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Own: Oprah Winfrey Network to Air Primetime Special
June 7, 2019
The theme for the 2019 Gala is A Journey to the Pride Lands, based on the upcoming Walt Disney feature, "THE LION KING." Emmy-winning actress and comedienne Tiffany Haddish will serve as the Gala's master of ceremonies. TV personality and best-selling author Star Jones returns as the Gala's celebrity auctioneer for the third year. Presenters include Academy Award-winning actress Viola Davis and author Shaka Senghor.  ... read more »
First Renderings Released for Destination Crenshaw –a 1.3-Mile-Long Outdoor Art and Culture Experience Celebrating Black L.A.
December 13, 2018
The first renderings were released today for Destination Crenshaw, a 1.3-mile-long outdoor art and culture experience celebrating Black Los Angeles under development along Crenshaw Boulevard. ... 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 »
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 »
Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun
October 4, 2018
For movies opening October 5, 2018. ... read more »
Omarosa is Not Your Dog, Trump
August 23, 2018
I am no fan of Omarosa Manigault Newman, the mononymous diva who dominates the airwaves whenever she wants to. Her new book, “Unhinged,” which I won’t read, is billed as a tell-all on “45's” White House and its shenanigans. In making the rounds, “Omierosie” (my nickname for her) has played tapes that seem to corroborate at least some of her allegations about “45.” More importantly, her tapes are evidence that the game captured the hunter. In other words, Omierosie took a page from “45's” book and trusted fewer people than even “45” did. ... read more »
Black Entertainment Trailblazer: The Legacy of Debra Lee
June 7, 2018
BET’s evolution also included the launch of its website, BET.com, and the launch of the network’s sister channel, BET Her, the first network designed to target African-American women. Lee acquired the television rights to the annual award show Black Girls Rock! and continued to elevate the prominence and prestige of the BET Awards. Lee recently launched Leading Women Defined, an annual gathering of thought leaders that convenes notable African-American woman, including former First Lady Michelle Obama, Venus Williams and Issa Rae, to discuss issues that have a direct impact on the Black community. ... read more »
NAACP Awards 2018
January 22, 2018
NAACP Awards 2018 ... read more / view gallery »
More inclusiveness at Golden Globes but still too few people of color
January 18, 2018
(GIN)– Women were definitely in the spotlight at Sunday night’s Golden Globes. A powerful speech by Oprah Winfrey that had the crowd up on its feet was bookended by courageous actresses who echoed her call for an end to sexual harassment in the industry. ... read more »
Debra Lee Speaks on Women in Media at BET “PRE” Gala
July 30, 2017
Watch as we catch up with BET Chairman and CEO Debra Lee during "PRE", Lee's exclusive BET Awards Dinner for the 17th Annual BET Awards held at The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills on June 21, 2017 in Los Angeles, CA. Host: Brittany K. Jackson ... read more / watch video »
Issa Rae says goodbye to anonymity after ‘Insecure’ success
May 11, 2017
Rae plays a fictionalized version of herself on the show, a comedy about a young professional woman named Issa navigating her life. ... read more »
Councilmember Marqueece Harris – Dawson honors Issa Rae on Black Women’s Day
February 22, 2017
Issa Rae built a social media empire garnering over 23 million views and over 200,000 YouTube subscribers to her renewed series “Awkward Black Girl” ... read more »
Issa Rae talks Insecure at EBONY Power 100 Gala
December 29, 2016
Issa Rae talks about her hit show "Insecure" at the EBONY Power 100 Gala Host: Brittany K. Jackson ... read more / watch video »
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