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Hollywood, Kobe Bryant, The Oscars -

  Kobe Bryant could have had his first big Hollywood moment 20 years ago. It was Black Mamba, after all, whom director Spike Lee pegged as Jesus Shuttlesworth in his 1998 film He Got Game. Bryant was all set to play the basketball phenom, the son of Oscar winner Denzel Washington’s incarcerated Jake Shuttlesworth. But […]

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International Women's Day, Nike, Serena Williams, Tennis, The Oscars -

“I’ve never been the ‘right’ kind of woman.” Those are the first words Serena Williams says in a personal and powerful new ad that debuted during the Academy Awards. It’s called Until We All Win, and it works as a timely autobiographical project. “I want my daughter to be truthful and honest, strong and powerful,” […]

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Ava Duvernay, Hollywood, Kobe Bryant, Movies, Oprah Winfrey, Shonda Rhimes, The Oscars -

UPDATE— Dear Basketball won the Oscar for Best Animated Short at the 90th Academy Awards. This, quite literally, is a whole new game. But trust that Kobe Bryant is ready to suit up for this next chapter. One of the NBA’s biggest stars officially left the game on April 13, 2016, five months after he […]

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Danai Gurira, Essence Magazine, Hollywood, Lupita Nyong'o, Tessa Thompson, The Oscars, Tiffany Haddish -

  Just about everyone in the space at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel was patting away tears. The General — our general — was in the middle of delivering an impassioned speech about beauty and about how, despite having physical attributes that run contrary to traditional American beauty standards, as a child she was embraced by […]

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Jalen Rose, NCAA, Podcast, The Oscars, The Plug -

With the NCAA news exploding over the weekend, The Plug crew brought in an expert to discuss the state of collegiate athletics. Fab Five phenom, now NBA analyst, Jalen Rose sheds light on exactly how it feels to be young, dumb, talented and broke. Rose also talks about how he thinks the NBA can stand […]

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Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Halle Berry, Kobe Bryant, Quincy Jones, The Oscars -

When the legendary Quincy Jones took the stage on Tuesday night, he immediately launched into a story. It was about hanging out one day with Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Yao Ming. He said he’d grabbed a chair and stood on it so that he was able to look down on the three NBA big […]

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Documentary, John Ridley, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Riots, Movies, Rodney King, Television, The Oscars -

If you’ve been paying attention these past few years, you see exactly what John Ridley is trying to do. The Oscar-winning filmmaker — he earned Hollywood’s biggest prize for writing the adapted screenplay of 2013’s 12 Years a Slave — has been working on projects that entertain and educate. When you experience a John Ridley […]

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Any Given Sunday, Baby Driver, In Living Color, Jamie Foxx, Kanye West, Movies, Music, Ray, Ray Charles, The Oscars -

A staple of NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon is a segment called Musical Genre Challenge. Guests perform pop songs, but in the form of unexpected genres. Jamie Foxx appeared on the May 25 episode, and his first act was to perform Baja Men’s 2000 “Who Let The Dogs Out” in the style of […]

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#OscarsSoWhite, Moonlight, The Oscars -

Moonlight is the best picture of 2016. This thought was in my head from the moment I first saw it, but I couldn’t say anything. As the creator of #OscarsSoWhite, I wasn’t interested in months of “you just picked that movie because it’s about black people” or “you’re a reverse racist.” So, I held my […]

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All Day, All Day Podcast, Black History Month, Nicki Minaj, Remy Ma, The Oscars -

The gang’s back together as Jill Hudson is back in Studio D410 after a weekend of watching Netflix due to being sick. Aaron Dodson has been flexing his skills in the kitchen since we were last on, and there was a whole lot to talk about, considering it’s the end of Black History Month and […]

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Ryan Gosling, The Oscars -

The best part of watching any awards show is seeing the memes that are sure to follow. And during the 2017 Academy Awards last night, of course, the internet delivered. There was dozens of things for audience members to react to — whether it was Viola Davis’ gripping speech or host Jimmy Kimmel’s cringe-worthy “jokes,” […]

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All Day, Jimmy Kimmel, Mahershala Ali, Movies, Sunny Pawar, The Oscars -

Long before he was playing damage control at the Dolby Theater on Sunday night, Jimmy Kimmel was doing his best to keep the crowd engaged during the 89th Academy Awards in Los Angeles. By the time the mess unfolded onstage and eventually the best picture award went to Moonlight, Kimmel had already told enough jokes […]

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All Day, Daily Dose, Ezra Edelman, Mahershala Ali, Moonlight, O.J.:Made In America, Steve Harvey, The Morning Roast, The Oscars, Viola Davis -

The Morning Roast was a fun one this week, even though your boy was low on energy. Here’s Sunday’s show and, remember, if you subscribe and leave a review, you’ll be in on the ground floor of awesome. Or something. Good morning everybody! Went to sleep early last night. So… what I miss? #Oscars — […]

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La La Land, Moonlight, The Oscars, What Had Happened Was -

GAME. BLOUSES. The 89th Academy Awards ended the only way a ceremony celebrating Hollywood could possibly end — with a major plot twist. When the award for best picture was initially announced, the Hollywood-inspired musical La La Land came away with the win. But even before the award was announced it was apparent actor Warren […]

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Ava Duvernay, Barry Jenkins, Denzel Washington, Ezra Edelman, Moonlight, O.J. Simpson, The Oscars -

HOLLYWOOD — When the little guys — Alex Hibbert and Jaden Piner — from Barry Jenkins’ most excellent Oscar-winning film Moonlight walked the red carpet, they gushed that the career they were most chasing is Denzel Washington’s. By the time 2020 hits, it’s his career they hope to have. An hour or so later, the […]

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Style, The Oscars -

When Hollywood’s A-listers step out of their limousines on Sunday afternoon and onto the Academy Awards’ much-hyped red carpet, it will be a Big Fashion Thing (BFT). So much of a BFT that it’s become the de facto holding pen for pop culture fanatics who may not care to watch three hours of the actual […]

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All Day, Bree Newsome, Daily Dose, Donald Trump, Jameis Winston, Mahershala Ali, The Oscars -

NBA trade deadline day is really fun. It’s the biggest of “wild speculation” days on the sports calendar. Can’t wait. Waiting for NBA trade deadline rumors to hit like pic.twitter.com/mhiTA3yC1A — SB Nation (@SBNation) February 23, 2017 If you’re a transgender kid, things just got worse for you. In a move that no one can […]

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Denzel Washington, Fences, Movies, The Oscars -

Since Nov. 8, 2016, we’ve been in a dire search for hope. This search for hope and happiness leads us to place more weight on social and sporting events. Like the recent Super Bowl, for example — in which the Falcons, who make their home in majority-black Atlanta, faced off against a New England Patriots […]

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All Day, Australian Open, Basketball, Chicago, Daily Dose, Donald Trump, Serena Williams, The Oscars, Venus Williams -

We updated our photo for The Morning Roast and, overall, it looks way better. Just needed to put that out there. In less than a week, President Donald Trump has made his mark. With a flurry of executive initiatives, gag orders and other political maneuvers, he’s revealed his character as a relatively insecure person who […]

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The Oscars -

The nominations for the 89th Academy Awards are in — and unlike last year when a number of black actors and films were left out of nominations, this year, Moonlight, a film by and about black people, is nominated in eight categories. The acclaimed film is a coming-of-age story about a young African-American man navigating […]

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All Day, All Day Podcast, Daily Dose, Donald Trump, The Oscars, Usain Bolt -

Just in time for the Oscars and the New Edition miniseries on BET, we talked to our senior entertainment reporter Kelley L. Carter on the All Day Podcast. You can tune in here and subscribe here. President Donald Trump is caught in a lie. And he’s willing to spend your tax dollars to try to […]

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All Day, Daily Dose, NBA, Sean Spicer, The Oscars, Washington Wizards -

Monday night’s episode of The Bachelor was the best of the season so far. Slowly, but surely, we’re going to get Domonique Foxworth to watch the show. Right now, he’s just got fire takes about who should actually win. The nominees for the Academy Awards are out. By the way, let’s not forget that the […]

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Anika Nonie Rose, Brie Larson, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Diversity, Entertainment, Idris Elba, Inclusion, John Boyega, News, Nia Long, OscarsSoWhite, Ryan Coogler, The Academy, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The Oscars, Twitter, Women -

It’s about time. After two consecutive years of the Oscars’ lacking in actors of color, The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has created its most diverse class ever. The honorary organization invited a total of 683 industry professionals to the 2016 class — 41 percent are people of color, and 46 percent are women. In doing […]

The post After #OscarsSoWhite fallout, The Academy’s 2016 class just got more diverse appeared first on theGrio.

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All Day, All Day Podcast, Daily Dose, Rio Olympics 2016, The Oscars -

The Undefeated team went out to Nationals Park to see a ballgame Wednesday night and it was a great time. Before that, we taped the podcast to talk BET Awards, Stephon Marbury’s shoe line and soccer in black America. Check it out. “Make America Great Again” is a term wretchedly fraught with ahistorical nonsense. The […]

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