Media mogul Oprah Winfrey has been in the news many times for her
monumental philanthropic endeavors, most notably the all-girls school
she opened in Johannesburg, South Africa, back in 2004. Now, she is
being rewarded for her acts of kindness. She is among President Barack
Obama’s 16 picks for the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom Award.
As Africa continues to grow in the technology arena, several African
Internet gurus are taking their place at the top of the list. Last year,
we reported on Jason Njoku, an entrepreneur who raised over $10 million in funding from
Tiger Global Management for his company iRokoTV, the world’s largest
distributor of Nigerian movies.
Thanks to breakthroughs in broadband capabilities around the Continent, angel investors and sheer talent, the list keeps growing. Check out "the ones to watch."
At a recent press conference at the Television Critics Association in
Beverly Hills, California, Harvard University scholar Henry Louis Gates,
Jr., announced his next big project intended to teach the younger
generation the 500-year history of African Americans in the United
Shiona Turini was named fashion market director at Cosmpolitan magazine.
In an industry that is notorious for ignoring Black women, Turni joins
the growing list of African American women who’ve recently joined
mainstream fashion magazines.
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.
It’s been nearly two decades since a Black actress was nominated in the
best actress in a drama Emmy award category. And in the 65-year history
of the Emmy Awards, no Black actress has ever won in that category. Well, 2013 has flipped that script. Last week, Scandal’s Kerry Washington was nominated for Outstanding Lead
Actress in a Drama Series for her role as the super-driven,
super-sensuous, no-nonsense PR crisis “fixer” Olivia Pope.