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Jan 12, 2020 at 02:30. 1 comments

Oprah, Apple TV+ Abandon Russell Simmons Accuser Documentary; Filmmakers and #TimesUp Chief Respond

Oprah, Apple TV+ Abandon Russell Simmons Accuser Documentary; Filmmakers and #TimesUp Chief Respond

Is something rotten in the cotton?

After further consideration, Oprah Winfrey will not participate in a high-profile documentary focusing on one of several women who have accused hip-hop pioneer Russell Simmons of sexual violence.

On Friday, the media mogul announced that she would “no longer be executive producer” on the untitled documentary, which is set to premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jan 10, 2020 at 06:29.

First-Look: The Last Days of Richard Pryor Documentary to Include Never-Before-Seen Interviews With Legendary Comedian

First-Look: The Last Days of Richard Pryor Documentary to Include Never-Before-Seen Interviews With Legendary Comedian

“You never knew what was going to happen because…he was Richard Pryor.”

Fifteen years after Richard Pryor’s death (Dec. 10, 2005), we are getting a new look into the life of the one man every black comedian (hell, every comedian period) cites as their inspiration.

In an exclusive debut trailer obtained by The Root, fellow entertainers such as Howie Mandel, Tim Reid, Mike Epps (who was initially...

Karu F. Daniels Karu F. Daniels Jan 06, 2020. 8 comments

Faith Evans Blasts Lifetime for Sensationalizing Marriage to Notorious B.I.G. in 'Hopelessly In Love' Documentary

Faith Evans Blasts Lifetime for Sensationalizing Marriage to Notorious B.I.G. in 'Hopelessly In Love' Documentary

Lifetime has found a way to piss off another former spouse of hip-hop royalty.

Faith Evans is mad as a Mickey Fickey about Lifetime’s new documentary Hopelessly In Love: Biggie and Faith Evans, detailing her life with late rap kingpin, Notorious B.I.G.

The Grammy Award winner revealed to Page Six’s Carlos Greer that she got hoodwinked into participating in the “sensational” project, which is...

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Dec 14, 2019. 17 comments

50 Cent Doubles Down On Criticism of Oprah Winfrey's Upcoming Russell Simmons Sexual Abuse Documentary

50 Cent Doubles Down On Criticism of Oprah Winfrey's Upcoming Russell Simmons Sexual Abuse Documentary

50 Cent is not backing down with his remarks about Oprah Winfrey and her forthcoming documentary about Russell Simmons’ sexual abuse accusers.

On Friday, the hip hop icon doubled down on his previous remarks criticizing the media maven for biased treatment of black men accused of sexual misconduct, but not white men—some she has had ties to.

“I don’t understand why Oprah is going after black...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Dec 12, 2019. 5 comments

Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning to Premiere in January, Will Feature Interviews With More Survivors

Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning to Premiere in January, Will Feature Interviews With More Survivors

Surviving R. Kelly was not only a documentary series, it was a significant moment in time that we’ll never forget. In addition to fostering further difficult conversations surrounding the continued saga of Robert “R.” Kelly, it truly gave a voice to the voiceless: black girls.

The Emmy-nominated series certainly made an impact, racking in over 26.8 million viewers. Additionally, R. Kelly was...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Dec 11, 2019. 3 comments

Ayanna Pressley Introduces Legislation to End the ‘Pushout’ of Black Girls

Ayanna Pressley Introduces Legislation to End the ‘Pushout’ of Black Girls

We are all magicians.

This country practices a particular kind of wizardry that can make black votes disappear; turn a black radical into a whitewashed moderate and hypnotize an entire population into somehow believing that “illegal immigrants” can trespass on stolen land.

But the most wondrous trick of all is how we treat black girls. We put them in a box and saw them in half. We turn them...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Dec 06, 2019. 5 comments

Report: Apple TV+ and Oprah Winfrey Announce #MeToo Documentary with Russell Simmons Accuser as Primary Subject

Report: Apple TV+ and Oprah Winfrey Announce #MeToo Documentary with Russell Simmons Accuser as Primary Subject

Trigger Warning: The following article contains details of an alleged sexual assault.

The lineup for the 2020 Sundance Film Festival was announced on Wednesday and there is one particular mysterious project that stands out.

According to an Apple TV+ press release, the untitled Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering documentary, executive produced by Oprah Winfrey and Impact Partners, is set to premiere in...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Dec 03, 2019.

Black Woodstock: Questlove to Direct Documentary on Untold Story of the Harlem Cultural Festival

Black Woodstock: Questlove to Direct Documentary on Untold Story of the Harlem Cultural Festival

Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson of The Roots (sidenote: for all the times The Root, the publication, gets mistaken for The Roots, the band, it would be dope if one time we, The Root, hosted a meta panel with live sounds from The Roots) will be making his directorial debut in the upcoming feature documentary titled, Black Woodstock, Variety reports. The title references the nickname given to the...

Jay Connor Jay Connor Oct 23, 2019. 14 comments

About Damn Time: Comedy Central Will Honor Patrice O'Neal with Documentary

About Damn Time: Comedy Central Will Honor Patrice O'Neal with Documentary

Comedian Patrice O’Neal never received his due while he was still with us, and Comedy Central is looking to (at least somewhat) correct course by celebrating his life and legacy with a new documentary.

According to a press release provided to The Root, the film will utilize “a vast archive” of never-before-seen footage to “recount O’Neal’s life story and explore the hilarious and...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Oct 21, 2019. 8 comments

Wait a Minute...Suge Knight Reportedly Signed Over His Life Rights to Ray J

Wait a Minute...Suge Knight Reportedly Signed Over His Life Rights to Ray J

If Ray J had one wish , would it have been to tell the authorized story of Suge Knight?

Well, if it was, Marion “Suge” Knight has granted that wish! According to TMZ, Suge wants Ray J to take over his life story.

TMZ reports:

Sources close to the former Death Row Records boss tell TMZ ... he’s signed over his life rights to Ray, with the expectation he’ll make the right decisions with Suge’s...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Oct 04, 2019.

A Duke, a Duchess and...a Documentary About the Royal Couple (and Archie!) Is Coming

A Duke, a Duchess and...a Documentary About the Royal Couple (and Archie!) Is Coming

Lights, camera, action—we’re getting some behind-the-scenes scoop about Prince Harry and Megan Markle’s South Africa tour!

According to W Magazine, ITV News anchor Tom Bradby has been inspired to film a documentary about the royal couple’s second official tour (their first being in Australia).

“Just finished filming a documentary on Harry and Meghan in Africa,” Bradby tweeted on Thursday. “I...

Angela Helm Angela Helm Jul 09, 2019. 6 comments

Beyond Dick: This One’s for the Ladies Is All About the Joy and Pain of Black Women

Beyond Dick: This One’s for the Ladies Is All About the Joy and Pain of Black Women

You would think This One’s for the Ladies, Gene Graham’s foray into strip shows for black women, would be all about dick. If so, you would be wrong.

In fact, once you nasty girls (and boys) are drawn into this world, you are in fact exposed to the creativity, the resilience, the swag, the hard love, the sexualities and the unyielding service of black women to each other, and, of course,...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Jun 22, 2019. 2 comments

A New Toni Morrison Documentary Gives the World’s Greatest Living Writer Her Flowers, and Plants New Seeds

A New Toni Morrison Documentary Gives the World’s Greatest Living Writer Her Flowers, and Plants New Seeds

Toni Morrison had to figure out a way to talk to Muhammad Ali. It was the mid-’70s and at the time, she was his editor, tasked with bringing his autobiography to the world. But Ali wouldn’t speak to her—deferring instead to whatever man was in the room.

Her longtime friend, author and activist Angela Davis, recalls seeing that dynamic play out—and witnessing Morrison come up with a solution....

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jun 17, 2019. 2 comments

Emanuel, Produced by Stephen Curry and Viola Davis, Debuts on the 4th Anniversary of the Charleston, SC, Shooting

Emanuel, Produced by Stephen Curry and Viola Davis, Debuts on the 4th Anniversary of the Charleston, SC, Shooting

On the evening of June 17, 2015, 21-year-old white supremacist Dylann Roof marched into what was typically thought to be the purest form of sanctuary—a church—and terrorized a group of black worshippers. Nine people, including senior pastor and South Carolina State Senator Clementa C. Pinckney, Cynthia Marie Graham Hurd, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lee Lance, Depayne Middleton-Doctor, Tywanza...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jun 14, 2019. 1 comments

Toni Morrison: Pieces I Am: ‘Navigating a White Male World Was Not Threatening; It Wasn’t Even Interesting’

Toni Morrison: Pieces I Am: ‘Navigating a White Male World Was Not Threatening; It Wasn’t Even Interesting’

Toni Morrison’s work has always been deemed as rich and poetic, perhaps an extension of her very own life.

Toni Morrison: Pieces I Am, which premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, looks to be a uniquely intimate look into Morrison, as it was directed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, who has been Morrison’s friend for over 35 years.

From the official press release:

From her childhood in the...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jun 08, 2019.

The Black Godfather: Clarence Avant and the Successful Six Degrees of Separation

The Black Godfather: Clarence Avant and the Successful Six Degrees of Separation

Life begins with a number and ends with a number.

It’s a phrase often repeated by music executive Clarence Avant, almost like a mantra. And it couldn’t be more true, not only in Avant’s industry but in his personal life as well. When it comes to the number of lives Avant has touched throughout the years, that “number” is infinite.

Everyone knows the famous faces of pop culture, but what about...

Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum May 23, 2019. 1 comments

‘The Bridge to Opportunity’: Netflix Honors Music Executive Clarence Avant in New Documentary The Black Godfather

‘The Bridge to Opportunity’: Netflix Honors Music Executive Clarence Avant in New Documentary The Black Godfather

“He wasn’t there, but he was right there.”

These days, when you hear the term “influencer,” one may think of perfectly placed and filtered sponsored ads on Instagram racking up hundreds of thousands of likes within minutes. Well, when you think of the original meaning of the term, one man who embodied it was Clarence Avant also known as “The Black Godfather.”

In a new documentary...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Apr 30, 2019. 4 comments

2019 Tribeca Film Festival: How Does it Feel to Make a Comeback After 14 Years? Devil's Pie - D'Angelo Explores Just That

2019 Tribeca Film Festival: How Does it Feel to Make a Comeback After 14 Years? Devil's Pie - D'Angelo Explores Just That

“What feeds your soul?” D’Angelo asks. For him, it’s God. It’s Yahweh. And for any fan who wonders why an artist decided to take a 14-year-long hiatus at the height of his career, maybe the answer rests in his gut—maybe, even with the superfluous reinforcement, he was starving.

Directed by Carine Bijlsma, the documentary Devil’s Pie - D’Angelo, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on...

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Corey Townsend Corey Townsend Apr 30, 2019.

Queen Latifah Helped 2 Black Women Achieve Their Dream With The Queen Collective

Queen Latifah Helped 2 Black Women Achieve Their Dream With The Queen Collective

In a 90’s kind of world, we were glad to have our girls. That notion still rings true with a new program that includes the Queen, also known as Latifah. Latifah, Tribeca Studios and Marc Pritchard, Procter and Gamble’s chief brand officer, have partnered to bring the dreams of black women to reality.

That association has birthed The Queen Collective (TQC), a program that aims to accelerate...

Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Apr 27, 2019. 1 comments

2019 Tribeca Film Festival: Shaolin Meets Steinbeck in Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men

2019 Tribeca Film Festival: Shaolin Meets Steinbeck in Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men

RZA, GZA, Ol’ Dirty Bastard (ODB), Inspectah Deck, Raekwon the Chef, U-God, Ghostface Killah, Method Man, Masta Killa and Cappadonna ... with all those names, Wu-Tang Clan really is the Earth Wind & Fire of hip-hop, and now, they have a docuseries. And it’s definitely one to check out, y’all.

Whether you’re a longtime fan of the eccentric group or don’t know much about them, Showtime’s new...

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