1. The Akils Get Black Film Festival Spotlight
After their combined success, film and TV’s favorite power couple will soon talk shop about their work in the industry.
Salim Akil and Mara Brock-Akil are the featured guests for the “A Conversation With” discussion at the 16th Annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF) on June 22 in South Beach, Florida. A festival highlight, the event showcases the individual stories and experiences of industry insiders. [MORE]
2. Martin Lawrence and Wife Split
Martin Lawrence and his wife are ending their marriage, People.com reports. The couple, who have been together for 17 years, tied the knot in 2010.
“Martin and Shamicka Lawrence have decided to divorce,” a rep for the celebrated actor and comedian says. “The couple has made the joint decision to part ways.” [MORE]
3. Why Pollution and the Environment Matter to Black People
When we think of Earth Day, we might not think that environmental issues — global warming, contaminated water/air and gas guzzling — are related to us. But they are.
Studies show that air pollution, illegal dumping and power plants are more likely to occur in African-American and low-income communities. These hazards have been linked to disproportionate rates of asthma, severe allergies, cardiovascular disease and lung cancer — all diseases that African-Americans disproportionately suffer from. [MORE]
4. Novelist Sapphire on Child Abuse: “We Need to Come Out of Denial”
Push author Sapphire says families and society need to be more aware of what’s going on with our children. [MORE]
5. Obama Stirs a Student Loan Rate Debate
The cost of college isn’t what it used to be and many students find themselves drowning in a sea of student loan red ink after graduation. Adding insult to injury, in this economy, many can’t even find a job to pay off their loans. Unless Congress acts soon, Stafford student loan interest rates are set to double from 3.4 to 6.8 percent on July 1, which adds up to an extra $1,000 of debt. According to White House statistics, about 1.5 million African-American students would be impacted on loans taken out after that debate. [MORE]