NewsBites: More than (Black) Hollywood, An MJ Tribute?, Italy Italy!, Legalizing Male Prostitution.

Looks like two black films may just turn out to be box office bangers! Oscar-worthy buzz has surrounded Monique since the Precious premiere at Sundance earlier this year. And now causing its own stir, Disney’s The Princess and the Frog hit the charts this past weekend at #1. A great piece in the New York Times describes the absence of films about the black experience, and why it may finally be time for a black director to take home the coveted “Best Picture.” [NYT]

While their brother is set to receive a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award, the rest of the Jackson crew is out filming their new reality show. Did anyone catch the Jackson Dynasty on AE? Not sure how to feel about this. Is it a tribute or an attempted comeback? [AE]

First the Prime Minister was attacked – the protestor got two teeth out of him – and now a fascinating new documentary on the portrayal of women’s bodies in Italian television is garnering significant attention. What’s really going on in Italy? [CBC]

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for equal rights… but maybe we should have been headed in the other direction all around with this one. A Nevada brothel is now offering male prostitutes to its clientele. Apparently the recession has hit the sex industry just as hard as any other American pastime. [HipHopWired]

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