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Issa Rae: Movie Academy ‘Needs to Do Better’ On Diversity
January 17, 2020
Issa Rae’s quick comment after five men were announced as Oscar nominees for best director was spur of the moment, but for many captured the lack of diversity among this year’s nominees. ... read more »
Media Pioneer and Tech Businessman Clayton Banks on Increasing Our Value in The Digital Economy
January 9, 2020
California born businessman Clayton Banks was an excited teen going to visit his brother at his UCLA dorm, he says, when he first encountered racism. “I was walking along and a car came by and someone yelled the N-word. I was just so appalled. I freaked out. I mean,” he paused at the memory, “I was really flabbergasted.” After he processed the incident Banks says he realized, “It had nothing to do with me. It was their ignorance.” ... read more »
Issa Rae Collaborates with Ajay Relan and Yonnie Hagos to Open Hilltop Coffee + Kitchen In Inglewood
December 26, 2019
Just below the second floor of Hilltop Coffee + Kitchen the phrase, “WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER” functions as a sentry to the patrons who enter the shop residing on the corner of La Brea Avenue and Regent Street. ... read more »
Effie T. Brown is All In — Duly Noted — Making Moves Her Way!
May 24, 2019
I’ll do my best to try and paint a picture of film, digital and television producer Effie T. Brown, but it’s hard to do with just words. Brown is the reason Podcasts were invented, meaning that her tone often reveals what she’s really saying versus what you just heard her say. ... read more »
A Sold-Out Crowd Gathered to Honor African Americans In The LGBTQ+ Community
May 7, 2019
The black-tie affair honored African American, trailblazing men and women whose personal and professional accomplishments have positively impacted the perception and image of the Black LGBTQ+ community. The Truth Awards embodies the belief that members of the Black LGBTQ+ community and its allies who embrace and live their truth should be recognized and honored.  In addition, BBLA awarded $13,000 in scholarships to college-bound students Julian Roberson, Algernon Jackson, and Moses Hinton. ... read more »
CAA’s Misha Green and Courtney Kemp lead with The Showrunner Mentorship Program
March 29, 2019
The facts don’t lie but it’s only been a recent shift that Hollywood brass has started to really listen.  Insiders know the drill.  Black has been on trend many times and then it fizzled out as if it never existed at all.  Halle Berry spoke her truth; so to speak when former Teen Vogue editor-in-chief Elaine Welteroth interviewed her about her Oscar win (2002 win for “Monster’s Ball”). ... read more »
Alfred Liggins is the Other Half of Urban One’s Success Story 
March 21, 2019
“Look, my mother has an amazing story from where she came, and she’s always been more of a forefront person. A lot of people tend to think this woman built this company and she made her son the CEO, but they don’t realize how long I’ve been at the company and that it was really a joint effort. They tend to think it’s a traditional family business. But my mother is very good at giving me credit. She did it when we were in Omaha.”  ... read more »
Michael Jackson Estate: New film Violates Channel Standards as HBO Plans to Air Controversial Film
February 11, 2019
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Michael Jackson estate has sent a letter to the U.K.’s Channel 4 warning that a documentary on two men who accuse the singer of molesting them as boys violates the network’s programming guidelines. ... read more »
‘I see it first and then I make it happen’— Michael Beasley
February 1, 2019
You may not know his name but it’s a good chance that you know actor Michael Beasley by his face, and it’s a nice face even when he has three teardrops painted under his eye, a mark charting the number of people that he murdered.  In real life, Beasley is a 6’3’’ lovable teddy bear.  ... read more »
Protests Planned at Screening of Michael Jackson Documentary
January 24, 2019
“…in the era of #MeToo and #TimesUp, America’s embrace of “I believe the victims” has intensified. However, Michael Jackson’s family and ultra-loyal fan base, are having none of it.” ... read more »
Donald Edward Anderson: An Established Media Executive (1938-2019)
January 10, 2019
Donald “Don” Edward Anderson, former Senior Vice President of HBO, President of Emerge Communications and Emerge Magazine, as well as Senior Advisor to the Chairman & CEO of Time Warner, Inc. passed away on December 18, 2018 in Los Angeles. He was 80 years old.  ... read more »
Bill Duke: 40 Years On Screen & Behind The Camera
November 22, 2018
Many aspiring actors move to Los Angeles in hopes to find success. Some of them imagine themselves on red carpets, while others envision receiving their own Hollywood Walk Of Fame star. What happens when that illusion breaks and you have no idea what you should do? That’s the question legendary actor Bill Duke answered in his new book  “Bill Duke: 40 Years On Screen and Behind The Camera.” ... read more »
Tiffany Haddish Tests Her Hot Streak with ‘Nobody’s Fool’
November 2, 2018
A year after her breakout role in "Girl's Trip,'' Haddish is indeed busy. Up next is the Tyler Perry written-and-directed comedy "Nobody's Fool,'' which pairs her with Tika Sumpter. They play sisters, with Whoopi Goldberg as their mom. Once Haddish's character gets out of jail, they discover that Sumpter's boyfriend is catfishing her. ... read more »
Avi Bernard Produces Film with Tony Award Winning Writer
October 11, 2018
You’ve heard him on the radio on KJLH 102.3 FM. You’ve seen him on KTLA News Channel 5 as an on-air personality. He has appeared on various television shows such as “True Detective,” “Murder in The First” and HBO’s “Barry.” Avi Bernard will continue his acting abilities in his upcoming film, “Why Torture Is Wrong and the People Who Love Them.”   ... read more »
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