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WATCH Trailer for Dr. Maya Angelou Documentary ‘And Still I Rise’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Check out the trailer for the first documentary on the life and times of award winning writer, poet, actress and activist—Dr. Maya Angelou. Appropriately titled, “And Still I Rise,” the film features appearances by her family and many of her close celebrity friends including Oprah Winfrey, Cicely Tyson, Common, Alfre Woodard, Diahann Carroll and Louis Gossett Jr. Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, also make a special appearance.  Take a look below and see the full film in theaters on October 14.

Photo Credit: MayaAngelousFilm.com

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Oprah Winfrey, Bill Clinton, and more receive the Presidential Medal of Honor + VIDEO

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

The Presidential Medal of Freedom was bestowed upon 16 individuals yesterday in our nation’s capitol.

The prestigious ceremony took place in the East Room of the White House and was presented to individuals who have made  “meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.” The award was established 50 years ago by President John F. Kennedy and is the nation’s highest civilian honor.

“These are the men and women who in their extraordinary lives remind us all of the beauty of the human spirit, the values that define us as Americans, the potential that lives inside of all of us,” President Obama said.

This year’s inductees include former President Bill Clinton, Arturo Sandoval, Gloria Steinem, Cordy Tindell “C.T.” Vivian, Ernie Banks, Ben Bradlee, Daniel Inouye (posthumous), Daniel Kahneman, Richard Lugar, Loretta Lynn, Mario Molina, Sally Ride (posthumous), Bayard Rustin (posthumous), Dean Smith, Patricia Wald, and  Oprah Winfrey.

Watch the ceremony below:

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FIRST LOOK: ‘Venus and Serena’ Documentary

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

A trailer for the new feature documentary on the rise of tennis titans Venus and Serena Williams is now available. Magnolia Pictures released the first preview and poster this week for the film which hits theaters on May 10 and will also be available on VOD on April 4.

According to Indie Wire, the film “gives audiences an unfiltered look into the remarkable lives of the greatest sister act professional tennis has ever seen. In a sport where they were not welcomed, the indomitable Williams sisters faced the opposition with grace and courage, not only breaking new ground for female and African American athletes everywhere, but also dominating the women’s game for over a decade.”

The film also includes interviews from former President Bill Clinton and tennis legends Billie Jean King and John McEnroe. It is  edited by long-time Spike Lee collaborator Sam Pollard.

Take a look below and tell us what you think:

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Arsenio Hall returns to Late Night TV…

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

It’s no surprise that Arsenio Hall is returning to late night television next year. It was just a matter of time before the recent “Celebrity Apprentice” winner would eventually return to his rightful place of prominence on the television circuit. If you want to learn a little bit more about Arsenio Hall, then you can check out this here (talking with arsenio hall 2018). You might learn something about him that you never knew before.

According to BET.com, Hall is partnering with syndicator CBS Television Distribution and Tribune Co., for an 11pm program. The new show will be seen in over 17 markets including Chicago and Los Angeles.

Hall’s first show aired in 1989 on the Fox Network. The Arsenio Hall Show featured a variety of guests including many of today’s established celebrities, entertainers and actors as well as provided a platform for hip hop artists to perform their music. His audience, known as the Dog Pound, greeted him each night by barking and pumping their fist. This became a cultural phenomenon and was associated with the Aresnio Hall brand.

Although it’s been more than 20 years since we’ve seen Hall in this late night TV format, I’m confident that this show will be just as popular and part of everyone’s “must watch” weekly line-up of television programming.

Congratulations to Arsenio! Let’s take a walk down memory lane and look at some of Arsenio’s most talked about moments…

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‘Barack on Broadway’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

President Barack Obama will join former president Bill Clinton for two days of event next month in New York City.

First up is a fundraiser on June 4 at the New Amsterdam Theatre called ‘Barack on Broadway.’ So far, a  number of celebrities have confirmed their attendance for the event including legendary screen actor James Earl Jones and “Porgy & Bess” star and Tony-winning actress Audra McDonald.

The second event for the gentlemen includes a dinner with a performance by rock legend Jon Bon Jovi.

Tickets for ‘Barack on Broadway’ start at $250 as well as VIP tickets at $1,000.

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