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BHN Live: Ken McCoy talks Jenifer Lewis, Simone Ledward Boseman, Hattie McDaniel, and Roboburger


In this episode, BHN news anchor, Ken McCoy, praises Jenifer Lewis and her new book Walking in my Joy: In These Streets, Simone Ledward Boseman, the late Chadwick Boseman's wife, breaking her silence, first black Oscar winner Hattie McDaniel, and the rising franchise Roboburger.

The News Stories

Over the summer, her name was engraved among the legends of entertainment. While having her own space on the Hollywood Walk of Fame certainly adds to the confirmation, it is not what makes Jenifer Lewis a star. Lewis is a star because she is free enough to use the celebrity her talents have afforded her for the sake of change. In addition to those countless film and television roles, the world has seen Jenifer Lewis stand up for justice. She was on the frontlines of Ferguson, her YouTube videos have reached millions and have touched upon sensitive topics such as the Flint water crisis and the importance of political engagement. Recently, she's returned to her alma mater Webster University regarding her book tour.

Simone Ledward Boseman sat down in a recent interview to discuss her deceased husband. Simone said her husband’s health began to “spiral” during the coronavirus pandemic, which marked his fourth year battling colon cancer. The Boseman family kept his health relatively private, so news of the 43-year-old actor’s death in August 2020 left fans “shocked and devastated”. Chadwick’s legacy lives on through a scholarship at Howard University, his “beloved” alma mater. The HBCU’s college of fine arts was also renamed in his honor. “We have four scholars. One of them graduated this past year, and many now know that Chadwick acknowledged Denzel Washington to helping him in areas of his career."

Hattie McDaniel is the first black Oscar winner. Starting in minstrel shows, she and her sister, Etta, worked their way up to form the McDaniel Sisters Company in 1914, eventually putting on an all-woman minstrel show. This is where Hattie developed a quirky “Mammy” character, a character many minstrel shows served for critiques and mocking spoofs of the ridiculous racial stereotypes held by whites at the time. Hattie also started working as a blues singer and continued to perfect her many talents. Hattie went on to land the role in Gone With the Wind through her brother Sam McDaniel, who was also a successful actor. Through her performance in Gone with the Wind, Hattie made history as the first black person ever to win an Academy Award on February 29, 1940. Still she was not allowed to attend the movie’s premiere due to racism, but her historic Oscar win was still noted.

Feature Story:

RoboBurger was founded in 2019 by Audley, Dan and Andy, three people with a passion for engineering, robotics and delicious burgers, made from exceptional quality ingredients. They dreamt that students would have access to hot, fresh and affordable meals even at 2:00 AM while they prepare for finals and that travelers will never be forced into eating a cold, overpriced sandwich in an airport, unless that’s what they choose to do. Together, they created the RoboBurger, the first plug-in burger chef in a box, that cooks a burger from scratch, at the press of the button. At RoboBurger we’re on a mission to change the way people get and eat burgers, forever.


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