André De Shields just won his first Tony at 73. Here are 5 facts on his epic career | Los Angeles Times

Makeda Easter, Los Angeles Times ANDRE DE SHIELDS. Photo by Lia Chang. Featured Image Mr. André De Shields capped a 50-year acting career by scoring his first Tony Award on Sunday, winning best featured actor in a musical for his role as Hermes in “Hadestown.” It’s been a long time coming. The 73-year-old performer has […]

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Mati Diop on being the first black female director in Cannes | The Washington Post

Jake Coyle | AP, The Washington Post Ms. Rivers founded the Black Bourbon Society in 2017. It now has more than 4,700 members.CreditAaron Borton for The New York Times. Featured Image CANNES, France — Mati Diop was initially disappointed when she, by reading a news article, discovered that she was the first black female filmmaker in the […]

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Nnedi Okorafor Is Creating a TV Series Company for Africanfuturist Stories | Brittle Paper

Brittle Paper Staff, Brittle Paper Nnedi Okorafor is creating a TV series company for Africanfuturist stories. The multi-awarded novelist revealed this on Facebook via a post on 16 April. The company’s name is Africanfuturism Productions, Inc. In a reply to a comment by the writer and University of Manchester lecturer Geoff Ryman, she wrote: “TV […]

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Obamas to Produce Slate of Films for Netflix | The Washington Informer

WI Web Staff, The Washington Informer Former U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle arrive at the Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago, Illinois in 2017. (Jim Young/AFP/Getty Images), Featured Image Former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground Productions is producing for release on Netflix a feature film adaptation of author […]

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Restoration of Nina Simone’s Childhood Home To Begin This Spring | Shoppe Black

Shoppe Black Staff, Shoppe Black The proposed rehabilitation of Nina Simone’s childhood home in Tryon, N.C., is moving forward, according to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The group has completed an official assessment of the house’s structural conditions and chosen a path of initial action alongside the four New York-based artist-owners, Adam Pendleton, Rashid […]

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