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Movie Clippings: Black Films Still Lack Infrastructure Says Mike D Founder of ReelBlack | Black History

February 14, 2013

VideoBuzz: Reelblack founder Mike D was invited to participate in a panel on the impact of Gordon Parks (1912-2006) and the future of African-American Film. Here he offers his opinion on the current state of Black Film. Mike is currently raising funds to complete a feature length documentary entitled BLACK FILM NOW. Special thanks: Macy’s Center City. For more details, visit

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Award Clippings: Rewind NAACP Image Awards Red Carpet with Jamie Foxx, Scandal Cast, Don Cheadle | blacktreemedia

February 13, 2013

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Theatre Buzz: See Sojourner at 7 Stages Theatre January 23-27, 2013 | starring Barrymore Award Nominee Zuhairah | Living Atlanta Style

November 18, 2012

Sojourner Coming in January just in time for
BHM starring Barrymore Award Nominee Zuhairah 

The Buzz: “Sojourner” is a biography of Sojourner Truth. “Sojourner” takes a hard look at her life, not only as a woman, but as a slave. It also takes a compelling look at pre-civil war America and what led to the conflict.

“Sojourner” will at times make you laugh, then cry, and force a look at the morals, values and conditions that shaped America. You will awe at Sojourner Truth’s unwavering spirit to overcome – and be moved to “sojourn for the truth… even to the ends of the earth.”

Showtimes: Wednesday January 23, 2013 8:00 p.m.; Thursday January 24, 2013 8:00 p.m.; Friday January 25, 2013 8:00 p.m.; Saturday January 26, 2013 3:00 p.m.; Saturday January 26, 2013 8:00 p.m.; Sunday January 27, 2013 3:00 p.m.

General Admission $20.00 | Seniors (age 62+) $10.00 all shows | Students (with ID) $10.00 January 23rd only

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7 Stages Theatre 1105 Euclid Avenue NE Atlanta, Ga. 30307

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The Cut with that Brother! Magic Johnson group to buy Dodgers for $2 billion | Big League Stew – Yahoo! News

March 28, 2012

 Do you believe in Magic? For an astounding $2.15 billion dollars, a sum decided Tuesday night, Frank McCourt believes. That’s how much the Los Angeles Dodgers will cost Magic Johnson’s group, the Wall Street Journal reports. Johnson’s consortium beat out two others — one that included St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke, and another that included billionaire Steve Cohen and former major league manager Tony La Russa.

The record amount for a major league team would top the $845 million the Ricketts family paid in 2010 for the Chicago Cubs. More importantly to Dodgers fans, it will take McCourt out of the Dodgers ownership loop after eight long years. McCourt bought the franchise for $430 million in 2004 but took it into bankruptcy. Well, he won’t be bankrupt anymore once the deal closes.

Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that there was no auction for the team, and that Magic’s group also would control the parking lots around Dodger Stadium. (McCourt reportedly had been haggling over them.)

Johnson plans a news conference Wednesday in New York (but it’s highly unlikely that he’s moving the Dodgers back to Brooklyn).

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Hair She Goes! First-Ever Pretty Brown Girl Day February 25th | BlackHistory | PrettyBrownGirls

February 6, 2012

Black History Month — Empower a girl, empower a worldPretty Brown Girl is asking all girls and women across the United States and around the world to celebrate themselves, families and friends. This is a great way for brown girls of all ages, cultures and ethnicities to empower themselves and boost their self-confidence.

On Saturday, February 25, 2012, Pretty Brown Girl (PBG) is encouraging families, youth mentoring groups, civic organizations and churches locally and nationally to embrace the differences among their youth. It is important for girls to understand that no matter what their skin tone they are beautiful inside and out.

The Pretty Brown Girl collection includes the book, My First Day of School and the PGB pledge; which encourages girls to Dream Big. There are also T-shirts, bags, other accessories and the anticipated Pretty Brown Girl Doll; available this Spring. Now girls and women are proudly describing themselves and others as pretty brown girls with this simple but powerful message.

In August 2011, Sheri and Corey Crawley launched Pretty Brown Girl, LLC in Detroit at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History. The couple was inspired to start the company by their daughters Lailia and Aliya.

When the family relocated to a Detroit suburb, Sheri observed changes in her oldest daughter’s behavior. Laila lost her bubbly personality and became more withdrawn and timid during school hours. She began to make comments that she wanted her hair to look like that of her classmates as opposed to her own beautifully textured hair. When Sheri began sharing her observations with other moms, she realized that different families were having similar experiences.

Those incidents combined with a news report, that showed children of all ages and backgrounds still have negative connotations of people with darker skin tones, made Sheri and Corey realized there is a need for positive messaging to girls around the world.

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Cornbread Cook-Off | Slammin’ in the Suburbs Are Just a Few Events as Roswell Roots Kicks Off February 1 | #BlackHistoryMonth Atlanta

January 31, 2012


February is Black History Month and to celebrate, Roswell will host the 11th Annual Roswell Roots festival throughout the month. Roswell Roots is the largest and most comprehensive Black History celebration in the state of Georgia and celebrates black history and culture by sponsoring a variety of art exhibits, history and cultural events.

Slammin’ in the Suburbs” – Roswell Poetry Slam – For an evening of exciting and inspiring spoken word, join us for “Slammin’ in the Suburbs”. This is Roswell’s 8th annual poetry slam during which poets perform their work and are judged by members of the audience on content (discretion encouraged) and performance. New this year…an invitational round of competition amongst some of the metro’s best spoken word artists! Also new….bigger and better prizes! A $500 cash 1st place prize will be awarded as well as a $400 2nd place prize, a $300 3rd place prize, a $200 4th place prize and a $100 5th place prize. Hosted by award winning spoken word artist, Ayodele Heath. For details on the rules and how to participate, visit February 16 at The Teaching Museum. 7 p.m.

Cornbread Cook-Off – The first annual Cornbread Cook-Off will take place at Pleasant Hill Community Center with a prize for Best Cornbread chosen by our professional judge, Ms. Susan Puckett, author and former Atlanta Journal/Constitution Food Editor. We’ll also have a People’s Choice Award chosen by you, the attendees! Everyone will get to sample each of the competitors’ cornbread and then vote for your favorite! For details about how to enter the competition, visit NOTE: A minimum of 10 contestants required for contest to take place.

Other events include The McIntosh County Shouters in Concert with special introduction by Art Rosenbaum and Unity Concert & Reception

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The Clippings: New Website to Trace Origins of Enslaved Africans |

April 28, 2011

Volunteer Assistance Sought from Africans, African Diaspora, Scholars Worldwide


Little is known of the ancestry of Africans pulled into the trans-Atlantic slave trade. A new website, launched at Emory University this week, aims to change that. The African-Origins ( website provides a rare glimpse of the identities of Africans aboard early nineteenth-century slaving vessels, and through this information, the possibility of tracing the origins of millions of other Africans forcibly transported to the Americas. Public participation will be critical to piecing together this missing history.

Visitors to African-Origins can search an online database of Africans liberated from slaving vessels, with such details as gender, age, African port of departure, and, most importantly, an African name. Because names used within African languages and social groups have remained fairly consistent over the last two centuries, the thousands of names listed in this database are clues to the linguistic and ethnic origins of the Africans on board these vessels.

Scholars are now looking for help in identifying the modern counterparts of these names and the languages and ethnicities with which they are likely associated. Through the African-Origins website, those with knowledge of African languages and cultural naming practices can suggest these links. By taking a few minutes to search and listen for familiar names and contribute a modern counterpart, language, and ethnic group, members of the public can help identify the language, ethnic and geographic origins of people listed in these registers, and subsequently the likely origins of millions of other unnamed Africans enslaved during this period.

With these insights, scholars serving as editors of the database can consider the range of possible languages and groups affiliated with a name alongside historical research of peoples’ locations and movements across Africa. As contributions are received and analyzed, new information will be added to the African-Origins database on the likely language and ethnicity of each individual. Visitors to the site will eventually be able to search for Africans by linguistic group and view maps of the historical locations of people pulled into the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

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QuickBuzz: GM Offers Sneak Peek at Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial | Black History Month

February 17, 2011

General Motors is providing an advance look at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, which will be dedicated on Aug. 28 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.  

As major contributors to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Foundation, the General Motors Foundation, GM and Chevrolet received one of only two replicas of the Memorial. GM is donating its replica to the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History for its ongoing effort to provide learning opportunities, exhibitions and programs that explore the diverse history and culture of African Americans.

“As the world’s largest museum dedicated to the African American experience, we are honored to house the replica of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial,” said Charles H. Wright Museum President Juanita Moore. “The replica is a great addition to the Museum’s collection, which documents, preserves and educates on African American history, life, and culture.”

“This replica of the Memorial will reach many people from around the world who visit the Charles H. Wright Museum here in Detroit and will help to spread Dr. King’s message of democracy, justice, hope and love,” Pickard said.

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Hair She Goes! Phylicia Rashad Narrates ‘AfriCOBRA’ Documentary Special Saluting Chicago-Based Artists | Feb 7 TV Land Celebrates Black History

February 5, 2011

TV Land Celebrates Black History Month With ‘AfriCOBRA: Art For The People’ On February 7

In honor of Black History Month, TV Land is paying tribute to the art and artists of AfriCOBRA with an original special entitled  “AfriCOBRA:  Art For The People” premiering Monday, February 7, 2011 at 8:30PM ET/PT.  Narrated by three-time Emmy® Award nominee and Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad, (“The Cosby Show”) this half-hour documentary features an engaging and animated history of the AfriCOBRA group, contemporary interviews with some of the AfriCOBRA artists and an illustrious display of their artwork.  After the special airs, it will be offered in its entirety at

“AfriCOBRA: Art For The People” was written, produced and art directed by TV Land and directed by Juan Delcan from Nola Pictures.  Delcan recently designed the stage visuals for U2’s 360 Tour as well as directed commercials for clients including NBC, Puma, Carolina Herrera, JetBlue and DeBeers among others.  

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Free Screening: “We Need To Talk” A Janks Morton Documentary #NowPlaying thru Feb 6th at | A Black History Month Limited Screening

February 2, 2011

We Need To Talk, Black History Month Limited Screening Now at – Click Image to Watch Now thru Feb 6th – Free Preview

From producer Janks Morton (What Black Men Think and Men To Boys) comes the next installment of the necessary and urgent conversation that has begun to lead the national dialogue in a new direction. With heartfelt and intimate moments shared by ten phenomenal women from the south side of Chicago, their riveting and untold story is shared…Sister, daughter, grandmother, aunt or girlfriend, there is something I need to tell you about my life, and I hope my story will help you to heal…

“We Need To Talk,” is guaranteed to provide the cornerstone and bedrock for all women to begin to give back to younger women in a way that has never been initiated by film. The truth and the transparency of these women’s lives has permanently knocked opened the doorway to let a soul restoring generational bridge to be built…

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