2014 OSCAR RECAP: "12 Years a Slave" lands best picture
"12 Years a Slave" walked away with the big prize, Best Picture at the 86th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday. The historical drama was directed by Steve McQueen and also netted accolades in the Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong'o) and Adapted Screenplay (John Ridley) categories. "Dallas Buyers Club" also won a trio of Oscars, although "Gravity" landed the most overall, at seven.
Forest Whitaker is a distinguished artist and humanist. He is the founder of PeaceEarth Foundation, co-founder and chair of the International Institute for Peace and is the UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and Reconciliation.
"I hated the fact that my mother was crazy. I wanted her to be normal. Even when she acted normal... I was always walking on eggshells, waiting for the insanity to hit. And when it hit, it hit hard and fast—leaving deep emotional and physical scars...
"I didn't really want to write about this story of mine... It so hard to go there... And more important, I was concerned that people would pity me, and I don't want anyone's pity. That is not the point...
The point is to get it out, to validate my feelings, to communicate how good it feels to no longer live in fear of what others may think, and to share my journey and move on. I have survived."
'Idol' winner Candice Glover debuts new album, 'Music Speaks'
Santa Monica, Calif., Inspired by the outpouring of love from her fans, Season 12 "American Idol" winner, Candice Glover released her love-themed debut album, "Music Speaks," on Feb. 18 on 19 Recordings/Interscope Records.
Zo! of Foreign Exchange Music coming to Minneapolis March 12 at The Pourhouse
From time to time, life will throw us a curveball or two.
Fans of soul, neosoul and organic hip-hop, are probably pretty thrilled that Zo! of Foreign Exchange Music wasn't as good at hitting curveballs as he is at producing and creating timeless melodies and arrangements for the many artists who he's featured on his three released projects. Now that's not to say that Zo!, born Lorenzo Ferguson, was a slouch at hitting.
The Twin Cities is losing two members of the Cole family to warmer temperatures. Bryan Cole, Sr. and Dr. Barbara Cole departed for Houston and their children, Terra Cole, Desralynn Cole and Bryan Cole, Jr. threw the couple a going away party out in Plymouth.
Pete Rhodes, chairman, Urban Mass Media Group, executive director, Black Music America Network. Carol Maillard, Sweet Honey in the Rock. Karen L. Charles, artistic director, Threads Dance Project. Phyllis Gilliam, Sunday's Best.