Here’s a look at African American people and issues making headlines throughout the country.
“Verses & Flow” will begin filming its second season on June 11 at the historical Belasco Theater in Downtown Los Angeles. This year’s host is actor and Georgia native Omari Hardwick. Known for his performances in award-winning television series and films, including “CSI: Miami,” “Dark Blue” and “For Colored Girls,” he will be a significant addition to the celebrated series. In addition, Hardwick will be making a debut in the summer release of “Sparkle,” playing alongside the late Whitney Houston. This season “Verses & Flow” will be comprised of eight 30-minute weekly variety shows. Each episode will consist of a performance by a music artist as well as performances by three featured poets.
NFL former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Hank Baskett rallied a star-studded list of Hollywood and athletic celebrities to host his inaugural Hank Baskett Classic Golf Tournament, saying he was launching his “biggest challenge ever” to wage a war on cancer. He’s fighting on behalf of his father, who is being treated for lung cancer. Teaming up with the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation, a recognized global leader in lung cancer research and awareness, Baskett rallied about 25 celebrities to play in the tournament at Trump National Golf Club, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., on May 21. Celebrities included Alfonso Ribeiro, Antonio Pierce, Jermaine Dye, Kris Humphries, Marcellus Wiley, and his wife Kendra Wilkinson and 2-year-old son, Hank IV.
When psychologist, Alduan Tartt, got a call from Brian Puterman of Mike Mathis Productions and Nikki Webber of TV One Cable Network to perform “love interventions” for people trapped in toxic relationships on national television, he thought the idea was crazy—crazy enough to actually work. “The idea of using reality TV to do something positive, fix toxic relationships and showcase the healing power of therapy to millions was too tempting to pass up on,” Tartt states. Tartt is joined by fellow therapists, Thema Bryant-Davis and Hasani Pettiford to form a diverse team of healers for TV One’s new show “Love Addiction.” The show has only aired four episodes, addressing dating unavailable men, dating older women, dating users and dating playboys. However, this week’s show covers dating verbally abusive men. Tartt says, “Viewers will connect with this topic because relationship abuse is a community problem that silently affects thousands of men and women daily.”