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HBCU in LA Advocates for Diversity in Film Industry, Reminding Young Black Filmmakers of Those Who Came Before
July 18, 2019
For many years, Stacy Milner, former executive assistant to the chairman of NBC and then to the chairman of Paramount Pictures, has devoted herself to increasing ethnic and cultural diversity in the entertainment industry. In 2010, she founded the Entertainment Industry College Outreach Program (EICOP), a recruitment initiative designed to channel students of color – primarily HBCU and Hispanic-serving institution graduates – into careers in this predominantly White field. ... read more »
Renowned Art Curator Naima J. Keith Brings Her Magic Touch to LACMA
July 12, 2019
Big, big things are happening at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and one of the biggest is the recent addition of Naima J. Keith as its Vice President of Education and Public Programs. ... read more »
Public Relations Guru Edna Sims of ESP PR Joins Panelists at the 20th annual ‘Uplifting Minds II’ Entertainment Conference
July 11, 2019
Celebrating 20 years, the “Uplifting Minds II” Entertainment Conference returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center on Saturday November 9, 2019. Public Relations guru Edna Sims of ESP Public Relations joins the “ULMII” entertainment conference panel of professionals offering advice and over $15,000 in gifts and services for some of the talent (singers, songwriters, dancers and actors) to be showcased. ... read more »
Success On “The Way” Ask Dr. Jeanette: Sex Strike!? What!!?
May 23, 2019
A sex strike[sex boycott], =non-violent resistance and not a new concept, dates back to at least Aristophanes’ 411 BC comedy “Lysistrata,” the title character attempts to end the Peloponnesian War by calling on women from the warring city states to withhold sex until peace is negotiated. Spike Lee’s film “Chi-Raq” brought the concept to present-day Chicago as a means of drawing attention to the city’s gang violence…Women's March and other women's rights organizations suggests women withhold sex from men, because clearly only men desire sex(??) and women acquiesce to their needs out of pity or sense of responsibility. ... read more »
Ruth Carter Celebrates Historic Win for ‘Black Panther’ Costumes
March 1, 2019
Speaking to reporters backstage at the Dolby Theatre, she said she started her career working with director Spike Lee and has since had a part in designing costumes for 40-50 films. She was nominated twice before, more than 20 years ago. ... read more »
2019 Oscars: Black Filmmakers Win Big 
February 28, 2019
The 2019 Academy Awards have come to an end and #BlackGirlMagic and #BlackBoyJoy were in full effect as some of our favorites walked away with statuettes, some after a 30-year uphill climb.  ... read more »
Oscar winner Spike Lee urges people to mobilize and vote during the 2020 Presidential Election!
February 28, 2019
In Lee’s emotional and often hilarious acceptance speech on the Oscar stage, he encouraged, and correctly, for people to vote and the mobilize for the 2020 presidential election, urging them to “Make the moral choice between love versus hate. Let’s do the right thing!” ... read more »
CAP UCLA Presents Carrie Mae Weems “Past Tense” March 8 at the Theater at the Ace Hotel
February 25, 2019
UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA) presents Past Tense, a production by acclaimed artist Carrie Mae Weems on Friday, March 8 at the Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles. Tickets for $29-69 are available now at cap.ucla.edu,theatre.acehotel.com, 310-825-2101 and The Theatre at Ace Hotel box office. ... 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 »
CAP UCLA Presents Carrie Mae Weems Past Tense
February 15, 2019
 Carrie Mae Weems’ Past Tense takes us on a deep dive into the enduring significance of the iconic tale of Antigone. Through music, text, projection, and video, this powerful piece explores themes of social justice, escalating violence, gender relations, politics and personal identity within the context of contemporary history.  ... 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 »
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 »
BLACKkKLANSMAN Producer Jordan Peele Makes a Special Appearance Alongside Director Spike Lee at the Film’s LA Premiere
August 13, 2018
Blackklansman comes in at a respectable #5 this weekend at the Box Office grossing $10,799,000. The movie cost 15 million to make. ... read more »
Kam’s Kapsules: Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun
August 7, 2018
For movies opening August 10, 2018. ... read more »
BlacKkKlansman: Black Cop Infiltrates Klan in Fact-Based Dramedy from Spike Lee
August 7, 2018
A sobering Spike Lee Joint suggesting that the Klan might very well rise again, especially given equivocating President Trump's frustrating refusal to take sides. Easily, Spike's best offering in ages!   ... read more »
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