*Tyler Perry will be a presenter at the 82nd Academy Awards, telecast producers Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic announced today. This will be Perry’s first appearance on the show. The ceremony will take place on Sunday, March 7, at the Kodak Theatre, and televised live by ABC beginning at 5 p.m. PT/ 8 p.m. ET.
*Revered actress and AIDS activist Sheryl Lee Ralph is pleased to announce the first annual DIVA Awards, taking place this Saturday, February 27th in Los Angeles and honoring Academy Award nominees Mo’Nique and Lee Daniels.
*Chicago’s Navy Pier’s tribute to Michael Jackson in salute of Black History Month wraps Sunday (Feb. 28) at Navy Pier’s Family Pavilion Stage North. Also featured is “Perseverance & Persistence: An Exhibition of Pride,” which is a gallery display that showcases the personal obstacles and struggles that various African-American pioneers and history-makers had to overcome to achieve success. Check out the latest news and information at Navy Pier’s online newsroom at: NavyPier.com.
*Damon Wayans Jr. has been cast in the ABC pilot “Happy Endings,” a single-camera comedy about a couple that breaks up at the altar and they and their friends have to figure out how to maintain their relationships. Wayans, will also be seen in two feature films this summer, a voice in the digitally animated comedy “Marmaduke” starring Owen Wilson, as well the all-star action comedy “The Other Guys” alongside Will Farrell, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes and Dwayne Johnson.