Ice Cold Links: Ebony’s Photos, Movies, Shade Court

David Oyelowo and Ava DuVernay

Luvvie wrote exactly what I was thinking when I heard the Johnson Publishing is selling its archive of five million photos for only $40M.  When I was managing the website, Pepsi We Inspire, I discovered that there is a lack of good stock photos of black people. I wanted photos of families, young professionals, couples, seniors.  I even started planning a panel discussion about African American stock photography a few years ago, but it didn’t move past the initial brainstorming phase. We need more images of us in all media. It makes a difference.

Ava DuVernay and David Oyelowo ain’t got time to worry about no Oscars. They are doing another movie.

Two weeks ago, I saw “No Good Deed“, a thriller starring Taraji P. Henson and Idris Elba.  It was an average thriller, but it did well enough to yield a nice profit. Taraji and Idris were both executive producers.  Looks like Jennifer Lopez followed a similar route for her new movie “The Boy Next Door“. Bringing Lifetime TV-style movies  to the big screen fills a niche for grown women who still go to the movies. Those superhero blockbusters are not for everyone.

I stopped reading Jezebel.com a few years ago. The women’s site had become a big troll for clicks and faux outrage. However, I am making the site a destination to read once a week. Kara Brown has a hilarious recurring column called Shade Court which could easily be turned into a web series or something.

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