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JULY 16, 2019
The Recording Academy™ is deeply saddened by the passing of country music singer/songwriter Russell Smith. A key member of the Nashville music community, Russell not only found success with the country-rock group the Amazing Rhythm Aces, but also as a chart-topping songwriter for artists such as Don Williams and Randy Travis. With the Amazing Rhythm Aces, he received a nomination in the coveted Best New Artist category at the 18th GRAMMY Awards®, and the group earned a GRAMMY® in the Best Country Vocal Performance By A Duo Or Group for "The End Is Not In Sight (The Cowboy Tune)" at the 19th GRAMMY Awards. Music City has lost one of its giants, but Russell's legacy will live on through his contributions to the Nashville music community.

Neil Portnow
Recording Academy


NEW YORK, NY—July 10, 2019— BET Networks announced that Devin Griffin joins the company as General Manager, BET+. The subscription video-on-demand service focused on the African American audience, BET+, will feature more than 1,000 hours of premium content including exclusive new original programming and fan-favorite series, movies, and specials from BET Networks, world-renowned creator Tyler Perry, and a host of leading African American content creators. Griffin will report to Scott Mills, President of BET Networks. Griffin will be based in Los Angeles. In his role, Griffin will manage the BET+ P&L and oversee business strategy & operations, including original programming, content acquisitions, marketing, distribution, planning and analysis. “We are thrilled to have Devin join the BET family and lead our new streaming service BET+. His fresh perspective and expertise in curating premium content will strengthen our position in the streaming landscape and drive…

ICE protestors take down American flag and replace it with Mexico's flag before raids
-The lack of unity on how to enforce immigration policies between Democrats and Republicans may have stirred a migrant rebellion according to a report coming out of Denver. . .
"Protestors on @ICEgov property just pulled down the American flag and replaced it with the Mexican flag. The group by the doors is growing. Though most protestors are still on the street."
-This action shows some Mexican immigrants have other agendas than escaping oppression in their homeland and becoming American citizens. 
-Rejecting America and its flag is nothing new in places like California where  La Raza, a radical groups of Hispanics and Chicanos  have fought for open borders based on the belief that the United States of America stole territory from Mexico.

Trump administration loses another key cabinet member, as Labor Secretary Acosta resigns

By Mona Austin
Labor Sec.  Alex Acosta has resigned after push back over his connection to the Jeffrey Epstein scandal 12 years ago. Acosta had been  scrutinized  for his handling of the sweetheart plea deals related to  Epstein's sexual assault charges recently.
Speaking to the press on the South lawn before Trump departed to  Milwaukee Friday morning, both men said Acosta walked away voluntarily. "I think he did a very good job yesterday," referring to a press conference Acosta had to address the accusation that he was too lenient on the sentencing of the sex offender. Critics say the nearly hour-long press conference fell short because Acosta justified his "hard decisions" as an attorney in Florida at the time instead of apologizing in any way.
The president praised Acosta: "He has been a fantastic Sec. of Labor," speaking in front of the press with Acosta standing next to him on the South Lawn. Acosta said he told Trump this morning he wanted to r…

American Airlines flight attendant body shames Black doctor on flight from Jamaica adding to #existingwhileblack trend

By Mona Austin Visualize this scenario: Same pair of shorts/skirts.  Black girl gets written up for violating the school dress code.  White girl doesn't. Double standard. Not fair, but it is a reality Black middle and high school girls face in classrooms every year.  In the school system, it is a form of "justified" body-shaming couched in  language about appropriate clothing in the code of conduct. This example may not be thought of as a problem because it is a part of enforcing a school rule, but for Black Americans encounters with inequality start early and are frequently systematic.  Something similar happened to Latisha "Tisha"Rowe/MD/MBA, a Black woman on an American Airlines flight. Rowe got a dose of this discrimination when she was not allowed to board a flight coming from Jamaica back to Florida -- unless she covered up the strapless romper she was wearing, a common form of leisurely attire women wear in summer months.  Rowe pointed out raci…

Pres. Trump signs executive order on kidney health initiative offering significant advancements

The federal government has set up an initiative intended to bring relief to the more than 37 millions American who suffer from kidney disease and the family members who help take care of them. 
Today, President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order on Advancing American Kidney Health,  the biggest presidential action specific to kidney disease since 1973 when President Nixon signed into law the Medicare End-Stage Renal Disease benefits. 
The ninth leading cause of death in the United States, kidney disease does not discriminate -- affecting, young old, rich and poor. Case in point: R&B/Pop music legend Stevie Wonder has halted his tour to prepare for a kidney transplant this fall.  Wonder is one of millions of African Americans who are three times more likely to  experience renal failure and  among a growing number of individuals who require an organ transplant.   Fortunately, Wonder assured his fans at a concert in London recently that he has a donor and will undergo surgery. …