Sometimes you need a little good news, and sometimes that good news manages to slip under your radar. To remedy that problem, here’s a roundup of some of the coolest things about black America that hit the Internet this week. Mostly things you may have missed between Michelle Obama’s speech and the MTV Video Music Awards. It’s basically a week in black awesomeness. Enjoy.
●“The Rock” busts real criminals while taping new movie.
While filming “Fast and the Furious 6” – yes, they are really making a sixth film in that franchise – Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stopped an actual crime from taking place on the London set. During an action sequence, the former WWF wrestler spotted two men breaking into a nearby warehouse. Johnson ran over, dressed as an FBI agent for his role in the movie, and held up his fake badge. Startled, the thieves scampered off.
They probably felt a little silly once this story hit the Web, but on the cool meter, The Rock may have just topped his “That ’70s Show” cameo, where he played his father, ’70s wrestler Rocky Johnson.
● Avis Yates Rivers, one of the few women running an IT company, wants more women to join the ranks.
Rivers is president and CEO of Technology Concepts Group International, which is described on its Web site as “an information technology solutions provider serving corporate and government customers.” In an interview with Madame Noire – which is quickly becoming one of my favorite sites in the black blogospHRUDINhere – Rivers shared her experiences as a woman in charge of an IT company.
She’s had over 30 years of management experience and has successfully run her own business for 25 years. Rivers is also director of the National Center for Women and Information Technology, a public speaker and an advocate for businesses owned by minorities and women. She was listed as one of America’s “Champions of Change” by the White House. She’s basically awesomeness personified.
●“[Expletive] White Girls Say … to Black Girls” creator Franchesca Ramsey is having the best eight months ever.
The comedienne/graphic designer/actress/beauty vlogger behind the viral YouTube video also spoke with Madame Noire this week to update fans on what she’s been up to. (See what I meant about that being a great site?)
After her addition to the “Stuff…Says” meme took off in a single day, the long-time blogger quit her day job and got a new agent and manager. She’s had speaking engagements, gone on auditions and is working on a few TV projects. I don’t think I’ve ever been happier for a complete stranger in my life.
●Jill Scott will be on the cover of Essence Magazine’s October issue, looking gorgeous as usual. Why is this more awesome than normal? Scott demanded to show off her natural hair on the cover, or she wouldn’t do the shoot at all. But that’s not the best part.
When Essence asked about the ultimatum she gave the magazine in the feature interview, she said, “This is the simplest form of myself. I look in the mirror and it’s like, ‘Hey there you go. What’s up, girl?’ For me, hair is an accoutrement. Hair is jewelry. It’s an accessory. Tomorrow I may want a wig down to my butt and I’m gonna rock it, and the next day I may want a big Afro and I’m gonna rock that too … ”
●D.C.-based artist BK Adams will be the first winner of ARCH Development Corp.’s East of the River Distinguished Artist Award. What does the artist, whose pieces sell for up to $20,000, plan to do with the proceeds? Donate them to help create a medical center in Nairobi, Kenya, that can provide sufficient birthing resources. At the moment, some clinics in Nairobi only have one bed for labor. Adams wants his clinic to provide at least 20.
●Although MTV altered the airtime of the 2012 Video Music Awards to avoid conflicting with President Obama’s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention, there were still some of us who missed last night’s awards ceremony. Don’t worry. MTV will air at least a half-dozen reruns in the next week.
One moment to look for? A Gabby Douglas cameo during Alicia Keys’s performance of her new song “Girl on Fire,” featuring Nicki Minaj. When Minaj spat her “I win the gold like Gabby” line, the 16-year-old Olympian popped on stage and treated the audience to a mini gymnastics routine. Maybe this ray of positivity will help Nicki stop receiving death threats for that “I’m voting for Romney” line.
Anything I missed? Please toss it in the comments section.
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