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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 »
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 »
The Black Movie Soundtrack II at the Hollywood Bowl – Spectacular!
September 8, 2016
  On Wednesday, August 31, 2016, at the famed Hollywood Bowl – Kenneth ‘Babyface’ Edmonds, Charlie Wilson, Marcus Miller, Gladys Knight, Common, Philip Bailey, Lalah Hathaway, ... read more »
Academy President Boone-Isaacs Leads Diversity Push
July 6, 2016
The academy says its invitees are 46 percent female, 41 percent minority and represent 59 countries. ... read more »
Review: Rock rocks with Oscars monologue; show is a snooze
March 2, 2016
Could Chris Rock balance Academy Awards razzle-dazzle with a burning social issue? Hollywood and movie fans alike were holding their breath as the comedian took the stage as host of Sunday's Oscarcast with more at stake than a roster of winners and losers. ... read more »
Why Ownership of #BlackMediaMatters More to Black America than the Oscar Awards
February 17, 2016
The discussion of diversity in Hollywood, or the lack thereof, has been at a fever pitch since the nominations for the Oscar awards were released. The announcement by the Academy Awards was followed with videos made by several celebrities announcing boycotts and attempts by the Academy to regain their trust with a quickly enacted change in the awards voting policy. ... read more »
Clorox Bleach couldn’t make the Oscars any Whiter
January 27, 2016
Since the 2016 Oscar nominations have been announced on Jan. 14, the talks of the lack of diversity in the prestigious award show has been on the minds of some of Hollywood’s top actors, directors and media personalities. ... read more »
Black Hollywood Doesn’t Need to Boycott the Oscars, White Liberal Hollywood Does
January 27, 2016
Reverend Al Sharpton is calling on Blacks to boycott the Academy Awards and not watch the broadcast after the mostly white and male voting members of the Academy nominated 20 white actors as the best performances of 2015. ... read more »
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