“Get Out” gets Jordan Peele in

By Frederick H. Lowe The film “Get Out” got director Jordan Peele into Hollywood’s most-elite club after he became the first black person to win the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. “I stopped writing this movie about 20 times because I thought it wasn’t going to work,” Peele said during his acceptance speech at Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony. Peele’s the[Read More…]

Kobe Bryant scores an Oscar

Retired Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant has something new to add to his already crowded trophy case after Sunday’s Academy Awards. Bryant won an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film for “Dear Basketball,” a six-minute film based on his 2015 retirement letter. He shared the Oscar with Disney animator Glen Keane. While playing for the Lakers, Bryant won[Read More…]

Van Jones to give keynote address at social workers convention

CNN political commentator Van Jones will give the opening keynote address at the National Association of Social Workers 2018 national conference June 20-23 in Washington, D.C. The conference’s theme is “Shaping Tomorrow Together.” Jones, a native of Tennessee, is author of six books. Anthony Kapel “Van” Jones is founder of Green for All and Color of Change. He also has[Read More…]

“The Lost Tapes of Malcolm X”

“The Lost Tapes of Malcolm X” The Smithsonian Channel premiered “The Lost Tapes: Malcolm X” 8 p.m.  Eastern Standard Time on February 26. The one-hour film takes viewers on a journey through some of his pivotal years as an activist. “We are not brutalized because we are Baptists. We are not brutalized because we are Methodists. We’re not brutalized because[Read More…]

Writers’ Groups Protest the Arrest of New York Professor in Cameroon

( – The African Literature Association and other professional associations of writers and scholars are demanding the release of a Cameroonian-American writer and university professor, detained last week without explanation at the airport in Douala, Cameroon.  Patrice Nganang, who teaches at Stony Brook University’s cultural studies and comparative literature department in New York, was reported missing from a connecting flight[Read More…]

Jay Z’s interview with The New York Times

Rapper and businessman Jay-Z recently was interviewed by Dean Baquet, executive editor of The New York Times, on a variety of subjects, including race, music as therapy, going to therapy, his strained relationship with fellow rapper Kanye West and infidelity in his marriage with his wife megastar Beyoncé.  

Harvey Weinstein, an alleged sexual predator and backer of fine films, is about to get an audition

By Frederick H. Lowe Harvey Weinstein, Hollywood movie producer who was fired Sunday from The Weinstein Co., a movie-making business he co-founded with his brother, Bob, amid growing allegations of sexual harassment and rape, made some good, possibly great movies I’m not sure other companies would have touched. At Miramax, a company Harvey and his brother founded before starting Weinstein[Read More…]

A Scattered San Diego Black Population Comes Together for Art

By Rosemary Eng Don’t bother looking for African-American neighborhoods in San Diego, because there aren’t any. It’s strange for a city of 1.4 million, but true. The first blacks settled in rural Julian in the late-1800s, centered around a small mother lode. But as more African Americans arrived they, like other Americans, spread out looking for new opportunities in the[Read More…]

“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[Read More…]

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