Jay-Z and Roc Nation co-produce a film about Angela Davis
By Florence Anthony
Best Actress Oscar nominee Quvenzhane Wallis carried one of her signature puppy purses to the 2013 Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles on February 4. Sources say Qubenzhane’s mother took the 9 year-old actress over to meet fellow nominee, Denzel Washington. He initially asked her: “What’s your name? Are you up for an Oscar?” She replied: “Yes, Best Actress,” and, Denzel asked her for what. When she told him, he reportedly exclaimed: “Ohhhhh! Your hair was all wild.” So, then, he asked her: “How’s all this been for you? Do you miss school?” She replied: “Not really.” After posing for some photos together, Denzel said: “Well, very nice to meet you.”
Kerry Washington had a huge night at the NAACP Image Awards on February 1. “Scandal” was named Best TV Drama and Kerry won Best Actress in a Drama Series, not to mention Best Supporting Actress in a movie for Django Unchained, and a special award for Public Service. Yours Truly was chauffeured around in a Chevrolet Traverse. Chevrolet was one of the sponsors for the 44th NAACP Image Awards, which aired live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
According to reports, Robert T. Ironside is mounting a comeback. NBC has given a pilot order to a reboot of the 1967 detective drama “Ironside” to star Blair Underwood. The new “Ironside,” centers on a tough, sexy and acerbic police detective played by Blair relegated to a wheelchair after a shooting who is hardly limited by his disability as he pushes and prods his hand-picked team to solve the most difficult cases in the city.
Codeblack Films, a Lionsgate company, has acquired the theatrical rights to the political-crime-drama-documentary about social activism icon Angela Davis. Through Codeblack Films’ partnership with AMC Theatres, “Free Angela and all Political Prisoners” presented by BET Networks will release exclusively at AMC locations in select markets on April 5. “Free Angela and All Political Prisoners” is a film created, written and directed by Shola Lynch. Produced by Carole Lambert, Shola Lynch, Carine Ruszniewski and Sidra Smith. Executive Producers Overbrook Entertainment and Roc Nation. Says Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter: “Shola Lynch has crafted an intricate and compelling film about Angela Davis. Roc Nation is honored to be part of a creative collective that can present such a riveting story.”
Fitzgerald Miller, President of the One Hundred Black Men, Inc of New York City, announced the honorees for the 33rd Annual Benefit Gala, which will be held on Thursday, February 21 at the New York Marriott Marquis. This year’s gala celebrating One Hundred Black Men, Inc’s 50th anniversary, honors The Hon. David N. Dinkins, The Hon. H. Carl McCall, Kevin Newell, Executive V.P. and Global Chief Brand Officer, McDonald’s Corporation, Vivian Pickard, President GM Foundation, General Motors Corp and James Reynolds, Jr., Chairman & CEO, Loop Capital Markets.
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Diana Ross’ 25 year-old son Evan Ross announced he is ready to marry Jessica Simpson’s sister Ashlee. In a red carpet interview at the premiere of Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Evan dished to OMG Insider that Ashlee Simpson is ‘The One’ and that he plans to marry her one day.
Actor Morris Chestnut will be the American Black Film Festival’s (ABFF) 2014 Celebrity Ambassador and author/producer Tonya Lewis Lee will be its’ Host Committee Chair. The 18th annual festival will be held June 19-22, 2014, in New York City.
Anthony Mackie was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated on November 9 in New York City. According to E! News, the popular actor was initially pulled over because of his illegally tinted windows on his Dodge Challenger.
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“Single Ladies” star Denise Vasi, (whom I want to play the character Roshonda Rhodes in my novel “Deadly Stuff Players” if I can get a film deal), wed her longtime boyfriend, video director and filmmaker, Anthony Mandler. The stunning nuptials took place at a vineyard in Santa Ynez, California.