Vi Lyles Becomes Charlotte’s First African-American Female Mayor
A black woman just made history in North Carolina on yesterday’s 2017 Election Day. Vi Lyles, a 30-year public servant, mother, grandmother and Charlotte mayor pro tem [mayor in absence of the mayor], is now the city’s first African-American female mayor.
Lyles won with 58 percent of the vote, compared to 41 percent for City Councilman Kenny Smith.
Lyles celebrated her win with a message that read,
“It’s an incredible honor to be elected Mayor of Charlotte in such a historical election. As I’ve often said throughout my campaign, I can walk through any part of Charlotte, and I expect to be a mayor for all.”
Lyles previously worked as an analyst in the city’s budget department before becoming budget director. She was assistant city manager for the city from 1996 to 2004, according to CBS News
Black girl magic in the flesh, congrats Mayor Lyles!
Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald Will Be Doing The Job
Barack and Michelle Obama
have selected two artists that will paint their portraits–artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald have been chosen to execute the task. The official portraits will be housed at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, Kehinde Wiley is going to be painting Barack’s portrait while Amy Sherald will have the honor of painting Michelle.
Wiley, is a New York-based portrait painter known for painting grandiose portraits of black people and coupling them with very colorful and proud backdrops. A lot of Kehinde’s work is inspired by Renaissance masters, and he often incorporates hip-hop within his works. The artist has created pieces that feature Ice T, LL Cool J, Swizz Beatz, Spike Lee, and other famous figures.
Amy Sherald is an American painter based out of Baltimore, Maryland. Her work is known to touch on social justice issues and is included in public collections located everywhere including The United States Embassy Dakar in Senegal, The National Museum of African American History and Culture, The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., and FTI Technologies Inc. in Baltimore.
Both portraits will be revealed sometime in 2018. In the meantime, flip to the next page to see some of Amy Sherald and Kehinde Wiley’s amazing work.
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Rosalind Brewer Named Starbucks COO
A black girl magic maker is going viral. Rosalind Brewer who was named the new chief operating officer and group president of Starbucks began her new position today, October 2.
She is the first woman and the first African-American to hold the position. She previously served as CEO and President of Sam’s Club and held several leadership positions at Walmart.
“I am so honored to have the pleasure of working with the Starbucks leadership team to realize our highest of aspirations for the company and I look forward to working closely with the astute and talented leaders across the enterprise,” Brewer said in a statement.
Members of Brewer’s sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. are participating in the #AKA4Brewer
challenge where they’re buying drinks under the name “Roz” and documenting their purchase.
Congratulations to Rosalind Brewer!
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Michelle Obama Blessed Bruno Mars By Attending His Concert
Mrs. Michelle Obama
stepped out on Friday night to watch Bruno Mars perform at the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. Not only was my first lady treated to an amazing Bruno performance like the rest of the crowd, but when she went backstage she received a cute personalized baseball jersey.
“Mrs. Obama came to the concert and blessed us with her presence”…Bruno knows whats up. Michelle also got in on another group shot backstage with the rest of the performers from Mars’ concert.
Obama is the latest celeb to attend the 24K Magic tour, following names like Dave Chappelle and Beyonce and Jay Z.
There’s no word on who Michelle went to the concert with, but it’s best to imagine her with Sasha or Malia being the embarrassing mom dancing and singing her heart out to some Bruno Mars. His album was just certified Double Platinum last month, but having Michelle Obama at your concert might be an even bigger accomplishment.
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Washington D.C. Honors Dave Chappelle’s Accomplishments
was awarded with the Key to City of his childhood home, Washington, D.C. by their Mayor Muriel Bowser. The ceremony took place on Friday at Chappelle’s alma mater, Duke Ellington School of the Arts. He graduated from the school back in 1971, and most recently donated his first Emmy to the school.
Chappelle won the Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Emmy for his SNL monologue following the election of Donald Trump, it was the first time Chappelle had ever hosted the show. A Tribe Called Quest were the musical guests for the evening, and along with Consequence and Busta Rhymes, they performed the tracks off their then recently released final album We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service. An episode very deserving of that Emmy.
Mayor Bowser said at the ceremony: “Some very special native Washingtonians have dedicated their lives to making Washington, D.C. better, and they’ve gone above and beyond to show others what makes the nation’s capital the best city in the world. Dave Chappelle reminds us what it means to live a life filled with purpose, meaning, and laughter.”
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Deshaun Watson Donates First NFL Game Check To Cafeteria Workers
For rookie NFL players
, the money is probably one of the most exciting part of being a pro, but for Deshaun Watson, there are more important things.
The Texans quarterback recent made a gesture that will likely bring tears to your eyes. According to ESPN
, Watson donated his very first NFL game check to three women who work in the cafeteria at NRG Stadium that suffered severe losses after Hurricane Harvey.
“For what you all do for us every day and never complain, I really appreciate you all, so I wanted to give my first game check to y’all to help y’all out in some type of way,” Watson told the woman in a video shared by the Texans. “Here you guys go.”
Roc Nation Auctioning Made In America Memorabilia For Hurricane Relief
In an effort to help those affected by this year’s hurricanes, Roc Nation
will host an auction with memorabilia from this year’s Made In America Festival. Items will be signed by artists from the label like Jay Z
, J.Cole, and Pusha T.⠀⠀
The pieces up for auction include a jacket with handwritten signatures from the likes of Jay Z, Migos, J. Cole, and Pusha T. The jacket is reportedly worth $3,000, but could obviously go for a lot more. Other jackets to be auctioned off include the Liberty, Freedom, and Tidal jackets with signatures from Cardi B, Vic Mensa, 21 Savage and more–so it looks like the signatures aren’t just limited to those on Roc Nation. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
In addition to the auction, Tidal and Vic Mensa recently partnered with Music Cares to host a pop-up show in Los Angeles to gain supplies and donations for hurricane victims. Each concert-goer is required to bring toiletries or school supplies to gain entry and all concert proceeds will be donated to the various regions affected.
Pitbull Does His Part In Helping Puerto Rico
Unlike the president, who doesn’t seem to know Puerto Rico is apart of America, celebrities are definitely stepping up to do their part in aiding Puerto Rico after their devastation from Hurricane Maria. Jennifer Lopez announced she was donating $1 million and others have generously followed suit.
is doing something amazing for the people of Puerto Rico, specifically those who probably need it the most. Puerto Rican Congresswoman Jenniffer González tweeted out thanking Pitbull for lending his plane so that cancer patients in PR can be transported to the United States in order to get the chemotherapy they need.
Pitbull told E! News, “Thank God we’re blessed to help. Just doing my part.” With all of the infrastructure problems hurting Puerto Rico right now, it’s sometimes hard to know how best to help…but Pitbull definitely stepped up and is giving these cancer patients the opportunity to receive the treatment they deserve despite a natural disaster.