In a world sometimes overshadowed by depressing headlines, it's essential to shine a spotlight on moments of triumph. This week, we celebrate ten stories that remind us of the resilience, joy, and accountability for the powerful. Join us as we bask in the glow of some truly good Black news.
‘Living Single’ Premiered 30 Years Ago This Week
Thirty years ago this week, the iconic series “Living Single” debuted. Created by Yvette Lee Bowser, the show was a pioneering sitcom that provided a groundbreaking portrayal of young Black people living in New York City during the 1990s. The series ran for five seasons until 1998 and had a significant impact on pop culture – most famously, the series “Friends,” according to the cast, stole the blueprint of “Living Single.” Nonetheless, shout out to this legendary series, which trended on social media for days. Click here to see where the cast is today!
Babyface’s "For the Cool in You" Turns 30
“Living Single” wasn’t the only milestone. Exactly 30 years ago this week, Babyface’s legendary album "For the Cool in You" was released. With every song – the exception of one cover – written or co-written by Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, "For the Cool in You" spawned several hits, including “When Can I See Again,” earning Babyface his first performance Grammy for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. Click here to read our exclusive interview with Babyface on the legacy of "For the Cool in You”!
Sha’Carri Richardson Slays in Budapest
Sha’Carri Richardson is officially back! After stellar performances at the Diamond League meet in Silesia, Poland, last month and in the U.S. Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon, on July 7, Richardson slayed at the World Championships in Budapest. On Aug. 22, Richardson won the 100m championship, finishing the race with a time of 10.65 seconds, earning a gold medal. She is now on track to participate in the 2024 Olympic games in Paris. See her celebrating with the American flag above.
Todrick Hall Is Officially Off The Market!
On Aug. 21, singer Todrick Hall announced to his social media followers that he is booed up with Liam Roodhouse. The 38-year-old wrote in a caption on IG, “I started dating @liamroodhouse about 6 months ago and it seems like every single day he gives me a new reason to fall deeper in love with him! I’m a lucky guy to get to call this incredible human MINE, and even luckier that I get to dance beside him every night for the next two months on tour! Let’s go baby boy! I HAVE A BOYFRIEEEEEEND!” The post also included several photos – see above!
Look At God! Trump's Georgia Mugshot Quickly Goes Viral
Although former President Donald Trump may have avoided the Republican presidential debate, he couldn’t avoid being treated like a private citizen in Georgia. In case you missed it, Trump and 18 others have been accused of various crimes, from trying to pressure Georgia officials into a scheme to overturn the election to violating RICO racketeering statutes. On August 24, Trump turned himself in and now has a viral mugshot. Social media is rejoicing that the rich and powerful are being held accountable -- for once. Additionally, according to CBS News, DA Fani Willis is proposing the trial to start October 23.
Kevin and Eniko Hart Celebrate
Kevin Hart and Eniko Hart did it big. They spent their seventh wedding anniversary and Eniko’s 39th birthday in the tropics of Tahiti. On Aug. 21, Eniko posted on IG, “Tahiti u were wonderful to US, our 7-year anniversary + my birthday were celebrated in the right way..the Harts left their love + laughter!” See them giving us couples goals in the photo above.
Trailer for ‘Dreaming Whilst Black’ Drops
Mark your calendars! On Sept. 8, “Dreaming Whilst Black,” a series based on creator, executive producer, writer, and star Adjani Salmon’s life as a filmmaker, will stream on Paramount+ with SHOWTIME. According to a recent press release, the show uses dream sequences to fantasize how the main character will react to racial microaggressions and uncomfortable situations. The trailer dropped this week; watch above!
The Mamba Day Collection Sells Out in Minutes The Day Before Kobe Bryant’s Birthday
Aug. 23 would have marked Kobe Bryant’s 45th birthday. Sadly, in Jan. 2020, he, along with his daughter Gianna, 13, and seven others, died in a plane crash. However, Vanessa Bryant is keeping his legacy alive. The day before Bryant’s heavenly birthday, the Mamba Mambacita Sports Collection – founded by Vanessa Bryant -- released an off-white sweatsuit collection modeled by Natalia Bryant. The collection sold out in minutes! The collection came out ahead of Nike's Kobe 8 Protro “Halo” release. The all-white basketball shoe was released on Kobe’s birthday. See the sweatsuit collection above.
'Tyler Perry's Zatima' Returns!
Finally, season two of "Tyler Perry’s Zatima” is here! On Aug. 24, the first episode of the second season dropped on BET+. Two new episodes will stream every Thursday after that.
“Tyler Perry’s Zatima” follows Zac, played by Devale Ellis, and Fatima,’ played by Crystal Renee Hayslett, as they navigate the ups and downs of their relationship. Read our episode recap, here.
60th Anniversary Of March On Washington Celebration Will Highlight Reproductive Rights
Aug. 28 marks 60 years since the historic March on Washington that paved the way for the passing of 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act. On Saturday, Aug. 26, activists and leaders will gather to in D.C. to celebrate the 60th anniversary. While the event will highlight various issues, from LGBTQ equality to restoring the Voting Rights Act, there will also be a focus on reproductive rights, which have been under attack.
Dr. Regina Davis Moss, President & CEO of In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda, will be speaking and said in a statement to BET.com, "We will never truly realize the March on Washington’s vision of freedom until all of us have Reproductive Justice: the full ability to control our bodies and our futures - and that means having access to quality health care and the right to make our own health care decisions without government coercion and interference."
Read our op-ed on the March of Washington from Reverend Al Sharpton, here.