Black women’s group pushes the sounds of silence for R. Kelly

R. Kelly’s management today took issue with Time’s Up black women’s caucus after the organization called for a boycott of the singer’s live concerts and records because of his mistreatment of women. He has been dropped from appearing in a concert scheduled for Friday at the University of Illinois in Chicago following protests. Kelly, a Chicago native, said he did[Read More…]

Kendrick Lamar wins the Pulitzer Prize for Music

By Frederick H. Lowe Kendrick Lamar made history on Monday, winning the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his 2017 Rap album “DAMN.” Lamar is the first non-jazz and non-classical musician to win the Pulitzer. The Pulitzer Committee called “DAMN” “a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern[Read More…]

Susan Rice joins Netflix’s board

Netflix, Inc., the world’s leading Internet-service company, has named Susan M. Rice, former Ambassador to the United Nations and former U.S. National Security Advisor, to its board of directors. “We are delighted to welcome Ambassador Rice to the Netflix board,” said Reed Hastings, Netflix co-founder and CEO. Rice said she was thrilled to join the board of Netflix. She described[Read More…]

“Get Out” gets Jordan Peele in

By Frederick H. Lowe The film “Get Out” got director Jordan Peele into Hollywood’s most-elite club after he became the first black person to win the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. “I stopped writing this movie about 20 times because I thought it wasn’t going to work,” Peele said during his acceptance speech at Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony. Peele’s the[Read More…]

Kobe Bryant scores an Oscar

Retired Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant has something new to add to his already crowded trophy case after Sunday’s Academy Awards. Bryant won an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film for “Dear Basketball,” a six-minute film based on his 2015 retirement letter. He shared the Oscar with Disney animator Glen Keane. While playing for the Lakers, Bryant won[Read More…]

Van Jones to give keynote address at social workers convention

CNN political commentator Van Jones will give the opening keynote address at the National Association of Social Workers 2018 national conference June 20-23 in Washington, D.C. The conference’s theme is “Shaping Tomorrow Together.” Jones, a native of Tennessee, is author of six books. Anthony Kapel “Van” Jones is founder of Green for All and Color of Change. He also has[Read More…]

“The Lost Tapes of Malcolm X”

“The Lost Tapes of Malcolm X” The Smithsonian Channel premiered “The Lost Tapes: Malcolm X” 8 p.m.  Eastern Standard Time on February 26. The one-hour film takes viewers on a journey through some of his pivotal years as an activist. “We are not brutalized because we are Baptists. We are not brutalized because we are Methodists. We’re not brutalized because[Read More…]

Writers’ Groups Protest the Arrest of New York Professor in Cameroon

( – The African Literature Association and other professional associations of writers and scholars are demanding the release of a Cameroonian-American writer and university professor, detained last week without explanation at the airport in Douala, Cameroon.  Patrice Nganang, who teaches at Stony Brook University’s cultural studies and comparative literature department in New York, was reported missing from a connecting flight[Read More…]

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