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Rikki Hughes is a veteran Emmy- and Grammy Award-winning film producer and entrepreneur. As the founder of Magic Lemonade, a production company specializing in television, film and new media, Hughes has managed to successfully grow her company to sustain offices in Hollywood and Atlanta. Her company has been responsible for producing several memorable television specials…

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One of the most prolific jazz vocalists in the world has died, according to her publicist and manager Devra Hall Levy. Nancy Wilson, 81, died at her residence in Pioneertown, California, after a long illness. She leaves a legacy that includes over 60 albums and singles in a career that spanned more than 50 years.…

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John Legend achieved EGOT status at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 9. The “All of Me” hitmaker’s work as executive producer on “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert” earned him the Outstanding Variety Special (Live) prize at the second part of the annual ceremony, making him one of a select group to…

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Beyoncé’s most recent musical project, “Lemonade,” was a trending topic immediately after its release and has spawned several discussions that are also still trending. Now it may receive even more accolades, as the hour-long musical piece will be considered for an Emmy. HBO will submit the special for Primetime Emmy consideration in the “variety special” category,…

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It’s hard to believe anything negative could be said about Viola Davis’ triumphant Emmy acceptance speech; but social media exposed another example of racial prejudice in Hollywood. Davis referenced Harriet Tubman (who she will play in an HBO-produced biopic) and received a standing ovation for her speech. Immediately following her speech, “General Hospital” actress Nancy…

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I was introduced to Regina King in the late ’80s when she played Brenda Jenkins, the sassy-mouthed daughter of Lester (Hal Williams) and Mary Jenkins (Marla Gibbs) on NBC’s sistah girl comedy “227.” What I remember most about King’s character is she rolled her big hazel eyes in a way that connected with me, in an impressionable manner.…

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America was first introduced to Ameena Matthews in the Emmy Award-winning documentary “The Interrupters” in 2011. The film followed three violence interrupters over the course of a year and their journey to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they once engaged in. Employed by the organization Ceasefire, the interrupters used their street cred to…

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The TV industry has been buzzing for the past few days about a hot drama that has Halle Berry attached to star in a hot spec titled, “Higher Learning.” One may think that moving to the “small” screen is a step back, but I beg to differ because these big cable networks have produced series like,…

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