White House Budget Plan Eliminates Funding for Arts, Other Agencies

The Trump administration's 2018 budget "blueprint" proposes significant cuts in or the elimination of funding for federal agencies that support the arts and culture, the humanities, human services, and community, regional, and international development. As had been feared by many in the nonprofit sector, America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again (62... Continue Reading →


Kerry Washington, Warner Bros. to Adapt ‘The Mothers’

Brit Bennett's debut novel centers on a big secret in a small black community in Southern California. Warner Bros. has optioned Brit Bennett’s debut novel The Mothers, with Kerry Washington producing under the Simpson Street Banner. Bennett also will write the script for the project based on her novel, which was published in October by... Continue Reading →

Notorious B.I.G. lauded in Congress on the 20th anniversary of his murder

https://youtu.be/HszPYsxadQY Titan of ’90s hip-hop — a genre that was once the scourge of Washington pearl-clutchers — has been lauded on the floor of Congress. Hakeem Jeffries, a Democratic congressional representative from Brooklyn and Queens, gave a speech Thursday to Congress marking the 20th anniversary of Notorious B.I.G.’s murder in Los Angeles. Biggie’s 1997 slaying... Continue Reading →

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