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African American Author Harps On Hidden Battles Behind Smiling Faces

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – African American visionary author, Tanya White has said that everyone is fighting an ugly battle behind their beautiful smiles.
White currently resides in Louisville, Kentucky. She is the host of the Real Talk With Tanya White radio show that was extremely popular on Blog Talk Radio and has found a new station home on WLLV 101.9 FM radio and

She is also a devoted member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, and was a featured author on the 2022 Delta Authors on Tour.

Notably, she always writes from her real-life experiences – that is, once the situations are over and she has gleaned pivotal lessons from them. However, never in a million years did she imagine writing through a fresh battle of grief as she began coordinating her anthology project.

In June 2021, the author shared the book entitled, “The Battle Behind My Smile: Public Testimonies of Triumph in the Midst of Our Private Trauma”, with her beloved companion, Stefon. Unbeknownst to them, they both were about to live out that title which was going to extremely test their faith, focus, and perseverance.

In the midst of her relocating to Indianapolis, Indiana to begin a new life with Stefon, they received heart-breaking medical news that his prostate cancer was now aggressively inoperable. Predicting a life expectancy of 6-12 months, six weeks later she was peacefully devastated when her beloved Stefon died.

“I asked the Lord why He allowed us to build an amazing relationship filled with tons of love and laughter, only to have Stefon die a few weeks after I officially moved to his hometown of Indianapolis. To say that I was perturbed with God is an understatement”, she said.

Despite not wanting to proceed with the plans for The Battle Behind My Smile, White says that she obeyed God’s leadership and completed coordinating the anthology. Because she had the guts to press through her grief, 18 authors from 5 different states produced a literary gem of emotional and spiritual healing exploring topics such as, the Battle of Having Daddy Dialogue – Coauthor Joe White, Jr., the Battle to Not Give Up While Grieving.

Other are, the Battle of Breaking the Cycle of Domestic Violence – Coauthor Kimeta Pryor and the Battle of My Bipolar Faith – Coauthor Tajiri Brackens

The Battle Behind My Smile reminds readers that everyone you meet is fighting an ugly battle, no matter how big and beautiful their smile seems to be. The book is available in Kindle format and paperback edition on Amazon as well as Barnes and Noble.

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Black Canadian talent celebrate — and are celebrated — at inaugural Legacy Awards

As The Handmaid’s Tale star Amanda Brugel arrived at the inaugural Legacy Awards on Sunday night, she reflected on what the new awards ceremony — which highlights the achievements of Black Canadian talent — will mean to future generations.

“I think I’m going to get emotional talking about it,” she told CBC News on the black carpet.

“To have space, to hold space for the amount of Black talent that we have here, for future generations will tell them that they matter, that there is so much room for them, to tell them to aim higher. And I can’t wait to see what happens with this in 25 years,” she said, gesturing to the room full of Black artists, athletes and actors.

The Legacy Awards are Canada’s first all-Black awards ceremony. The 90-minute live show, which will celebrate accomplishments in film, television, music, sports and culture, is set to feature emerging and established Black Canadian talent.

Canadian actress Amanda Brugel arrives on the black carpet of the first-ever edition of the Legacy Awards in Toronto on Sunday. The Handmaid’s Tale star said that the awards event would show future generations of Black talent that ‘there is so much room for them.’ (Eduardo Lima/The Canadian Press)

The event is produced by the Black Academy, an initiative launched in December 2020 by Canadian actors and brothers, Shamier Anderson (Bruised) and Stephan James (If Beale Street Could Talk).

The Scarborough, Ont.-born siblings hope that, in creating the infrastructure to support and uplift Black talent, they can break barriers in Canada’s entertainment industries.

“We come from humble beginnings — Scarborough, you know?” Anderson told CBC News. “So for us to be able to do this, hopefully we can keep inspiring other Black and brown boys and girls.”

Joking that he and Anderson spent two and a half year “under a rock” while planning the event, which they will co-host, James said, “We’re here, and people gotta know it.”

“The power of being able to empower our people, put them on this stage, give them an opportunity to give testimony, share their journeys with Black Canadians all over this country. It’s a very, very powerful thing; it’s something that’s not lost on my brother and myself.”

This year’s previously announced award recipients are Olympic medallist Andre de Grasse, sportscaster Kayla Grey and filmmaker Fabienne Colas. The event will include several special presentations, including performances from Canadian music stars Deborah Cox, Savannah Ré and Kardinal Offishall.

DJ 4KORNERS, who is also set to perform at the event, told CBC News that the show was a symbol of action: “You always hear that … instead of begging for a seat at the table, build your own table.”

“This is our table; we got a table! We made this table.”

Canadian broadcaster and writer Amanda Parris arrives on the black carpet of the Legacy Awards on Sunday. (Eduardo Lima/The Canadian Press)

Black performers have received heightened recognition at mainstream awards shows in recent years, said Canadian broadcaster Amanda Parris. But she added that there is room for other events, like the Legacy Awards, to honour specific talents who are often under-acknowledged by major awards bodies.

“I think having this dedicated space to amplify and to elevate talent and voices that for so long have not been heard or have not been recognized or celebrated to the degree that they can or should be, is a wonderful thing. And it’s for everybody.” 

For more stories about the experiences of Black Canadians — from anti-Black racism to success stories within the Black community — check out Being Black in Canada, a CBC project Black Canadians can be proud of. You can read more stories here.


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Review: Morgan Wallen in L.A.: a country superstar, live and apparently un-canceled

What’s clear at this point about Morgan Wallen — clear since long before the country superstar touched down Saturday night at Arena for the first of two sold-out concerts — is that being caught on video drunkenly using the N-word to refer to a friend has not derailed his career.

A year and a half after TMZ published a grainy clip shot by a neighbor as Wallen stumbled around his driveway, the singer’s 2021 LP, “Dangerous,” has set a new record for the most weeks in the top 10 of Billboard’s album chart. He just received the Milestone Award from the Academy of Country Music. And in November, he’ll compete for Nashville’s most prestigious title, entertainer of the year, at the Country Music Assn. Awards.

So although Wallen seemed briefly to face the threat of cancelation when the video surfaced — his songs were temporarily removed from radio and streaming playlists, and even his label said his contract had been “suspended” — the only question now is whether the controversy may actually have helped propel the career of the 29-year-old native of tiny Sneedville, Tenn.

Before the video and its fallout, Wallen was no doubt headed for huge success as a charismatic young performer and gifted songwriter with an instinctive knack for blending traditional country themes with the textures and attitude of hip-hop. After, though, he became something bigger: a (perhaps unwitting) mascot for the pushback against cancel culture.

Wallen, who’s repeatedly apologized for his “ignorant” use of the N-word, has drawn the support lately of numerous Black artists, including Darius Rucker and rapper Lil Durk, who’s said Wallen “ain’t no racist.” What Wallen is, of course, is a beneficiary of a racist system that not only permits white ignorance but also enables it. Yet to be a Wallen fan, at least for some, is to reject the perceived excesses of that worldview — a powerful accelerant for anyone involved in the work of building an audience in an era as fractured as ours.

Not that any of this was explicitly in the air at Crypto, where Wallen arrived near the end of a lengthy tour set to wrap early next month with a stadium gig in Arlington, Texas. The singer made no mention of the TMZ video, unless you count a lyric about the mistakes he’s made from “Don’t Think Jesus,” one of several singles he’s quietly released this year as part of his comeback; nor did he play directly to any kind of anti-woke sensibility, unless you count the proud down-home-isms of “The Way I Talk,” which like so many modern country tunes borrows elements of a Black creative lexicon to enshrine a white cultural heritage.


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Morgan Wallen performs.

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Then again, the point of winning is no longer having to press your case, and in that way, Wallen carried himself Saturday like a victor. Backed by a muscular six-piece band, the singer ran through his many hits — including “Chasin’ You,” “More Than My Hometown” and the only country song currently near the top of the Hot 100, “You Proof” — with an untroubled confidence that belied his speedy ascent to arena-headliner status, not to mention the years of road experience he missed out on because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He was a rowdy party-starter in “Up Down” and “Country Ass S—,” the latter of which found him patting a disc in the back pocket of his jeans as he sang about “an empty can of long cut.” For the wistful “Sand in My Boots,” he sat down behind a piano and recounted a beach-town dalliance with a woman destined to break his heart. Vocally, Wallen is most impressive on his records as a balladeer, channeling desire and nostalgia in songs like “Somebody’s Problem” and the almost painfully pretty “7 Summers”; here, both suffered a bit from his oversinging to match the pumped-up arrangements required by the size of the room. But the slightly aggro approach paid off in Wallen’s stark rendition of Jason Isbell’s “Cover Me Up,” where he squared up against the microphone like a baseball player with a bat.

At about the halfway mark of the 90-minute show, Wallen invited out two of his frequent collaborators on tour as his opening acts: Ernest, with whom he sang the acoustic “Flower Shops,” and Hardy, who joined Wallen for the rap-rocky “He Went to Jared.” (Earlier, in his own set, Hardy flashed the culture-warrior streak Wallen resisted when introducing his song “One Beer,” about a couple waiting for the result of a pregnancy test. “Got any pregnant people out there tonight?” he asked with a sly grin, before adding, “Stupid joke.”)

It was easy to sense the pleasure — and maybe the comfort — Wallen took in having his pals onstage with him, not least when he and Hardy shotgunned a couple of beers and then crushed the cans and flung them into the crowd.

For more than a year, he’s been in a spotlight of his own making, both a pariah and a figurehead. Yet you wouldn’t say he looked lonely when Hardy and Ernest split. He’d been assured that he belonged up there, and who was he to doubt it?

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