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RC attends ‘Conversation’ with #BlackLivesMatter Co-Founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

I had the distinct pleasure of supporting my sister in media, Rose Scott of WABE 90.1, Monday night for a conversation she hosted with #BlackLivesMatter co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors. The event took place at Atlanta’s historic Jimmy Carter Center and was free and open to the public.

Khan-Cullors is on a nationwide tour promoting her new book, When They Call You a Terrorist, which is being described as a “poetic memoir and reflection on humanity.” While she and the other co-founders of the movement—Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi—have been labeled “a threat to America,” Khan-Cullors see there defiant push for truth and equality through #BlackLivesMatter as an expression of love for Black people who have been criminalized far too long by systems of racism and hate.

“Black Lives Matter, when we first started felt like a deep expression of love. It felt like a deep expression of care and generosity and rage and disgust. But it wasn’t contained. We couldn’t contain it. There were no logic models for it. There were no 501 c3 goals. It was raw and necessary,” said Khan-Cullors to the packed audience.

The #BlackLivesMatter Movement began as a hashtag response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in the Summer of 2013. Garza responded to the devastating news with a social media post and caption that read: “Our Lives Matter, Black Lives Matter.” Cullors followed that up with the now famous “#BlackLivesMatter.”

Since that time, the trio have gone on to help fight injustice towards Black people around the world. Their scope has also expanded to spotlighting the marginalization of other minority groups including LGBTQ and Transgender. Khan-Cullors is also pulling back the curtains on recent issues of hospital neglect towards African-American women after a near death experience she had during her recent pregnancy.

“The complete neglect of Black women in hospitals is disgusting. It’s disturbing…I remember one of my last visits before I ended up having my c-section, I called my midwives and told them I was having anxiety every time I had to go to the hospital,” said Khan-Cullors. “I want to do more research and see if this is common and if this happens to all women or just Black women. It made me realize how little support Black women get when we’re literally giving birth to the world.”

Patrice Khan-Cullors will be appearing in Chicago tonight speaking about her book with the Black Youth Project 100’s Charlene Carruthers.

See more photos below from the event and click here to purchase your copy:

Dryer Buzz’s Yalanda Lattimore +

A Seat at the Table‘s Denene Millner + daughter

Rose Scott +Patrisse Khan-Cullors

Patrisse Khan-Cullors

Rose Scott +Patrisse Khan-Cullors + Mary Hooks 

Patrisse Khan-Cullors + Mary Hooks 

Patrisse Khan-Cullors signing books

Yalanda Lattimore + Rose Scott 

Patrisse Khan-Cullors Denene Millner

Ray Cornelius + Rose Scott

Photo Credits: RayCornelius.com

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RC Exclusive - Music

YAY! Rihanna to receive ‘Rock Star Award’ during ‘Black Girls Rock’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Rihanna will bring some of her #BlackGirlMagic to this year’s “BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™” The eight-time Grammy winning fashion icon will receive this year’s Rock Star Award.

The chart topping singer, executive producer, fashion designer, actress, astute business entrepreneur and philanthropist will help illuminate the triumphs of brilliant Black women who have broken barriers in the areas of art, music, philanthropy and community service.

As previously reported, the show will tape on Friday, April 1, 2016 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ and the broadcast will premiere on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 8:00 P.M. ET/PT.

This year the dynamic “BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™” movement, founded by Beverly Bond, celebrates its 10 year anniversary and its sixth televised broadcast on BET Networks. The NAACP Award winning “BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™” on BET continues to represent a revolutionary landmark in media as it delivers edifying, entertaining and inspiring content honoring the nexus of achievements made by powerful Black women and girls.

Rihanna joins producer and writer Shonda Rhimes (Shot Caller Award), R&B legend Gladys Knight (Living Legend Award), “The Walking Dead” actress and “Eclipsed” playwright Danai Gurira (Star Power Award), award-winning actress and activist Amandla Stenberg (Young Gifted and Black Award), and Black Lives Matter founders Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi (Community Change Agent Award) as this year’s “BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™” 2016 Celebrants.

Stay tuned…

Photo Credit: giggotickets.nl

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RC Exclusive - Ent

‘Black Girls Rock’ to honor Gladys Knight, Shonda Rhimes and more!

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

“Black Girls Rock” returns to BET/CENTRIC for another exciting evening of Black Girl Magic on Tuesday, April 5 at 8 p.m. EST.

“black-ish” star Tracee Ellis Ross is back as the host of the show along with honorees producer and writer Shonda Rhimes, R&B living legend Gladys Knight, “Eclipsed” playwright and “Walking Dead” actress Danai Guirra, actress and activist Amandla Stenberg and Black Lives Matter founders Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi.

BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ acknowledges the achievements of African-American women who have broken barriers in the areas of art, music, philanthropy and community service.

“I am so proud to once again host “BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™”! What an incredible night celebrating Black women in a show dedicated to Black Girl Magic. Powerhouses Debra Lee, CEO and Chairman of BET Networks and Beverly Bond, CEO of ‘Black Girls Rock! ™’ are true examples of Black Girls who Rock. I’ve proudly hosted this show since before it was televised, and it’s been an honor to be connected to this show for so long. In its 10th year, this show is of utmost importance in today’s times as it highlights positive reinforcement and representation for young black women. I am looking forward to once again being a part of such a wonderful night celebrating the beauty, talents, and accomplishments of black women – it will be a show to remember!” – Tracee Ellis Ross

This year’ BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ will tape on Friday, April 1, 2016 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ and the broadcast will premiere on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 8:00 P.M. ET/PT.

Stay tuned…

Photo Credit: AfroBella.com