This Week In Good Black News: Marlon Wayans On Loving His Transgender Son, Pharrell Williams Supports Black Businesses And GloRilla Donates To Her Former Middle School

Plus, Microsoft names the first Black woman president of Xbox!

In this edition of "This Week in Good Black News," we put the focus on celebrating uplifting narratives that resonate with strength, love, and progress. 

Let's start with a spotlight on actor/comedian Marlon Wayans, who recently opened up about his heartfelt journey to embrace his transgender son, which is perfect timing for Transgender Awareness Week. In another inspiring tale, Pharrell Williams takes a stand by supporting Black businesses, demonstrating the impactful intersection that can come between culture and commerce. Adding to the season of giving back, GloRilla announced this week that she has donated thousands of dollars to her former middle school.

All this and more stories below are in “This Week in Good Black News"!

  • GloRilla Donates To Her Middle School


    Courtesy of Yasa Kaumba | Used with permission

    GloRilla is the first female artist to sign to fellow Memphian, Yo Gotti's C.M.G. label.

    On November 13, GloRilla, the Grammy-nominated hip-hop artist from Memphis made a surprise return to her former middle school, Westside Middle School.

    In a gesture of appreciation, the C.M.G. Recording artist, donated  $20,000 to the school's Fine Arts program.

    "Glorilla is why I got into this work years ago," said Dr. Rodney Peterson, principal of Westside Middle School. "I wanted to be a conduit and bridge builder for young people to dream and know that those dreams can come to fruition if they believed in it and put in the work. Because she is the true epitome of a Westside Wildcat, with this donation, we can help continue the legacy of empowering young Wildcats to be world changers."

    This visit coincides with GloRilla's much-anticipated Gangsta Art arena tour, featuring an epic lineup with artists like Yo Gotti, Moneybagg Yo, and Big Boogie.

  • Marlon Wayans Publicly Embraces His Transgender Son

    In an interview with "The Breakfast Club,” this week, Marlon Wayans, 51, talked about his new comedy special, which includes stories about accepting his 23-year old son, Kai, who identifies as transgender.

    Skittles or Rainbow Child is about my daughter,” he said. “I have a daughter that transitioned into a son. My daughter Amai (Zackary Wayans) is now Kai…so I talk about the transition. Not his…their transition but my transition as a parent, going from ignorance and denial to complete unconditional love and acceptance.” 

    He added, “The more you know yourself, the more you can govern yourself, the more you live your truth, the happier your existence. So, if they can’t get that in the household with their father and their mother, how the f**k do I send them out into the world with that kind of confidence?”

    See the interview above.

  • Sarah Bond Will Be The First Black Woman President at Xbox

    Cool blerd alert!

    Sarah Bond has made history as the first Black woman to be named president of Xbox. Bond, a Yale and then Harvard Business School graduate with a long history in tech, will oversee all Xbox platform and hardware work. Bond put in her time after spending seven years rising through the ranks at Microsoft, which owns and operates Xbox.

    Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer said in a memo, “To manage the platform of today and build the platform of tomorrow, we are bringing together the teams that will make this possible. Sarah Bond will lead this team as President of Xbox — bringing together Devices, Player & Creator Experiences, Platform Engineering, Strategy, Business Planning, Data & Analytics and Business Development.”

    Congrats to Sarah Bond!

  • Prince Items Up For Sale!

    If you ever wanted a piece of Prince all for yourself, you may have a chance to finally fulfill that desire. Some of his most iconic items were recently put up for auction.

    According to USA Today, this week, an online auction spanning 200 lots was hosted by RR Auction of Boston, featuring items from the late singer's career and undeniable style. 

    "What this auction really does is it shows the influence and legacy of Prince with his fashion choices and how it relates today, when you see all these artists on tour, you know, different costumes, different outfits, reinventing themselves for each tour," said Bobby Livingston of RR Auction.

    The auction details have not yet been made public, but the collection included the white ruffled blouse he wore at the 1985 American Music Awards as well as the outfit he wore in the 1986 film "Under the Cherry Moon."

    This could be the ultimate gift for the die-hard Prince fan.

  • Nick Cannon and Abby De La Rosa Celebrate Their Daughter’s Birthday

    Nick Cannon and Abby De La Rosa's baby girl turned 1!

    Over the weekend, Beautiful celebrated her first birthday, and her parents made it a moment to remember. Cannon and De La Rosa shared fun snaps of the pink affair on social media.

    "11:11 A Beautiful Time and a Beautiful Day! Happy 1st birthday to my daughter Beautiful Zeppelin Cannon❤️❤️❤️❤️ Daddy Loves You!!!" Cannon captioned his post.

    In the photo, the family of five appears to be enjoying fun times in front of a two-tiered cake with sparklers.

    Beautiful is just one of Cannon's 12 children.

  • Pharrell Williams Supports Black Businesses

    Black Ambition CEO Felecia Hatcher, Leslie Winston III, Antoinette Banks and Black Ambition Founder Pharrell Williams.
    (L-R) Black Ambition CEO Felecia Hatcher, Leslie Winston III, Antoinette Banks and Black Ambition Founder Pharrell Williams.

    Pharrell Williams’ nonprofit foundation, Black Ambition, awarded $3.2 million to deserving Black and brown entrepreneurs at the organization's third annual celebration, called Demo Day. The competition started with a nationwide search that was narrowed down to 50 finalists, then the final 36.

    At the New York event on November 13, three businesses received top honors. The grand prize of $1 million was awarded to Antoinette Banks, CEO and Founder of Expert IEP. This parent-facing app optimizes existing Individualized Education Plans with predictive AI for children diagnosed with a disability. 

    Other top prize winners included ECOMSPACES, a one-stop-shop for e-commerce solutions ranging from product photography to order fulfillment, and HBCU grand prize winner, Monocle, a social e-reader that creates a community-focused reading experience, who were awarded $250,000 and $200,000, respectively, towards their ventures. 

    Black Ambition originated in 2020 and strives to empower Black and Hispanic communities by bridging the wealth gap.

  • Dwyane Wade-Produced Doc On Fathers with Trans Kids Drops Today

    Ten, maybe even five, years ago, such an event would have been highly controversial. We're glad to see that today (November 17),a new documentary short “The Dads” drops on Netflix. Executive produced by Dwyane Wade, five fathers of trans children join Dennis Shepard, the father of slain gay college student Matthew Shepard, for a weekend fishing trip in Oklahoma.

    Directed by Luchina Fisher, the dads bond across racial, geographical, and generational lines to discuss their individual and collective journeys towards unconditional love for their children.

  • Mariah Carey Releases Exclusive Holiday Tour Merch

    It’s tiiiiimmmmeeeeee!

    Mariah Carey is on tour so it must officially be the holiday season and we're ready to get things in full swing.

    On November 15, the five-time Grammy winner launched her “Merry Christmas One and All” tour in Highland, California. The tour has 16 stops across the United States and Canada. However, for those Lambs who can't see Carey in person, we got you!

    You can still enjoy a little piece of Mariah by purchasing an item from her holiday tour merchandise through Amazon Music. The merch includes hoodies, tote bags, sweaters, jackets, and more. See above!

  • Veteran Journalist Kevin Powell Announces Grammy Nomination

    Renowned journalist Kevin Powell, celebrated for his thought-provoking work, has added another accolade to his impressive career with a Grammy nomination for his spoken word poetry album, "Grocery Shopping With My Mother." The nomination, in the Best Spoken Word Poetry Album category for the 2024 Grammy Awards, underscores Powell's versatility as an artist and his ability to captivate audiences with his words.

    Powell, a seasoned journalist, gained early recognition as a cast member in the groundbreaking first season of MTV's "The Real World" back in 1992.

  • Antoine Fuqua And Denzel Washington Reunite For New Film

    The dynamic duo is back together again.

    Antoine Fuqua has teamed up with Denzel Washington for an upcoming Netflix film. Fuqua will direct, while Washington portrays legendary Carthaginian general Hannibal. The two have previously collaborated on critically acclaimed projects, including "Training Day" and "The Equalizer" trilogy.

    Variety reports that the movie will delve into the life of Hannibal, recognized as one of history's preeminent military commanders, showcasing his pivotal battles against the Roman Republic during the Second Punic War. The film remains untitled at this time, but when Fuqua and Washington come together, the magic isn't far behind.

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