Archive for March 1st, 2009

  Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry is set to star in Who Is Doris Payne, based on the true story of an international jewel thief who staged heists for over 50 years. The script was written by Eunetta T. Boone, whose credits include TV sitcoms One on One, My Wife & Kids, The Hughleys, Living Single, and […]

The live airing of Tavis Smiley’s State of the Black Union yesterday on C- SPAN was very interesting. Standout “speeches”  were delivered by a couple of the academics, a motivational speaker, a financial expert, and Rev. Jesse Jackson on the morning panel. Dr. Michael Eric Dyson fully illuminated the difference between post-racialism and post-racism, relative to Obama’s historic […]

TV One head Alfred Liggins with mother and business partner Cathy Hughes TV One, a joint venture between Comcast and Radio One, recently told the Federal Communications Commission that it objects to BET founder Bob Johnson’s method for getting his new Urban Television on cable systems. According to TV One, the four-year-old cable network for African Americans 25 […]

Three and a half years after his first book, Jamaican writer Marlon James is back with the intense slave narrative The Book of Night Women. Lilith, the main character, is a green-eyed slave who joins a secret sisterhood of slaves planning a revolt on the island. Lilith believes she’s better than her fellow slaves because […]

Dr. Johnetta B. Cole, president emerita of the nation’s only two Black colleges for women, Spelman College and Bennett College for Women, was named director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art in DC. She starts work on Monday. Dr. Cole studied at Fisk University and Oberlin College, and holds a Ph.D. in anthropology […]

Emmanuel Rukundo, 50, a former military chaplain and Roman Catholic priest, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for genocide in Rwanda by a United Nations tribunal. The Hutu priest was found guilty of betraying Tutsi refugees hiding in a seminary to Hutu soldiers, who killed the refugees. Two other Hutu priests were given life […]

TransAfrica Forum will host the 5th annual New African Films Festival in downtown Silver Spring, MD, March 19 – 25, 2009. This year features a selection of classic African  films with timeless themes. Worth checking out. Founded in 1977, TransAfrica Forum is an “African American human rights and social justice advocacy organization promoting diversity and […]

The film, based on the novel, won the biggest prizes at the Sundance Film Festival this year for a domestic drama, The Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award, along with a Special Jury Prize for Acting. The cast includes: Gabourey Sidibe, Paula Patton, Mo’Nique, Mariah Carey, Sherri Shepherd, and Lenny Kravitz. Lee Daniels, who produced Monster’s […]

In his weekly address, President Obama talked about how his budget plan fulfills his campaign promises: greater focus on education and clean energy, fiscal responsibility, healthcare reform, and fair taxation. He also acknowledged that there are many ready for a fight to block his agenda. To those folks and factions, he stated, “So am I.” […]