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‘Selma’ (on DVD) will Soon be in Every High School in US

*In celebration of the home entertainment debut of director Ava DuVernay’s inspirational and Academy Award-winning epic “Selma,” Paramount Home Media Distribution announced today that every high school in the U.S., both public and private, will receive a copy of the DVD free of charge. In addition, teachers can receive free companion study guides to help […]

Common Joins Will Smith, Viola Davis in ‘Suicide Squad’

*Common has signed on to join the cast of “Suicide Squad,” Warner Bros.’ all-star action movie featuring DC Entertainment super-villains. The story centers on imprisoned villains recruited by a government agency to perform covert operations. Details for Common’s role have not been revealed. Will Smith is already onboard as Deadshot. Jared Leto will play the […]

Porsha Williams Talks Childhood Bullying and Marching for a Cause

*Despite a sassy tough girl image as one that shades anyone she doesn’t like on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” things were a bit different for Porsha Williams back in the day. Reflecting on her childhood, the reality TV star confessed to being bullied by those she went to school with in Atlanta. Despite her […]

Izola Ware Curry Who Stabbed and Nearly Killed MLK Dead at 98

*Do you recall we almost lost Dr. Martin Luther King because he was stabbed by a woman at a book signing in 1958? Well that woman, Izola Ware Curry, died on Saturday at the age of 98. Dr. King’s injuries were so close to his aorta that doctors told him, if he sneezed, he could […]

‘Selma’ Getting Second Run in Theaters with 2-For-1 Tickets

*Paramount really wants people to see “Selma.” The studio announced today (March 18) that director Ava DuVernay’s film about the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery is getting another push in theaters, only this time there’s a two-for-one ticket offer at participating venues. “Selma” will play in 702 theaters on Friday in honor of […]

Oprah Winfrey and Common Will Appear On ‘Empire’ Season 2

*It’s official. Oprah Winfrey heard the cry of her friend Lee Daniels and has accepted his offer to appear on his TV hit “Empire” next season. “Yes. Yeah, she’s gonna be on it,” Daniels revealed to “Access Hollywood” on Thursday night. Winfrey’s “Selma” co-star Common will also have a guest spot during season 2. “Common, you […]

Pres. Obama’s Powerful Selma Speech on 50th Anniv. of ‘Bloody Sunday’ (Watch)

*(Via Huffington Post) – President Barack Obama joined nearly 100 members of Congress in Selma, Alabama, on Saturday for the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” — a watershed moment of the civil rights movement — where he honored the men and women who stood their ground in a violent confrontation with police at the Edmund […]

Sheryl Lee Ralph: Black History Month Continues … One More Week

*So, it is now official as far as I’m concerned that Black History Month has been unofficially extended by one week. Not because we have a Black man to be thankful to for all the fires that have been put out by the use of fire extinguishers which was patented by Thomas J. Martin, a […]

R. Kelly, Lady Gaga Not Performing at Selma Event, Despite Reports

*Despite earlier reports from local Alabama media, neither R. Kelly nor Lady Gaga will perform in Selma this weekend to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery march, reports Billboard.com. Gaga’s touring manager confirmed the singer had no knowledge of her purported performance, and a rep for R. Kelly confirmed the same to Billboard. Al.com, […]

Common on Why He Didn’t High Five Oprah on Way to Oscar Stage (Watch)

*In the heat of the moment, everybody makes mistakes, right? According to Common, that was the case during the Oscars when he passed by Oprah Winfrey as he and John Legend were making their way to the stage to accept their Academy Award for best original song for “Glory” from the historical drama “Selma.” The […]

Niecy Nash Joins Ryan Murphy’s Fox Series ‘Scream Queens’

*Niecy Nash has booked a role on yet another television series. The “Selma” actress, who appears on “The Mindy Project” and is a series regular on “The Soul Man” and HBO’s “Getting On,” has signed on to appear in Fox’s upcoming “Scream Queens.” The horror comedy from Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan is […]

Common and John Legend Speak with Courage and Conviction in their Oscar Acceptance Speeches

*Sunday’s Oscar ceremony ended with “Selma” batting 500. It lost Best Picture, but won Best Original Song trophy for performers and songwriters Common and John Legend. In his acceptance speech, Common linked what happened on the Edmund Pettus bridge in Selma, Alabama and the civil rights movement to similar movements in France and Hong Kong. “The […]

‘Dear White Peope’ Wins Independent Spirit Awards; ‘Selma’ Honored

*30 years ago in a tent on the beach of Santa Monica, the Independent Spirit Awards, the first awards show to honor independent film makers was born. Conceived by Jeanne Lucas and IFP/West (now Film Independent) and first called FINDIE or Friends of Independents Awards, the show was held the day before the Academy Awards […]