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The Original Big Mama: Actress Irma P. Hall reflects on 40+ years in drama

“One finger pointing the blame don’t make no impact. But you ball up all them fingers into a fist, and you can strike a mighty blow. This family got to be that fist.” – Big Mama in Soul Food

A new chapter at TBAAL

“You know, it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be,” Jiles King remarked as he discussed his return to Texas in October to accept the position of chief executive director of The Black Academy of Arts and Letters ...

Tamela Mann rocks music charts

Tamela Mann, acclaimed gospel singer and actress, ended 2013 with a bang by securing top spots on Billboard’s 2013 Year-End Charts with her fourth and bestselling album, Best Days. Dominating the gospel genre, she received four number one positions including ...

Mandela Movie Mania

Last month, iconic figure Nelson Mandela was laid to rest at the age of 95 and was remembered as a champion for human rights. After being imprisoned for 27 years

Black Nativity celebrates the birth of Christ

Going on its 20th season, Black Nativity by Langston Hughes was directed by Ed Smith. It was a confluence of a Broadway musical, a church service, a spoken-word lounge, a modern Christmas party and a depiction of difficult times for ...

Jerrika Hinton sizzles in Grey’s Anatomy

Jerrika Delayne Hinton, who plays Stephanie Edwards on Grey’s Anatomy, has made her family and friends in Dallas proud.

Minorities still underrepresented in Hollywood?

Hollywood continues to be a bastion of homogeneity where people of color are underrepresented, according to a new study from the University of Southern California at Annenberg.

The Best Man Holiday

Running into old friends often brings up mixed feelings. Fond recollections. Unfinished business. Bad memories. Petty rivalries. Insecurities. Unrequited love.

Fidelity: A love letter

Fidelity, the latest release by gospel artist Desmond Pringle, has been getting quite a bit of deserved attention. Produced by the Grammy Award-winner Cedric Thompson, Fidelity is No. 48 on the gospel Billboard album chart while the single Can’t Even ...

Dying Alone

Why would anyone choose to die alone? – a haunting question that led one young lady on the journey of her life in the stage play, Dying Alone.

Ruben Studdard could be The Biggest Loser

In the decade since Ruben Studdard won the top prize on American Idol, he has garnered great success. He has recorded five albums – with a sixth on the way, toured the world, and has seen his recordings go gold ...

American Promise shines at New York Film Festival

As the New York Film Festival kicked off its 51st year, African heritage films were few and far between, but exceptional.

Aspire acquires Inside the Game, the nation’s longest-running sports show devoted to HBCUs

ASPiRE, a television network targeted to and celebrates the groundbreaking achievements of African Americans, has acquired national cable rights to Inside the Game the nation’s longest-running sports highlights show devoted exclusively to Historically Black Colleges and University’s. Hosted by ESPN ...

The Butler

It’s about time. Finally a major-release film about the African American struggle for equality told from a Black man’s perspective. Why has it taken Hollywood (a.k.a. the film industry) so long to do the right thing?

Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain

“I went to go see Kanye and Jay-Z perform,” Kevin Hart announced as he took the stage. “These … had a bunch of fire. I’m about to be the first comedian with some … fire.” Suddenly, fire sprays up along ...

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