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Russell Simmons is in talks with Chance the Rapper to host a 'Def Poetry Jam' reboot

Chance the Rapper is showing no signs of slowing down. The Chicago rapper is in talks to host the reboot of the HBO series Def Poetry Jam, which aired from 2002-2007. Show creator Russell Simmons —who has a long relationship with HBO — excitedly tweeted on Friday about the negotiations with Chance. Super excited. Been in negotiation with @chancetherapper to host Def poetry jam for...

Film,Trending

7 short films by black filmmakers that you need to watch right now

With high definition cameras on our cell phones, video viewing platforms like YouTube and Vimeo and an unquenching thirst for original content, authentic characters and plots related specifically to people of color, it is easier now than ever before for young filmmakers to go around Hollywood and find their own stardom. As an aspiring filmmaker, I know that shooting a short can,...

News

Couple creates SlayTV network for black LGBTQ community

Sean Torrington and his husband, Terry are co-directors of the global media network SlayTV. After leaving his job as a project manager for Goldman Sachs, Sean began to pursue his filmmaking dreams, creating his own Youtube web series that focused on LBGTQ characters of color. The feedback was more than positive. Shortly into his efforts, Torrington says, "People would come up to us...

Television

This amazing Ethiopian animated series is all about girl power, fighting for women's rights

Our "please more black girl superheroes" prayers are being answered! Meet the Tibeb Girls, three young superheroes who unite to make rural Ethiopian communities safer for girls experiencing gender-based violence and discrimination. The animated show tackles some of the country's most pervasive problems, including stigma around menstruation, child marriage, female genital...