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Barry Jenkins, Film, Florida State Seminoles, Florida State University, James Baldwin, LIberty City, Movies -

Don’t be fooled by director Barry Jenkins’s 5-foot-8-inch frame and nerdy, bespectacled appearance. Once upon a time, the Oscar winning-director of the new and already critically acclaimed If Beale Street Could Talk was a pretty good football player — he had skills. And he competed with and against some of the best in the state […]

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Film, Hollywood, Jamie Foxx, Movies, Robin Hood -

Set in the Middle Ages, the new Robin Hood film co-stars Oscar winner Jamie Foxx as Little John, a mentor to the man who steals from the rich and gives to the poor. In this retelling of a classic story, we’re getting something we haven’t seen before: real, honest diversity. Plus, we get a well-rounded […]

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Black Women, CulturePlay, Movies, Nappily Ever After, Netflix, Sanaa Lathan, Television -

Over the years, Sanaa Lathan has gifted us with characters who have staying power. More than 18 years after her first film, Love & Basketball, in which she played a character who highlighted gender barriers in basketball, she delivers Violet, a marketing maven who took a razor to her head and found the type of […]

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Hollywood, Movies, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Social Activism, Taraji P. Henson -

Taraji P. Henson has a voice, and she’s not afraid to use it. The Golden Globe-winning actor made a discovery once she finally joined social media platforms a few years back — she had an audience who was ready to soak up the gems that she was firing off. Henson, a Howard University grad who […]

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Creed, Michael B. Jordan, Movies -

Down the hall and around the corner, there’s a shoulder-to-shoulder crowd who just saw a superhero live and an arm’s length away from them. They’re sated. Beyond. The eclectic audience at this year’s ComplexCon, which is held in downtown Long Beach, California, had a chance to hear from Michael B. Jordan, who wowed international moviegoers […]

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Commentary, Idris Elba, Movies, Pots And Pans -

People magazine choosing Idris Elba as its latest “Sexiest Man Alive” came right on time. After all, last year, the magazine selected country singer Blake Shelton (I call him B.S.) as its SMA. That signaled to me that the folks at People had run out of white guys to name its annual Sexiest Man Alive, […]

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Boxing, Common, Documentary, Drew Brees, Film, Michael Finley, Movies, Tony Parker -

LOS ANGELES — Hollywood’s creative community came out on Tuesday night for the premiere screening of a documentary that aims to deliver hope. They Fight follows a group of Washington, D.C., athletes who are part of the Lyfe Style Boxing training program. Coached by Walter Manigan, the young men are also mentored by him on […]

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amandla stenberg, angie thomas, black lives matter, movies, new york times magazine, the hate u give, wesley morris -

On October 3, Wesley Morris, in a piece for the New York Times Magazine titled “The Morality Wars,” sounded the alarm (in a nutshell) about the difficulty in critiquing black art in today’s political climate in favor of protecting the culture.

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Misty Copeland, Movies, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King -

Halloween hasn’t arrived yet, but Christmas is here. The truth-telling big-budget film that tipped the signal? Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. The film had its Los Angeles premiere Monday night, and one of the tallest and most notable guests was former Los Angeles Laker Metta World Peace, who was there with his family. […]

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Comedy, Entertainment, Hollywood, Kevin Hart, Movies, Night School, Tiffany Haddish -

A busy schedule is nothing new for funnyman Kevin Hart. When Hart is not acting, you can catch him in a city near you polishing off his latest comedy special. If not on tour, he’s writing books, inking deals and overseeing his own production company while being a husband and father of three. Right now, […]

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barry jenkins, black filmmakers, black films, black movies, if beale street could talk, if beale street could talk movie, james baldwin, movies, regina king -

“Trust love, all the way.” Those are the final words of Barry Jenkins’ full-length trailer for his adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel, If Beale Street Could Talk, which was released by Annapurna pictures on Thursday morning.

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Black Panther, Creed, LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers, Michael Jordan, Movies, NBA, Ryan Coogler, Space Jam, Space Jam 2, Terrance Nance -

LeBron James plus Ryan Coogler plus Space Jam? What once existed as just a rumor finally seems to be becoming a reality – and it may be bigger and better than anyone expected. According to The Hollywood Reporter, James has tapped Coogler as the producer for James’ long-awaited Space Jam 2. Whoop, there it is, […]

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Amandla Stenberg, Barry Jenkins, Culture, LeBron James, Michael B. Jordan, Movies, NBA, NFL, Quincy Jones, Regina King, Television, Viola Davis, Will Smith -

Fire up your Google calendar and your Outlook — there’s plenty of dope stuff out there to plug in for your fall viewing pleasure. You may have already caught Fox’s new Rel, starring LilRel Howery, and there’s also All American starring Daniel Ezra, Bre-Z and Taye Diggs (out on The CW on Oct. 10). This […]

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Commentary, Michael B. Jordan, Movies, Superman -

There’s only one circumstance under which I want Michael B. Jordan to take on the role of Clark Kent: The movie is named Black Superman. This week, Henry Cavill may or may not have walked away from the DC Comics film vehicle, as they are shifting their focus from the male lead to Supergirl for […]

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Making of The Five Heartbeats, Movies, ROBERT Townsend, The Five Heartbeats -

The 1991 film The Five Heartbeats features an electric, memorable and tearful church scene that film executives were asked to cut. Actor, comedian and dynamic filmmaker Robert Townsend spills that and more in his new documentary Making the Five Heartbeats, which airs Monday night in more than 500 select theaters for one night only. Choir […]

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Crazy Rich Asians, Hollywood, Jon M. Chu, Ken Jeong, Movies -

1993. The year Jurassic Park, the first film in the original trilogy, came out. That’s the last time a major Hollywood studio released a movie with an all Asian-American cast. There hasn’t been a big-budget movie starring Asian-Americans, based in contemporary times, doing non-martial arts things since The Joy Luck Club 25 years ago. Think […]

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Black Sports Agents, Black Women, Comedy, Hollywood, Movies, Taraji P. Henson -

ATLANTA — At Porsche Cars North America’s new $100 million headquarters — at the northeast corner of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport — some of the luxury sports car manufacturer’s interiors have been converted into a big-deal sports agency. There’s an adjacent high-speed test track, an off-road course and a gallery of classic Porsches. There’s a virtual […]

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Ballers, BlacKKKlansman, Denzel Washington, Film, HBO, Hollywood, John David Washingtton, Morehouse, Movies, Spike Lee, Television -

John David Washington’s master plan was not football. Football was the escape. He fell in love with acting when he was 5 years old. He was watching his father pace as he was running through lines from Richard III for a Shakespeare in the Park performance. “When we were walking the streets,” said Washington, 34, […]

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Denzel Washington, LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers, Movies, Season Tickets -

It’s the unexpected that Denzel Washington looks for — in his illustrious career and in his choice of a professional basketball team. In both cases, he wants a win. But he likes knowing that he’s in for a fun surprise either way. Washington, the 63-year-old, two-time Oscar winner who, quite frankly, is one of the […]

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Denzel Washington, Movies, Pots And Pans -

A quick look at today’s headlines or an exhaustive review of world history books would reveal the same conclusion: Anything can be legal. Anything can be illegal. It all depends upon who is in charge of making the laws and interpreting them. But right and wrong is another story. It’s not our newspapers or history […]

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Comedy, LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers, Maverick Carter, Movies, NBA, SpringHill Entertainment -

Days after signing an impressive four-year, $154 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, LeBron James is now in talks to star in a comedy feature. Variety reports that his SpringHill Entertainment company just sold an untitled comedic film to Paramount Players (a division of Paramount Pictures) that James would produce along with Maverick Carter. […]

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Channing Tatum, Cleveland Cavaliers, Documentary, Hollywood, LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers, Movies, NBA, SpringHill Entertainment, YouTube -

In a move that wasn’t exactly a secret, it was announced on Sunday evening that the NBA’s biggest star would be taking his talents to Hollywood. Yes, it’s the hope of the Los Angeles Lakers organization that he help shepherd the franchise into a championship team again — but LeBron James clearly has his eyes […]

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Black History, Comedy, Eddie Murphy, Hollywood, Los Angeles Lakers, Movies, N.W.A -

June 29 marks the 30th anniversary of Eddie Murphy’s Coming to America. Murphy was the biggest movie star of the ‘80s and, as his idol Richard Pryor did in the 1970s, Murphy completely revolutionized comedy. His decade-long run was nothing short of preposterous: Not only was he a cast member of Saturday Night Live (1980-84), […]

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Air Jordan, Chris Webber, Converse, Harlem, Kyrie Irving, Lil Rel Howery, Lisa Leslie, Movies, Nate Robinson, Reebok, Reggie Miller, Shaquille O'Neal, Sneaker Stories, Sneakers, Uncle Drew -

HARLEM, NEW YORK — Outside the AMC Magic Johnson Harlem 9, two days ahead of the anticipated release of the summer basketball movie Uncle Drew, one parked vehicle stands out from the others. It’s a vibrant orange, yellow, red and tan 1970s-era van — the exact one driven by the movie’s lead character, a 70-something […]

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Hollywood, Kyrie Irving, Lisa Leslie, Movies, Nate Robinson, NBA, Reggie Miller, Uncle Drew -

Uncle Drew? It features Kyrie Irving’s dream cast. The Boston Celtics All-Star was thrilled to work alongside, and play with and against, some of his hoops heroes. “Reggie Miller, Lisa Leslie, Shaq and C. Webb … those four legends, they embody different historical moments in the league,” Irving told The Undefeated. “They’ve evolved in the […]

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CulturePlay, Hollywood, Justice Smith, Movies, Pokemon, Viola Davis -

He hasn’t been in the acting game for long, but Justice Smith has made an early mark. You must’ve seen him onscreen already — perhaps as Radar, a high schooler completely embarrassed by his parents’ extensive collection of black Santa memorabilia, in the 2015 film Paper Towns, which was inspired by the John Green novel […]

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Creed, Michael B. Jordan, Movies -

We’ll still have to wait another five months before we can see the highly anticipated sequel to 2015’s gripping Creed, but today, fans got their first glimpse at where this next chapter is taking us — and, not for nothing, Creed II looks amazing. As a refresher: Black Panther director Ryan Coogler reinvigorated one of […]

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Boston Celtics, Chris Webber, Hollywood, Kyrie Irving, Lisa Leslie, Movies, Nate Robinson, NBA, Reggie Miller, Uncle Drew -

Kyrie Irving is not a one-and-done. Not in Hollywood, anyway. His first take at a starring role in a movie comes soon with Uncle Drew, a full-length feature film based on the insanely viral internet shorts that he’s been doing since 2012 as part of a Pepsi campaign. The Celtics All-Star point guard filmed the […]

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Movies, Samuel L. Jackson -

Samuel L. Jackson, who stars as “Frozone” in this week’s The Incredibles 2, knows a dope character when he sees one. The legendary actor, now 69, has been bringing to life some of the world’s most quotable characters for 30 years now — his first film credit comes from Spike Lee’s 1988 historically black college […]

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CulturePlay, Movies, Superfly, Trevor Jackson -

First, there was a breakout television series, followed by two movies and the release of a new album. For singer and actor Trevor Jackson, there couldn’t be a better year. Jackson, 21, is best known for his roles as Zurich in Burning Sands, Aaron Jackson in Freeform’s Grown-ish and Youngblood Priest in the remake of […]

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Director X, Movies, Superfly -

There’s a moment in the 2018 SuperFly remake where Youngblood Priest (Trevor Jackson) has a go with Scatter (Michael K. Williams). It’s only the two of them: mano a mano on gym mats. Aggression is thick. They’re trying to best the other in a round of jiujitsu — teacher versus star pupil. It’s but a […]

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Hollywood, Movies, Samuel L. Jackson -

LOS ANGELES — The Incredibles 2 premiere was a magical place. In addition to guests Wiz Khalifa, Jason George and black-ish star Marcus Scribner, stars of the film — which features Samuel L. Jackson, Craig T. Nelson and Holly Hunter — were positioned in the carnival-like atmosphere, where they posed with fans who’ve been waiting […]

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