MTV airs in black and white to spark conversation on race

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Common Discusses Race Relations with MTV for Martin Luther King Day (VIDEO).

“The device of turning us black and white is going to be really— visually— a jolt to say, you know what, there are differences and if we are going to ever get to a freer, more equal society the best thing we can begin to do is talk about them,” MTV President Stephen Friedman said.”Our aim is to jar audiences into having what we’re calling ‘The Talk’ – candid, confident and ‘color brave’ conversations on race and bias,” a MTV rep tells PEOPLE. The retro-look programs will air for 12 hours and will include personal reflections on race from entertainers and public officials, including Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean, Jordin Sparks, Pete Wentz, Sen.

The broadcast event is the latest initiative to come out of MTV’s Look Different anti-bias campaign, which promotes dialogue about race, gender and sexuality. The campaign partnered with NAACP and other civil rights groups last summer to create commercials after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Cory Booker and more. “America and race relations – we have to acknowledge it,” Common says in the video. “I think everybody overall wants the same results and that’s a better place, a place where everybody can just connect and not worry about like what color this person is or what their religion is.” “MLK today means hope. … He means love,” Common continues. “He means a human being that has shown us that we can not only be heroes but that we are people an we can do great things.” The Tonight Show was the perfect platform for the Legends actress to reveal that another baby is on the way. The project also aired a special segment called Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word, in which the Orange Is the New Black actress took viewers inside the lives of transgender youth.

Lewis, one of the student leaders working with King, suffered a skull fracture when Alabama state troopers, sheriff deputies and possemen wielding bullwhips, clubs and tear gas advanced on the marchers on the outskirts of Selma. “We thought what better day than MLK Day to really use, not only the history and the power of what Dr. King said with the “I Have a Dream” speech, but hear it from artists, political leaders and the audience to really spark a national conversation,” Friedman said. And while she’s a busy career woman, Shakira revealed to Latina earlier in the year that she wanted to make time expand her family (the couple are already parents to son Milan, 19 months). “If it weren’t because of my music projects, I would be pregnant already,” she shared.

Especially, Friedman says, when viewers will be encouraged to start these conversations after watching segments of Cory Booker discussing how race has affected his ability to date, Kendrick Lamar talking about his conversations with his father on prejudice or listening to David Oyelowo talking about the bias he confronts every day by being in an interracial marriage. “We hope it will be a stark and eye-opening moment to understand on one level how far we’ve come, but also to hear from national figures how much things have not changed and how far we need to go,” Friedman said. “I think the audience will be surprised.” According to the research, many millenials were raised to believe they should treat everyone the same, and not acknowledge racial differences and other cultural distinctions. The daughter of Hall of Fame hockey player Wayne Gretzky and her pro golfer fiancé confirmed their baby news on Instagram in September with a photo of Gretzky cradling her baby bump. As far as interpreting the current state of affairs, 68 percent of those identifying as Democrats said they believed whites have more opportunities while just 40 percent of those identifying as Republicans held the same point of view. The couple of three years might not know the baby’s gender yet, but they already have the little one’s godfather selected: Seymour’s ex, Simon Cowell, who offered up his services. “I was like, ‘Okay,’ and he said, ‘I’m serious,'” she recalled. “It kind of makes sense since I’m [his son] Eric’s godmother.” For anyone hoping that the actress and director’s next big collaboration would be another installment in the Resident Evil franchise, well, that won’t be the case.

Jovovich – who in August, confirmed the couple is expecting baby No. 2 – joked on Facebook, “We didn’t think pregnancy and zombie killing are the best combo!” Girl power! The Today host and her partner, a foreign correspondent for NBC, confirmed earlier in August that they’re expecting their second daughter. “I figured, I got pregnant, I did it right the first time. Some celebrities nominate other stars for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, but the Bridesmaids actor and his British TV presenter wife took a different approach in August by nominating a very special person: their future “baby O’Porter.” Following the reveal of Porter’s baby bump, she poured water on her belly. “So brave!” O’Dowd cheered. By catering towards these high-profile issues, MTV maintains its relevance. “Video Killed The Radio Star” was in fact the first video ever aired by MTV back in 1981 — the same year many consider to be the cutoff of the Millennial generation. I understand that my comments are also being governed by Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, or Hotmail’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policies as applicable, which can be found here.

And she used social media to her advantage for the big reveal. “#tbt to the place where Michael asked me to marry him, and this past year where we stood as a family of three! Shortly after telling PEOPLE she and husband Scott Stuber were working on expanding their family, the model and actress took to her website to share the big news. “Scott, Brooks, and I are welcoming a fourth member to our little family – our second child!” Sims wrote in September, alongside a photo with her 2-year-old son. “I absolutely cannot wait to see what life will be like as a mother to a toddler and a newborn,” she added. The model mom will soon have one more baby to add to her brood: PEOPLE confirmed in October that Simmons is expecting a child with her investment banker husband, Tim Leissner. This is the fashion mogul’s fourth child: She is already mom to daughters Ming, 14, and Aoki, 12, with Russell Simmons, and 5-year-old son Kenzo with Djimon Hounsou.

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