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Jay Z to Produce Film Version of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway Musical ‘In the Heights’

Jay Z has reportedly secured another big-screen gig. According to Playbill, the Brooklyn MC will serve as a co-producer for the film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda's play In the Heights. (more…)

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Pregnant Beyoncé Steals the Show In Turquoise at Weinstein Pre-Oscar Party

Forget a plus-one. Beyoncé arrived at the Weinstein Company's pre-Oscars bash Saturday night with an entourage: her husband Jay Z, her two buns in the oven, and according to the LA Times, "half a dozen hulking bodyguards" in tow. (more…)

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Jay Z’s First Project Under New Deal with the Weinstein Company Is An Important Docuseries About Kalief Browder and the Need For Change In the Criminal Justice System

On Thursday (Oct. 6), Spike TV president Kevin Kay, film studio executive Harvey Weinstein and Shawn “Jay Z” Carter hosted a press conference in New York for the forthcoming series TIME: The Kalief Browder Story. The six-part “television event” tackles the story of the 22-year-old African-American man named Kalief Browder who was arrested at

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Weinstein Tells Jews to Fight Anti-Semites

Harvey Weinstein, being honored by the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Museum of Tolerance, says that in the face of threats from ISIS and other terror groups, it was time for Jewish people to “get as organized as the Mafia” to fight back against anti-Semitism. (more…)

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5 People Have Been Thanked More Than God In Oscar Acceptance Speeches

In advance of the 87th Academy Awards on Sunday, we mined all 1,396 acceptance speeches currently archived on the Academy’s website to find out which members of Hollywood’s power elite can lay claim to the ultimate in Oscar bragging rights: most likely to be name-dropped. “The Academy” gets respect in 43 percent

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Oprah Winfrey Among Others Honored by Harvard University for Commitment to African American Culture

Prominent television talk show host Oprah Winfrey was one of the eight celebrities honored at Harvard University Tuesday, for her outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the African American culture. (more…)

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Netflix to Produce Sequel to “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” as First Original Movie

As Netflix continues to grow its proprietary programming arsenal, the streaming service announced late Monday it's producing a sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon with the Weinstein Company as its first original movie. (more…)

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Harvey Weinstein Thinks the Increase and Success of African-American Films Is Because of ‘the Obama Effect’

In light of the success of black films lately and in particular, Nest Picture Oscar winner “12 Years A Slave,” Harvey Weinstein said the number of African-American films recently amounts to a “renaissance” propelled by an “Obama effect.” (more…)

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