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Black independent holiday films

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The holiday season is that time of year when Hollywood features its best and brightest films, not only for your pleasure, but for the ultimate Hollywood ‘nod’—the Oscar.

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Awards season recognizes more people of color

’Tis the season when ‘nail biting’ begins. Film critics, guilds and prestigious organizations such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), The Academy of Motion Pictures and The Hollywood Foreign Press announce their lists of hopefuls for a coveted award.

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Fox on fire with mid-season programming

Okay, you might think I’m jumping the gun, but I will say right now Fox is debuting two new mid-season shows, “Star” and “24: Legacy” that are bound to be big hits. Although the storylines are not new, the telling of the stories are. From fresh new faces and hot music, to action-packed moves that boggle your mind, “Star” and “24: Legacy” will most assuredly follow in the footsteps of Fox’s “Empire,” the unexpected drama that challenged the networks and their programming practices and reflected a higher visibility of Black performers and Black-themed productions.

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Steve Harvey at the Apollo and coming to Los Angeles

Emmy Award-winning comedian and talk show host Steve Harvey is on the move. Mark your calendars for Monday, Dec. 5 when Harvey hosts “Showtime at the Apollo” on the Fox Network. The show will repeat Saturday, Dec. 31 from 8 to 10pm; and he’s moving to Los Angeles with a whole new show and new look. But first, join Harvey for an unforgettable homecoming at the Legendary Apollo Theater.

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TV One: ‘TV Winter Onederland’

TV ONE is on fire! Keeping its promise to “Represent,” TV ONE presents its “TV Winter ONEDERLAND” of holiday programming. Get ready for original movies, an “Unsung Thanksgiving Day” marathon,“Rickey Smiley For Real” marathon, and a three-day, 100+ “A Very Unsung Christmas” marathon and much more.

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Holiday Movie Countdown

Okay, get ready to mark your calendars because here are the upcoming holiday movies you don’t want to miss. As always my focus is on those movies that star and or feature Black performers, and this year we’ve got some heavy hitters, hidden history, powerful dramas and outrageous comedies from the major studios.

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Celia Cruz—Queen of Salsa

Cuban-American singer Celia Cruz goes down in history as one of the most popular salsa performers of all time. Known as the “Queen of Salsa” Cruz has made more than 75 albums including 23 that went gold, and won several Grammys and Latin Grammys.

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Theresa Harris—‘The Beautiful Maid’

When it comes to Black entertainment history in Hollywood, you should always be prepared to learn something new. A good place to start is the Turner Classic Movie Channel. TCM sometimes features those pioneering Black stars that you may or may not have heard of, opening you up to a whole new era of Black stars, who despite the odds, made an imprint on Hollywood and then got lost in the racial divide.

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Viceland: A new window to the world

There is so much on TV that it’s nearly impossible to keep up with all the channels and what they offer. I channel surf on a regular basis, and if something catches my attention I check it out.

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Now on DVD and Netflix

For those of you who like to collect DVDs, be it for entertainment or for historic purposes, there are several out this month worth purchasing for your library.

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