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Misha Green, ‘Underground’ co-creator and executive producer, is woke

Misha Green is co-creator of WGN’s hit series “Underground,” which she also executive produces along with co-series creator, Joe Pokaski, and executive producer and Academy Award-winner John Legend.

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Logan’s days of future past

Williams: He first appeared in 1974 in “The Incredible Hulk #180,” but I first saw him in “Uncanny X-Men #116” where he popped out razor sharp claws from his fist, (probably) killed someone, reasoned with a sabertooth tiger and tracked teammates by their scents.

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Viola Davis: A winner, period

Viola Davis is a winner, and that has nothing to do with her awards or critical accolades.

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Mahershala Ali: A man of peace and gratitude

Mahershala Ali has a regal aura. It’s in the way he walks, stands, listens and speaks.

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‘Lion’ leaps with six Oscar noms

The New York Amsterdam News has been invited to cover the 89th Oscars, marking our fourth consecutive year.

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‘A United Kingdom’—a true-life romance

For film producer and lead actor David Oyelowo, his six-year passion to bring the powerful true story of African King Seretse Khama to the U.S. has finally materialized with “A United Kingdom.”

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Daniel Beaty writes and stars in ‘Chapter & Verse’

“Chapter & Verse” is the first film by veteran Hollywood producer Cheryl Hill—co-owner of the new production company, Harlem Film Company—directed by Jamal Joseph, written by Daniel Beaty and Jamal Joseph, and starring Daniel Beaty, Omari Hardwick, Loretta Devine and Selenis Leyva.

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First annual Black Web Fest to debut at National Black Theatre

The bigger the digital world becomes, the more the demand for content will continue to grow.

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89th Oscars: A very colorful year

The nominations for the 89th Oscars have been announced, with three out of five actresses nominated under Best Supporting role being African-American—Viola Davis in “Fences,” Naomie Harris in “Moonlight” and Octavia Spencer in "Hidden Figures”—in competition with Nicole Kidman in “Lion,” and Michelle Williams in “Manchester by the Sea.”

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Oscars: A word from the nominees

Cheryl Boone Isaacs and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are people of their word, as witnessed by the 2017 Oscar nominee announcements.

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An evening of music, dance, spoken word inspired by Dr. King

In these trying times, the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. have never been more vital to our collective sanity.

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‘Hidden Figures’ opens Christmas Day

“Hidden Figures” is based on the lives of mathematicians, Katherine Goble-Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae). Hollywood could not make it up—nor would Hollywood make it up.

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Denzel: ‘Be the best you, that you can be’

As the award-season moves swiftly to the Jan. 24 Oscar nominations, the pre-awareness screenings for “Fences,” which stars director and producer, Academy Award winner Denzel Washington, has picked up a powerful momentum. Make no mistake. Acquiring a nomination and winning an Oscar are like campaigning for political office.

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Ailey’s Judith Jamison to teach exclusive dance workshop

For many New Yorkers, the holiday tradition includes watching an electrifying performance by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

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‘Fences’ open Christmas Day

The buzz about the 89th Academy Awards nominations is swirling strong around actor/producer/director Denzel Washington’s theatrical version of August Wilson’s award-winning play “Fences.”

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‘Fences’ opens Christmas Day

The buzz about the 89th Academy Awards nominations is swirling strong around actor/producer/director Denzel Washington’s theatrical version of August Wilson’s award-winning play “Fences.”

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Do the right thing, ‘Party People’

“Do the right thing, for the right reason regardless of the consequences,” is the message that I heard while watching “Party People” at the Public Theater.

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‘Fantastic Beasts’—better than ‘Harry Potter’

J.K. Rowling’s prequel, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” is better than her “Harry Potter” series, which took the single mother, who was living on government assistant programs, into the realm of the very wealthy and beloved.

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‘Moana’—Disney’s new Pacific Islander princess

Polynesian princess Moana will quickly become as popular as Cinderella as the revival of Disney begins to reflect the global communities. The film is as exciting as “The Little Mermaid” and “Aladdin,” which are also directed by Ron Clements and John Musker.

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‘Loving’ delivers knockout performances

“Loving,” directed and written by Jeff Nichols, has managed to deliver a film that finds the center of the human story, laying out the gross injustice without provoking frustration and utter rage.

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Ruth Negga—A ‘Loving’ Oscar hopeful

Ruth Negga’s eyes stop you cold. They are large, deep and expressive, combining her delicately etched beauty and connecting it to a voice that’s melodic and measured.

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‘Moonlight’—Beautiful and heartbreaking

“Moonlight” is based on the story “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue,” by MacArthur genius grant recipient, playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney.

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‘The Birth of a Nation’ hits theaters

Veteran cinematographer Elliot Davis should be nominated and win several awards this season for his stunning visuals in Nate Parker’s “The Birth of a Nation.”

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‘Queen of Katwe’—An African queen arrives in theaters

“Queen of Katwe,” is directed by Mira Nair and based on Tim Crothers’ book.

Nicholas Brothers take flight at the Film Forum

“The Nicholas Brothers defied gravity, they hung in the air and stayed there for a long time. I saw this with my own eyes.”

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20th annual Urbanworld Film Festival runs Sept. 21-25

The 20th annual Urbanworld Film Festival (www.urbanworld.org), presented by Revolt with founding sponsor HBO, is one of the largest competitive film festivals and is designed to advance the presence and impact of diverse content creators.

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New music series at Grill On The Hill

The Grill On The Hill, located at 1624 Amsterdam Ave. (646-838-8879), is a lot like “Cheers” but with African-Americans, Latinos and a vibrant rainbow tribe.

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‘Nine Lives’—Not cute even with kittens

“Nine Lives,” the animated comedy starring Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Garner and Christopher Walken, did the impossible. This jumble of a film made cats not cute.

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Harry Lennix of the ‘Blacklist’ keeping it busy

The first thing that hits you about Harry Lennix is the booming sound of his voice. It’s deep and comforting and sounds like God but not the “fire, hail, brimstone, hell bound” version of God.

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‘Hamilton’ keeps rolling on

Sydney James Harcourt is now in the role of Aaron Burr, which is the very same role that earned Leslie Odom Jr. a Tony—this year—and Harcourt is brilliant as Burr.

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‘Star Trek’ is back with ‘Beyond’

Time stops for no one, even in space. In reviewing the Captain’s Log, with a birthday approaching, Captain James Tiberius Kirk, finds himself deeply depressed.

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Ballet Hispánico featured in Lincoln Center at the Movies

Beauty of motion. Power in the sublime. An athlete poured into the body of a dancer.

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First African-American man to win short documentary Oscar opens ‘Life, Animated’

Roger Ross Williams is the first African-American man to win an Oscar in the category of Documentary Shorts, and his new documentary, “Life, Animated,” which explores the life of a truly remarkable young man—Owen Suskind—who, at the the age of 3, began the slow decedent into autism, is exceptional storytelling.

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Courtney Kemp Agboh’s ‘Power’ returns for Season 3

Courtney Kemp Agboh is the only woman show runner of a crime drama and the only woman of color with a number 1 original show in the premium cable space, and yet she takes time to live tweet during each episode debut of her show “Power.”

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Moving on with ‘Hamilton’ and ‘In the Heights’

Sadly, it wasn’t too long ago that Hispanics on Broadway were as easy to spot as a unicorn, prancing in a purple passion jumper.

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Free summer fun for city kids

It’s the time of year that kids love and parents tend to dread— the New York City school break is upon us and kids, all over the city, are itching to play.

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Disney’s ‘BFG’ opens July 1


The great imaginative minds of author Roald Dahl, Walt Disney and master storyteller Steven Spielberg have finally united to bring Dahl’s beloved classic “The BFG” to life.

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Broadway musings and a mini-review

African-Americans attend theater and purchase tickets on Broadway for a myriad of shows.

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A word with some Tony nominees

Don’t shoot the messenger.

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‘Dear White People’ director brings his wit to Netflix

“Dear White People,” a comedy series based on writer/director/producer Justin Simien’s critically acclaimed, Sundance award-winning satirical indie film is coming to Netflix.

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BAMcinématek presents FilmAfrica May 25-30

Despite the purposeful lack of accurate African history in world school curriculums and the laughable content of most books on history, the cradle of all civilization is in Africa.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘Revolution’

Lin-Manuel Miranda is an uptown boy and very proud of it. We can lay claim (by our zip code, to a degree) to the genius that is Miranda, the lyricist, composer, creator and star of “Hamilton.”

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Tribeca—what to see

he Tribeca Film Festival—15 years strong—is still celebrating the power of the storyteller. As they continue to push the boundaries of storytelling the interactive and virtual reality section has become a popular draw.

Must-see at Tribeca Film Fest

Here is what should not be missed at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.

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Eve cuts it up in ‘Barbershop: The Next Cut’

She’s baaack! It’s been 10 years, but the fast-talking, hair-cutting, weave-weavers at Calvin Barbershop are back with full comedic force.

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The empire of Ice Cube

The new comedy “Barbershop: The Next Cut” opens April 15 and features Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Regina Hall, Anthony Anderson, Eve and Oscar winner Common.

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New season of 'Empire' kicks off with a bang

Co-creator Danny Strong wrote and directed the March 30 spring premiere of “Empire” entitled “Death Will Have His Day.”

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Oscar winners speak with the AmNews

In 2014, Jared Leto smiled and winked at me and let me hold his Oscar in the pressroom.

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BET, American Black Film Fest partner up for 2016 ABFF Awards

The 2016 American Black Film Festival on Feb. 21 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel (Los Angeles).

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Tel Aviv goes to Jamaica to find the ‘Congo Beat’

The heart knows, the mind knows, and when there is love behind the beat, borders are blown into a trillion pieces. That’s the power of music.

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