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'Harriet,' the first film about Tubman, premieres in Toronto

Sep. 11, 2019 12:57 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Hard as it may be to believe, "Harriet" is the first feature film about Harriet Tubman. Kasi Lemmons' movie about the Underground Railroad leader premiered Tuesday night at the Toronto International Film Festival where festival director Cameron Bailey, introducing the film, noted the...

Viola Davis set to play Michelle Obama in proposed series

Aug. 26, 2019 5:38 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Viola Davis is set to portray Michelle Obama in a Showtime series under development about America's first ladies. Davis also is an executive producer on the project, which Showtime said Monday will "peel back the curtain" on the lives of presidential spouses. The first season will focus...

Today in History

Aug. 11, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Sunday, Aug. 11, the 223rd day of 2019. There are 142 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 11, 1992, the Mall of America, the nation's largest shopping-entertainment center, opened in Bloomington, Minnesota. On this date: In 1919, Germany's Weimar Constitution...

Actresses of color make equal-pay quest a group effort

Jul. 28, 2019 9:52 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Aretha Franklin and Annie Lennox recorded "Sisters Are Doin' it For Themselves" in 1985, the Queen of Soul tried out a pointed ad lib for the empowerment anthem. "'Equal pay, that's what we say!'" she exclaimed in one take, as recounted by Lennox at a gathering of female filmmakers...

August Wilson was the blues, and Ma Rainey was his muse

Jul. 20, 2019 3:06 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — August Wilson, poet, playwright and Pittsburgher, wrote in the language of the blues. He learned it in his hardscrabble youth spent in the Hill District, and he learned it from the recordings of artists such as Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, the Mother of the Blues. It was music that spoke to...