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OWN’s “Queen Sugar” opening doors

OWN’s “Queen Sugar” is now in its second season and it promises to be impactful, tantalizing, and well worth watching. This tender, sophisticated drama tells the story of the Bordelon family, young adults trying to make sense of their lives and the directions they hope to take while fighting to maintain the family unit as a whole. Family members are striving to honor the legacy of their father who died without warning, leaving them a sugar cane plantation and the hope that despite all the set-backs it will prove to be the legacy he hoped for his children.

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“#Flexin’ in my Complexion”

Imagine a 10-year old Southern California Black girl being traumatized by classmates because of the color of her skin. It was believed that the first elementary school she was enrolled in had only four Black girls in her class, which they believed attributed to the teasing. So much so that her family actually changed schools hoping that the teasing and bullying would stop. However, thanks to her big sister, the little girl has become a source of inspiration, and a game changer.

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August Wilson’s ‘Jitney’ wins Tony

James Earl Jones is awarded

The 71st annual Tony Awards were held Sunday night in New York. The night’s big winners included “Dear Evan Hansen” as Best Musical, “Oslo” as Best Play, August Wilson’s “Jitney” as Best Revival of a Play and “Hello, Dolly!” as Best Revival of a Musical.

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‘Rickey Smiley For Real’

TV One’s “Rickey Smiley For Real” reality show kicked off its fourth season last week, setting the tone for what promises to be an exciting, funny, outrageous and thought provoking year for this record-breaking show. Smiley is a comedian, television host, and movie star. He’s also a top-rated syndicated radio personality. “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show” is heard across the nation in 60 cities. From political, celebrity and entertainment interviews to rearing six young adults on his own, this funny man has a lot to say and share.

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Wonder Woman’s Black sister Nubia

To say that DC’s “Wonder Woman” starring Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman is a box office success is beyond an understatement. Directed by Patty Jenkins, “Wonder Woman” grossed a whopping $103 million in its domestic debut over the weekend—the biggest opening ever for a female director (and for good reason). The film was outstanding. Gadot as Wonder Woman thoroughly convinced the audience that she was able to handle and prevail over any obstacle that got in her way. Amazingly, I walked out of the theater feeling incredibly empowered not only because of Wonder Woman and her ‘kick-butt’ style, but because I saw powerful Black women displaying those same attributes, and it’s the first time I’ve ever seen Black Amazonian warriors depicted on the silver screen.

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TV’s sizzling summer viewing

This summer, TV fare is going to be hot, hot, hot! A variety of new summer programming will be competing for your attention. Look for new takes on old themes and storylines that just may shock you.

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ABC’s ‘The Bachelorette’ makes history

It looks like ABC’s “The Bachelorette” made history when the network premiered last week introducing Rachel Lindsay, the first Black Bachelorette. According to The Hollywood Reporter, “The Bachelorette” made a strong return to ABC on Monday night, tying with “Dancing with the Stars” as the night’s No. 2 telecast. Black viewers are more than likely saying, “It’s about time.”

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Carmichael, Lear attempt to free the n-word

According to the African American Registry, a non-profit educational organization, the n-word endures because it is used over and over again, even by the people it insults. The question is how do we go about eradicating, deflating, or taking power from that word which is so ingrained in American culture? Or should we simply let it be and deal with it in our own individual way?

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Cheryl Boone Isaacs: Forging a legacy of change and diversity

Cheryl Boone Isaacs is perhaps one of the best known Academy Board of Governors member ever in the history of that prestigious organization. She is the Academy’s third female and first Black president. But she’s not seeking re-election to the board.

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Is Black programming here to stay?

There was a time in America that no one cared about what Black people watched on TV. Television viewership has always been about revenue, but for years Black viewership simply didn’t matter,

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