Starting today, February 5th, SMAART will be celebrating 20 days of black excellence, wait...scratch that...black dominance, in the field of entertainment. While there have been prominent achievements by our people in many areas of industry, entertainment has remained the number one field we have dominated for more than 100 years. While there has been a significant cry from black intellectuals to de-emphasize the popularity and importance of blacks in sports, TV, film, and music - the facts remain; black athletes, rappers, singers, actors, comedians, and artists are a force to be reckoned with, so why not celebrate them?
We're Celebrating Angela Bassett (The Queen)
As part of acknowledging and celebrating black dominance in entertainment, SMAART will celebrate a new entertainer ( or entertainers) Monday through Friday of every week during black history. To kick off the celebration for Monday, February 5th, 2017, we have elected to celebrate the work and achievement of Angela Bassett.
Bassett began her film career in the mid-1980s, after earning a bachelor of arts degree from Yale University and a master of fine arts degree from drama school. She is best known for her biographical film roles, most notably her performance as Tina Turner in the biopic What's Love Got to Do with It (1993), for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress and won a corresponding Golden Globe Award. Bassett has additionally portrayed Betty Shabazz in both Malcolm X (1992) and Panther (1995), Katherine Jackson in The Jacksons: An American Dream (1992), Rosa Parks in The Rosa Parks Story (2002), and Coretta Scott King in Betty & Coretta (2013). Her most recent and prominent role will feature her as the queen-mother of hidden an advanced African kingdom called Wakanda, in Marvel's Black Panther this Feb 16.
SMAART will like to salute Ms. Bassett for all her accomplishments in film and television. Her talent and professionalism have paved the way for the next generation of black women in Hollywood. Join us in honoring Ms. Basset, stream (watch) one or all of the following movies tonight for black history month:
- Rosa Parks
- What's Love got to do with it
- Akeelah and the Bee
- Betty & Coretta
Also, don't forget to support her new TV series 911 on Fox. Ms. Bassett plays as a cop in a city of filled with chaos, violence, heartbreak, and hope. Watch it, Stream It, Like It!
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Khufere Qhamata, is the founder of the SMAART INCUBATOR, a serial entrepreneur, and dedicated futurist. He is chief executive of Leap72, a strategic innovation consultancy advising corporations on how to use startup economics to grow and compete for the future. He is also a co-founder and board member of Academy M, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit specializes in the mentorship and career development of millennials. You can follow him on Linkedin.