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Harry and Sidney: Soul Brothers | The New York Times

Please allow me to divert my gaze for one day away from our national political darkness and toward two national rays of light. Monday is Sidney Poitier’s 90th birthday. His best friend of 70 years, Harry Belafonte, turns 90 on March 1. This is an ode to and appreciation of the friendship — one of the most remarkable and resilient of our time — between two Hollywood royals. Poitier and Belafonte didn’t meet until they were 20 years old, and yet Belafonte still considered Poitier his first real friend in life. As Belafonte put it, he lived a “nomadic” life […]

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7 Films With Black Talent To Look Out For This November | Shadow and Act

As November approaches, we at Shadow And Act have put together a list of all the movies with Black talent in key roles that you need to check out! From a horror film like Doctor Sleep to family dramas like Waves, there is something on this list for everyone! Check them out below (in order of release date): Queen & Slim (November 27) Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith star in Queen & Slim, a Bonnie and Clyde-esque story of a couple on the run after the killing of a cop. Bokeem Woodbine, Jahi Winston and Indya Moore also star in […]

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Waves Trailer #2: An Epic Emotional Journey Through the Darkest of Times | Movie Web

In Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Grammy-winning musician John Legend announced the second cohort of participants in Unlocked Futures, a 14-month accelerator program for social entrepreneurs who have been incarcerated and urged business leaders to be more inclusive of job applicants with criminal backgrounds. Unlocked Futures launched in 2017 as a partnership between the philanthropic venture fund New Profit and Legend’s criminal justice reform initiative FreeAmerica, with financial support from Bank of America. “We started this as a collaboration, saying, ‘Let’s not just tell folks to hire formerly incarcerated individuals, but to invest in their ideas,’” says Legend. “All of the […]

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Atlanta pays tribute to the legendary rap duo OutKast with a huge mural | CNN

(CNN) – The South has something to say — or show, rather. Finally, the city at the heart of southern hip-hop has been given what it deserves — the benevolent gaze of André 3000 and Big Boi watching over it in full photorealism. The mural, painted by an artist who goes by JEKS, presents André “André 3000” Benjamin and Antwan “Big Boi” Patton on a sweeping wall in Atlanta’s Little Five Points neighborhood. In black and white, a shirtless André gives you a watchful side-eye while he presses his back to Big Boi’s shoulder. Big Boi stares viewers down intently, […]

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Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira’s ‘Americanah’ Adaptation Ordered to Series at HBO Max | Variety

Joe Otterson, Variety upita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira’s planned adaptation of the novel “Americanah” has received a straight-to-series order at HBO Max, Variety has learned. HBO Max has given the limited series a 10-episode order. Nyong’o will star in the series, with Gurira writing the pilot and serving as showrunner. Based on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s best-selling novel, “Americanah” tells the story of Ifemelu (Nyong’o), a young, beautiful, self-assured woman raised in Nigeria, who as a teenager falls in love with her classmate Obinze. Living in a military-ruled country, they each depart for the west, with Ifemelu heading for America, where, […]

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The “King of Calypso”: Beautiful Portrait Photos of a Young Harry Belafonte in the Early 1950s | Vintage Everyday

Born 1927 as Harold George Bellanfanti Jr. in Harlem, New York, American singer, songwriter, activist, and actor Harry Belafonte is one of the most successful Jamaican-American pop stars in history. He was dubbed the “King of Calypso” for popularizing the Caribbean musical style with an international audience in the 1950s. His breakthrough album Calypso (1956) is the first million-selling LP by a single artist. Belafonte is perhaps best known for his recording of “The Banana Boat Song”, with its signature lyric “Day-O”. He has recorded and performed many genres, including blues, folk, gospel, show tunes, and American standards. He has […]

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‘Brian Banks’: Football Star Who Was Wrongfully Imprisoned Shares His Story For “People Who Are Currently Voiceless” | Deadline

Amanda N’Duka, Deadline Aldis Hodge (left, with Sherri Shepherd) stars as a high school football star whose NFL dreams are waylaid when he’s wrongfully convicted of a crime in the inspirational drama “Brian Banks.” (Aug. 9) (Photo: BLEECKER STREET). Featured Image story told in Brian Banks is unfortunately all too familiar. The eponymous biopic, directed by Tom Shadyac, chronicles the true story of the All-American football player who had committed to USC by his junior year, then had his life upended when he was falsely accused and convicted of rape, to being exonerated, and finally reaching his goal of playing […]

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