George Shirley’s Encore

  George Shirley, the first African-American tenor and the second black man to sing a leading role at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, will be awarded the 2014 National Medal of the Arts and the National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama on Thursday during a White House ceremony. Shirley, who was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, on April 18,[Read More…]

New Book about Thurgood Marshall

  Books Prolific author Wil Haygood will discuss his new book “Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America” at 7 p.m., Monday, September 21, at Howard University Law School. The event is sponsored by the Hurston/Wright Foundation: A World of Black Writers, which is based in Washington, D.C. Sheryll Cashin, former clerk to Justice Marshall will[Read More…]

“Straight Outta Compton” Goes Straight to the Top in Ticket Sales

    Box Office Mojo, which keeps tabs on movie-ticket sales, reports that “Straight Outta Compton” is a straight out hit. The movie about the 1980s gangsta rappers Niggas With Attitudes, now known as N.W.A, reported opening weekend ticket sales of $60.2 million at 2,757 screens, a remarkable $21,835 per screen. The weekend take more than doubled the $25 million[Read More…]

Bill Cosby Isn’t Laughing

  For comedian Bill Cosby, it’s no longer a laughing matter. Cosby swore in a 2005 deposition that he drugged a woman with Quaaludes before having sex, according to news reports. The comedian, who was 38 or 39 at the time, admitted that he got the Quaaludes because he wanted to have sex with the woman, an unnamed employee of[Read More…]

What Oscar Wants

  Motion Pictures by Frederick H. Lowe After last year’s Academy Awards television broadcast wasn’t nominated for an award because of its lack of diversity and low ratings, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science, announced Thursday that a more diverse group of artists and executives have been invited to become members of the[Read More…]

Univision’s Purchase of The Root Marks Firm’s Second Move into African-American Media

  Television Special to the Trice Edney News Wire from Target Market News ( — Last week’s announcement by Univision Communications Inc. that it had acquired online destination The Root was the second major foray into African-American media by the company best known for its Hispanic media properties. In December 2012, the UCI, which owns 62 television stations, inked a[Read More…]

Hurston/Wright Will Host Master Writers’ Workshops in June

Wil Haygood, who has written several critically acclaimed biographies about African-American men, will participate in a master writers’ workshop sponsored by the Hurston/Wright Foundation at Howard University in Washington, D.C. The writers’ workshops, which are called “Craft Your Novel or Poem with a Master Teacher,” will discuss fiction, building a novel and poetry from July 18 to 25. Haygood, who[Read More…]

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