ABOVE PHOTO: Bill Cosby (Randy Miramontez/shutterstock)
By Florence Anthony
“Get Out” made history on Tuesday as the Academy of Motion Pictures announced its nominees for the 90th Oscars, says the Hollywood Reporter. Jordan Peele’s “social horror-thriller earned a coveted best picture nomination, as well as directing and writing nominations for Peele, making him not only the third person to earn nominations in all three categories in a directorial debut, and, Peele, who also earned a best original screenplay nomination, is the only fifth African-American to earn a best director nomination in Oscar history. Meanwhile, other African-Americans who received Oscar nominations include: Daniel Kaluuya, Best Actor, “Get Out”; Two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington, Best Actor, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”; Mary J. Blige, Best Supporting Actress, “Mudbound”; Oscar winner Octavia Spencer, Best Supporting Actress, “The Shape of Water”; Dees Rees and Virgil Williams, Best Adapted Screenplay, “Mudbound,” as well as Best Cinematography and Best Original Song, “Mighty River.” “Marshall” also received a nomination for Best Original Song for the song “Stand Up For Something.” The Oscars will be broadcast live on March 4th from Hollywood.
For a man facing a retrial for criminal sex assault in April, Bill Cosby seems to be moving on with his life. The embattled comedian made two appearances on January 22nd. First, he spoke in New York City at Harlem’s First Corinthian Baptist Church at a memorial service for his dear friend Tadd Schnugg, the lifelong partner of Tony Award Winning choreographer George Faison. Beloved by many, Schnugg passed away from cancer on Saturday, January 13 at the theater he co-founded in 2000, The Faison Firehouse. He was 74. Aside from Cosby’s kind words, other speakers at the memorial included Oprah Winfrey and Rev. Al Sharpton, along with performances by Stephanie Mills and Tichina Arnold and Victor Cook. Celebrities in attendance included Valerie Simpson, Phylicia Rashad, Cicely Tyson and Leslie Uggams. Following the service, Cosby headed to his hometown of Philadelphia, where he performed that night at a jazz club. Cosby has pleaded not guilty and remains free on $1 million bond……..
Jazz musician extraordinaire Norman Connors will perform a special Valentine’s Day show on Wednesday, February 14th at The Cutting Room, 4 E. 32nd Street in New York City, with a special tribute to the late Phyllis Hyman. Connors is a perfectionist and a quintessential musician whodemands that not only his vocalists be the best, but their accompanying musicians be exceptional pros as well. February 14th will be a sensual evening of soul at The Cutting Room featuring Connors, Martinez Little, Lori Jenair, Suzanne Burgess and Kimlera Parrott hosted by the psychologist to the stars Dr. Jeff Gardere. The Valentine’s Day audience will be serenaded by Norman Connor’s greatest hits and the music of our lives………..
On January 22nd, Datari Turner Productions premiered its sixth film at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah: “A Boy. A Girl. A Dream: Love On Election Night.”Attending the screening from the film were its stars Omari Hardwick, Meagan Good, Jay Ellis, and Dijon Talton, director Qasim Basir, writer Samantha Turner and producer Turner. “A Boy. A Girl. A Dream” is set on the night of the 2016 Presidential election when “Cass” (Hardwick). an L.A. club promoter, takes a thrilling and emotional journey with “Free” (Good), a visitor from the Midwest. She challenges him to revisit his broken dreams – while he pushes her to discover hers…….