Ambassador Herbie Hancock believes what the world needs is a little jazz diplomacy. The renowned jazz pianist's first major initiative since being named a
UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador last July is to establish International Jazz
Day to be held on April 30 of every year. That date coincides with the
last day of what has been celebrated as Jazz Appreciation Month in the
Octavia Spencer won the 2012 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work in "The Help." She is one of just a half-dozen black actresses to have won an Oscar
in the awards' 84-year history. In the supporting actress category,
Hattie McDaniel won for "Gone with the Wind," Whoopi Goldberg for
"Ghost," Jennifer Hudson for "Dreamgirls," and Mo'Nique for "Precious,"
while Halle Berry won best actress for "Monster's Ball."