The NAACP today announced that mass media icon Tom Joyner will be honored with the Vanguard Award at the 50th NAACP Image Awards. The Vanguard Award is presented to a person whose groundbreaking work increases our understanding and awareness of racial and social issues. To date, the special award has been presented to […]

By Jack Barnes Kicking off Oscar weekend with style and grace, ESSENCE celebrated four remarkable Hollywood artist-activists during its 12th annual “BLACK WOMEN IN HOLLYWOOD AWARDS,” held Thursday, February 21, 2019, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. The luncheon, themed “Art + Activism,” was hosted by Grammy Award-Winning singer and actress, Kelly Rowland; and honored actress and comedian Regina Hall (Black Women […]

By Jack Barnes Singer/actress, Kelly Rowland, has been confirmed to host the 12th annual ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards in Beverly Hills, CA.  ESSENCE, the number one media, technology and commerce company serving Black women, will celebrate the artistry and activism of actress Amandla Stenberg (“The Hate U Give”), actress/singer and author Jenifer Lewis (“Black-ish”), actress KiKi Layne (“If Beale […]

Writer & director Barry Jenkins, and stars KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Colman Domingo, Brian Tyree Henry, and Regina King

Based on the novel by James Baldwin, If Beale Street Could Talk, is the story of Tish, a newly engaged Harlem woman who races against the clock to prove her lover’s innocence while carrying their first-born child to term. It is a celebration of love told through the story of a young couple, their families and their lives, trying to bring about justice through love, for love and the promise of the American dream.

Essence Festival By Jack Barnes Yesterday, the cast of If Beale Street Could Talk,  Regina King (American Crime Story), Stephan James (Shots Fired), newcomer KiKi Layne and Academy Award-winning director Barry Jenkins took over Essence Festival in New Orleans. If Beale Street Could Talk is an adaptation of James Baldwin’s 1974 novel by the same name. The film will be […]