“Being Mary Jane” and “Girlfriends” Creator Mara Brock Akil Signs Overall Deal with Netflix

Mara Brock Akil, the creator and writer/producer behind such hit series as Being Mary Jane, Black Lightning, Girlfriends and The Game and has signed a multi-year overall deal with Netflix to create new original content, according to Deadline.com. The deal was announced the same week that Akil’s beloved comedy Girlfriends debuted on Netflix, marking the series’ 20th anniversary. All eight seasons of the sitcom starring Tracee Ellis Ross, Golden Brooks, Persia White and Jill Marie Jones join The Game on the platform. “We are thrilled to welcome Mara Brock Akil to Netflix,” said Channing Dungey, VP…

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Iran denies plans to assassinate U.S. ambassador to SA

Intelligence officials in the United States warn that the U.S. ambassador to South Africa is the target of an assassination plot the Iranian government plans in retaliation for the death of Gen. Qassem Soleimani in January. Soleimani, the powerful head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and its Quds Force, was killed by a U.S. drone strike. The Iranians then conducted missile strikes against U.S. military bases in Iraq, in a pattern of escalation that was quickly overshadowed by the COVID-19 pandemic and other global crises. Now Iran is seeking…

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Nigeria hikes petrol prices as COVID-19 bites budget

Petrol prices have risen in Nigeria after the oil-rich nation dumped a controversial petrol subsidy system in the face of a coronavirus budget crunch. The cost of fuel at the pump has risen by around 15% in recent days, hitting a record high of 162 naira per litre ($0.42), after the government pushed on with deregulation. “In a virtue of one month the fuel price was increased twice, it’s sad and disheartening, honestly it’s not encouraging,” said Julius Apeh, military personnel. “It is we the poor masses that are suffering,…

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Dubbed Mr. Untouchable, this Harlem drug kingpin once ruled the heroin trade in NY

“You can’t have The Times write about you if you are a gangster and expect to get away with anything. Successful gangsters cannot be known.” Those were the words of columnist Pete Hamill in 2017, referring to druglord Leroy Nicholas Barnes’ appearance on the cover of The New York Times magazine. At the time of that magazine feature, the New York drug lord had gained the name Mr. Untouchable, following his record of avoiding conviction despite being a notorious criminal. Perhaps that same feeling that he could not be caught,…

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Diversity and Innovation in American Higher Education is Under Threat as International Students Seek Friendlier Nations

Two years ago, when I moved from Nigeria to America to pursue my MBA, I arrived with a glittering narrative about this country. This was the land of freedom, where opportunities abounded and where everyone was welcome. Most international students flock to the U.S. motivated by this belief; it’s partly why American higher education has […] source: https://www.ebony.com/news/opinion/diversity-and-innovation-in-american-higher-education-is-under-threat-as-international-students-seek-friendlier-nations/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=diversity-and-innovation-in-american-higher-education-is-under-threat-as-international-students-seek-friendlier-nations

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MUSIC MONDAY: “Time Tough”- A Tribute to Reggae Legend Toots Hibbert (LISTEN)

(Photo credit: Getty Images) by Marlon West (FB: marlon.west1 Twitter: @marlonw IG: stlmarlonwest Spotify: marlonwest) This September 11th also marked the passing of one of the fathers of reggae music: Toots Hibbert. Starting out with the rock steady pioneer Clement “Coxcome” Dodd, The Maytals emerged as one of the earliest reggae hit-makers. Hibbert holds a firm spot in Jamaica’s musical pantheon as the first artist to use the word reggae on a record, “Do The Reggay,” and to bring the music to the world at large. Open in Spotify Many likely first…

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Africa: Highest Peak’s Ice Loss Prompts Star Climber Gadd to Reconsider Sport

World-renowned adventurer Will Gadd is having a rethink about his ice-climbing career and carbon footprint after discovering that his planned ascent of Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro was no longer possible due to the extensive shrinking of its glaciers. Gadd, the first person to climb a frozen Niagara Falls, had hoped to scale the remaining ice atop Africa’s highest peak with climbing partner Sarah Hueniken in February. But when they got there, they discovered that the extremely challenging Messner route they wanted to attempt – scaled only once since the 1980s –…

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Libya’s eastern-based government resigns amid protests

An interim government allied with Libya’s eastern-based renegade commander Khalifa Haftar has resigned amid protests over power cuts and deteriorating living conditions. Ezzel-Deen al-Falih, a spokesman for the Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HoR), said Prime Minister Abdallah al-Thani tendered the government’s resignation to Speaker Aguila Saleh late on Sunday. Parliamentary spokesman Abdallah Abaihig said HoR lawmakers would review the resignation of al-Thani’s government, which is not internationally recognised, in their next meeting. No date has been set for the session. Oil-rich Libya was plunged into chaos when a NATO-backed uprising…

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Scientists Appear to Have Found Evidence for Life on Venus

Have scientists found strong evidence of life on the planet Venus? News under embargo until official publication on September 14 that has slipped out early suggests that is indeed the case. The surface of Venus is a hellish landscape that no carbon-based lifeforms are likely to be able to survive – temperatures can reach almost 900 F/500 C – but there is a ‘habitable zone’ 48-60 kilometres up in the planet’s cloudy atmosphere that is similar to Earthly conditions, at least in terms of temperature and pressure. And in recent…

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Mara Brock Akil Signs Multi-Year Deal With Netflix

From Girlfriends to Being Mary Jane producer and screenwriter Mara Brock Akil has brought us definitive shows that capture the essence of the Black experience. Brock Akil will continue to bring poignant narratives to life through a new deal with Netflix, Deadline reported. The Game creator recently inked a multi-year deal with the company to develop an array of original content. The partnership was announced prior to the addition of Girlfriends to the Netflix roster and the 20th anniversary of the show that chronicled the lives of beloved characters Joan,…

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