Common, Chuck D & More For Harry Belafonte’s 94th Birthday Celebration

In celebration of legendary singer, songwriter, activist and actor Harry Belafonte‘s 94th birthday on March 1, a surprise live virtual party will be held on Sunday, February 28 at 7 PM ET.

The Gathering for Harry will feature performances & appearances from Common, Danny Glover, Chuck D, Bernie & Jane Sanders, Stacey Abrams, Aloe Blacc, Tamika D. Mallory, Rev. Al Sharpton, Jackie Cruz and more, benefitting nonprofit organization The Gathering for Justice, which Belafonte founded after witnessing a news report of a 5-year-old Black girl being handcuffed and arrested in her Florida classroom for “being unruly.”

The organization’s mission is to build a movement to end child incarceration while working to eliminate the racial inequities that permeate the justice system. Belafonte was a confidant of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and a prominent force in ending South Africa’s oppressive apartheid regime and the release of his friend, Nelson Mandela. He’s also achieved EGOT status (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award) and his Calypso album was the 1st LP in history to sell more than one million copies

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African Reggae Artist Bobi Wine Is On The Frontlines For Uganda (@HEBobiwine)

Bobi Wine is a roots reggae artist turned politician who is working hard to be the next president of Uganda. According to Wine and his supporters, the current ruler – President Yoweri Museveni – is a dictator that must be removed.

Yoweri Museveni has been in power since the early 80s and Ugandans that we have heard from say that his Government has been involved in corruption for most of those years.

Kamala Harris, Who Is Half Jamaican, Is Now Joe Biden’s Running Mate In The Upcoming U.S. Election (@KamalaHarris)

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American presidential nominee, Joe Biden, earlier today announced that he has selected Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate for VP. For those not familiar with Senator Harris, she is a politician serving as the junior Senator from the State of California since 2017.

On a personal level, Harris is the daughter of an immigrant father from Jamaica and an immigrant mother from India. As a Jamaica based platform, we here at Maria Jackson Magazine are excited about this choice and we are fully endorsing the Biden-Harris ticket.

Do You Know What July 4th Means To People From The Caribbean? (@CARICOMorg)

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Most people are aware that July 4th is recognized as America’s Independence Day, but it also has a significant meaning for persons from the Caribbean. See below a message from Jamaica House, outlining the importance of July 4th in the Caribbean.

Each year, July 4th is recognized as CARICOM Day. It marks the signing, on July 4, 1973, of the Treaty of Chaguaramas which created the Caribbean Community.

Member States agreed that this day should be commemorated to recall the creation of CARICOM and provide an opportunity for public education, reflection on achievements, challenges and the way forward.

Taraji P. Henson, India.Arie & Others Confirmed For Essence Festival Of Culture – Wellness House (@essencefest @indiaarie)

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The second weekend of the Essence Festival Of Culture kicks off tomorrow, Thursday, July 2nd, with the ‘Wellness House’ segment. It will stream in real time via Essence Studios, Twitter and Facebook Live from 5:00 PM to 9:30 PM EST.

The focus will be on meditation, conversations, workouts and tutorials designed to boost your mental, physical, spiritual, emotional and financial well-being. Some of the confirmed guests are: Taraji P. Henson, India.Arie, Egypt Sherrod, Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, Koya Webb and many more.

M-1 From Dead Prez Will Be Celebrating The 20 Year Anniversary Of “Let’s Get Free” On Friday (@M1deadprez)

Let’s Get Free is the debut studio album by hip-hop duo Dead Prez. It was released on February 8th, 2000 on Loud Records. This Friday, June 26th, M-1 (one half of Dead Prez) will be hosting the 20 year celebration of the record in light of the global reckoning on race relations.

This event will stream live on YouTube (uhurutv) and Facebook (omali.yeshitela) starting at 8:00 PM EST. M-1 will be joined by D’Angelo, Sean C, Timmhotep and Omali Yeshitela.

Join Common & Other Black Celebrities For A Live Juneteenth Special (@common @cthagod)

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On Friday, June 19th, a day that is very important in the lives of African Americans, Charlamagne will host ‘Lift Every Voice,’ an event centered around “Juneteenth.”

Charlamagne will be joined by: Common, Jonathan McReynolds, T.I., Mick Jenkins, Trae Tha Truth, Vic Mensa, Mereba, Leon Bridges, Gia Peppers and that is just to name a few. ‘Lift Every Voice’ is scheduled to begin at 8 PM ET | 5 PM PT. Click here for additional information.