CBS Presents the 69th Annual Tony Awards

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CBS will be hosting another enchanting evening of the Tony Awards – its 69th enchanting evening to be precise.  The Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre ceremony, better known as the Tony Award ceremony, will attract thousands of prestigious Broadway stars to Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015.

The ceremony will begin with the Red Carpet show – the first-ever in Tony Award history – and will feature hosts Darren Criss and Laura Osnes.

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The Tony Awards ceremony will be hosted by Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming.  Guest appearances will include Bradley Cooper, Neil Patrick Harris, Jim Parsons, Kiefer Sutherland,  Sutton Foster, Taye Diggs, and Taylor Schilling to name a few.

There will also be a simulcast of the Tony Awards on Clear Channel live from Times Square featuring hosts recording artist, Deborah Cox and former American Idol and film star, Justin Guarini.

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A few of the nominees and categories included will be:

Best Choreography

Joshua Bergasse, On the Town
Christopher Gattelli, The King and I
Scott Graham & Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Casey Nicholaw, Something Rotten!
Christopher Wheeldon, An American in Paris

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play

Geneva Carr, Hand to God
Helen Mirren, The Audience
Elisabeth Moss, The Heidi Chronicles
Carey Mulligan, Skylight
Ruth Wilson, Constellations

Best Play

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Hand to God
Wolf Hall Parts One & Two

Best Direction of a Play

Stephen Daldry, Skylight
Marianne Elliott, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Scott Ellis, You Can’t Take It with You
Jeremy Herrin, Wolf Hall Parts One & Two
Moritz von Stuelpnagel, Hand to God

Best Musical

An American in Paris
Fun Home
Something Rotten!
The Visit


The show starts at 8:00 pm eastern time.


A walk down the Tony Award’s memory lane. . .

The Diary of Anne Frank (1959) – Tony Award Winner for Best Play




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BAFTA – Acknowledging the Contributions of British in Film and Television

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Hollywood is the most well-known place in the world in which film production takes place but it is not an exclusive destination for film production.  There are many places around the globe where film production are strong and one such place is in the United Kingdom, whose history of cinema is just as strong and vibrant as that of Hollywood.

For those who are wondering about what has been filmed on location in the United Kingdom, let’s look at a few films that have been filmed there:

  1. Harry Potter films
  2. The Da Vinci Code
  3. James Bond films
  4. Pride and Prejudice
  5. Miss Potter
  6. Brief Encounter
  7. Four Weddings and a Funeral
  8. Braveheart
  9. The Queen
  10. The King’s Speech

For those who are wondering about talent that has come from the United Kingdom, let’s look at a few British people who have made a name for themselves in film:

  1. Alfred Hitchcock (director)
  2. Charlie Chaplin (director)
  3. David Lean (director)
  4. Stephen Frears (director)
  5. Ridley Scott (director)
  6. Steve McQueen (director)
  7. Kate Ogborn (producer)
  8. Jeremy Thomas (producer)
  9. Stephen Woolley (producer)
  10. Daniel Day-Lewis (actor)
  11. Michael Caine (actor)
  12. Gary Oldman (actor)
  13. Daniel Craig (actor)
  14. Hugh Grant (actor)
  15. Chiwetel Ejiofor (actor)
  16. Adrian Lester (actor)
  17. Idris Elba (actor)
  18. Angela Lansbury (actress)
  19. Judi Dench (actress)
  20. Helena Bonham Carter (actress)
  21. Sian Phillips (actress)
  22. Thandie Newton (actress)
  23. Catherine Zeta-Jones (actress)
  24. Kate Winslet (actress)
  25. Freema Agyeman (actress)

The U.K. has outstanding talent within its country and no one knows this better than the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is an independent charity that supports, develops and promotes the art forms of the moving image by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners and benefiting the public.

BAFTA is an organization developed with the mission of “sharing insights into the crafts of the people who work in film, television and games by staging over 250 public events a year across the UK, the US and beyond.”  In order to fulfill this mission, BAFTA provides its members with many advantages and opportunities to be involved in workshops and events throughout the year but the most important event is the BAFTA awardsBAFTA Award Image Logo which will air on Sunday February 8, 2015 live on BBC from The Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden.  The show will open up with the band “Kasabian” and will be hosted by British comedian and presenter Stephen Fry.  Some of the nominees for the evening are as follows:


  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Birdman
  • The Theory of Everything
  • The Imitation Game
  • Boyhood
  • Whiplash
  • Jake Gyllenhaal
  • Imelda Staunton
  • Amy Adams
  • Mark Ruffalo
  • Steve Carell
  • American Sniper

The awards ceremony will air on television in the United States on your local BBC America Station at 8:00 pm eastern standard time.


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TAKE 23 – Trumpet Awards 2015



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The African American community inherited a legacy twenty-three years ago and it goes by the name of the Trumpet Awards Foundation, Inc. The organization and award ceremony was created to herald the accomplishments of Black Americans who have succeeded against immense odds. The African American community also inherited a legend – its founder and CEO, Xernona Clayton. Xernona’s watershed moment in the history of race relations began with helping to influence the Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan to change his bigotry and hatred in 1968. Since then, she has continued to help infuse Martin Luther King, Jr.’s message of non-violent social change through her influence in media.

Ms. Clayton served as a corporate executive for Turner Broadcasting for nearly thirty years with many of those years spent acting as liaison between Turner Broadcasting and civic groups in Atlanta and across the country as Turner’s Corporate Vice President for Urban Affairs. Ms. Clayton’s dedication to the community is reflected in the many hours she spends promoting human relations and this is most visible through her work with the Trumpet Awards Foundation, Inc whose purpose is to “acknowledge the accomplishments of men and women who have significantly contributed to enhancing the quality of life for all…individuals and/or groups who augment the richness of this great global society by partnering with the cause of justice and equality of all.”


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The twenty-third annual Trumpet Awards will be hosted by Laila Ali – four-time Boxing World Champion, award-winning TV host, fitness & wellness expert, beauty brand ambassador, and author; and Dolvett Quince – celebrity trainer, best-selling author, and cast member of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser.” The Trumpet Awards show will be held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta on Saturday, January 24, 2015 with the Red Carpet at 2:00 p.m. “Cameras will roll” at 4:00 p.m. and it will air on Saturday, February 21st on TV One.


Trumpet Awards are given to men and women who, through consistency and longevity, have achieved success in a chosen profession or career. Potential honorees are those persons who are viewed not only for what they have individually achieved but also for the achievement they inspire in others. This year’s awards ceremony will be filled with many who meet these criteria. Honorees this year will include:

  • Lou Brock – Baseball Legend
  • Arnold W. Donald – President and CEO of Carnival Corporation & PLC
  • Jamie Foxx – Academy Award-winning Actor, Musical Artist and Comedian
  • Tommy Hilfiger—Principal Designer, Tommy Hilfiger
  • Guy Vickers – President, PVH Foundation & Senior Vice President, Global Community Relations
  • The Isley Brothers – Recording Artists and Songwriters
  • Janelle Monáe – Singer, Songwriter, Producer and Model
  • Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice – President and Dean, Morehouse School of Medicine
  • Franklyn R. Wilson – Chairman, Sunshine Holdings, Ltd., Bahamas


Some of the major corporate sponsors include: The Coca-Cola Company, General Motors, Nordstrom, The Home Depot, FedEx, Southwest Airlines, and American Family Insurance.


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Janelle Monae




Jamie Foxx

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Tommy Hilfiger

Tommy Hilfiger





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