Akon says the rich and famous have more ‘issues’ than the poor

Akon believes the rich and famous have “more issues” than poor people. The “Lonely” hitmaker believes the loss of Michael K. Williams — who was found dead at his home from an apparent drug overdose on Monday, Sept. 6, 2021, at 54 — is yet another example of what the “facade of success” can do […]

Chiwetel Ejiofor to return as villain in Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’ sequel

Chiwetel Ejiofor has confirmed that he will return for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The 42-year-old actor has revealed that he is set to reprise the role as villain Baron Karl Mordo in the follow-up to the 2016 Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film. Ejiofor added that everyone is hoping production on the movie […]

Samuel L. Jackson defends Quentin Tarantino’s use of N-word in his movies

Oscar-winning film director Quentin Tarantino has come under fire for his gratuitous use of the N-word in several of his high profile films, especially the blockbuster classics Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained. Both critically-acclaimed films starred Samuel L. Jackson, 70, who riddled off the N-word at high rates in the films. That became a major […]

Lupita Nyong’o goes off about colorism

Despite winning an Academy Award and gracing the cover of numerous prestigious magazines worldwide that illuminate her gorgeous visage, Lupita Nyong’o still feels the sting of dark-skinned hate — even in places where Whites are not the dominant demographic. Nyong’o, who earned her Oscar for 12 Years a Slave and also shined in the Jordan […]

Lupita Nyong’o blasts magazine for photoshopping her hair to look straight

I’ve written before that White privilege takes on many insidious forms. One way is the advanced assumption that they can alter the appearance of Black people’s appearances to appease their audience and to be more in accordance with their sensibilities. Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave) is outraged, and rightfully so, after […]

Meet Storm Reid, who plays Aki in the next American Girl movie

Storm Reid was born for this. When she was just a toddler, she said she was going to be an actress. After roles in 12 Years a Slave, The Summoning, and TV’s “Chicago PD,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “The Thundermans” and “Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn” for Nickelodeon, among others, she joins the American Girl movie franchise for a […]

Russell Simmons signs deal with HBO; preps ‘Def Comedy Jam’ anniversary special

The relationship between HBO and Russell Simmons is twenty-plus years strong. And, thanks to a partnership, the two media giants will be in business together for the foreseeable future. Simmons’ company, All Def Digital (ADD), will create and produce a number of new projects for HBO. The partnership has five new projects in various stages of production with […]

Chiwetel Ejiofor eyes role in Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’

From all indications, it looks as though actor Chiwetel Ejiofor is on a roll and won’t slow down anytime soon. The British born actor is close to finalizing a deal to appear alongside his “12 Years A Slave” co-star Benedict Cumberbatch in Marvel’s highly anticipated “Doctor Strange.” Despite the fact that he hasn’t signed on officially or even […]

Black oppression and slavery popular and profitable in entertainment

Apparently, chains and oppression are the “it” thing in the entertainment business. The critically acclaimed and widely successful film 12 Years a Slave showed that the oppression of Blacks in America is a subject that is no longer taboo, in fact, it can make money. The movie has grossed more than $187 million at the box office, with […]

Acclaimed ‘Kinsey Collection’ makes its Houston debut, sponsored by Wells Fargo

The Houston Museum of African American Culture was in beautiful form after its recent upgrades, just in time for the opening reception for “The Kinsey Collection” that will be on display at HMAAC through the end of October. Houston truly now has a museum of which it can be very proud. Many of Houston’s business, nonprofit, […]

Lupita Nyong’o options the rights for film version of best-selling novel, ‘Americanah’

Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o is working on nabbing her next nomination. Months following the success of her most recent film, 12 years a Slave, Nyong’o reportedly has her sights set on turning Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s best-selling novel, Americanah, into a big blockbuster. During an interview with Arise 360 earlier this year, Adichie hinted at […]

Atlantans inspired by Kinsey Collection exhibit; VIP reception hosted by Wells Fargo

Ambassador Andrew Young joins Bernard and Shirley Kinsey at the Kinsey Collection VIP Reception Wells Fargo has extended the African American History Tour by bringing The Kinsey Collection: Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, Where Art and History Intersect Exhibition to the Atlanta History Center and later on this year to Houston. “It gives our […]

Lupita Nyong’o set to marry her rapper boyfriend?

In case you’ve been under a rock and hadn’t heard, Hollywood “it” girl Lupita Nyong’o and international rapper K’naan have been an item for quite some time now. Though they’ve only been dating for a little more than six months, inside sources are saying that the two are very much in love and possibly could be […]

Acclaimed Kinsey Collection makes its Atlanta debut, sponsored by Wells Fargo

This year marks major historical milestones in America. Among them, it’s the 50th Anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, legislation which enforces the constitutional right to vote regardless of  race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. In Atlanta, on April 5, 2014, Wells Fargo is bringing “The Kinsey Collection: Shared Treasures of Bernard and […]

Open letter to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o

Dear Lupita Nyong’o,Thank you for showing the world what true talent and beauty looks like. Last night, I watched the 86th Academy Awards in awe of seeing a woman that looked like me and shared my story. When you accepted this coveted honor, tears rolled down my cheeks. I was reminded of what your win […]

’12 Years a Slave’ director and writer feuding; does it matter?

In the wake of the big Oscar win for Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, the story broke regarding a rift between McQueen and John Ridley, the film’s screenwriter. According to various reports, McQueen and Ridley fell out after the British filmmaker’s request for a co-credit on the script was turned down. Since the dispute, McQueen has been cold towards Ridley at awards shows and hasn’t acknowledged the screenwriter in various acceptance speeches.

Lupita Nyong’o’s best Instagram photos

  Lupita Nyong’o is having an amazing year, and we haven’t even gotten out of the first quarter. Racking up major accolades for her role in 12 Years a Slave from various entertainment organizations, including the 2014 Oscars, Nyong’o has been making her way on the list of the world’s most beautiful women. Even though Hollywood’s […]

Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o delivers amazing speech, Facebook congrats

Lupita Nyong’o won an Academy Award for best supporting actress in her role as Patsey, a favored but abused slave, in the drama directed by Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave. This is the first Academy Award for the Mexico City-born, Kenyan-raised actress who was three weeks shy of graduating from Yale Drama School when she was cast […]

Oscar-winning screenwriter: Who is John Ridley?

At the 86th Annual Academy Awards, a dream came true for producer and screenwriter John Ridley. The Milwaukee-born griot wins an Oscar, Best Adapted Screenplay, for 12 Years a Slave. Here are 5 facts about Ridley, a former stand-up comic and sitcom writer, for “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and “Martin,” that you probably didn’t know. […]

Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o used to pray to God for ‘lighter skin’

The emotional torment that Oscar-winning actress Lupita N’yongo used to endure because of her dark-brown hue was so crushing that she used to beg God to make her skin lighter so she could be considered prettier and more normal. The 12 Years a Slave breakout star recalled her sorrow-filled childhood of rejection and desperation for […]