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Dr. Samori Swygert: Hidden Colors 3 is an outstanding film!

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Movie Review: Hidden Colors 3 a smash hit must see! By: Dr. Samori Swygert The ground breaking documentary series, Hidden Colors, debuted its’ 3rd installment (Hidden Colors 3: The Rules of Racism) last night (6/26/2014) in select theaters across the country. Hidden Colors 3 was a masterful production, and I consider it to be mandatory viewing. I fervently believe that our youth need to see this, and its’ prior series….

“Don’t Be Afraid to Be Black” Director John Singleton Urges Audience

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Often times when you hear people in Hollywood discuss why more black films aren’t put into production, they point to the risk of producing and financing an African-American movie. What if it doesn’t sell? Writer and director John Singleton told a mostly black audience at the Los Angeles Film Festival on Saturday that they shouldn’t fear being black because “negritude” sells. “Don’t be afraid to be black” Singleton told the…

Award winning writer Eric Monte launched Kickstarter Campaign detailing two brothers experience during the Civil Rights Movement. www.blacklikemoi.com

Hollywood Blackballed Him For Creating Black Heroes, You Can Change That

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Reported by April Taylor Eric Monte’s story is one of betrayal, hope, and, with your help, redemption. Monte is a living legend for his role in creating the first successful show with a black cast since “Amos and Andy.” Prior to the shows he helped create in the 1970s, blacks were mainly portrayed as being uneducated and were usually cast in roles as servants, sidekicks, or clowns. Monte’s characters were…

April Taylor reports on facts about Arsenio Hall www.blacklikemoi.com

Did You Know That Arsenio Hall Dated Paula Abdul? Plus 9 Other Facts

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Reported by April Taylor With the recent cancellation of his late night comedy show The Arsenio Hall Show, Arsenio Hall is back in the headlines.  After a nearly 20 year hiatus, the show had just completed its first season back in production, but audience numbers did not reach the critical threshold necessary to keep the show in production. Here is a look back at 10 little known facts about Arsenio Hall’s…

Tim from ‘Welcome To Sweetie Pie’s’ spent 10 years in prison- 5 Other interesting facts

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By Yolanda Spivey Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s made its television debut on the Oprah Winfrey Network in the fall of 2011. It’s a docu-series that follows the lives of Miss Robbie Montgomery and her family as they struggle to run their soul food restaurant all the while expanding their empire.  Miss Robbie was once a backup singer and former ‘Ikette,’ with the Ike and Tina Review.  After she suffered a lung collapse,…

Present & Unaccounted for: Black Women in Medicine

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This is a message that you might find inspiring.  From Youtube: The Inspiration: In December of 2010, I was introduced to two amazing women: Doris Wethers, one of the first black women to attend Yale Medical School, and Beatrix Hamburg, the first woman to graduate from Yale Medical School. These experiences planted the seed of conception for Present and Unaccounted For: Black Women in Medicine. This documentary does more than…

Legendary Award-Winning Director Passes Away At 83

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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 Broadway play Paul Robeson, performed by James Earl Jones in 1978, and in Avery Brooks’…

Salli Richardson Joins Gabrielle Union On “Being Mary Jane”

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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 built around Mary Jane Paul, a successful talk show host played by Union.  The plot…

Aaron Mcgruder Is No Longer A Part Of The Boondocks

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By Andrew Scot Bolsinger The popular cartoon Boondocks has been “hijacked,” according to creator and executive producer Aaron McGruder, who confirmed he’d have no part of the show’s upcoming fourth season. After news of the bitter divorce swirled recently, McGruder would only confirm that he has no involvement with the show’s next season. McGruder had fueled speculation on Facebook when he posted that the show had been “hijacked.” On March…

New Film May Feature Kevin Hart And Jamie Foxx

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By David Bloodsaw Kevin Hart is “getting it while the getting it is hot” and who can blame him. Hollywood is finicky and it’s best to strike while the iron is hot. With that said, Kevin Hart will team up with multi-talent Jamie Foxx for a new film project titled, Black Phantom according to The Huffington Post. The Black Phantom is about a hit-man who is double crossed and seeks…

Will Smith Is Working On An Exciting New Project

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By Lechette Walker “Harlem Hellfighters” has sparked the attention of Will Smith. The graphic novel that was written by Max Brooks has captured the interest of Smith, intriguing him to produce the film version with Sony Pictures according to the blog Shadow and Act. Brooks is the novelist who wrote World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War that was converted to the blockbuster hit last year starring Brad Pitt. His…

Idris Elba Will Be Shere Khan In Jungle Book

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By: Stephanie Allen-Gobert I am lion hear my roar!! And a good looking roar and role is what Hollywood’s Indris Elba will be doing in Disney’s Jungle Book. Elba is in negotiations to perform and provide the voice of the killer tiger, Shere Khan in the live action Jungle Book. The Jungle Book is directed by Jon Favreau. The film is a mix of live action and VFX that is…

Tyler Perry Talks About How He Got Nia Long To Be Part Of The “Single Mom’s Club”

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By Lechette Walker Stunning 43 year old, Nia Long has been swept into film with Tyler Perry‘s upcoming box office original “The Single Mom’s Club,” that premieres in theaters on March 14, 2014. NAACP award winner, Long was working on the cast of `House of Lies’ when she received the call from Perry to be a lead cast member in the upcoming film. “Tyler called and said, “Look I need…

A New Gig For The Hilarious Wanda Sykes

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By: Stephanie Allen-Gobert “Herlarious”, wholesome, and now a producing partner with Nickelodeon, the comedian Wanda Sykes is getting down to business! Sykes is teaming up with Page Hurwitz. Page Hurwitz, is a producer and writer known for such greats as Last Comic Standing (2003), The Rosie Show (2011) and Wisecrack (2005). The two power women join the cabler’s Nickmom. The unnamed project will join a slate of new series under…

What If Romeo And Juliet Were A Mixed Race Couple?

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By April Taylor For anyone who has ever wanted to see the Broadway production of Romeo and Juliet, thegrio.com is reporting that Screenvision and Broadway HD have partnered to bring the production to 2,000 movie theaters in the United States.  The production will be available for viewing February 13 –19 just in time for Valentine’s Day. In an attempt to bring Broadway productions to those who would not normally see them,…