Nikki Giovanni: “If you’re going to be an artist, you’re going to contradict yourself.” (Photo: Harlan McCarthy)
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Nikki Giovanni weaves her life’s journey into University of Memphis lecture

NNPA NEWSWIRE — During a Q&A that brought talk of her love for Samuel Adams’ luxurious beer Utopia, the black arts movement influence of hip-hop and President Trump’s administration, Nikki Giovanni reflected on the Baldwin interview that led to the 1973 book “A Dialogue.” […read more]

The 2019 Academy Award Oscar® Nominations have been announced.
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2019 Oscar Nominees: #OscarsSoBlack?

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Fans familiar with the history of the Oscars and racial inclusion know by now that the Oscars aren’t the NAACP Image Awards and aren’t trying to recreate that experience for black fans. However, it is evident –at least this year– Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs’ A2020 mandate for more diversity and representation has been heard and is working. […read more]

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Art Films Dominate the 2018 New York Film Festival

If Beale Street Could Talk is a lushly created, gorgeously crafted work of art. At times the style outweighs the storyline, but most people looking for art films won’t care. The same can be said about a lot of the slate at the 56th annual New York Film Festival: Visually transporting but lacking in the consistently engaging storytelling that can add pep and momentum to what’s on view. […read more]