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HBO’s ‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’ Starring Oprah Winfrey Will Debut this April

Last summer, we got news of HBO picking up the nonfiction bestseller written by Rebecca Skloot, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne the film is slated to debut Saturday, April 22, at 8 p.m. EST. The film will chronicle the investigation behind Henrietta Lacks, an African American tobacco farmer who’s cells known as HeLa, were…

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Pays Tenderly Warm Homage to Barry Jenkins’ ‘Moonlight’

As the art world continues to welcome diverse creators, the recent influx of Black art taking mainstream industries by storm has been a much needed glimmer of light amidst all of today’s calamities. But before our demands for representation were ever given an ear, a few institutions and agencies, like the Alvin Ailey American Dance…

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CRWN Magazine Promotes Self-Love in Issue No. 2, “The Love Issue”

There is always great value in having publications and institutions that celebrate Black people and our culture. However, it’s never more necessary than after events like the Grammys, which has historically snubbed some of the most iconic work from our favorite Black artists. Today’s release of CRWN Magazine’s second cover couldn’t come at a better time.…

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Solange, Big Boi, Whoopi Goldberg & More Get Animated in HBO’s ‘The Animals’

Returning for its second season, HBO’s The Animals is stocked with star-studded narrations we never imagined hearing from the mouths of cartoon creatures. The guests list includes Solange, Big Boi, Usher, Big Sean, Killer Mike, Whoopi Goldberg and many more. Set in New York City, The Animals focuses on the downtrodden livelihood of pigeons, rats and roaches native to Earth’s least-habitable…

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Our Own Solange Brings Home Her First Grammy Award

Last night, our very own Solange Knowles turned her first Grammy nomination into a well-deserved award. She took home the Grammy for Best R&B performance for “Cranes in the Sky,” the ever evolving track from her chart-topping album, A Seat at the Table.  Dazzling in her gold pleated evening gown, Solo made quite the contribution to what’s…

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Solange Stuns in Red As The Cover Star For The Newest Issue of ELLE

Solange had a banner year to close out 2016 with the release of her studio album A Seat at the Table, and it just keeps getting better through 2017. She reached No. 1 on the charts, scored a Grammy nomination for “Cranes In The Sky,” and performed at The White House prior to The Obama’s…

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The Macon 7 Return In New Trailer For ‘Underground’ Season 2

Warning! Spoilers to follow.. When we last saw our beloved cast, Underground‘s Macon 7 things were bittersweet. Rosalee (Journee Smollett-Bell) and Boo (Danielle Stewart) had made it to freedom and the audience was introduced to Aisha Hinds as Harriet Tubman (a never before seen photo of whom has recently been discovered). However, Noah (Aldis Hodge),…

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Ferguson Documentary ‘Whose Streets?’ Acquired by Magnolia Pictures

A documentary on Ferguson, MO’s uprising following the police murder of Michael Brown is now an acquisition of the indie distribution company behind the James Baldwin-dedicated I Am Not Your Negro, Magnolia Pictures, as reported by Deadline. Having originally premiered on January 19th at Sundance, Whose Streets? is expected to reach theaters sometime this summer…

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The First Teaser for Netflix’s Adaption of ‘Dear White People’ is Here

Last year in May when we learned the future classic film Dear White People would be adapted into a Netflix series, we were elated. The 2012 Sundance sensation based on a satirical, ivy league experience from the perspective of people of color was an absolute hit and our very first introduction to some of our…

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Jay Ellis Takes a Stand for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Yesterday (Feb. 7th) was Nation Black HIV Awareness day, and the handsomely ‘woke’ Jay Ellis has made a personal pledge to raise said awareness. To do so, the Insecure actor partnered with the leading HIV and AIDS research organization, amfAR, to help eradicate the disheartening number of HIV cases in the black community. With February also marking Black History month, the…

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Luvvie Ajayi and Shonda Rhimes Join Forces for ‘I’m Judging You’ Comedy Series

The Queen of Thursday night television, Shonda Rhimes is taking on a brand new project. In the spirit of spreading Black Girl magic, Rhimes’ production company Shondaland has acquired the rights to popular blogger and best-selling author Luvvie Ajayi’s debut book, I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual.  I’m Judging You, is a collection of essays that hilariously addresses…

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Has The R&B Diva Been Forgotten?

Is today’s generation guilty of forgetting some of its own divas? For years, there has been a constant conversation about “real music” and the lack thereof, oftentimes, filled with opinions lacking substantiated fact. You often hear the repetitive phrases, “R&B is dead” and “there’s no good music out.” In reality, there are several examples of…

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