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Academy Award-winning actor addresses USC students

Actor Mahershala Ali smiled broadly as he strolled onto stage at the USC Annenberg School of Communications April 18, as he was warmly greeted by a crowd of nearly 600 that filled three floors eager to hear his thoughts on acting, ethnicity and life. The two-time Academy Award and Golden Globe winner, who was recently Read More…

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NAJEE’S NOTES: 89th Academy Awards is black night at the Oscars

Black night at the Oscars, more commonly known as the 89th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, honored the best films of 2016 Feb. 26 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. I called it black night at the Oscars because of the historic number of black Oscar winners. Read More…

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Painful documentaries are must-see movies

  I usually don’t pay much attention to the Academy Awards unless African-American actors are nominated and win or unless African-American-themed films have an opportunity. This year, I am paying much attention, what with “Fences,” “Hidden Figures” and “Moonlight” among the nominees for best picture, and with Denzel Washington (“Fences”), Ruth Negga (“Loving”), Mahershala Ali Read More…