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Yara Shahidi's The New Face Of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, Along With 9 More Moments Of Black Excellence

So much excellence in one lil' ol' week.

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1. Yara Shahidi has her own Barbie doll!

2. Also, more congrats are in order for Yara! She's the new face of Bobbi Brown cosmetics!

3. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar auctioned off his sports memorabilia and donated the proceeds to the Skyhook Foundation, an organization with the mission of teaching kids STEM.

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Kareem raised over $2.8 million dollars for the foundation. That's amazing! A true baller on and off the court.

4. Jaden Smith brought clean water to Flint, Michigan.

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Jaden Smith's company, JUST goods, teamed up with a church in Michigan to provide clean drinking water to the residents of Flint with a mobile filtration machine called "The Water Box." We love an artist who's also a philanthropist. You go, Jaden!

5. Nzingha Stewart will be directing the Misty Copeland biopic, Life In Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina.

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You might recognize Nzingha's name from the credits of the many Shondaland shows that she's directed. She's now taking her talents to the big screen to direct the biopic of the groundbreaking ballerina who became the first black principal dancer in the American Ballet Theatre. The film doesn't have a release date yet, but I can't wait to get my tickets when it's announced!

6. Olympic swimmer Simone Manuel is giving swim lessons to the students of LeBron James' I Promise school.

7. Britney Deas will be the first black woman elected as student body president at University of South Florida.

8. Congrats to Idris Elba for joining the cast of Suicide Squad!

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Idris will be replacing Will Smith as Deadshot in the sequel. Sad to see Will go, but happy to see Idris in his place! Excited for this movie!

9. Congrats to Caleb McLaughlin for killin' it on the cover of The Glass Magazine this month!

10. Congrats to Lizzo for shining bright on the cover of Allure this month!

11. And congrats to Lena Waithe for serving us some looks™ on the cover of Nylon Magazine.

12. She's Gotta Have It is coming back for a season 2!


The second season will be streaming on Netflix on May 24. Counting down the days!

13. And finally, On My Block will return March 29!

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Ruby is alive. That's all that matters. Can't wait to binge-watch this new season!

What a beautiful week of philanthropy and new opportunities. Tune in next week for more!