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…]

Chance the Rapper Joins Museum’s Board

By Frederick H. Lowe Chance the Rapper has been named a trustee of the DuSable Museum of African American History, which was founded in 1961 by Dr. Margaret Burroughs, her husband, Charles Burroughs, and others in the living room of the Burroughs’ home on Chicago’s South Side. Chance the Rapper, whose given name is Chancelor Bennett, joined museum’s board with[Read More…]

Viola Davis Will Get a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has announced that acclaimed award-winning actress Viola Davis will be honored with the 2,597 star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Davis’ star will be dedicated January 5, 2017, at 7013 Hollywood Boulevard in front of Marshall’s Department Store and across the street from the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. “Viola is one of the actresses[Read More…]

“Moonlight” Wins Nominations

by Frederick H. Lowe “Moonlight,” a beautifully told yet gut-wrenching coming of age film about a black boy growing into a teenager and a man, has been nominated for six Golden Globes, putting the movie on track to win an Oscar or Oscars. The 74th Annual Golden Globes by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Monday nominated “Moonlight” for best motion[Read More…]

Actor Ron Glass Dies

Actor Ron Glass, who portrayed Ron Harris on the television series “Barney Miller,” died Friday in Los Angeles home. He was 71. Glass died of respiratory failure, said his agent.  Glass was nominated for an Emmy Award for supporting actor for “Barney Miller,” which was set in a station house in New York’s Greenwich Village.  He played a gentlemanly detective.[Read More…]

Lauded Film Moonlight Expected to See Daylight as an Oscar Contender

Moonlight, the motion picture with a mostly black cast, continues to rack up film industry awards and is creating buzz as an Oscar contender. At the 26th annual  Gotham Independent Film Awards, Moonlight, which is about growing up black and gay, won for best screenplay, best feature, special jury award for ensemble performance and the Gotham Independent Film Audience Award.[Read More…]

Kanye West Admitted to a Psychiatric Unit

After a series of bizarre events, including abruptly canceling his national concert tour, rapper Kanye West was admitted to a hospital for observation, according to several news reports. He was admitted Monday to the psychiatric unit of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center after police received a medical welfare call. The admission occurred after West verbally attacked fellow music star Beyonce,[Read More…]

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