•, By Shafiq Najib, Posted September 26th 2022 “Ever since Tinker Bell came out of that steeple and was starting to make dreams come true, Sheryl Lee Ralph may not have expected her Emmys win, but she was certainly prepared! During her appearance on The Jennifer Hudson Show Monday, the Abbott Elementary star, 65, reflected on winning her first Emmy Award for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy. As fans know, Ralph’s win became one of the biggest highlights of the 2022 Emmy Awards ceremony after she delivered an emotional and inspiring acceptance speech that included singing a verse from jazz singer Diane Reeves’ 1993 song “Endangered Species.” When asked by Hudson if she had the speech prepared before her name was officially called, Ralph revealed that it had actually been in the works for years. SHERYL LEE RALPH IS CAST AS ABBOTT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHER BARBARA HOWARD “You know what? Like many of you, I have had a speech prepared since I was 5 years old,” she told Hudson, 41, which was accompanied by applause from the audience. “I was ready, you know, ever since Tinker Bell came out of that steeple and was starting to make dreams come true, I’ve been practicing the speech.” However, Ralph admitted things didn’t go exactly as planned. “When they called my name, all of it went out of my head,” she shared. “I could remember absolutely nothing.” “And you know, center stage is my home so when I got there, it was like, ‘Gather yourself, gather yourself because this is your moment!” she added. Ralph made history at the 2022 Emmy Awards last Monday after winning the outstanding supporting actress trophy for her role as kindergarten teacher Barbara Howard in Abbott Elementary. The Quinta Brunson-created mockumentary premiered in December 2021 and follows a group of Philadelphia-based teachers working at one of the worst-ranked schools in the country. The ABC series also stars Tyler James Williams, Janelle James, Lisa Ann Walter and Chris Perfetti. Ralph became just the second Black woman to score an Emmy in the category after Jackée Harry, who won for 227 in 1987 — a milestone Ralph appeared to celebrate in her scene-stealing acceptance speech. After taking the stage to accept the award from presenters Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers, Ralph burst into song, singing a verse from “Endangered Species.” “I am an endangered species, but I sing no victim song,” she crooned, holding out several words for emphasis as names of those she wished to thank flashed across the screen. “I am a woman, I am an artist, and I know where my voice belongs.” SHERYL LEE RALPH WON THE EMMY FOR OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES FOR ABBOTT ELEMENTARY AT THE 74TH EMMY AWARDS IN 2022 After her song — which earned standing ovations from the crowd, including fellow nominees Alex Borstein (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Hannah Einbinder (Hacks), Hannah Waddingham (Ted Lasso), Janelle James (Abbott Elementary), Juno Temple (Ted Lasso), Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live) and Sarah Niles (Ted Lasso) — Ralph then gave a quick, but moving speech. “To anyone who has ever ever had a dream and thought your dream wasn’t, wouldn’t, couldn’t come true, I am here to tell you that this is what believing looks like,” Ralph said. “This is what striving looks like, and don’t you ever, ever give up on you.” “Because if you get a Quinta Brunson, if you get a husband like mine in your corner,” Ralph added. “If you get children like mine in your corner, and if you’ve got friends like everybody who voted for me, cheered for me, loved me, thank you! Thank you! Thank you!” Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE’s free daily newsletter to stay up to date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. Fellow celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey and Beyoncé have since sent Ralph flowers to congratulate the star on her historic win.

Movie Weekly Countdown

  • Posted October 3rd  2022 MOVIE WEEKLY COUNTDOWN WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 30TH 2022 Halloween is around the corner as ‘Smile’ creeps into the #1 spot with $22 million this weekend.  Mystery/Thriller ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ takes the #2 position with gross receipts of  $32.8 million while  Viola Davis is still kicking ass as ‘The Woman King’ moves to the #3 spot with cumulative sales of  $46.7 million at the box office this past weekend! SMILEDON’T WORRY DARLINGTHE WOMAN KINGBROSAVATAR VIDEOS ON DEMAND WHERE THE CRAWDADS SINGJURASSIC WORLD DOMINIONBEASTTHE BLACK PHONEBREAKINGABOUT FATELIGHTYEARDC LEAGUE OF SUPER PETSHOUSE OF DARKNESSFATHER STU

MXO Lifestyle

  • FOURTEEN YEAR OLD JALAIAH HARMON CREATED ‘THE RENEGADE DANCE CHOREOGRAPHY ON TICK IN 2019, By Noah A. McGee, Posted October 3rd 2022 Here are the Black content creators who have been the most successful in the past year. Social media’s influence has continued to grow and has allowed creators across the internet to amass millions of followers across multiple platforms. Content creators have not only become some of the most popular people among millennials and Gen-Zers, but they have also become some of the wealthiest people in the world, making hundreds of millions of dollars every year. Forbesrecently announced the Top Creators List, ranking the highest-earning and most influential social media influencers across TikTok, Instagram, YouTube and other platforms. Out of the 50 people on the list, only nine were Black. Here are those creators. Check out the Black content creators here.

The Arts Unplugged

  •, By Jack Shea, Posted September 30th 2022 A local museum is paying tribute to Reverend Otis Moss, Jr., a legendary civil rights leader and Cleveland icon, with a unique, interactive exhibit.  The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in Beachwood is using artificial intelligence technology to create a virtual version of Rev.  Moss that will interact with visitors and answer their questions. “To be able to offer students and adults the opportunity to have a primary source reference is an incredible gift,” Maltz Museum spokesperson Dahlia Fisher said. REVEREND DR. OTIS MOSS JR GOES AI When asked a question about his childhood, the AI version of Rev. Moss responded, “I was blessed as a child in spite of surrounding circumstances of evil and injustice.” Reverend Moss, now 87 years old, is a founding board member of the Maltz Museum. Curators felt that his wealth of knowledge and central role in the civil rights movement would make for fascinating conversations with visitors for years to come.  “When we’re all gone and the next generation is able to come in and talk, really, with Rev. Moss, using this artificial intelligence technology, it’s going to inspire them to think and learn and listen,” said Fisher. Story File created a large database of Otis Moss’ thoughts and experiences, by conducting hours of interviews with the legendary civil rights leader.  The museum is now inviting Northeast Ohioans to help conduct tests of the interactive exhibit by posing hundreds of questions for Reverend Moss.  “We’re hoping there are questions that he doesn’t quite have the answers to because the more activity there is, the better the technology becomes,” said Fisher. The beta testing of the interactive display runs now through Oct. 22. Those interested can register on the museum’s website.

  • Beck Center For The Arts, Posted September 23rd 2022 Beck Center For The Arts Announces The Thrilling, Heartwarming Play The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time Beck Center for the Arts is pleased to announce the award-winning production that will take you on a mysterious and touching journey, The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night-Time. The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Night-Time is based on the 2003 best-selling novel by Mark Haddon, winner of over 17 literary awards. As a play, adapted by Simon Stephens, this piece won the 2015 Tony Award® for Best Play. This play centers around the character of Christopher, just 15 years old, who uses his extraordinary brain to solve the mystery of his neighbor’s dog’s death. This production comes to life on stage as Christopher uses his unique gifts to work through his distrust of strangers and fear of the unknown in this journey that Time magazine calls “life-affirming and unmissable.” Beck Center is honored to work with neurodivergent actor Maurice Kimball IV, who was last seen on stage at Beck Center in Billy Elliot. Director William Roudebush says, “Working with this gifted Neuro-diverse actor, Maurice Kimball, has been an unfolding, surprising revelation for me, as a director, as I begin to discover and unravel this unique mystery, adventure called The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Maurice quietly teaches me more and more each day of rehearsal. He informs the telling of this bountiful story. The rehearsal process challenges me every day and I’m as intimidated as I am excited to walk into that rehearsal tonight and learn how to tell this story of surviving life from his uniquely different, deeply human perspective.” In addition to lead actor Maurice Kimball IV, this cast includes Khaki Hermann, Terence Cranendonk* (member of the Actor’s Equity Assoc), Katie DeBoer* (member of the Actor’s Equity Assoc), Nanna Ingvarrson, Dayni Mahar, John Busser, Daniel Telford, Jenny Boswell, Adam Hass-Hill, and more talented local actors.  This production takes place in the Senney Theater from September 23- October 16, 2022. Additional performance will be held on October 13, 2022. Individual tickets may be purchased at with ticket prices from $38 (adults), $34 (for seniors 65 and older), and $17 for students with valid ID. Children five to 12 are $12 each. A $3 service fee per ticket will be applied at time of purchase. This play is a great adventure for ages eleven and up. Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Preview performances are 7:30 p.m. the Thursday before opening night, with general admission seating for $10. $10 Smart Seats® are available for each performance. For more information on the 2022-23 Professional Theater Season please visit PHOTO COURTESY THE BECK CENTER: NEURO-DIVERSE ACTOR MAURICE KIMBALL IV IS CAST IN THE LEAD ROLE OF CHRISTOPHER BOON IN ‘THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME’ Critics say of this production: “A beautiful, eloquent, dazzlingly, inventive show about the wonders of life.” — EVENING STANDARD. “…just terrific…a profoundly moving play about adolescence, fractured families, mathematics, colors and lights… dazzling.” —LONDON INDEPENDENT. Produced by special arrangements with Dramatists Play Service.  All performances are at theaters inside Beck Center for the Arts located at 17801 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood, just ten minutes west of downtown Cleveland. Free onsite parking is available. For more information visit Beck Center for the Arts is proud to be a part of Northeast Ohio’s professional theater landscape, operating under a letter of agreement with Actors’ Equity Association. We are a Small Professional Theater (SPT) based on the number of seats, number of our performances, and the maximum weekly hours of work we provide to actors. We produce every show on our stages, by choosing the play, casting and rehearsing it, building the sets, props, and costumes, directing and performing the live music, and designing lights and sound. We proudly utilize regional resources and talent. Beck Center for the Arts also offers arts education for all ages, all skill levels, and all abilities with classes and lessons in music, dance, visual arts, and theater, as well as creative arts therapies. Financial assistance is offered for qualified applicants so that these programs can be enjoyed by all. Programming at Beck Center for the Arts is made possible through the generous support of the Ohio Arts Council. Beck Center gratefully acknowledges the generous funding provided by the citizens of Cuyahoga County through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. Beck Center for the Arts is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization that offers professional theater productions on two stages, arts education programming in dance, music, theater, visual arts, early childhood, and creative arts therapies for individuals with disabilities, free gallery exhibits year-round, and outreach education programming. Beck Center for the Arts is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization that offers professional theater productions on two stages, arts education programming in dance, music, theater, visual arts, early childhood, and creative arts therapies for individuals with disabilities, free gallery exhibits year-round, and outreach education programming.