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Ava Duvernay’s “When They See Us” Blasts Netflix Viewership Records
June 20, 2019
“When They See Us” relays a jarring miscarriage of justice of five teens — Kevin Richardson, Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, and Korey Wise — who were convicted of assault, rape, and attempted murder. ... read more »
WATCH: Ava DuVernay: Trump’s Rhetoric Responsible for 1994 Crime Bill
June 18, 2019
Ava DuVernay, creator of the Netflix series “When They See Us” on the Central Park Five, spoke to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour about how Trump’s rhetoric over the case was directly responsible for the atmosphere that made the 1994 crime bill possible to pass. ... read more / watch video »
Central Park 5 Prosecutor Resigns from Nonprofit Boards
June 5, 2019
NEW YORK (AP) — A former prosecutor in the Central Park Five case has resigned from at least two nonprofit boards as backlash intensified following the release of the Netflix series “When They See Us,” a miniseries that dramatizes the events surrounding the trial. ... read more »
South L.A. Legend John Singleton Gone Too Soon
May 2, 2019
Singleton is revered in the Black community as a great storyteller and an entertainment icon. His career and life ended earlier than fans and family expected but the weight of his work will hold heavy forever. He died Monday, 11 days after suffering a stroke. ... read more »
Filmmaker Ava DuVernay Shares her Favorite Classic Films
April 26, 2019
LOS ANGELES (AP) — To say filmmaker Ava DuVernay is a busy woman is an understatement, but when Turner Classic Movies called and asked her to curate the channel’s “The Essentials” series, ... read more »
Nipsey Hussle: A Community Angel
April 4, 2019
Wellington's Road ... read more »
Nipsey Hussle: A Legacy That Transcends Rap 
April 4, 2019
The murder of Nipsey Hussle is personal. It is personal to me. It is personal to a generation in looking at social media and news interviews, there was a clear message that his death was felt deeply and hurt immensely, and particularly for anyone who came into contact with him, no matter how brief the interaction.    ... read more »
‘Black Panther’ costume designer blazes trail to inspire
February 21, 2019
Ruth E. Carter is a black woman blazing a trail as a costume designer in a film industry with not many who look like her. But through her upcoming career achievement award and Oscar nomination for her Afro-futuristic wardrobes in the superhero film “Black Panther,” ... read more »
Prada Announces Diversity Council After Blackface Outrage 
February 21, 2019
Italian brand Prada said it is forming a diversity council to ``elevate voices of color within the company and fashion industry at large,'' a move that follows accusations of racism in the luxury fashion world.  ... read more »
AAFCA and ABA Film Society present Inaugural Learning Lab “Celebrating Black Excellence in Cinema” with Netflix’s Tendo Nagenda and Outler Society’s Alana Mayo
February 15, 2019
From the global blockbuster Black Panther and the lyrical indie If Beale Street Could Talk to the hilariously poignant comedy sensations Insecure and Atlanta and beyond, #BlackExcellence in Hollywood is on full blast. Rightfully, the movement has put an additional spotlight on Black creative executives, many of whom have long worked in the trenches to create a pipeline of opportunity for traditionally underrepresented groups. In turn, that has ignited the spark that many tag as a “Black Hollywood Renaissance.” ... read more »
#ImWithKap Social Media Protest Ignites Super Bowl LIII Boycott  
February 7, 2019
A contingent of celebrities, athletes, fans, and activists boycotted Super Bowl on Sunday, February 3, in support of former NFL quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, who has been blackballed by the league according to multiple reports.   ... read more »
5th Annual AAFCA Special Achievement Awards Luncheon
February 7, 2019
The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) handed out awards to seven outstanding individuals representing the best of the entertainment industry at the organization’s fifth annual AAFCA Special Achievement Awards luncheon at the California Yacht Club in Marina Del Rey. ... read more »
‘VH1 Trailblazer Honors’ Celebrates Director Ava DuVernay
January 28, 2019
NEW YORK (AP) — “VH1 Trailblazer Honors” will pay tribute to Academy Award-nominated director Ava DuVernay to kick off Women’s History Month. The 46-year-old’s screenwriter includes the films “Selma,” ″13TH” and “A Wrinkle In Time.” The 2018 fantasy movie made her the highest-grossing female black director in domestic box office history. ... read more »
27th Annual Pan-African Film and Arts Festival To Screen Aretha Franklin’s Amazing Grace Concert
January 17, 2019
The Pan African Film & Arts Festival announced that it will celebrate its 27th Annual Opening Night with a screening of Aretha Franklin’s cherished Amazing Grace concert documentary at the Directors Guild of America. The festival, which presents an impressive slate of over 170 new Black films from the US and around the world and exhibits more than 100 fine artists and unique craftspeople, starts on Thursday, February 7 through Monday, February 18 at the Cinemark Rave 15 Theatres (3650 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd) and the adjacent Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza    in Los Angeles, California. Aretha Franklin’s spine-tingling and uplifting Amazing Grace, produced by Alan Elliott, was originally directed by Sydney Pollack in 1972 at New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles, California. The film, a rare gem in the crown of the late musical genius, has not been seen before now due to technical and rights issues.  ... read more »
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