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In this combination photo, filmmaker Ava DuVernay appears at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Feb. 9, 2020, left, and Colin Kaepernick attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala in New York on May 6, 2019. Kaepernick is joining with Emmy-winning filmmaker DuVernay on a Netflix miniseries about the teenage roots of the former NFL player’s activism. Neftlix says the limited series, titled “Colin in Black & White,” will examine Kaepernick’s high school years. (AP Photo)

Netflix series to dramatize Kaepernick's path to activism

Jun. 29, 2020 1:57 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Colin Kaepernick is joining with Emmy-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay on a Netflix drama series about the teenage roots of the former NFL player’s activism. “Colin in Black & White” will examine Kaepernick's high school years to illuminate the experiences that...

FILE - In this March 28, 2011, file photo, a larger-than-life bronze statue of Patrick A. McCarran of Nevada, left, stands near the entrance to the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington. Democratic members of Nevada's congressional delegation are renewing a proposal to remove a statute of a former Nevada Sen. McCarran from the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall, saying that he left a “legacy of racism, anti-Semitism, and xenophobia.” (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

The Latest: Nevada officials seek removal of McCarran statue

Jun. 20, 2020 12:30 AM EDT

TOP OF THE HOUR: — Nevada officials renew proposal to remove statue of McCarran. — Sharpton takes on Trump for ‘lowlifes’ tweet. — Protesters in North Carolina pull down parts of Confederate monument. — Legend, Union among Black cultural leaders to sign letter to fight...

FILE - This March 5, 2020 file photo shows John Legend performing at The Alliance for Children's Rights 28th Annual Dinner in Beverly Hills, Calif. John Legend, Gabrielle Union and Ava DuVernay are some of the many black cultural leaders who have signed a letter to fight against racism, promote equal pay and ask industries to disassociate from police. The letter was released Friday, June 19, 2020 by a new organization called the Black Artists for Freedom, which describes itself as a collective of black workers in the culture industries. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)

Black culture leaders call to end racial injustice in letter

Jun. 19, 2020 9:53 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — John Legend, Gabrielle Union and Ava DuVernay are some of the many black cultural leaders who have signed a letter to fight against racism, promote equal pay and ask industries to disassociate from police. The letter was released Friday by a new organization called the Black Artists for...

This image released by Netflix shows, from left, director Spike Lee, with cast members from his film

Hollywood says Black Lives Matter, but more diversity needed

Jun. 18, 2020 1:53 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — As protests erupted across the country following the death of George Floyd, every major entertainment company in Hollywood issued statements of support for the black community. But as unanimous as that show of solidarity was, it was also clear that this wasn't a fight Hollywood could watch...

In this image released by NBC, Jason Beghe portrays Hank Voight, left, in a scene from the crime series

Floyd’s death hastens shift in police pop culture portrayals

Jun. 13, 2020 11:23 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Gary Phillips, a prize-winning crime novelist from Los Angeles, grew up on TV shows that showed a world nothing like the one he lived in. "I watched them all, ‘Dragnet,’ ‘Adam 12,’ ‘The Wild, Wild West,’ ‘Mannix,’...

FILE -This Feb. 9, 2020 file photo shows filmmaker Ava DuVernay at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif. DuVernay directed the four-part Netflix series

Ava DuVernay joins the film academy's Board of Governors

Jun. 10, 2020 2:26 PM EDT

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay has been elected to the film academy’s Board of Governors for the first time. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its new members Wednesday, which include the “Selma” filmmaker, “A Star is Born” producer Lynette Howell Taylor and...

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Viewers refute myth that black US films, TV are poor exports

Jun. 8, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — To entice a European TV executive shopping for programs, ABC Studios offered up glossy fare including “Scandal” starring Kerry Washington and “How to Get Away with Murder” with Oscar-winner Viola Davis. “’This is great, but when are you going to...

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2014, file photo, director Lynn Shelton poses at the premiere of the film

‘Little Fires Everywhere’ director Lynn Shelton dies at 54

May. 17, 2020 7:41 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lynn Shelton, an independent filmmaker who directed “Humpday” and “Little Fires Everywhere,” has died. She was 54. Shelton’s publicist, Adam Kersh, said in a statement Saturday that she died Friday in Los Angeles from an unidentified blood disorder. ...

FILE - This 1966 file photo shows Little Richard.  Tthe self-proclaimed “architect of rock ‘n’ roll” whose piercing wail, pounding piano and towering pompadour irrevocably altered popular music while introducing black R&B to white America, has died Saturday, May 9, 2020.(AP Photo, File)

Jagger, Dylan, Quincy Jones react to death of Little Richard

May. 9, 2020 5:04 PM EDT

Reaction to the death of rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Little Richard, who died Saturday at 87. — “I’m so saddened to hear about the passing of Little Richard, he was the biggest inspiration of my early teens and his music still has the same raw electric energy when you play it now as...

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2004 file photo, author Octavia Butler poses near some of her novels at University Book Store in Seattle, Wash. Butler, considered the first black woman to gain national prominence as a science fiction writer, died Feb. 24, 2006, at age 58. Fourteen years after her death, Butler has never seemed more relevant. The rare black science fiction writer in her lifetime, she is now praised for anticipating many of the major issues of the day, from pandemics to the election of Donald Trump. (Joshua Trujillo/seattlepi.com via AP, File)

Butler's prescient sci-fi resonates years after her death

May. 8, 2020 8:04 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Novelist N.K. Jemisin was a teenager the first time she read Octavia Butler, and nothing had prepared her for it. It was the 1980s, and the book was called “Dawn,” the story of a black woman who awakens 250 years after a nuclear holocaust. “I remember just kind of being...