Last year was supposed to be a banner film for Black filmmakers. Fruitvale Station, The Butler, and 12 Years a Slave were released and their respective acting casts, writers and directors received major critical acclaim. But today’s Oscar nominations prove just one thing – Hollywood hasn’t changed much. This year’s top acting, writing and directing […]


Los Angeles, CA (December 13, 2013) – The African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA), has named “12 Years a Slave” as the Best Picture of 2013.  The Fox Searchlight film also earned Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Newcomer honors for Steve McQueen, John Ridley and Lupita Nyong’o. The organization, which represents the leading African-American film […]


Lee Daniels cursed out the audience at Monday night’s fourth annual IFP Gotham Independent Film Awards. According to, the lively audience at Cipriani Wall Street chattered so loudly during Daniels’ tribute speech to his “The Butler” star Forest Whitaker that he tried to shush them with a few f-bombs. “Forest would like to hear […]

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Moviegoers had an appetite for fright this weekend, sending “Insidious: Chapter 2” to the top of the box office. The haunted-house horror sequel debuted in first place with $41 million, more than tripling the opening take of the 2010 original. Debuting on Friday the 13th, FilmDistrict’s “Insidious: Chapter 2” scored the […]


When it comes to producers’ credits, the most newsworthy movie of the moment is definitely “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” which has drawn media attention for having more than 40 different credited producers. “I wish that there weren’t so many producer credits on this picture, because it is a little embarrassing for everyone within our community,” […]

If You Missed It, Little Known Black History Facts, Originals

Rear Admiral Stephen Rochon was the first African American Chief Usher at the White House. The Admiral served as Director of the Executive Residence in the White House from 2007-2011. He was responsible for the execution of all major events at the White House and preserving the home’s historic presence. A native of New Orleans, […]

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Radio legend Tom Joyner and co-host Sybil Wilkes of the Tom Joyner Morning Show were invited to the White House for an exclusive one-on-one interview with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office! President Obama opened up to the syndicated radio hosts about Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy, commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the March […]


NEW YORK (AP) — “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” served up a second helping at the box office, topping the weekend with $17 million according to studio estimates Sunday. That was enough to lead all films on a late August weekend known as a dumping ground for studios following their summer blockbusters and before the start […]

Alfredas from “The Russ Parr Morning Show” interviewed “The Butler” director Lee Daniels in bed, and he explained why his latest project is not a movie, but…

Lee Daniels, the director of “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” believes America has become more racist since President Barack Obama – the nation’s first black commander-in-chief – took office in 2009. “I think that people are angry that he’s president,” Daniels told Piers Morgan on CNN this week.  “And I think that they are showing their […]

Sheila Johnson may not  be the household name that Oprah is, but she’s also one of the few Black women worldwide who can call themselves billionaires. The co-founder of BET Networks with her then-husband, Bob Johnson,  added to her growing list of media, sports, and entertainment properties by helping “The Butler” get made. Johnson is […]

If You Missed It, Originals

Huggy Lowdown recaps this past weekend’s box-office hits and misses.