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The Color Purple

From Biz Markie to Buzz Aldrin, Featuring Betty Who and LaToya London: My Crazy Week

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 07.28.2014 | Black Voices
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

My week started out on Sunday with a hundred mile drive from Monterey, California to San Francisco to participate in the AIDS Walk.

Boston LGBTQ Communities Divided on Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Irene Monroe | Posted 07.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

At a recent protest rally on the streets of Boston, just one of many that I've seen personally, watched on TV and read about, members of our community went at each other's throats, demonstrating not only how we're not monolithic when it comes to passion and politics but how LGBTQs are inextricably tied to world events.

Hit Songwriter Allee Willis Celebrates Her Life & Music in Badeya, Baby!

Xaque Gruber | Posted 01.02.2013 | Los Angeles
Xaque Gruber

Grammy winning songwriting machine, Allee Willis, composer of dozens of musical favorites spanning nearly 40 years of pop culture will be performing her acclaimed multi-media, hit-packed spectacular, Badeya, Baby! for two nights.

WATCH: The Bane of Banned Books

Bill Moyers | Posted 12.01.2012 | Books
Bill Moyers

Even in this modern day and age, some folks in communities across America are saying: "No. That Book ISN'T For You" and for reasons that have nothing to do with the community, the school, or the reader -- and everything to do with prejudice.

America America: Conversations With BeBe Winans and Al Jarreau, Plus "Ask Renman"

Mike Ragogna | Posted 09.04.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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Alice Walker Won't Allow Hebrew Translation Of 'Color Purple'

Posted 06.19.2012 | Books

Alice Walker is protesting Israel's treatment of the Palestinians by refusing permission for an Israeli publisher to translate her most famous book, "...

Remembering Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple

Sheril Antonio | Posted 05.15.2012 | Entertainment
Sheril Antonio

While I am not usually nostalgic about the past, nor am I prone to "the-good-old-days" talk there is something important about The Color Purple and the decades that would follow its release.

The Oscars, Once Again, Leave Blacks the Color Purple

Brian Ross | Posted 05.01.2012 | Black Voices
Brian Ross

The Oscars are known for many odd customs and bits of superstition, but American Blacks best know the Color Purple Curse. Viola Davis was upset by the veteran Meryl Streep at the Oscars, even though Davis had won the Screen Actors Guild award days earlier.

George Lucas vs. Hollywood Racism: Who Will Prevail?

Christian Piatt | Posted 03.13.2012 | Entertainment
Christian Piatt

Lucas himself noted that this was perhaps the first major "all black action film" ever made. He pointed out that few with African Americans playing all major roles ever made it to wide distribution, save for the frugally produced work of Tyler Perry.

'The Color Purple' Released As eBook

AP | By HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 11.20.2011 | Black Voices

NEW YORK -- Alice Walker's "The Color Purple," a Pulitzer Prize winner in 1983 and still a widely taught and talked about novel, is finally coming out...

`The Color Purple' Released As An E-Book

AP | HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 11.20.2011 | Black Voices

NEW YORK — Alice Walker's "The Color Purple," a Pulitzer Prize winner in 1983 and still a widely taught and talked about novel, is finally coming ou...

Alice Walker: Israel And America Are Terrorist States

Foreign Policy | Posted 08.24.2011 | Books

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker will join the flotilla of ships next week that will try to break Israel's maritime blockade of the Gaza Str...

Is Oprah Headed To Broadway?

The Theater Loop | Posted 07.10.2011 | Arts

Oprah Winfrey has long said she would love to return to acting. But as her iconic, Chicago-based talk show approaches its final episode, Winfrey clear...

Tribute to Whoopi Goldberg and African-American Actors -- Why We Need Black and Women's History Months

Beverly Wettenstein | Posted 06.11.2011 | Media
Beverly Wettenstein

I was appalled by the Academy's egregious "oversight," omitting Goldberg from their Oscars retrospective. For the record, she has appeared in over 50 films.

Why Isn't the Oprah Winfrey Network More Diverse?

Cocoa Popps | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Cocoa Popps

Winfrey, you have won. So let us all enjoy your victory by providing programming that reflects and respects the ethnic diversity of the world in which we live.

Please Don't Feed the Narcissist: The Fantasia Barrino Follies

Melody Breyer-Grell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Melody Breyer-Grell

Here I am, writing another piece regarding an American Idol spawn, and hating myself for it.

'The Color Purple' Author Alice Walker Didn't Want To Be At Pulitzer Ceremony

NBC New York | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

"The Color Purple" author Alice Walker, who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1983 for her highly acclaimed novel, said last night she didn't want to pick up ...

Talking with Oscar Winning Producer, Gerald R. Molen (LISTEN)

Jeff Rivera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jeff Rivera

It was a special treat to interview my friend, Oscar-Winning producer, Gerald R. Molen. Molen and I have known each other for nearly a decade and I ...

Broadway Stars Chad Kimball and Montego Glover Talk Memphis

Jon Chattman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

I caught up with the two leads of Memphis, Chad Kimball and Montego Glover -- and asked them what it's been like to be a part of the latest Broadway smash.

The Pride of Precious Jones

Michael Henry Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Michael Henry Adams

Almost every African-American knows, is related to, or is acquainted with a Precious Jones or her mother, Mary.

Precious and Painful

Esther Iverem | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Esther Iverem

In Precious, director Lee Daniels returns to the formula that has won him acclaim in the past: stories of poor Black women who are too pathetic, sick and incapable of caring for themselves or their children.