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Photo of the Day: Real Life ‘Hidden Figure’ Katherine Johnson Turns 100, Honored with Statue

NSTITUTE, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia State University has honored NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson with a bronze statue and scholarship dedication on the eve of her 100th birthday. Six of Johnson’s grandchildren revealed the statue during a ceremony Saturday on the West Virginia State campus in Institute. The university also awarded a scholarship in Johnson’s name to two students majoring in science, technology, engineering and math. Johnson turned 100 on Sunday. She graduated from the school in 1937 at age 18 with bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and French. Johnson and three other women crunched numbers at the NASA Langley Research

BET Celebration of Gospel Features Wide Range of Artists

Bigger and better is quite possibly an understatement when describing the 2016 BET Celebration of Gospel (COG) red carpet extravaganza held January 9 at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. This year’s unique merge of gospel and secular music artists was hosted for a second time by actress Taraji P. Henson, who served up tons of sass and class in the role.

Empire’s Serayah McNeil On Speaking Your Dreams Into Existence

Who is Serayah McNeil? Most people know the 20-year-old for her role as Tiana Brown, an emerging popstar on FOX’s hit series, Empire. Watching her character, we imagine she’s gotten some notes from label executives’ who worked with Rihanna back in the day. She definitely favors RihRih with her pop and Caribbean tracks and a mean dutty whine.

Fox sets eyes on TV diversity during summer TCA

Diversity was at the forefront last Thursday as Fox hosted its annual Television Critics Association (TCA) Summer Press Tour. Perhaps due in part to the success of last year’s breakthrough hit Empire, the network’s Fall lineup features at least four shows with Black cast members in leading and supporting roles.

The ‘Empire’ strikes at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw

For a second year running, Baldwin Hills Crenshaw will host the annual Leimert Park Village Book Fair this Saturday, featuring an exclusive panel discussion with writers from Fox’s hit television show “Empire”, along with a classic car display, a vintage typewriter collection and a special screening of “The Color Purple”.