2020 EDITIONS OF LOLLAPALOOZA AND COACHELLA OFFICIALLY CANCELED: “Lollapalooza 2020” has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The annual event was set to take place July 30th through August 2nd at Chicago’s Grant Park and typically draws about 100,000 people each year. Organizers say they will host a virtual livestream festival during the same weekend that will feature “performances from around the city and beyond, epic archival sets from Chicago and the festival’s six international editions, never-before-seen footage from the 1990’s and much more.” A full schedule will be released next month. “Coachella” was one of the first major music events to be postponed in the wake of COVID-19, moving from its usual April dates to two weekends in October. But it has now been confirmed that “Coachella” will not happen this year either.
GEORGE FLOYD LAID TO REST IN HOUSTON – (06/10/2020)
George Floyd was laid to rest yesterday (June 9th) in Houston, Texas. Floyd’s private funeral was held at the Fountain of Praise Church and he was later buried in the Houston Memorial Gardens next to his mom in Pearland, Texas.
At the service, George’s daughter Gianna Floyd was escorted into the church with her mom Roxie Washington during the “Prayer of Comfort.” Pastor Kim Burrell then started the service with a performance of “God Will Take Care of You,” which featured the Houston Ensemble.
Celebs like Floyd Mayweather, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Rev. Al Sharpton, Cal McNair, J.J. Watt, Rev. Arthur Rucker, Gusta Booker, Dr. Mary White, Dray Tate, Ange Hillz, Ivy McGregor, Jamie Foxx, Channing Tatum and Kathy Taylor were all in attendance. Former Vice President Joe Biden also sent a video message to George’s family.
Ne-Yo and gospel singers Nakitta Foxx and Minister Kurt Carr also performed.
Meanwhile, during his eulogy, Rev. Al Sharpton called for changes that can prevent the deaths of more black people.
NE-YO THANKS GEORGE FLOYD FOR HIS ‘SACRIFICE,’ FACES MAJOR BACKLASH – (06/10/2020)
Ne-Yo performed at the memorial service for George Floyd yesterday (June 9th) in Houston, Texas. Before his performance, the singer-songwriter spoke about the Floyd and how his death impacted him. He said, “50 states are protesting at the same time, this man changed the world. I just want to thank George Floyd for the sacrifice so my kids can be alright. I appreciate the sacrifice, I really do.”
Following his words, Ne-Yo performed Boyz II Men‘s It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday.”
Of course, social media reacted immediately to Ne-Yo calling Floyd a “sacrifice,” with one person tweeting, “Neyo just thanked George Floyd for his sacrifice so his kids can be alright…🧐I want y’all to stick with your talents and shut up about everything else.”
Another wrote, :Did Neyo just call the murder of George Floyd…a sacrifice?”
One person tweeted, “Neyo out here talm bout he thanks George Floyd for the sacrifice 🥴 So that his kids can live in peace George did not ask to lose his life to be the sacrifice to ABOLISH police brutality and racial injustice. Can somebody tell these celebrities to STFU!!! #neyo.”
HOLLYWOOD SIGNS UP FOR #SHARETHEMICNOW CAMPAIGN – (06/10/2020)
Gwyneth Paltrow, Hilary Swank and Julia Roberts are among the actors, authors, fashion designers, athletes and politicians sharing their social media platforms today (Wednesday) with black celebs on a #ShareTheMicNow social media campaign.
White women with large followings are handing over the reins of their platforms to magnify the voices and work of black women. Endeavor CMO Bozoma Saint John launched the movement with Saint John, bestselling authors Luvvie Ajayi Jones and Glennon Doyle and fashion designer Stacey Bendet.
The push is part of a larger conversation in the U.S. grapples with the repercussions of police brutality and systemic racism.
#ShareTheMicNow organizers said the campaign had four stated goals: “To form a social media campaign that magnifies Black women’s lives and stories. To form relationships among Black women and white women – so that our future activism is born from relationships. To create a network of disruptors who know and trust each other. To create action that could make change.”
Some of the swaps: fashion and beauty editor Kahlana Barfield Brown will work with Roberts, actress and transgender activist Angelica Ross will work with Swank, Mama Glow founder Latham Thomas will work with Paltrow, human rights activist Opal Tometi will work with Ashley Graham and Saint John will work with Kourtney Kardashian.
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