Straight Outta Compton electrifies in showing the rise of NWA | CultureMap Dallas

The impact that the rap group N.W.A. — or, more specifically, its two most famous members, Ice Cube and Dr. Dre — has had on American pop culture is undeniable. Ice Cube is a multi-hyphenate phenomenon, acclaimed for both writing and rapping music and for writing, directing, producing and acting in both movies and television. Dr. Dre, meanwhile, has shepherded some of the most famous names in hip hop and overseen the multi-billion dollar Beats by Dre. In other words, there’s plenty of evidence to justify a biopic on how the group and its members got their start. Straight Outta Compton documents how the five original members — Ice Cube (O’Shea Jackson Jr.), Dr. Dre (Corey Hawkins), Eazy-E (Jason Mitchell), DJ Yella (Neil Brown Jr.) and MC Ren (Aldis Hodge) — went from just trying to survive on the streets of Compton, California, to huge stardom.

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South Africa’s richest black man gives $1.3 billion, half his wealth, to the poor | Responsible Charity

South Africa’s richest black man, Patrice Motsepe, has announced he is giving away half his wealth to improve the lives of the poor. The mining magnate said the money would be handled by the Motsepe Foundation to address education and health issues.

He said he was inspired by the word’s two wealthiest men, Bill Gates and Warren Buffet, who are encouraging billionaires to donate to charity. Mr Motsepe has a net worth of $2.65bn (£1.67bn), Forbes’ rich list estimates.

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The inspiring story of how Venus Williams helped win equal pay for women players at Wimbledon – Women in the World in Association with The New York Times – WITW

Their names are synonymous with speed, power and a humble approach to stardom: Venus and Serena Williams faced each other in an intense match at this year’s Wimbledon tournament, which ended in victory for younger sister Serena. The sisters have always spurred each other to the heights of success with a combination of fierce competitiveness and mutual encouragement.

Yet, what sets Venus Williams apart from Serena (and from other entrepreneurial, heavily branded athletes) is her persistent advocacy for women — specifically, on the issue of equal prize money for equal merit, a still-contentious topic in many sports (including one very much in the spotlight this week — women’s soccer). Indeed, Venus Williams has fought and helped win a prolonged battle for women athletes.

via The inspiring story of how Venus Williams helped win equal pay for women players at Wimbledon – Women in the World in Association with The New York Times – WITW.

Take a Look at the Africa the Media Never Shows You | How Africa

The portrayal of Africa by mainstream media, particularly Western media, paints it as a dark, ugly, hopeless place that is ridden with civil war, militant groups, corruption, violation of freedoms, starvation, chaotic urbanisation and utter desperation. This gives people who have never being to Africa a false, misleading impression of the continent.

Africans on Twitter have came together to showcase the beauty, diversity and innovative modern architecture of the continent that Western media rarely show their audiences. It all began with the hashtag #TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou by Twitter user Mango…

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Misty Copeland makes history as American Ballet Theatre’s first black principal ballerina | PBS

Misty Copeland makes history as American Ballet Theatre's first black principal ballerina

Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland, who has been outspoken about race in the world of dance, has become the first black principal ballerina at the American Ballet Theatre, a first in the top ballet company’s 75-year history.The company’s artistic director Kevin McKenzie announced Tuesday that Copeland is expected to start her new role, along with the three other selected principal dancers, in August, the New York Times reported.

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Meet Marilyn Mosby: The Baltimore Prosecutor Ready for the Challenge | Vogue

Meet Marilyn Mosby: The Baltimore Prosecutor in the Eye of the Storm - Vogue

Marilyn Mosby | Vogue

When Baltimore’s young prosecutor Marilyn Mosby filed charges against police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, she leaped onto the national stage—as heroine and lightning rod.

It was 21 minutes that would change her life and send ripples of both outrage and relief across the country. On the first day of May, as a battalion of lawyers stood on the steps of Baltimore’s War Memorial, state’s attorney Marilyn J. Mosby stepped up to the podium and did what no lead prosecutor in America had done in many turbulent months: bring swift and severe charges against police officers in the death of a black man.

She won’t discuss specific details of the Freddie Gray case, but our conversation, over appetizers and a pitcher of sangria, happily ranges from parenthood (she and her husband, Nick, a Baltimore city councilman, have two young daughters, Nylyn, six, and Aniyah, four) to her long-held desire to reform the criminal-justice system. She laughs when she admits that her husband buys all her clothes: “I don’t have the patience for it, but Nick loves going to stores. He’ll probably be mad that I told you that.” Despite a consuming job, she attends Baptist church every Sunday, takes her daughters to dance classes, and makes every effort to end her workdays before her girls’ bedtimes. “People say, ‘Is it hard being a prosecutor?’ And I say no. This is easy. If I get home late, I have my four-year-old pointing to her watch.”

via Meet Marilyn Mosby: The Baltimore Prosecutor in the Eye of the Storm – Vogue.

B.B. King’s Business Manager Named Executor of His Estate | Black America Web

BB King | Black America Web

LAS VEGAS (AP) — B.B. King’s longtime business manager was named sole executor of his estate Thursday, despite objections from a lawyer for four of the late blues icon’s daughters.

Clark County District Judge Gloria Sturman first refused to let prominent national attorneys Benjamin Crump and Jose Baez contest King’s will on behalf of daughters Karen Williams, Patty King, Rita Washington and Barbara Winfree.

The will, filed in January 2007, puts LaVerne Toney alone in charge of administering King’s assets, his property and his trust. The trust documents have not been filed publicly.

via B.B. King’s Business Manager Named Executor of His Estate | Black America Web.

The Awesomest and Douchiest Pools in Los Angeles | Curbed LA

Mapped: The Awesomest and Douchiest Pools in Los Angeles - Curbed Maps - Curbed LA

Covina Castle pirate pool

Summer has finally come to Los Angeles and damn it’s hot. The beach is sandy and crowded and only monsters own their own pool in a drought, so you’ll have to head out into the city this weekend (every weekend?) and find the perfect pool or swimming hole for you. Whether you’re a down-to-earth sweaty person looking for a dip, a total douchebag who still thinks Entourage is aspirational, or one of the buzzier NBA players, there’s something for you on our annual map of the douchiest and awesomest swim spots around Los Angeles. All 24 are rated on a five-point scale for difficulty of access (doormen, crowds, hikes, etc.#, douchiness factor #Hollywood hotel pool party: high; public pool: low), and awesomeness levels. Have fun, stay cool, wear sunscreen.

via Mapped: The Awesomest and Douchiest Pools in Los Angeles – Curbed Maps – Curbed LA.

The Most Expensive Manicure Dazzles With Diamonds For $25,000 | Pursuitist

Why wear diamonds only in form of rings to dress up your fingers when it is possible to bling up your nails too with the precious stones. A beauty salon in California is offering a personal jeweler, gold-lacquered fingertips and premium diamond designs as part of its luxurious manicure packages. Dubbed as nail royalty and not nail art, the salon tempts clients to dig deeper in to their pockets for the some of the most elite manicure designs in the world.

via The Most Expensive Manicure Dazzles With Diamonds For $25,000 – Pursuitist.