if being the name behind the hugely popular “Empire” weren’t enough,
this week filmmaker/producer Lee Daniels inked a multi-year deal with 20th Century Fox
Television “to write, direct and supervise new projects while remaining
as executive producer of Empire.”
Tomorrow evening, June 18th, The Network Journal magazine will celebrate
40 of the nation’s hot Black innovators, game-changers and moneymakers.
They’ve earned their degrees and they’re steadily climbing the ladder
in their respective industries. Whether from top companies such as BET,
MSG or AIG, these folks are doing it big.
How can we celebrate, in one month, music with roots extending from the
call and response messages of slavery, through the empowerment era of
the civil rights movement, into the mainstream industry of today? But intrepid musicians and industry executives Dyana Williams, Kenny Gamble
and Ed Wright developed the idea to celebrate with a month dedicated to
the impact of black music.
In First Lady Michelle Obama’s 30-minute inspiring commencement address
to graduating seniors on Saturday at the historically black Tuskegee
University, she spoke not just about achieving a bright future. She
spoke of the rich cultural history of Tuskegee University and she shared
her experiences – both good and bad – of being the first African
American first lady of the United States.