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Spike Lee tries to walk out of Oscars ceremony after ‘Green Book’ best picture win

February 25, 2019

Associate Press, Lynn Elber LOS ANGELES — Spike Lee’s first-ever competitive Oscar award turned a mostly staid ceremony into one with joy and passion, but that later gave way to frustration. Lee, who captured the best adapted screenplay trophy for ‘‘BlacKkKlansman,’’ jumped into the arms of presenter, longtime collaborator and close friend Samuel L. Jackson…

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‘Green Book’ wins best picture at the Oscars in an upset

February 25, 2019

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The segregation-era road-trip drama “Green Book” was crowned best picture at the 91st Academy Awards on Sunday, handing Hollywood’s top award to a film that some see as a feel-good throwback but that others ridicule as an outdated inversion of “Driving Miss Daisy.” In a year when Hollywood could have made…

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Oscars: The Envelope Please: Who Will Win, Who Deserves to Win, Who Was Snubbed

February 23, 2019

By Kam Williams  2018 was a banner year for Black cast films, including “BlacKkKlansman” “Black Panther”, “Green Book” and “If Beale Street Could Talk.” Might Spike Lee (“BlacKkKlansman”) finally win the Best Director and Best Picture Oscars which have eluded him over the course of his 40-year career? Not likely, despite the Academy’s history of…

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Police: ‘Empire’ actor staged attack to ‘promote his career’

February 23, 2019

associated press CHICAGO — “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett staged a racist and homophobic attack because he was unhappy about his salary and wanted to promote his career, Chicago’s police superintendent said Thursday. Before the attack, Smollett also sent a threatening letter that targeted himself to the Fox studio in Chicago where “Empire” is filmed, Supt….

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Zina Ellis makes her national debut in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s ‘Cinderella’

February 23, 2019

ABOVE PHOTO: From left: Tyler Eisenreich, Zina Ellis and Kaitlyn Mayse in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella.   (Photo credit: © Carol Rosegg) By Kharisma McIlwaine  Most of us are familiar with the story of Cinderella, the beautiful orphan with a heart of gold. She sings beautifully, communicates with animals, and maintains an otherworldly amount of…

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TV One highlights upcoming programming schedule, including a new primetime talk show and season two of the hit series, “Uncensored”

February 23, 2019

ABOVE PHOTO: Winston Duke and Logan Browning PASADENA, CA — TV One presented its premiere 2019 programming lineup for the cable network and its recently launched digital network, CLEO TV, during The Television Critics Association’s Winter Press Tour on February 13. Kicking off the morning, the nominees for the NAACP Image Awards 50th Anniversary Show…

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Police: ‘Empire’ actor staged attack to ‘promote his career’

February 21, 2019

Update: CHICAGO (AP) — “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett staged a racist and homophobic attack because he was unhappy about his salary and wanted to promote his career, Chicago’s police superintendent said Thursday. Before the attack, Smollett also sent a threatening letter that targeted himself to the Fox studio in Chicago where “Empire” is filmed, Supt….

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Guest Commentary: Kristoff St. John–Let’s Talk About It

February 15, 2019

ABOVE PHOTO: Kristoff St. John  Photo: (Shutterstock) By Kendall Alexander @SteezieKBreezie Mental health in the Black community has long had a stigma attached to it and it’s about time we opened up about our problems.  Many in the Black community hold the belief that ‘if you go to church, Jesus is the way, he will…

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Smollett says he redacted phone files to protect privacy

February 15, 2019

ABOVE PHOTO: Jussie Smollett (Photo: Shutterstock) associated press CHICAGO — Jussie Smollett on Tuesday said he redacted some information from his phone before giving it to Chicago police investigating a reported attack on the “Empire” actor in order to protect the privacy of contacts and people who are not relevant to the attack. Smollett’s representatives…

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Young Thug almost didn’t win Grammy for song of the year

February 15, 2019

ABOVE PHOTO: Childish Gambino and Young Thug (Photos: Shutterstock) By Mesfin Fekadu associated press NEW YORK — Young Thug, a co-writer of “This Is America,” made history alongside Childish Gambino when the social-political hit became the first hip-hop track to win the song of the year Grammy, but Young Thug almost didn’t make the history…

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