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Black History Month: The 27 greatest films by black directors that reshaped cinema

February 11, 2019

In 1989’s “Do the Right Thing,” Buggin’ Out (Giancarlo Esposito) lamented the lack of black people on Sal’s Famous Pizzeria’s Wall of Fame. Directed by Spike Lee, the film was a flashpoint in cinema as a whole, not just black cinema. Now, 30 years after the release of “Do the Right Thing,” Lee finds himself finally nominiated for Best Director at the 2019 Academy Awards. For so long, black directors have been largely left out when discussing great films, even though they’ve always been there, some in plain sight and others waiting to be discovered. In honor of Lee’s long-awaited nomination, here is our list of the 27 greatest films by black directors.

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Category: History, Art & Culture Organizations



Jason Van Dyke, the ex-cop who killed Laquan McDonald in Chicago, was beaten in prison, his wife says

February 14, 2019

Former police officer Jason Van Dyke was beaten at the prison where he's serving six years for killing a black teenager, his wife told a Chicago newspaper. 

"We are all petrified and in fear for Jason's life," Tiffany Van Dyke, told the Chicago Sun-Times. "Jason just wants to serve his sentence. He does not want any trouble. I hope prison officials will take steps to rectify this right away. He never should have been in the general population."Van Dyke's attorney confirmed "an incident" involving her client but would not characterize it. "I've learned there was an incident where Jason was housed," Jennifer Blagg told CNN Wednesday night. "We have expressed our concerns to the Illinois Department of Corrections and hope that they will act as expeditiously as possible to ensure he is safe." 

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Category: Media Community


Trump offers socialism for the rich, capitalism for everyone else

February 13, 2019

America will never be a socialist country,” Donald Trump declared in his State of the Union address. Someone should alert Trump that America is now a hotbed of socialism. But it is socialism for the rich. Everyone else is treated to harsh capitalism.

In the conservative mind, socialism means getting something for doing nothing. That pretty much describes the $21bn saved by the nation’s largest banks last year thanks to Trump’s tax cuts, some of which went into massive bonuses for bank executives. On the other hand, more than 4,000 lower-level bank employees got a big dose of harsh capitalism. They lost their jobs.

Banks that are too big to fail – courtesy of the 2008 bank bailout – enjoy a hidden subsidy of some $83bn a year, because creditors facing less risk accept lower interest on deposits and loans. Last year, Wall Street’s bonus pool was $31.4bn. Take away the hidden subsidy and the bonus pool disappears.

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Category: Government & Elected Officials


'Coming to America' sequel set for 2020 release

February 13, 2019

Get ready because Eddie Murphy is coming to America, again!

Paramount confirmed Monday that the actor will star in a sequel to "Coming to America," set to hit theaters next year.Craig Brewer will direct and Kenya Barris is executive producing.Little has been revealed about the new plot. In the original, Murphy played an African prince [Akeem] who comes to Queens, New York to avoid an arranged marriage. The film also starred James Earl Jones, Arsenio Hall, Shari Headley and John Amos. 

According to Deadline, "Akeem learns about a long-lost son, and must return to America to meet the unlikely heir to the throne of Zamunda."

Murphy has a lot to celebrate these days, with the recent birth of his 10th child. The 57-year-old actor and his fiancée, Paige Butcher, 39, welcomed a son named Max Charles Murphy, last year. 

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Tampa Bay Times Bridal Expo

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Location: Coliseum 535 4th Ave N downtown St. Petersburg, FL

Category: Entertainment Events


Upstairs/Downstairs at the Tampa Bay Hotel Theodore Roosevelt

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Location: Henry Plant Museum 401 W. Kennedy Blvd Tampa, FL 33606

Step back in time and enjoy the stories of Theodore Roosevelt, former Lieutenant Colonel of the Rough Riders. This single character performance brings a turn-of-the-century Tampa Bay Hotel guest to life. Colonel Theodore Roosevelt (ret.) returns to the Tampa Bay Hotel to relive his experiences leading up to the U.S. invasion of Cuba. 

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Category: Holiday Events


Black History Month 2019 Rosenwald Film Showing

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Location: SPC Gibbs Campus 6605 5th Avenue N. St. Petersburg FL

Rosenwald is a film directed and produced by Aviva Kempner. It is the remarkable story of a jewish partnership with African American Communities involving Julius Rosenwald, President of Sears Roebuck, and Booker T. Washington. Together they built over 5,3000 Schools for black southern students. 

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