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NAACP Image Awards 2012 Nominees For Outstanding Motion Picture Include ‘Flight’ And ‘Django Unchained’

LOS ANGELES — "Flight," "Django Unchained," "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Red Tails" and "Tyler Perry's Good Deeds" are up for the outstanding motion picture trophy at the NAACP Image Awards. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People announced the nominations Tuesday for the awards that honor diversity in the arts. The 44th annual ceremony is scheduled to air Feb. 1 on NBC. Other nomi ...

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Beyonce inks $50-million deal with Pepsi

By Gerrick D. Kennedy When Beyoncé makes her return to music at the top of next year, the multi-platinum will be armed with a major backer: Pepsi. PepsiCo, the conglomerate best known for its soft drinks, announced it has inked a deal with the multi-platinum singer. The deal — reportedly worth $50 million — is being touted as a “true creative and wide-ranging global collaboration.” But what exactly does it ...

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Jeff Friday, Chris Dodd and Russ Parr

Chris Dodd (Chairman of the MPAA) joined Jeff Friday (CEO of Film Life, Inc and Founder of the American Black Film Festival) for a special VIP screening of Russ Parr's "The Undershepherd."  The special event, which took place on Tuesday, November 27, included a reception and screening followed by a Q&A with filmmaker and syndicated radio host Russ Parr. (Photos attached with captions in filename.  Pleas ...

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Maxwell: Consider mature voices on future of Florida A&M’s band

Like thousands of other African-Americans of my generation who attended Florida's public schools, I never missed an opportunity to see the Marching 100, Florida A&M University's famous band. — And like many of my contemporaries, I regret the band's fall from grace in the wake of last year's hazing death of drum major Robert Champion. The band is under indefinite suspension until FAMU's interim president ...

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