Veteran marketing exec Cheryl Boone Isaacs became the first African
American president of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Often criticized for its lack of diversity in handing out Oscars and
known for being predominantly white, male and older, the Academy moved
to elect Boone Isaacs on Tuesday at its board meeting of governors.
Indie filmmaker Spike Lee, director of numerous celebrated films set in pre-gentrified Brooklyn such as Do the Right Thingand the much-acclaimed She’s Gotta Have It, is using the crowd-funding website, Kickstarter, to fund his latest film.
An organizational behavior specialist, David Thomas honed his skills as
an administrative executive at Harvard Business School for 20 years. Now, the
contagiously optimistic Thomas is helming Georgetown University’s
McDonough School of Business.
A statue of the slave-turned-abolitionist Frederick Douglass was
recently unveiled in the Capital. In attendance was his
great-great-granddaughter, Nettie Washington Douglass, Vice President
Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Eleanor Holmes Norton as well as other congressional leaders, city officials, rights activists and historians.
The bronze statue, located in Emancipation Hall, debuted on Juneteenth
(or Emancipation Day), before a crowd of 600 attendees.