vogue in the clip above!

  • Frankie Beverly & Maze and the Isley Brothers Are Joining Forces!

    Mark your calendars because two giants of R&B are about to join forces. On November 25 in Hampton, Virginia, and December 23 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Frankie Beverly & Maze and the Isley Brothers will be rocking the stage for an unforgettable night of music. The shows titled “I Wanna Thank You" are presented by the Black Promoters Collective.

    In the spirit of classic celebration, they invite all attendees to wear white attire, creating a Winter White Affair.

    Fans can access tickets for sale  here.

  • Tommie Smith and John Carlos Shook Up The Olympics 55 Years Ago This Week

    Monday, October 16, marked 55 years since Tommie Smith and John Carlos lifted their fists to give the Black Power salute during the National Anthem at the Olympics medal ceremony in Mexico City. Their protest was against the rampant racism in sports.

    Smith won the gold medal for the 200-meter dash, and Carlos won the bronze. The International Olympic Committee president deemed the act a domestic political statement inappropriate for the apolitical Olympic Games. As a result, the two were suspended from the American team and banned from the Olympic Village.

    They were also expelled from the Games. Smith continued in athletics and played in the NFL before becoming a professor. Carlos also played in the NFL and later became a high school track and field coach. In 2008, Smith and Carlos received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at ESPYs for their action at the Olympics. See the iconic moment above.

  • April Ryan Is Married!

    Over the weekend, renowned White House correspondent April Ryan exchanged vows with her beau, James Ewing, a retired Naval officer of 25 years.

    "This is my second chance love story," Ryan, 53, told PEOPLE. "I'm divorced and didn’t plan on getting married again. I even vowed never to do it again. I never thought someone would sweep me off of my feet and make me realize I shouldn’t put myself on a shelf. There is more to give and more to do."

    Congrats to the happy couple!

  • ‘God's Grace: The Sheila Johnson Story‘ Premieres on BET+

    “God's Grace: The Sheila Johnson Story '' makes its world premiere on October 19 at 7:00 PM ET/6:00 PM CT on BET+. ⁠The movie tells the life story of Sheila Marie Johnson, played by Demetria McKinney.

    Johnson retired from the Air Force at 43 years old due to stage IV metastatic breast cancer but later founded an advocacy group supporting those diagnosed with the disease.⁠

    It's a powerful and poignant story for  Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

  • Mariah Is Preparing For Christmas!

    We only have a couple more weeks before November 1, which means Mariah Carey will reclaim her throne as the Queen of Christmas and she is already preparing! 

    The mommy mogul shared a cheerful post on Instagram on October 16, posing with her 12-year-old twins, Moroccan and Monroe, wearing Christmas-inspired getups. This post announced her latest collaboration with The Children’s Place, where she “designed (for the first-time-ever!!!) a limited-edition gown that is perfect for the season.” 

    The five-time Grammy winner also announced her “Merry Christmas One and All” tour, consisting of 13 stops across the United States and Canada.

    See Mariah and her kids in all their pre-Christmas glory above. 

  • Billy Porter Sings His Face Off With Kelly Clarkson

    Kelly Clarkson's talk show returned this week and one of her guests was the incredible Billy Porter. The two joined forces for a gospel version of her 2011 hit song "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)."

    Porter took us all the way to church! Watch the clip and be sure to stream Porter's new album, "Black Mona Lisa."

  • Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries Earns More Votes Than Republican Nominee For Speaker

    The Republican Party in the House of Representatives is an absolute mess. Thank God we have House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries. On Oct. 17, in a stunning vote, Jeffries secured more votes than Republican nominee Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan in the GOP-controlled House of Representatives. Despite that fact, neither Jeffries nor Jordan won enough votes to take the Speaker gavel.

    Over two weeks ago, Republicans held their first formal vote for House speaker after a handful of GOP extremists voted Oct. 3 to oust former Speaker Kevin McCarthy. Sadly, this leaves the government frozen, as we await a new Speaker of the House to be voted in.

  • Trevor Noah Is Back!

    Trevor Noah may have left "The Daily Show," but starting next month, fans can enjoy their weekly doses of him.

    This week, it was announced Spotify’s new original Podcast What Now? with Trevor Noah will launch on Thursday, November 9. New episodes will drop weekly. According to a recent press release, the South African comedian will interview entertainers, actors, athletes, and thought leaders with conversations “full of radical candor, authentic back-and-forths, and honest reactions."

    In these crazy times, Trevor Noah is a weekly voice we definitely need!

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