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Joan Johnson, Co-Founder Of Johnson Products, Dies At 89

Cementing her business roots in Chicago, Ill., the businesswoman alongside her husband George Johnson established Johnson Products in 1954.

Joan Johnson, a pioneer of entrepreneurship and owning a business that funded black hair companies, died at age 89 on Friday (Sept. 5), the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Johnson's passing was due to a string of medical ailments that began in 2005 after an accident.

Cementing her business roots in Chicago, Ill., the businesswoman alongside her husband George Johnson established Johnson Products in 1954. According to the Sun-Times, the company was responsible for marketing staple hair-care brands like Ultra Sheen, and Afro Sheen. The company also sponsored the long-running Soul Train program, one of the first companies to do so. From $250 loan during its initial start to multi-million dollars after its prominence, Johnson Products became a certified company for providing a home for items geared toward the black community.

"I have lost a lifelong friend and partner and the love of my life," George Johnson said in a statement to the news site. "Joan will be greatly missed by her family and all of those who have come to know her." Rev. Jesse Jackson also issued a message on Johnson's passing, referring to the entrepreneur as a "grand lady." In 1971, Johnson Company made history as the first black-owned business to trade on the American Stock Exchange.

"She was a well-respected community servant of great character who always answered calls of justice," Jackson said. "She always could be counted on to serve righteous causes." On Friday (Sept. 13), a funeral will be held at Trinity United Church of Christ.

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Playboi Carti Released From Jail Following Arrest In Georgia

Playboi Carti posted bond and was released from custody in Georgia following a brief arrest. Carti was apprehended on Thursday (April 3) after authorities in Clayton Country pulled him over in a Lamborghini for driving with expired tags, the Atlanta-Journal Constitution reports.

Per a news release from the Clayton County Sheriff's Office’s COBRA task force, deputies found three firearms, 12 bags of weed, xanax, codeine, and oxycodone in the vehicle. Carti, whose birth name is Jordan Carter, was arrested alongside another man, Jaylon Tucker. The release goes on to state that Carti, 24, and Tucker, 21, are “facing the wall at Georgia’s toughest para-military jail known as the Hill-ton.”

Both men were taken into custody at the Clayton County Jail. Carti was released on bond soon after his arrest.

According to arrest records, Carti was charged with two traffic violations and one count of marijuana possession. Tucker, was charged with multiple counts of weapons possession during the commission of a crime and violation of Georgia’s controlled substance acts. Tucker remains locked up.

Earlier in the week, Clayton County issued a mandatory shelter in place orders due to the coronavirus outbreak. Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill announced that his COBRA team would continue to make arrests during the pandemic.  As of Mondau (March 30), the COBRA task unit made nearly 70 arrests since the outbreak began, removed 13 illegal firearms off the street, and recovered eight stolen cars.

“We want to encourage everyone to continues to stay home as much as possible,” Hill said in a statement. “Wash hands frequently, sanitize surfaces, and rest assured that the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office will continue to protect no matter what.”

 

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‘Candyman’ Receives New Fall Theater Release Date

What was once slated to be released on June 12, Candyman will now appear in theaters on Sept. 25 due to COVID-19 concerns, Deadline reports. The Nia DaCosta-directed thriller had viewers on the edge of their seats when the trailer was released earlier this year, setting up the box office for a smash of a film.

Candyman stars Yayha Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Colman Domingo, and more. In 1992, the original film was released and instantly became a mainstay within the canon of horror films.

For the film’s producer Jordan Peele, Candyman’s original director Bernard Rose’s mission for the movie grew into a level of understanding that Peele recently realized. “And his vision, I think, is nothing short of beautiful, albeit complicated,” he said in an interview with Gizmodo. “It’s one that I can look at in hindsight with more experience and education and go, ‘Wow, that is…it’s definitely a mirror.’ All I’ll say—because I don’t want to go too far down that rabbit hole—is we’re doing it differently.”

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Oprah Winfrey Is Fond Of Lil Yachty’s “Oprah’s Bank Account” Song

In mid-March, Lil Yachty displayed his acting chops when he dressed up as talk-show era Oprah Winfrey for his “Boprah” interpretation. From the wig to his clothing, Yachty sat down on the couch with collaborator Drake for his single “Oprah’s Bank Account,” which also features Da Baby, prompting a reaction from the mogul herself.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Winfrey said she loves Yachty’s melody and although she hasn’t seen the video just yet, she said “it’s nice to be in a Drake song no matter what—especially for your bank account, OK!”

In an interview with Complex, Yachty said the video’s inspiration came from one of Winfrey’s past talk show episodes. “It’s basically a re-creation of an old Oprah TV show episode. It’s fun,” he said. “I hope people enjoy it, and I hope it’s an uptempo vibe. That’s what it’s about. I don’t have a purpose for the song, just to be fun and be a vibe.” The melody sits at No. 23 on the Billboard Rap Songs Chart.

On the subject of a full-length project, the Georgia native said his album is complete. "My album is coming very soon. I haven’t spoken on it yet, but it’s coming," he said. "It’s ending the trilogy to my Lil Boat series."

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