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Photo of the Week: Freddie Perry and his Twin Brother

VIDEO: The Perry Brothers graduate with Master's Degrees, an MBA and a Master's in Education

Our Photo of the Week is Freddie Perry with his twin brother, they both received Masters Degrees.

Freddie received an MBA from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, and his brother received a Master’s in Education.

Barbershop Books Receives 2017 Innovations in Reading Prize

The National Book Foundation awards The 2017 Innovations in Reading Award to Barbershop Books

Congratulations to Harlem-based Barbershop Books!

The National Book Foundation awarded The 2017 Innovations in Reading Award to Barbershop Books, a community-based reading program that creates child-friendly reading spaces in barbershops.

Over the past 2 years, Barbershop Books has transformed 49 barbershops into community spaces that support positive early reading experiences for boys in 18 cities across 11 states.

Barbershop Books will receive a $10,000 prize and will be recognized at the second annual Why Reading Matters Conference on June 15.

Four organizations received honorable mention for the 2017 Innovations in Reading Prize are Books@Work (Shaker Heights, OH), the Great Reading Games (Princeton, NJ), Poetry in Motion (New York, NY), and Reach Out and Read (Boston, MA).

The Why Reading Matters Conference 2017 Coming to NYC

The National Book Foundation’s Why Reading Matters Conference 2017 focuses on building a new audience for books

The National Book Foundation is hosting the Why Reading Matters Conference 2017 on Thursday, June 15, 2017, at the Frank Sinatra School of Arts in Long Island City, NY.

The theme this year is Why Reading Matters: Building a New Audience, and the conference will feature a full day of presentations focused on building a new audience for books.

Check www.nationalbook.org, for more information

 

Chris Rock Let the World Know He Thinks La La Anthony is Hot

VIDEO DISCUSSION: Should Carmelo Anthony be upset with Chris Rock's pass at his estranged wife, La La Anthony? Is Chris Rock pouring salt in the wounds?

Word on the street is that New York Knicks basketball player Carmelo Anthony is hopping mad at comedian Chris Rock for shooting his shot at his estranged wife, La La Anthony on The Wendy Williams Show.

The Jasmine Brand is reporting that Anthony was so mad, he texted several friends to complain/vent and called film director and NY Knicks super fan Spike Lee for help; and reportedly La La is amused.

Motivational Quote of the Week: The Grass Is Not Greener

VIDEO: Our Motivational Quote of the Week

"The grass isn’t greener on the other side. The grass is greener where you water it."

This quote was posted by Ray Thomas, Vice President of Business Development at 1st Equity Title & Closing Services

We found Ray’s quote on LinkedIn, so keep posting your favorite motivational quotes and you never know, it might just make it on What’s The 411.

 

QUICK TAKES: Patti LaBelle, Kirk Franklin, Demetrius Shipp Jr. and more

VIDEO: What's The 411 QUICK TAKES: Ryan Seacrest reportedly not happy with the monetary offer from American Idol; Khloe Kardashian facing a lawsuit

The National Museum of African-American Music celebrated Black Music Month with the 2017 My Music Matters: A Celebration of Legends Luncheon. The banquet, held at City Winery in Nashville, was hosted by David Mann and featured honorees Patti LaBelle, Teddy Riley, Kirk Franklin, and David Porter.

Actor Demetrius Shipp Jr. has everyone doing double takes. Shipp is playing the legendary rapper Tupac in the upcoming movie, All Eyez on Me. Looking at Demetrius Shipp, no wonder people are saying Tupac is still alive.

Ryan Seacrest has yet to sign on to host American Idol after he reportedly said he would do so. It turns out that Seacrest is fuming that Katy Perry will be paid more than him to be a judge on the show when he built American Idol.

Singer Ray J said his sister, singer/actress Brandy, is fine; she was suffering from exhaustion when she was recently taken off a plane by ambulance to go to a nearby hospital in Los Angeles.

Three-Time Grammy Award-Winner MAXWELL is the Brand Ambassador of HUE For Every Man. The founders of HUE, Jessica Estrada, and Kyle Frazier chose to partner with Maxwell not only to represent their brand but also as a partner in the company because he embodies all of the qualities and values the brand stands for: successful, fashionable, well-groomed, traditional and most importantly philanthropic.

Designer Destiney Bleu, the woman behind dbleudazzled, which specializes in custom crystallized clothing, says Khloe Kardashian ripped off her work.

The website, YBF.COM, is reporting that First Lady Melania Trump has been romantically linked to a Tiffany executive for well over a year. And, that #45 knows the deal and agreed that Melania could get a divorce if he lost the election. Perhaps, this explains another reason for Melania staying behind in NYC, why she doesn’t like PDA with #45, and why they both met with Cardinal Dolan at St. Patrick’s Cathedral just prior to the election.

Maxwell is Brand Ambassador for HUE for Every Man

VIDEO DISCUSSION: Three-time Grammy Award-winner MAXWELL is the Brand Ambassador of HUE For Every Man

The founders of HUE, Jessica Estrada, and Kyle Frazier selected three-time Grammy Award-winning singer, Maxwell, to represent HUE, as the company's brand ambassador.

HUE chose to partner with Maxwell not only to represent their brand but also as a partner in the company because he embodies all of the qualities and values the brand stands for: successful, fashionable, well-groomed, traditional and most importantly philanthropic.

As our world is changing and cultures are blending to form the voice of a new generation, HUE begins a new revolution for a truly innovative 21st-century approach to men’s hair and skin care.

We all know that women do most of the shopping for the men in their lives and the way women respond to Maxwell, this should be a match made in heaven.

Designer Accuses Khloe Kardashian of Copying her Work

VIDEO DISCUSSION: Khloe Kardashian's newest fashion venture brings claims of intellectual property infringement by designer Destiney Bleu

Designer Destiney Bleu, the woman behind dbleudazzled, which specializes in custom crystallized clothing, says Khloe Kardashian's Good American clothing line is too similar to dbleudazzled.

Re-tweeting Kardashian’s video, which shows off Kardashian’s Good American clothing line, Bleu wrote, “When someone buys 1 of everything on your site, has you make them custom @dbleudazzled work, never posts it or wears it, then copies it.”

Ms. Bleu is not only mad, she’s taking action, her work is trademarked and she has lawyered up.

We hope these ladies can work it out, cooperation is better than strict competition.

Bill Maher Creates an Uproar Over His Use of the N-Word

People are calling for the firing of Bill Maher, but is this just a joke that has gone too far?

During an interview with US Senator Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska), Bill Maher, the host of Real Time with Bill Maher, referred to himself as a “house n—r.” The conversation went like this:

Adults dress up for Halloween, they don’t do that in Nebraska?” Maher asked.

“It’s frowned upon,” Sasse replied. “We don’t do that quite as much.”

“I gotta get to Nebraska more,” Maher said.

“You’re welcome; we’d love to have you work in the fields with us,” Sasse joked.

“Work in the fields,” Maher scoffed. “Senator, I’m a house nigger.”

The joke created an uncomfortable pause in the audience as some moaned while a few laughed. Maher attempted to clean things up by saying, “It was just a joke.” A few members of the audience clapped.

Several people took to Twitter expressing their disdain for Maher saying he has crossed the line too many times

But on the other hand, Norman Lear, on his podcast, All of the Above, along with comedian Jerrod Carmichael, and Lear’s sidekick on the podcast Paul Hipp, all said the N-word in unison as an exercise to free the power within the word.

Is Lear right, the more we make the word taboo, the more power we give the word? Should Bill Maher be fired as many people are calling for his head?

Rough Night is a fun night [MOVIE REVIEW]

The four coeds were the best of friends during the college days (Jess) Scarlett Johansson, (Alice) Jillian Bell, (Frankie) Ilana Glazer, and (Blair) Zoë Kravitz. Frankie and Blair even had a “past” together. Ten years after graduation they meet in Miami for a bachelorette weekend to celebrate Jess’ pending nuptials. Pippa, played by Kate McKinnon, a more recent friend of Jess’ from the land down under, joins the group as well. The ladies are pumped for a weekend of, well, everything. They rent a beautiful beach house and invite a male entertainer over. Tragically, he doesn’t survive the evening. Realizing that they could end up in the slammer, their enthusiasm gives way to panic. It’s a matter of simply figuring out what to do next.

Rough Night is another in a long line of crazy night out movies where the characters always end up asking, how did we get into this mess?! The stories are always a bit implausible. Like in this film, Jess is supposedly in a tight race to win a state senate seat. No serious politician would take off for a long weekend at a pivotal point in the campaign to party it up with friends. These movies also have more strange and unlikely occurrences in one night than most people have in a 100-year lifetime: multiple people conveniently show up at the rental house, as necessary, to help carry out the plot.

However, in the end, Rough Night does what it should do; it entertains. The cast combines the right mix of comedy and drama. There are serious scenes when the characters revisit and debate old intragroup wounds.

The film is greatly enhanced by the performances of Demi Moore and Ty Burrell as the horny neighbors who set lustful eyes on Blair. And there are other bits of humor like when the friends meet at the airport, Alice opens a bottle of champagne to celebrate the moment only to have the sound of the cork popping send other traveler scurrying from what they believe to have been a gunshot.

With Rough Night, you’ll find yourself wondering what is going happen next.

As to cast diversity, it gets a B+ for performers from all racial groups. And it is refreshing to see the one black woman in the group, be the thinnest – and not heaviest. She is arguably the most sophisticated and not the crassest in the group. Zoe is stunning; Lenny, Lisa, you do good work!

Rough Night, is rated R (for crude sexual content, language throughout, drug use, and brief bloody images) and it is 101 minutes in length. Rough Night fights its way to our top rating; it’s a See It!

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