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Entertainment Briefs (8-7-08 Edition)
By Sentinel News Service
Published August 7, 2008

Sanaa LathanAmerican Black Film Festival Opens Today Through Sunday
Tyler Perry’s Cast of Upcoming Film Featured “Off the Red Carpet”

Sanaa Lathan, Taraji Henson, Rockmond Dunbar and Cole Hauser from the cast of Tyler Perry’s upcoming film, “The Family That Preys” are just a few of the stars appearing “Off the Red Carpet” at the American Black Film Festival August 8 at 5:00pm. The festival officially opens today through Sunday at the Sofitel Hotel in West Hollywood.
Lincoln brings back the much-anticipated “Off the Red Carpet,” a three-day series which spotlights upcoming films and highlights the careers of some of Hollywood’s premier talent.

Off the Red Carpet Panel Schedule:

The Family That Preys:
Conversation with Producer and Cast
Thursday, August 7, 5pm
Lincoln brings together the cast and producer of Tyler Perry_s upcoming Lionsgate film to be released September 12.

Mos Def
Friday, August 8 at 6pm
Lincoln hosts a one-on-one conversation with the actor, musician, activist Mos Def.

Hollywood’s Most Wanted Men
Saturday, August 9 at 5pm
Actors Idris Elba, Michael Ealy and Nate Parker join producer Will Packer and producer/directors Quincy Jones III and John Singleton.


The JacksonsThe Jacksons

If you have been hoping for another Jackson Five reunion, well this may be the closest thing to it! The Jacksons will be honored as BMI Icons at the 8th Annual Urban Music Awards scheduled for Sept. 4 in Los Angeles and all the brothers have reportedly agreed to attend.

Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, Michael and younger brother Randy will be saluted with an all-star musical tribute during the ceremony to be held at the Wilshire Theatre in Beverly Hills.

It will be a night of oldies, but goodies with different artists singing many of the Jackson Five hits including “I Want You Back,”

In addition to honoring The Jacksons, the Urban Music Awards will also salute the world’s top R&B, and hip-hop songwriters, producers and publishers by touting the most-performed urban songs of the past year in the BMI repertoire.

BMI awards its icon status to artists who have had “a unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers.” Other recipients include James Brown, Isaac Hayes, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, The Bee Gees, Willie Nelson and Carlos Santana.


Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman remained in serious condition but was reported to be in good spirits in a Memphis, Tennessee hospital despite a broken arm and elbow. Rescuers used a jaws-of-life machine to free him and a passenger from their car after it crashed on a stretch of rural Mississippi Delta highway Sunday night.

Freeman, 71, and Demaris Meyer, 48, of Memphis, Tennessee, were taken to the Regional Medical Center in Memphis following the accident in Tallahatchie County – about 5 miles from Freeman’s home.

State troopers said the car careened off the highway and overturned twice before landing upright in a ditch.

Donna Lee, Freeman’s publicist, said the Oscar-winning actor, who underwent surgery late Monday, has a broken arm, broken elbow and minor shoulder damage “but is in good spirits.”

Lee said “The Dark Knight” star is expected to make a full recovery.

Bill Luckett, a business partner with Freeman in the Ground Zero Blues Club chain, told The Commercial Appeal in Memphis that Meyer, whom he described as a friend, was “in better condition than Morgan.”

Freeman, whose home is near Charleston a few miles from the accident, won an Oscar for his role in “Million Dollar Baby.” His screen credits also include “Driving Miss Daisy” and “The Bucket List and “The Dark Knight.”

Bill Rogers, 53, of Charleston told the Memphis newspaper that he saw the accident scene from his house on Mississippi Highway 32.

“I was watching TV, and I heard the skid,” Rogers said. “I looked out the window and saw the car flipping head over end.”

Rogers said he hurried to the scene and immediately recognized Freeman. He said he quickly returned to his home and notified authorities. When he returned to the accident scene, Meyer seemed alert, but Freeman “wasn’t totally coherent,” he said.


Isaiah Washington - Sierra LeoneIsaiah Washington Uses 45th Birthday To Reach One Million
New Campaign Aims to ‘Reach One Million’ Children
in Sierra Leone

Actor and philanthropist Isaiah Washington used the occasion of his 45th birthday (August 3, 2008) to kick off a national campaign entitled ‘Reach One Million.’ Spearheaded through his non-profit organization, The Gondobay Manga Foundation, the campaign is the brainchild of Washington, who has set a goal of raising $250,000 to help improve the lives of one million children in Sierra Leone-one village, one region, at a time.

Launched today online via, the ‘Reach One Million’ campaign will engage and educate everyday Americans on the plight of the children of Sierra Leone, where 47 percent of the country’s children under the age of 5 are afflicted with malaria and 28 percent of the population are unable to meet basic food requirements.

The campaign calls for Americans to help ‘reach one million’ children in Sierra Leone by making a donation in the amount of $5 to $5000, to aid in providing food, education, protection from malaria, and clean drinking water.

The ‘Reach One Million’ campaign comes on the heels of Washington discovering his genetic link to the Mende tribe of Sierra Leone. After his initial visit to Sierra Leone in 2006 where he saw first hand the extreme poverty and the needs of the children of Sierra Leone, he made a pledge to do more to help the country. One year later in 2007, Washington opened the Chief Foday Golia Memorial School near the village of Njala Kendema in the Bagbwe Chiefdom. Currently, there are 300 students out of a total population of 2,150 from six villages in the Chiefdom attending class everyday.

Later this year, Washington will travel back to Sierra Leone where he will receive dual citizenship from the Sierra Leonean government.

“This is a historical moment in time for me, the people of Sierra Leone, and Africa,” commented Washington. “DNA has memory and we all can do our part to make life a little better for those less fortunate. While I am very much focused on helping the underserved here at home, it’s also important to me now that I know where I come from, to help my people in Sierra Leone as well.”

The campaign’s official websites are and

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