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Lee Daniels Movie About Iconic Jazz Singer Billie Holiday Set for Production

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Lee Daniels Movie About Iconic Jazz Singer Billie Holiday Set for Production

Famed Director Lee Daniels is directing and producing a biopic about the legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday. According to Deadline, “The United States vs. Billie Holiday,” movie is set for production next month in Montreal. The film tells the story of Holiday during a time when she is targeted by the Federal Department of Narcotics in an operation led by her former lover and federal agent, Jimmy Fletcher. The biopic explores Holiday’s triumphs and tragedies including her struggles with fame, love and addiction.  The script is written by trailblazing playwright, Suzan-Lori Parks, the first Black woman to receive a Pulitzer...

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Will Smith to Help Raise $50 Million to Fight Homelessness

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Will Smith to Help Raise $50 Million to Fight Homelessness

Bedtime stories never sounded so good! Will Smith will read a bedtime story live on December 7th as a part of a fundraising initiative to help fight homelessness around the globe.  Smith has partnered with The World’s Big Sleep Out, a campaign that seeks to raise money to end homelessness and displacement around the world. The campaign encourages people around the globe to organize or join a “sleep out” for one night in an effort of raising $50 million to support various charities throughout the world.  Times Square, NY is the location of Smith’s bedtime story but there will also...

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Ava DuVernay’s “When They See Us” Wins Creative Arts Emmy

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Ava DuVernay’s “When They See Us” Wins Creative Arts Emmy

Over the weekend the riveting Netflix series When They See Us, took home their first Emmy at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards for Outstanding Movie/Limited Series Casting.  The series tells the story of The Exonerated Five, formerly known as The Central Park Five, a group of teenage boys wrongly convicted for sexually assaulting a woman who was jogging in Central Park in 1989. When They See Us is based on the true story of Antron McCray (Caleel Harris/Jovan Adepo), Kevin Richardson (Asante Blackk/Justin Cunningham), Korey Wise (Jharrel Jerome), Raymond Santana Jr. (Marquis Rodriguez/Freddy Miyares) and Yusef Salaam (Ethan Herisse/Chris Chalk). Ava...

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Ava DuVernay Unveils New Theater With Launch of Fall Film Series

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Ava DuVernay Unveils New Theater With Launch of Fall Film Series

Award Winning Filmmaker Ava DuVernay continues to break barriers and blaze new trails in the industry. DuVernay’s film collective, ARRAY Alliance, is launching a 6 week film series to celebrate the completion of its new state of the art theater on ARRAY’s Los Angeles campus, Deadline reports.  The Amanda Theater, located on the ARRAY Alliance campus in Los Angeles’ Filipinotown, will host ARRAY 360, a film series featuring up and coming artists and award-winning filmmakers. The series will highlight the work of prominent women in film including French film director, writer and editor Agnès Varda, French West Indies director, writer and...

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Remembering Black Hair Care Pioneer and Founder of Afro Sheen, Joan Johnson

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Remembering Black Hair Care Pioneer and Founder of Afro Sheen, Joan Johnson

According to the Chicago Sun Times, Joan Johnson, co-founder of the trailblazing Black hair care company, Johnson Products, has passed away at the age of 89.  In 1954 Joan and her husband George Johnson, started what would become the world’s largest Black owned business, Johnson Products. The two started the company with a $250 investment on the South Side of Chicago. The hair care company dominated the market for decades, with famous trademark products like “Afro Sheen.” Johnson Products sales eventually grew from about $4 million in 1967 to $40 million in 1976. Read that again, $40 million in 1976!...

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