dailyphoto080825.jpgFamous Stories on HBO’s The Black List
Each person’s experience is his or her own. And if that experience can be summed up in just a few minutes, that’s all to the good of “The Black List: Volume One.” Debuting tomorrow at 9 p.m., the HBO documentary showcases many African-American notables – from entertainers Sean “Diddy” Combs, Chris Rock and Keenen Ivory Wayans to Gen. Colin Powell, author Toni Morrison, the Rev. Al Sharpton and athletes Serena Williams and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – talking about their lives and times in a direct-to-the-camera style. Despite the range of subjects and perspectives it covers, the project has been edited to an impressively tight 90 minutes by its originators, film critic and historian Elvis Mitchell (also the host of the Turner Classic Movies interview series “Under the Influence With Elvis Mitchell”) and photographer-filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders. (Continue Reading…)

All Eyes on Michelle Obama as Dems Open Convention The Democratic National Convention opens Monday, a choreographed show of unity more important this year after the rough-and-tumble primary contest that put Barack Obama days away from making history as the first black presidential nominee of a major political party Opening night at the Pepsi Center, the main venue for most of the four-day gathering, aims to tell the Illinois senator’s personal story to the millions of voters nationwide who will begin tuning in to the contest to replace the unpopular Republican President Bush. Who better to tell his story than Michelle Obama, his wife of nearly 16 years? The stage Monday night belongs to this potential first lady for a prime-time speech meant to serve a dual purpose: humanize him and show up her critics before her largest audience yet. (Continue Reading…)

Symbolism in Obama Acceptance on ‘Dream’ Anniversary For Deborah Ross of Greenbelt, the sight of Illinois Sen. Barack Obama standing on stage this week to accept the Democratic nomination for president is something she knows her daughter, Miranda, has to experience even though it means she will miss her first week of her senior year at Eleanor Roosevelt High School. Although she is not a party delegate, Ross, 48, is in Denver for the Democratic National Convention, and Miranda is with her. “This is history,” said Ross, an African American who was an early Obama supporter. “It is something that I knew I had to see and I wanted her to see. It is something she will never forget and something that she will be able to share with her children.” (Continue Reading…)

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