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Denzel Washington’s Average Guy Appeal And His Friendships

Denzel Washington’s Average Guy Appeal And His Friendships

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By Darron Smith Denzel Washington is nominated for another golden statue, an Oscar, to add to the two he already has for “Glory” and “Training Day” at this coming Sunday night’s Academy Award show for his role in “Flight.” In an interview with the Guardian, the actor declared, “Actually, even within the industry, I don’t have any actor friends. My friends are old friends. One’s an ex-music guy, the other’s…

African American Nurse Banned From Handling White Newborn Baby

African American Nurse Banned From Handling White Newborn Baby

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A Michigan nurse claims she was banned from caring for a newborn child because of her skin color. Tonya Battle is suing her employers at Hurley Medical Center, in Flint, after they ordered her not to look after the baby in the neonatal intensive care unit following a request from its father, WNEM reports. The lawsuit states: “The father told the [nurse in charge] that he did not want and…

Black Man Wearing KKK Robe Sparks Controversy

Black Man Wearing KKK Robe Sparks Controversy

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In 2013, no one expects to see a man dressed in a Ku Klux Clan robe mid-morning in Center City, Philadelphia. “I think that’s nonsense,” said one woman on the street. “He needs to be committed to the jail system,” said another onlooker. The man, who stood on the corner of 13th and Filbert on Tuesday, is not out to lynch or kill black people. In fact, he is black….

Great Black History:  Mark Dean is a Founding Father of Computer Science Theory

Great Black History: Mark Dean is a Founding Father of Computer Science Theory

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If you’ve ever used a computer, you should probably know about Mark E. Dean.  Dean is an inventor who led the team that developed the ISA bus, an important part of the modern PC.  He also led the team that designed the first one gigahertz computer processor chip and played a key role in the creation of the computer keyboard. Dean holds three of IBM’s original nine PC patents.  He…

Check Out TV One’s New Comedy ‘Family Time’ (Preview)

Check Out TV One’s New Comedy ‘Family Time’ (Preview)

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TV One’s push towards original content continues, as the network adds another new half-hour sitcom titled Family Time to its Friday night classic comedy block, it was announced today by Maureen Guthman, SVP Programming Strategy and Acquisitions. The half-hour comedy created by Bentley Kyle Evans (The Jamie Foxx Show, Martin, Love That Girl) and produced by Evans and partner Trenten Gumbs, will premiere Friday, January 25 at 9PM/ET with two episodes…

The film titled "Cover" highlights brothers on the "down-low," but is its purpose to inform black women or to scare them?

Film Highlights Brothers On the “Down-Low”: What’s Its Purpose?

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“Cover” is a film that gives you a look into a subculture that frightens many African-American women. Valerie Maas (Aunjanue Ellis) and her husband Dutch (Raz Adoti) decide to move their family from Atlanta to Philadelphia so that Dutch may advance in his career as a clinical therapist. Everything seems to be going well as they begin to move up the social ladder of Philadelphia and become members of the…

The Richest African Americans Are…

The Richest African Americans Are…

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The queen of television, Oprah Winfrey is the richest African-American and one of the most lucrative brands in the world. Winfrey tops the inaugural Forbes list of the wealthiest black Americans. She is the only African-American billionaire on the Forbes 2012 billionaires list. Black Entertainment Television founder Robert Johnson was the first African-American billionaire in 2000 after he sold the network to Viacom for $3 billion.   1. Oprah Winfrey Net…

Mother-Daughter Fitness Duo Release Workout Video For Black Women

Mother-Daughter Fitness Duo Release Workout Video For Black Women

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An Atlanta-based mother and daughter fitness team, Ellen and Lana Ector, turned their group exercise classes into a video that women can use to exercise at home called “Black Girls Workout Too.” Ellen and Lana are the owners of Gymnetics Fitness, a private Atlanta studio that offers a variety of workout routines to all. But the mother-daughter team are trying to specifically help black women get into shape. The women…

Wilson Morales of BlackFilm.com discusses a number of quality black films that are getting minimal exposure

10 Must-See Black Films That You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

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There has recently been a drought of movies being made that are positive images of African Americans reaching mainstream movie theaters. Some of these films don’t even make it straight to DVD. These films are critically acclaimed and award winning, yet they often find it hard to find proper distribution deals through major studios. Luckily, black-oriented film festivals have made a considerable rise in popularity of the past few years….

2 Live Crew’s Luke Campbell Calls Spike Lee A ‘Resident House Negro’

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It’s bad enough that a legend like Dick Gregory called Spike Lee a “thug” and a “punk”. It gets even worse when one of the biggest thugs in the industry calls you out for being an “Uncle Tom” and then calls you a “resident house negro”.  Luke Campbell did just that in his column for the Miami New Times. Campbell goes in on Spike with his very first words. “…

ESPN’s Jemele Hill Shares Examples of Racist, Sexist Hate Mail She Receives

ESPN’s Jemele Hill Shares Examples of Racist, Sexist Hate Mail She Receives

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Jemele Hill tweeted a picture of a hate letter ESPN received about her, and unfortunately hate letters infested with racial slurs is nothing new for the African-American columnist. As much as we would like to believe that racism is a thing of the past, a hate letter sent to Hill is just proof that we have a long way to go. ESPN received yet another racist letter about Hill after…

U.S. Census Bureau May Stop Using ‘Negro’ Classification On The Questionnaire

U.S. Census Bureau May Stop Using ‘Negro’ Classification On The Questionnaire

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The U.S. Census Bureau may drop the term Negro from its questionnaire by 2020. The Census Bureau may also change some other minor aspects of the form regarding racial classification, because advocacy groups pushed for more updated categories to reflect cultural trends. The term Negro is listed alongside black and African-American. As first reported by theGrio, many in the African-American community were shocked to learn that the term was going…

How Do You Feel About ‘Django Unchained’ Action Figures?

How Do You Feel About ‘Django Unchained’ Action Figures?

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If you haven’t heard, as the Daily Beast’s Karu Daniels reports, the “National Entertainment Collectibles Association, Inc. (NECA), in tandem with the Weinstein Company, announced a full line of consumer products based on characters from the movie. First up are pose-able eight-inch action figures with tailored clothing, weaponry, and accessories in the likeness of characters played by Foxx, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Leonardo DiCaprio, James Remar and Christoph Waltz….

Martin Lawrence and Kelsey Grammer Resume Comedy Series Plans

Martin Lawrence and Kelsey Grammer Resume Comedy Series Plans

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Martin Lawrence is back in full swing. Lawrence is starring with actor/producer, Kelsey Grammer, in a multi-camera comedy for Lionsgate TV and Debmar-Mercury. According to Deadline.com, the two met up before the Thanksgiving holiday, to discuss plans for the comedy show. However, moving forward with the plans was stalled, due to Grammer’s financial battles with ex-wife, Camille. Grammer was afraid that Camille would try to claim funds from the project,…

Origins of the “Night Watch” and Celebrating The 150th Anniversary of The Emancipation Proclamation

Origins of the “Night Watch” and Celebrating The 150th Anniversary of The Emancipation Proclamation

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      Black Methodists and Baptists celebrate Watch Night, December 31, 1862: the Emancipation Proclamation would go into effect at midnight. This is why the celebration continues in African American churches today, striking a more joyous note than prior penitential Watch Nights. ————— Celebrate 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. http://foundationnationalarchives.org/EP150/