Hollywood veteran Bill Duke gives a message to young Black actors

https://rumble.com/vkgdx3-bill-duke-star-studio-interview.html 40 year Hollywood professional Bill Duke sits down with rolling out’s Munson Steed to talk about his journey in the industry as an actor, producer, and director. Currently starring in Steven Soderbergh’s new crime drama No Sudden Move, his acting rap-sheet features recent shows like “Black Lightning,” “The Oval,” and the critically acclaimed film, […]

Robert Townsend and Bill Duke led panel at Imaginarium Film and Music Fest

Future filmmakers were front row during the Legends Panel with Robert Townsend and Bill Duke at the Imaginarium Film and Music Festival. Moderated by the executive producer of the event, Lisa Wu. Lou Gossett Jr. was scheduled to participate in the panel, but was unable to attend the festival due to sickness. The Imaginarium Film […]

Actor Yohance Myles returns to the screen in Bill Duke’s ‘Created Equal’

On the heels of the success of Fox’s “Shots Fired,” the thought-provoking 10-episodic television story, actor Yohance Myles plays attorney Willis “Silk” Thompkins, in the award-winning Created Equal. A father of four sons and a daughter, Myles is also Jackson State University theater professor where he works with students in the JSU Department of Speech […]

#Shadesofbeauty: Are we still judging Black girls by their skin tone?

A few years ago, Bill Duke brought his documentary Dark Girl to Atlanta and I had the pleasure of working on the Atlanta premiere. I invited several celebrity women out to the Fox Theater and we watched a documentary that most of us brown girls could relate to fully. Our culture has always created a […]

Bill Duke to direct Mahalia Jackson biopic

Renowned actor and director Bill Duke recently signed on to direct a biopic about gospel great Mahalia Jackson. “Getting her story to the screen has been a passion project of mine for many years,” said Duke, who most recent projects were the documentaries Dark Girls and Light Girls. Written by Ruth L. Ratny, The Mahalia Jackson […]

Bleached-skin pop star Dencia getting documentary on Oprah’s network?

Many people have now discerned that the dividends paid out from controversy, depravity and “ratchetness” are worth the publicity that comes from it. And Nigerian pop singer Dencia is riding the wave that the skin-bleaching cream “Whitenicious” is bringing her. She’s become sort of a circus-act phenomenon both in Africa and in the United States where many, including […]

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade at Kevin Hart’s ‘Let Me Explain’ premiere during ABFF

MIAMI — Fresh off of vanquishing the formidable San Antonio Spurs for the 2013 NBA championship, Miami Heat marquee talents LeBron James and Dwyane Wade have been partying nonstop throughout South Beach. The two superstars also took time out of their busy summer schedule to attend the movie premiere of another superstar, red-hot comedian Kevin […]

Celebrities react on Twitter to the premiere of ‘Dark Girls’ on OWN

Oprah Winfrey’s network, OWN, premiered the documentary “Dark Girls” on June 23. Produced by Bill Duke, the film takes a look at how skin complexion plays a major role in the self-esteem of many black girls. It also reveals how racism and the dominance of one race over others continues to affect millions. Dark Girls is […]

Sanaa Lathan, Regina King, other celebrity sightings at American Black Film Festival 2013

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — Celebrities helped to provide additional luster and flavor to the 2013 American Black Film Festival that was already overflowing with powerful movie premieres, enlightening panel discussions, educational workshops, endless networking opportunities and upscale private parties. The urban-based movie fest also included the Cadillac Discussion and the appearance of the casts of […]

2013 American Black Film Festival opening night in South Beach (photos)

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — If there is a way to define the commencement of the 17th annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF), it would be “riveting” and “raw.” Celebrities, filmmakers, actors, media and others converged onto the famous Colony Square in South Beach for the opening night screening of the emotionally powerful and searing Inevitable Defeat […]

Viola Davis, Michael Colyar Featured in Bill Duke’s ‘Dark Girls’ Documentary

“She’s cute for a dark-skinned girl.” “If her skin was a shade lighter, she’d be beautiful.” These negative statements and otherwise inflammatory comments and attitudes toward dark-skinned women are examples of how colorism plays out in the African American community and in other cultures against women whose skin color is darker than a “paper sack.” […]

American Black Film Festival Celebrates 15th Year With Celebs, Movies, Playboy Party

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — The 15th annual American Black Film Festival was hardly disrupted by the battalion of menacing storm clouds that spit nonstop precipitation over the proceedings. If anything, it made the indoor celebrations and parties that much more intense. The likes of the legendary Bill Duke, Keenan Ivory Wayans, Robert Townsend, Mekhi Phifer, […]