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Jamie Foxx to play Marvin Gaye

Jamie Foxx will chronicle Marvin Gaye’s triumphant, tragic life story in a planned limited series about the soul icon. The actor is executive producing the project alongside Passe Jones Entertainment’s Suzanne de Passe and Madison Jones, who will shop the series to various linear and digital outlets, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “I’ve been …Read More

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Cube Vision Lands Production Deal

According to Variety.com, Cube Vision, rapper, actor and producer Ice Cube’s production company, has signed a comprehensive first-look deal with 20th Century Fox TV and Fox 21 Television Studios. The two-year deal sets up Cube Vision to develop projects for broadcast, cable, and digital outlets. Ice Cube has brought in manager Jeff Kwatinetz to run Cube Vision’s TV production.  Cube and Kwatinetz …Read More

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Chris Rock Announces Tour

After inking a deal with Netflix for two stand-up specials, Chris Rock is going on his first comedy tour in nine years. The announcement came via a Facebook Live video posted to the comedian’s timeline on Monday (December 5). “Tonight, I am announcing that I, Chris Rock, am going on tour,” he shared while standing outside of Los Angeles’ …Read More

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Dakota Access Pipeline Work Halted

After Months of Non-Violent Protest from Standing Rock Sioux, Army Corps of Engineers Halts Dakota Access Pipeline Work.  The pipeline was set to cross the river a half-mile from the Standing Rock Sioux reservation border. Tribal members have for months protested the project, worried that a pipeline breach could threaten their drinking water supplies. “Although …Read More

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Dorothy Height Honored on Postage Stamp In 2017

The U.S. Postal Service just announced civil rights leader Dorothy Height will be honored as the 40th stamp in the Black Heritage Forever series. The painting of Height is based on based on a 2009 photograph shot by Lateef Mangum. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamp. Height was a tireless activist who dedicated …Read More

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Colonel Abrams Dies Homeless

Eighties dance music sensation Colonel Abrams has died a year after it was revealed he was living homeless on the streets of New York. The 67-year-old is most famous for his 1985 track Trapped which was a big hit on both sides of the Atlantic.  The catchy number topped the Hot Dance Club Play chart and …Read More

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Ford Invests $6 Million In Motown Museum Renovation

Ford Motor Company and UAW-Ford have announced a $6 million investment towards a planned expansion of the Motown Museum in Detroit, reports Billboard. The figure makes the auto giant and union the lead donors in a recently announced $50 million upgrade that will create a new Ford-branded theater, space for interactive exhibits and a recording …Read More

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Dave Chappelle Inks Netflix Deal

Dave Chappelle has inked a deal with Netflix for three new comedy specials.  The projects will mark Chappelle’s first standup TV specials in 12 years, and it marks another aggressive push by Netflix in the standup comedy arena.  “Dave Chappelle is a legendary voice in comedy — searing, vital, and now more than ever, essential,” said Lisa Nishimura, …Read More

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Angela Bassett Joins Marvel Cast

“What’s Love Got To Do With It” star Angela Bassett has joined Marvel’s “Black Panther,” playing the mother of the title character.  Michael B. Jordan, Forest Whitaker, Lupita Nyong’o and “The Walking Dead’s” Danai Gurira are also part of the ensemble cast. “Creed” helmer Ryan Coogler will direct. Chadwick Boseman will play T’Challa, the prince of the …Read More