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On Tuesday evening the second annual Hutchins Center Honors attracted a coterie of political and cultural celebrities to Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre. The recipients—Oprah Winfrey, Harvey Weinstein, Shonda Rhimes, Steve McQueen, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), Harry Belafonte and British architect David Adjaye—represent some of the world’s leading figures in politics, culture and entertainment. The late Maya Angelou was also honored. The Kuumba Singers of Harvard College rounded out the festivities with stirring spirituals that complemented the evening’s discussion of the importance of art to political transformation.
A Chicago-area sperm bank is being sued by an Ohio woman for mistakenly giving her vials from an African-American donor, reports the Chicago Tribune.
Editor-in-Chief of The Root Henry Louis “Skip” Gates Jr.’s documentary series The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross took home the Emmy for Outstanding Historical Program—Long Form at the 35th annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards Tuesday night at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City.
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Time Is Illmatic, a documentary released for the 20th anniversary of Nas’ debut album, Illmatic, is opening in select theaters. The Root sat down with the fillmmakers, Erik Parker and One9, to hear the story behind the creative process of making the film.