TLC’s Kickstarter campaign ended Thursday and (drumroll, please)… they reached their goal, and some. The famous group raised over $430,000 toward their fifth and final album, which is nearly three times their initial goal of $150,000. Over 4,000 people contributed to their fund. Members T-Boz and Chilli expressed their thanks online: “Thank you to everyone who has donated to our final album!! The amount doesn’t matter but the fact that you donated means the world to us,” they wrote on Kickstarter. [Billboard]
Some may call rapper Azealia Banks overly confident, but even she has moments of low self-esteem. In keeping with her candid tweeting trend, Banks recently confessed that she felt defeated because of the dark tone of her skin. “Seriously, the treatment I get for being a dark-skinned woman just makes me want to lay down and die sometime[s].” Banks wrote.
You would think that after scoring an Academy Award trophy, an actor would wan’t for nothing and have their choice of leading roles, but Mo’Nique says that after her 2010 Oscar win, she had a hard time booking another acting gig. “After I won the award, it was as if I had done something wrong,” she said. “[Lee Daniels] said to me, ‘Mo’Nique, you’ve been blackballed. You didn’t play the game.” [The Hollywood Reporter]
The civil rights activist left his mark on the world and every year people around the world remember him on his birthday, May 19.
Magic loves the kids. NBA Hall of Famer Earvin “Magic” Johnson has donated $10 million to a summer job program for Chicago teens. One Chicago Summer Plus will help 16 to 19-year-olds begin career and trade training to keep them off of Chicago’s violent streets. [Black Enterprise]