Oscar-winning director, William Friedkin dies at 87

William Friedkin, the Oscar-winning director of ‘The French Connection’ and ‘The Exorcist’, passed away in Los Angeles on Monday, Variety reported. He was 87. Dean of Chapman University Stephen Galloway, a close friend of Friedkin's wife Sherry Lansing, confirmed his demise.

The activist who became an artist

Belafonte learned a lot from Robeson during his formative years, and by the time he began to consider himself an artist, he had activism at the core of his heart. Belafonte claimed that his appreciation of the arts was sparked by his perception of “theatre as a social force, as a political force.”