Sam Smith performs “Stay With Me” on Austin City Limits which airs tomorrow on PBS.
Daily Archives: January 16, 2015
Atlanta – Every actor dreams of that career-defining role, the one that lands him in a blockbuster film alongside big Hollywood stars. Well when actor Stan Houston was initially offered his ‘big break’ to read for the role of the racist antagonist Sheriff Jim Clark in the now Oscar nominated film, “Selma,” he actually turned it down twice, and with good reason. Distributed by Paramount Pictures, Selma is a historical period piece that covers a critical episode in the civil rights movement. As a resident of Coffee County in the Southeastern area of Alabama, Houston actually lives in the same small town where Sheriff James G. Clark lived and died. Houston felt the dynamics of playing such a controversial role might just be too close to home. He eventually read for the role, and in a move showcasing director Ava DuVernay’s dedication to authenticity, he was selected.
Athletic Mic League alum 14KT posted his dance-oriented “Elelator” dedicated to personal upliftment on his Soundcloud page. He and Mayor Hawthorne, also a former member of AML recently released music together as Jaded Incorporated. The producer kicks off his European tour with The Black Opera on January 22nd.
The Yaya DaCosta hosted seventh season of Afropop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange airs on Monday and this is the trailer. The episodes cover the lives and culture of African-Americans and Africans. From the history of A.I.D.S. to the work from New York City artists featured in The Triptych the series seeks to cover broad variety of issues in the lives of the subjects. Angela Tucker is producer of the series and Duana Butler is the director. You can go the American Public Television site to find the broadcast times in your area. Dacosta will also be seen tomorrow in Lifetime’s Angela Basset-directed Whitney playing the lead role of Whitney Houston.