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Samuel L. Jackson Keeps Promise To Teach People How To Curse In 15 Languages If They Register To Vote

Actor Samuel L. Jackson has kept a campaign promise of his own for the upcoming presidential election. He posted on social media on Tuesday, “Listen up, if 2,500 of you head to my HeadCount link to make sure you’re #GoodToVote, I will teach you to swear in 15 different languages,” said the talented thespian.

Earlier that day, Jackson posted this Tweet to try to encourage people to check their voter registration status or to register to vote.

And as promised, Jackson comes through as the goal is reached and he returned to Twitter on Wednesday to deliver his promise to teach others “to swear in 15 different languages.”

If you still have not registered to vote (even after Jackson’s incentive) and/or you need to check on your  registration status, you can click on this link to do so.

This initiative is being headed by the organization HeadCount.

“HeadCount is a non-partisan organization that uses the power of music to register voters and promote participation in democracy. We reach young people and music fans where they already are—at concerts and online—to inform and empower.”

Tracee Ellis Ross Signs Overall Deal With ABC Signature

This week, television actress and Golden Globe winner Tracee Ellis Ross revealed that she has signed a multiyear deal with ABC Signature with her production company Joy Mill Entertainment to produce new content for the network. The Blackish star raved about the news with excitement to bring new stories to her home studio. “I love sharing stories and using storytelling as a way to connect and celebrate humanity. As an actor, I’ve had the joy of inhabiting nuanced and dynamic roles. As an executive producer, I am able to build stories, gather creatives, and shape worlds as a way to illuminate different realities,” said Ross in an interview with Variety.

“This deal continues my journey as a storyteller and content creator. I am thrilled to finally be sharing the news and expanding this part of my artistry at my home studio, ABC Signature. Jonnie Davis, Tracy Underwood, and their team have been incredible collaborators, and I am eager to continue our shared journey.”

Adriana Ambriz will be joining the production company as head of development for new content across platforms. Prior to her new role, she served senior director of original programming for BET where she oversaw the production of shows like Tales, Street Dreams: The Story of Nas, and Mandela.

“Tracee is a beloved member of the ABC Signature family and, as everyone knows, has brought so much to our ‘ish’ universe,” said Jonnie Davis, president of ABC Signature to Variety. “We also love and admire Tracee’s passion for storytelling and developing projects, so we’re thrilled that Joy Mill Entertainment will be housed at our studio. We’re already incredibly excited by the projects she’s bringing to us in this new role.”

 

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The brand is expanding y’all! Been waiting to share this. I love using storytelling as a way to connect and celebrate humanity. As an actor, I’ve had the joy of inhabiting nuanced and dynamic roles. As an executive producer, I am able to build stories, gather creatives and shape worlds as a way to illuminate different realities. How wonderful to be expanding my journey as a storyteller and content creator at my home studio, #ABCSignature at @disneytvstudios. Jonnie Davis, Tracy Underwood, and their team have been incredible collaborators, and I am eager to continue our shared journey and thrilled to bring in Adriana Ambriz as Joy Mill’s head of development. Joy Mill Entertainment, my production company, is committed to amplifying multilayered stories that reframe assumptions about how we see ourselves and each other. Our stories will reflect humanity in their narratives, encouraging boundless freedom of expression, producing content that intentionally inspires possibility and joy in order to create connection and understanding. Stay tuned!!

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BET Network Joins Forces With The National Urban League, Others To Host The First National Black Voter Day

BET, The National Urban League, and other civil rights organizations have joined together to host the first-ever National Black Voter Day.

National Black Voter Day takes place today, Friday, Sept. 18, and all organizations tied to the effort will seek to aid Black citizens against suppression tactics ensuring their vote counts in the various elections taking place in November.

“The final stretch is always the most important part of any race, and with just 100 days until Election Day, there’s no time like the present for BET to go ‘all in’ with National Black Voter Day,” BET Networks President Scott Mills said in a statement. “We are rallying all the resources and relationships we have to mitigate the undeniable efforts being made to disenfranchise the African American community, a voting bloc ubiquitously understood to influence elections. We will use the current momentum of the fight against systemic racism to galvanize those marching in protest to march to the polls in November.”

With the help of the National Urban League (NUL), National Black Voter Day will break down the necessary steps to make Black voices heard, including securing and checking voter registration, making a voting plan, and encouraging friends and family to vote.

NUL President Marc Morial said teaming up with the biggest name in Black television and civil rights groups will ensure the organization reaches as many Black voters as possible.

“We will be launching a grassroots effort in probably about a dozen cities to put people in the communities on the ground, using everything from canvassing to organizing, to door-to-door leaf footing, and social media to register, educate and mobilize people to vote,” Morial told BET.com, adding his organization will use BET’s social media accounts to amplify the effort and educate voters.

Other organizations involved in the effort include the NAACP, Color of Change, When We All Vote, Black Voters Matter, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, The Collective PAC, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Election Protection, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and The National Action Network.

One of the biggest reasons for the effort is voter suppression. Concerns about voter suppression, particularly in the Black community, have been a widely debated topic since a 2013 U.S. Supreme Court decision gutted Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which prohibited certain states and localities from making changes to voting laws without obtaining federal approval or “preclearance.”

Many pointed to voter suppression when  Stacey Abrams lost to Brian Kemp in Georgia’s 2018 gubernatorial election.

In addition to voter suppression, the coronavirus has lead to less voting precincts, which must institute social distancing requirements with fewer poll workers and machines.

Voting lines are of particular concern for Morial, who called them “an orchestrated effort to suppress the vote to make it more difficult for Black people to vote.” In order to fight this Morial feels voters should have all the information necessary about their state’s mail-in ballot and early voting options.

BET has also lined up multiple stars to produce voting PSAs to be distributed on BET’s platforms, those of its sister channels MTV, VH1, and Comedy Central and of media partners including The Root, The Skimm, Entertainment Tonight, Bounce, and Black Enterprise.

Stars that are taking part also include Twenties actor Jonica T. Gibbs, Tyler Perry’s Sistas actor Mignon, Rhapsody, National Urban League CEO Marc H. Morial, Blavity Inc. founder and CEO Morgan DeBaun, and others. Sports stars including Blake Griffin, Caron Butler, Udonis Haslem, and Dwane Casey and more are also participating.

Experts Predict A Big Increase In High School Dropouts Is On The Horizon

During a year of unprecedented educational upheaval, experts are fearing that kids are going to start leaving school and not coming back.

Conservative Group Wants Idaho’s Transgender Sports Ban Reinstated

The Alliance Defending Freedom is appealing a federal judge’s ruling that temporarily overturned the state’s restrictions on trans female athletes.

Big Ten Announces It Will Begin College Football Season After All

The conference had previously postponed playing because of the coronavirus pandemic.