Matthew Henson was born in Charles County, Maryland, on August 8, 1866. He was an African American explorer best known as the co-discoverer of the North Pole with Robert Edwin Peary in 1909.
Oprah Winfrey is the first African American billionaire best known for hosting her own internationally popular talk show from 1986 to 2011.
On January 20, 2009, Barack Obama was inaugurated as the 44th president of the United States becoming the first African American to hold that office. President Obama was re-elected for a second four-year term as president on November 6, 2012 receiving nearly five million more votes than Republican opponent Mitt Romney and capturing more than 60 percent of the Electoral College. Over the course of the eight years, President Obama has accomplished a lot in order to restore the U.S from Bush’s mess. His list of accomplishments include ending the war in Iraq, creating universal health insurance by signing the Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare, improving the U.S’ relations with Cuba, lowering the unemployment rate to five percent, eliminating Osama Bin Laden, and legalizing same sex marriage just to name a few. President Obama is currently serving his second and final term, which will end in January 2017. He will go down in history as one of the best presidents we’ve had.
WDKX Women for Women is searching for the best Girl Singers, Dancers, Rappers, Poets and DJs
A local talent competition that gives groups and individuals a chance perform live at the WDKX Women for Women and Women Helping Girls event on April 23rd at the Blue Cross Arena
Rules and Guidelines:
- One entry form per person , per group
- Ages 12-24 ONLY
- Parent Consent is required if under 18 years old
- Must submit proof of community service or voluntarism
- Deadline – FRIDAY, March 18th 2016
- One audition per category will be selected to perform at the event on April 23rd at the Blue Cross Arena
*Winners will receive the Marietta Avery Inspiring Woman Award during the event on April 23rd and be recognized for their community service as well as their talent.
*Winners will also receive a $500 scholarship from Monroe Community College
Sponsored by the City of Rochester R Centers
For more information on WOMEN HELPING GIRLS, go to www.womenhelpinggirls.org
This is the last time you will be able to see “Madea” live on stage in Rochester, NY!
Debra Lee has been recognized as one of the most powerful women in the entertainment business. After being appointed, in 2005, as chairman and CEO of Black Entertainment Television (BET), the leading network for African-American entertainment throughout the nation, Lee has reinvigorated the network’s productions by providing quality, relatable and enjoyable shows for the masses.; shows such as, “Being Mary Jane” and “Husbands of Hollywood”, to name a few, have accounted for Lee’s legendary reign at BET.
Channing Dungey, executive VP of drama at ABC, has been named entertainment president of ABC, replacing Paul Lee, who was ousted in a power struggle with Ben Sherwood, president of Disney/ABC Television. She’s the first African-American person to head programming at a major broadcast network. Dungey will now report directly to Sherwood.
“Channing is a gifted leader and a proven magnet for top creative talent, with an impressive record of developing compelling, breakthrough programming that resonates with viewers,” said Sherwood. “We thank Paul for his many accomplishments at ABC and his devotion to the ABC brand, and we wish him continued success in the future.”
Dungey, who’s been with the network since 2009 (and its affiliated studio since 2004), is credited with developing many of the Alphabet’s successful dramas, including “Scandal,” “Quantico,” “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD,” “How to Get Away With Murder” and “American Crime.”
Dungey said: “I’m thrilled and humbled that Ben has entrusted me with this tremendous opportunity. And I am truly grateful to Paul for being a valued mentor and friend. I’ve had the great honor of working alongside the talented team at ABC for many years and look forward to starting this exciting new chapter with them.”
Lee has held the position of entertainment president since 2010, having moved over from ABC Family. “Leading ABC has been a fantastic experience,” he said. “I’m especially proud of the incredible team I built and the strategic, creative vision we established and successfully executed for both the network and studio.”
As part of the transition, Patrick Moran, executive VP of ABC Studios, will now oversee day-to-day operations. The well-liked exec is poised for a career boost as well. His contract is up at the end of this season, so a title bump is likely. He’ll now report directly to Sherwood, so a layer has been removed.
Dungey began her career as a development assistant for Davis Entertainment at 20th Century Fox. She then became story editor at Steamroller Productions, where she worked on the development and production of such films as “Under Siege” and “On Deadly Ground.” Following that, she joined Warner Bros. as a production executive, helping to develop films including “Bridges of Madison County,” “Heat,” “The Matrix” and “Practical Magic.”
written by Debra Birnbaum
article from variety.com
globalFEST On the Road: Creole Carnival
Nazareth College Arts Center presents globalFEST On the Road: Creole Carnival on Sunday, February 28, at 7 p.m.
The popular world music showcase launches its first North American tour with Haitian vocalist Emeline Michel, Brazilian samba band Casuarina, and Jamaican guitarist Brushy One-String.
Tickets start at just $15. To order, call 585-389-2170 or visit artscenter.naz.edu.
Today, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) account for less than 3% of the countries institutions of higher learning; with only 107 still in operation. Majority of these colleges and universities were established after the American Civil War by abolitionist white missionaries with intent to educate the African American community.
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Services for Audrey Smith, community activist and founder of Families & Friends of Murdered Children and Victims of Violence, will be held at Aenon Missionary Baptist Church 175 Genesee Street as follows:
Viewing & visitation will be today, Wed. Feb. 17th from 4-9p and a Celebration of Life Service will be held tomorrow, Thurs. Feb. 18th at 11am.