’12 Years a Slave’ Trailer Unveiled online

By D. Janell Perry     July 16th, 2013

The trailer for the star-studded Steve McQueen slave drama 12 Years a Slave has just been released online. The film is a depiction of the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man that was abducted during the early 1840s in the North and sold into slavery. The drama follows Northup’s (played by Chiwetel [...]


Adepero Oduye to replace Condola Rashad in ‘The Trip to Bountiful’

By Savoy Staff     July 15th, 2013

The actress who will fill Condola Rashad’s shoes in “The Trip to Bountiful” has been revealed: Adepero Oduye. Producers of the Tony Award-nominated revival said recently that Oduye, who co-starred with Rashad in last year’s TV remake of “Steel Magnolias,” will take over the part of Thelma this week. Rashad, who has left to prepare [...]


Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to Nets as blockbuster finish in trade agreement

By D. Janell Perry     July 15th, 2013

The blockbuster breakup of the Celtics has been finalized. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are officially Brooklyn bound. Together the Nets and Celtics finalized their draft-night trade. The two teams negotiated a three-draft pick swap more specifically centered on the two aging champions who won a title in Boston in 2008. With the completion of [...]


Ava DuVernay to direct MLK biopic ‘Selma’

By Savoy Staff     July 12th, 2013

Ava DuVernay is stepping into the director’s chair of Selma, an upcoming biopic of Martin Luther King Jr., according to Deadline. Lee Daniels, the director of Precious and this year’s The Butler, had long been attached the project, which is one of several upcoming projects about the late civil rights icon. Paul Greengrass (United 93) is [...]


Signing with Jay-Z and Roc Nation Sports means #NewRules For Kevin Durant

By Savoy Staff     July 11th, 2013

Kevin Durant paused. He took a stutter step — not unlike one that separates him from his defender for a tear drop or finish at the rim — until someone summoned him. Deciding that it was too late now, he bounded up the stadium-style seating at Manhattan’s 40/40 Club against oncoming traffic: daps, onlookers, smiling [...]


Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys headline free Global Fest

By Savoy Staff     July 11th, 2013

Stevie Wonder, Kings of Leon, Alicia Keys and John Mayer have volunteered their time to attend the second Global Citizen Festival in New York’s Central Park, and organizers hope you will, too. Tickets are again free for the Sept. 28 event, but must be earned through acts meant to help end extreme poverty around the [...]


Harvard Business School Grad Landon Dickey On His Way To Becoming An Education Pioneer

By Savoy Staff     July 10th, 2013

Landon Dickey recently graduated from Harvard Business School. But he’s not just another MBA receipent. Recently BusinessInsider profiled Landon Dickey as one of the “most impressive business school students” for the class of 2013. And there is no wonder why. It has been education that has driven Dickey to his early renown. In 2009, he [...]


Rihanna sends $5,000 check to Illinois high school for compensation

By D. Janell Perry     July 10th, 2013

Pop star Rihanna is making a valiant effort to compensate for her brief but tardy appearance to a suburban Chicago high school earlier this year. The pop culture sensation is donating $5,000 to Barrington High School to cover the offset expenses for security and signs for the musician’s March trip to the school. The surplus [...]


Jay-Z taps 16-year-old ‘WondaGurl’ to produce song on album

By D. Janell Perry     July 9th, 2013

Jay-Z’s latest album Magna Carta Holy Grail has definitely sparked conversations in the industry, especially about a 16-year-old girl he tapped to produce one of the album’s tracks. Ebony Oshunrinde, also known as “WondaGurl”, is a talented Nigerian-Canadian teenager whose beat making capabilities finally landed her the opportunity to showcase her work on the song [...]

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Dennis Kimbro to Keynote Carolinas Minority Supplier Development Council Conference

By Savoy Staff     July 9th, 2013

More than 500 minority business owners, corporate executives and procurement professionals from the world’s largest purchasing organizations will convene at the 2013 Carolina’s Minority Supplier Development Council’s annual Business Opportunity Conference (BOC) at the Embassy Suites in Concord, North Carolina. The BOC offers a unique platform to get ahead and lead the race in aligning [...]

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