Thursday, July 14, 2016

Diverse Actors Nominated for Emmy Awards

Diversity is the word of the week for nominees of the 2016 Emmy Awards. Eighteen people of color received nods across lead and supporting actor categories, seven more than last year's awards, which featured a historic win by Viola Davis as the first black woman to capture an actress in a drama Emmy for her role as Annalise Keating in How To Get Away With Murder.

Blackish received several nods as did its leads Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross, along with comedy Transparent, nominated for the second year in a row. Parks and Recreation alum Aziz Ansari and co-creater Alan Yang's superb Master of None--seriously, Netflix and chill that shit ASAP--received four nominations, including best comedy, series making Ansari the first Indian American to snag a major category nomination.

And in "yaas queen!" news, Tituss Burgess received a nominated for his portrayal of Titus Andromedon--star on the rise!--in Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Unfortunately, with the exception of Master of None's Yang, Asian-Americans and Hispanics were largely shut out of the major categories.

Read more about the nominations HERE. 

WATCH: Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul and Dwayne Wade's 2016 EPSYs Speech

Watch the superstar athletes deliver a powerful message about police brutality, the value of black and brown lives and community activism.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Food For Thought: Marlon Riggs

Silence kills the soul; it diminishes its possibilities to rise and fly and explore. Silence withers what makes you human. The soul shrinks, until it's nothing.

--Marlon Riggs, activist, writer, filmmaker

Marvin Gaye 'What's Going On?" Documentary In the Works

A documentary on the life and career of legendary R&B singer/songwriter Marvin Gaye has been confirmed.

The film, which will cover his early life in Washington D.C. to the creation of his seminal 1971 album What's Going On' --which FYI, helped irrevocably change the course of soul music with songs about political unrest, poverty and racial tension--is the first to get the approval of the late star's family, who will contribute never-before-seen archival footage from his three children and former wife. The documentary will also feature interviews with Motown's biggest stars.

 "We look forward to participating and sharing what we can through friends, family, photos, footage and priceless stories that only those who knew our father up close and personal would know, as well as his contemporaries, purists and fans who have studied him and his art over decades," Gaye's children said in a statement.

The documentary is slated for release in 2017.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Judge Blocks Anti-LGBT Mississippi Law

Good news for this Independence Day weekend. A judge has blocked Mississippi's horrendously anti-LGBT law that would allow discrimination based on "sincerely held religious beliefs or moral convictions" disagreeing with same-sex marriage, transgender identity and premarital sex.

The law was set to go into effect July 1, and which would have inevitably led to a shitload of lawsuits, has thankfully been blocked by U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves (pictured above). In his 60-page ruling, Judge Reeves said the law "'violates both the guarantee of religious neutrality and the promise of equal protection of the laws' by granting privileges to people who hold certain religious beliefs."

Of course, this isn't going down with a fight, as Mississippi's governor Phil Bryant has promised an "aggressive appeal." But for now at least, common decency and goddamn common sense has prevailed.
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