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Angela Bassett, Black Panther, Chadwick Boseman, Forest Whitaker, Hollywood, Lupita Nyong'o, Michael B. Jordan, Movies, Sterling K. Brown -

There’s a lot going on with regard to what is — or isn’t — happening in Marvel’s upcoming Black Panther. Everything has been very tightly held. So, what do we know? The cast is ridiculous, and we can’t wait to see them all on-screen, fighting in the name of Wakanda, the fictional African nation from […]

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Chicago, Comedy, Comedy Central, Good Times, Hollywood, Lena Waithe, Movies, Showtime, Television, The Chi -

In the premiere episode of the already critically acclaimed The Chi, a fresh-faced, precocious African-American teen is shot to death on the streets of Chicago’s South Side. After lifting a gold chain and sneakers from a dead body, an affable teen named Coogie, portrayed by Jahking Guillory later runs into the deceased boy’s stepfather, Ronnie […]

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Ava Duvernay, Culture, Dee Rees, Lena Waithe, Maame Biney, Movies, Munroe Bergdorf, Serena Williams, Sloane Stephens, Solange, Television, Tiffany Haddish, WNBA -

Yes, 2017 was a rough one. But it was also a year of black women fully stepping into their power. From athletes to activists to writers to filmmakers to curators, these black women are truly Undefeated.   Serena Williams What a year it was for Serena Williams, arguably the greatest athlete ever. She won the […]

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Baron Davis, Donald Sterling, Get Out, Los Angeles Clippers, Movies, NBA -

Disgraced former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling made his players feel like they were playing out a scene from Jordan Peele’s highly acclaimed movie Get Out. Well, at least according to former Clippers guard Baron Davis. On Thursday, Davis spoke on ESPN’s The Hoop Collective podcast about what it was like playing for Sterling, […]

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Charlie Murphy, Christmas, Danny Glover, Denzel Washington, Fat Albert, Gabrielle Union, Ice Cube, Idris Elba, Kasi Lemmons, LL Cool J, MIke Epps, Movies, Nas, Omar Epps, Queen Latifah, Sanaa Lathan, Vanessa Williams, Whitney Houston -

After Big Mama and Big Daddy clear the table of fried turkey, mac ’n’ cheese, collards, potato salad and more — and after the last football game ends — it’s time to head to the movies with a slice of pie. But instead of vegging out to watch marathons of delicious reality shows (you know […]

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Documentary, John Ridley, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Riots, Movies, Rodney King, Television, The Oscars -

If you’ve been paying attention these past few years, you see exactly what John Ridley is trying to do. The Oscar-winning filmmaker — he earned Hollywood’s biggest prize for writing the adapted screenplay of 2013’s 12 Years a Slave — has been working on projects that entertain and educate. When you experience a John Ridley […]

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DeWanda Wise, Movies, Netflix, Nola Darling, She's Gotta Have It, Spike Lee, Television -

It’s appropriate: Right when high-profile white Hollywood actresses and feminists are calling out predatory white men in the industry, igniting a major conversation about sexual harassment and male accountability, an empowered black woman character is speaking out against the street harassment and patriarchy she experiences each day — and she seems to speak for real-life […]

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Basketball, Blake Griffin, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Hollywood, Kobe Bryant, Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Movies, NBA, Television -

There’s Uncle Drew. The remake of White Men Can’t Jump. And soon, possibly, a new sitcom. Everybody wants to be Hollywood-famous — even your favorite NBA players. Several are taking to the screen as front-facing talent with aspirations, in some cases, of being the next Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, a former athlete who became one […]

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Charles Stone III, Dallas Austin, Drumline, HBCU Bands, Movies, Music, Nick Cannon, Oral History, Orlando Jones, Zoe Saldana -

Editor’s note: This story contains explicit language. Drumline is inspired by the life of Grammy-winning super-producer Dallas Austin, who created massive hits with Boyz II Men, TLC, Madonna and more. Austin’s life in music began during his days on his high school band’s drumline, and the 2002 film is the coming-of-age story of an 18-year-old […]

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Get Lifted, Human Trafficking, Jeannie Mai, Movies, Stopping Traffic: The Movement to End Sex Trafficking, The Real -

According to the Department of Homeland Security, every year millions of men, women and children are trafficked in countries around the world, generating billions of dollars in profit, making it second only to drug trafficking in transactional crime. These shocking statistics came as a surprise to Jeannie Mai, co-host of daytime TV show The Real, […]

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Chadwick Boseman, Movies, NAACP, Reginald Hudlin, Thurgood Marshall -

Chadwick Boseman remembers the exact moment when he understood why the work he was doing — not just the grabbing of marquees, not just working alongside Hollywood’s top talent, not just surprising critics with how easily he melts into a role of some of the world’s most famous men — was cemented. He was on […]

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Arts, Black History, Civil Rights Movement, Movies, Museums, Music, National Museum of African American History and Culture, Style -

It’s the first anniversary of the opening of Washington, D.C.’s extremely popular National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). While visiting the NMAAHC is a life-changing experience, getting in can feel like praying on Willy Wonka’s golden ticket. But while you wait, you can have an amazing museum experience closer to home. There […]

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Colin Warner, Crown Heights, Kerry Washington, Lakeith Stanfield, Movies, NFL, Nnamdi Asomugha, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles -

Nnamdi Asomugha is taking a quick break. There’s a photographer, and the photographer’s assistant is setting up a new orangish background. Asomugha, in a gray Converse crewneck and slim-fit black pants, overhears a conversation that’s disdainful of grimy movie theaters and movie theater chains. He jumps in, makes a funny face and shakes his head […]

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Chicago, Get Lifted, Hair, Matthew Cherry, Movies, NFL, Short Film -

Matthew Cherry’s evolution has taken him from the football field to a stint as a production assistant to music videos. Now, his résumé includes a heartwarming short film in production called Hair Love. Cherry said the idea for the film came from watching viral videos of fathers interacting with their daughters. In particular, he focused […]

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CulturePlay, Idris Elba, Movies, The Dark Tower -

It’s media day for Idris Elba: 48 hours before the release of his newest film, an adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower. Elba takes on the role of Roland Deschain (The Gunslinger) as he battles Matthew McConaughey as Walter O’Dim (The Man In Black) for the safety of the universe. Elba is genuinely excited, […]

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Arsenio Hall, Girls Trip, Jada Pinkett Smith, Kevin Hart, Movies, Queen Latifah, Richard Pryor, Tiffany Haddish -

Here’s the thing: Tiffany Haddish has been here. For a while. “In every character I play,” she says, “I try to infuse a little bit of myself. I always try to find the places where I can put Tiffany in it.” It works. Haddish “made it” a bit ago when she was knighted by Arsenio […]

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Joanne Burke, Julia Browne, March on Washington Film Festival, Movies, Paris Noir: African Americans in the City of Light -

For nearly a century, many black Americans have traveled to Paris to find their identity away from the American racism that sought to erase it. Indeed, many decided to make it official and make the City of Light home. Director Joanne Burke and associate producer Julia Browne explore this expatriation, while also detailing the day-to-day […]

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Any Given Sunday, Baby Driver, In Living Color, Jamie Foxx, Kanye West, Movies, Music, Ray, Ray Charles, The Oscars -

A staple of NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon is a segment called Musical Genre Challenge. Guests perform pop songs, but in the form of unexpected genres. Jamie Foxx appeared on the May 25 episode, and his first act was to perform Baja Men’s 2000 “Who Let The Dogs Out” in the style of […]

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Hollywood, Movies -

All that hot weather we’ve been wishing, hoping and praying for has finally arrived — so now it’s time to head indoors! Go ahead and pack your snacks — and stuff ’em far down in your purse: Summer movie (and blockbuster) season is upon us. A number of highly anticipated films are finally hitting the […]

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All Day, Black Twitter, Lupita Nyong'o, Movies, Rihanna -

Never underestimate the power of a solid meme. According to Entertainment Weekly, the not-so-wacky idea of Lupita Nyong’o and Rihanna starring in a buddy movie where they pull scams on old white guys is actually somewhat closer to happening. Black Twitter is the best. If this movie happens, you can expect crazy numbers. More selfishly, […]

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ABC, Africans, Blackish, Culture, Damilare Sonoiki, Entertainment, Immigrants, Kickstarter, Movies, Race, Video -

The pilot episode of African Time has officially premiered, and it’s just as funny as we hoped it would be. The comedic series is created, written and produced by former Black-ish writer Damilare Sonoiki. His initial teaser video went viral last year, spurred hot debate (the show had previously been called “African Booty Scratcher”), and left fans eagerly waiting […]

The post TV Writer Damilare Sonoiki gets it right with new family comedy ‘African Time’ (WATCH) appeared first on theGrio.

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Burning Sands, Movies, Netflix -

Burning Sands is an act of bravery. Gerard McMurray, making his directorial debut, is a member of one of the most popular — and boisterous — of the nine black fraternities and sororities, Omega Psi Phi. The organization is home to such notable figures as Langston Hughes, Steve Harvey, Jesse Jackson Sr. and Jesse Jr., […]

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Hidden Figures, Lego, Movies, NASA -

Five pioneering women for NASA, including astronaut Mae Jemison and Katherine Johnson, the inspiration behind the Academy Award-winning film Hidden Figures, will be immortalized in Lego form later this year.

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Get Out, Lil Rel Howery, Movies -

Disclaimer: If you haven’t yet seen the psychological comedic horror thriller Get Out, stop reading here. Seriously, STOP! I’m not in the business of providing spoilers, but you can only be mad at yourself if you step past the point of no return. My fellow Americans, we’re gathered here today to honor LilRel Howery — […]

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All Day, Jimmy Kimmel, Mahershala Ali, Movies, Sunny Pawar, The Oscars -

Long before he was playing damage control at the Dolby Theater on Sunday night, Jimmy Kimmel was doing his best to keep the crowd engaged during the 89th Academy Awards in Los Angeles. By the time the mess unfolded onstage and eventually the best picture award went to Moonlight, Kimmel had already told enough jokes […]

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Denzel Washington, Fences, Movies, The Oscars -

Since Nov. 8, 2016, we’ve been in a dire search for hope. This search for hope and happiness leads us to place more weight on social and sporting events. Like the recent Super Bowl, for example — in which the Falcons, who make their home in majority-black Atlanta, faced off against a New England Patriots […]

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The year 2016 was everything for black filmmakers and actors. Director Barry Jenkins dominated with Moonlight, which won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Drama and is up for eight Oscars. Hidden Figures topped off critical success by becoming the highest-grossing best picture Oscar contender at the domestic box office. Plus, the Academy of […]

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All Day, Broad Shoulders, Hip-Hop, Movies, Music, Taylor Bennett -

When Taylor Bennett’s Broad Shoulders dropped last December, it was a head-first dive into a full-length LP from a teenager who was probably best known for being Chance The Rapper’s kid brother. With sample-free production from Ludlow and many others, it established Bennett as more than just a younger facsimile of his more famous musical […]

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All Day, Cube Vision, Ice Cube, Movies -

“Yeah, I’ll check out a movie, but it’ll take a black one to move me.” That’s what Public Enemy’s Chuck D said on the 1990 single Burn Hollywood Burn, an uptempo track that highlighted the history of negative portrayals of black characters in film and television. Nearly 30 years later, the man who penned the […]

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All Day, Basketball, Blake Griffin, Kenya Barris, Movies, Ron Shelton, Wesley Snipes, White Men Can't Jump, Woody Harrelson -

Full disclosure: Legendary sports filmmaker Ron Shelton’s White Men Can’t Jump is my favorite basketball movie of all time, and it’s not even close. When it was released, I had just turned 11 years old. Somehow, I managed to see it in the theater. As a result, it will always be a kid’s movie in […]

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Jamie Foxx, Movies, Willie Beamen -

Jamie Foxx is having a moment that has absolutely nothing to do with him being an award-winning actor or an award-winning musician. And it’s got absolutely nothing to do with his storied career as a stand-up comedian, either. Foxx — who was a star high school quarterback in his hometown of Terrell, Texas, just 32 […]

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All Day, Movies, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Star Wars -

How do you create a surprise ending to a story you already know? By not telling the audience when it will be over. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which hits theaters Friday will be a different experience for many fans of the franchise, who pride themselves on rigid ties to loose concepts of historical […]

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