Billy Porter makes Emmys history and the category is ‘love’
NEW YORK (AP) — And the category, a jubilant Billy Porter said as he made Emmys history, "is love, y'all, love."
Porter, known for making fashion statements on red carpets, became the first...
NEW YORK (AP) — Barry Jenkins will direct a film based on the life of choreographer Alvin Ailey.
A spokesperson for Fox Searchlight on Monday confirmed that the studio is developing the...
Showtime: 18th Tribeca opens in Harlem with ‘The Apollo’
NEW YORK (AP) — The 18th Tribeca Film Festival moved uptown on Wednesday for an opening night that honored an elder New York institution: the Apollo Theater.
Regina King wins Oscar for ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Regina King's flowing gown nearly tripped her up on the way to collect her Oscar trophy, the actress' only misstep this award season.
‘Beale Street’ tops Spirit Awards, Close wins best actress
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Two years after his "Moonlight" triumphed on the eve of the Oscars, Barry Jenkins' adaptation of the James Baldwin novel "If Beale Street Could Talk" on Saturday topped...
At NBRs, Hollywood’s award season clashes with Trump address
NEW YORK (AP) — While Sunday's Golden Globes were notable for their lack of political speeches, Donald Trump couldn't be avoided at Tuesday night's National Board of Review Awards which, it turned out, were scheduled concurrently with the president's nationally televised address advocating for a border wall with Mexico.
In ‘Beale Street,’ a radiant portrait of young black love
NEW YORK (AP) — Barry Jenkins years ago went on Etsy to have a James Baldwin quote embroidered onto his leather phone case. The line so resonated with the filmmaker that it's also spoken in Spanish by a character in his short film "Chlorophyl." Jenkins no longer has the case but when the Baldwin line is read to him, he quickly takes up the reciting.
Review: ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ is lyrical and lovely
"Every black person born in America was born on Beale Street...whether in Jackson, Mississippi, or in Harlem, New York," reads the title card that begins director Barry Jenkins' "If Beale Street Could Talk ."
‘Black Panther,’ ‘A Star Is Born’ among AFI Awards honorees
LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Black Panther," ''A Star Is Born" and "Mary Poppins Returns" are among the American Film Institute's top 10 films of the year.
AFI announced its selections for the 19th AFI Awards Tuesday, recognizing works deemed culturally and artistically significant by a jury of AFI trustees, scholars and critics.
Brian Tyree Henry: ‘I feel everything’
NEW YORK (AP) — When Brian Tyree Henry filmed his scenes in "If Beale Street Could Talk," he wept. When he saw the finished film, he wept again.
Spirit Awards heap noms on ‘Eighth Grade,’ ‘First Reformed’
NEW YORK (AP) — The 34th Film Independent Spirit Awards showered nominations on Bo Burnham's coming-of-age tale "Eighth Grade," Lynne Ramsay's existentialist thriller "You Were Never Really Here" and Paul Schrader's religious drama "First Reformed" in nominees announced Friday .
Student cited for bringing pistol to Montana high school
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A high schooler in northwest Montana has been cited for reportedly bringing a gun onto campus.
MacDowell Colony to name library after James Baldwin
NEW YORK (AP) — One of the country's top artist colonies is naming its library after James Baldwin.
The MacDowell Colony announced Wednesday that the James Baldwin Library will be dedicated Nov. 4, in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Poet Kevin Young and educator-writer Florence Ladd are scheduled to speak at the ceremony.
Baldwin, who died in 1987, was known for such classic works as "The Fire Next Time" and "Go Tell it on the Mountain." He was a MacDowell resident in 1954, 1957 and 1960.
Barry Jenkins premieres ‘Beale Street’ to tears and applause
TORONTO (AP) — Of the many who were moved by Barry Jenkins' James Baldwin adaptation "If Beale Street Could Talk," none was more shaken than the actor Brian Tyree Henry. "Get it together, Brian," he told himself on the stage of the Princess of Wales Theatre moments after the film's premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival
Fall Preview: Barry Jenkins on adapting James Baldwin
NEW YORK (AP) — On one fateful European trip in 2013, Barry Jenkins wrote two scripts: "Moonlight," from Tarell Alvin McCraney's play, and "If Beale Street Could Talk," from James Baldwin's novel. "Moonlight" came together over just 10 days in Brussels. "If Beale Street Could Talk" was written over six weeks in Berlin.
NEW YORK (AP) — Writer-director Barry Jenkins has unveiled the teaser trailer for his anticipated "Moonlight" follow-up, "If Beale Street Could Talk," on the birthday of author James Baldwin.
"If Beale Street Could Talk" is based on Baldwin's celebrated 1974 novel. Debuting the trailer on Twitter , Jenkins wrote that the late author's birthday "has always been a day to pay tribute."
LOS ANGELES (AP) — VH1's upcoming Trailblazer Honors will celebrate television pioneer Ryan Murphy and Trayvon Martin's parents.
The event, now in its fifth year, recognizes champions of diversity and civil activism.
Murphy, known for creating "American Horror Story" and "Glee," is being recognized for leading the way on LGBTQ representation on television. His latest FX series, "Pose," has the largest LGBTQ cast ever for a scripted series.
Cumberbatch to bring ‘Letters Live’ to NYC
NEW YORK (AP) — Benedict Cumberbatch is back to reading passionate emotional letters onstage, this time in New York City.
The British actor was one of many celebs who have taken part over the years in "Letters Live," which originated from London. Stars are given letters with highly emotional material to read, and they don't know what they're going to be reading until moments before they hit the stage.
Common has praised Kanye West as someone he "admires".
The 46-year-old rapper and actor, and the 'Heartless' hitmaker, both hail from Chicago, and Common has revealed he has known the fellow musician since they were teenagers, and has always thought of Kanye as "courageous".
He said: "I've known him since he was 19 - he was always speaking out. Some of my friends wanted to fight him. I always admired him. There's courage - honesty there, instead of being politically correct."
Acclaimed poet Nikki Giovanni stirs Houston admirers
Transition is a word that transfixes powerhouse poet, professor and activist Nikki Giovanni.
After a half-century as a creative professional with friends including Maya Angelou, Nina Simone and James Baldwin, and enduring loss and cancer, her newest book -- "A Good Cry: What We Learn from Tears and Laughter" -- explores transitions of life while touching on the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture, NASA and Black Lives Matter beyond the hashtag.
Bethel Park High School to host African American read-in on Feb. 11
Students and faculty at Bethel Park High School will hold an African American read-in as part of observing Black History Month.
The event will be held at 2 p.m. Feb. 11 in the Bethel Park High School Large Group Instruction Room, 309 Church Road.
The read-in will be put on by the Bethel Park High School English Language Arts Department and the students in STAND—Standing Together Against Negativity and Discrimination.
A tour in the footsteps of famous African-Americans in Paris
PARIS (AP) — The great African-American writers James Baldwin and Richard Wright began their feud over Wright's novel "Native Son," at Cafe Les Deux Magots. Jazz trumpeter Miles Davis held hands with his white girlfriend, French actress Juliette Greco, while strolling along the Seine after hanging out with Picasso. Entertainer Josephine Baker became a megastar at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees.
The list of Black expatriates still grows
When Richard Wright, author of some of the most powerful 20th-century novels in American history, concluded that America was addicted to racism and would never fully accept him despite his contributions, he opted to live out his life in Paris.
Teachings of James Baldwin celebrated at Church of the Advocate
The Church of the Advocate hosted “James Baldwin: God’s Revolutionary Voice,” a weekend of events honoring the teachings of James Baldwin, July 7 — 9. The effort was organized by the Saturday Free School, a free community class at the Advocate that studies African-American culture and history.
Organizers said the celebration was an effort to highlight Baldwin’s ideas about race and other social issues, and spark solutions.
Barry Jenkins to direct If Beale Street Could Talk
Barry Jenkins is to direct 'If Beale Street Could Talk'.
The 37-year-old filmmaker - whose latest movie 'Moonlight' won the Academy Award for Best Picture earlier this year - is set to helm an adaptation of the James Baldwin novel as his next project following his Oscar success.
According to Variety, Jenkins has been keen to make the movie for some time and penned the script in the same summer as he wrote 'Moonlight', for which he personally won the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar this year.
NEW YORK (AP) — Writer-director Barry Jenkins' feature-film follow-up to his Oscar-winning "Moonlight" will be an adaptation of James Baldwin's "If Beale Street Could Talk."
Annapurna Pictures announced Monday that Jenkins will start shooting the film in October.
Jenkins said adapting Baldwin's 1974 novel about love and injustice in 1970s Harlem is "a dream I've long held dear." He penned the screenplay in the same 2013 summer during which he wrote "Moonlight" from Tarell Alvin McCraney's play.
When Archishman Raju came to the United States from India four years ago to attend graduate school at Cornell University, he had never heard of the American writer James Baldwin.
Then in April, the 24-year-old accompanied a friend, a Penn graduate student, to a class taught by former Temple University professor Anthony Monteiro. The subject of the weekly Saturday Free School class: Baldwin.
‘O.J.’ doc director dedicates Oscar to Brown, Goldman
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ezra Edelman's nearly eight hour meditation on O.J. Simpson and the culture of race relations in the United States "O.J.: Made in America" emerged as the winner of an unusually strong and even thematically similar best documentary category. In his acceptance speech Sunday Edelman dedicated his award to the late Ron Goldman, Nicole Brown and their families.
Rae gets laughs, King draws tears at Essence pre-Oscar gala
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Actresses Aja Naomi King and Yara Shahidi quoted James Baldwin. "Insecure" creator Issa Rae shared awkward memories of her first trip down a Hollywood red carpet. And singer-songwriter Janelle Monae, who makes her acting debut in two films best-picture nominated films at Sunday's Oscars, insisted black women "have a right to have our stories told."
This week in art-house cinema: Oscar parties, Oscar movies and ‘Raising Arizona’
A pair of movie awards-watching parties, a slew of Oscar-nominated movies ahead of Sunday’s ceremony and an anniversary screening of a Coen Brothers classic highlight art-house cinema selections this week.
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The Oscar Experience: Circle Cinema’s annual Academy Awards party on the big screen will feature a red carpet, photo ops, food and drinks, Oscar ballots and prize giveaways, beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday.
Movie completes James Baldwin’s unfinished project
James Baldwin was a decorated essayist, novelist and playwright as well as a staunch civil rights advocate whose work exemplified his outspokenness. However, it was his final unfinished book, “Remember this House,” that became the inspiration for the film “I Am Not Your Negro.”
The incomplete book captured the attention of director Raoul Peck, whose movie opens in theaters today. The film recently received an Academy Award nomination for best documentary — feature.
In ‘I Am Not Your Negro,’ fire of Baldwin’s words burns anew
NEW YORK (AP) — One of the surest ways to see the power and relevance of James Baldwin's words today would be to look at some of the signs of recent protesters. "If I love you I must make you conscious of things you do not see," read one. "The only way to be really despicable is to be contemptuous of other people's pain," read another.
Madonna on Trump: ‘We have gone as low as we can go’
NEW YORK (AP) — Madonna, an outspoken critic of President-elect Donald Trump, is trying to put a positive spin on his Friday inauguration.
"He's actually doing us a great service, because we have gone as low as we can go," she said Thursday night. "We can only go up from here, so what are we going to do? We have two choices, destruction and creation. I chose creation."
James Baldwin finally receives his kudos
As America grapples with increased reports of violent intolerance, the literary works of James Baldwin seem almost prophetic. Baldwin, who died nearly three decades ago, analyzed the racial injustices African Americans struggled with, and his insights from another era still rings true today.
Madonna, Kesha get emotional when accepting Billboard honors
NEW YORK (AP) — The annual Billboard Women In Music event featured emotional and heartfelt speeches about the uphill battles women face in the music industry, including personal stories from top honoree Madonna and pop singer Kesha.
The Material Girl, named woman of the year Friday, was passionate as she spoke onstage in New York about being raped at knifepoint, battling critics, and being called words like "whore," ''witch" and "Satan" throughout her career.
Text of Obama’s remarks at museum dedication
WASHINGTON (AP) — Text of President Barack Obama's remarks on Saturday at the dedication of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, as provided by the White House.
James Baldwin once wrote, "For while the tale of how we suffer, and how we are delighted, and how we may triumph is never new, it always must be heard." For while the tale of how we suffer, and how we are delighted, and how we may triumph is never new, it always must be heard.
The murder last year of nine people at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., epitomizes the subject of “The Fire This Time.” These African-American churchgoers, including an 87-year-old woman, were murdered by a white racist simply because they were black.