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In ‘Selma,’ Trench Coats Amid Protests [VIDEO]

In ‘Selma,’ Trench Coats Amid Protests [VIDEO]

Ruth E. Carter, the costume designer for “Selma,” explains how a heightened collar, colorful suits and coat pockets help transport viewers back to the violent but hopeful days of 1965.

The Hunting Of Billie Holiday: How Lady Day Found Herself In The Middle Of The Federal Bureau Of Narcotics’ Early Fight For Survival

The Hunting Of Billie Holiday: How Lady Day Found Herself In The Middle Of The Federal Bureau Of Narcotics’ Early Fight For Survival

Source: Johann Hari / Politico From his first day in office in 1930, Harry Anslinger had a problem, and everybody knew it. He had just been appointed head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics—a tiny agency, buried in the gray bowels of the Treasury Department in Washington, D.C.—and it seemed to be on the brink […]

‘Django Unchained’ Actress Pleads Not Guilty To Lewd Conduct

‘Django Unchained’ Actress Pleads Not Guilty To Lewd Conduct

Source: AP / New York Post An attorney for “Django Unchained” actress Daniele Watts and her boyfriend has entered not guilty pleas on their behalf to misdemeanor lewd conduct charges. Attorney Lou Shapiro entered the pleas at a brief hearing Tuesday in Los Angeles. Watts and Brian Lucas were charged in October after briefly being […]

Katie Couric & Bryant Gumbel Relive 1994 Joke About The Web In BMW Ad

Katie Couric & Bryant Gumbel Relive 1994 Joke About The Web In BMW Ad

Source: New York Daily News Apparently a Super Bowl commercial deal really helps bring out the humor in things. In 2011, furious NBC execs fired a staffer for leaking an old 1994 “Today” clip in which anchors Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel sweetly struggle to understand the still-new Internet. But now, the network seems to […]

Jurors Will Not Hear Marvin Gaye Song ‘Blurred Lines’ Copyright Trial

Jurors Will Not Hear Marvin Gaye Song ‘Blurred Lines’ Copyright Trial

Source: Nancy Dillon / New York Daily News Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams are celebrating an unblurred victory in their ongoing legal battle with Marvin Gaye’s heirs. A federal judge has ruled that the famous recording of Gaye’s legendary song “Got To Give It Up” will not be played for jurors when the parties go to trial […]

Ex-Husband Of Melba Moore Convicted Of Running Multi-Million Dollar Investment Scam

Ex-Husband Of Melba Moore Convicted Of Running Multi-Million Dollar Investment Scam

Source: Dareh Gregorian / New York Daily News The ex-husband of R&B singer Melba Moore was convicted of running a multi-million dollar investment scam on Friday. Charles Huggins, 68, of Edgewater, NJ, faces up to 40 years in prison when he’s sentenced in January. Prosecutors had charged that between 2008 and 2011, Huggins conned dozens of […]

Oscar Buzz Has Begun: Gugu Mbatha-Raw & Nate Parker Attend 'Beyond The Lights' Urban World Premiere

Oscar Buzz Has Begun: Gugu Mbatha-Raw & Nate Parker Attend 'Beyond The Lights' Urban World Premiere

Source: Examiner.com On Sept. 18, Examiner.com was on the scene for the United States premiere of “Beyond The Lights,” which kicked off theUrban World Film Festival at SVA. BET and HBO are presenting sponsors for the festival. Writer/director Gina Prince-Bythewood who is best known for the iconic “Love & Basketball” and “The Secret Life Of Bees” has created […]

Harlem Theater Company Boosts Uptown Arts Scene

Harlem Theater Company Boosts Uptown Arts Scene

Source: Carmen Glover / New York Daily News Theater company Mama Foundation for the Arts is trying to build up its version of the Great White Way uptown by partnering with Harlem merchants. Founder and executive director Vy Higginsen has brokered deals with neighboring businesses to provide her patrons with sizeable discounts for nearby shows, food […]

Joan Rivers: Comedy Queen-Turned-Fashion Critic Dies (VIDEO)

Joan Rivers: Comedy Queen-Turned-Fashion Critic Dies (VIDEO)

Source: Maria Puente / USA Today Joan Rivers, the pioneering queen of comedy, who overcame tragedy and disappointment to transform herself in late life into a comic scourge of the red carpet, has died, according to her daughter, Melissa Rivers. She was 81. She died today at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, where she […]

People’s Only Black Editor Files Discrimination Lawsuit Against Magazine

People’s Only Black Editor Files Discrimination Lawsuit Against Magazine

Source:  Tina Nguyen / Mediaite In the 40 years of People magazine’s existence, only one of their editors has been black. And that editor is filing a lawsuit against the paper and its former executive editor, for what she calls a “completely dismissive attitude towards African-American employees.” Tatsha Robertson, a former editor at Essencemagazine, claims that the harrassment started immediately […]

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