This Week In Good Black News: Tyler James Williams Addresses Internet Rumors, Naomi Osaka Reveals The Gender Of Her Baby And Alicia Keys Has Big News

Plus, Don Lemon lands his first gig since leaving CNN.

If you were one of the millions of Americans trapped at home because of the horrific air quality, you definitely need some good news this week. 

Alicia Keys made an epic announcement, Naomi Osaka revealed the gender of her baby, and Tyler James Williams brilliantly spoke out about sexuality rumors. We're choosing to focus on the positive so here's "This Week in Good Black News."

  1. Don Lemon To Host The Native Son Awards

    Don Lemon is shaking off any drama from CNN and actually having the last laugh. The former anchor is moving on to a space of celebration by hosting the seventh annual Native Son Awards. Founded by Emil Wilbekin, the ceremony celebrates Black queer excellence and will take place on June 16 in New York City. Wilbekin told, "Don Lemon was honored at the inaugural Native Son Awards in 2016. It’s powerful that he is hosting this year’s Native Son Awards seven years later. Don truly represents Black Queer Excellence.”

    The awards show will also honor Bishop O.C. Allen, the senior pastor and founder of the Vision Cathedral of Atlanta, and his husband, Rashad Burgess, who were featured in the 2015 BET award-winning documentary Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church

  2. Tyler James Williams Brilliantly Addresses Gay Rumors

    For some reason, people have been obsessing over the sexual orientation of Abbott Elementary star Tyler James Williams. Just days into Pride Month, Williams posted on Instagram, “Usually I wouldn’t address stuff like this, but I feel like it as a conversation is bigger than me. I’m not gay, but I think the culture of trying to ‘find’ some kind of hidden trait or behavior that a closed person ‘let slip’ is very dangerous.” He continued, “Overanalyzing someone’s behavior in an attempt to ‘catch’ them directly contributes to the anxiety a lot of queer and queer-questioning people feel when they fear living in their truth.”

    He closed with, “Being straight doesn’t look one way. Being gay doesn’t look one way. And what may seem like harmless fun and conversation may actually be sending a dangerous message to those struggling with real issues. I refuse to inadvertently contribute to that message.” 

    Can we love him any more than we already do?

  3. TLC And Shaggy Launch Their Tour In Miami

    On June 3, TLC and Shaggy brought their "Hot Summer Nights Tour" to Miami’s FPL Solar Ampitheater at Bayfront Park. Sean Kingston and the legendary R&B group En Vogue opened the show. The tour will continue through mid-July, with En Vogue and Sean Kingston on select dates. 

    Click here for more information.

  4. Alicia Keys Is Headed to Broadway

    Alicia Keys has conquered R&B, and now she's about to take on musical theater. The 15-time Grammy winner announced that the stage musical Hell’s Kitchen will run from October 24 to December 10 at the Public Theater in New York City. Taking place in the 1990s, the show is loosely based on her life growing up in the Hell’s Kitchen area of New York City. Keys told the New York Times, “This is my pride and joy. This is a major, major turning point in my journey.” 

    Tickets go on sale next week; click here for details.

  5. Brittney Cooper, Tarana Burke and Angelica Ross To Attend The Black Feminist Reunion

    Black Feminist Future

    Courtesy of Desiree Martin | National Black Feminist Organization | Used with permission

    Black Feminist Future organizers and Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott.

    Imagine if Black women, girls, and those who choose either of those gender classifications were able to live in a world that prioritized their safety, freedom, happiness, and care. This is the mission of the Black Feminist Future, and from June 8–11, the group is having their annual gathering, the Black Feminist Reunion in Baltimore with Angelica Ross, Brittney Cooper, Lynae Vanee, Raquel Willis, and Tarana Burke. The event is celebrating 50 years since the first National Black Feminist Organization gathering in 1973. Over four days, the program will include interactive workshops, keynote speakers, discussions, and lots more, all in the name of sisterhood. 

    Click here for more information.

  6. Match Group’s BLK Celebrates Pride

    Match Group’s BLK, #BLKVoices

    Courtesy of Match Group’s BLK

    Match Group’s BLK

    Are you Black and queer, and looking for love, a casual date, or just friendship? Match Group’s BLK, the largest dating and lifestyle app for the Black community, is showing their support by celebrating Pride Month with PRIDE profile stickers by Brooklyn artist Thaddeus Coates, also known as Hippy Potter. Using the hashtag #BLKVoices, the intention is to combat misinformation around the letters of the LGBTQIA2S+ spectrum and honoring diverse dating experiences among Black people. Download the BLK dating app today!

  7. Magic Johnson Celebrates His Son’s 31st Birthday

    EJ Johnson is all grown up, and Magic Johnson is basking as a proud dad. On June 4, Magic posted on Twitter, "Happy Birthday to my son, EJ!! I love your pure heart and creativity! Keep living your truth, it’s what I love about you most! Have a great day!"  

    EJ's mom, Cookie Johnson, also wrote on Instagram, "Happy birthday, my @ejjohnson_! You are my great love! I pray that the Lord will have favor on you and bless you abundantly in your 31st year. Love you sweetheart, Mom." Happy birthday, EJ!

  8. Al Roker Is On The Mend And Makes An Appearance At The Polo Classic Event

    Everybody's favorite meteorologist, Al Roker has endured some health challenges over the past couple years, but he is a trooper. He is currently recovering from having his second knee replaced on his left leg, but appears to be on the mend. Roker made an appearance at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Jersey City, New Jersey, and told People, “I feel good. This is kind of the first thing that I'm going out to, other than work." 

    Roker, who attended the event with his wife, journalist Deborah Roberts, also added, "Here we are. You can't help but feel better.” See Al and his wife in the photo above.

  9. Naomi Osaka Reveals The Gender Of Her Baby

    Naomi Osaka has been keeping a low profile ever since she revealed she was expecting her first child with rapper Cordae. However, the 25-year-old and four-time Grand Slam-winning tennis champion recently announced on Instagram that the couple is expecting a baby girl. In the IG photo above, Osaka is standing in the middle of flowers and balloons and resting her arm on a giant pink mushroom prop with a sign behind her that reads, "A little princess is on the way!" Congrats to them both!

  10. Lil Uzi Vert Pays The Remaining Tuition Of Berklee College Of Music Graduate

    Diamond Pynk is a rising, talented singer who recently graduated from the Berklee College of Music, who got a huge surprise from Lil Uzi Vert.  The “Just Wanna Rock” rapper paid off the remaining balance of Pynk’s college tuition fees. See the video above of her thanking Uzi and be sure to check out her latest song, “Stuck,” which features Gene Noble.

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