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Roadside Attractions Acquires Acclaimed Sundance Film ‘Exhibiting Forgiveness,’ Starring André Holland And Andra Day

Roadside Attractions has secured the rights to Exhibiting Forgiveness, the 2024 Sundance sensation starring André Holland, Andra Day, John Earl Jelks, and Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor. Set for its theatrical release this fall, the film marks the directorial debut of renowned artist Titus Kaphar, who also penned the script.  The synopsis reads: Tarrell Rodin (Holland) is an […]

‘Joy Takes Root’: Children’s Book Centers On Mindfulness And The Healing Power Of Nature

Gwendolyn Wallace’s children’s book Joy Takes Root is a thoughtful and beautiful ode to the natural world. It follows Joy, a young black girl, as she learns about herbal medicine and mindfulness through her grandmother’s wisdom passed down through generations.  The synopsis reads: “It’s Joy’s first summer in her grandmother’s South Carolina garden—a rite of […]

How Tambra Raye Stevenson Became a Champion for Food Justice and Healthier Communities through WANDA

Washington D.C.-based food advocate and driven mother Tambra Raye Stevenson has been determined to create healthier communities through her inspiring work with the Food Bill of Rights.  Fueled by Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Initiative, which aimed to improve children’s diets, Tambra founded WANDA: Women Advancing Nutrition Dietetics and Agriculture. Her late father, Calvic C. Hill, […]

Upcoming ‘Free at Last’ Documentary Will Deep Dive Into The Untold History Of South Africa’s Apartheid

“Free at Last” is an upcoming documentary series that will recount Apartheid’s history, Variety reports. Co-produced by Germany’s Beetz Brothers and South Africa’s Storyscope, the project will deep dive into South Africa’s decades-long oppressive regime. It will also feature exclusive accounts from victims and perpetrators, unseen footage, and undisclosed documents.  In honor of Nelson Mandela’s […]

“A Superlative Palette”: Exhibit In Charlotte Brings Black Women Artists To The Forefront

In Charlotte, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture is currently featuring an exciting exhibition titled “A Superlative Palette: Contemporary Black Women Artists,” which showcases the diverse works of 12 renowned artists, including Mickalene Thomas and Amy Sherald.  Despite differences in mediums and styles, the exhibition emphasizes the intersectionality of their identities […]

JARO Spotlight: Mike Rae Anderson On Award-Winning Film ‘In The Matchbox,’ Empowering Others, And Activism In The Community

During the 6th annual short film competition at the 2023 Peachtree Village International Film Festival, JARO took pride in presenting a selection of over 40 finalists from diverse corners of the world. The top honor of first place was awarded to In the Matchbox, a film written by Jermi Little and directed by Mike Rae […]

Rashaad Newsome’s AI Creation ‘Being’ Is A Scholarly Educator and Poet Informed By Black Intellectuals 

In recent years, AI’s rise has been exponential. Capturing the attention of creatives, the implications on what the future of AI will mean in the spheres of art, music, film, and journalism have been disconcerting. However, depending on how the tool is used, Artificial Intelligence could also serve as a catalyst for progress and education. […]

Jack And Jill Partners With Nickelodeon In Powerful Initiative For Youth Philanthropy

According to PR Newswire, the renowned African American family organization Jack and Jill has teamed up with Nickelodeon to introduce Our World, a global initiative designed to provide children with resources for engaging in kid-driven philanthropy. The initiative aims to inspire the upcoming generation and equip them with the tools to activate both their individual […]

Best-Selling Coloring Book Author Latoya Nicole Initiates Program To Help Black Women Accomplish Their Publishing Goals

Latoya Nicole is the successful owner of a prominent coloring book business that focuses on the importance of Black women’s mental health. As the author of nine books including her bestseller Exhale Self Care Coloring Book, she is also an advocate for increasing representation in publishing.  “When I started publishing in 2018, only 11% of […]

Urban Reader Bookstore, A Black-Owned Bookstore in North Carolina, Goes Mobile

The Urban Reader Bookstore, a Black-owned establishment in North Carolina, has reopened as a mobile store. Created by Sonya Spencer and previously located in Charlotte’s University City neighborhood, the bookstore encountered financial challenges that spurred Spencer to rethink its operational framework. Recognizing the impractical expenses tied to a fixed location, Spencer steered her business strategy […]

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