Sammy Davis Jr. (1925 - 1990), American actor and popular singer.
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Lee Daniels Developing Sammy Davis Jr. Miniseries With Tom Hanks

Two and half weeks after what would have been Sammy Davis Jr.'s 94 birthday, an announcement alludes to another attempt to do a biopic miniseries.

After many attempts, the late Sammy Davis Jr. will be getting his long overdue roses; Lee Daniels has partnered with Tom Hanks to develop a miniseries on the legendary entertainer.

According to Deadline, the project entitled Sammy will highlight the singer/actor's rich life, including the racial barriers he faced during Hollywood's most segregated times. The site reported Wednesday (June 5) that Daniels will team up with Playtone, a production company founded by Hanks and Gary Goetzman. Still in its early stages, the project will rely heavily on the 2003 book In Black and White: The Life of Sammy Davis Jr. by Will Haygood.

Davis lived a full life as he performed during trying times like World War II for troops and later recording albums like Mr. Wonderful and Here's Lookin At You. He was also a master of the theater as he took on roles like Golden Boy, where he earned a Tony nomination.

He gained elite celebrity status with his affiliation with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Lawford and Joey Bishop, known famously as The Rat Pack. By the 1960s, he was acting in Ocean's 11, Sergeants 3 and Robin and the 7 Hoods.

Being in the spotlight soon brought public and private controversies, as his love affairs with white actresses received blacklash. Davis was faced with a death threat from Columbia Pictures' Harry Cohan, who found out about his relationship with Hollywood sex symbol and actress, Kim Novak. It is reported that the entertainer was forced to marry Altovise Davis, a black woman, to tune out the negative press.

The performer was vocal during the Civil Rights movement as he marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from Selma to Montgomery in 1965.

The official release date has not yet been announced. Ironically enough, May 16 would have been his 94th birthday.

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John Singleton, Diahann Carroll And More Highlight Importance Of Black Film In 'They've Gotta Have Us' Trailer

Just when you think you know everything about black cinema, photographer and artist Simon Frederick arrives with a multifaceted story told by the actors and directors who made cinematic history.

They've Gotta Have Us, a three-part docuseries presented by Netflix and Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY Releasing platform, takes viewers on a journey of black cinema as told by legendary actors like Harry Belafonte, Don Cheadle, Whoppi Goldberg and more. Fredrick develops a full circle journey into black filmmaking by highlighting the careers of Sidney Poiter, Hattie McDaniel and Dorothy Dandrige as they faced racism and brash stereotypes in the golden age of Hollywood.

Belafonte opens up about his career as he was the first black male actor to star in a lead role next to a white actress in the 1957 film, Island In The Sun. He also shared how he and Dangdrige weren't given the same treatment as other big-name stars–specifically in the 1954 classic, Carmen Jones.

"Dorothy and I were constantly in search of ways to do things that people had never done before, like two very attractive people kissing who were people of color," he said. "Because of the issue of race we were not given the time to do it that other films would have been given under the circumstances."

"Otto Preminger shot that picture - a huge color CinemaScope, big screen – he did that in 10 days," he added. "We could barely get the lines right before it was a take. We were lucky it came off as well as it did. The film was a huge success."

In addition to the actors of the golden age, the series also takes us through iconic films starring Denzel Washington and the work of the late John Singleton and Diahann Carroll. According to Entertainment Weekly, Singleton frequently checked in with Frederick about updates with the project.

They've Gotta Have Us has been in the works for some time. Frederick previously shared the opening sequence of the project in March 2019 featuring commentary from Jussie Smollett and Cuba Gooding Jr. BBC 2 also aired the project in 2018.

Rising stars like John Boyega and Nathalie Emmanuel open up about their journeys in the Star Wars and Fast and Furious franchises.

The see the trailer for They've Gotta Have Us up top and be on the lookout when it hits Netflix on Feb. 4.

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Odell Beckham Jr. #13 of the Cleveland Browns warms up prior to the game against the Baltimore Ravens at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 22, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio.
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College Football Officials Pondering Policy Changes After Incident With Odell Beckham Jr.

A domino effect might be on the horizon after Odell Beckham Jr.'s encounter with LSU players and a security officer that led to arrest warrants and debates about possible NCAA violations.

Speaking to USA Today Sports Thursday (Jan 16) executive director Bill Hancock said officials from the College Football Playoff will investigate practices that allow non-players to engage with players on the sidelines during events such as the national semifinals and championship games.

“Being on the sidelines is a privilege,” Hancock told the outlet. “Along with any privilege comes responsibility, because the focus should be on the people playing and coaching in the game, rather than on any visitors. The CFP will be reviewing its policy for allowing guests onto the sidelines and into locker rooms at future games.”

While the LSU Tigers beat Clemson Monday to secure a spot in the national championship, all eyes were on the Cleveland Browns wide receiver for handing out money to players and slapping the buttocks of a Superdome security guard. The incident took place in the LSU locker room. It was initially reported that the money was fake but it was confirmed that the money was actually real.

Video of the incident went viral and just a few days later, New Orleans Police Department public affairs officer Juan Barnes confirmed that the security guard filed the complaint. An arrest warrant for simple battery was issued against Beckham Jr. on Thursday.

The NFL star and former LSU player possibly committed an NCAA violation "if it’s determined athletes with eligibility remaining received cash," USA Today Sports mentions. OBJ and his representatives are cooperating with authorities, the Browns said in a statement.

Statement regarding Odell Beckham Jr. incident:

— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) January 16, 2020

LSU will now investigate the incident to confirm if any NCAA violations were committed and if it will affect any of the players seen in the video.

Many have pointed exactly why the officer was in the locker room in the first place. As the players were celebrating their big win, the security guard allegedly threatened the players who were smoking cigars in the locker room. Stephen A. Smith reacted to the news and the NCAA possible violation as "bogus."

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Whitney Houston And Notorious B.I.G. Among 2020 Rock Hall of Fame Inductees

The 35th annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will welcome a mixed bag of legends that include the late Whitney Houston and Notorious B.I.G. as well as Depeche Mode, the Doobie Brothers, Nine Inch Nails and psychedelic folk band T.Rex.

According to Variety, the ceremony will air live for the first time ever on May 2 via HBO. Viewers can expect a long list of tribute performances given three of the inductees (Houston, B.I.G. and T. Rex) are no longer with us. Biggie, born Christopher Wallace, is the seventh rapper to given the honor. He joins Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Run-D.M.C., N.W.A., the Beastie Boys, Public Enemy and Tupac Shakur. The Brooklyn legend is also the first rapper to be inducted since Shakur in 2017.

Artists who were nominated but not inducted this year were Pat Benatar, Judas Priest, Kraftwerk, Dave Matthews Band, MC5, Motorhead, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Todd Rundgren, Soundgarden and Thin Lizzy. Khan has been nominated a total of six times–solo and with her group Rufus.

Last year’s inductees were Janet Jackson, the Cure, Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks, Radiohead, Roxy Music and the Zombies. It's currently unknown who will induct Houston or Biggie. In the past, fellow music titans have inducted artists. In 2007, Jay Z inducted Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, Janelle Monae inducted Jackson in 2019 and Mary J. Blige inducted Solomon Burke in 2001 and Nina Simone in 2018.

Enjoy some of their best moments in music below.

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