March 2017

WGN America Releases First Look of John Legend as Frederick Douglass in “Underground”

Season 2 – Episode 205 WGN America has released a first look image of Grammy, Golden Globe and Academy Award winning artist John Legend as renowned abolitionist Frederick Douglass in the hit series “Underground.” Legend, who is an executive producer alongside the series creators, Misha Green and Joe Pokaski, guest stars in the highly anticipated second season returning Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at …

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Stephanie Johnson Becomes Delta Airlines First Black Female Pilot

Last year, Stephanie Johnson shattered the glass ceiling at Delta to become the airline company’s first black female pilot. “As long as I can remember, I have been fascinated with airplanes and would think, ‘What a great thing it would be to know how to fly,’” Johnson, who has been flying for 20 years, said in an …

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Issa Rae Honored with Trailblazer Award for diversity and inclusion

Brand Maverick Entertainment (BME) president and event creator, Steve Jones, moderated a conversation with Golden Globe nominee Issa Rae (creator and star of HBO’s Insecure) at the fourth installment of The Hollywood Confidential on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills as a celebration in recognizing the closing of Black History Month. Powered by Walgreens and presented by SAG-AFTRA, the …

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Kennedy Center Taps Simone Eccleston as First Director of Hip-Hop

As a push to incorporate more hip-hop into its programming, The Kennedy Center recently announced their very first director of hip-hop culture and contemporary music! On Wednesday, the Kennedy Center announced the appointment of Simone Eccleston, who is currently the director of programming at Harlem Stage in New York, for the new position. Her first day …

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Celebrating Margot Lee Shetterly Author of “Hidden Figures”

As we kick-off Women’s History Month, we’d like to acknowledge writer Margot Lee Shetterly. Margot, is the author of the book based on the film “Hidden Figures,”  which she just happened to sell the movie rights while still working on the book. Shetterly’s book tells the true story of Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Dorothy …

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