We will not forget Ota Benga 

  September marks the one-year anniversary of “Ota Benga” Day in Lynchburg, VA — a day set to remember the life of Ota Benga, a Congolese Pygmy who was forced to live in a cage with orangutans at New York’s Bronx Zoo in 1904 — thus becoming an unfortunate public spectacle as author Pamela Newkirk shares in her book. Let us remember his troubling story as there are countless others over the decades of history who were traumatized in situations […]

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JANE & EMMA Offers First, On-Screen Look at Historic Friendship Between Mormonism’s Founding Couple and a Free Black Woman

Excel Entertainment Releases Trailer for October 12th Limited Theatrical Release of JANE & EMMA, the Incredible True Story of the Unlikely Friendship Between Free African-American Jane Manning and Mormon Founder Joseph Smith’s Wife Emma Smith, Set Against the Backdrop of Smith’s Murder in 1844. Excel Entertainment—a wholly-owned subsidiary of Deseret Book Company—is the preeminent independent film distribution company in Utah, and has released more than 40 successful films since 2000. Excelis recently released its official trailer to the upcoming feature film JANE & […]

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A Final Farewell To Aretha Franklin After Her Death To Pancreatic Cancer

African Americans have the highest incidence rate of pancreatic cancer – up to 59 percent higher than the incidence rates for other racial and ethnic groups. Aretha Franklin died on Aug. 16, 2018, of pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer.The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) is dedicated to fighting the world’s toughest cancer given that the disease is third leading cause of caner death in the United States and  soon to become the second leading cause by 2020. “PanCAN mourns the loss of Ms. […]

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