dailyphoto090227Jazmine Sullivan Soars Into New Film
Up and coming R&B artist Jasmine Sullivan, a recipient of five Grammy nominations, takes a leap into acting with her first film role to begin shooting in April. The Philadelphia singer/songwriter has a plum role in director Anthony Hemingway’s “Red Tails,” reports Billboard. “I play a singer who entertains soldiers,” says Sullivan, who will appear in the movie alongside current touring partner Ne-Yo. “I’m really just entertainment for them, but I kind of get a little relationship going with one of them. So that’s very exciting.” “I used to act when I was younger, in little plays,” adds Sullivan, who attended Philadelphia’s Creative and Performing Arts high school. “It never was really a passion of mine. It’s just something I did and I could do. Anything where I can be creative, I like to do.” (Continue Reading…)

TV One Opposes Bob Johnson’s New Network
TV One, the joint cable venture between Comcast and Radio One that targets African American adults, is opposing a proposal for a new network by Robert L. Johnson, founder of Black Entertainment Television. TV One told the Federal Communications Commission that the method that Johnson is using to get his channel on the air could force cable systems to drop TV One. In response, Johnson sent a letter to TV One’s CEO, Alfred Liggins III, saying that “your argument that Urban Television would ‘have a devastating impact’ on TV One is totally without merit and absolutely self-serving.” (Continue Reading…)

Obama Has First Meeting with Congressional Black Caucus
The Congressional Black Caucus met Thursday for the first time as a group with President Barack Obama, the group’s most famous alumnus. “Obviously this is the first time ever that the CBC had the opportunity to be with a president who happened to be of African ancestry,” said Houston Rep. Al Green, one of three Texans in the 42-member group, all Democrats. “This country has demonstrated that character counts. And that’s important, not to overlook the fact that we have had this giant leap forward.” The caucus chairwoman, Rep. Barbara Lee of California, called the hourlong White House meeting a “historic moment.” Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a fellow Houstonian, noted the 12 percent unemployment rate among blacks and said the caucus is eager to work with Obama on solutions. (Continue Reading…)

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