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Tour Producer Drops Tavis Smiley Amid Sexual Misconduct Claims

Tavis Smiley's career has taken another hit as live producer Mills Entertainment pulled out of backing the TV host's theatrical production focusing on the last year of Martin Luther King Jr.'s life.

Smiley, who has been indefinitely suspended from his PBS talk show and lost his Walmart sponsorship, was to launch a nationwide 40-city tour of Death of a King: A Live Theatrical Experience, based on his 2014 book.

But Mills Entertainment said Friday that "in light of the recent allegations" it will "suspending our relationship with" Smiley. "We take seriously the allegations," the statement added.

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Ricky Martin, Millie Bobby Brown and More Stars Rally Around Bullied Tennessee Student

A young man has spoken out against those who bully him and others in a video clip that’s making waves on the Internet — and earning him a slew of famous friends.

In a video posted on Facebook, Friday, by his mother, Tennessee student Keaton Jones emotionally explained how he was bullied at school.

“They make fun of my nose. They call me ugly. They say I have no friends,” Keaton told his mother in a car with tears in his eyes. He added that things even get physical at lunch, when bullies “put milk on me and put ham down my clothes,
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Review: ‘The Rape of Recy Taylor’ is a Resonating Portrait of an Unheralded Woman

You may not know the name Recy Taylor, but you’ve definitely heard her story. It’s one of rape, lies, and cover-ups. It’s one of irreparable physical and psychological damage that still affects her family more than seventy years later. And it’s also one about a woman her refused to be silenced, who came home the night of September 3, 1944 to tell her father and husband everything about the six men that brutalized her. She was twenty-four at the time, a mother one of and partial caretaker of her siblings considering she helped raise them once their mother passed away. Threatened at gunpoint, her house set on fire, and the victim of constant abuse during Jim Crow in Abbeville, Alabama, Recy never stopped her quest for justice.

So why haven’t we heard about her? Why haven’t we heard about one of the few black women in
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5 Things to Know About Prince Harry’s Fiancée Meghan Markle

5 Things to Know About Prince Harry’s Fiancée Meghan Markle
Prince Harry has finally found his princess in Meghan Markle.

The whirlwind romance between the 33-year-old royal and the L.A.-born actress, 36, kicked off last summer. They spent the next several months growing closer, spending the holidays together (shopping for their first Christmas tree!), going to the theater, vacationing in Norway, attending weddings and even coordinating their accessories.

On Monday, the couple announced their engagement and appeared together outside Kensington Palace for their official debut as an engaged couple.

Here are five things to know about Harry’s soon-to-be princess bride.

1. She played paralegal Rachel Zane on the USA legal drama Suits.
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Meek Mill Still Hosting Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway from Prison

  • TMZ
Meek Mill isn't letting prison bars crush his holiday spirit when it comes to his traditional Thanksgiving turkey giveaway ... TMZ has learned. Sources close to Meek tell us his family and friends plan to continue his annual "A DreamChaser's Thanksgiving" for Philly families. We're told Meek's camp will be handing out 1,000 birds Wednesday to 4 different organizations, just like they have been doing since 2013. Undeterred by their host's 2-4 year sentence ... Meek's team will be on
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Power, Dear White People and More Nominated for NAACP Image Awards

The nominees are out for the 49th NAACP Image Awards!

The annual event, which takes place on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 2018, celebrates the achievements of people of color in entertainment in film, television, music and literature. January's ceremony will see Ava DuVernary, Bruno Mars, Issa Rae,

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Stars Rock Safety Harbor Kids 10th Annual Concert Fundraiser

On Sunday October 29th, Topa Mountain Winery hosted the 10th Annual Concert Fundraiser for local nonprofit, Safety Harbor Kids (Shk) to support music education programs for orphans, foster and homeless children.

The event, sponsored by Ventura Land Rover Jaguar and Maserati of Bakersfield, was emceed by actor/comedian Hal Sparks and featured music by Chicago co-founder and drummer Danny Seraphine, Kiss guitarist Tommy Thayer, Jeff Beck bassist, Phil Chen, singer Tony Grant of Az Yet and Shk Music Director and band leader, Edward Roth.

The evening began with a special performance by Italian actress/singer, Maria Elena Infantino whose infectious personality and song got people out of their seats to dance. Then, as the sun set creating an Ojai “pink moment”, American Idol top four finalist Jessica Meuse took to the stage to keep the crowd going for the All Star Band to follow.

Enter The All Star Band with Danny,
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Film Review: ’12th and Clairmount’

Film Review: ’12th and Clairmount’
It’s always fascinating to encounter a documentary about a historical event after you’ve seen the meticulously staged Hollywood version. Your hunger to take in the subject is probably ramped up a notch or two — but beyond that, there’s now an added point of interest, since a good documentary will shed powerful light on a question that lurks behind any piece of dramatized history. Namely: How accurate is it? “12th and Clairmount,” an illuminating and innovatively crafted account of the 1967 Detroit riot, is a documentary that viewers will be eager to compare and contrast with Kathryn Bigelow’s “Detroit” (timed, like this film, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the uprising). That’s likely to give it that much more of a specialty niche.

Not that the movie wouldn’t be absorbing on its own. Brian Kaufman, who directed and edited it, takes a disarmingly personalized approach, mixing newsreels
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Jesse Jackson Reveals He Has Parkinson’s Disease But Says Diagnosis Is ‘Not a Stop Sign’

Jesse Jackson Reveals He Has Parkinson’s Disease But Says Diagnosis Is ‘Not a Stop Sign’
The Rev. Jesse Jackson revealed in a statement Friday that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

“My family and I began to notice changes about three years ago,” the 76-year-old civil rights activist wrote in a statement, according to CNN. “After a battery of tests, my physicians identified the issue as Parkinson’s disease, a disease that bested my father.”

“Recognition of the effects of this disease on me has been painful, and I have been slow to grasp the gravity of it,” added the two-time presidential candidate. “For me, a Parkinson’s diagnosis is not a stop
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Spike Lee, On Fire: An Exclusive Conversation About Netflix, Domestic Terrorism, and the Brilliance of ‘Get Out’

Spike Lee, On Fire: An Exclusive Conversation About Netflix, Domestic Terrorism, and the Brilliance of ‘Get Out’
The aftershocks of white nationalist rallies and their violence are still felt in Charlottesville, which hosted the 30th annual Virginia Film Festival this weekend. At the entrance of the fest’s marquee venue, the Paramount Theater (located on the idyllic main street that became a conflict zone August 12), the state pressured festival organizers to install metal detectors. Even as the festival decided to focus on the theme of “Race in Film,” out-of-town white supremacists started making their presence felt in Charlottesville as court appearances stemming from “A12” (the locals’ term for the horrific events this summer) began.

Against this backdrop, Spike Lee came to Charlottesville this weekend and screened his 1997 documentary “4 Little Girls,” about the 1963 murder of four young African-American girls in the bombing of the Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.

“I think terrorism is terrorism whether it’s Isis, the Klan, it’s all terrorism,” said Lee introducing the
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Anthony Anderson To Return As Host Of 49th NAACP Image Awards

Black-ish star and Emmy-nominated actor Anthony Anderson has been announced as the host of the 49th NAACP Image Awards. The awards show will air live January 15, 2018, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on TV One. Anderson hosted the 47th and 48th NAACP Image Awards and won a trophy multiple times for his role on black-ish. In addition, voting is open for the NAACP "Entertainer of the Year." The winner will be revealed during the two-hour telecast. The six nominees are…
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Martin Luther King Jr. FBI Dossier Among JFK Assassination Files

  • The Wrap
The Trump administration released additional material from the John F. Kennedy assassination files Friday, including a 20-page document that tries to connect Martin Luther King Jr. to communist influences, CNN reports. The same document also alleges questionable handling of the finances at King’s civil rights organization, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and makes insinuations about his personal life that would have tarnished his reputation and been publicly embarrassing. Although it’s uncertain if the information in the document was verified by its author, the apparent mission of the FBI at the time was to discredit King, who, as a leader in the.
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Night Of The Living Dead Prequel From George Romero’s Son Is Moving Forward

When George A. Romero died in July, the world mourned a legendary filmmaker whose work proved to be so influential that the repercussions of his 1968 feature length debut, Night Of The Living Dead, can still be seen in cinema today. Indeed, Romero is often heralded as the ‘father of the zombie film,’ and with good reason – that debut feature created an entirely new sub-genre within the realm of horror, and made it the one of the most groundbreaking and subversive releases of its time, to boot.

As you may know, Romero’s son, Cameron, is also a filmmaker, and has a prelude to his father’s movie in the works – titled Rise Of The Living Dead – about which he has just given an update.

To recap, the younger Romero began an Indiegogo campaign in 2014 to fund the production of his script, which was then titled Origins. That fundraising campaign was successful,
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Official Oscar® Entry from Syria: ‘Little Gandhi’ in Best Foreign Language Film Category

Official Oscar® Entry from Syria: ‘Little Gandhi’ in Best Foreign Language Film Category
Syria’s first ever submission in the Motion Picture Academy’s Foreign Language category, “Little Gandhi”, is one of a handful of documentaries submitted for Best Foreign Language Film nomination this year.

It comes to the Academy in a most unusual way. It was selected not by the country which is how submissions are always made, but by a committee of artists in exile. If any of these people had actually been in Syria they would likely have been imprisoned, tortured and executed, for this was the fate of Ghiyath Matar, the Syrian activist who became known for giving flowers and roses to army soldiers in his home town of Daraya, leader of the once peaceful Syrian revolution and the Little Gandhi of the title. It premiered at the ongoing Asian World Film Festival.

I have yet to see the documentary submission for Academy Award® nomination entitled Syria Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of Isis
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George Takei Doesn’t Want Us to Ever Forget What Happened During WWII

George Takei Doesn’t Want Us to Ever Forget What Happened During WWII
George Takei might be better known for his political activism than his seminal turn on “Star Trek” these days, but the original small-screen Sulu considers “Allegiance” his true legacy.

The actor helped develop the Broadway musical about Japanese-American internment camps during World War II and made his Great White Way debut in it. That turned into “George Takei’s Allegiance,” which will close the Asian World Film Festival on Nov. 2.

Takei will also receive a lifetime achievement award that evening.

Allegiance” addresses a very personal subject for the actor, who spent most of WWII as a prisoner in his own country.

L.A.-born Takei was 5 when his family was stripped of its possessions and squeezed into a horse stall at Santa Anita Park for relocation under decree by President Franklin Roosevelt. From there, they were sent to a camp in Arkansas and later the Tule Lake camp in Northern California.

“I was called
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Blood Feast

Blood Feast

Blu-ray

Arrow Video

1963 / Color /1.85 / Street Date October 9, 2017

Starring Mal Arnold, Connie Mason

Cinematography by Herschell Gordon Lewis

Written by A. Louise Downe (Ghostwritten by Lewis)

Produced by David F. Friedman, Herschell Gordon Lewis

Directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis

1963’s Blood Feast, the infamous gorefest from director Herschell Gordon Lewis, is a pox on our culture; grossly stupid, comically inept and depressingly nihilistic. A perfect film for 2017.

Lewis’s movie was released the same year that Patsy Cline and John Kennedy died, George Wallace turned away black students from an Alabama college and Martin Luther King was jailed in Birmingham. Betty Friedan wrote The Feminine Mystique and Sam Cooke recorded ”A Change Is Gonna Come”. In an already fractured country, those seismic shifts only deepened the decades-old divide along the Mason-Dixon line.

Meanwhile, in southernly states from Mississippi to Florida, Lewis and his production partner David Friedman were busy
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Pa. Teacher Allegedly Attacked by Brick-Wielding Parent After Confiscating Student’s Phone

Pa. Teacher Allegedly Attacked by Brick-Wielding Parent After Confiscating Student’s Phone
A Pittsburgh woman was arrested after allegedly attacking her daughter’s teacher by striking her in the face with a brick over a dispute about a confiscated cell phone, People confirms.

On Thursday, Daishonta Marie Williams, 29, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, stalking, terroristic threats, and recklessly endangering another person, according to a statement released by the Pittsburgh Police Department.

The teacher at Martin Luther King Jr. PreK-8 School in Pittsburgh sustained injuries to her face, including cuts to her lip and a tooth that was knocked out, according to the criminal complaint.

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This Is Us Recap: The Gig of a Lifetime

This Is Us Recap: The Gig of a Lifetime
Need to catch up? Check out the previous This Is Us recap here.

Just before This Is Us‘ Season 2 premiere, we guessed that perhaps the show’s writing staff would somehow work Alexandra Breckenridge’s real-life pregnancy into Sophie and Kevin’s storyline this year.

Turns out, the Pearson family is gaining another bundle of joy this season. But, as Tuesday’s episode made clear, the baby isn’t Kev and Sophie’s: It’s Kate and Toby’s.

In the final moments of the hour, titled “Still There,” Kate gets an ultrasound. That’s when we learn that the
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‘Marshall’ to ‘Black Panther’: Chadwick Boseman Is Redefining Black Icons as Lawmakers

‘Marshall’ to ‘Black Panther’: Chadwick Boseman Is Redefining Black Icons as Lawmakers
In the opening frames of the “Marshall” trailer, the future U.S. Supreme Court justice gets a setup worthy of a superhero: In the trailer’s opening frames, 32-year old NAACP lawyer Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) sips whiskey at a bar; a group of threatening racists gather around him. “You gentlemen are making a mistake,” says Marshall, in the tone of a calm badass as he steadies himself for the inevitable physical confrontation.

Boseman said a cocksure portrayal is the only logical interpretation. “His job was to be the lone attorney running around for the NAACP, dealing with cases in towns where there was racial prejudice and there was inequality,” he said. “Who has the arrogance to walk into those places and actually believe that they either will win, or they can set up the case in such a way that it can go to a higher level, and then you can win on that level,
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Jackson Browne Announces Benefit Concert To Support Seaside's Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School Of The Arts

Singer songwriter Jackson Browne announces a benefit concert on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at the Sunset Center in Carmel, CA to support Seaside’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School of the Arts.

Jackson Browne Announces Benefit Concert To Support Seaside's Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School Of The Arts

Accompanying Jackson Browne at the benefit concert is longtime band mate and multi-instrumentalist Greg Leisz. Showtime is 7:30 Pm. Advance venue pre-sale tickets are available beginning Wednesday, October 11 at 9:30 Am, with general tickets on sale this Friday, October 13 at 9:30 Am Pt at the Sunset Center www.sunsetcenter.org.

Located in Seaside, CA, Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School of the Arts (Mlk School of the Arts) is a vibrant learning environment in a district with a strong commitment to arts education. Mlk School of the Arts is part of Turnaround Arts, a program of the John F. Kennedy Center for
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