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Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg surprised a number of students by appearing in video calls with them to mark their graduation. The 66-year-old media mogul and the acclaimed Hollywood director answered questions from the graduates on John Krasinski’s show “Some Good News,” with activist Malala Yousafzai and comedian Jon Stewart also answering questions from the…

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Issa Rae shares what she is fed up with about Hollywood. The “Insecure” creator told “Yahoo Entertainment” she always works to ensure that her sets are diverse because “it is threaded in the fabric of my being to look around me and make sure that there is representation because that’s what I wholeheartedly want to…

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Jeff Hodges is an actor, radio personality, speaker and youth advocate. Hodges is the host of “It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop,” a radio show that airs on iHeartRadio every Friday at 10 p.m. He is also the publisher of ​ Young Men’s Perspective Magazine​ and author of the bestseller, A Collection of Conversations A Guide…

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Cheryl Grace, Nielsen’s senior vice president of community alliances and consumer engagement, recently served as the co-creator of Nielsen’s 2019 Diverse Intelligence Series Report on African Americans. Titled, “It’s in the Bag: Black Consumers’ Path to Purchase,” the study revealed that Blacks are welcoming recipients of advertising across all channels. However, companies’ investments to advertise…

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Deidre McDonald has more than 30 years of experience as an award-winning producer, writer and educator. As the founding artistic director for the BronzeLens Film Festival, which showcases Atlanta as the new mecca for film production, she is dedicated to empowering the next generation of filmmakers. BronzeLens has been recognized nationally and internationally for its…

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Launched in January 2019, CLEO TV is a lifestyle and entertainment network targeting millennial and Gen X black women. Named for the Egyptian queen, CLEO TV will offer content that defies culturally demeaning stereotypes of women of color. The network promises a diverse offering of short-form and long-form content including travel, home design, cooking, talk shows, movies,…

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Jennifer Hudson is fighting to keep her private life away from the media. The “Voice” coach has filed a motion asking to ban the public from having access to “upcoming child-related legal proceedings” ahead of a trial that is due to take place between herself and former fiance David Otunga, in connection to their nine-year-old son…

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Journalist Ken Smikle, the president and founder of Target Market News, died Wednesday Sept. 12, 2018, of congestive heart failure. The Harlem native and his Emmy award winning wife retired investigative reporter Renee Ferguson were longtime residents of the Kenwood neighborhood in Chicago. Smikle has written for Essence and served as senior editor for Black Enterprise.…

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Natasha S. Alford was recently honored for being a leading lady in media by Jack Daniel’s Gentleman Jack during the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) annual conference in Detroit. Jack Daniel’s “Leading Ladies in Media” private dinner reception honored both Alford and trailblazing Alford is an award winning journalist, Afro Latina advocate, and the deputy editor…

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Atlanta is the ninth-ranked media market in the United States, according to News Generation, a media relations company based in Baltimore. Home to national news conglomerate CNN, TNT, Cartoon Network, Bounce TV and local news outlets, such as WSB-TV and The Atlanta Voice, Atlanta has managed to carve out a home for Hollywood. This includes…

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Matt Lawler is the director of digital media for the Global Partnerships division of AEG, the largest sports and entertainment group in the world. Acting as an internal agency for AEG, Global Partnerships oversees worldwide sponsorship sales and activation for over 135 world-class platforms across five continents and numerous other assets, including venues, sports franchises, events, tours, festivals and…

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Maze Jackson has a diverse background of experience in the worlds of business, politics, and community engagement. For over 25 years, Jackson has been lobbying for high-profile clients, creating community-based solutions and driving the discussions that shape impactful policies.  Jackson has been featured on ABC, CBS, the New York Times, Chicago Sun-Times, and a variety of…

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