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With the historical drama Selma showing in movie theaters nationwide, the film has highlighted the role Selma, Alabama, played in Black history. There are many reasons to visit. Here are five that make Selma a must. –Jubilee was voted one of the Top 100 Events to attend in North America. This year, Jubilee will be commemorating…

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The organization Supreme Street recently sponsored Project Selma NOLA, a program that gives inner-city youth in New Orleans the opportunity to see the critically acclaimed Ava Duvernay-directed film Selma. Rolling out spoke to Supreme Street founder Lawrence Parker about Project Selma NOLA. Why was it important for you to sponsor children from New Orleans to see the show? It…

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Since 1975, Rev. Jesse Jackson’s PUSH Excel has promoted academic excellence by working with large corporations to create opportunities, transform the lives of students and improve communities. The program has received U.S. Department of Education recognition for inspiring minority students to move beyond their circumstances of poverty, violence, and inadequate resources to achieve excellence through education and…

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Another year, another list of big-name nominations are announced, revealing a shocking lack of diversity among Oscar contenders. Selma, the Martin Luther King Jr. biopic backed by Hollywood A-listers Oprah Winfrey and Brad Pitt, among others, was one of eight films nominated for Best Picture at the 87th annual Academy Awards on Thursday. Despite outstanding…

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(Photo courtesy of IMDB) After three weeks as king at the box office, The Hobbit has been taken down by Liam Neeson’s Taken 3. The third installment in the action thriller series raked in $40.4 million over the weekend to outdo Ava DuVernay’s Selma by almost $30 million. DuVernay’s critically acclaimed look at the historic…

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One of the biggest nights in Hollywood, the 2015 Golden Globe Awards, is right around the corner. Tonight the best in the film and television will convene at the Beverly Hilton Hotel to honor the cream of the crop in their industry in 2014. “Saturday Night Live” alums Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will reprise…

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Due to the reaction to New York City’s free screening of “Selma” for middle school students, cities across the nation are joining the effort. As previously reported, on Jan. 7, Paramount Pictures announced it is partnering with African American business leaders in New York City, offering free admission to 27,000 seventh through ninth grade students…

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Born Lonnie Rashid Lynn rapper-actor Common, fka Common Sense, is the son of educator Dr. Mahalia Ann Hines and Lonnie Lynn. In the civil rights drama Selma, Common plays late civil rights activist James Bevel was the director of Direct Action and director of Nonviolent Education of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) initiated, strategized, directed,…

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Apparently, chains and oppression are the “it” thing in the entertainment business. The critically acclaimed and widely successful film 12 Years a Slave showed that the oppression of Blacks in America is a subject that is no longer taboo, in fact, it can make money. The movie has grossed more than $187 million at the box office, with…

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On Wednesday, Jan. 7, Paramount Pictures announced that it will be partnering with African American business leaders in New York City to offer free admission to seventh through ninth grade students to the Golden Globe-nominated film Selma in the Big Apple. “Paramount is honored to partner with New York City’s deeply esteemed businessmen and women to give…

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He’s come a long way from Common Sense. Chicago native son Common has released 10 studio albums, won a Grammy, and he’s got a starring role in Selma, the film about Martin Luther King Jr., and the historic 1965 voting rights marches. Selma has become one of the most acclaimed films of the year, a…

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(Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures) As expected, the first box office of 2015 yielded little to no change as The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies brought in an additional $21.9 million to remain at the top and only one new film made its way into the top 10. Disney musical Into the Woods…

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(Photo Credit:  Atsushi Nishijima – © 2014 Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.) As the accolades continue to roll in for Ava DuVernay’s Selma, some historians are taking exception to the buzzworthy film’s depiction of President Lyndon B. Johnson. In a recent New York Times article, author Diane McWhorter (Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama: The Climactic Battle…

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