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Watch: Netflix’s Powerful New Initiative ‘#FirstTimeISawMe’

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Netflix launched an incredibly powerful new campaign called #FirstTimeISawMe – about the importance of representation in entertainment. Acclaimed actress Viola Davis joined the initiative as well on Twitter to speak to the first time she saw herself on screen.

In the visual, check out Ava DuVernay, Logan Browning, Spike Lee, Marlon Wayans, Selenis Leyva, Marque Richardson and Jackie Cruz.

Netflix has created more than 1,000 hours of original content (Dear White People, Chewing Gum, She’s Gotta Have It, Orange is the New Black, etc.), this year so far that are multi-layered, unique and cover intersectional stories, which shed light on so many diverse walks of life.

Peep the full video above.

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CASSIUS Releases June Digital Cover ‘The First Supper’ featuring “30 Unapologetics”

On the heels of its inaugural “Culture Vultures” digital cover, CASSIUS — the latest brand from iONE Digital (formerly Interactive One) and the definitive digital destination for urban millennials – has announced its June 2017 cover: The First Supper.

‘The First Supper,’ a graphic illustration featuring 30 of the most talked-about, controversial figures in pop culture and American history, is divided into four covers featuring distinct groups of ‘Unapologetics’-cultural disruptors as they are known in the CASSIUS world. The series features critical essays penned by CASSIUS top editors and on video, extended conversation about the covers’ ultimate message and the sheer power of its many subjects.

The June cover is in keeping with CASSIUS’ mission to cut through today’s headlines with stories and critical commentary that are relevant to millennials and directly address the global impact of Black culture. Each month, CASSIUS will create original covers underscoring their unique point of view on themes such as power, identity, and race. Video content will accompany each cover.

“This month, we wanted to nod to ‘The Unapologetics’ of then and now,” says CASSIUS creator Kierna Mayo, SVP, Content and Brands at iONE Digital. “We determined that people throughout time who change the world and never apologize for it, fall into fascinating sub-categories worthy of exploration. Deciding which ‘disciples’ should have a seat at the ‘First Supper’ table was hotly debated in our office. The truth is, the world is filled with ‘Unapologetics’ -fearless individuals who push us to think differently and for everyone depicted, there was also the case for someone else. We hope our audience has the same endless discussion we did. Who really moves culture forward?”

The June cover art was illustrated by Mark Hammermeister.

At a time when mainstream media is dominated by political theater and extreme narratives, CASSIUS provides readers with a rare lens that positions Black culture as central to the world’s key issues.

Cadillac and The Coca-Cola Company are the proud launch partners of CASSIUS.

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Upscale Magazine Introduces ‘Queen Sugar’s’ New Star KOFI SIRIBOE

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Summer may quickly be slipping away, but the season is just starting to heat up thanks to upcoming television and film premieres from entertainment’s newest heartthrob and man-crush, Kofi Siriboe. This month, the 22-year Los Angeles native boldly covers Upscale’s Best of the Best issue swathed in show-stopping looks from Italian fashion-house Etro.

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During the exclusive shoot in Atlanta, Siriboe told Senior Editor, Satchel B. Jester:

“”I’ve always wanted to reach beyond just entertaining, with an overall goal of being reflective and introspective in everything I attempt.”

He also acknowledges his newfound “bae” status and says:

“I was a little chubby boy that was homeschooled, so I was a bit different.  I never did prom and those things. I always laid low, but now, I’m getting used to it!”

Evident by his premiere magazine cover, September is a huge month for the primetime maverick who made his debut in the highly anticipated OWN Drama Queen Sugar, originating the role of “Ralph Angel Bordelon” that aired on September 6th & 7th, and he will be playing the male supporting lead of “Flaco” in the urban coming-of-age film Kicks, which makes its debut on September 9th.

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Siriboe’s past credits include; Toronto film festival favorite 40, Academy Award winning film Whiplash, and a heavily recurring role as “Tyler Miller” on MTV‘s teen comedy hit Awkward.

Get more of Kofi’s cover story by subscribing to Upscale Magazine HERE or pick-up at your local newsstand.

CREDITS
Photography: Ahmad Barber
Wardrobe: Lee Hardnett
Grooming: Kwame Waters
Creative Director: Satchel B. Jester

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OWN Unveils Extended Trailer of New Original Drama Series ‘QUEEN SUGAR’ [Video]

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OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network revealed today an extended trailer of its new original drama series Queen Sugar, from award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay, executive producer Oprah Winfrey and Warner Horizon Television. The series which chronicles the lives and loves of three estranged siblings will debut as a two-night event on Tuesday, September 6 and Wednesday, September 7 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on OWN, and will regularly air Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. ET/PT for the remainder of its 13-episode first season.

Check it out below:

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#EssenceFest: “Queen Sugar” Cocktail Reception

OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network continued its “Queen SugarEssence Festival takeover with a Q&A on the festival mainstage — moderated by Essence entertainment director Cori Murray — featuring the cast and show creator Ava DuVernay; an inspiring keynote speech by “Queen Sugar” executive producer Oprah Winfrey; and a culminating cocktail reception at Legacy Kitchen, where over 200 industry insiders and tv personalities celebrated the new series.

“Queen Sugar” cast members Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Kofi Siriboe, Omar Dorsey, Tina Lifford, Dondre Whitfield, Nicholas Ashe and Bianca Lawson graced the red carpet at the reception, followed by DuVernay, Gayle King and Ms. Winfrey herself. Additional attendees included: Lynn Whitfield (“Greenleaf”), Tina Knowles Lawson, Richard Lawson, “The Real” hostsAdrienne Bailon, Loni Love and Jeannie Mai; singer Lalah Hathaway; “Love Thy Neighbor” cast Patrice Lovely and Darmirra Brunson; “Survivor’s Remorse” cast Tichina Arnold, Jessie T. Usher,  Erica Ash and Allen Maldonado; “POWER” cast Lela Loren and Joseph Sikora; “Real Housewives of Atlanta” cast Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker; broadcast journalist/producerSoledad O’Brien, Bozoma Saint John (Head of Global Consumer Marketing, Apple Music & iTunes); Mona Scott-Young(Monami Entertainment); Stevie J (“Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta”); “Married to Medicine” cast Dr. Heavenly, Mariah Huq and Lisa Nicole Cloud; Gocha Hawkins (“LA Hair”), Tameka Foster, American Idol’s La’Porsha Renae and so many more.

Queen Sugar” will debut as a two-night event on Tuesday, September 6 and Wednesday, September 7 at 10PM ET/PT on OWN. The series will regularly air Wednesday nights at 10PM ET/PT for the remainder of its 13-episode first season.

More pics below.

Photo Credit: Getty Photographer, Josh Brasted

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ImageNation & 103.9FM Announce Cocktails, Cinema & Revolution: An Evening Honoring Ava DuVernay, Melissa Harris-Perry, Hill Harper and Black Lives Matter

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ImageNation Cinema Foundation has announced the return of its Revolution Awards to celebrate innovative trailblazers for their groundbreaking efforts in media, arts and social change. Titled, Cocktails, Cinema & Revolution, the evening will celebrate Black excellence, artistry and activism. Honorees include Oscar-nominated director Ava DuVernay, MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-PerryBlack Lives Matter and actor Hill Harper of Limitless and CSI, NY. Sponsored by Radio 103.9 and the National Black Programming Consortium, ‘Cocktails, Cinema and Revolution’ will take place Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 at the SVA Theatre in New York City.

The festive affair will feature a live performance by vocalist/composer Jeremy James and a screening of the upcoming Lionsgate/CodeBlack film 1982This special advance screening of ‘1982’ launches Cocktails & Cinema,a new monthly series of films, cocktails, talkbacks and music at ImageNation’s RAW SPACE in Harlem. Starring Hill Harper, Sharon Leal, Wayne Brady, Troi Zee, La La Anthony and Ruby Dee, director Tommy Oliver’s emotional debut feature chronicles a Philadelphia father’s struggle to protect his daughter from the reality of her mother’s drug addiction. The film will be followed by a talkback with director Tommy Oliver, actor Hill Harper, image activist Michaela Angela Davis and noted psychologist Dr. Jeff Gardere.

Founder of ImageNation, Moikgantsi Kgama says:

“History is being made everyday. This event celebrates Black History Month by recognizing our most inspiring change agents, while highlighting ImageNation’s newest monthly film program Cocktails & Cinema. I am looking forward to the Revolution Awards returning with an epic evening of honoring those who make a difference.”

ImageNation created the ‘Revolution Awards’ in 2003 to celebrate the accomplishments of artists and activists who use their platforms to inspire social change and produce edifying images of Black and Latino communities. Past honorees and participants include Spike Lee, Congressman John Lewis, Erykah Badu, Lee Daniels, Ruby Dee, Jaime Hector, Talib Kweli, Tom Burrell, Debra Lee, Keith Beauchamp, Stanley Nelson, and Lisa Cortes.

For nearly 20 years, ImageNation has produced events, programming and platforms that celebrate and promote the rich film, music and cultural stories of the African diaspora.  They have presented events nationally and globally in Canada, South Africa and Scotland. They are currently in the midst of their Soul Cinema campaign to build a boutique cinema in Harlem dedicated to independent Black film music, and media.

For more information and to purchase tickets for ‘Cocktails, Cinema & Revolution’ please visit www.ImageNation.us. For the latest updates on honorees and event details please follow @ImageNationUS on Twitter and join the conversation using the hashtag #CocktailsAndCinema. CC&R is produced in association with Unlimited Productions.

Photos by: Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Paley Center For Media & Leon Bennett/Getty Images

 

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FLY NEWS: Ava DuVernay Barbie Doll to Go on Sale TODAY!

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In April, Mattel launched it’s Sheroes collection of Barbies, which celebrates powerful women who have inspired young women by breaking boundaries. Included in the collection was a doll depicting the beautiful Ava DuVernay, director of the critically acclaimed film Selma.

FYI; DuVernay won the Best Director Prize for her second feature film Middle of Nowhere, becoming the first African-American woman to win the award. For her work in Selma, DuVernay is the first black woman director to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award. With Selma, she is also the first black woman director to have their film nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. [Wikipedia.org]

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Just in time for the holiday season, DuVernay’s doll will go on sale TODAY and can be purchased on the Barbie Collection site. The doll wasn’t originally going to be mass-produced, but DuVernay’s fans spoke out relentlessly through social media and other platforms and Mattel listened.

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FLY News: Ava DuVernay Being Courted By Marvel To Direct Diverse Superhero Movie

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The Wrap exclusively reports that Selma filmmaker Ava DuVernay is being courted by Marvel to direct either one of their upcoming diverse films The Black Panther or Captain Marvel.