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[Read More…]

“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[Read More…]

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[Read More…]

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[Read More…]

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[Read More…]

“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,[Read More…]

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[Read More…]

U.S. Rep. John Lewis Wins Another Award

“March: Book Three,” a graphic novel created and written by Congressman John Lewis with Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell, on Monday was named the 2017 winner of the Young Adult Library Services Association ( YALSA) Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting  & Exhibits in Atlanta. The book focuses on the[Read More…]

Kevin Hart to host “The Black Man’s Guide to History”

Kevin Hart, the comedian, is getting serious Hart will host “Kevin Hart Presents: The Black Man’s Guide to History,” featuring lesser-known African-Americans, including Matthew Henson, the first American to walk on the North Pole, and Robert Smalls, a slave who commandeered and piloted “Planter,” 300-ton Confederate armed vessel and presented it to the Union Army during the Civil War. The[Read More…]

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