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Karu F. Daniels Karu F. Daniels Jan 21, 2020 at 03:15. 6 comments

Comeback Kings: Will Smith and Martin Lawrence’s Bad Boys for Life Breaks Box Office Record With $100 Million Opening

Comeback Kings: Will Smith and Martin Lawrence’s Bad Boys for Life Breaks Box Office Record With $100 Million Opening

One thing that I learned in this business is to never write people off.

Especially ones with real talent, skill, and tenacity.

And staying power.

Martin Lawrence and Will Smith proved that they are not to be forgotten with their latest movie offering, Bad Boys for Life, which shattered box office records during its opening weekend.

According to Variety, the Adil El Arbi and Bilall...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Jan 14, 2020. 20 comments

How to Win an Oscar If You’re Black

How to Win an Oscar If You’re Black

The #OscarsSoWhite, they called the police on the BET Awards.

The #OscarsSoWhite, Pete Buttigieg was almost nominated for an award.

The #OscarsSoWhite, Cuba Gooding Jr. tried to marry his statue.

On Monday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for the 92nd Academy Awards and, as usual, they’re rooting for everybody white. Although the Oscar committee has touted...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Dec 30, 2019. 1 comments

Cinema-In-Chief: Just Mercy and Watchmen Among Barack Obama's Favorite Films and TV Shows of 2019 [Updated]

Cinema-In-Chief: Just Mercy and Watchmen Among Barack Obama's Favorite Films and TV Shows of 2019 [Updated]

We’re coming to the end of a year (and decade) and it’s time for Barack Obama’s tradition of sharing his faves!

When Obama isn’t golfing or still kissing babies (you can take the politician off of the campaign trail, but…), he likes to chill and watch movies and binge television, just like us.

This weekend, the 44th president of the United States shared his top films and TV shows of 2019.

For...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Oct 23, 2019. 6 comments

Cardi B Is the Hottest in the Street, Cast in Fast & Furious 9

Cardi B Is the Hottest in the Street, Cast in Fast & Furious 9

Start your engines, okurr!

According to Entertainment Weekly, Cardi B has been cast in Fast & Furious 9. The franchise’s star, Vin Diesel, posted a video on Instagram Tuesday afternoon to announce the news.

“Day 86, here on the set of Fast 9,” Vin began the video, from the film’s U.K. set. “I know I’m exhausted. We all gave every single thing we could for this movie. [We] put it all on the...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Sep 05, 2019. 8 comments

Watch: Will Smith, Martin Lawrence Reunite for One Last Ride in Bad Boys for Life Trailer

Watch: Will Smith, Martin Lawrence Reunite for One Last Ride in Bad Boys for Life Trailer

It only took 16 years, but the official trailer for Bad Boys for Life is finally here and we’re all better for it.

In these two minutes and 30 seconds of rapture, our lord and savior Will Smith and the legendary Martin Lawrence reprise their roles as Miami Police detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett for more black-ass banter with a complimentary side of over-the-top action.

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Jul 21, 2019. 23 comments

Marvel Announces Blade Reboot With Mahershala Ali. Black Twitter Catches the Holy Ghost

Marvel Announces Blade Reboot With Mahershala Ali. Black Twitter Catches the Holy Ghost

Marvel rocked the annual gathering of people who read cartoon books and dress up in capes on Saturday, revealing that Mahershala Ali will star in the reboot of the greatest black superhero movie since Meteor Man when the Oscar-winning actor assumes the role of the iconic vampire daywalker in Blade.

The announcement from Marvel Studios came during its panel at the San Diego Comic-Con...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Jul 05, 2019. 22 comments

#NotMyAriel: White Twitter Is Big Mad About Disney Casting a Black Little Mermaid [Corrected]

#NotMyAriel: White Twitter Is Big Mad About Disney Casting a Black Little Mermaid [Corrected]

As the nation celebrated the national holiday that symbolizes all men being created equal, a small minority of mistreated Americans cranked up the Caucasian outrage machine to address an egregious injustice that threatened the happiness and well-being of people everywhere. But this time, the righteous indignation was not about Nikes , coffeemakers or even reality. This time, conservatives...

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Felice León Felice León May 17, 2019. 7 comments

Halle Berry and Keanu Reeves Try to Name Lyrics to Migos' 'John Wick'

Halle Berry and Keanu Reeves Try to Name Lyrics to Migos' 'John Wick'

The John Wick franchise is like a wet dream for lovers of action-adventure films. Director Chad Stahelski has built a world with umpteen highly choreographed fight scenes (I’d hate to be a stunt person in the film), a semi-solid storyline, guns and gallons of blood.

But, did y’all know that there’s a Migos song named after the films’ lead character? Yep, the trio composed a 2015 track actually...

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P.J. Rickards P.J. Rickards May 02, 2019. 3 comments

Avengers Stunt Performer Reflects on Being a Black Woman in the Movie Industry

Avengers Stunt Performer Reflects on Being a Black Woman in the Movie Industry

Chances are, you’ve seen Jazzy Ellis perform stunts in your favorite movie or TV show. Some past projects include the Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, Ride Along 2, The Walking Dead and Black Lightning. But, of course, it’s not easy being a black stunt performer, let alone a black woman, in the industry.

Women of color are a minority in the industry. So much so that “wigging” and “

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Jessica Moulite Jessica Moulite Apr 12, 2019.

Having a 'Little' Fun: Marsai Martin, Issa Rae and Regina Hall Play a 'Black Ass Game'

Having a 'Little' Fun: Marsai Martin, Issa Rae and Regina Hall Play a 'Black Ass Game'

You got ____ money?

What you __ gon’ ___.

I’m not one of your ___ friends.

If you successfully filled in the blanks above, there’s a pretty good chance you were raised by a black parent. The Root spoke with the cast of Little and played Black Ass Game: Growing Up Black Edition. Put your own skills to the test and see how you match up by checking out the video above.

And if you don’t do so well,...

Mar 26, 2019.

Stop Pitting Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween Against The Birth of a Nation

Stop Pitting Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween Against The Birth of a Nation

If one ever wants to know what the slower side of intelligentsia is thinking or, in this case, not really thinking, in 2016, you can often find the answer in a meme.

To wit, after Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween grossed more than $28 million opening weekend, I stumbled upon an unfortunate lil’ meme that compared that gross with the one earned by Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation. There,...

P.J. Rickards P.J. Rickards Mar 08, 2019. 8 comments

Pam Grier, the Queen of Classic Black Cinema, Walks Us Through Her Most Memorable Roles

Pam Grier, the Queen of Classic Black Cinema, Walks Us Through Her Most Memorable Roles

March is Women’s History Month and Lord knows, Pam Grier has made history. She is known for dominating the black cinema scene in the ’70s with cult classics like Foxy Brown, Coffy and Sheba Baby. And she continued to make her mark throughout the years with Jackie Brown, The L Word and now, with her latest film, Poms.

Currently, she is the ambassador of BrownSugar.com, where many of her...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Jan 10, 2019. 13 comments

#BlackGirlMagic: Black-ish Star Marsai Martin Set to Become Youngest Executive Producer in Hollywood History

#BlackGirlMagic: Black-ish Star Marsai Martin Set to Become Youngest Executive Producer in Hollywood History

When the comedy Little hits theaters this spring, aside from featuring some of the industry’s biggest stars, the film will also make history. For at least a few months, 14-year-old Marsai Martin will hold the title as the youngest executive producer of a major Hollywood motion picture in history.

Martin will co-star with Regina Hall in the singular role of Jordan Sanders, a take-no-prisoners...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Dec 29, 2018. 6 comments

Barack Obama Released His Favorite Songs, Movies and Books of 2018. Yes, It's Black as Hell

Barack Obama Released His Favorite Songs, Movies and Books of 2018. Yes, It's Black as Hell

Barack Obama has spoken on his faves for 2018.

Number 44 posted his favorite songs, movies and books of the year via all of his social media accounts on Friday morning.

Let’s break it down by category.

Songs

I request we take a moment to appreciate that Barack Obama appreciates “Apeshit” by the Carters. We already know Barack’s affinity for Jay-Z and Michelle’s for Beyoncé, so imagine the most...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Dec 28, 2018. 24 comments

Netflix's Bird Box Is Really About How White People Don't Want to See Racism

Netflix's Bird Box Is Really About How White People Don't Want to See Racism

Spoiler alert: Some major plot points will be revealed in this article. And by “some,” I mean “all of them.”

If you haven’t seen or read the viral social media discussions of the Netflix thriller Bird Box, you’re missing one of the greatest race allegory movies that has ever been released in the last part of December 2018. It’s about how white people suddenly realize racism is spreading across...

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Nov 13, 2018.

Unique Views, Episode 20: Jive Turkey, Featuring Pam Grier

Unique Views, Episode 20: Jive Turkey, Featuring Pam Grier

Are you like me?

Have you ever wished that there was a bigger, blacker Netflix for all the blaxploitation movies of the past?

Well, wait no more!

Introducing Brown Sugar, the biggest, baddest, blackest mutha—

Patti LaDanielle: Shut yo’ mouth!

Just talking about Brown Sugar on Bounce TV.

Seriously, the service is dope, free for the first month and a virtual library of blackness. Because of it, the...

Panama Jackson Panama Jackson Nov 02, 2018. 19 comments

The Hate U Give Isn't a Very Good Movie and It's Very Hard to Say That Out Loud

The Hate U Give Isn't a Very Good Movie and It's Very Hard to Say That Out Loud

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.

Basically, he said that because the stakes are higher for black art, it has become somewhat taboo to speak negatively about art that might not be that...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Oct 29, 2018. 12 comments

TV Crew Filming Police Brutality Scene in Eric Garner’s Neighborhood Kicked Out by Angry Residents

TV Crew Filming Police Brutality Scene in Eric Garner’s Neighborhood Kicked Out by Angry Residents

Sometimes you have to admit when you’re wrong.

For instance, I was always puzzled why people felt the need to defend monuments to the dead, such as Confederate monuments, as if history could be confined to a slab of stone or a sliver of real estate. Aside from the obvious racial implications, I thought those people were stupid to place sentiment in memorials to the fallen even though there are...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Sep 20, 2018. 3 comments

Watch: Barry Jenkins' Official Trailer for If Beale Street Could Talk Does James Baldwin Proud

Watch: Barry Jenkins' Official Trailer for If Beale Street Could Talk Does James Baldwin Proud

“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.

The Oscar-winning director’s follow-up to 2016's gorgeous Moonlight is already generating Oscar buzz of its own, well ahead of its Nov. 30 release and Oct. 9...

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Danielle Young Danielle Young Aug 16, 2018. 5 comments

Will Packer's What Men Want Is More Than a Mel Gibson Reboot With a Black Woman

Will Packer's <i>What Men Want</i> Is More Than a Mel Gibson Reboot With a Black Woman

What Women Want was a rom-com that came out in 2000 and starred Mel Gibson as this deplorable single playboy who was given the gift of hearing women’s thoughts. Fast forward 18 years later and there’s a reboot of the classic, What Men Want, starring Taraji P. Henson and now, she’s got the gift of hearing mens’ thoughts.

But this ain’t your momma’s reboot. Will Packer and director Adam...

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