Canada Toronto actor-brothers Stephan James and Shamier Anderson launch The Black Academy

16:13  03 december  2020
16:13  03 december  2020 Source:   msn.com

These Reading Apps Will Ensure Your Favorite Books Are Always With You

  These Reading Apps Will Ensure Your Favorite Books Are Always With You And most are free.

Scarborough-raised actors Stephan James and Shamier Anderson are busy with major Hollywood projects but they haven't forgotten their Toronto roots. James , who has a leading role in Amazon Prime Video's "Homecoming," and his brother Shamier Anderson , one of this year's TIFF Rising Stars

Stephan James (born December 16, 1993) is a Canadian actor . After starring in a string of television series as a teenager, he rose to prominence upon winning a Canadian Screen Award for Best Actor for his role as track and field sprinter Jesse Owens in the 2016 film Race.

TORONTO — When Toronto-raised actor Stephan James got the inaugural Radius Award at last year's Canadian Screen Awards, he felt incredibly honoured but also a bittersweetness.

Stephan James and woman sitting next to a window © Provided by The Canadian Press

The elation from being presented the trophy by his brother and fellow actor Shamier Anderson, while their friends and family tearfully watched from the audience, grew complicated when James realized: "I was probably going to be one of maybe a few Black people that were going to step on that stage that night."

"Something about it was just unsettling," the Golden Globe-nominated star of the Amazon Prime Video series "Homecoming" said in a recent interview from Los Angeles.

The Evolution of Elliot Page, From 'Trailer Park Boys' to 'The Umbrella Academy' (Photos)

  The Evolution of Elliot Page, From 'Trailer Park Boys' to 'The Umbrella Academy' (Photos) Nova Scotia-born Elliot Page got his start as a child actor in the 1997 TV movie "Pit Pony," and over the course of his 23-year career has played many memorable roles. And on Monday, in only the latest example of Page's longstanding, outspoken advocacy for LGBTQ equality, he came out as trans a Dec. 2 Instagram post, saying "I love that I am trans, and I love that I am queer," an announcement celebrated by fans and peers alike. In the following gallery, trace Page's evolution from child actor to trailblazing television and indie film star to activist and advocate and revisit some of his best performances.

The Toronto actor brothers are back home for the annual B.L.A.C.K. Ball, which this year is partnering with the Toronto International Film Festival fo Rising Hollywood stars Shamier Anderson and Stephan James admit it’s early in their burgeoning careers, but they feel a responsibility to inspire

Stephan James and his brother Shamier Anderson have partnered with the Canada Media Fund to inspire a younger generation of diverse talent. Stephan James , star of If Beale Street Could Talk and Amazon’s Homecoming, and his brother Shamier Anderson , who stars in season three of Amazon’s

"It was unsettling for myself, it was unsettling for Shamier."

Anderson and James are now taking steps to change that experience for Black Canadians in various lines of work — from arts and culture, to sports and science.

On Thursday, they launched The Black Academy, a new national division of their not-for-profit group B.L.A.C.K. Canada (Building A Legacy in Acting, Cinema + Knowledge), which they started about five years ago as a gala fundraiser in Toronto.

The brothers are still figuring out the details of exactly what the Black-led academy will do.

But they say it will be a permanent, year-round operation to honour, celebrate and showcase established and emerging Black talent, both anglophone and francophone, across the country.

10 Great Movie Santas, from Kurt Russell to Paul Giamatti (Photos)

  10 Great Movie Santas, from Kurt Russell to Paul Giamatti (Photos) As the embodiment of kindness, generosity, and Yuletide beneficence, Santa Claus presents some mighty big black boots, much less a red suit, for any actor to fill. But jolly old Saint Nicholas has appeared in the movies for as long as the movies have existed, and here are some of our favorite actors who've steered the sleigh (not counting Billy Bob Thornton and anyone else who has played a guy who is pretending to be Santa): Kurt Russell in "TheAs the embodiment of kindness, generosity, and Yuletide beneficence, Santa Claus presents some mighty big black boots, much less a red suit, for any actor to fill.

Stephan James , Actor : If Beale Street Could Talk. Stephan James was born on December 16, 1993 in Scarborough, Toronto , Ontario, Canada. - The 2019 Academy Awards (2019) Brother of actor Shamier Anderson . See more ». Star Sign

List of black Academy Award winners and nominees. Language. Watch. Edit. This list of black Academy Award winners and nominees is current as of the 91st Academy Awards ceremony, which was held on February 24, 2019.

"Shamier and I truly feel like it was our calling to have this placed on us now, and we're stepping into that calling," said James, whose film credits include "If Beale Street Could Talk," "Race" and "Selma."

"But the reality is, there's been a glaring gap for a long, long time."

Planned initiatives at the academy include awards presentations, educational programming, community outreach and panel discussions.

The bigger-picture goal: to break down barriers of discrimination and combat systemic racism in Canada for decades to come.

"That's how you create generational change," James said. "We're not for the moment. We're Black 365 days a year, we live in this experience in our own work life and our personal lives. And so this is really a place that is going to be around for the short term and for the long term."

The Canada Media Fund is providing financial support to the academy, through its Black and People of Colour (BPOC) Sector Development initiative, but the brothers are looking for more corporate partners who share their vision and mission to combat systemic racism.

The hottest holiday gifts from Amazon

  The hottest holiday gifts from Amazon We pored through Amazon's bestseller and most-wished-for lists to find the perfect gift for just about anyone in your life, and they can be bought without leaving the house.

Stephan James Shamier Anderson Photos - (L-R) Stephan James , guest, Shamier Anderson , and guest attend "Endings, Beginnings" premiere during the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival at Ryerson Theatre on September 08, 2019 in Toronto , Canada.

Beyoncé and her philanthropic foundation BeyGOOD have been stepping up to the plate to aid the Black community as COVID-19 rages on in the And on Thursday, the official BeyGOOD Instagram announced that they have partnered with the NAACP to launch The Black -Owned Small Business

"The time is now," said Anderson, whose credits include the series "Wynonna Earp," the upcoming sci-fi thriller "Stowaway" and the boxing drama "Bruised," which marks Halle Berry's directorial debut.

"We've seen from our American counterparts that they've built things like the BET awards, the NAACP awards, the Soul Train Awards — and the list continues. And it's important that in Canada we now have our platform, our stage, our infrastructure — for us, by us."

And it's important to change the optics in the media, he added.

"If we can get the same love that 'Schitt's Creek' got at the Emmys, which was so incredible, it would be so great to now see the next Black show, the next Black producer, the next Black artist, the next Black athlete," Anderson said.

"I was such a proud Canadian when I saw 'Schitt's Creek' sweep, I was like 'Yes!' And now I'm looking forward to having somebody who looks like us as well."

The brothers have started to assemble what they call the academy's "Avengers" board of directors team, which the brothers will co-chair.

Board members who've signed on so far include Vanessa Craft, director of content partnerships at TikTok in Canada; Alica Hall, executive director of the Nia Centre for the Arts; and Wes Hall, founder of the firm Kingsdale Advisors.

Disney+ Programming: Here’s What Was Announced Or Confirmed For Streamer During Disney Investor Day

  Disney+ Programming: Here’s What Was Announced Or Confirmed For Streamer During Disney Investor Day Disney unveiled dozens of new films and TV shows for Disney+ during its investor day Thursday and confirmed several others. Here is a rundown of what is headed to the streamer in the coming weeks, months and years. The list is split up by division — ranging from Lucasfilm, Marvel and Pixar to Disney Animation, National Geographic and more. Here are the titles, premiere dates (if announced) and brief descriptions:More from DeadlineDisney Investor Day Review: It's All About Streaming, 'Star Wars' & Marvel, Stupid; Bob Chapek Shows Steady Hand In CEO RoleMarvel Studios' New 'What If...

Other board members include Jennifer Holness, president of Hungry Eyes Media; Divya Shahani, an entertainment lawyer at Miller Thomson LLP; and actress-producer Tonya Williams, founder of the Reelworld Film Festival and Reelworld Screen Institute.

The board has only been able to meet via video conference, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the brothers are determined to launch now.

As the world faces a racial reckoning in the wake of the George Floyd killing and policy brutality protests, they want to create something that lasts longer than a "hashtag moment."

"The reality is, we're still breathing," Anderson said, "we're very fortunate, and there are other Black people who don't have the opportunity to still be alive, to even see the next day, pandemic or not pandemic.

"So this is why seeding this and founding this now, getting ahead of the game, getting ahead of what's to come."

Anderson and James grew up in the Toronto suburb of Scarborough, in a northern community housing project called Bay Mills.

"They were gruelling times," Anderson said from Toronto. "Ten years ago was a very different time in our life."

It's an experience they'll never forget and it's why they feel a responsibility to try to help others now, said the brothers, who are also ambassadors for the Equity and Inclusion Fund at the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.

"If we have resistance, given our position in this industry, I can't imagine a little Black boy or girl at (the Toronto community of) Jane and Finch who wants to get out," Anderson said.

"Like Stephan says, you have to see it to believe it sometimes. And this is why the academy is formed. This is why two brothers under 30 are forming it with an Avenger team."

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 3, 2020.

Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press

Once unimaginable, Army now owns rivalry series against Navy .
Army's 15-0 win vs. Navy - its first shutout of the Midshipmen since 1969 - highlights changing fortunes in rivalry after long run of Navy dominance."This was the best game that nobody got to see," Army coach Jeff Monken said. "The fog rolled in and it almost seemed appropriate for the battle that was taking place out there. I mean, it was a slugfest. Three plays and punt. Three plays and punt. You just kept battling back and forth.

usr: 8
This is interesting!