Viola Davis Said Her Sexual Assault Experiences Made Her Advocate for the Rape Foundation

September 26, 2016

Viola Davis said her sexual assault experiences made her advocate for the rape foundation and encouraged others to visit treatment centers so they’ll become supporters. “You must,” she said. “And then let your heart do the rest.” “Myself, my mother, my sisters, my friend Rebecca, my friend from childhood, we all have one thing in common: We are all survivors of sexual assault in some way, shape or form,” Davis…

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Historians Published a Book about Slavery in New York’s Hudson Valley

New York's Hudson Valley
September 26, 2016

Two historians have published a book that examines slavery in New York’s Hudson Valley. Susan Stessin-Cohn, of New Paltz, and Ashley Hurlburt-Biagini, of Salisbury Mills, spent years researching the topic for “In Defiance,” recently published by Albany-based Black Dome Press. Their book contains more than 550 newspaper notices published between 1735 and 1831, four years after slavery was abolished in New York state. Most of the notices were published in…

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Obama Celebrated New African-American Museum, which a Powerful Place Tells ‘Story of All of us’

September 24, 2016

Obama also said he hoped the museum would help people bridge divides that were re-exposed by the latest fatal, police-involved shootings of black men. The country’s first black president, Obama was scheduled to preside over an outdoor ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday morning for the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which was built on the National Mall in the shadow of the Washington Monument. “The thing about this museum…

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China Women’s Film Festival : 30+ Chinese and International films about Women’s rights, Women’s Achievements and Gay Women

September 20, 2016

China Women’s Film Festival runs until Sunday in Beijing. The nine-day festival features more than 30 Chinese and international films about women’s rights, women’s achievements and gay women, which are then slated to be shown in more than 10 cities across China. Festival chairman Li Dan said the aim was to increase the representation of women in film at a time when Chinese audiences have apparently accepted gender inequality in…

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Virginia Gun Rights Activists File $12 million Defamation Lawsuit Over an Edit

September 14, 2016

The segment in “Under the Gun” shows nearly 10 seconds of silence after Couric asks members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League how felons or terrorists could be prevented from purchasing a gun without background checks. Activists can be heard on audio of the exchange responding to Couric’s question almost immediately. Couric was executive producer of the film. She said in a message on the film’s website in May that…

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Transgender CharacterActress Alexis Arquette Died Sunday Morning in Los Angeles

September 12, 2016

The transgender character actress, Alexis Arquette, died on Sunday morning in Los Angeles. She was 47 and the cause of death still unknown. “Alexis was a brilliant artist and painter, a singer, an entertainer and an actor,” her brothers and sisters said. “We learned what real bravery is through watching her journey of living as a trans woman. We came to discover the one truth — that love is everything.” Alexis was…

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BET Awards full of Prince tributes and political moments

June 28, 2016

Sheila E., jamming on the drums and guitar, singing and dancing without shoes, closed the three-hour-plus show at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles with “Let’s Work,” ”A Love Bizarre,” ”The Glamorous Life,” ”America” and more. She was joined by “Purple Rain” actor Jerome Benton and Prince’s ex-wife, Mayte Garcia, who danced alongside the background dancers throughout the set. They ended by raising a purple guitar in the air as…

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