Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer & Janelle Monae Portray Historical Black Women in “Hidden Figures”

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HiddenFigures

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. 

New WGN Series “Underground” Chronicles Slaves’ Attempt at Freedom

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Underground, Season 1, Episode 105 Photo Credit: /Sony Pictures Television
Underground, Season 1, Episode 105
Photo Credit: /Sony Pictures Television

Believe it or not, there are people (even some Black people), who don’t understand how and why racism still exists in 2016. Just as many are confused with its origins and are out of touch with the history of the physical enslavement of Black people. Misha Green and Joe Pokaski have created an original drama about slavery; chronicling the efforts of blacksmith, Noah, as he organizes a small group of his fellow slaves and crafts a plan of escape and freedom. Underground, executive produced by John Legend, will premier on Wednesday, March 9th at 10:00pm ET/PT on WGN.

Patti LaBelle, Lee Daniels, L.A. Reid & More Celebrated at BET Honors

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BET Honors 2016

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).  

1st Annual All Def Movie Awards Celebrate Black Hollywood

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All Def Movie Awards

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.

1st Annual All Def Movie Awards Special to Air Opposite Oscars

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All Def Movie Awards

The 88th Annual Academy Awards will air on Sunday, February 28th at 7pm EST…and so will the All Def Movie Awards Special. We told you all about All Def Digital’s 1st annual awards show hosted by comedian Tony Rock purposed to be a platform to celebrate the talents of people of color. The award show’s debut comes a time when criticism of the Oscars and the Academy’s lack of diversity has reached an all time high.  All Def Digital has struck a deal with Fusion to air an hour long highlights special at the same time that the Oscars will air on ABC. The special will repeat throughout the night. Will the Oscar’s ratings suffer? Probably not, but the intent is clear. 

Yara Shahidi Talks About the Importance of Black Images with The Fader

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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.

Russell Simmons & Tony Rock Partner for First Ever “All Def Movie Awards”

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All Def Movie Awards

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.