American Black Film Festival Founders Launch Nonprofit For Social Change and Racial Justice

by Dana Givens June 27, 2020 Hollywood has dealt with issues of diversity and inclusion for many years with campaigns like #OscarSoWhite illuminating the disparities many minorities in the industry face on everything from award nominations to salaries. Now, the founders of the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) are coming together

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National Black News Channel Makes Debut

by: BRENDAN FARRINGTON, Associated Press Posted: Feb 14, 2020 / 05:25 PM EST / Updated: Feb 14, 2020 / 05:35 PM EST TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. J.C. Watts was beaming like a proud parent as he talked about the launch of Black News Channel — a project

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Barack and Michelle Obama-produced Netflix documentary ‘American Factory’ clinches Oscar nod

Kevin Breuninger @KevinWilliamB Published Mon, Jan 13 202010:26 AM EST A documentary created by former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama’s production company scored an Oscar nomination, marking the first time an ex-president has snagged a nod at the Academy Awards. Higher Ground Productions, which aims to create

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Byron Allen, Comcast Square Off in Historic Race Discrimination Case

By Piper Hudspeth Blackburn and Chiara Vercellone – November 13, 2019 WASHINGTON — An 1866 Reconstruction era law was put to the test Tuesday when Supreme Court justices wrestled with the standard that television executive Byron Allen must meet to move forward with his discrimination complaint against Comcast Corp. “[The

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Spike Lee Boycotts Gucci and Prada, Says ‘They Don’t Have a Clue’ About Racism

By Joshua Espinoza Feb 08, 2019 Spike Lee said he will no longer wear Prada or Gucci until the fashion houses “hire some black designers.” The Oscar-nominated director made the announcement via Instagram on Friday in light of the labels’ blackface controversies. Prada received backlash less than two months ago for an

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National Association of Black Journalists Rips Into Trump For Treatment of Black Women Reporters

By Chris Mills Rodrigo – 11/09/18 06:30 PM EST The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) released a statement Friday saying it was “appalled” by President Trump‘s “continued disrespect” of African-American women journalists. Headlined “NABJ appalled by President Trump’s continued disrespect of African-American women journalists and journalists in general,” the statement

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Black Venture Capitalists Raising $370 Million This Year. How Much Will Go to Black Businesses?

by Jeffrey McKinney October 29, 2018 In an extraordinary new development, funding for black businesses is flourishing. More than $370 million has been raised or planned this year to back black venture capitalists. However, the percentage that will go to black businesses, remains to be seen. The growing trend is phenomenal

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How ‘Night School’s Will Packer Became The Rare Producer To Open 10 Films Atop The Weekend Gross Charts

by Mike Fleming Jr October 9, 2018 9:22am EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has just closed a deal to acquire Beast, an action-thriller for Will Packer to produce. The logline is being kept under wraps, but the film will show what happens when man is forced to go head-to-head with a beast.

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