Sidney Poitier – Hollywood’s first Black leading man reflected the civil rights movement on screen

By Aram Goudsouzian, University of Memphis In the summer of 1967, Martin Luther King Jr. introduced the keynote speaker for the 10th-anniversary convention banquet of...

Melvin Van Peebles, Creative Genius

By Julianne Malveaux, TriceEdneyWire.com One of the first Broadway plays I ever saw was Melvin Van Peeble’s Ain’t Supposed to Die a Natural Death. A....

New York Theater Leaders Focus on Black Theater

By Mark Kennedy, Associated Press A wide Broadway coalition of theater owners, producers, union leaders, creators and casting directors have hammered out a series of...

Jennifer Hudson Plays Her Idol Aretha Franklin in ‘Respect’

By Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press Jennifer Hudson was fresh off her Oscar win for “Dreamgirls” when she was summoned to meet Aretha Franklin in 2007....

Kiki Shepard Showed The World That Black Is Beautiful

Despite many hosting changes, Kiki Shepard remained the face of “Showtime at the Apollo” for 15 years. By Percy Lovell Crawford During the late 1980s, there...