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2014’s Golden Globes spotlight the spectrum of black films

2014’s Golden Globes spotlight the spectrum of black films

The critically lauded "12 Years a Slave" has been nominated in several prestigious categories in this Sunday's Golden Globe Awards – and the conspicuous presence of black directors, actors and films this awards season offers a chance to reflect on Hollywood's tortured racial past and hopeful future.

The Golden Globes, which are dominated by the more liberal foreign press, unofficially begin an awards season that will formally conclude at the Academy Awards ceremony on March 2.

While in past years African Americans have rightfully complained about the lack of recognition in major awards categories, 2014 promises to be different. In addition to "12 Years a Slave," other major black films in the running for awards include the independently made "Fruitvale Station," "Lee Daniels' The Butler" and "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom." Black men directed all except "Mandela," and black screenwriter John Ridley penned the screenplay for "12 Years a Slave."

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  • Written by Peniel E. Joseph/The Root

Kam’s Kapsules

Kam’s Kapsules

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"Her" (R for profanity, sexuality and brief nudity) Oscar-nominee Spike Jonze (for Being John Malkovich) directed this romance drama revolving around a lonely letter writer (Joaquin Phoenix) who falls in love with the voice (Scarlett Johansson) on his computer's operating system. With Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Bill Hader and Olivia Wilde.

"The Legend of Hercules" (PG-13 for sensuality and intense violence) Mythological saga, set in ancient Greece, revolving around a demigod (Kellan Lutz) torn between pursuing true love and fulfilling his destiny by toppling a tyrannical king (Scott Adkins). With Gaia Weiss, Roxanne McKee, Liam Garrigan and Luke Newberry.

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Sasheer Zamata: ‘Saturday Night Live’ adds first black female cast member in 6 years

Sasheer Zamata: ‘Saturday Night Live’ adds first black female cast member in 6 years

After receiving considerable backlash for not having a black female cast member for several years, NBC's "Saturday Night Live" has hired Sasheer Zamata as a featured player.

Zamata will make her SNL debut January 18 alongside Drake who will be pulling double duty as the show's host and musical guest.

The actress, who has been featured in The New York Times, Time Out New York, Jezebel, and Vulture represents the first African-American female to be a part of SNL's regular cast since Maya Rudolph left the show in November 2007.

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  • Written by Chris Witherspoon/theGrio

Gabrielle Union would have been Olivia Pope. Instead she’s ‘Being Mary Jane’

Gabrielle Union would have been Olivia Pope. Instead she’s ‘Being Mary Jane’

Gabrielle Union might as well be a unicorn or a leprechaun or some other mythical creature. She is stunning and petite and warm and kind—all things that actresses of her stature and beauty aren't supposed to be. And get this: She likes bacon.

Not all things bacon, but a quiche-looking thing that sits in rows on a square plate in front of her. She didn't order it so much as it just appeared, all neat and prepared, like magic.

She looks at the food and wonders aloud whether it has bacon in it. She picks it up, inspects it a bit and then, throwing caution to the wind, dives in. Two bites in, she closes her eyes, and it is confirmed: bacon.

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  • Written by Stephen A. Crockett Jr./The Root

Yo Gotti, Juicy J, and Drake named in list of ‘The 25 Best Albums Of 2013’

Yo Gotti, Juicy J, and Drake named in list of ‘The 25 Best Albums Of 2013’

Yo Gotti, Juicy J and Drake all have one thing in common, or ties to it, and it's Memphis. Now, they also have something else in common, they all were named in XXL's list of "The Best Albums of 2013." These three rappers have had a good year and not just with music but also mental growth. However, this is about the impression they have made upon others with their latest music projects.

Rapper Yo Gotti, self-proclaimed King of Memphis, managed to make his way on XXL's "The Best Albums of 2013" list for his album "I AM" on Epic Records.

Outside of XXL's editorial list, "I AM" managed to rank in at No. 2 on the Billboard R&B and Hip-Hop album chart.

 

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

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