When “The Butler” comes out on August 16, there will be three Black men that made it happen – director Lee Daniels, White House butler Eugene Allen and journalist Wil Haygood, who wrote the original “Washington Post” article, “A Butler Well Served by This Election”  that inspired the movie. Haygood’s book “The Butler: A Witness […]

Spike Lee has been the nation’s leading Black cinema artist for many years. His groundbreaking film “She’s Gotta Have It” was released in 1986, and along the way Lee has made several memorable films including “Mo’ Betta Blues” “Jungle Fever” and his polarizing “Do The Right Thing.” Although he’s not given the credit he deserves […]

In 2009, a young man named Oscar Grant III was headed home to Oakland from New Year’s Eve partying in neighboring San Francisco. He never made it. After a fight in a subway car, the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) train was stopped and officers responding to the scene detained and handcuffed several young men […]

Actor Robbie Jones has been working since he hung up his hoop dreams seven years ago. And in a weird way, he may have talk show hostess Wendy Williams to thank for his career upsurge. Jones started out doing commercials and during an appearance on “The Wendy Williams Show” he was teased for his role […]

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HOT ON TV:  All Times Eastern   Friday, July 5 “Unbreakable” Bravo, 9 p.m. Samuel L. Jackson and Bruce Willis star in this movie about a man who escapes tragedy over and over again “Trevor Noah: African American Showtime, 10 p.m. A mixed-race comic raised under apartheid in South Africa presents a unique comic take on […]

Director Ava Duvernay can relate to her documentary subject Venus Williams. Both are from Compton, California and both emerged onto the national scene in areas where Black women are still scarce – film and tennis. So it’s fitting that Duvernay would helm the ESPN documentary “Venus Vs.” part of ESPN’s “Nine for IX” series celebrating […]

Actor/ comedian David Alan Grier has had a lengthy career on screen and stage. This spring, he co-stars with Craig Robinson (“The Office”) and Kerry Washington in the new Tyler Perry produced “Peeples.” The former “In Living Color” star says that although it may seem as though the universal story of a suitor meeting his […]

Black folks love a good movie and over the years, we’ve had plenty that deal with all kind of Black families – from the slightly dysfunctional to the all-out crazy. (Or as Kanye would say, cray-cray.) In honor of Black History Month and with the Oscars on tap this weekend (Good luck Denzel!) we had […]