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New Academy President Pushes For More Diverse Voting Members

This year’s nominees are diverse, but the people who vote for the Oscars are not. Cheryl Boone In fact, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences continues to be an exclusive club that is 93 percent white, 76 percent male, with an average age of 63, “I think people assumed the Academy was pretty homogeneous, and it turned out it was even more so than the worst assumptions,” says journalist John Horn. ...

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The Grammys: Were We (Africans Americans) Really There or Covered Fairly?

by Brandon I. Brooks Special to the NNPA from the Los Angeles Sentinel As the 2014, 56th Annual Grammy Awards came to a close in downtown Los Angeles last Sunday the night, it left me with mixed reactions – some great moments, some snubs of legends and the public’s gasping reaction to the multiple same sex marriage ceremony that seemed to overshadow the ultimate purpose of the awards. Twitter feeds and soci ...

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Jennifer Hudson: “People Are Different Toward Me Because I’m Smaller”

Jennifer Hudson is one of the brightest stars in Hollywood and living proof that you can do anything you set your mind to. Last year, Hudson was back in front of the camera with a trio of challenging roles: Winnie Mandela in the eponymous biopic of the South African leader, a single mother in Black Nativity and a drug-addicted absentee mom in The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete, which is on DVD today ...

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Angelou’s Tribute to Mandela to be Soon Published as Book

by Zenitha Prince Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper Maya Angelou, one of America’s leading poets, wrote a moving tribute to Nelson Mandela that has recently been published. (Photo Credit/Dwight Carter) Maya Angelou’s moving tribute to fallen South African leader Nelson Mandela, called “His Day Is Done,” will be preserved in book format just in time for Black History Month. “I’m delighted, ...

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Babyface Talks Creative Process with Oprah

by Kimberly Roberts Special to the NNPA from The Philadelphia Tribune Oprah Winfrey and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds on “Oprah’s Next Chapter.” — Photo/courtsey OWN With over half a billion records sold, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, among the premier songwriter/producers in the recording industry, is responsible for a multitude of hits, including classics by Toni Braxton, After 7, Bobby Brown, Boyz II Men, Are ...

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2013 Chicago Elite Classic: 3 Chicago Public League Stars rank amongst ESPN top 100 in the nation!

The amount of high-level basketball talent coming out of Chicago is getting a little out of control. Derrick Rose went from winning back-to-back state championships at Simeon to becoming the youngest MVP in NBA history by his third season. Anthony Davis was a guard at Perspectives with only a scholarship offer from Cleveland State before a late high school growth spurt turned him into the nation’s top recru ...

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‘Tis the Season for Smart Shopping

By Cheryl Pearson-McNeil NNPA Columnist I’ve spent the last three years of this column sharing with you important facts about African-Americans’ consumer power.  And, I know those of us who are certified black-belts in the time-honored martial art of shopping, are fired up for the Black Friday super sales with our artillery of cash and/or credit cards in hand. But first, let’s breathe deeply and think about ...

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DJ Sean Mac Named Global Spin Award’s “Midwest Club DJ of the Year”

(Chicago, IL) - Chicago’s own DJ Sean Mac was presented with a Global Spin Award for “Midwest Club DJ of the Year” on November 19, 2012. Trendsetter, Entrepreneur, and Pioneer are just a few words often used to describe DJ Sean Mac who’s clout is un-matched in the Midwest. He has branded himself as one of the most sought out DJs in Chicago and beyond. Whether he’s spinning alongside greats like Jazzy Jeff, ...

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Wiggins or Parker: Picking the Top Pick in the Next NBA Draft

by Perry Green and Stephen D. Riley AFRO Sports Desk The world got a chance to see the top two NBA prospects early last week when freshmen Andrew Wiggins of Kansas and Duke’s Jabari Parker headlined a Duke-Kansas matchup, a game that Kansas ended up winning. With the top two likely choices in next spring’s NBA draft squaring off in a head-to-head tilt, scouts and college basketball fans got a first look at ...

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Stars Return for ‘Best Man’ Sequel

Writer and director Malcolm D. Lee’s latest film doesn’t enjoy the Oscar buzz that accompanied several other African-American movies this year, nor should it. While the big screen premieres of “12 Years a Slave,” “Fruitvale Station” and “The Butler” have helped to make 2013 one of the most memorable for black filmmakers, Lee’s “The Best Man Holiday,” attempts to lighten the mood with romance, and adult-them ...

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