As far back as television goes, TV dads have been a common figure. They were prominent on older shows such as "Leave it to Beaver," "My Three Sons" and the "Dick Van Dyke Show." And no less so later on with African-American viewers, thanks to shows such as "Sanford & Son," "The Jeffersons" and "Good Times."
I'm not really sure why it took so long for shows with African-American dads to be presented to America. There have always been strong and present Dads in the African-American household.
Cicely Tyson's return to Broadway after three decades earned the elderly actress a Tony on Sunday night.
Tyson's acceptance speech for best actress in a play was an emotional highlight of the American Theatre Wing's 67th annual Tony Awards broadcast live from New York's Radio City Music Hall.
Pop singer Cyndi Lauper won a Tony for writing the 15-song score for "Kinky Boots," which led the night with six Tonys.
Beyoncé was criticized last summer by black entertainment legend Harry Belafonte for not doing enough to help others with her success. Her involvement in a new organization, Chime for Change, might be her answer to this critique. But some think her latest performance on behalf of the charity may have inadvertently harmed the group she seeks to uplift.
A new initiative, Chime for Change is aimed at empowering women and girls around the world, focusing on the areas of "Education, Health and Justice," according to its web site. Beyoncé has recently given greatly to the cause.
Launched with co-founders Salma Hayek, noted actress and producer, and Frida Giannini, the creative director of Gucci, Chime for Change held its first major concert on June 1 in London, "Chime For Change: The Sound Of Change Live." This star-studded concert drew megawatt power players, such as Madonna and Jennifer Lopez, who appeared before a crowd of 50,000.
World-renowned chef, author and Emmy winning television personality Anthony Bourdain visits the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the next episode of "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown," airing Sunday, June 9, at 8 p.m. CT. Follow the show on Twitter and Facebook.
"Good food is going to be a challenge soon, so we take the opportunity to fill up on what we can," Anthony Bourdain says, fueling up at a local restaurant before leaving Goma. This city in the Democratic Republic of Congo lies at the foot of the Nyiragongo Volcano and has a population of about one million people – many of whom are internally displaced.
Grilled chicken, ugali and piri piri pepper make "a pretty nice meal," Bourdain finds.
I regularly capture the images of the Memphis Botanic Garden's "Live at the Garden" concert series. Last Sunday night (June 2), legendary singer of jazz, poplar music, standards and show tunes Tony Bennett performed before an almost sellout crowd.
I looked around to see if any African Americans were in the crowd. There were not many but among them was three generations of one family –Valerie Jackson-Collins; her mom, Velma H. Whitelo; and her son, Randall J. Jackson, who attends Georgetown College in Kentucky.
For movies opening June 7, 2013
"The Internship" (PG-13 for profanity, sexuality, partying and crude humor) Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson co-star in this buddy comedy as a couple of downsized salesmen desperate to reinvent themselves in the Digital Age who find themselves competing against some tech-savvy, young geeks for jobs at Google. With John Goodman, Rose Byrne and Max Minghella.
"The Purge" (R for profanity and disturbing violence) Futuristic sci-fi thriller set in the U.S. where all criminal activity, including murder, is legal for one day a year. Plot revolves around a man's (Ethan Hawke) attempt to protect his family from harm when an intruder breaks into their well-fortified gated community during the period of state-sanctioned slaughter. With Lena Headey, Adelaide Kane and Max Burkholder.