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‘TRAVELING WHILE BLACK’ An Immersive VR Experience by Award-Winning Director Roger Ross Williams Now Touring the U.S.
May 17, 2019
He is magnificent in his perpetual movement to disrupt.  Tall, ebony hue with long locks — Roger Ross Williams —the award-winning director, producer and writer first upset the proverbial “apple cart” when he won an Academy Award® for his short film “Music By Prudence” earning a place in the history books as the first African American director to earn that distinction.  ... read more »
Gov. Says No More Tax on Diapers and Tampons, Period
May 16, 2019
Yes, it got a little Hollywood upstate in Sacramento Tuesday.  A stage decorated with props – jumbo boxes of pampers and tampons - helped Gov. Gavin Newsom tell the story of his plan to eliminate sales taxes on diapers and other menstrual products over the next two years; the policy would be subject to renewal by the legislature after that.  ... read more »
‘SOMEONE GREAT’ A New Excuse to Join Netflix!
May 9, 2019
According to details as provided by Netflix—the world has signed up for the streaming service.  I’m sure that’s not exactly, true there is one good reason to give the platform a whirl (you can cancel at any time) and that reason is the romantic comedy “Someone Great” which—hold on to your socks—great viewing for men and women and it’s so good (yes, it’s that good) that you will want to watch it more than once. ... 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 »
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 »
The Black Women Jailed for ‘Stealing’ an Education, The Inequity of the Elite College Admissions Scam
March 21, 2019
“… she wanted a better life for her son, so she enrolled him in the Norwalk public schools despite having no real ties to the city. ‘When the city found out that it was spending its money educating her boy, it demanded that Ms. McDowell be charged with a crime,’ Pattis said. ‘Norwalk prosecutors, known statewide for an unreasoning mean-streak, obliged. She was charged with first-degree larceny,’ said Norm Pattis, a trial lawyer who is fighting for freedom “one client at a time.” ... read more »
Black History: Hattie McDaniel First African American Oscar Winner
February 14, 2019
The pinnacle of McDaniel’s career, Gone with the Wind, premiered in 1939 amid controversy. Though the role would eventually lead to an Oscar win for McDaniel, she was banned from the premiere. In fact, none of Gone with the Wind’s Black actors were allowed to attend the film’s Atlanta premiere. ... read more »
Our History Matters: The Untold Stories of African American ‘Hidden Figures’
February 8, 2019
Marshall Walter “Major” Taylor was born in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1878. Major Taylor participated in his first bike race as a teenager. Shortly after, he moved to Worcester, Massachusetts to become a professional cyclist. Throughout his career, he received several world records from competing in races around the world but that didn’t stop the racist fans from throwing things at him and competitors trying to bump him off the track during his races. One competitor by the name of W.E. Becker choked Taylor until the police separated the two. ... read more »
The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) Announces Tichina Arnold as Host of its 10th Annual Awards Show
February 6, 2019
The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) is pleased to welcome the amazing Tichina Arnold as the host of our milestone 10th Annual Awards Show. A multi-hyphenated performer, Arnold has been a mainstay in Hollywood and currently stars as Tina Butler opposite Cedric the Entertainer on the CBS hit comedy, "The Neighborhood," which was recently renewed for its second season. ... read more »
Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun
January 10, 2019
For movies opening January 11, 2019. ... read more »
Mumia Abu-Jamal Case Could Return to Spotlight
January 10, 2019
A court ruling this week puts the police murder case of former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal back in the spotlight years after it drew the attention of Amnesty International, Hollywood celebrities and death penalty opponents worldwide. ... read more »
25th Anniversary SAG Awards Exhibit Diversity in Nominations
January 3, 2019
The bright Hollywood lights illuminated the stage as “Crazy Rich Asians” star Awkwafina and two-time SAG award winner Laverne Cox announced the nominees for the 25th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, Calif. on Tuesday (Dec. 11). ... read more »
#BlackLivesMatter’s #BlackXmas is Not Just About Buying Black, It’s About Saving Black Lives
December 7, 2018
This weekend the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles co-hosted #BlackSunday, an opportunity for the community to intentionally spend their dollars with Black-owned businesses, who were provided with booth space at no charge. ... read more »
Michael B. Jordan, Now a Hollywood Heavyweight, Punches Up
November 29, 2018
If Michael B. Jordan's path to this moment was condensed and edited, it might look, appropriately, like a training montage. Images of Jordan cutting his teeth on the Baltimore streets of "The Wire'' and the Texas football fields of "Friday Night Lights,'' followed by hints of a soaring talent ("Red Tails,'' "Chronicle''), shattering breakthroughs ("Fruitvale Station'') and setbacks ("Fantastic Four'') before reaching, with a pair of haymakers ("Creed,'' "Black Panther''), heavyweight status. ... read more »
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