Kris Wimberly launches Black-owned animation studio to change the game

It is apropos that Kris Wimberly is thriving in Hollywood. His personal life is a made-for-TV Tinseltown success story. Wimberly started out mopping the floors of the same Disney studio where he is now an animation movie director, artist and storyteller. He and his brother have also founded Studio Smokescreen to create more diversity in […]

Kyla Pratt and Jo Marie Payton in Disney+ animation series ‘The Proud Family’

Kyla Pratt is the marquee star as protagonist Penny Proud, the high-energy teen who’s coming of age in the Disney+ animation series, “The Proud Family.” We follow her through her awkward adolescence as she navigates cancel culture, peer pressure, sexism, an overprotective father and her discovery of boys. Jo Marie Payton brings the hilarity as […]

John Leguizamo and Stephanie Beatriz star in ‘Encanto’

Actors John Leguizamo and Stephanie Beatriz star in the new animated Disney film, Encanto. Encanto tells the story of a young Columbian girl who is the only member of her family without magical powers. Encanto is Disney’s 60th animated film.

Luis Guzman says there is a little piece of ‘Ultra City Smiths’ in all of us

[embedyt][/embedyt] Actor Luis Guzman is the voice of Rodrigo Smalls in AMC’s stop motion animation series “Ultra City Smiths.” His character is a street hustler who wants his stolen money returned to him or else there will be consequences. Guzman also shares how if you pay close attention while watching the show, you will […]

Mixed reviews: Pixar’s ‘Soul’ heartwarming to some, infuriating to others

Days after the release of Pixar’s Soul on Disney +, viewers took to the internet to convey mixed reviews and conflicted emotions about the animated film. The film follows Joe Gardner (voiced by Jamie Fox), a middle school music teacher who dreams of becoming a professional musician. However, after a close scrape with death, Joe […]

Tameka Foster creates animated series to honor her late son Kile

Tameka Foster is a celebrity stylist, mother and entrepreneur. She has worked with many in the industry, from legendary soul singers Patti Labelle and Aretha Franklin to hip-hop heavy-hitters Jay-Z and Mary J. Blige. For Foster, it’s not just about garments, it’s about vision. She is now using that vision to further amplify Black voices […]

‘The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part’ review: Bigger and sometimes better

In a splendid world where everything is awesome, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part was faced with the unenviable task of topping its predecessor, 2014’s surprise hit The LEGO Movie. Could such a feat be accomplished? The answer is both yes and no. Let’s start with the yes side of this equation. For starters, […]

Meet the icing behind Chocolate Cupcake and the Cupcake RUN! 5K

Lynda Lee Osborne, Melissa Monroe, Alysia Long and Athena W. Hernandez are the co-founders of Chocolate Cupcake®, a character-driven, story-supported lifestyle brand centered on the lives and interactions of five animated, diverse African American girl characters. According to Osborne, “Chocolate Cupcake’s stories reflect the triumphs and challenges of American tween/teen girls navigating interactions with their […]

Ryan Guzman stars in ‘Jem and the Holograms’ movie

[jwplatform VXNpZMMF] Jerrica (Aubrey Peeples) is an extremely shy but talented singer-songwriter whose dreams of stardom come true when she forms the group “Jem and the Holograms.” Other members include her younger sister Kimber (Stefanie Scott) on keyboards, drummer Shana (Aurora Perrineau) and bassist Aja (Hayley Kiyoko). With help from Rio (Ryan Guzman), the son […]

25 best animated films of all time

In theaters now, Epic is a 3D adventure comedy that reveals a fantastical world unlike any other. From the creators of Ice Age, Epic tells the tale of an ongoing battle between the forces of good, who keep the natural world alive, and the forces of evil, who are determined to destroy it. When a […]

President Obama’s 2008 Election Inspires College Grad to Start Branding Agency

Sobrasua E.M. Ibim Jr., aka Sobe, takes his role as visionary for Maximum Animation – a full-service branding and public relations firm – very seriously. His goal is for brands to not only “stick in the mind, but live in the heart” of consumers and he’s never been more passionate about helping them engage their […]