Next year’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration for many will probably include a visit to the movie theater. FOX 2000 Pictures is set to release “Hidden Figures”, a film about a group of black women in the 1960’s who provided NASA with important data needed to launch the program’s first successful space missions. The film that will star Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae, follows Katherine Johnson (Henson), a brilliant black mathematician who, along with her colleagues Dorothy Vaughn (Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Monae), collectively known as “human computers” as they assist in the successful launch and safe return of astronaut John Glenn into space.
Black girls being “magical” is nothing new, but the celebration of what makes black girls so amazing is definitely on the rise. Who know how and where the #BlackGirlMagic movement began but it taken it on a life of it’s own and we’re with it…And so is Essence Magazine. Who better to add to the celebration of black girls than Essence? The iconic magazine has launched ‘ESSENCE Black Girl Magic‘ presented by Walmart in an effort to spotlight young women across the country who epitomize Black excellence.
Awards season is coming to a close, but not before BET payed tribute to “black excellence” in Washington, DC at this year’s BET Honors. The 2016 honorees were Lee Daniels (Television and Film Award), Mellody Hobson (Award for Corporate Citizen), Patti LaBelle (Award for Musical Arts), L.A. Reid (Award for Excellence in Entertainment) and Eric Holder (Public Service Award).
Last night, just at the 88th Annual Academy Awards lifted off, Fuse aired the All Def Movie Awards 1 hour special. The 1st annual awards show hosted by comedian Tony Rock was a star-studded event that brought out the best of black hollywood including, Marlon Wayans, Regina Hall, Tyrese Gibson, Sanaa Lathan, who won best actress for The Perfect Guy, and Ice Cube and O’Shea Jackson, Jr. who received the award for Best Picture for Straight Outta Compton.
When you’re young, it’s so easy to be self centered and focused on trivial things. But figuring out who and what you are and how you want to impact the world at a young age is what separates the girls from the young women. Yara Shahidi is definitely a young woman. The activist and Black-ish star talked with The Fader about being selective when choosing roles, empowering black girls and her commitment to the positive portrayal of people of color. Check out a few excerpts below.
If you’re one of those people who don’t think there are enough platforms celebrating the talents of people of color, this is for you. All Def Digital, the fastest growing video programming brand in hip hop, is hosting it’s first ever awards show. The “All Def Movie Awards” will be held in Hollywood on February 24th and will be hosted by comedian Tony Rock. Rock dished on why the ADMA’s were created and what the public should expect from the show’s debut.
No Oscar nominations, no problem! We did a darn good job celebrating ourselves at the NAACP Image Awards. Black Hollywood showed up and showed out as they were honored for their contributions to the arts last night. This year’s show had a different feel in light of the controversy surrounding the lack of diversity of the Academy Award nominations and the subsequent call for a boycott of the Oscars by actress Jada Pinkett-Smith. Throughout the night, entertainers shared the feelings about being celebrated by their own in spite of the lack of acknowledgment by the Academy.
When it comes to adding to the landscape of black history, it’s one thing to talk the talk and another to walk the walk. Jurnee Smollett-Bell is doing both. Yesterday the actress kicked off her month long national tour with Macy’s in celebration of Black History Month. Jurnee, personality/actor Terrance J and singer Monica Brown hit up Macy’s Herald Square in New York. The trio participated in a panel hosted by Fashion Editor of Essence Magazine, Joio Thorpe, to chat about the next wave of African American cultural luminaries and tastemakers.