‘THE WATSONS GO TO BIRMINGHAM’ Friday, September 20 (8p.m. ET/PT, 7C)
Upon the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement, “The Watsons Go To Birmingham” is a film that focuses on the love, light and courage that transformed one of America’s darkest periods. When the Watson family’s oldest son Byron is heading down the wrong road, his parents decide to take the family back to their hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, hoping that exposure to his tough grandmother will help straighten Byron out. Entering the south, the Watsons encounter prejudice and violence, the likes of which they could have never imagined. The remarkable family story, based on Christopher Paul Curtis’ 1996 Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Honor Award-winning book, The Watsons Go To Birmingham 1963, is a film that will make you laugh, cry and think through incredible storytelling.
“The Watsons Go To Birmingham” is part of Hallmark Channel’s exciting new Friday night appointment viewing franchise, “Walden Family Theater,” presented in collaboration with Walmart, Procter & Gamble, award-winning family entertainment producer Walden Media (“The Chronicles Of Narnia,” “Bridge To Terabithia,” “Holes”) and fast-growing independent studio ARC Entertainment. “Walden Family Theater” is designed to further fill the void on TV for quality family entertainment.
CHERYL BOONE ISAACS
The NAACP congratulates Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who was named the President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Tuesday. The Academy, which produces the annual Oscar ceremony, has not had a female president since 1983, and has never had an African-American president in its 86-year history.
“Cheryl Boone Isaacs is a wonderful selection for an organization that is seeking to expand diversity and inclusion,” stated NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock. “As one racial barrier is broken, we are excited to see what Ms. Isaacs will do to break down even more barriers in the industry.”
“We recognize the election of Cheryl Boone Isaacs as an historic moment in Hollywood,” stated Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and CEO of the NAACP. “This appointment sends a clear message to the rest of Hollywood. We believe her selection will encourage the studios and networks to empower more women and minorities throughout the entertainment industry."
“Cheryl Boone Isaacs’ appointment is another step in the right direction for the Academy and diversity in Hollywood,” stated Robin Harrison of the NAACP Hollywood Bureau. “We congratulate her and look forward to the Academy’s work and influence under her new leadership.”
VERSUS an FLOW
The third season of the NAACP Image Award-nominated Lexus “Verses and Flow” is set for broadcast on TV One, premiering September 11, 2013. Returning for his second season of hosting is dynamic actor/poet Omari Hardwick, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, where Lexus’ “Verses and Flow” filmed its inaugural season. Hardwick, a passionate writer and performer of the arts, is set to welcome the best and brightest spoken-word artists and R&B acts to what will be an expanded season, featuring four additional episodes, which will bring the total episodes for Season Three to 12. Season Three of Lexus’ “Verses and Flow” was taped this past spring at the Belasco Theater in Downtown Los Angeles. This season’s roster of award-winning R&B talent includes Jill Scott, Bridget Kelly, RaVaughn, Andra Day, Vivian Green, Mary Mary, Tony Rich, Kenny Lattimore, Bell Biv DeVoe, Faith Evans, Anthony Hamilton, BJ the Chicago Kid, Avant, and Raheem DeVaughn. Each artist performed songs from their vast collection of hits, while supported by musical director extraordinaire Adam Blackstone and the “Verses and Flow” house band. After a nationwide search, Lexus was able to bring some of the best poetry to its national platform. This season, poets from all walks of life will speak to matters like sexual orientation, racial education, war and terrorism, and love, and hate; most importantly, they will share their hearts and prose, one verse at a time. With over 35 poets gracing the stage this fall, Season Three of Lexus’ “Verses and Flow” will bring truth, emotion, and entertainment to millions of households..