Get On Up for Dear White People

By Chris Narloch

“Selma” wasn’t the only African-American-centered movie to be slighted by the Academy when Oscar nominations were announced recently. (Many fans of the film, including me, cried foul when both the picture’s director (Ava DuVernay) and star (David Oyelowo) failed to receive love from the Academy.

Two other fine films released in 2014 that told African-American stories could easily have been Oscar-nominated as well and weren’t: “Get On Up,” the superb James Brown biopic, and “Dear White People,” a very funny satire about race relations at a predominantly white Ivy League university.

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The January 22, 2015, Issue is Out Now521

Musical acts that focus on 12 year old girls don’t usually get much attention around the Outword offices, but when members of those acts break out and offer something new, fun and exciting, we take notice. Such is the case with Nick Jonas.

 

 

Read more: Scorching Nick Jonas

 

Temple Grandin Talks About Autism at Mondavi Center Temple Grandin

Anyone touched by autism in their family or circle of friends will want to attend this rare area appearance by Temple Grandin, a prominent adult with autism and an outspoken proponent of autism awareness.

The evening will feature a Q&A with Ms. Grandin, who was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people.

Read more: Temple Grandin Talks About Autism at Mondavi Center

 

Megan Hilty, Billy Porter & Cheyenne Jackson in S.F.Billy Porter

by Chris Narloch

Three of the brightest lights from Broadway will bring their wattage to San Francisco over the next several months, namely Billy Porter, Megan Hilty and Cheyenne Jackson.

Hotel Nikko San Francisco and Michael Feinstein are welcoming Tony and Grammy Award-winning singer, composer, actor, playwright and director Billy Porter to Feinstein’s at the Nikko for three performances only.

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Supreme Court Will Hear Four Cases Challenging Marriage Ban for Same-Sex Couples

The U.S. Supreme Court granted review of a federal appeals court ruling that upheld bans in four states on the freedom to marry and recognition of marriages of same-sex couples legally performed in other states.

The Court granted review of petitions from all four states – Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee. The Jan. 16 announcement sets the stage for final resolution of the debate about marriage equality for same-sex couples nationwide.

Read more: Supreme Court Will Hear Four Cases Challenging Marriage Ban for Same-Sex Couples

 

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