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Disneyland Tickets to Go On Sale April 15
April 6, 2021
Tickets for Disneyland and California Adventure will go on sale April 15, ahead of the parks' April 30 reopening, Disney announced today. ... read more »
Disney+ Streaming Service Places Restrictions on ‘Classics’ with Racist Stereotypes  
March 26, 2021
“The crows and musical numbers pay homage to racist minstrel shows, where White performers with blackened faces and tattered clothing imitated and ridiculed enslaved Africans on Southern plantations,” Disney officials noted about “Dumbo” on its streaming platform. “The leader of the group in Dumbo is Jim Crow, which shares the name of laws that enforced racial segregation in the Southern United States,” the statement continued.  ... read more »
At Disney, L.A.-Based Black Cast Members Are Leading Efforts for More Diversity and Inclusion
February 25, 2021
February marks Black History Month, a time to celebrate the voices, stories and contributions of Black and African Americans. Among the companies honoring Black History Month is Disney, and one way Disney Parks Experiences and Products is recognizing the month, is by sharing stories about their talented cast members and the important work they’re doing to create more diverse and inclusive experiences and products across the world. Throughout the month, they have been sharing these stories on the Disney Parks Blog. Here are the stories of three Los Angeles based cast members ... read more »
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Film Review: ‘SOUL’
January 14, 2021
It’s a bit jarring. A New York City middle school band is murdering the Disney song “When You Wish Upon a Star.” By the time they’re through, you’d wish a dream-fulfilling star had given you earplugs. Still, they continue, inspired by their very patient music teacher Joe Gardner (Jamie Foxx). Jazz is the reason their instructor loves music not matter how screechy the band gets. ... read more »
Ayo Davis Named EVP of ABC and Disney+ Talent and Casting
December 10, 2020
Television Executive Ayo Davis the head of casting at ABC Television is now expanding her role and has been appointed to the newly created role of Executive Vice President of Creative Development and Strategy for Disney Branded Television which includes Disney+, Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior Networks. ... read more »
Review: Beyonce’s ‘Black Is King’ is supreme Black art
August 1, 2020
King Beyonce's new film takes you on a journey of Black art, music, history and fashion as the superstar transports you to Africa to tell the story of a young man in search of his crown, matched to epic songs she created while inspired by ``The Lion King.'' ... read more »
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 »
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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 »
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