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Apr 23, 2020. 4 comments

Opening Movie Theaters? During COVID-19? Spike Lee Says 'Hell to Da Naw'

Opening Movie Theaters? During COVID-19? Spike Lee Says 'Hell to Da Naw'

The entertainment industry is facing the devastation brought on by COVID-19 head-on. With concerts and music festivals being canceled, Broadway having its lights out until at least June, and a slew of film release dates being pushed back or canceled entirely, many are wondering when the industry will be able to recover whenever the dust begins to settle. To make matters worse, entertainers...

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Apr 15, 2020. 1 comments

Jordan Peele Explains Why He Chose Nia DaCosta to Direct Candyman

Jordan Peele Explains Why He Chose Nia DaCosta to Direct Candyman

Contrary to the Internet’s (...always correct...) attribution, Jordan Peele is not the director of the film Candyman, he is simply a producer and co-writer of the upcoming revival of the ‘90s horror flick. Nia DaCosta, who is rising up the ranks as a filmmaker thanks to her work on Netflix’s Top Boy and the award-winning indie film

Little Woods , was tapped to co-write and direct.

In an...

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Apr 05, 2020.

Hold Your Popcorn: Candyman Postponed Until September

Hold Your Popcorn: Candyman Postponed Until September

The Jordan Peele-penned reboot of the 1992 horror film Candyman has been postponed to September 25, nearly three months after its original release date in June, Variety reports.

In less than a month, the novel coronavirus has canceled moviegoing as theaters were one of the non-essential businesses closing across the country.

Horror buffs and Peele fans alike were salivating after the release...

Feb 03, 2020. 1 comments

The Color Purple Returning to the Big Screen for Black History Month

The Color Purple Returning to the Big Screen for Black History Month

“I think it pisses God off when you walk by the color purple in a field and don’t notice it,” Shug Avery famously says during a watershed moment in one of the best movies ever, which was adapted from one of the best books ever.

Stephen Spielberg’s masterful adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Color Purple celebrates its 35th anniversary this year and will be shown...

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Jan 27, 2020.

Clive Davis Plans to Undo Damage of Other Whitney Houston Documentaries With a New Film of His Own

Clive Davis Plans to Undo Damage of Other Whitney Houston Documentaries With a New Film of His Own

Clive Davis plans on getting the last word when it comes to the legacy of Whitney Houston.

The 87-year-old music industry titan—credited for making Houston a household name—is developing a new biopic about the late pop music icon.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, the former Arista Records chieftain said he was “very disappointed” by two recent documentaries about the singer, who will...

Karu F. Daniels Karu F. Daniels Jan 21, 2020. 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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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.

“We’re...

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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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