It’s been 52 years since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (pictured) stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., before nearly 250,000 people to deliver his pivotal “I Have a Dream” speech, but African Americans still believe that we have a long way to go before his dream can be brought to fruition. According to a poll conducted by the Wall Street Journal and NBC News, more than a quarter of White adults who were surveyed strongly agreed with the statement that “America is a nation where people are not judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” However, only 16 percent of African Americans believed that statement was true. In fact, 52 percent of Blacks strongly disagreed with the statement. These results come at a time where racial tensions in the country are at an all-time high, following the Michael Brown and Eric Garner murders. Read more.
Tupac Exhibit Coming to Grammy Museum in L.A.
Calling all hip-hop aficionados! Next month, the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles will launch a new exhibition that will commemorate the late-rapper Tupac Shakur. The exhibit will delve in to more of the personal side of the rapper, featuring handwritten lyrics, notes, and poems that he penned and the tape box that featured his first recording session following his release from prison. “Tupac Shakur was one of the most original and important of all hip-hop artists. His writings are both powerful and provocative,” said Grammy Museum Executive Director Robert Santelli. “It is an honor to be the first music museum to acknowledge Tupac’s legacy and to bring context to what was an incredible career.” Tupac’s mother, Afeni Shakur, is honored that the museum has decided to feature an exhibit on her son. “It means a lot to me that Bob Santelli and the Grammy Museum have chosen to honor my son with their upcoming exhibit of his works,” she said. “His timeless messages have instilled hope for those who have little, and for others, they serve as a catalyst for change. His words continue to motivate and inspire new generations.” Read more.
‘The Wiz’ Musical Coming to NBC?
NBC is giving its viewers a taste of the past through live television versions of popular Broadway musicals. They’ve already run classics like “The Sound of Music” and “Peter Pan,” and the next musical that they will air might be “The Wiz.” Initially, the network wanted the next live Broadway musical to be “The Music Man,” but they’re considering doing “The Wiz” instead. “’The Music Man’ is something we have optioned the rights to, and we’re looking very seriously at some casting options, but we’ve also optioned the rights to ‘The Wiz.’ That could be what we do instead,” said NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt. The original film, which was released in 1978, was directed by Sidney Lumet and featured Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Lena Horne, and Nipsey Russell. Read more.