On October 30, filmmaker Spike Lee will receive the coveted Lillian and
Dorothy Gish Prize, which carries a reward of $300,000. Established in 1994, the award is the highest and
most prestigious honor given to an artist in the United States. Past
honorees include Frank Gehry, Arthur Miller, Anna Deavere Smith, Bob
Dylan and Trisha Brown.
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.