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The Top 15 Black Entertainment News Stories Of 2013

Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices

There's no doubt that 2013 had its share of exciting and heartbreaking entertainment news. From the good news like Cicely Tyson winning her first Tony...

The Jackie Robinson Movie and a Case of American Déjà Vu

Melanie Coffee | Posted 07.02.2013 | Black Voices
Melanie Coffee

The buzz in the black community as Jackie Robinson went from Negro League baseball to play for the Royals was akin to Obama winning the Iowa primary in 2008. There were also similarities in the white people along the way who supported Robinson and those who backed Obama.

42: You Saw the Movie, Now Read the Book

Jeff Polman | Posted 07.01.2013 | Sports
Jeff Polman

After seeing 42, I heard and read too many good things about Opening Day to resist it, and I'm glad I didn't. It is the perfect antidote to the sappy pablum of 42, and I can't imagine another Robinson book being better than this one.

My Special Relationship With Jackie Robinson

Tania Grossinger | Posted 06.30.2013 | Sports
Tania Grossinger

I first met Jackie as a 13-year-old insecure kid at Grossinger's, the famous resort hotel in New York's Catskill Mountains owned by members of my family.

Jackie Robinson, Branch Rickey, and the Courage of their Convictions

Dan Glickman | Posted 06.23.2013 | Politics
Dan Glickman

42 is a movie about how personal courage can change the world. Courage comes in many forms. Last week we were reminded of the incredible courage of common citizens and first responders in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon attacks.

Love the Movie 42, But Where Are Black Players Today?

Julio Pabon | Posted 06.17.2013 | Latino Voices
Julio Pabon

After coming down from the excitement of watching a great baseball movie about the man who broke the color barrier one has to ask why are there not more black players in the majors today? According to Major League Baseball, 8.5 percent of the 2013 opening day rosters were black.

Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson: Precursors to the Civil Rights Movement

Ira Glasser | Posted 06.16.2013 | Sports
Ira Glasser

More than two decades before the civil rights legislation of the 60s and more than ten years before the Supreme Court's 1954 decision -- a quiet drama was beginning in Brooklyn, a drama that one observer later would call "perhaps the most visible single desegregation action ever taken."

How He Became Jackie Robinson

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 05.29.2013 | Entertainment

Chadwick Boseman is channeling the legacy of Jackie Robinson by portraying the baseball legend, the first African-American to play in the major league...

The Ultimate Exemplar of the American Dream

Joe Plumeri | Posted 06.15.2013 | Sports
Joe Plumeri

I'm glad that a whole new generation will be inspired by Robinson, who first inspired me more than 60 years ago when I was a boy heading to Ebbets Field with my father to watch the Brooklyn Dodgers face the New York Yankees in the World Series.

Chadwick Boseman Talks Jackie Robinson in 42 Interview

Danai P. Maraire | Posted 06.15.2013 | Entertainment
Danai P. Maraire

I spoke with Chadwick Boseman a few weeks before the film's opening and discussed carrying the legacy of such a beloved sportsman, seeking the approval of both his family and living widow Rachel, and all he learned working opposite leading man Harrison Ford.

Robinson Made History in Florida Before He Made History in Brooklyn

Christopher Lamb | Posted 06.14.2013 | Sports
Christopher Lamb

On March 4, 1946, Jackie Robinson arrived for his first day of spring training in Sanford, Florida, with the Montreal Royals, the Brooklyn Dodgers' AAA team. He was trying to become the first player in six decades to make the roster of a Major League team.

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Len Berman | Posted 06.12.2013 | New York
Len Berman

The Jackie Robinson movie, 42, opens nationwide today. As I mentioned the other day it's well worth seeing.

ReThink Review: 42 -- Which Side of History Are You On?

Jonathan Kim | Posted 06.12.2013 | Sports
Jonathan Kim

Despite its flaws, 42 is a great illustration of a moment where America was given the choice between the right and wrong side of history, and by and large, we chose correctly.

Celebrate Rachel Robinson, Too!

Michael G. Long | Posted 06.11.2013 | Entertainment
Michael G. Long

We might characterize her ongoing work, including her role as a consultant for 42, as advancing the legacy of her heroic husband. But Jackie Robinson would no doubt be the first to remind us that his legacy is also Rachel's.

Zaki's Review: 42

Zaki Hasan | Posted 06.11.2013 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

42 is an exceptional story told unexceptionally. As a depiction of the trailblazing story of Jackie Robinson, who shattered the color barrier for prof...

The Biggest Baseball Movies Ever

Posted 04.10.2013 | Entertainment

Buy some peanuts and Cracker Jack: Baseball season is off and running, and with it comes a major new baseball movie. "42," out Friday, focuses on the ...

The Trail Blazed By Jackie Robinson | Posted 04.07.2013 | Black Voices

When the seasons changed in April 1947, baseball and the country began to change as well. Jackie Robinson, number 42, made his debut with the Brook...

History Meets History!

Posted 04.03.2013 | Black Voices

We must admit, we're beyond excited for the release of the Jackie Robinson movie '42.' First the trailer gave us goosebumps, then this happened: P...

WATCH: Actor Compares Jackie Robinson To Ali And Lincoln

Posted 04.02.2013 | Black Voices

As opening day for the 2013 season of Major League Baseball steadily approaches, the life story of the league’s most influential figure, Jackie Robi...

No. 42 Gets Google Doodled

The Huffington Post | Alexis Kleinman | Posted 01.31.2013 | Technology

Nothing will beat the honor Major League Baseball gave Jackie Robinson in 1997, retiring his number, 42, for every single major league team. But don't...

13 Things We Love About This Trailer

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 01.11.2013 | Entertainment

So many awesome things about the full-length trailer for "42." Some of the better ones ahead, captured with screenshots. 1. What is it with sepia-t...

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Len Berman | Posted 03.13.2013 | New York
Len Berman

This is huge. Baseball players will be randomly tested for HGH during this coming season, and the tests will be unannounced.

Go Hard: First Trailer For Jackie Robinson Movie '42' Steals Home

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 11.21.2012 | Entertainment

The new trailer for "42" presents Jackie Robinson like you've never seen him before: backed by the anthemic Jay-Z track "Brooklyn Go Hard." You crazy ...

Batter Up: Obama To Visit Set Of Jackie Robinson Film

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 06.23.2012 | Entertainment

Movie studios often invite members of the press to the sets of upcoming films as a way to build buzz. In the case of Barack Obama, however, no invitat...