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Oscars 2016 preview: Waiting for the day when inclusion is no longer news

Glenn Whipp Next year’s Academy Awards boast plenty of intriguing story lines — a possible third Oscar for Denzel Washington, a battle royal in the lead actress category, the mystery surrounding Martin Scorsese’s long-gestating passion project, “Silence.” Let’s be honest though: When the nominations are announced Jan. 24, the focus will be on whether the…

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Breaking Bones, Breaking Barriers: Black Stuntmen Honored at African American History Museum

by CHANDRA THOMAS WHITFIELD Greg Wayne Elam knows what it’s like to face adversity. In 1976, he was a strapping 29-year-old stuntman trying to make his mark in Hollywood. While on the set of the film “King Kong” he was charged with scaling a 60-foot telephone pole, dressed only in a loincloth. Elam gradually inched…

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Disney’s ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ to receive $18 million in California film tax credits

The biggest entertainment company in the world is in line to get the largest production incentive ever from the state of California. The state film commission has approved about $18 million in credits for the upcoming Walt Disney Co. movie “A Wrinkle in Time.” The film, to be directed by “Selma” filmmaker Ava DuVernay, is among 28…

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Dallas Based YGBA to Sing “Peace Song” at HDA July Meeting

Last week, the Young Gifted and Black (YGBA) singing group, performed an original piece in front of the Dallas Police Department Headquarters that went viral on the internet and the timing could not have been better. The country is sending thoughts and prayers to the victims, survivors and families affected by the shooting in Dallas,…

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Hollywood Diversity Association

Hollywood Diversity Association (HDA) Monthly Meeting Set For July 12th

The Hollywood Diversity Association (HDA) will host monthly meetings that feature guest speakers from every aspect of the film and television industry. The monthly speakers series are designed to provide insight into the inner-workings of Hollywood both in-front and behind the scenes. Hollywood Diversity Association membership (FREE) is required and a $20 donation is encouraged.…

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Did you know that African Americans use smartphones more than the total population?

(HDA Meeting Alert: RSPV Now!) According to the African-American Consumers: THE UNTOLD STORY 2015 Report, African Americans use smartphones more than the general population. Vibrant and growing in affluence, the African American consumer is also increasingly diverse. Penetration levels of smartphones are much higher for Blacks at 83% compared with the total population. Come to…

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HDA Co-Founders J.R. Pittman and Vanzil Burke to Give Industry Update at July 12th Meeting

The Hollywood Diversity Association’s (HDA) monthly meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 12th at the Nate Holden Ebony Repertory Theater at 7PM. During the much anticipated meeting, HDA co-founders J.R. Pittman and Vanzil Burke will give a report on the most recent updates in the film and television industry. Opportunities, professional strategies as well as…

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Jocko Sims: “Three Professional Tips For A Successful Career in Hollywood”

The Hollywood Diversity Association is proud to announce that Hollywood rising star Jocko Sims will be the guest speaker for the July 12th HDA monthly meeting. Jocko Sims is one of the most engaging acting, writing and producing talents on the rise with roles in feature projects such as the award-winning Dreamgirls, Jarhead, and 2014’s…

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Sony Pictures Television Announces Third Annual Diverse Directors Program

Culver City, Calif. (June 17, 2016) – Sony Pictures Television (SPT) announced the launch of its 2016 Diverse Directors Program. The annual initiative, which is in its third year, is part of SPT’s commitment to providing opportunities to talented artists of diverse backgrounds. Diverse Directors Program finalists will have the opportunity to work closely with…

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HDA Introduces New Concept To Improve Inclusion In Hollywood

The Hollywood Diversity Association launched an inclusion initiative to increase diversity, both in front and behind the camera. The symposium, a groundbreaking and exciting program, was held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Century City on June 7, 2016. It highlighted an innovative solution to bring about great changes in Hollywood and in American society as…

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