• author Nov 22, 2019

    Winfrey, Coates Among Speakers at Tribute to Toni Morrison

    In offering tribute to Toni Morrison, speakers from Oprah Winfrey to Fran Lebowitz on Thursday each shared a very different, but equally special portrait of the late Nobel laureate, who died in August at 88.

  • Netflix Sep 23, 2019

    Inspiring Speeches on Diversity, Equal Pay Rule Emmy Night

    Emmy night is always a chaotic mix of the humorous, the emotional and the inspirational, mixed with some major sequins and glitter. And on this Emmy night, all those elements came together in one glorious moment: Billy Porter’s win as best actor in a drama for “Pose,” the first openly gay actor to win the award. But Porter’s speech wasn’t...

  • Donald Trump Aug 6, 2019

    Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison Dies at 88

    Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, a pioneer and reigning giant of modern literature whose imaginative power in “Beloved,” “Song of Solomon” and other works transformed American letters by dramatizing the pursuit of freedom within the boundaries of race, has died at age 88.

  • California Mar 11, 2019

    Beyonce, Jay-Z Honor Planned at GLAAD Media Awards

    Beyonce and Jay-Z are getting recognized for achievements outside of music: The power couple will be honored at the GLAAD Media Awards for accelerating LGBTQ acceptance.

  • actress Feb 25, 2019

    Regina King Wins Oscar for ‘If Beale Street Could Talk'

    Regina King’s flowing gown nearly tripped her up on the way to collect her Oscar trophy, the actress’ only misstep this award season. King was honored as best supporting actress for “If Beale Street Could Talk” at Sunday’s ceremony, a final flourish to a run of victories including a Golden Globe trophy, Independent Spirit award and numerous honors from film...

  • director Jul 24, 2018

    Toronto Film Fest Lineup Includes ‘Star is Born,' ‘Widows'

    Films starring Timothee Chalamet and Hugh Jackman as well as Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut “A Star Is Born” with Lady Gaga are among the selections announced Tuesday for this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.

  • New York Apr 12, 2018

    Benedict Cumberbatch to Bring ‘Letters Live' to NYC

    Benedict Cumberbatch is back to reading passionate emotional letters onstage, this time in New York City. The British actor was one of many celebs who have taken part over the years in “Letters Live,” which originated from London. Stars are given letters with highly emotional material to read, and they don’t know what they’re going to be reading until moments...

  • California Dec 26, 2017

    Police Remove Hate Group's Memorial to Woman Killed by Officer

    Minneapolis police have removed a memorial that a white nationalist group created to honor an Australian woman killed by a Somali officer last summer. Police spokesman John Elder told Minnesota Public Radio News an officer cleared the memorial when the department learned it was displayed outside its headquarters. “We cannot allow any memorial and anything like that to be put...

  • attorney Dec 21, 2017

    Family of Australian Woman Shot by Minnesota Cop Demands Integrity in Probe

    The family of an Australian woman who was fatally shot by a Minnesota police officer in July demanded a more rigorous probe Thursday after a prosecutor cast doubts on the investigation. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman faulted investigators last week when he complained that he doesn’t have enough evidence to charge Officer Mohamed Noor in the killing of Justine Ruszczyk...

  • Arizona May 20, 2017

    Harvard Student Submits Rap Album as His Senior Thesis

    While other Harvard University students were writing papers for their senior theses, Obasi Shaw was busy rapping his. Shaw is the first student in Harvard’s history to submit a rap album as a senior thesis in the English Department, the university said. The album, called “Liminal Minds,” has earned the equivalent of an A-minus grade, good enough to guarantee that...

  • Donald Trump Mar 31, 2017

    Art Houses Program Protest as ‘1984' Heads Back to Theaters

    On Tuesday, it will be “1984” again in movie theaters across the country. About 190 art-house theaters have banded together to show the 1984 big-screen adaptation of George Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece as a pointed comment on the presidency of Donald Trump, whose “alternative facts” administration has already sent “1984” back up the bestseller lists. “It’s what’s in the air. People...

  • James Baldwin Feb 4, 2017

    In ‘I Am Not Your Negro,' Fire of Baldwin's Words Burns Anew

    One of the surest ways to see the power and relevance of James Baldwin’s words today would be to look at some of the signs of recent protesters. “If I love you I must make you conscious of things you do not see,” read one. “The only way to be really despicable is to be contemptuous of other people’s pain,”...

  • Emilie Mutert Dec 12, 2016

    Madonna, Kesha Get Emotional When Accepting Billboard Honors

    The annual Billboard Women in Music event featured emotional and heartfelt speeches about the uphill battles women face in the music industry, including personal stories from top honoree Madonna and pop singer Kesha.

  • Philadelphia Aug 28, 2014

    Nation's Oldest Gay Bookstore to Reopen in Philly

    The nation’s oldest gay bookstore will reopen next month in Philadelphia after closing three months ago due to financial problems.

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