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  • 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 […]

  • Nas Sees Ancestor’s Bill of Sale – A First for ‘Finding Your Roots’ (Watch)

    Oct 27, 14 by Cherie Saunders 1 Comment


    *Rapper Nas makes history on Tuesday’s episode of “Finding Your Roots.” “We introduced Nas to five generations – we’ve never been able to do this before for any African American – five generations of his enslaved ancestors,” host Henry Louis Gates told the TCA in July. “And we showed him an extremely rare document, something […]

  • Khandi Alexander Learns of Family Tragedy on ‘Finding Your Roots’ (Watch)

    Oct 13, 14 by Cherie Saunders 9 Comments


    *This week’s episode of “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr.” will feature Ben Affleck finding out that his mom was a Freedom Rider, NAACP president Benjamin Jealous learning that his free great-grandfather had to purchase his own wife and family for their safety, and “Scandal” actress Khandi Alexander receiving a “book of life” […]

  • ‘Finding Your Roots': Will Anna Deavere Smith Ever Bring Basil Biggs to the Stage?

    Oct 8, 14 by Cherie Saunders 4 Comments


    *Monday’s episode of “Finding Your Roots 2” had plenty of dramatic revelations for its three subjects…as well as the viewing audience. Who knew that CNN anchor Anderson Cooper’s great-great-great-great-grandfather was beaten to death by his slave? With a farm hoe… Or that documentarian Ken Burns had an American relative who fought for the British in the […]