Beyoncé has released a trailer for Black Is King, her new visual album debuting July 31st on Disney’s streaming service. “You were formed by the heat of the galaxy,” she says in a voice-over. “What a thing to be, both unique and familiar. To be one and the same, and still unlike any other.”
Black Is King, inspired by The Lion King: The Gift, features Bey’s husband Jay-Z, her mom Tina Knowles-Lawson and her former Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland as well as Pharrell Williams, Lupita Nyong’o, Naomi Campbell and others.The visual album was written, directed and executive produced by Beyoncé.
According to a release from Disney, Black Is King honors “the voyages of Black families throughout time” and is “an affirmation of a grand purpose, with lush visuals that celebrate Black resilience and culture.”
Check out the trailer below
For all those who wanted to hear more from former First Lady Michelle Obama, you will finally get your chance! Spotify has announced that Obama will debut her podcast, The Michelle Obama Podcast on July 29.
Last year, Spotify cemented a partnership with her and President Barack Obama’s production company, Higher Ground. The Michelle Obama Podcast is the first in the exclusive deal to produce podcasts for the platform.
“My hope is that this series can be a place to explore meaningful topics together and sort through so many of the questions we’re all trying to answer in our own lives,” Obama said. “Perhaps most of all, I hope this podcast will help listeners open up new conversations—and hard conversations—with the people who matter most to them. That’s how we can build more understanding and empathy for one another.”
Higher Ground, was created to produce powerful stories to “entertain, inform, inspire, and to lift up new, diverse voices in the entertainment industry.”
“At Spotify, we seek to connect listeners with the world’s most authentic and compelling voices,” said Spotify’s Chief Content and Advertising Business Officer Dawn Ostroff. “We believe that audiences across the globe will be inspired by these most candid, most human, and most personal conversations between First Lady Michelle Obama and her guests.”
Topics will range from sibling relationships and raising children to girlfriends, women’s health, mentorship, and marriage. There is already an array of special guests planned: Dr. Sharon Malone, Craig Robinson (Obama’s brother and former Oregon State University men’s basketball coach), Valerie Jarrett, talk show host Conan O’Brien, and Michele Norris, will join the former First Lady and best-selling author for each conversation.
For anything Obama-related, including playlists from the couple on the Spotify platform, you can visit the Higher Ground hub.
After Losing His Family Bennie Randall Jr - The Motivator wants to teach others about Healing Yourself
In his life time Bennie has lost two brothers Reginald Randall & Carl Randall, his beautiful sister Rena Randall and his first born son Bennie Immanuel Randall, and his father Bennie Randall Sr.
In writing this book Bennie shares with the reader what he has learned with each of their passings with the hope that his experiences may be used to inspire others to help move past the hurt and to turn those painful feelings into powerful and positive forces that heal.
Bennie Randall Jr. started out in the music business as a dancer, hype man, and rapper. During this time, he regularly toured the country entertaining hundreds of crowds. Not feeling quite complete, he moved to Brooklyn, New York in with only $500 dollars in his pocket.
Times were certainly hard renting a room in an attic and, at one point, having to sleep in his car, but he never gave up. After losing his sister, two brothers, first born child, and father, Bennie slowly realized that all of the challenges he'd faced held some sort of lesson and knew the reason he was put on this earth was bigger than himself. As he began to share his story with others, "The Motivator" was born.
After the success of his first book, "The Motivation Factor", "the speaker with the golden voice" (proclaims renowned speaker Les Brown) gained the opportunity to speak in front of small organizations and Fortune 500 companies alike. Bennie felt he had found his life's purpose - to help people discover the greatness within themselves. His two best selling audiobooks, "The Inner Power to Create Your World" and "The Powerful Mind", went on to generate two million dollars in sales. "I am on a mission to inspire a billion people before I leave this earth", Bennie says.
Bennie has built to successful digital radio app Bshani Radio App & BshaniRadio.com & VercayRadio.com which get millions of listeners each month and streamed via Bshani Radio App / Iheart Radio / Google Play music / Spotify / Itunes / Apple TV / Tunin Radio / and all other places and mobile devices.
BennieOnDemand.com his private community has 51,000 paid subscribers in the the last 4 years.
Learn more at BennieRandall.com or follow him @BennieRandalljr on Instagram
Being in quarantine doesn’t mean you can’t have access to your favorite foods. As more and more cities’ eateries shut down due to the global COVID-19, pandemic, many people are relying delivery on apps and services for their food. One black-owned delivery service and app is taking advantage of the high demand and connecting with black-owned restaurants to reach their customers.
Launched in February 2019, Black and Mobile was created in order to deliver food and connecting users directly with black-owned restaurants in their area. The startup business and delivery app service got its buzz from its hometown of Philadelphia and has now opened its services in Detroit. The company got its big shout-out through popular Philly restaurant Country Cooking’ on Instagram, which caused a new set of followers to discover the service. For many small restaurants, services like UberEats and Post-mates have high commissions and marketing budgets or don’t cater to them. Services like Black and Mobile help local restaurants without access to those apps cater to this customer base.
When the coronavirus outbreak, Black and Mobile saw a huge boost in sales from clients who wanted food from their favorite local restaurants. With the recent surge in deliveries, apps like these are filling in to fulfill that demand and helping local restaurants stay afloat during this public health crisis. That surge in demand has allowed the company to expand its online directory and move into Detroit.
As of right now, the company has 26 restaurants registered in the Philadelphia area on its website with another 14 establishments in Detroit. Restaurants in both cities can sign up on Black and Mobil’s website to be included in the directory. You can also download the Black and Mobile app or place orders on the company’s website.
Kevin Hart is known for his fun comedy, but when it comes to being an action hero — well — he is often adjacent to it in all the movies he appears in. However, we see that he is looking to change all of this in the new trailer for the 10-episode Quibi series Die Hart, which is set to land on the short-form streaming platform on July 20 with new chapters debuting every weekday until July 29.
In the new comedy-action series, Hart plays a version of himself who is trying to step out of the role of “comedic sidekick” by going to the world’s greatest action star school. While there, the school’s lunatic director (John Travolta) and tough-minded rival student (Nathalie Emmanuel) push him to his limits as he is thrown into the deep end. He must survive a series of hilarious, over-the-top action sequences and face his fears which will lead to a role of a lifetime.