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Dec 2021 / jan 2022: TESSA THOMPSON

Tessa Thompson has received praise for her striking performance in Passing. The story about the inner world of Black women is a narrative that’s all too rare in Hollywood. With her new production company, the acclaimed actress is determined to upend the system by telling more of our stories and creating more diverse and nuanced lead movie roles for Black actresses. “There is the opportunity to put so many different kinds of Black women on-screen in parts that don’t get to be the love interest, that don’t get to be the love seeker, that don’t get to take up space in that way,” says Thompson, who’s determined to reimagine the portrayal of Black actresses as different types of protagonists.


December 1, 2021

Mind. Body. Soul. - Music Heals the Soul

EBONY proudly presents Mind, Body, Soul sponsored by smartwater on December 1st for a discussion on how Music Heals The Soul with hosts Kainon Jasper and Dr. Kendell Jasper with special guest R&B Recording Artist Lucky Daye.


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Joe Morton On FOX’s ‘Our Kind of People,’ Black Wealth and That Iconic ‘A Different World’ Wedding Scene

Actor Joe Morton may be most famously known as the diabolical dad to Olivia Pope on ‘Scandal’. His latest role is in ‘Our Kind Of People’ as the wealth and legacy building father, Teddy Franklin. In this interview with EBONY contributor Danielle Young, Morton shares his thoughts on the history of Black family wealth, why his character is a role he cherishes, and gives us the lowdown on ‘Inside the Black Box,’ a new show that he’s developing and more.

When it comes to curating a live performance, H.E.R. is one of the best performers in music. At any given moment, the accomplished musician can be seen playing the acoustic guitar, the electric guitar, the bass, or the keys. EBONY caught up with the star at her  recent Apollo Theater performance and discussed the venue’s magic, why it’s important for her to use her voice to address the issues of our community, and whether she’ll be dropping a Christmas album soon.

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