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Motion Picture Academy Unveils Diversity Rules for Best-Picture Contenders
September 10, 2020
Academy officials billed the new eligibility requirement as a move to ensure ``equitable representation on and off screen in order to better reflect the diversity of the movie-going audience.'' ... read more »
Awkwafina, Zendaya among 819 invited to join film academy
July 1, 2020
Cynthia Erivo, John David Washington, Eva Longoria, Zendaya and Awkwafina are among the 819 people who have been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The organization that puts on the Oscars announced the new invitees Tuesday. If they accept, which most do, those in the new class will have voting privileges at this year’s Oscars. ... read more »
4TH Annual American Black Film Festival Honors
March 5, 2020
The ABFF celebrates Black culture in film and television. Organizers for the event recognize individuals who make positive contributions to the entertainment industry. ... read more »
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The Art of Costume Design: Black Panther Plus Workshop
February 20, 2020
The Art of Costume Design: Black Panter Plus Workshop day, which will end with a screening of Black Panther, takes place on February 23rd. To learn more and to regis-ter https://www.oscars.org/events/art-costume-design-black-panther-2018. ... read more »
Hair Love’s Matthew A. Cherry Wins Big at the Oscars, Heightens Conversation on the CROWN Act
February 13, 2020
The 92nd Annual Academy Awards wasn’t much different this year diversity wise, but did deliver a distinguished accomplishment worth celebrating ... read more »
GALLERY: 92nd Annual Academy Awards
February 13, 2020
Red Carpet arrivals! ... read more / view gallery »
STEPHANIE ALLAIN: The Oscars and Her People
January 9, 2020
She's made careers happen in an industry known for keeping doors shut to Black and Brown people. ... read more »
Lynette Howell Taylor And Stephanie Allain To Produce The 92nd Oscars
November 21, 2019
It will be their first involvement with the Oscars, which airs live on the ABC Television Network and broadcast outlets worldwide on Sunday, February 9, 2020. ... read more »
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Filmmaker Horace B. Jenkins’ only feature ‘Cane River,’ made in 1982, was nearly lost—but will screen at the Academy, November 1st
October 30, 2019
Filmmaker Horace B. Jenkins’ only feature “Cane River,” made in 1982, was nearly lost. Jenkins died soon after completing it, and his film went undistributed, and no archival print survived. ... read more »
WATCH: Spike Lee’s Oscar Acceptance Speech, Donald Trump Tweet Attacks Lee for Speech
February 25, 2019
Spike Lee must have struck a nerve with Donald Trump last night. As the current president prepares to meet with the North Korean president he took a little time before his departure to let us know how he felt about Spike Lee’s speech. ... read more / watch video »
2019 Academy Award Nominations:
January 24, 2019
The Favourite and Roma tied for the most Oscar nominations with 10 each, thereby besting Golden Globe Best Picture-winners Green Book and Bohemian Rhapsody which only landed 5 apiece. Still, the most surprising news is the love lavished by the Academy on Spike Lee, who was nominated for Best Director for the first time in his 40-year career. ... read more »
Spike Lee on His First Best Director Oscar Nomination for ‘BlacKkKlansman
January 22, 2019
NEW YORK (AP) — Spike Lee watched the Oscar nominations Tuesday morning on television from his bed, with his wife, Tonya, his two grown children, Satchel and Jackson, ... read more »
27th Annual Pan-African Film and Arts Festival To Screen Aretha Franklin’s Amazing Grace Concert
January 17, 2019
The Pan African Film & Arts Festival announced that it will celebrate its 27th Annual Opening Night with a screening of Aretha Franklin’s cherished Amazing Grace concert documentary at the Directors Guild of America. The festival, which presents an impressive slate of over 170 new Black films from the US and around the world and exhibits more than 100 fine artists and unique craftspeople, starts on Thursday, February 7 through Monday, February 18 at the Cinemark Rave 15 Theatres (3650 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd) and the adjacent Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza    in Los Angeles, California. Aretha Franklin’s spine-tingling and uplifting Amazing Grace, produced by Alan Elliott, was originally directed by Sydney Pollack in 1972 at New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles, California. The film, a rare gem in the crown of the late musical genius, has not been seen before now due to technical and rights issues.  ... read more »
Director Steve James Talks New Starz Docu-Series ‘America to Me’
October 18, 2018
Emmy Award-winning Steve James is one of America’s most respected documentarians, working in the field today.  In his new Starz doc-series “America to Me”— a 10-part look at race through the eyes of students, teachers and administrators at Oak Park and River Forest High School (OPRF) — an elite, racially diverse public high school in a suburb west of Chicago, he gives all of the subjects the opportunity to let it all “hang out” so to speak.   ... read more »
John Legend Wins Emmy Award and Spot in an Elite and Rare Class of Winners
September 10, 2018
NEW YORK (AP) — NBC’s live version of “Jesus Christ Superstar” won an Emmy Award on Sunday and that made three men extra happy — it meant star ... ... read more »
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