In this episode, BHN news anchor, Ken McCoy, rates Disney+ Hip Hop Nutcracker, Benedict College's Harlem performance, Sinbad's recovery from a stroke and Bruce Lee's first black martial arts student Jesse Glover.
The News Stories
Source: Disney+ Drops “Hip-Hop Nutcracker.” Is Colorism Involved? (Sohh.com)
Disney released a trailer for the new original Hip Hop Nutcracker. The trailer has a noticeably diverse cast for a hip hop themed movie. Most actors and extras are from multiple races, but some fans find it hard to not notice the lack of darker skinned actors. There is speculation of colorism, a debatable from the perspective of the trailer. Rev Run from the legendary group RUN DMC will serve as narrator and Rap Pioneer Kurtis Blow will also be featured.
Source: Benedict College band plays in Harlem (Amsterdam News)
Harlem honored the Benedict College Marching Band of Distinction. The 250 person Band who recently performed live for the Macy's Christmas Parade was honored at the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Building. Mayor Eric Adams, Mayor of Harlem, presented a proclamation to Benedict President Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis who thanked the City of Harlem for their support.
Source: Sinbad vows he’s ‘not done’ while recovering from stroke (Black Wall Street Times)
Comedian Sinbad suffered a stroke due to a blood clot from his heart to his brain, but vows to get back on stage. His family says he is trying very hard and has a long way to go, but is very resilient in his recovery. In his own words, "I will not stop until I can walk across the stage again." He and his family appreciate the love from fans and their continued support.
Everyone has heard of Chinese Martial Arts legend Bruce Lee In one way or another. From being "Kato" in The Green Hornet and Kato, while influencing many martials arts styles, such as Jeet Kune Do and staring in several Major films like Fist of Fury, Chinese Connection, Return of the Dragon and Enter the Dragon. But throughout his successful career, Lee was still forced to overcome discrimination. Hearing his story of discrimination, martial artist Jesse Glover asked Lee to train him, becoming Bruce Lee’s first black student and influencing the start of Black Martial Arts in film.