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Archive for April, 2012

Monitoring Hollywood IV, “Beyond the Stereotypes: Black Movie Stars and the Oscars”

Tonight at 7, the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists, with the Temple Association of Black Journalists present: Monitoring Hollywood IV, “Beyond the Stereotypes: Black Movie Stars and the Oscars.”

Join moderator Annette John-Hall and panelists Deirdre M. Childress of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Mike Dennis of Reelblack, Eugene Haynes of Temple University teaching the course African-Americans in Motion Pictures, and Darla Mitchell-Henning of

The event will be at Temple University, Tuttleman Hall Room 103, 1800 N. 13th St. Refreshments will be served.

Not that the announcement is out of the way, let me say that my love of Hollywood stems from being born there. I watched movies and ran into movie stars from when I was a child going to the grocery store, concerts or sporting events with my parents.

Every year, I would plop down in front of the TV and watch the Oscars. I was unaware of the racial implications of some selections until the year of “The Color Purple,” when Spielberg was ignored, I was pissed.

So come out tonight and talk movies. We all have a story to tell.



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So my friend Monica Peters sat down with actor Michael Ealy this week and asked some questions you might not expect. She stayed away from ‘who are you dating?’ But she got him to talk about relationships – clue: He likes honesty.

See it on youtube:


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