The Almanac

The weekly UPI Almanac package for August 15-21, 2005.
By United Press International

Chris Tucker to emcee NAACP Image Awards

LOS ANGELES, March 17 (UPI) -- Actor-comedian Chris Tucker will emcee the 36th NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles, Fox TV announced Thursday.

Ossie Davis remembered in New York City

NEW YORK, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Actor, writer and activist Ossie Davis was eulogized by Harry Belafonte at an ecumenical service Saturday in New York City.

Hollywood ready for the fall

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- With a record-breaking summer box-office season under its belt, Hollywood is ready to roll out its fall titles, including some that have Academy Award aspiratio
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Oprah to attend freedom museum gala

CINCINNATI, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Talk show host Oprah Winfrey will join actress Angela Bassett and rapper Sean Combs at the Cincinnati gala for the National Underground Railroad Center.

The Almanac

Today is Monday, Aug. 16, the 229th day of 2004 with 137 to follow.
By United Press International

Angela Bassett taking on 'Alias'

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Oscar-nominated actress Angela Bassett has joined the cast of the top-rated U.S. series, "Alias," TV Guide reported Tuesday.

Oprah gives cash, time to Railroad project

CINCINNATI, July 9 (UPI) -- Oprah Winfrey has pledged $1 million and her time to narrate a video to support Cincinnati's National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

The Almanac

Today is Saturday, Aug. 16, the 228th day of 2003 with 137 to follow.
By United Press International

Book Review: Race secrets in 'Gender Talk'

It is difficult to imagine a more startling thesis in a book about black America than the one stated in "Gender Talk," in which co-authors Johnnetta Betsch Cole and Beverly Guy-Sheftall assess the antagonisms and communication problems between black men a
JESSIE THORPE, United Press International

Movie extras needed in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE, June 16 (UPI) -- Comedian Bernie Mac needs extras for his new movie filming in Milwaukee.

Hollywood Digest

Producers said Wednesday that an all-star lineup including Halle Berry and Renée Zellweger will appear at Sunday's Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles.
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Entertainment Today: Showbiz News

The joy of becoming a dad again at age 67 was marred for famed tenor Luciano Pavarotti as one of his baby twins was stillborn.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

Rock News Two: The week in pop

Britney Spears is out of the restaurant business, at least for now.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Keb' Mo', Jerry Garcia, Curtis Mayfield, David Crosby, Peter, Paul and Mary, Arlo and Woody Guthrie are among the artists featured on "Freedom: Songs From The Heart of America," a three-CD boxed set due out Dec. 10 on Columbi
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International
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Angela Bassett
Actress Angela Bassett attends the premiere of ''A Single Man'' at AFI Fest 2009 at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Los Angles on November 5, 2009. UPI/Jonathan Alcorn

Angela Evelyn Bassett (born August 16, 1958) is an American actress. She has become well known for her biographical film roles portraying real life women in African American culture, including singer Tina Turner in the motion picture What's Love Got to Do with It, as well as Betty Shabazz in the films Malcolm X and Panther, Rosa Parks in the The Rosa Parks Story, Katherine Jackson in the miniseries The Jacksons: An American Dream and Voletta Wallace in the film Notorious.

Bassett was born in Harlem, the daughter of Betty Jane and Daniel Benjamin Bassett. After her parents' separation, she relocated to St. Petersburg, Florida, where she and her sister D'nette were raised by their social worker/civil servant mother. As her interest in entertainment developed, Angela and her sister would often put on shows, reading poems or performing popular music for their family. At Boca Ciega High School, Bassett was a cheerleader and a member of the debate team, student government, drama club and choir.

Bassett attended Yale University and received her B.A. degree in African-American studies in 1980. In 1983, she earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Yale School of Drama. At Yale, Bassett met her future husband Courtney B. Vance, a 1986 graduate of the drama school. After graduation, Bassett worked as a receptionist for a beauty salon and as a photo researcher.

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