Month: November 2016

People Magazine actually gets it right! Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson named Sexiest Man Alive

It’s always once every decade or so that People Magazine actually gets their “Sexiest Man Alive” issue right. Turns out, we’re in one of those moments where the broken clock lands on the right time. Moana star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been on people’s personal “sexiest man alive” lists for the longest, and finally, People has officially given him that …

Princess Nokia’s “BRUJAS” celebrates black women’s feminine power

While we’re still collecting ourselves from the Yoruba imagery in Beyoncé’s “Lemonade”, let’s not sleep on another artist using the religion as a basis for self-expression and family homage. Princess Nokia paid respect to her Afro-Latinx roots by honoring her family’s Santería and Yoruba religions in “BRUJAS”, which gives a message of black sisterhood and unity. …

Free e-book “What Disney Doesn’t Understand” demands more inclusiveness from the Mouse House

We all love Disney, but Disney has got some explaining to do when it comes to major oversights such as: No black animated prince A Eurocentric focus on what constitutes a “princess” No LGBT visibility Hardly any major Pixar characters of color etc., etc, etc. My new e-book, What Disney Doesn’t Understand, however, does go into some …

Autograph Collection Hotels launches unprecedented cultural program focusing on independent film

BETHESDA, Md., Oct. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Autograph Collection, Marriott International’s distinctive portfolio of one-of-a-kind hotels, is launching the Independent Film Initiative.  Launching in January 2017, this dynamic, experiential cultural program will celebrate independent film – an art form that shares Autograph Collection Hotels’ goals of championing individuality and diversity. The initiative will be curated by respected …

Actor Rainn Wilson’s Lidè Haiti Foundation empowers girls in the wake of Hurricane Matthew

As Hurricane Matthew traveled over their home, the girls of Lidè distracted their worried minds with the artistic tools taught in their Lidè workshops. The days following Hurricane Matthew they continued their artistic pursuits, creating posters and other crafts to provide vital information to isolated community members. In response to the storm’s destruction, Lidè is …

Alessia Cara and Jordan Fisher featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda perform end-credit songs on the forthcoming Disney’s “Moana” animated film and soundtrack

BURBANK, Calif., Oct. 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Set for release on November 18, the Moana original motion picture soundtrack features seven original songs and a full original score, plus two reprises as well as two end-credit versions of songs from the film.  Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Moana” opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016. …