BBG Roundup: Black Women Dominate Oscar’s Category, Issa Rae Produces New Web Series, Katrina Adams Seeks To Diversify Tennis

The Balanced Black Girl’s roundup of stories that are basking in #BlackGirlMagic

Black Women Dominate Oscar’s Best Supporting Actress Category | The Huffington Post

You may have heard that the 2017 Oscar nominations include more people of color this year, which is not saying much — but I digress. On a bright note, three of our own dominate the Best Supporting Actress Category, with Viola Davis, Naomie Harris and Octavia Spencer deservingly holding down three of the slots. These three ladies have been nominated for their powerful roles in Fences, Moonlight and Hidden Figures, respectively. In even more exciting news, according to the Huffington Post, Viola Davis is the first black actress to receive three Oscar nominations.

What you may not have heard: Kimberly Steward (a black woman) produced a film that is nominated for six Oscars.

Three Reasons To Watch Issa Rae And Jussie Smollett’s ‘GIANTS’ | Essence

By now, we all know of Issa Rae, and are undoubtedly fans of her HBO show Insecure, but this NAACP Image Award nominee has a new web series on the block. Essence reports that Issa Rae and Empire’s Jussie Smollett have teamed up to produce Giants, a six-episode series portraying the lives of three millennials. The first episode premiered on January 25, and according to Essence, three reasons to watch are the talented familiar faces in the series, the hot-button issues tackled by the show and because it is relatable, funny and poignant. You can watch now on Issa Rae’s YouTube channel.

In other Image Award news, my soror is nominated in the Outstanding Literary Work – Children category for her book, “Daddy’s Little Girl.” Congrats Karissa!

Katrina Adams, Tennis’s First African-American President, Seeks To Diversify The Sport | The Undefeated

When black people think of the professional sport of Tennis, Venus and Serena Williams most definitely come to mind, but even with their and other black professional tennis players’ success, black youth’s participation in the sport is on a decline compared to other ethnicities, reports The Undefeated. Katrina Adams, the first black U.S. Tennis Association president, believes that youth participation in the sport could lead to educational opportunities.  As president, Adams is dedicated to diversifying the sport and establishing grants, scholarships and other services that target underserved communities.

Speaking of the Williams Sisters: Serena and Venus will meet again in Australian Open 2017.

Also in sports news: A women’s professional football league does exist. Meet Collette V. Smith.

BET’s ‘NEW EDITION STORY’ Draws 4.4 Million Viewers – Highest-Rated Premiere In 5 Years |Shadow And Act

The first installment of the series drew in a total of 4.4 million viewers, with BET receiving the larger of that figure, 4.2 million (the series also aired on Centric). DVR playbacks are not included in this number, and when counted, should only boost the the figure. This makes The New Edition Story the highest-rated premiere in five years for the network. This is great news for BET Chairman and CEO Debra Lee, who looks to be getting things back on track for the network.

ICYMI: Debra Lee recently told a packed screening of The New Edition Story that BET will be bringing the most original content ever to BET Networks.

Tabresha is a self-proclaimed car performer and probably sings better than your favorite artist.  She’s working on a draft of your next favorite book and always does a happy dance when her twist out is poppin. Follow @BalancedBlkGrl to keep up with the blog or her personal handle, @TabreshaL.