Eddie Murphy inducted into NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame
FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2020, file photo, Eddie Murphy accepts the lifetime achievement award at the 25th annual Critics' Choice Awards in Santa Monica, Calif. Murphy will be inducted into the NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame this month. The NAACP announced Thursday, March 11, 2021, that Murphy will be inducted during the March 27 ceremony, which will air on CBS. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)LOS ANGELES – Eddie Murphy was inducted into the NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame at the organization’s show that highlighted works by entertainers and athletes of color. I’m very moved.”Murphy went on to send a message to Hall about his famous red leather suit from his 1983 stand-up special “Delirious.”“My red suit was not that tight Arsenio,” Murphy said. “I get a lot of cracks about that red suit.
O'Neal hosting SHAQ Bowl on Super Bowl Sunday
(AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)Fans looking for pregame entertainment before the Super Bowl will have another option this year. Shaquille O'Neal will be holding the virtual SHAQ Bowl on Feb. 7. It's one of the few events taking place in Tampa, Florida, since many parties that traditionally take place during Super Bowl week have been canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The SHAQ Bowl takes the place of Shaq's Fun House, which had been held the past two years in Atlanta and Miami. The SHAQ Bowl also has its own halftime show with Migos and DJ Diesel performing.
YouTube announces lineup for discussions on racial justice
LOS ANGELES – Mark Cuban, Anthony Anderson and Skylar Diggins-Smith will take part in a series of panel discussions on YouTube that are focused on racial justice. Common and Keke Palmer return as hosts of the forum, which will include sports figures, entertainers and activists. Diggins-Smith will appear on panel with reporter Jemele Hill and activist Harry Edwards about athletes’ impact on today’s political movement. “It is so important that we keep a dialogue about racial justice going beyond any particular moment,” Palmer said. “I want to encourage my peers to continue to have thoughtful and powerful conversations that will lead us to change.
Johnsons are 'sipping tea' for 'black-ish' family portrait
This image released by ABC shows artwork by Kadir Nelson, showing the cast of "black-ish." When ABC decided the Johnsons of black-ish were due a portrait, it sought artist Kadir Nelson, a chronicler of contemporary African American experience and a fan of the sitcom. ABC's black-ish returns for its seventh season on Oct. 21, with the family portrait used for promoting the series. (Kadir Nelson/AB via AP)LOS ANGELES – When ABC decided the Johnsons of “black-ish” were due a portrait, it sought an artist who understood the family's perspective. The task went to painter and illustrator Kadir Nelson, a chronicler of contemporary African American experience and an admirer of the sitcom.
A sweep for ‘Schitt’s Creek,’ ‘Succession’ tops Emmy Awards
(The Television Academy and ABC Entertainment via AP)LOS ANGELES – “Schitt's Creek,” the little Canadian show about a fish-out-of-water family, made history at Sunday's Emmy Awards with a comedy awards sweep, something even TV greats including “Frasier” and “Modern Family” failed to achieve. The awards for Pop TV's “Schitt's Creek” included best comedy series and trophies for its stars, including Catherine O'Hara and father-son Eugene and Daniel Levy. Moments later, his son won the award for comedy writing for “Schitt's Creek” episode, then shared a directing award and captured the supporting actor comedy trophy. As “Schitt’s Creek” gobbled up comedy awards, that left acclaimed “Insecure” and its creator Issa Rae empty-handed. But Black stories, Black performances and Black Lives Matter,” he said, urging Kimmel to shout with him.
Politically charged 'black-ish' episode gets belated home
LOS ANGELES A politically charged episode of black-ish from 2017 that was shelved by ABC has found a home on Hulu, a corporate sibling of the Disney-owned broadcast network. I cannot wait for everyone to finally see the episode for themselves, series creator Kenya Barris posted Monday on social media. The change of heart comes amid ongoing protests and calls for broad social change prompted by the death in May of George Floyd, a Black man, while in Minneapolis police custody. The Emmy-nominated series has tackled thorny social issues during its ABC run, which began in 2014. Black-ish has four nominations for next month's Emmys on ABC, including lead actor nods for Anderson and Ross.
Stars react to nominations for the 72nd Emmy Awards
Washington was nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding lead actress in a limited series or movie on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. (Erin Simkin/Hulu via AP)LOS ANGELES Stars such as Kerry Washington, Christina Applegate and Rachel Brosnahan have expressed excitement after being nominated for the upcoming 72nd Emmy Awards. He was nominated for outstanding lead actor in a limited series or movie for his role in the HBO film Bad Education." He is nominated for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series for Black Monday.___Im grateful for the continued love for all corners of our Maisel family. She is nominated for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series for Dead To Me.___This one strikes differently.
Film producer, wealthy heir, political donor Steve Bing dies
LOS ANGELES Movie producer, film financier, real estate heir and major Democratic political donor Steve Bing has died. The Los Angeles County coroner said Bing died Monday at his residence in the Century City section of Los Angeles. In the 1980s, Steve Bing dropped out of his fathers alma mater, Stanford University, where the elder Bing had donated $50 million, for a career in Hollywood. He got early credits as a co-writer for the 1984 Chuck Norris Vietnam vet movie Missing in Action and its two sequels. Bing was an LA socialite who frequently dated famous women and was often seen on red carpets, at big-dollar benefits and courtside at Lakers games.