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Legendary Award-Winning Director Passes Away At 83

Legendary Award-Winning Director Passes Away At 83

By Dr. Sinclair Grey III The theatre world is dealing with the loss of a legend. Actor, playwright, and director, Phillip Hayes Dean died from a heart condition on Monday, April 14. The news of his death was announced by a family spokesperson. He was 83-years-old. “Phillip Hayes Dean might be best known for his […]

Salli Richardson Joins Gabrielle Union On “Being Mary Jane”

Salli Richardson Joins Gabrielle Union On “Being Mary Jane”

By April Taylor The second season of the BET Show, “Being Mary Jane,” is set to start soon, and the production team is continuing to add to the cast in preparation.  BET’s website reports that the show started in January 2014.  It was created by Mara Brock Akil and stars Gabrielle Union.  The show is […]

Spider-Man 2 Soundtrack Will Feature Biggest Names In Pop Music

Spider-Man 2 Soundtrack Will Feature Biggest Names In Pop Music

By Andrew Scot Bolsinger Pharrell Williams, who is still riding the hot streak of a movie theme song that brought him an Academy Award nomination and a live performance slot during the show in March, conspired with fellow musicians Alisha Keys and Kendrick Lamar on a new track for the soon to be released “The […]

Racist? Why is Lupita Nyong’o being warned to avoid Tyler Perry films?

Racist? Why is Lupita Nyong’o being warned to avoid Tyler Perry films?

People have warned Lupita Nyong’o to avoid Tyler Perry films for being “degrading.”  But do you really believe that white Hollywood is going to be more respectful to her image than Tyler Perry films?  Dr Boyce Watkins discusses the matter with Nomalanga Mhlauli-Moses.  Check it out.

Joe Accuses R. Kelly of Sabotaging His Music Career

Joe Accuses R. Kelly of Sabotaging His Music Career

By April Taylor According to hellobeautiful.com, R&B singer Joe is alleging that R. Kelly attempted to sabotage his career.  Joe provided competition for R. Kelly around 2000 when his album, My Name is Joe, sold more than three million copies and reached the #2 spot on the Billboard top 200 list.  During that same year, […]

Chiwetel Ejiofor May Be The Villain In The Next James Bond Film

Chiwetel Ejiofor May Be The Villain In The Next James Bond Film

By Dr. Sinclair Grey III There’s a rumor going around that the next villain to be played in the epic James Bond movie is actor Chiwetel Eliofor. Eliofor is a British actor in film, television, and theatre. Born in London to Nigerian parents, this talented actor has made his way into the acting field from […]

How Often Do You See Black People In Comic Books?

How Often Do You See Black People In Comic Books?

By David Bloodsaw Black comic book super heroes have suffered a storied history from laughable characterization or being relegated to stereotypical sidekick status (often times both). The Root reports on a brief history of black comic book characters and how they have fared over the years. The first D.C. black superhero to star in a […]

Pharell gets with a German composer to do the “Spiderman 2″ soundtrack

Pharell gets with a German composer to do the “Spiderman 2″ soundtrack

By Liku Zelleke “The Amazing Spider-man 2” is about to get a soundtrack that promises to be out of this world. Director Marc Webb and the famed composer Hans Zimmer have brought together a group like never before. In it is “Happy” singer Pharrell Williams who has, with that single song, managed to rock the […]

Beyonce and Jay-Z hit their sixth year of Marriage: What do they mean for black people?

Beyonce and Jay-Z hit their sixth year of Marriage: What do they mean for black people?

By Liku Zelleke They are perceived by many to be America’s answer to royalty. They certainly have the media’s attention, they probably earn more than some of the world’s monarchs, and they have managed to lead a warm family lifestyle – a big deal when considering the pressures of their intensely busy work schedules. They […]

Alvin Ailey Dancers Are Doing A Major Upgrade

Alvin Ailey Dancers Are Doing A Major Upgrade

By Andrew Scot Bolsinger The junior division of the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater is all grown up, celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. A “staple in black history,” according to The Grio, the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater has played in a critical role in the artistic expression of the black community since its founding in […]

Anthony Mackie Gets His Big Break In Captain America Film

Anthony Mackie Gets His Big Break In Captain America Film

By Andrew Scot Bolsinger Like most actors, Anthony Mackie had a role he wanted badly. Unlike many who play it cool in front of the media, Mackie isn’t hiding how thrilled he is to be cast as “Falcon” in Marvel Comics upcoming “Captain America” sequel. Such is the emotion with becoming one of the first […]

Pharrell Is The New Judge On “The Voice”

Pharrell Is The New Judge On “The Voice”

By: Stephanie Allen-Gobert “Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof…because I’m happy!” Pharrell Williams, the “Happy” man himself will be the new judge on the popular NBC singing competition The Voice. The new arrival of Pharrell should make the 12 million viewers and counting eager for the new season. Pharrell, a […]

Samuel L. Jackson Appears In His Next Installment Of A Nine Picture Deal With Marvel Comics

Samuel L. Jackson Appears In His Next Installment Of A Nine Picture Deal With Marvel Comics

By David Bloodsaw Samuel Jackson is back again as Nick Fury and Marvel couldn’t be more pleased reports the nydailynews.com. We first caught a glimpse of the iconic character in the epilogue of Iron Man back in 2008. Now 6 years and many movies later, Fury is back in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. It […]

Nas and Michael Eric Dyson hold a hip-hop forum for rich white kids

Nas and Michael Eric Dyson hold a hip-hop forum for rich white kids

by Dr. Kimberly Brown Recently, Nas and Michael E. Dyson discussed hip hop.   They sat in a Georgetown lecture hall. The moderator is a professor there. Dyson teaches there. Nas referenced going to “Harvard and meeting Skip Gates” as measures of “progress.” None of the panelists represented a Black institution (record label, school or otherwise).  […]

Black People Love Going To The Movies More Than Anybody Else

Black People Love Going To The Movies More Than Anybody Else

By Andrew Scot Bolsinger African-American movie attendance hit a new high mark in 2013, a year when several black-themed films were released, including the year’s Oscar winner for best picture, “12 Years a Slave.” The Motion Picture Association of America estimates that African-Americans attended the movies 170 million times in 2013, a 13-percent increase from […]

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