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Artistic Likeness of Frederick Douglass Adds Ancestral Wit to COVID Awareness 
May 7, 2020
The Frederick Douglass Family Initiative (FDFI), an organization the social reformer and writer’s descendants founded to keep his legacy alive, commissioned the award-winning African American concept artist Nikkolas Smith to sketch a rendering depicting Frederick Douglass in a medical mask.   ... read more »
Daytime Television Host Tamron Hall Talks Being A New Mother, Balancing Work Life and Her New Show
February 27, 2020
Her goal is to keep things real, relatable and at times, unpredictable. ... read more »
PBS SoCal Premieres ‘Hollywood’s Architect: The Paul R. Williams Story’ Celebrating Life and Work of Iconic African American Architect
February 21, 2020
PBS SoCal, Southern California's home for the premieres of new PBS programs, hosted the world premiere of the new documentary Hollywood’s Architect: The Paul R. Williams Story on Feb. 3 at Raleigh Studios in Los Angeles. Over 175 guests attended the red-carpet event and standing room only screening and panel discussion that included legendary music producer Quincy Jones, Disney CEO and Williams’ homeowner Robert Iger, as well as Williams’ grandchildren Paul Hudson, Gayle Harvey Beavers and Karen Hudson-Freeman. ... read more / view gallery »
Actor John Marshall Jones Talks Blacks in Southern Gothic Dramas, and Smart Guy on Disney+
December 19, 2019
Jones believes the next step is having people behind the camera be the same as those the stories depicted in front of the lens. ... read more »
UNCF’s National College Empower Tour Returns to Los Angeles; Awarding Thousands in Scholarship Funds to Local Students
November 14, 2019
Hundreds of students expected to attend the UNCF Empower Me Tour ... read more »
Los Angeles Urban League Young Professionals Host the Third Entertainment Summit to Empower Future Executives and Business Owners
September 26, 2019
The Los Angeles Urban League Young Professionals (LAULYP) welcomes young entertainment executives, marketing gurus, and bloggers to The Future of the Industry Entertainment Summit October 5-6 at Evolve Project LA. ... read more »
Freeform supports Halle Bailey’s Ariel casting amid backlash
July 11, 2019
A Disney-owned cable network has taken aim at critics who disagreed with the decision to cast Halle Bailey as Ariel in the upcoming adaption of  "The Little Mermaid.'' Freeform posted an open letter on Sunday in support of Bailey after some on social media used the hashtag (hash) NotMyAriel to object to a black woman portraying the red-headed mermaid princess of the animated film. But the network says "Danish mermaids can be black because Danish (asterisk)people(asterisk) can be black.'' ... read more »
Los Angeles County Residents Win Black Public Media’s PitchBLACK
May 31, 2019
Los Angeles County residents Alton Glass and David Heredia have each had their projects selected as winners of PitchBLACK, an interactive pitching session held on Friday in New York City. The event culminated Black Public Media’s 13-week 360 Incubator+ for broadcast programs, web series and virtual reality projects. The national incubator and talent development program, designed to identify and pipeline quality Black content while honing the skills of brilliant makers, awarded a total of $320,000 in funding.  ... read more »
Eunetta T Boone, ‘Raven’s Home’ Showrunner, Dies at 63
March 21, 2019
Eunetta T. Boone, a veteran TV writer and showrunner on Disney Channel’s “Raven’s Home” died Wednesday at the age of 63. “Eunetta Boone was a wonderful person and a consummate storyteller and teacher, ... read more »
Black Panther Returns to Theaters in Celebration of Black History Month For One-Week Free Engagement
January 29, 2019
... has set a one-week engagement for “ ... ” to return to theaters to celebrate Black History Month during Feb. 1-7 at 250 participating AMC locations. ... read more »
Over 4,500 Residents enjoy Fourth Annual Winter Wonderland South L.A.
December 20, 2018
The event provided free toys, music, refreshments, and snow for residents across South Los Angeles ... read more »
Taste of Soul Remembers Kids with This Year’s Children’s World
October 25, 2018
Since its inception, Children’s World has been a part of the Taste of Soul, now thirteen years strong as the Los Angeles’ largest family oriented street festival. Of course there can be no family event without something for the children and TOS officials aim to make this part better every year. This year, participants included Disney’s new “Nutcracker” movie reps, with a photo booth for the kids, chesstutors.com and Vision to Learn, offering free eye exams. ... read more »
Why ‘The Hate U Give’ Is Not a Black Lives Matter Movie
October 18, 2018
Some are touting ‘The Hate U Give,’ as “the first Black Lives Matter movie.” Red flags should have gone up the moment we learned that Fox, recently acquired by Disney, was behind the film with a massive public relations budget, footing the bill for hundreds of advance screenings with celebrity guests, marketing swag, and heavy media saturation – especially in Black markets.  We might also wonder about the choice to have Audrey Wells, a White screenwriter whose credits include "Under the Tuscan Sun"  and "The Truth About Cats and Dogs," adapt an urban Black novel for the screen. ... read more »
Mario Van Peebles New Film, Gun Violence, & Creative Expressions
September 27, 2018
Armed is a high action movie filled with surprises but more importantly political teachings. Director and actor Mario Van Peebles spoke to the Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper about the process behind the movie.   ... read more »
Black History, More than Just a Month: Floyd Norman
February 15, 2018
Floyd Norman was the first African American animator to work for disney ... read more / view cartoon »
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