PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A century before the fight to end Jim Crow segregation laws, Octavius Valentine Catto was leading a civil rights movement in Philadelphia. The 19th-century educator and activist fought for a better education for black students, led efforts to desegregate the city’s streetcars and pushed for equal voting rights — all before he […]

Comedian/filmmaker Keenen Ivory Wayans will be among the honorees this year at the annual Austin Film Festival & Writers Conference, reports Deadline. Wayans, who created, launched, and hosted the landmark 1990s variety series “In Living Color,” will receive AFF’s Extraordinary Contribution to Television Award. The ceremony will take place during the Festival’s 25th Anniversary, which […]

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has honored comedian Dave Chappelle for his lasting charitable work. Nika Milbrun, Cuomo’s Assistant Director of Constituencies for African-American and Women’s Affairs, presented the comedian with his recognition, which celebrates “individuals who add to the quality of life amongst our citizens.” Milburn acknowledged that Chappelle donated $50,000 toward the Flint […]

NEW YORK (AP) — Queen Latifah will be honored at Diddy’s fourth annual REVOLT music conference in October, where performers will include Lauryn Hill and 2 Chainz. REVOLT announced Wednesday that the conference will take place Oct. 12-15 in Miami. Latifah will receive the Icon Award for her accomplishments in music, film and TV. She […]