Oct. 13, for the second year in a row, African-American Women in Cinema will present the Women of Excellence Awards at Morgan Stanley, 1585 Broadway, New York, N.Y. The 2016 honorees include Neema Barnette, producer and director, “Queen Sugar,” executive-produced by Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay; Connie DeLaigle, affirmative action coordinator, Construction Contracts for Minority and Woman Owned Businesses for the Port Authority of NY/NJ; Moikgantsi Kgama, founder of Image Nation; Carol Ann Shine, co-founder of Blackhouse Foundation; Josie Thomas, CBS EVP, chief of Diversity Inclusion Office; and Nneka Onuorah, producer, “Black Girls Rock.” Sponsors include C2G Group at Morgan Stanley, CBS and Fineline Creative. Media sponsors are Diversity Woman magazine and Blacknoir.nyc.
Whoopi Goldberg is expected to take her final bow at the end of this season of “The View,” according to Variety. Goldberg appeared on “The Wendy Williams Show” Sept. 23, where she revealed she would most likely not return to “The View” for its 21st season. When Williams stated that Goldberg “may not be there when ‘The View’ returns for the new season,” Goldberg answered, “No, probably not. I have to move on, baby, because I have to go and grow. I got stuff to do. I got movies I need to direct. I got books I need to finish.”
Bill Nunn, best known for playing Radio Raheem in Spike Lee’s “Do The Right Thing,” died Sept. 25 in his hometown of Pittsburgh at the age of 62. Nunn’s wife, Donna, confirmed to The Associated Press that he had been battling cancer. Nunn made his film debut in Lee’s musical comedy “School Daze” in 1988 and collaborated with the filmmaker on multiple features, including “Mo’ Better Blues” and “He Got Game,” alongside Denzel Washington.
Barbershop Books CEO Alvin Irby and New York Jets defensive end Jarvis Jenkins will unveil a new Barbershop Books reading space, alongside elementary school students, at Alaine Locke Magnet School at the International Hair Studio in Harlem. In addition to Irby discussing his approach to tackling the low literacy rates among African-American children, Jenkins explained his personal struggle through the education system and why he is directing a new reading space at the Harlem Barbershop.
Aahh! Fest by Common made its return to Chicago after a year hiatus Sept. 23, with a community festival created by Common, who was born and raised in Chicago. The mission and purpose of the festival was to raise awareness and bring a sense of relief and peace from the continued violence facing Chicago youth. Performers included Common, Ice Cube, R. Kelly and J. Cole.