Arts & Culture

The Kennedy Center Put Q-Tip In Charge Of Hip-Hop Culture & He Built A Dream Team To Help

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. has announced the inauguration of its Hip Hop Culture Council, and the names are nothing short of heavyweights. According to the center’s Medium page, the council is comprised of Hip Hop luminaries from across various elements of the culture.   Those announced include:… Read More

BronzeLens Newly Named Oscar®-Qualifying Festival Film Festival in Short Film Category

The eighth annual BronzeLens Film Festival kicks off Sunday, August 20 and will run through Sunday, August 27, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. Festival headliners include 2017 BronzeLens Women SuperStars, Queen Latifah (Girls Trip and Bessie)award-winning director, writer and producer Neema Barnette (“Queen Sugar,” “Being Mary Jane,” “The Breaks”), veteran television and theater actress Crystal Fox… Read More

Brandy to Return to Broadway Cast of Chicago

Grammy winner Brandy Norwood will return to Broadway’s Chicago next month for 17 performances only.   Norwood, who first played Roxie Hart on Broadway in a four-month engagement in 2015, will again step into the role August 17–31 at the Ambassador Theatre (219 W. 49th St.)   Norwood has sold more than 40 million albums… Read More

Discovery Communications And Universal Pictures Join With Producer Will Packer To Form Will Packer Media

Leading Hollywood producer Will Packer has partnered with Discovery Communications and Universal Pictures to form Will Packer Media, a first-of-its-kind production and branded content company.   The venture will focus on the New American Mainstream audience, with an urban millennial core that is defining and driving pop culture at large. Packer, who has had nine… Read More

HBO LAUNCHES ‘THE HELA PROJECT’ INSPIRED BY ‘THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS’

HBO announces the official launch of “The HeLa Project,” a culturally-grounded, multi-media exhibition inspired by the highly anticipated HBO film, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne.   Directed by George C. Wolfe, the film is based on Rebecca Skloot’s critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller of the same name…. Read More

Kerry Washington Is Turning One Of Last Year’s Most Important Books Into A Movie

Kerry Washington will play a hand in bringing an impressive debut novel ― Brit Bennett’s The Mothers ― to the screen.   The novel is the story of Nadia, a girl living in a black community in California, who begins dating the son of the small town’s preacher, Luke. At 17, she gets an abortion,… Read More

This Dance Inspired By ‘Moonlight’ Is Almost As Gorgeous As The Real Thing

Critics have described Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight” ― the stunning film awarded Best Picture at the Academy Awards ― as a cinematic poem, in part because of its masterful score, stretches of silence, and piercing use of color.   A ballet-infused dance inspired by the motion picture, choreographed by Robert Battle of New York’s Alvin Ailey… Read More

Jay Z Will Co-Produce Film Version Of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Musical ‘In The Heights’

Harvey Weinstein announced some long-awaited news, the film version of “In The Heights” is in the works, and Jay -Z is reportedly on board to produce it.   The man better known as Beyoncé’s husband is indeed joining the “In The Heights” team, already helmed by producer Scott Sanders (whose company was behind Broadway’s “The… Read More

DREAMGIRLS ORIGINAL LONDON CAST RECORDING GETS AN APRIL RELEASE DATE

The West End production of the five-time Olivier nominated Dreamgirls has announced an April 14th release date for its original London cast recording.   Sony Classical will release the highly-anticipated cast album in a stunning new double-disc recorded LIVE at London’s Savoy Theatre.   Directed by Casey Nicholaw, with book and lyrics by Tom Eyen,… Read More

Bud Light Brings the Roots Back for Annual Jam Session at SXSW

It’s that time of year again! As the details continue to unfold regarding this year’s South by Southwest festival, attendees are eagerly filling up their calendars while those at home live vicariously through social media.   Continuing a tradition set last year, Bud Light has teamed up with the Roots once again to celebrate networking,… Read More