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06 Sep. 2016

“Queen Sugar” now on OWN, Ava Duvernay directs

The Oprah Winfrey Network lives up to its founder’s living legend. Winfrey, the most successful woman in daytime TV history has found her stride, yet again. Tonight, Winfrey’s Oprah Winfrey Network, OWN for short, rolls out the beguiling sibling drama–QUEEN SUGAR–from the incomparable insightful directorial proclivities of Ava Duvernay (“Selma,” “I Will Follow”), based on […]

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02 Jun. 2016

ME BEFORE YOU, epic love story

ME BEFORE YOU A Personal Perspective Art imitates life, sometimes in reverse. When I screened the new movie ME BEFORE YOU (in theaters June 3) it was a poignant and precious experience, personally. For those who have read the worldwide bestseller from Jojo Moyes, it is the story of two young lovers, brought together by […]

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20 Feb. 2016

Senator Cory Booker, he spoke on love

It had been a tough week and an especially challenging day: I received two pieces of news that put me in a bad mood. Though I had committed to covering an event in San Francisco this night, I did not count on the rain—despite welcoming down pours at any other time in our recent drought […]

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13 Jun. 2015

Esteemed career journalist bridges continental divide

Former Network TV Executive charts new course, discovers self abroad Paula Williams Madison has been on a lifelong mission it seems. Harlem born and raised, her measured and ordered steps led to an equal–not so opposite–action, interaction and reaction as told in, “Finding Samuel Lowe:  From Harlem to China,” a compelling documentary that chronicles the […]

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17 Dec. 2014

Chaz Ebert on “Life Itself” and matters of love

Roger Ebert was one of my private heroes—he, through his work, made me believe I could pursue my love of films and entertainment.  I never got to meet him but, it was as if I did, even when catching glimpses from afar. When he passed away (April 2013), I felt as if a longtime friend […]

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17 Sep. 2014

Death of a King, Smiley’s latest book

A powerful portrait of a leader and visionary, DEATH OF A KING paints a narrative different from all that have come before, told in the present tense, with pace and power.  This is a glimpse into Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s life–one that adds a nuanced view of Dr. King’s legacy as an American hero, […]

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17 Sep. 2014

Mosley’s “Easy Rawlins” strikes again!

Set in the Patty Hearst era of radical Black Nationalism, a black ex-boxer self-named Uhuru Nolice—the supposed leader of a revolutionary cell called Scorched Earth—has kidnapped Rose Goldsmith, the daughter of a weapons manufacturer, from her dorm at UC Santa Barbara.  If the group doesn’t receive the money, weapons, and apology it’s demanded, “Rose Gold” […]

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10 Sep. 2014

Tracy Morgan in theaters September 26

Coming soon from the creators of “Coraline” and “ParaNorman” it’s “The Boxtrolls,” a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised a human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead Wright) in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), […]

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08 Sep. 2014

Hungry for more?

On November 21, the next installment of THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY, PART 1 hits theaters from Lionsgate Pictures. Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence along with EMMY and Golden Globe winner Jeffrey Wright returns to THE HUNGER GAMES film franchise as Rebel Warrior Katniss and Beetee, respectively.  Mahershala Ali (House of Cards) plays Katniss’ fierce protector, Boggs.The […]

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03 Sep. 2014

Looking to Change Your Life?

Oprah Winfrey and Steve Harvey have an eye-opening and inspirational  conversation about the keys to success, airing Sunday, September 7 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. Oprah welcomes comedian and talk show host, Steve Harvey, to chat it up on her ‘Lifeclass’ stage.  Harvey shares personal stories about how he lifted himself up from failure […]

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