Plus, Lupita Nyong'o to present at the GLAAD Awards, Anthony Mackie talks Captain America, and actor Brian White welcomes a daughter.
See what we’re chatting about over steaming mochas:
Erica Campbell is writing a children’s book. The newly solo gospel star is penning a page-turner for children about the realities of life. “One is called ‘Peanut Butter and Kelly.’ I just finished it and I’m super excited,” she told ESSENCE Festival. The “Help” singer says her goal is to help parents understand how much of a role they play in their children’s lives and being “aware that their children are paying attention.”
Lupita Nyongo’o will present at the GLAAD Media Awards, the annual ceremony that recognizes the media’s representation of the Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Orange is the New Black star Laverne Cox will receive the Stephen F. Kolzak award for her efforts to spread awareness about transgender women’s issues. Jennifer Lopez is also set to accept this year’s Vanguard award. [E!News]
President Obama has signed on to headline Reverend Al Sharpton’s National Action Network Convention which takes place in New York City, from April 9-12. The convention will focus on voting rights, health care, criminal justice and other civil rights issues. This will be President Obama’s second appearance at the annual gathering. [TheRoot]
Anthony Mackie “broke down in tears” when he heard he’d been cast as the Falcon in Captain America (out today). “I realized two years from that date some little brown boy was going to be at my door in a Falcon costume on Halloween. When I was a kid I didn’t have that.” [HuffingtonPost]
Drumline star Brian White and wife Paula Da Silva welcomed a baby girl on Thursday. The actor and his wife of four years named the little bundle of joy Layla Simone. The new daddy is gearing up for movie, My Favorite Five starring Jay Ellis, DeRay Davis and more. [TheYBF]
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