Arts

Academy writes new script in face of a boycott

  Boycott, however, splits blacks in the film industry By Frederick H. Lowe With a boycott by black actors and a director dominating movie-theater marquees for the upcoming Oscars, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has approved a series of sweeping changes to make the mostly white-male academy more diverse. The Academy’s 51-member board announced on Friday it[Read More…]

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Some black actors are boycotting the Oscars

  By Frederick H. Lowe Actor and director Spike Lee will spike next month’s Academy Awards. Actress Jada Pinkett Smith, wife of actor Will Smith, has called on African Americans to boycott one of the biggest nights in television. Ice Cube (O’Shea Jackson, Sr.), whose life is depicted in the critically acclaimed box office hit, “Straight Outta Compton,” said he’s[Read More…]

Hundreds Celebrate as Nation’s African American Museum Nears Completion

  by Savannah Harris Special to the Trice Edney News Wire from Howard University News Service WASHINGTON, D.C. — Hundreds of people gathered at an inaugural event for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture Monday night to celebrate the completion of the museum’s exterior in a year that marks three significant moments in American history. This[Read More…]

Phonograph sermons once outsold jazz

  by Julie Kennedy, Washington University in St. Louis A recently published book chronicles a time when sermons by African-American clergy outsold recordings by popular performers like Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey. In the 1920s and ’30s, these African-American preachers spread the word to a mass audience one phonograph record at a time, according to Lerone Martin, assistant professor of[Read More…]

BRIEFS

  It is a classic among jazz classics. Verve Music Group earlier this month released John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters ” to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its recording on December 19, 1964. The four-part suite includes an alternate version, taken from the reels of Coltrane’s personal collection along with revised notes and detailed information about the[Read More…]

BOOKS

Ray Lewis Ray Lewis, who won two Super Bowls rings as a linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens, has published his memoir, titled I Feel Like Going On: Life, Game and Glory,” in w-hich he discusses many aspects of his life, including the 2000 double murder of Richard Lollar, 24, and Jacinth Baker, 24, in Atlanta. Lewis was arrested for the[Read More…]

MUSEUMS & EVENTS

  DuSable Museum Celebration The DuSable Museum of African American History will hold Founders Day 2015 celebrating the birthday of Dr. Margaret T. Burroughs, the museum’s co-founder, on Sunday, Nov. 1. Dr. Burroughs was born Nov. 1, 1917. Former U.S. Senator Carol Moseley Braun will be the guest speaker. Margaret Goss Burroughs and her husband Charles Burroughs founded the museum[Read More…]

MUSEUMS

  Delta Blues Museum receives $100,000 grant Museums of America on Monday awarded a $100,000 grant to the Delta Blues Museum that will allow the museum to complete the final design for its new permanent exhibits. The permanent exhibit will enable visitors to the Clarksdale, Mississippi, museum to explore issues of race, class and place through the blues and its[Read More…]

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