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Ava DuVernay - “A Wrinkle in Time”

Hollywood is all abuzz about Disney’s latest trailer that was recently released online featuring writer/producer/director Ava DuVernay’s most anticipated film project to date, “A Wrinkle in Time.” The 1963 classic children’s fantasy written by Madeleine L’Engle follows a little girl’s search across dimensions of time and space to rescue her scientist father.

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The 69th Emmy Awards nominations

The 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards nominations were recently announced. As always, I like to highlight Black performers who are nominated along with their competition.

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Idris Elba: From gunslinger to Bond?

On Aug. 4, Stephen King’s long awaited novel series “Dark Tower” will finally hit the silver screen. The movie tells the story of gunslinger Roland Deschain. Set in a world woven together with magic, Deschain is tracking an evil magician known only as the man in black (Matthew McConaughey). Sharing an ancient vendetta, the two men must fight to the death in this epic battle over the fate of the All-World Universe.

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Hollywood: Diversity at last?

Whoopie Goldberg recently made headlines when she was among 10 First-Time Victors in the Historic Academy Board of Governors Elections. Not one to bite her tongue, Goldberg who currently hosts ABC the “View;” will surely use her voice for change.

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BET Awards full of surprises

The incredibly talented Bruno Mars kicked off the 2017 BET Awards with a performance that immediately had the audience on their feet. A perfect set-up for a memorable night for more reasons than one. It was a night of honor, promise, hope and a very heartfelt call to action. Faith, social justice, racial pride and giving back were the themes of the night.

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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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‘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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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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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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