This past week has been nothing short of amazing for ballet dancer Misty Copeland. She recently made history as the first African-American woman to become a principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre and now, the Kansas City-bred ballerina will dance on Broadway. Copeland will join the revival of the classic play On the Town, playing the role of Miss Turnstiles; one of the main character’s love interests. The role will require Copeland to showcase both her dancing and acting chops. “I don’t know if I know what I’m in for. It’s going to be a huge challenge for me. It’s quite a departure from what I’m used to. But I love a challenge and I think it’s going to help me grow as an artist,” said Copeland. She is slated to make her Broadway debut on August 25. Read more.
Kelly Rowland to Appear on Empire
FOX’s hit show Empire is known for having a star-studded list of cameos, and former Destiny’s Child singer Kelly Rowland will now join the group of celebrities who’ve graced the show. Rowland will play the role of Luscious Lyon’s mother in a flashback scene. Last month, the show’s writers posted a photo on Twitter with the songstress. “Hey, @KELLYROWLAND! Thank you for spending some time with the #Empire writers!,” read the caption. Other stars slated to appear on the second season include Chris Rock, Lenny Kravitz, and Alicia Keys. Season 2 of Empire will air on September 23. Read more.
Google Apologizes for Tagging Black People as Gorillas
Google is in hot water after their Google Photos app labeled African-Americans “gorillas.” A Black Brooklyn programmer used Google’s photo recognition software earlier this week and noticed that photos of him and his friend, who is also African-American, were categorized as primates. He immediately took to Twitter to put the site on blast. “Google Photos, y’all fu**** up. My friend’s not a gorilla,” he tweeted. “What kind of sample image data you collected that would result in this son?” Google immediately issued an apology. “We’re appalled and genuinely sorry that this happened,” said Google spokeswoman Katie Watson. “We are taking immediate action to prevent this type of result from appearing.” Read more.
Boko Haram Bombs Kill 44
This weekend, two bombs, believed to be plotted by the terrorist group Boko Haram, went off at a mosque and a popular Muslim restaurant in the Nigerian city of Jos. Forty-four people were killed and 67 were wounded. The city of Jos, which sits in the center of the country, is known for religious-related violence. Boko Haram has taken the lives of more than 200 people over the past week. Read more.
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