2013 was a banner year for diversity in the movies, both on-screen and in audiences.
In a year that saw the success of films such as "Lee Daniel's 'The Butler,'" "12 Years a Slave," and "Best Man Holiday," the MPAA reports that minority attendance also saw a surge.
Black movie attendance jumped by 13 percent in 2013, with 170 million movie tickets being sold to African-American filmgoers. And though African-Americans only make up 12 percent of the U.S. population, they made up 13 percent of the movie-going audience in 2013. (Latinos, who make up 17 percent of the population, accounted for 25 percent of movie ticket sales.)
The Obama administration has announced that extra time will be granted after the March 31 deadline for consumers to complete enrollment in an insurance plan under the health care law, the Associated Press reports.
"We are experiencing a surge in demand and are making sure that we will be ready to help consumers who may be in line by the deadline to complete enrollment, either online or over the phone," Health and Human Services spokesman Aaron Albright told AP.
Officials told AP that extensions will be allowed on the honor system, requiring only that applicants attest that special circumstances or complex cases prevented them from finishing their enrollment by March 31.
WASHINGTON – Two legendary publishers – Charles Tisdale of the Jackson Advocate in Mississippi and M. Paul Redd Sr. of the Westchester County Press in New York – have been posthumously inducted into National Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation's Distinguished Black Publishers' Enshrinement.
They were honored here last week during Black Press Week's annual observance. The ceremony is reserved for stalwart publishers who have significantly contributed to the legacy of the Black Press.
Benjamin Todd Jealous, former executive director of the NNPA Foundation and immediate past president of the NAACP, gave remarks about each honoree.
(BlackNews.com) – Nielsen, a leading global provider of information and insights into what consumers watch and buy, has expanded roles of Cheryl Pearson-McNeil to senior vice president, U.S. Strategic Community Alliances and Consumer Engagement, and Don Lowery to senior vice president, Government Affairs.
Both teams are part of Nielsen's External Affairs group. Pearson-McNeil is a National Newspaper Publishers Association columnist whose columns appear periodically in The New Tri-State Defender.
"I am pleased to announce Cheryl and Don's expanded roles," said Karen Kornbluh, executive vice president External Affairs. "Elevating our presence and enhancing our reputation and influencer relationships with multicultural communities and government officials is vital to our growth and our ability to effectively serve our diverse clients and their needs."
WASHINGTON – After a long day of travelling, then networking on Capitol Hill, Nathaniel and Cleopatra Pendleton returned to their downtown Washington, D.C. hotel and dressed for a dinner in their honor. Later that evening, they shook hands and smiled for photographs as they accepted the 2014 NNPA Newsmaker of the Year Award, an accolade they earned as a result of their work against gun violence in the aftermath of their 15-year-old daughter's death. They shared the honor with the parents of Jordan Davis, a black teen killed in Jacksonville, Fla.
"We are mourning still. We still wake up every day and have to determine what to do, whether what we're doing is right for us," Cleopatra says. "So many people want to see something positive come from this, a lot of people came to us and said we need to do something. They empowered us."
Not as much as the parents have empowered Black America.
First Lady Michelle Obama, who headed to China on March 19th, continues her official visit this week, with the trip set to conclude on Wednesday.
"Over the past five years as First Lady, I've traveled around the world – to countries like Mexico, India, South Africa, Ireland and others across Africa, Asia, Europe and South America – and China is another important stop on this journey," Mrs. Obama posted on whitehouse.gov. "With more than 1.3 billion people, China is the most populous country on earth, and it plays an important role on the world stage."
Our lives here in America are connected to the lives of people around the world, she said.
WASHINGTON– For African Americans, the quest to trace one's origins is fraught with mystery and dead-ends. But with time and a willingness to dig, it's totally feasible – and often rewarding.
"Now that I know or have an idea about my family and genetic past, it gives me a broader sense of self," says James Morgan III, who has been tracing his lineage for the past six years. "To be able to view myself more – not as a one-dimensional person, just American – but as a citizen of the world, of space and time, is something that I think everyone deserves."
Morgan, a New Jersey native, began researching his ancestry in college. But his interest in topic began much earlier.