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May 5, 2014

Despite series of bungled decisions by Pasadena City College officials, the Oscar winner takes high road back to alma mater

Oscar winning screenwriter and LGBTI activist Dustin Lance Black will speak to graduates Pasadena City College this week after all.

This follows a series of embarrassments for the school which badly bungled its treatment of one of its most famous graduates.

May 2, 2014

Pasadena City College had initially insulted its Oscar-winning alum by revoking invite due to long ago leaked photos

In just a matter of weeks, Dustin Lance Black has gone from someone who could give Pasadena City College 'a bad name' to someone college officials 'deeply respect.'

An embarrassing saga involving inviting then un-inviting Black to be the Southern California college's commencement speaker came full circle on Wednesday (30 April) when school officials decided to re-invite the Oscar winner to be their speaker eight days from now.

July 18, 2012

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Dustin Lance Black's play chronicling the historic trial challenging California’s Proposition 8 has just booked its 200th reading which will take place in Fargo, North Dakota, the Oscar winning screenwriter said Wednesday (18 July).

The play, simply called 8, has been performed in two star-studded benefit readings in New York and Los Angeles attracting such talent as George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Martin Sheen, Jane Lynch and Matt Bomer.

March 7, 2012

The 8 playwright recently lost his sibling to cancer

As Dustin Lance Black celebrates the success of last weekend's benefit performance of his play 8 in Los Angeles, the Oscar-winning writer and LGBT activist is thinking of his older brother, Marcus, who died in January from cancer.

Black made an arduous road trip from Michigan to Virginia with his brother in December so they could spend Christmas with their mother. They arrived at her house on Christmas Eve morning after traveling through Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. 

December 26, 2011

Oscar winning screenwriter's brother has inoperable cancer and makes it home to share Christmas with his family

Dustin Lance Black made an arduous road trip from Michigan to Virginia with his older brother, Marcus, who is battling inoperable cancer.

The Oscar-winning screenwriter, whose moving speech at the 2009 Academy Awards reached out to gay kids everywhere, had asked for prayers for his brother whose outlook is grim. Black has now posted an update on his blog thanking people for the outpouring of support.