MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry refusing to appear for show

NEW YORK (AP) — The future of Melissa Harris-Perry’s MSNBC talk show is in doubt after the host declared she would not appear this weekend in response to several weeks of its pre-emption by the network. Harris-Perry, who is Black, focuses on race, gender and politics on the discussion show, which she has hosted since […]

Film Review: Race

(NNPA) – “On the track, there is no Black and White, just fast and slow. For those 10 seconds you are free,” says Jesse Owens (Stephan James) in this very moving and inspiring bio/sports movie that captures the essence of this legendary athlete’s life, challenges and achievements. Race is a history lesson, personal profile and a […]

Winfrey joins Essence to celebrate Black women in Hollywood

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Oscar host Chris Rock, producer Reginald Hudlin and film academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs took an afternoon off from Academy Awards preparations to celebrate Black women in Hollywood. Rock, Hudlin and Boone Isaacs were among the guests at Essence magazine’s ninth annual awards luncheon Thursday at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. […]

Basketball Madness has not waited for March

If you love basketball, you are well aware that the madness that usually comes with the start of tournament play came in February of 2016, instead of March.  Maybe it is because this is a “Leap Year”, but whether it is NCAA College or NBA, basketball fans have probably been both spellbound and amazed at […]

Kings Failed To Stop San Antonio’s “Machine,” Lose 108-92

NORTH NATOMAS — Before the Sacramento Kings played the San Antonio Spurs in a nationally televised game at Sleep Train Arena on Feb. 24, head coach George Karl referred to the southwest team from Texas as a well-oiled “machine.” The Spurs, for the fifth straight time, showed the Kings just how mechanical they are by […]

Damning study finds a ‘whitewashed’ Hollywood

NEW YORK (AP) — In one of the most exhaustive and damning reports on diversity in Hollywood, a new study finds that the films and television produced by major media companies are “whitewashed,” and that an “epidemic of invisibility” runs top to bottom through the industry for women, minorities and LGBT people. A study to […]

Sacramento Kings Still Have Chance To “Make Some Noise” In 29 Games

NORTH NATOMAS — The Sacramento Kings let go assistant coach Vance Walberg from his duties on Wednesday, Feb. 17, nearly a year after hiring him to work alongside of head coach George Karl. The move, two days before the Kings take on the Denver Nuggets at Sleep Train Arena, was necessary, said Vice President of […]

Producer says Grammys doesn’t have Oscars diversity issue

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A veteran Grammys executive producer says his awards show does not have a diversity issue like the Oscars and that it is not fair to compare the two programs. Ahead of Monday’s show, news outlets reported that the Grammys could be under fire since it planned to pay tribute to white […]

Even before controversy, Blacks cool to Oscars telecast

NEW YORK (AP) — The largest Black audience for the Academy Awards over the last dozen years came in 2005, when Chris Rock was host and Jamie Foxx and Morgan Freeman won the top male acting awards. Rock will be back as host this year, but it’s an open question how many Black viewers will […]

Celebrities Talk Diversity at 47th Annual NAACP Image Awards

(NNPA) – The 47th annual NAACP Image Awards was a hit at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, Calif., as Black entertainers showed their support for one another and the show, while some expressed concerns over the lack of diversity in other major award shows like the Academy Awards. “I think it’s very unfortunate that […]