Here’s a look at African American people and issues making headlines throughout the country.
Two Southern Californians were among three inducted into the NAESM Black Gay Men Hall of Fame during the National African American MSM Leadership Conference on HIV/AIDS and Other Health Disparities held at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport. Archbishop Carl Bean of Unity Fellowship Church Movement and Alan Bell of BLK Publishing Co. were among the initial inductees along, with Dr. Ron Simmons of Us Helping Us People into Living, based in Washington, D.C. Archbishop Bean and members of the Unity Fellowship Church founded the Minority AIDS Project in 1985. Alan Bell founded the Black LGBT monthly newsmagazine BLK in 1988.
Flavor Battle, America’s premier DJ competition, has been taking place since November with DJ Clue, Just Blaze, Funkmaster Flex and Spinderella serving as judges to find America’s next hottest mix-master. Fans everywhere have voted for their favorite of 24 contestant-created videos. More than 400,000 votes have whittled the competition down to just three finalists—DJ Jena Red of Los Angeles represents the Big Mac and the West Coast; DJ Arty J of St. Louis represents the Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese and Central Region; and DeeJay Element of NYC represents the Angus Third Pounder and the East Coast. Now, these three final contenders will sound off against one another in Miami on Feb. 7, all for a chance to win $10,000 and bragging rights as the 2013 Flavor Battle Champion. Fans can tune in live via webcast at FlavorBattle.com as the judges lend their expertise in order to crown this year’s champion.