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Mouse Jones Aims to Disrupt the Digital News Space With 'Quarantine Nightly'

If quarantine has proven anything, it’s that Black people can be beyond innovative even under pressure. COVID-19 shut down a lot of things, but for this media personality, it’s still business as usual. Professional host Mouse Jones has taken over several mediums in the digital space since he first stepped foot into the industry. As a hip hop and cultural figure, he’s made it his business to be the voice of his generation, speaking on all things important to the Black community. His new nightly news podcast — “ Quarantine Nightly ” — is his latest venture where he reports on all things concerning Black culture that mainstream media omits. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Mouse Jones (@mouse_jones) In an effort to maintain his digital platform, the Trap Karaoke host created a new means of highlighting stories in our culture that people should know about. Podcasting, his preferred digital medium, largely attributes to Jones’ success as a host. “Podcasting is a vehicle to go...

May 19, 2020

Harlem Native, Just Sam, Becomes the First Singer to Win 'American Idol' From Home

Coronavirus hit the entertainment world hard with mass shutdowns on production. However, the singing competition, “America Idol” was able to pivot to virtual episodes to conclude the rest of the season. On Sunday, the show aired its season finale and crowned contestant Samantha Diaz, better known as “Just Sam” — a Harlem native — as their first-ever “at-home” winner for their third ABC season. The 21-year-old singer rejoiced in her historic moment telling host Ryan Seacrest, “My dreams have come true — Thank you America — I would have never, ever, ever expected this.” From a subway singer to a nationally-known star, Just Sam has become a fan favorite on the show this season. She wowed judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan during her initial audition in New York. Growing up in New York City Housing Authority, Just Sam came from humble beginnings. 1010 Wins News reported that she was accustomed to living in poverty. “We never got...

May 18, 2020

Bronx Teen Gains Over a Half a Million Followers on TikTok by Teaching Math

Students are making the most of their time during quarantine including 16-year-old Alexis Loveraz , who has spent his time inside helping his peers in their studies using a popular social media platform. Since schools have shut down and are unlikely to reopen for the remainder of the year, Loveraz has turned toward TikTok to become a cyber teacher. Loveraz, a Harlem Prep High School student, has given a new purpose to the visual platform by turning it into a learning medium to tutor math to fellow students. “The knowledge that I have I want to share with other people!” he told CBS2 New York. After getting a push from his friends, the Bronx scholar was motivated to post educational videos on TikTok to tutor students in math — earning him the name “TikTok Tutor.” @alexis_loveraz Doing SAT Math Problems, will be doing basic to complex problems! Stay tuned for more! ##sat ##college ##1600 ##democracyprep ##algebra ##fyp ##ap ♬ original sound – alexis_loveraz Loveraz’s digital tutoring...

Apr 29, 2020

10 Black-Owned Beauty Brands You Can Support From Home

Social distancing has put a damper on our basic beauty needs, but there are many Black businesses still operating to give people the products they need during quarantine. Whether by way of online orders or in-person delivery — these Black-owned beauty businesses are here to save the day. Check out this list of Black-owned beauty brands and businesses below that you can support from home. Mented Cosmetics View this post on Instagram A post shared by Mented Cosmetics (@mentedcosmetics) Mented Cosmetics, a vegan and cruelty-free makeup brand for people of color, features an array of products ranging from lipsticks and foundations to eyeshadows and more, which can all be ordered through their online store . They’re currently supporting COVID-19 efforts by donating 100 percent of their Blot Party profits to providing one million masks to New York City. skinBUTTR View this post on Instagram A post shared by skinBUTTR✨ (@skinbuttr) Beauty brand skinBUTTR sells a line of natural body and...

Apr 22, 2020

Black Creatives Step Up in a Major Way to Virtually Support the Community

What a time to be a creative. Right now we’re witnessing innovation in its purest form as we bridge the gap between social interaction and technology. We often used to make fun of technology for interfering with day-to-day social relations, but the world is relying on technology now more than ever. People around the world are tapping into any and every digital platform to cultivate a strong sense of community. Even major platforms like Instagram are using this time to better equip users with tools to help people consume and promote content in a more efficient way, according to The Verge . Just as these platforms are pivoting their content, so are Black creatives, who have proved to be quite the trendsetters and trailblazers during quarantine. By providing tailored online experiences, Black creators are doing their part to keep people connected in our new virtual environment across various industries. Music The music and entertainment industries took a huge hit from the pandemic as...

Apr 21, 2020

Racist Trolls are Using Platforms Like Zoom to Spew Hatred at Black Users

The coronavirus undoubtedly caused a halt in the everyday lives of Americans across the country. Stores closed, Wall Street took a hit, and unemployment skyrocketed overnight, but one thing remained constant even in the face of COVID-19 — racism. At a time like this, when humanity itself is challenged, one would think such events would bring out the best in all citizens, or at least basic human emotions like compassion, love, and kindness. Instead, some have resorted to using video conference platforms like Zoom, to spew hatred toward Black people. Such is the case with Tiara Moore who created a virtual safe space for women of color where they could exchange professional resources, chat, and support one another through the outbreak. BuzzFeed reports that Moore’s Zoom conference was hacked and filled with about 100 people all yelling racial slurs including the N-word. “I immediately closed it down like, what just happened,” she told BuzzFeed. “I was super emotional. I cried and I was...

Apr 3, 2020

DJ D-Nice Spreads Black Boy Joy With Star-Studded Virtual Dance Party

The biggest virtual dance party is breaking the internet and spreading positive energy to cure our isolation blues. During this time of crisis, a dance party is just what people need to lift their spirits and take their minds off the worries of coronavirus. Starting this past Monday, DJ D-Nice has been leading us every day in live daily jam sessions appropriately titled “Homeschool” from his Instagram page. His endless spins of old school classics have done wonders for fans and celebrities tuned in. For those unfamiliar, DJ D-Nice is a musical legend that’s been spinning the greatest hits in Black culture for over 50 years. Since his days as a member of the pioneering Bronx hip-hop crew BDP, D-Nice has become a beloved figure in the music community. His daily music happy hours, consisting of every genre from Hip-Hop and R&B to Go-Go, have united thousands of people around the world through the universal language of...

Mar 22, 2020

Mindful Tips to Help Cope With Anxiety During Coronavirus Crisis

The past few weeks have been extremely rough on the public, especially as more and more cases of COVID-19 continue to grow in large numbers. With many people now on lockdown and self-quarantining, everyone is looking for ways to stay sane and not let the rapid spread of this virus stress them out. People around the world have taken to social media to start healthy trends, finding creative ways to pass the time as we all self-isolate. From live-streamed concerts to Netflix watch parties, we’re all trying to find the best ways to cope and stay connected. Celebrities like Lizzo have even made it a priority to spread positive energy on social media with some soothing content. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Lizzo (@lizzobeeating) Our saving grace through this crisis has been technology. Social media, apps, video platforms, and many other mediums have provided us with some useful methods to keep us calm and productive. For those looking for ways to escape their...

Mar 22, 2020

Erykah Badu to Host Virtual Interactive Quarantine Concert for a Small Fee

As many of us enter day five of self-quarantining, we’re looking for any and every way to stay entertained. To help alleviate the stir-crazy stress some of us may be experiencing, Erykah Badu is providing a musical solution for those that are self-isolating in their homes. The soul singer announced that she has plans to live stream a quarantine concert from her Dallas bedroom for those fans who need an escape from the coronavirus madness. Badu’s interactive Apocalypse One concert will cost fans a small fee of just $1 and she’s even taking song suggestions from viewers. Badu made the announcement via her Instagram page. “Peace and love. The show must go on,” Badu said in the video. “Introducing the quarantine concert series live from my bedroom. We will be performing here live this weekend.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by UNICORN Mutant Cobra – present (@erykahbadu) “YOU CHOOSE THE Songs by poll. One $ to get in. 1 dollar. We gone pull it off. We gone be calm. You gone...

Mar 20, 2020