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Tishuan Scott: ‘The Retrieval’ Interview

Tishuan Scott: ‘The Retrieval’ Interview

Tishuan Scott was born on October 27, 1979 in Shreveport, La. He attended Morehouse College in Atlanta as an Oprah Scholar, where he matriculated towards earning his Bachelor of Arts in Drama and Psychology in 2002. He then attended the University of California at Los Angeles' School of Theater, Film & Television as a Lloyd Bridges MGM/Outer Limits Fellow, where he received his Master of Fine Arts in Acting in 2006.

Tishuan was recently seen as "Kenieloe," a Ghanian guru, in Andrew Bujalski's 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Sundance Award-winning film "Computer Chess" and as "Moses Washington" in the Lifetime Network TV movie "Deliverance Creek."

Here, he talks about playing "Nate," a freedman gravedigger for the Federal Union Army, in "The Retrieval." He landed the South by Southwest Festival (SXSW) 2013 Special Jury Prize for Acting ­ Breakthrough Performance in that Civil War Era adventure.

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Hollywood can’t figure out what to do with ‘exotic’ Lupita

Hollywood can’t figure out what to do with ‘exotic’ Lupita

Now that Hollywood's award season has come to a close, perhaps it was inevitable that the fawning over media darling and Academy Award winner for best supporting actress Lupita Nyong'o would come to an end as well. The Hollywood Reporter put the official nail in the cliched coffin with its latest print issue, which asks on its cover, "What Happens to Lupita Now? How to Turn an 'Exotic' Actress A-List."

The question may sound odd to those of us who don't consider Nyong'o "exotic." She's not some rare bird with colorful, fluffy feathers that no one's ever seen outside the Amazon; she's a dark-skinned black woman, who exist everywhere, even if there aren't enough women who fit that description in Hollywood.

That cover line is also eyebrow-raising because for months now, we've all watched Nyong'o grace red carpets, rack up awards big and small and collect magazine covers and feature stories that highlight her remarkable beauty, delightful personality and impeccable fashion. But, as the Hollywood Reporter points out, it takes more than great press (or clothes) to make a star.

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  • Written by Demetria L. Lucas/The Root

THE RATCHET FILES!

THE RATCHET FILES!

Cops: Man freed after 15 years robs same store

(Newser) – Christopher Miller robbed the Stride Rite shoe store in Toms River, NJ, in 1999, got caught, and served 15 years in state prison. Police say he became a free man on Friday and celebrated by catching a bus to Toms River and, yes, robbing the same Stride Rite shoe store, reports the Star-Ledger. Though he had 15 years to stew over what went wrong the first time, authorities say this robbery didn't go so well, either. Two employees were so slow in handing over cash that the "agitated" robber grabbed the register drawer himself and fled on foot, reports the Ocean County Signal. (The employees refused to hand over their keys, scotching any hopes for a getaway vehicle.)

They called the cops—the apparent plan was to tie them up in a storage room, as happened in the 1999 robbery, but the employees refused to go—and within minutes, a police K-9 unit tracked down Williams and recovered the stolen $389, reports the Daily Record. Miller is charged with robbery and is being held on $100,000 bond. The 40-year-old is from Tulsa, Okla., and police aren't sure what his connection is to Toms River, besides maybe nostalgia.

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

‘Stokely: A Life’

‘Stokely: A Life’

"It was Thursday, June 16, 1966... Less than a year before, President Lyndon Johnson had signed the Voting Rights Act... Stokely Carmichael was now in Mississippi to ensure that the federal laws... would apply to black sharecroppers living in plantation communities...

"(Just) released from his latest stay in jail... Stokely's voice broke through the humid Mississippi night... 'This is the 27th time that I've been arrested,' he shouted, 'and I ain't going to jail no more... We want black power!'

"Carmichael made a case for political revolution. 'We have begged the president. We've begged the federal government... Every courthouse in Mississippi ought to be burned down tomorrow!'

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The duo at LiveTone Studios

The duo at LiveTone Studios

It was close to midnight when I finally made it to LiveTone studios located in what Urban Memphis calls "Blackhaven." The term of endearment echoes the rich pride of the people who live in this part of town and would love nothing less than you knowing that they do.

I came in with a puzzled look on my face after passing by a couple of Memphis famous strip clubs in full swing. Kevin "Sleepy" Plunkett and Tazz Fields were inside taking a break from stirring up music magic and were awaiting my arrival. I kicked back on a couch, ink pen and paper in hand ready to do an interview. I quickly intertwined in a discussion about the state of the music world.

"I like a lot of things about music right now," said Sleepy. "I like the different techniques used now. You can really tell that the people making the beats are giving them a lot of thought. I really do like a lot of the songs that come out. I don't like them all, but I do like some.

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  • Written by Kelvin Cowans/Special to the New Tri-State Defender

Did ‘Scandal’ success propel Alfre Woodard into presidential role on ‘State of Affairs?’

Did ‘Scandal’ success propel Alfre Woodard into presidential role on ‘State of Affairs?’

Numerous black actors have played the president of the United States over the years on film and television, including Morgan Freeman, Dennis Haysbert, Richard Pryor and Jamie Foxx. But with a new pilot called "State of Affairs," NBC is offering up the first black woman POTUS.

Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning actress Alfre Woodward will play President Roberta Payton in the drama that is being billed as a cross between "Scandal" and "The West Wing." Woodard is joined by Katherine Heigl, whose character is a CIA operative who does daily debriefings with the president. Heigl's character is also the ex-girlfriend of President Payton's late son.

No further details about the pilot are available, but just the fact that a major network's drama will star a black woman as the leader of the free world is a significant milestone in how black women are depicted in pop culture.

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  • Written by Demetria Irwin/theGrio

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