NFL To Cease Practice Of ‘Race-Norming,’ Barack and Michelle Obama’s New Educational Series To Air On Netflix, and Evelyn Lozada Departs ‘Basketball Wives’

The NFL will finally put a stop to “race-norming,” Barack and Michelle Obama to release series to teach kids about civics, and Evelyn Lozada to leave ‘Basketball Wives.’

NFL To Cease Practice Of ‘Race-Norming’ After Reaching $1 Billion Settlement

Wednesday, the NFL agreed to cease the practice of “race-norming” in a $1 billion settlement of brain injury claims while also vowing to review past cases for potential evidence of racial bias, The Associated Press reports. Race-norming is the practice of assuming that Black athletes started off with lower cognitive abilities, which made it more difficult for players to show a deficit in brain function and qualify for an award in brain injury claims.

Barack And Michelle Obama To Teach Kids About Civics With Animated Netdlix Series

Wednesday, Barack and Michelle Obama announced that their latest project, an animated film series for children, will premiere on Netflix, Entertainment Weekly reports. The 10-episode series titled We The People will teach kids United States civics lessons. Each three-minute episode will offer “an exuberant call to action for everyone to rethink civics as a living, breathing thing and to reframe their understanding of what government and citizenship mean in a modern world,” a press release for the series explains.

Yvonne Orji Talks Filming Sex Scenes While Celibate

Yvonne Orji has been an open book regarding her decision to practice celibacy, but she admits that her vow of abstinence made filming sex scenes on the set of “Insecure” a bit awkward. Her wardrobe stylist, however, helped her to find her groove — literally. “[The costume designer] watched the first tape, she pulled me to the bathroom and said you got to let the man lead, you’re offbeat,” Orji said during an appearance on Zuri Hall’s Hot Happy Mess.“She gets behind me and she’s doing the motions. She’s very hands-on. Then she’s like, go call him [Langston Kerman] in here. So we practiced in the bathroom.”

Evelyn Lozada To Depart ‘Basketball Wives’

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After nine seasons, Evelyn Lozada is ending her tenure with the Basketball Wives franchise. “I am no longer going to do Basketball Wives. I think that it’s time for me to open up the universe to other things,” Lozada told E! News. “It’s been a hard decision, because I could do it with my eyes closed, but at the same time it’s so difficult and it takes so much energy, and it’s not the most positive energy.”

Mathew Knowles to Discuss Health Disparities Impacting Men Of Color on EmPOWERED To Serve Roundtable

Thursday, the American Red Cross will host one of its EmPOWERED To Serve roundtables, which address pertinent issues faced by historically disadvantaged communities. The latest installment of the series, EmPOWERED Men’s Health-Live Fierce, Stand for All, will feature Mathew Knowles and address how structural racism impacts the health of men of color. Ana Sierra, Ph.D., and Ngoc Vuong will also serve as members of the panel, which will be moderated by Brahma Sharma, M.D., a cardiologist and Chair of the American Heart Association AAPI liaison committee for Cardiovascular Disease and Sudden Death Prevention. The event is slated to take place on Thursday, June 3, 2021 at 5 p.m. PT, 7 p.m. CT., and 8 p.m. ET.  Anyone interested in attending EmPOWERED To Serve events can do so by clicking here.

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