January 16, 2014

LAWT News Service


Don Cheadle, Kerry Washington, Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey are among the first round of presenters announced for Saturday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards.

The four were also nominated for SAG Awards this year.

Winfrey and Whitaker are both nominated for their individual work in and as part of the cast of “Lee Daniels‘ The Butler.”

Washington is nominated for a SAG Award for her role in ABC’s “Scandal.” Cheadle is nominated for best actor in a comedy series for his part in Showtime’s “House of Lies.” He’s been part of two SAG Award-winning film casts, in “Crash” and “Traffic.”

Other presenters announced today include Ben Affleck, Sasha Alexander, Jennifer Garner, Clark Gregg, Tom Hanks, Jared Leto, Matthew McConaughey and Kevin Spacey.

The 20th Annual SAG Awards will be broadcast live from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center on both TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 18.

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January 16, 2014

LAWT Wire Services


American Promise” spans 13 years as Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, middle-class African-American parents in Brooklyn, N.Y., turn their cameras on their son, Idris, and his best friend, Seun, who make their way through Dalton, one of the most prestigious private schools in the country.

Chronicling the boys’ divergent paths from kindergarten through high school graduation, the documentary exposes truths about America’s struggle to come of age on issues of race, class and opportunity.

“All American families want to give their children the opportunity to succeed. But the truth is, opportunity is just the first step, particularly for families raising black boys. We hope American Promise shines a light on these issues, ” says Stephenson. Adds Brewster, “Our goal is to empower boys, their parents and educators to pursue educational opportunities, especially to help close the black male achievement gap.”

“American Promise,” winner of a Special Jury Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, will premiere Monday, Feb. 3, at 10 p.m. on the POV (Point of View) documentary series on PBS. (Check local listings.) Watch the film on POV’s website, www.pbs.org/pov/americanpromise, from Feb. 4- March 6, 2014.

Coinciding with the documentary, Spiegel & Grau has published PROMISES KEPT: Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and in Life, by Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson with Hilary Beard. Where American Promise raises provocative questions, the book Promises Kept delivers answers, combining insights Joe and Michèle derived from their own experiences with the latest research on closing the black male achievement gap.

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January 09, 2014

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The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) will honor actor Charles S. Dutton, a two-time Tony-nominated and multiple Emmy award-winning actor and director of stage, television and film. Dutton will be feted at the annual Night of Tribute ceremony on Friday, January 31.  For the second year, the Night of Tribute will be part of the pre-show festivities for the awards ceremony of the African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) on Friday, January 31, 2014, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Taglyan Complex, located at 1201 Vine Street in Hollywood, Calif. 

Charles S. Dutton is a two-time Tony-nominated and multiple Emmy award-winning actor and director of stage, television and film. He first became a familiar face to television audiences around the world for his iconic role as the Baltimore garbage collector, Roc Emerson, on the popular Fox comedy (produced by HBO), “Roc,” which aired for three seasons from 1991 to 1994. For the role of Roc, Dutton earned his first NAACP Image Award, followed by two more wins in 2002 and 2003 for his roles in the television movies, “10,000 Black Men Named George” and “D.C. Sniper: 23 Days of Fear,” respectively.

Dutton, who is a native of Baltimore, made his Broadway debut in 1984 with August Wilson's ”Ma Rainey's Black Bottom,” winning him a Theatre World Award and a Best Actor Tony Award nomination.  Six years later, he received another Tony Award nod for Best Actor in August Wilson’s “The Piano Lesson” before heading off to Hollywood, landing more television roles and collecting acting accolades along the way.

In 1999, Dutton received both Emmy and NAACP Image award nominations for his guest-starring role as Alvah Case on the HBO hit prison drama, “Oz.” A year later, he directed the critically-acclaimed and gritty HBO miniseries, “The Corner.” “The Corner” won several Emmys, including Outstanding Miniseries and Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries or a Movie. Dutton picked up an Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special. As the Yale-trained actor continued to show the range of his acting abilities, the nominations and awards just kept on coming. He won back-to-back Emmy Awards in 2002 and 2003 for Outstanding Guest Actor for his roles in “The Practice” and “Without a Trace.”

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January 16, 2014

By Princess Manasseh

LAWTContributing Writer


Nominees for the 45th annual NAACP Image Awards were announced Thursday, January 9 at a live press conference in Pasadena CA.  Celebrity hosts David Oyelowo (“The Butler”), Joe Morton (“Scandal”), Keke Palmer (“CrazySexyCool”), Bresha Webb (“Love That Girl”) and Gina Torres (“Suits”) announced the nominees for all 35 categories spanning film, television, music and literature. 

At the posh Langham Hotel in Pasadena, the winter Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour provided the backdrop for the nomination announcements. 

Some of 2013’s most recognized motion pictures include “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” “12 Years a Slave,” “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” and “Fruitvale Station.”  In the television categories, “Scandal,” “House of Lies,” and “Real Husbands of Hollywood” led the way, each with multiple nominations.     

Often thought of as ‘The Black Academy Awards,’ The Image Awards were founded by the Beverly Hills/Hollywood Branch of the NAACP in 1967 – the height of the Civil Rights Movement.   Though begun by, and for, African Americans, the Image awards in recent years has been viewed by many as the premiere multicultural award show, due to its inclusion of outstanding filmmakers, musicians, and writers of various ethnic backgrounds beyond African American.  

October of 2013 marked a major move for the NAACP when they inked a five-year deal with cable network TV One.   The deal gave TV One exclusive privileges to air the award ceremony for the next five years.  A significant move, 2014 will mark the first year the Image Awards are aired live on cable television’s TV One, previously broadcasting on FOX and later NBC. 

With the tag line, “Where Black Life Unfolds” TV One is a relatively new and rapidly growing network founded in 2004.  Professing on their website to be delivering programming “from an African American point of view” the network was reportedly in over 57 million American households in 2013.  President and CEO of TV One Alfred Liggins is pleased with the recent acquisition of the award show for the network.

“The Image Awards recognize the best that communities of color have to offer and is an exciting addition to our programming line-up -- TV One is pleased to showcase all of these achievements on our network,” said Liggins. 

2013 marked an outstanding year for Black film and television production.  Roslyn M. Brock Chairman of the NAACP took note at Thursday’s press conference.

“This has been an incredible year from the artistic community, with phenomenal contributions across the board from the music, television, motion picture, and literature genres that have the power and impact to drive social change.”   The Chairman went on to recognize the organization’s ability to showcase such achievement.  “The NAACP Image Awards provides an excellent venue to recognize those who make a difference through art and activism, and we are excited to honor and celebrate this caliber of talent.” 

One of the major awards shows of the season the Image awards hold a special significance to African American artists in particular.  The Butler director Lee Daniels made that clear to the Hollywood reporter following the nomination announcements, 

“The importance of being nominated by the NAACP on this particular film touches my very soul.”

The 45th Annual NAACP Image Awards will air live on Saturday February 22 on TVOne at 9pm with a one-hour preshow from the Red Carpet at 8pm.

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January 09, 2014

Special to the NNPA from The St. Louis American


Three 6 Mafia has lost one of its founding members. HiphopDX confirmed that Lord Infamous passed away Friday night at his mother’s home in Memphis. He was 40.

According to fellow Three 6 Mafia co-founder, and Lord Infamous’ half-brother DJ Paul, Lord Infamous (born Ricky Dunigan) passed from a heart attack.

Lord Infamous reportedly suffered a heart attack and stroke in 2010.

“We don’t know yet [if the two incidents were related],” Three 6 Mafia co-founder DJ Paul – and Lord Infamous’ half-brother told HiphopDX. “It probably did. A lot of times people have heart attacks and a lot of people survive heart attacks and usually when they have that second, third one, it’s pretty much over with.”

Lord Infamous is one of the founding members of Three 6 Mafia. Along with Juicy J and DJ Paul, he appeared on all of the group’s early releases and released his debut solo effort, Lord Of Terror, in 1994, which preceded the group’s breakthrough independent release, 1995’s Mystic Stylez. He also participated in creating Three 6 Mafia offshoot group, Da Mafia Six’s latest release, 6ix Commandments, which was released last month.

“He got a chance to see all his dreams come true,” DJ Paul told HiphopDX about Lord Infamous’ role on 6ix Commandments. “Me and [Gangsta] Boo and everybody back in the studio, like he always wanted to see that ’cause we all grew up together. We was 14, 15 when it started so he was happy to see that.”

Information from Hiphopdx. com contributed to this report.

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