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  • Sam Pollard on Telling August Wilson’s Story for ‘American Masters’

    Feb 19, 15 by Cherie Saunders 1 Comment


    *The life and work of Tony- and Pulitzer-winning playwright August Wilson will be examined in the next “American Masters” special for PBS, with filmmaker Sam Pollard weaving biographical info with clips and readings from his 10-play cycle, chronicling each decade of the 20th-century African-American experience. “My approach was, first, to really revisit and re watch […]

  • David Harewood on White Actors ‘Blacking Up’ to Play Othello

    Feb 5, 15 by Cherie Saunders 1 Comment


    *Fans of David Harewood still can’t get over his rather explosive exit from “Homeland” in 2012. The actor is back on television Friday, Feb. 6, in a gig considerably less stressful than that of CIA Director David Estes…and one where he gets to keep his British accent. Harewood hosts this week’s episode of PBS’ “Shakespeare […]

  • Phylicia Rashad Talks August Wilson Ahead of PBS Special

    Feb 3, 15 by Cherie Saunders 1 Comment


    *Anything you have ever wanted to know about August Wilson – the late literary mastermind who brought to humanity such gifts as Fences and The Piano Lesson – will be covered in a new PBS special and DVD that celebrates his life and work. “American Masters — August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand” traces […]

  • Billy Porter Plays Lincoln Center Tonight for PBS Special

    Jan 28, 15 by Cherie Saunders Leave a comment


    *Tony Award winning theater star Billy Porter, whose profession has taken him all around the world, is making it clear that he will always and forever rep the black and yellow. “I’m a Pittsburgh person all the way. I love my hometown, you know, Steelers. I’m Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh,” he told TCA reporters recently. The […]

  • Benedict Cumberbatch Apologizes for Calling Black Actors ‘Colored’ (Watch)

    Jan 27, 15 by EURPublisher01 5 Comments


    *British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, best known for playing the title role in the BBC and PBS series “Sherlock,” has apologized for using the word “colored” to describe black actors in a recent interview with Tavis Smiley. “I’m devastated to have caused offense by using this outmoded terminology. I offer my sincere apologies. I make no […]

  • Ballerina Misty Copeland: ‘I Will Push Diversity For as Long as I Live’

    Jan 20, 15 by Cherie Saunders 2 Comments


    *Ballerina rock star Misty Copeland appears in the upcoming Ric Burns documentary, “American Ballet Theatre at 75,” in honor of the prestigious classical ballet company’s 75th anniversary year. Copeland, a soloist in the company, joined in 2007 as just the third African American female soloist in its 75-year history. It was a lifelong dream realized for the […]