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dailyphoto090824BET to Give ‘The Game’ a Second Life
“The Game” is not over yet. Cable channel BET is in talks to order a new season of the comedy, a spinoff from the long-running “Girlfriends.” The CW canceled “Game” in May after three seasons. Series creator Mara Brock Akil in April pitched CW an hourlong version of the show as a way of to keep it on the network, which was exiting the half-hour comedy business. Following “Game’s” cancellation, BET began preliminary talks with producer CBS Studios about possibly taking in the series with new originals. The cable network already runs repeats of both “Game” and “Girfriends.” The options on the “Game” actors have lapsed, so if a deal is reached with BET, CBS Studios would have to make new pacts with them. BET’s only previous stab at launching an original scripted series was the 2008 comedy “Somebodies,” which ran for one season. (Continue Reading…)

NY Vigil Marks 20 Years Since Yusuf Hawkins Murder
In 1989, after a white mob attacked and killed a black teenager in Brooklyn, the Rev. Al Sharpton led black demonstrators down streets where angry whites confronted them, yelling obscenities and throwing bricks and watermelons their way. On Sunday, exactly twenty years later, Sharpton joined the slain teenager’s family and friends at the Brooklyn cemetery where Yusuf Hawkins is now buried.Sharpton led the procession of about 40 people, on a gently winding dirt road, past hundreds of crypts and tomb stones until they arrived at Hawkins’ grave, under the shade of a tall tree. “People talk about the civil movement in the South but there was a significant movement in the North,” Sharpton said on Sunday. “It started in 1989 with Yusuf Hawkins.” (Continue Reading…)

New Reference Book is the A to Z of Black Theater in the US
On the cover of the new “Historical Dictionary of African American Theater” is a glossy photograph of two young, strikingly attractive actors, Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee, in a scene from the landmark black drama “A Raisin in the Sun,” by Lorraine Hansberry. But flip through this chunky, 500-plus-page volume compiled by two Seattle natives, and you’ll find so much more on the subject at hand — from the stage credits of other black movie stars to the efforts of pre-Civil War African Americans to integrate our nation’s theatrical life. Along with an introductory essay and a timeline, the volume contains some 600 entries devoted to performers, playwrights, directors, designers, composers, companies and others engaged in black theater in the U.S. from the early 1800s to the present day. (Continue Reading…)

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