January 09, 2014

LAWT News Service

 

The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) will honor actor Charles S. Dutton, a two-time Tony-nominated and multiple Emmy award-winning actor and director of stage, television and film. Dutton will be feted at the annual Night of Tribute ceremony on Friday, January 31.  For the second year, the Night of Tribute will be part of the pre-show festivities for the awards ceremony of the African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) on Friday, January 31, 2014, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Taglyan Complex, located at 1201 Vine Street in Hollywood, Calif. 

Charles S. Dutton is a two-time Tony-nominated and multiple Emmy award-winning actor and director of stage, television and film. He first became a familiar face to television audiences around the world for his iconic role as the Baltimore garbage collector, Roc Emerson, on the popular Fox comedy (produced by HBO), “Roc,” which aired for three seasons from 1991 to 1994. For the role of Roc, Dutton earned his first NAACP Image Award, followed by two more wins in 2002 and 2003 for his roles in the television movies, “10,000 Black Men Named George” and “D.C. Sniper: 23 Days of Fear,” respectively.

Dutton, who is a native of Baltimore, made his Broadway debut in 1984 with August Wilson's ”Ma Rainey's Black Bottom,” winning him a Theatre World Award and a Best Actor Tony Award nomination.  Six years later, he received another Tony Award nod for Best Actor in August Wilson’s “The Piano Lesson” before heading off to Hollywood, landing more television roles and collecting acting accolades along the way.

In 1999, Dutton received both Emmy and NAACP Image award nominations for his guest-starring role as Alvah Case on the HBO hit prison drama, “Oz.” A year later, he directed the critically-acclaimed and gritty HBO miniseries, “The Corner.” “The Corner” won several Emmys, including Outstanding Miniseries and Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries or a Movie. Dutton picked up an Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special. As the Yale-trained actor continued to show the range of his acting abilities, the nominations and awards just kept on coming. He won back-to-back Emmy Awards in 2002 and 2003 for Outstanding Guest Actor for his roles in “The Practice” and “Without a Trace.”

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January 09, 2014

Special to the NNPA from The St. Louis American

 

Three 6 Mafia has lost one of its founding members. HiphopDX confirmed that Lord Infamous passed away Friday night at his mother’s home in Memphis. He was 40.

According to fellow Three 6 Mafia co-founder, and Lord Infamous’ half-brother DJ Paul, Lord Infamous (born Ricky Dunigan) passed from a heart attack.

Lord Infamous reportedly suffered a heart attack and stroke in 2010.

“We don’t know yet [if the two incidents were related],” Three 6 Mafia co-founder DJ Paul – and Lord Infamous’ half-brother told HiphopDX. “It probably did. A lot of times people have heart attacks and a lot of people survive heart attacks and usually when they have that second, third one, it’s pretty much over with.”

Lord Infamous is one of the founding members of Three 6 Mafia. Along with Juicy J and DJ Paul, he appeared on all of the group’s early releases and released his debut solo effort, Lord Of Terror, in 1994, which preceded the group’s breakthrough independent release, 1995’s Mystic Stylez. He also participated in creating Three 6 Mafia offshoot group, Da Mafia Six’s latest release, 6ix Commandments, which was released last month.

“He got a chance to see all his dreams come true,” DJ Paul told HiphopDX about Lord Infamous’ role on 6ix Commandments. “Me and [Gangsta] Boo and everybody back in the studio, like he always wanted to see that ’cause we all grew up together. We was 14, 15 when it started so he was happy to see that.”

Information from Hiphopdx. com contributed to this report.

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January 09, 2014

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Despite filming it’s entire second season, the plug has been pulled for BET’s “Reed Between the Lines.”

The show’s star, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, confirmed the network’s decision to not air the sophomore season in an email to AccessAtlanta.com.

“There’s really not much to say about ‘Reed Between The Lines,” the actor wrote. “BET decided not the air the second season, even though it was shot. As a result, there’s really nothing to say about the show.”

A BET spokeswoman did not answer questions concerning the status of “Reed Between the Lines” or the reason behind the cancellation, AccessAtlanta noted.

“None of us were happy to hear [the cancellation.] They had their reasons, a lot of which I don’t understand,” Warner expressed to the site during a follow-up interview. “I thought it was a great execution of dealing with a guy who thought he had a perfect family and marriage only to find out there were issues along the way.”

News of the cancellation officially puts the cap on “Reed Between the Lines.” The series, which also starred Tracee Ellis Ross centered around a happily married couple (Warner and Ross) and their children. Although it featured two TV veterans, “Reed Between the Lines failed to become a certified hit as it averaged
about 1 million viewers.

Things further went downhill after Ross decided to leave the show after the first season aired in 2012. Ross’ departure did not prevent BE from greenlighting the shooting of the entire second season in the fall of that year. Without Ross, the show went in a new direction with Felicia D. Henderson being brought in as the new executive producer. Henderson’s vision for “Reed Between the Lines” included a long-distance marriage where Warner’s character Alex taking care of the children after Ross’ character moved to California to take a new job.

In September 2012, Henderson revealed to AccessAtlanta that she wanted to portray Alex as a good role model as a single dad and caregiver, in addition to having Alex leave the house and start teaching on location, rather than be an online professor.

Henderson also expressed a desire to focus on three generations of men who are “interesting, intelligent, positive but flawed men” with the inclusion of Alex’s father, played by Charles Robinson and two childhood friends, which included a character played by Tony Rock.

BET’s passing on the second season of “Reed Between the Lines” doesn’t signal the end of Warner’s time on the small screen. This past Monday, the entertainer guest starred on an episode of “Major Crimes” on TNT.

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January 09, 2014

ARIES

Keep focused. Your energies are likely to be spread out this week.  Your attention is likely to be pulled in many directions.  Let yourself be seduced by the things that interest you most.  Concentrate on your affairs. Others need you, but they can wait. Soul Affirmation: I find a source of strength in someone I love. Lucky Numbers: 7, 20, 21

 

TAURUS

Hardly anyone alive learns new skills in an instant, so cut yourself some slack if you feel you’ve made a beginner’s mistake somewhere. Mistakes are part of the learning process that is called Life, so self-correct and proceed with happiness. Soul Affirmation: I let go and let the spirit take control. Lucky Numbers: 20, 42, 54

 

GEMINI

This week will bring a tendency to dwell on a past betrayal. Your feelings of suspicion are well founded. However, do not personalize it. Work against the harmful act but not against the person who committed it. Soul Affirmation: I am what I consistently do. Lucky Numbers: 5, 6, 23

 

CANCER

Look forward to excellent financial news based on something you’re likely to do this week. Wow! It’s about time. This week might be an excellent week to window shop for a dream vacation or luxury purchase. You can even window shop in your imagination for the best possible dream vacation location! Soul Affirmation: Smooth communications is the key to my success this week. Lucky Numbers: 8, 14, 44

 

LEO

You’ll have a busy week, as the energy around you seems super-charged. With everyone rushing about, you’ll wonder how you’ll get anything done, much less the things you feel you must get done. Not to worry. Stay calm and flexible and a way will be found. Soul Affirmation: Slow and steady is an enjoyable way to go. Lucky Numbers: 1, 6, 55

 

VIRGO

Stand up and get ready.  Be a public speaker this week. Any subject you choose is ripe for your “rap.” Spin the tale. Tell the story. People will be fascinated by the way you see things. They’ll be impressed. Watch out for a jealous friend when attention is on you! Soul Affirmation: I make the first step and the universe will come to my aid. Lucky Numbers: 25, 32, 53

 

LIBRA

Be as sharp as you can be this week. Make being alert a personal challenge. Watch carefully for details that might otherwise escape your notice as you search for the best way to get things done at work. Be steadfast in your determination and don’t be pulled into conflict with coworkers. Soul Affirmation: There are other fish in the sea waiting for me. Lucky Numbers: 17, 23, 27

 

SCORPIO

You may feel a bit crabby about your health this early this week. If you feel you need a physical checkup, make the appointment this week. If you want to feel and look better this week, skip lunch and take a walk instead. Soul Affirmation: Truth is revealed in the smallest grain of sand. Lucky Numbers: 29, 41, 52

 

SAGITTARIUS

Like-mindedness is going to be hard to achieve among your coworkers, but there are likely to be a few who see things as you do. Choose carefully and find someone to walk with you on this week’s journey. Some words of encouragement might be needed to enlist the person you choose. Soul Affirmation: My needs will be met if I just ask. Lucky Numbers: 3, 9, 43,

 

CAPRICORN

Where are you going in such a hurry? What you want you already have. Stop looking around yourself trying to find out what’s missing. Nothing is missing. The best kind of discovery this week is self-discovery. Soul Affirmation: I get because I give. Lucky Numbers: 3, 18, 45

 

AQUARIUS

Get out and enjoy the sunshine this week.  Remember that the sun is always shining somewhere in our big island home, so use your imagination if the weather isn’t perfect where you are. You can still enjoy your week and the sun that is shining whether you see it or not! Soul Affirmation: I enjoy the love that others have for me. Lucky Numbers: 6, 25, 47

 

PISCES

Look for an increase in your personal prosperity this week, my little darlings. You’ll either be receiving a long-overdue debt, an  unexpected bonus, a lucky lottery ticket, or you may just find cash  laying at your feet as you are out for a stroll. Lucky ! You  love feathering your nest and this week the Universe is helping you. Soul Affirmation: Hope is future’s way of shining on me this week. Lucky Numbers: 12, 14, 21

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January 09, 2014

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It has been reported, at the 69th annual New York Film Critics Circle Awards, Armond White, a well-known and extremely controversial film critic for the New York City culture review City Arts reportedly made disparaging remarks about best director winner Steve McQueen (“12 Years a Slave”) as McQueen took the stage.

Like a lot of films he reviews, White – to put it mildly – hated McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” when he reviewed it back in October. But, as we said, he allegedly took things to a whole ‘nother level with his outrageous comments Monday night (01-06-14).

According to Variety, White’s alleged and shocking words were: “You’re an embarrassing doorman and garbage man. F— you. Kiss my ass.”

Well, as we also reported, the NYFCC … which White is a longtime member of and even a past chairman, issued an apology to McQueen.  Also, it’s being reported that the organization has called an emergency meeting to address the incident. If rules permit, and certain members get their way, you can look for a future report saying White is a ex-member.

However, White, in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, is claiming that he he’s being slandered. He insists he never made those comments and has a message for his associates in the NYFFC.

Via the Hollywood Reporter, here is Armond White’s full and unedited take on the situation:

The comments that I supposedly made were never uttered by me or anyone within my earshot. I have been libeled by publications that recklessly quoted unnamed sources that made up what I said and to whom I was speaking. Someone on the podium talked about critics’ “passion.” Does “passion” only run one-way toward subservience?

The press has accustomed itself to treating me as a bete noir–so much so that eavesdroppers at the event continually misrepresent my behavior, even to the point of repeating such lies as distorting my cheer for Robert De Niro’s The Good Shepherd into “heckling” and that I “made Annette Bening cry”–both false allegations. Among some Circle members and media folk, there is personal, petty interest in seeing me maligned. I guess the awards themselves don’t matter. It’s a shameless attempt to squelch the strongest voice that exists in contemporary criticism.

Right now former NYFCC Chairman Joshua Rothkopf, acting Chairman Stephen Whitty, Karen Durbin, David Denby, Rex Reed, Dana Stevens and others have arranged a Communist-style special “Emergency Meeting” supposedly in the interest of legislating “decorum”–a meeting based entirely upon something that none of them actually heard and one that is really intended to purge me from the Circle. Only David Edelstein, with whom I’ve had past public disputes, showed the common courtesy to inquire if the rumors were true.

Did I make sotto voce comments to entertain my five guests? Sure, but nothing intended for others to hear and none correctly “reported.” I don’t even know what it means to call Steve McQueen a “garbage man” or “doorman” even though the racist implications are obvious. None of this makes sense which is what happens when online journalism reports a malicious lie.

As for the group’s craven “Emergency Meeting.” I dont care what they decide. It’s not a meeting I plan to attend. –Armond White

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