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Howard University Names Phylicia Rashad Dean Of Fine Arts

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Howard University announced that legendary actress and alumna Phylicia Rashad has been named dean of their newly re-established fine arts department.

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“It is a privilege to serve in this capacity and to work with the Howard University administration, faculty and students in reestablishing the College of Fine Arts,” said Rashad.

An accomplished actor and stage director, she became a household name when she portrayed Claire Huxtable on “The Cosby Show,” a character whose enduring appeal has earned her numerous honors and the title “The Mother of the Black Community.”

An alumna of Howard University, Rashad graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s in fine arts.

Her commitment to excellence in the performing arts and scholarship has been recognized by the numerous colleges and universities that have presented her with honorary doctorates, including Howard University, Spelman College, the University of South Carolina at Columbia, Tuskegee University, Brown University, Bennett College, St. Augustine College, Providence College, Barber Scotia College, Clark Atlanta University, Morris Brown College, Carnegie Mellon University and Fordham University.

Her new position starts July 1st.

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Regina King Directing ‘Bitter Root’ Adaptation of Harlem Renaissance Comic Book

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Regina King is teaming up with Black Panther director Ryan Coogler on her latest project.

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It was announced Tuesday afternoon that King had been tapped to direct “Bitter Root,” a film adaptation of the Harlem Renaissance-set comic book series.

Along with directing, she will produce the movie alongside Ryan Coogler, Zinzi Coogler and Sev Ohanian.

Set during the vibrant Harlem Renaissance of 1924, “Bitter Root” follows a fractured family of once-great monster hunters who face an unimaginable evil that descends upon New York City. For generations, the Sangeryes have hunted and cured those infected by a supernatural force that feeds off the prejudice of the era, transforming humans into monsters. With most of the kin dead, the surviving Sangeryes have the unenviable choice to save or kill the creatures in hopes of thwarting an invasion.

Russell Wilson and Ciara Ink TV & Film Deal With Amazon

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Russell Wilson and Ciara have teamed up with Amazon to produce inspirational content.

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The Wilson’s will develop and produce scripted series and films with Amazon Studios through their production company, Why Not You Productions, according to Variety.

“We’re so excited and honored to work with Amazon Studios,” said the couple. “They’ve quickly become one of the most exciting studios in entertainment and have shown a strong belief in our vision to bring inspiring stories to the world. We can’t wait to begin our work together.”

Russell and Ciara join the Obama’s and the Sussex’s in making inspirational/uplifting content in the streaming platform space.

Meghan Markle Makes Surprise Mother’s Day Donation

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Meghan Markle through her and Prince Harry’s Archewell foundation used Mother’s Day to make a surprise donation to Harvest Home.

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Harvest Home, whose mission is to transform the lives of homeless pregnant women and their children, posted on their Instagram page that Archewell, and Procter & Gamble, had donated “diapers, cleaning supplies, and other essential items to ensure that the moms and babies at Harvest Home are celebrated all throughout the year.”

The surprise donation was accompanied by a personal letter from the Duchess of Sussex:

“Thank you for all you do for the women and mothers who are turned away elsewhere, at no fault of their own. When we consider how vulnerable any mother feels during the fragile time of pregnancy, we gain perspective about how especially difficult it can be for pregnant women of color and those who come from under-resourced and vulnerable communities. I hope you will accept an offer of support to help further uplift Harvest Home’s residents.”

Meghan Markle Releasing Children’s Book Inspired By Harry and Archie

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Meghan Markle has penned her first children’s book.

The Duchess new book “The Bench,” is inspired by Prince Harry and Archie’s relationship.

Illustrated by bestselling artist, Christian Robinson, the book is set to be released on June 8th, 2021… Just in time for Father’s Day.

“The Bench started as a poem I wrote for my husband on Father’s Day, the month after Archie was born,” said the Duchess according to Hello! “That poem became this story. Christian layered in beautiful and ethereal watercolor illustrations that capture the warmth, joy, and comfort of the relationship between fathers and sons from all walks of life; this representation was particularly important to me, and Christian and I worked closely to depict this special bond through an inclusive lens.”

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Michelle Williams Being Honored At “A Brilliant Mind Gala” In Atlanta

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Michelle Williams is being honored for her work around mental health during Silence the Shame inaugural “A Brilliant Mind Gala.”

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Michelle who has been open about her mental health struggles is using her story to help others.

The singer is releasing her memoir on May 25th titled “Checking In.” In it she shares her story on how getting real about depression saved her life. You can also check her on on her new podcast “Checking in with Michelle Williams.”

The gala which is being held virtually on May 5th, will also honor Charlamagne tha God, DJ D-Nice, and psychologist  Dr. Spirit.

The event also features special appearances by Atlanta’s Mayor Keisha Lance BottomsGeorgia Senator Rev. Raphael G. WarnockCommonLecrae, Keri HilsonRonnie DeVoe, and clothing designer Kenneth Cole. There will also be a special performance from Anthony Hamilton, and a special 15-minute Club Quarantine set by DJ D-Nice.

Founded by music industry vet and speaker, Shanti Das, Silence the Shame, Inc. (STS), is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering and educating communities on mental health and wellness.

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