“Get Out” director Jordan Peele is some kind of jetsetter. During her acceptance speech at the Feb. 7 African American Film Critics Association Awards, Ava DuVernay told the glitzy crowd at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood, Calif., “Jordan Peele was in New York with Oprah this morning at the Apollo, then flew to L.A. for the AAFCA. Oprah told me.” DuVernay was presented the Innovation Award by Darla J. Turner, manager, Multicultural and Corporate Communications, Nissan North America, Inc. Peele picked up Best Director and the Richard Wesley Best Screenplay Award, and Daniel Kaluuya won Best Actor for “Get Out.” Peele said, “Since I was 12, I wanted to be a director. I want to thank Spike Lee, John Singleton, the Hughes Brothers, Mario Van Peebles, Ernest Dickerson, Barry Jenkins, Ryan Coogler, Steven McQueen, Ava DuVernay and Dee Rees.” Other winners and presenters at the AAFCA Awards included Rob Reiner, “Black-ish,” “Detroit,” “Queen Sugar,” Sherri Shepherd, Paula Patton and Mike Epps. Nissan, which was an incredible sponsor of the event, provided media with transportation around Hollywood in several of its wonderful vehicles, and included a demonstration of the electric car, Nissan Leaf. Thanks to Jocelyn Allen and Chandra Lewis of The Allen Lewis Agency for doing such a superb job.
Tongues are wagging that Idris Elba is now engaged to his former Miss Vancouver girlfriend, Sabrina Dhowre, who is originally from Somalia. On Feb. 10, right before the screening of his latest film, “Yardie,” at Rio Cinema in the United Kingdom, the Golden Globe winner, who not too long ago said marriage was no longer an option for him after two divorces, threw in the towel, got down on bended knee and proposed to a shocked Sabrina, who said, “Yes.” The lovebirds then shared a passionate kiss before the hunky actor placed the ring on Sabrina’s finger.
All For One Theater has collaborated with Bushwick Starr (2017 Starr St., Brooklyn, N.Y., between Irving and Wychoff) in presenting “The Brobot Johnson Experience,” an Afrofuturism transmedia piece written by and starring award-winning solo performer, actor and poet, Darian Dauchan, who has appeared on Broadway, off-Broadway and abroad. Directed by Andrew Scoville, “The Brobot Johnson Experience” begins performances Wednesday, Feb. 14, and opens Saturday, Feb. 24. At its core, Afrofuturism is about reimagining what the African American experience was and what it could be, and the show is designed to inspire both contemporaries and young people of color to tell outside-of-the-box-stories such as “Brobot Johnson.”
After Quincy Jones’ explosive revelations in a recent interview that claimed three deceased men, James Baldwin, Marvin Gaye and Richard Pryor, all had sexual encounters with another dead man, Marlon Brando, living relatives of Pryor and Brando are speaking out. Whereas Jennifer Lee, who Pryor married twice, says he did have sex with Brando, Pryor’s daughter, Rain Pryor, says the story isn’t true. The comedienne/actress says her dad did have a relationship with a transgender woman, but he was never with Brando. Miko Brando, the son of the iconic actor, also says Jones is not telling the truth.