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Gil Scott-Heron Inducted into Rock Hall of Fame

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has announced its 2021 inductees, and among them is the pioneering singer/songwriter and poet Gil Scott-Heron who made socially and politically potent music in the 1970s that fused jazz with R&B and who—although he preferred to refer to himself as a “bluesologist”—is widely regarded as one of the earliest rappers.

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Recognizing Scott-Heron’s seminal role in the development of hip-hop, the Rock Hall honored him with an Early Influencer Award.

Scott-Heron is one of only a small number of Rock Hall inductees (so far) to have strong jazz connections. Over the 35 years of its existence, the Hall has also inducted Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles, Charlie Christian, Nat “King” Cole, Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, Dr. John, Quincy Jones, Nina Simone, and Dinah Washington. Only Charles, Davis, Dr. John, and Simone were inducted as performers; the others received either the same Early Influencer honor as Scott-Heron or (in Jones’ case) the Ahmet Ertegun Award for music-industry professionals.

In collaboration with keyboardist/songwriter Brian Jackson, Scott-Heron wrote and recorded 10 albums between 1971 and 1980 that featured a string of hugely influential songs, including “Pieces of a Man,” “Lady Day and John Coltrane,” “Home Is Where the Hatred Is,” “The Bottle,” “Johannesburg,” “Angel Dust,” “We Almost Lost Detroit,” and—the track he remains best known for—”The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.”

Gil Scott-Heron

Scott-Heron remained active until his death, and in 2010 released his first new album in 16 years, entitled I’m New Here. A memoir he had been working on for years up to the time of his death, The Last Holiday, was published posthumously in January 2012. Scott-Heron received a posthumous Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. He also is included in the exhibits at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) that officially opened on September 24, 2016, on the National Mall, and in an NMAAHC publication, Dream a World Anew.


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Regina King to Produce and Star in Shirley Chisholm Biopic

On Wednesday, it was confirmed that Regina King will be starring in and producing a biopic of America’s first Black congresswoman, Shirley Chisholm.

‘Shirley Chisholm’s fearless determination has been an inspiration to so many of us, and with this film, we hope to inspire many generations to come,’ King said in a statement about the project.

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A political poster for 1972 United States Presidential candidate, Shirley Chisholm.

She will produce alongside her sister, Reina King, and fellow Academy Award winner John Ridley will serve as the film’s writer and director.

“To collaborate once again with my friend and mentor, John Ridley makes this decade-long journey even sweeter.”

Production on Shirley is set to begin later this year.

 

Tony O. Lawson


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Howard University Teams With Amazon Studios To Launch Howard Entertainment

Howard University and Amazon Studios have teamed to launch Howard Entertainment, a program designed to diversify the entertainment industry by creating a pipeline for African-American students and other marginalized populations to train and study alongside entertainment executives.

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The immersive program, which kicks off January 2020, will be two semesters and take place in Los Angeles. It will include a unique interdisciplinary curriculum and will also include hands-on work as well as an opportunity to network with Amazon’s industry partners.

It will offer Howard University students the opportunity to take academic courses during the spring semester and participate in a fellowship embedded in the entertainment industry during the summer semester. The coursework will be applied to the student’s graduation requirements.

“The vision of Howard Entertainment is to offer a one-of-a-kind experience for students interested in all aspects of entertainment, from project greenlighting, to PR and marketing, to entertainment law and finance,” said President Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.D., MBA. “This relationship aligns with Howard’s strategic goals of enhancing academic excellence and inspiring new knowledge.

Collaborating with Amazon Studios will enable us to marry academia and industry efforts to build a robust workforce of diverse entertainment industry leaders. With Howard’s proven track record of developing some of Hollywood’s most notable actors, comedians and musicians, this next level collaboration will enable us to have even greater impact.”

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“Amazon Studios has been working to create new pathways into the industry for talented students of all backgrounds and we are proud to team with Howard on this new program supporting aspiring entertainment leaders” adds Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios.

“As we strive to delight our Prime Video customers, we’re ensuring there are diverse perspectives and experiences around the table to help us make the best decisions in all aspects of the business.”

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To qualify, students must be enrolled as a Howard University student, must be an upperclassman or graduate student and will have to complete an application and interview to be considered for the program.

Students will be taught by Howard faculty who will be supported by Amazon Studios employees and other industry professionals invited by Amazon. This will give students to work in projects that offer “real world” application and will help students develop “work ready” skills prior to graduating.

Source: Deadline

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Black Owned Cigar Businesses You Should Know

The cigar lifestyle is not only about what type of cigar you smoke it’s also about where you smoke them. Whether you like to smoke in your den, backyard, or neighborhood cigar bar, there are Black owned cigar businesses that can serve your needs.

Black Owned Cigar Businesses

Allure Cigars

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Emperors Cut Cigars

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Bon Vie Mobile Cigar Lounge (Raleigh, NC)

Dapper D’s Cigars

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Tres Lindas Cubanas

Lips Sticks and Fingertips Mobile Cigar Lounge ( College Park, GA)

Habanos Cigar Lounge (Atlanta, GA)

El Primer Mundo (EPM) Cigars 

TG’s Cigar Lounge (Washington, D.C.)

Don Abram Harris Cigars

Blew Smoke (Brooklyn, NY)

Trilogy Lounge (Atlanta,GA)

Cigar City Club (Atlanta, GA)

Cigars 210 (Fort Washington, MD)

Hubbard Cigars 

Aireyys Ltd (London, UK)

The Cigar Bar  (Atlanta, GA)

Epic Cigars

Dignity Cigars

Havana Mix Cigar Emporium (Memphis, TN)

Battleground South (Columbia, TN)

Invictus Cigar Lounge (Waldorf, MD)

Carolina Blue Cigars

Blue Mountain Cigars

Aphelion Cigar Lounge (Gambrills, MD)

 

-Tony O. Lawson


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