The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the world’s largest AIDS organization, and the AHF Black AIDS Crisis Taskforce (ABACT) played host to a free concert/voter registration rally on August 6th at the historic FOX Theatre in Atlanta, GA to commemorate the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and draw attention to health disparities that continue to affect communities of color.
The event featured live music performances by Grammy- and Oscar-winning rapper/actor Common, legendary singer/actress Patti LaBelle, a keynote address by National Action Network Founder and President Rev. Al Sharpton and appearances by other special guests including the Prancing Elites of Oxygen Media’s The Prancing Elites Project.
“Vote 2 End HIV: #BlackVotesMatter!” will issue a grassroots call-to-action for black voters to play an active role in the 2016 elections and call for increased governmental resources directed towards the prevention, care and treatment for HIV/AIDS in black and Latino communities—the ethnic groups statistics show are the most affected by HIV.
Other attendees included: Nene Leakes, Towanda Braxton, Jasmine Guy, Kenya Moore, Keisha Knight Pulliam, Kelly Price, (Miss) Lawrence Washington, Derek J, Algebra Bessett, Carl Payne, TC Carson and many more.
Hip hop star turnt actor, Common played host to an exclusive private screening of his new film at Atlanta’s Frank Ski’s Restaurant Friday evening (January 11, 2013).
Common’s movie is entitled ‘LUV’ and he stars in it alongside newcomer, Michael Rainey Jr. The two appear onscreen as an impressionable kid and his badass uncle in what is billed as a ‘coming-of-age story’ set in Baltimore.
Common was in town last week promoting the upcoming release of his new feature film “Just Wright” with Queen Latifah. The movie is a romantic comedy that marks Common’s leading man debut.
In his first starring role, he plays an NBA All-Star (Scott McKnight) who gets torn between true love with Queen Latifah’s character and groupie love from her friend who aspires to be an NBA trophy wife.
On preparing for his role in “Just Wright”:
One of my friends that plays in the NBA, Barron Davis, I just went and talk to him not only about the NBA but also what made him start playing basketball. Then I would just be around him and look at his lifestyle and talk to him about all of the thoughts and experiences he had. Then I got to talk to D. Wade and a couple of other cats that play in the league.
Everyday, I would train with the assistant coach from the New Jersey Nets and at the time I was filming the movie “Date Night”. So during the day, I would do whatever physical training and whatever preparation for my character. Just staying focus and trying to eat healthy… It was like a training camp, a boot camp but I loved it though.
Common sat down with StraightFromTheA.com and also shared a bit of information about his life lessons, his relationship with tennis star Serena Williams and revealed that he’s been dodging a crazed stalker! Continue Reading…
Eleven time grand slam champion, Serena Williams, was handed a suspended 3-year ban, plus a record fine of $82,500 for her tantrum at the US Open earlier this year. In a game where Williams was visibly upset cause she was loosing, officials called for a foot fault. Serena lost her cool and threatened the line judge with foul language. According to the line judge, and a few spectators who heard the tirade, Williams also threatened to kill the line judge if she could.
“If I could. I would take this f***ing ball and shove it down your f***ing throat!”
For that outburst Williams forfeited a point, giving her opponent, Kim Clijsters the victory. She was also fined $10,000 onsite, which is the maximum amount that a player can be fined onsite by the US Tennis Association. Whoa! That makes a whopping total of $92,000, which probably didn’t make a dent in Serena’s bank account, but I’m sure she’ll choose her words more carefully next time.
Serena seems to be taking the huge fine graciously as she was spotted vacationing in Barbados over the Thanksgiving holiday. She even kept her cool as she suffered a swimsuit malfunction on the beach by merely laughing it off. Maybe it’s the quality time she’s spending with on again boo Common that’s got her in such a good mood.