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Holly Robinson Peete Shows Off Daughter's Short Film Tribute to MLK (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Feb 7th 2011 4:55PM
Holly Robinson Peete's daughter Ryan makes a movie on 'The Talk'Holly Robinson Peete's 13-year-old daughter Ryan is a budding filmmaker. Today on 'The Talk' (Weekdays, Syndicated on CBS), Peete showed off one of Ryan's creations, a short film tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. and his "I Have A Dream" speech in honor of Black History Month.

The film featured King's words written on scraps of paper and spoken by Ryan and her brothers with stirring music in the background. It ended with a hand waving over the words "43 years since Killed," which then turned into "I have a dream," and turned over to read "Lincoln Memorial" and "August 28, 1963."

When the camera came back to an obviously proud Peete, she was tearing up at her daughter's work. We can't blame her.

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NBC Cafeteria Celebrates Black History Month in a Strange Way

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 5th 2010 11:36AM
NBC menu snapped by Questlove
The other day Questlove, drummer of The Roots, was taking a break from the grueling day of being the house band at 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.' He goes to the commissary at NBC's 30 Rock headquarters and notices that they have a special menu that celebrates Black History Month.

Great, right? Well, judging by the menu above, it wasn't all that great. Questlove snapped that picture and posted it to Twitter with the caption, "Hmm HR?"

What's funny is that how, in this ultra-connected society, this has become a real story, and not just a strange, not-meant-to-be-offensive-but-is-anyway occurrence. According to Mediaite, not only did the NBC corporate folks respond with a tweet (under a little-used @NBCU account) that the sign was taken down, but NBC's own African-American issues web site The Grio interviewed the cook who made up the menu. That interview is after the jump.

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Wanda Sykes Slams NBC's Black History Month Menu (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 5th 2010 2:30AM
Wanda Sykes Slams NBC's Black History Month MenuFried chicken, collard greens, jalapeno cornbread, black-eyed peas ... let's face it, if you're talking Black History Month, these foods seem like good choices.

Not according to Wanda Sykes, who riffed on 'The Jay Leno Show' (weeknights, 10PM ET on NBC) about the cuisine being served in the NBC cafeteria. "Jay, what is happening at NBC? Is the whole damn network on medical marijuana? What the hell is going on over here?"

Ok, maybe she's got a point. But really, it's sort of cool that the cafeteria served groovy Old South food. We'd like to know, what's the matter with that?

Watch the video after the jump.

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Black History Month 2010 TV Highlights

by Elizabeth Chan, posted Feb 1st 2010 1:00PM

Today kicks off Black History Month. Although February is the shortest month of the year, our favorite networks have more than made up for it with a plethora of programs. BET, HBO, PBS and Fox have lined up compelling shows and specials that commemorate both Black History and the Civil Rights Movement.

Highlights after the jump ...

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Inside the Actors Studio honors Black History Month

by Adam Finley, posted Feb 4th 2007 11:30AM

diana rossStarting tomorrow evening, Bravo's Inside the Actors Studio will celebrate Black History Month with repeats of episodes featuring Eddie Murphy, Will Smith, Dave Chappelle, Jamie Foxx, Forrest Whitaker and Queen Latifah. On February 19 at 8 p.m., a new two-hour episode will feature Diana Ross in an exclusive interview with host James Lipton. Ross will also perform some of her songs during the episode. The schedule is below:

  • Eddie Murphy: February 5 at 7 p.m.
  • Will Smith: February 11 at 2 p.m.
  • Dave Chappelle: February 12 at 6 p.m.
  • Jamie Foxx: February 12 at 8 p.m.
  • Diana Ross: February 19 at 8 p.m.
  • Forrest Whitaker: February 20 at 4 p.m.
  • Queen Latifah: February 26 at 9 a.m.

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More networks honoring Black History Month

by Adam Finley, posted Feb 2nd 2007 9:03AM

martin luther kingI'm attempting to round up as much information as I can on upcoming specials and programs dedicated to Black History Month. If I've missed anything in my search, let me know in the comments and I'll include it in a future post.

A&E, Nickelodeon, BET and the History Channel will air repeats and new specials in honor of Black History Month. They include:

Biography on A&E:

Monday, February 12 at 4:00 a.m.: The Harlem Globetrotters
Tuesday, February 13 at 4:00 a.m.: Dionne Warwick
Friday February 16 at 4:00 a.m.: Bob Marley
Tuesday, February 27 at 4:00 a.m.: Whoopi Goldberg

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The Daily Show: January 31, 2007

by Annie Wu, posted Feb 1st 2007 8:59PM
Jon StewartBush said that Cheney is a "half-glass-full" kind of guy. First of all, "half-glass-full"? Second of all, Cheney's the optimist of the White House? We're doomed. We're so doomed. However, from what Jon shared with us, Cheney has quite a way with words.

Death
Death all around
Black
Black
(quack)
Despair my blanket
I pluck a pretty pink posey
It dies

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More Black History programming: TV Land

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 28th 2007 3:05PM

wayne bradyHere's another addition to my list of upcoming television programming honoring Black History Month:

According to Sitcoms Online, TV Land will be re-airing the Wayne Brady talkfest That's What I'm Talking About on February 3. The three-part series featured Brady as he conversed with big names in black entertainment and politics such as Al Sharpton, Spike Lee, D.L. Hughley, Harry Belafonte, Diahann Carrol, Wanda Sykes and many others. TV Land does not currently seem to have any information on what time the repeats will air, but you can watch clips from the shows here (I had to sneak through the back door with my Google key to find the site).

I'll be sure to post about other TV shows and specials dedicated to Black History Month as they become available. If you know of any I missed, let me know in the comments.

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Black History Month on TV

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 25th 2007 4:03PM

billy strayhornIn honor of Black History Month, I've made a non-conclusive list of some programs and specials that are coming up to celebrate black history in America. I'll be adding more shows to future posts as information becomes available, probably as we get closer to February. If you know of any I've missed, let me know in the comments and I'll add them to my next post.

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The History Channel's tribute to black WWII soldiers

by Anna Johns, posted Feb 9th 2006 9:41AM
honor deferredOne of the many stories left out of our history books about World War Two is the heroics of the 761st Tank Battalion, a group of black soldiers that history forgot. But not the History Channel. This month, presumably in honor of Black History Month, the History Channel is airing Honor Deferred. Narrated by Bernie Mac and Samuel L. Jackson, the documentary pairs historical photos and video archives with interviews of the black men who served in the 761st. The men spent 183 consecutive days in combat, fighting Nazi Germany and its allies. It comes highly recommended by reviewers as an important piece of American history.

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