Tracy K. Smith

“Life on Mars” lands its poet Earthly honors

  By Frederick H. Lowe The Library of Congress has named Tracy K. Smith, a Pulitzer Prize winner, the nation’s 22nd Poet Laureate and her recognition is being trumpeted in more than the usual places. After being named poet laureate, Smith told National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” “Poetry gives us a vocabulary for feeling that doesn’t easily fit into […]

July 19, 2017 · 0 comments ·
Duane Jones in a scene from "Night of the Living Dead"

George A. Romero, who cast a black man as the lead in his classic film, has died

By Frederick H. Lowe Filmmaker George A. Romero, who cast black actor Duane Jones as the lead in the 1968 horror classic “Night of the Living Dead,” died Sunday after a battle with lung cancer.  He was 77. Romero launched the zombie genre in film with “Night of the Living Dead,” which was made outside of Pittsburgh, the city where […]

July 16, 2017 · 0 comments ·
Muddy Waters was always big. Now, he’s even bigger

Muddy Waters was always big. Now, he’s even bigger

10-story mural of Waters unveiled in Chicago By Frederick H. Lowe Chicago will unveil a 10-story mural in The Loop of Muddy Waters, the influential blues legend, on Thursday, the  day before the opening of the annual Blues Fest, which begins a three-day run June 9 in Millennium Park. The mural, which is located on the side of a building […]

June 6, 2017 · 0 comments ·
Bob Marley’s son buys High Times magazine

Bob Marley’s son buys High Times magazine

Damian ” jr. Gong” Marley, the youngest son of reggae superstar Bob Marley, is among a group of investors who have purchased a controlling stake in High Times magazine, its Cannabis Cup events and other digital properties for $42 million in a deal arranged by Oreva Capital, a boutique investment firm, based in Los Angeles. Damian is one of 20 […]

June 1, 2017 · 0 comments ·
“Get Out” Director Gets In with Universal and Inks a Picture Deal

“Get Out” Director Gets In with Universal and Inks a Picture Deal

UNIVERSAL CITY, CALIF.–Jordan Peele, who wrote, produced and directed the hit movie “Get Out,” about a black man, who goes to meet his white girlfriend’s parents, continues to hear nothing but good news about the film. “Get Out,” which was made for $4.5 million, has grossed $204.3 million at the box office. And according to the Hollywood Reporter, a trade […]

May 10, 2017 · 2 comments ·
Lynn Nottage

Black Writers Win 4 Pulitzers

A second Pulitzer for playwright Lynn Nottage NEW YORK–Colson Whitehead, Hilton Als, Lynn Nottage, Tyehimba Jess, each took home the Pulitzer Prize for their work, the Pulitzer Prize Committee announced Monday. Whitehead won Pulitzer Prize for fiction for his novel “The Underground Railroad.”  The Pulitzer committee said the novel combines the violence of slavery and the drama of escape in […]

April 11, 2017 · 0 comments ·
British Vogue Names Black-Male Editor

British Vogue Names Black-Male Editor

By Frederick H. Lowe LONDON–Edward Kobina Enninful, fashion and style director for W Magazine, has been named editor–in-chief of British Vogue, making him the publication’s first black-male editor. Jonathan Newhouse, Conde Nast International Chairman and CEO,  announced on Monday that the 45 year-old Enninful, a native of Ghana, would succeed Alexandra Shulman. In a statement posted on Vogue Daily, Enninful […]

April 10, 2017 · 0 comments ·

Chuck Berry

  By Frederick H. Lowe Chuck Berry, who died Saturday, was held in such high esteem as the father of rock n roll that rock royalty often played backup in his bands. At Berry’s 60th birthday celebration in St. Louis, Eric Clapton, and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, huge stars in their own right, backed Berry as he sang […]

March 19, 2017 · 0 comments ·

“Moonlight” Wins Academy Award for Best Picture

By Frederick H. Lowe The sun shined on “Moonlight,” which won the Oscar for Best Picture, following an embarrassing mixup before a television audience of millions at Sunday’s night’s 89th Academy Awards. Actress Faye Dunaway, who  copresented the award for best picture with Actor Warren Beatty, announced that “La La Land” had won. Jordan Horowitz, “La La Land’s” producer, however, […]

February 26, 2017 · 0 comments ·
Denzel Washington plays Troy Maxson and Viola Davis plays Rose Maxson in Fences from Paramount Pictures.

Oscar Nominations Are Announced

And the Winners Will Be… By Frederick H. Lowe “Fences,” “Hidden Figures” and “Moonlight,” three films in which blacks play leading roles, not background characters who are seen but not heard, have been nominated for best picture, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which hands out the coveted Oscar, announced today.   “Fences” is based on August Wilson’s […]

January 24, 2017 · 0 comments ·