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Women in Comedy Festival is Still Lighting Candles in the Dark

Share This Post One of the easiest ways to chart the progress of Boston’s Women in Comedy Festival, which just wrapped up its tenth edition? The panels. Once a place for working and aspiring comics to gather and commiserate over the challenges of the industry, they’re now a place to get things done. To share concrete strategies on how to get their voices heard. On how to make their mark on the comedy world. Over time, the festival has grown from a space for women to share time and passion on stage, to do so on stage and screen…and do so with industry experts who want to see them grow this passion into a viable career. “It’s an exciting time. But because it’s changed so quickly, we haven’t yet caught up on ‘how do I make my way now?’ Because everything’s changing so quickly,” festival founder Michelle Barbera shared with me ahead of WICF’s keynote presentation. DMA, Director of Walt Disney Television’s Creative Talent Development and Inclusion initiatives, was on hand to guide a crowd..

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Byron Allen reveals why his award from LA Urban League is especially personal during inspiring acceptance speech

Byron Allen, founder/chairman/CEO of Entertainment Studios, was honored with the 2019 Whitney M. Young, Jr., Award at the 46th annual Los Angeles Urban League Awards dinner in Hollywood on Thursday night. “We are incredibly grateful to this year’s honorees and extremely proud to have Byron Allenaccept this year’s Whitney M. Young, Jr., Award,” said Michael Lawson, president and CEO of the Los Angeles Urban League. “Byron Allen exemplifies excellence and this award is just a small token recognizing his success as well as our appreciation for his generous support of our mission and our communities.” The founder/chairman, and CEO of Entertainment Studios delivered an inspiring acceptance speech at the dinner attended by several familiar faces including celebrities, activists, and Congresswoman Maxine Waters. Byron Allen explained that this award was particularly personal because the Los Angeles Urban League helped his mother get her first job when they moved from Detroit to LA in 1968..

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Kevin Hart’s Comedy Special

Share This Post Kevin Hart let his fans know the date of his new comedy special. The announcement came on Monday afternoon, and by Tuesday had racked up nearly 200,000 views on Twitter alone. His new hour is called “Irresponsible” and will be available on Netflix beginning on April 2nd. He hashtagged the date announce #comedicrockstar, usually something you let other people call you, but this is Kevin Hart, the king of hype, so its not that odd. Hart’s stand up specials are always bigger than life. His last three tours were released in theaters– Laugh at My Pain (2011), Let Me Explain (2013), and What Now? (2016). His Irresponsible tour, which led to the current special broke records as he toured it worldwide with 147 dates in the US alone, and at least 25 international dates across three countries. Hart’s stand up is just one part of his full package. Earlier this year, we took a look at the ever expanding empire Hart presides over, and since then more announcements and projects ju..

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Tiffany Haddish May Change the Way She’s Protesting Police Brutality After Response from PETA

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) responded to Tiffany Haddish‘s comments about wearing fur. Last week Haddish said that a fan gave her a fur vest at a comedy performance and she’s going to wear it “as much as possible,” despite that it goes against everything PETA stands for. In fact, Haddish said she’d keep wearing fur until police stop killing Black people. Instagram“I don’t know if you know this about me, but I’m about to start protesting,” she said. “I’m going to wear fur every day until they stop killing Black people. When the police stop killing Black people, I’ll stop wearing fur. It’s my new protest. So sorry PETA. Don’t be mad at me, be mad at the police.” “See how that go?” added Haddish. “Because people are important and so are the animals, to keep me warm.” In their response, PETA said they were fans of Haddish’s but want her to rethink her form of protest against the police. But the organization didn’t say they agreed with what she said about the cop..

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A conversation with Luenell: When does Black comedy become hurtful?

When it comes to comedy, subjects that were unacceptable for mainstream America were the norm in small Black clubs. Comedians such as Redd Foxx, Dick Gregory, Richard Pryor and Moms Mabley were popular first in clubs on the “Chitlin’ Circuit” in urban hubs. Subject-matter material in these clubs frequently included jokes about race relations, women… The post A conversation with Luenell: When does Black comedy become hurtful? appeared first on Rolling Out.

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