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Kevin Hart Launches New $600,000 Scholarship Program with Uncf and Kipp

Following on his generous $100,000 scholarship gift made in 2015 through Uncf (the United Negro College Fund) to four deserving college students, actor and comedian Kevin Hart has joined forces with Uncf and Kipp (Knowledge Is Power Program) to help 18 more Kipp students earn a college degree.

Through a new Uncf scholarship program launched in partnership with Kevin Hart’s Help From The Hart Charity and Kipp Public Schools, the $600,000 scholarship will provide funding to support Kipp students from eight different cities who are attending 11 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

Uncf is the largest provider of college scholarships for students of color in the U.S., awarding more than $100 million in college scholarships annually to deserving students. The 18 Help From The Hart Charity Scholarship recipients have been selected based on their academic and personal accomplishments and may receive substantive renewable awards based on need.

“The Help From The Hart Charity Scholarship will not only support students,
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Revisiting 'Scott Joplin' The Movie, Starring Billy Dee Williams (Or How Not To Make A Film About A Black Composer)

With all our recent articles on this blog regarding films about black classical composers, such as Julius Eastman (Here), it immediately got me thinking about that 1977 Scott Joplin film starring Billy Dee Williams, with Margaret Avery, Clifton Davis and Art Carney. Never heard of it? That’s understandable. It sort of came and went without leaving any sort of impact at all. It was originally made as a TV movie by Universal and Motown for NBC, back in 1977, and it actually did get a limited theatrical release, though I can’t recall if it was before or after the TV broadcast. I don’t remember seeing it playing in any theaters that I can recall. What I do remember vividly...
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'Reasonable Doubt' Deleted Scene with Dominic Cooper | Exclusive

'Reasonable Doubt' Deleted Scene with Dominic Cooper | Exclusive
When a lawyer gets involved in a fatal accident, he becomes compelled to set an innocent man free at the expense of his own career in our exclusive deleted scene from Reasonable Doubt. Dominic Cooper stars as district attorney Mitch Brockden, whose life unravels after he flees the scene of a fatal accident. When Clifton Davis (Samuel L. Jackson) is found with the body, he is charged with murder, causing Mitch to throw his own case against Clifton to try and clear his conscience, although this man may not be as innocent as he thinks. Check out this scene that wasn't shown during its theatrical run, which features Samuel L. Jackson and Gloria Reuben and shows how Mitch starts stacking the deck against himself in court.

Hotshot district attorney Mitch Brockden (Dominic Cooper) is involved in a fatal hit-and-run, but Clinton Davis (Samuel L. Jackson) is found with the body and charged with murder.
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'Scott Joplin' The Movie (How Not To Make A Film About A Black Composer)

With all our recent articles of late regarding films about black classical composers such as Julius Eastman (Here) and George Bridgetower (Here), it immediately got me thinking about that Scott Joplin film starring Bille Dee Williams with Margaret Avery, Clifton Davis and Art Carney. Never heard of it? That’s understandable. It sort of came and went without leaving any sort of impact at all. It was originally made as a TV movie by Universal and Motown for NBC, back in 1977 and it actually did get a small theatrical release, though I can’t recall if it was before or after the film was broadcast. I don’t remember seeing it playing in any theaters that I...
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Michael Jackson's Burial: Details On Forest Lawn Mausoleum

Design of Mj's final resting place was inspired by Italy's Campo Santo and is decorated with ornate artwork.

By Eric Ditzian

Michael Jackson

Photo: Eamonn McCormack/ WireImage

On Thursday evening (September 3), during a private ceremony for family and close friends, Michael Jackson was laid to rest at Forest Lawn cemetery in Glendale, California, inside an enormous structure called the Great Mausoleum.

The building's architectural design was inspired by the Campo Santo in Italy, an elaborate cemetery constructed in the 13th century and used as a burial ground for Italian elites for hundreds of years. The Great Mausoleum has been called the "New World's Westminster Abbey" by Time magazine, according to Forest Lawn's Web site.

Family & Friends Say Goodbye To Mj

The mausoleum contains a stained-glass reproduction of Leonardo da Vinci's "The Last Supper" and replicas of Michelangelo's most famous sculptures. The grounds also house what Forest Lawn calls two of
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Michael Jackson's Kids Lay Golden Crown On His Casket At Funeral

Funeral attended by 200 relatives and friends; Joe Jackson and the Reverend Al Sharpton spoke at service.

By Gil Kaufman

Michael Jackson's casket at the Great Mausoleum at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles on Thursday

Photo: Getty Images

Nearly two months after Michael Jackson's daughter, Paris, provided a dramatic denouement to the late pop star's public memorial at the Staples Center by expressing her enduring devotion for the singer, Jackson's children again took center stage on Thursday night at their father's funeral.

As more than 200 family and close friends looked on, Jackson's three children — Prince Michael, 12, Paris, 11, and Prince Michael II, 7 — opened the solemn ceremony by placing a golden crown on the gilded casket of the self-proclaimed King of Pop.

Friends & Family Say Goodbye To Mj

Though the funeral just outside the Great Mausoleum at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles was closed to the media and public,
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The King of Pop Is Finally Laid to Rest

Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy They came to bury a superstar: Lisa Marie Presley, Elizabeth Taylor, Macaulay Culkin, Chris Tucker and Mila Kunis arrived at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, Calif., on Thursday for the funeral for Michael Jackson. On a hot Southern California night, the skies still smoky from mountain brush fires, the famous friends joined Jackson’s family, including his parents, brothers and sisters and three children, to say goodbye. Jackson’s backup dancers served as ushers. His brothers, wearing black armbands and a sequined glove on one hand,
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