This Week In Good Black News: ‘Little Mermaid’ Makes A Big Splash, Tributes For Tina Turner Continue And Sunny Hostin Defends VP Kamala Harris

Plus, Saucy Santana And Baby Tate are celebrated as TikTok visionaries.

As May comes to a close and June kicks off the start of what we know will be an epic summer, there are tons of hot topic items you may have missed this week. The Little Mermaid blew up the box office, tributes for the late, great Tina Turner continue to pour in, and Sunny Hostin kept it all the way real when discussing Vice President Kamala Harris on The View. Here is your weekly dose of "This Week in Good Black News."

  • The Return Of ‘Video Soul’!

    It has been over two decades, but Donnie Simpson’s Video Soul returned to the BET family on June 1. The iconic interview and music video series aired from 1981 to 1996 on BET and changed music history. Simpson sat down with several musical icons over the years, including Tina Turner, David Bowie and Aaliyah and now he's also hosting the reboot. The six-episode series is currently streaming on BET+, and will feature interviews with Keith Sweat, Teddy Riley, Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men, Chrisette Michelle, Syleena Johnson, and more. Read our exclusive interview with Donnie Simpson here.

  • Our Little Mermaid Makes A Huge Splash

    (Photo: Disney)

    Despite racist reactions, the highly anticipated Disney film The Little Mermaid had a stellar weekend opening. According to CNN, the animated movie, released on May 26, made a big splash with $117.5 million at U.S. box offices and debuted at number one. The movie, starring Halle Bailey, is the fifth-best opening for Memorial Day weekend in history, and continues to be an inspiration to countless little Black girls who now see themselves as part of the Disney world of princesses.

  • Kevin Hart’s Celebrates His Daughter Graduating From High School

    Comedian Kevin Hart is celebrating his eldest daughter, Heaven, graduating from high school. The 43-year-old comedian posted on Instagram, "It’s not about me….It has always been about them!!!!!!! I am so proud of my little girl. I am just as proud of my niece sanny for being an amazing example for Heav… Sanny was the first in our family to go to college and graduate…Now My little girl is heading in that same direction….” Hart didn’t reveal which college Heaven will attend, but he did gift his oldest child a brand new car. See above!

  • Birdwatcher Famously Accused By White Woman In Central Park Will Host A National Geographic TV Show

    Christian Cooper, 59, was falsely accused in 2020 by a White woman of harassment in New York’s Central Park. Three years later, he gets the last laugh after landing a television show on the National Geographic Channel. NatGeo announced that the Long Island native will guide viewers into the world of birdwatching, which is what he was doing when Amy Cooper (no relation) called 911 and accused him of threatening her while she walked her dog in Central Park. Last we heard of Cooper, she lost her job, and the 2022 lawsuit claiming her former employer unjustly fired and defamed her. 

    “Whether braving stormy seas in Alaska for puffins, trekking into rainforests in Puerto Rico for parrots, or scaling a bridge in Manhattan for a peregrine falcon, he does whatever it takes to learn about these extraordinary feathered creatures and show us the remarkable world in the sky above,” the statement read. A premiere date has not been released for the six-episode series, The New York Times reports. Congrats to Christian!

  • Tina Turner’s Hometown Will Honor Her

    Tina Turner’s hometown, Brownsville, Tenn., will immortalize the music icon and celebrate her life with a statue created in her honor. The city’s mayor, Bill Rawls Jr., told TMZ that a statue will be placed in Brownsville’s Heritage Park near Carver High School, which Turner attended. Rawls explained, “When Tina stepped on stage, she owned it. We want this statue to represent that passion. Tina was an inspiration to the entire world… She showed the people of Brownsville. No matter where you start, you own your story about where you end up.” Brownsville is also home to the Tina Turner Museum, which opened in 2014.

  • The Apollo Theater Will Honor Tina Turner, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Diddy

    The accolades and honors for Tina Turner don’t just stop in Tennessee. The legendary Gladys Knight will perform at the 2023 Apollo Spring Benefit as part of a line-up of entertainers preparing a special tribute to Turner. Spike Lee will also be attending to deliver  the Impact Award to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. In addition, Sean “Diddy” Combs will receive the Icon Award. The event takes place on June 12 at the world famous Apollo Theater in Harlem, USA.

  • Grace Jones Is Still Slaying Stages Worldwide

    On May 31, the living legend Grace Jones – who just turned 75 years old on May 19 – sold-out the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City for the ​​2023 Blue Note Jazz Festival. With nearly a two-hour performance, the singer and performance artist sang her hit songs, proving age ‘aint nothing but a number as she danced, crawled, and emoted all over the stage. Miss Jones had the crowd – which included a jubilant Whoopi Goldberg – all in frenzy. Seventy-five where?!? See the clip above.

  • NBA Legend Charles Barkley Lost Over 60 Pounds!

    Retired NBA legend and sports commentator Charles Barkley has lost 62 pounds with the help of a medication called Mounjaro. The 60-year-old shared the good news with fellow sports commentator Pat McAfee, according to PEOPLE. "I'm working out, I'm taking my shot once a week," he says, referring to Mounjaro, which is used along with diet and exercise to improve blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes. "I started at 352 [lbs.], he said. "And I'm down to 290. I'm starting to feel like a human being, not a fat ass anymore." He said his goal weight is 270 lbs. See Sir Charles explain himself above.

  • Sunny Hostin Stands Up For Vice President Kamala Harris

    Some people will find any reason to hate on Vice President Kamala Harris, and now they are attacking her for being too wordy. It's one of many nonsensical attacks on the first Black woman to be second in line to the presidency. On The View, co-host Sara Haines claimed Harris is accused of speaking in a "word salad" and advised her to "immediately fix" it. Co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin, who worked for Mike Pence when he was VP under Donald Trump, added her own critique, saying, "I feel like she hasn’t broken through on major policy accomplishments."

    The View co-host Sunny Hostin calmly schooled Griffin saying, "We’re in the United States of America, and Black women — and this is just not me saying it, I mean, there have been studies — Black women are considered less articulate, they are considered uglier, they are considered all of these things by this country. And it’s because of the history, of course, of misogyny and sexism.” She also reminded Haines that, as a lawyer, Harris speaks in threes, which lawyers are trained to do. See the spirited conversation above.

  • Saucy Santana And Baby Tate Named One Of TikTok's Visionary Voices For LGBT Pride

    It’s PRIDE month, ya’ll and with LGBTQ Pride kicking off this week, Saucy Santana and Baby Tate have much to celebrate. They have been listed on the first-ever TikTok 2023 LGBTQ+ Pride Visionary Voices List as "industry disruptors." Santana and Tate have been serving the music industry with their looks, drama, and pure talent, all while being their authentic selves. Watch one of Santana's classic TikTok videos above.

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