This Week In Good Black News: Ciara Is Preggers, Ice Spice Scores VMA Nods And Hip Hop Turns 50

If the past seven days of folding chairs and rewriting history have been too hot and intense, here are some stories to cool down your August.

What a week it has been! From honoring the memory of O’Shae Sibley to endless attacks on democracy in states like Florida, it's crucial to shine a spotlight on the events that are moving our community towards positive results. This week, we are celebrating hip hop, Black women making power moves, the legacy of Whitney Houston, and babies, babies, and more babies! Whether it’s arts, culture, justice, or beyond, we've got you covered in “This Week in Good Black News.”

  • Hip Hop Is Officially 50

    August 11 marked a momentous occasion in music history as we celebrated the 50th anniversary of hip hop. On August 11, 1973, DJ Kool Herc's mixing at his baby sister's back-to-school party ignited a cultural revolution that would reshape music as we know it. As we commemorate this milestone, we honor the pioneers, artists, and communities that have propelled hip-hop into a global phenomenon. Happy 50th birthday to hip hop!

  • Da Brat And Jesseca Harris-Dupart Share Adorable Photos Of Their Son

    Cuteness overload! Da Brat and her wife, Jesseca “Judy" Harris-Dupart shared the first photos of their adorable newborn son, True Legend. In true hip hop style, their bundle of joy, born July 6, is already rocking a microphone and a boombox. See above!

  • Janelle Monáe Adds Even More Pleasure to the World

    Janelle Monáe’s pleasure is definitely being felt all across the country. Due to high demand, Monáe has added more dates to her "Age of Pleasure" Tour, which include Indianapolis, Indiana (September 10), Columbus, Ohio (September 15), and New Orleans, Louisiana (October 7). She has also added a second show at Washington, D.C.’s The Anthem on September 25. The tour officially kicks off on August 30 in Seattle. For more details, visit

  • Serena William’s Daughter’s Favorite Doll Gets A Dance Show

    Are the toddlers in your life trying to learn the latest dance moves? Well, Qai Qai has got you covered. The animated YouTube series "Qai Qai," just got a new spin-off. “Dance with Qai Qai” inspired by Serena Williams’ daughter Olympia’s favorite doll, dropped this week and will teach her loyal followers how to shake their groove thing. 

    Williams said in a statement, “It has been amazing to see how Qai Qai has captured the hearts of so many young fans, so we're thrilled to introduce them to Dance with Qai Qai! What better way to keep your kids active than by learning dance moves from Qai Qai herself? As a family who loves to dance, I know I'll be right next to my daughter practicing our new moves. We can't wait for other families to get to watch—and dance—together!” See the first episode above!

  • Ciara Is Pregnant With Baby Number 4

    Ciara and her husband Russell Wilson are expecting! On August 7, Ciara broke the news on Instagram. In a black-and-white video, the R&B songstress dances around a pool while showing off a glorious baby bump. "You look at me like that again; we make another kid...You my heart, I’m your rib,” she captioned the post. This is the fourth child for Ciara, who shares 3-year-old son Win and daughter Sienna Princess, 6, with Wilson. She is also mom to son Future Zahir, 9, whom she shares with rapper Future. Congrats to Ciara and Russell!

  • Lori Harvey Drops Swimwear Line

    Lori Harvey is following in her father’s footsteps and becoming an entrepreneur. She launched a swimwear line called Yevrah, which is her last name spelled backward. Harvey told US Weekly, “For my first collection, I wanted to release staple pieces in chic colors that can be worn anywhere, any season, and will never go out of style.” The line is exclusively available at Revolve.

  • SZA, Nicki Minaj And Ice Spice Get MTV VMA Nominations

    The MTV VMA nominations are in! While Taylor Swift received the most nominations (eight to be exact), SZA was right behind her with six nominations, including Video of the Year and Song of the Year for “Kill Bill.” Nicki Minaj scored five nominations, with “Super Freaky Girl” earning a Video of the Year nod. Ice Spice, who has had a massive 2023, received two, and she is up for Best New Artist. Others in the category include GloRilla, Kaliii, Peso Pluma, PinkPantheress, and Reneé Rapp. Click here for the complete list and to vote for your faves.

  • The World Celebrates Whitney Houston

    August 9 would have marked Whitney Houston's 60th birthday. Tragically, she died at 48 years old leaving us too soon on February 11, 2012, but #Whitney60 took over social media. Fans reflected on her remarkable voice, chart-topping hits, and undeniable impact on the music industry. Whitney's performances and soul-stirring ballads continue to resonate, leaving an eternal legacy that inspires generations of artists and fans. Happy 60th birthday, Whitney Houston. Your music and spirit will forever live on in our hearts! See vintage Whitney above in a 1991 interview with Donnie Simpson on BET’s Video Soul.

  • Black Women Celebrated On Forbes’ 2023 ’50 Over 50′ List

    This week, Forbes released their “50 Over 50" list, which showcases powerful women–and over half of the women are Black women. The list includes environmental justice advocate Catherine Coleman Flowers, Viola Davis, Claudine Gay, named Harvard University president last month, Mae Jemison, the first Black woman to travel to space in 1992, the legendary Miss Patti LaBelle, and many more. Congrats to all the women celebrated, proving success can come at any time in life! See the full list here.

  • Malika Andrews To Replace Mike Greenberg As ESPN’s NBA Finals Host

    Big congrats to Malika Andrews! According to the New York Post, the 28-year-old will be the new host of the NBA Finals for ESPN. She will replace Mike Greenberg, who has been in the role for two years. Andrews has been a rising star in sports broadcasting; last year, she became the first woman in history to host the NBA Draft. Keep on slaying, Malika!

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