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Why I Cheered When Will Smith Slapped Chris Rock 
April 8, 2022
I didn’t watch the Oscars. I was traveling, and working, and organizing.   ... read more »
Motion Picture Academy Bans Will Smith from Oscars for 10 Years
April 8, 2022
Actor Will Smith was banned today, April 8, from attending any Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences events -- including the Academy Awards -- for 10 years in response to his on-stage smack of comedian Chris Rock during this year's Oscar ceremony. ... read more »
The Slap Heard Around the World  
March 31, 2022
It has been referred to as the slap that has been heard around the world. Chris Rock made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s baldhead saying that he cannot wait for “G.I. Jane 2.” Unfortunately, the joke triggered her husband, Will Smith, and he gave Rock an old-fashioned, pimp-styled slap on live television.  ... read more »
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Biz Markie, known for classic rap song ‘Just a Friend,’ dies
July 16, 2021
Biz Markie, a hip-hop staple known for his beatboxing prowess, turntable mastery and the 1989 classic “Just a Friend,” has died. He was 57. ... read more »
‘The Witches’ Transplanted to the American South, A Perfect New Version of Roald Dahl’s Witch Tale
November 5, 2020
Directed by Robert Zemeckis with a screenplay by Zemeckis and Kenya Barris. ... read more »
Dr. Ladson-Billings Earns 2020 NNPA Leadership in Education Award
September 17, 2020
“We have COVID, we have anti-Black, we have the very tenuous economy and we have the climate catastrophe,” said Dr. Ladson-Billings. ... read more »
Review: Rock rocks with Oscars monologue; show is a snooze
March 2, 2016
Could Chris Rock balance Academy Awards razzle-dazzle with a burning social issue? Hollywood and movie fans alike were holding their breath as the comedian took the stage as host of Sunday's Oscarcast with more at stake than a roster of winners and losers. ... read more »
Essence’s March Hollywood Issue Cover Features Chris Rock
February 9, 2016
For the first time ever, ESSENCE’s annual Hollywood March Issue cover features comedy vet and host of the highly anticipated 2016 Oscars Chris Rock—live and unfiltered! In the foreshadowing article, C. Rock—conducted in December 2015 before #OscarsSoWhite reached fever pitch—Rock contemplates the diversity controversy, fatherhood after divorce and fame after reaching “the peak.” ... read more »
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This Week in Black History (Feb.4-Feb.9)
February 3, 2016
Black History Facts Weekly. ... read more »
Keep a Child Alive raises $3.8 for children and families impacted by HIV and AIDS
November 11, 2015
Keep a Child Alive’s CEO Peter Twyman recently announced that the 12th annual Black Ball, held at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom, raised a total of $3.8 million. The funds will provide HIV treatment, care and support to children, young people and families affected by HIV in Africa and India. Keep a Child Alive’s co-founder, Alicia Keys, hosted the evening and was joined by actor, comedian and director, Chris Rock, who served as the emcee for the night. Additionally, Lenny Kravitz, Wale and LION BABE joined Alicia Keys on stage for unique performance collaborations. ... read more »
Kelly Rowland joins the cast of Empire for Season 2
July 8, 2015
Empire fans hold on to your seats because Lucious Lyon’s mother has arrived! Yes, you heard it right Lucious’ mother will make an appearance on season two and former Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland will take on the role, according to E! Online. ... read more »
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