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During times of oppression in the Black community, there have arisen both men and women who can best be described as an “anti-heroes.” Among the most notorious, was legendary Black gangster Ellsworth Raymond Johnson, known on the streets of Harlem as Bumpy Johnson, the “Godfather of Harlem.” Now, Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker will play Johnson in…

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Forest Whitaker is parting with his Hollywood Hills compound for a cool, $5.995 million. Consisting of two separate addresses, the gated property, which sits on 1.66 acres, features a sprawling main house as well as a three-story secondary or guest house for a total of 11 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms and 8,396 square feet of living…

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Forest Whitaker at Hughie opening night

Stars like Angela Bassett, LaChanze, Rev. Dr. Calvin Butts III, and more were at the Booth Theater Thursday, Feb. 25 for opening night of Eugene O’Neill’s Hughie. The play, directed by Tony Award winner Michael Grandage and also starring Tony Award winner Frank Wood, served as the Broadway debut for Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker. Rolling out…

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The remake of Roots is set to premiere on Memorial Day. The History Channel production featuring Forest Whitaker, T.I. and Laurence Fishburne promises to be memorable.  Co-executive producer Levar Burton states, “Nearly 40 years ago I had the privilege to be a part of an epic television event that started an important conversation in America.”

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What inspired you to become an actor? Watching the kids on all of my favorite shows inspired me to become an actor. What actors do you study for style and character? None; I have my own unique style of acting and creating character but I study seasoned actors for their delivery timing. What inspires you…

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While urban Americans were pleased that 12 Years a Slave took home three Oscar awards, most particularly breakout star Lupita Nyong’o for Best Supporting Actress, many took note of the conspicuous dearth of other black actors who were heralded for delivering riveting performances. There were pockets of protests where several other critically acclaimed black films,…

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Story by Mike James Images by Phoenix White Comedian Mike Epps is growing up right before our eyes. It’s hard to see this because we are always wiping the tears from our eyes from laughing at all the funny antics and performances this man has channeled from his funny bone. Epps now wants us to…

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On February 3, The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) held its annual awards ceremony, honoring award-winning African Americans in the black film industry. The 2014 AAFCA Awards hosted by “Sleepy Hollows” actor Orlando Jones and actress Salli Richardson-Whitfield highlighted the many strides made in black film, with a wide arrange of award recipients in…

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Out of the Furnace is an action thriller produced by Leonardo DiCaprio that stars Christian Bale and Casey Affleck as a pair of close-knit brothers who are put to the ultimate test. Russell Baze (Bale) and his younger brother Rodney Jr. (Affleck) live in the economically depressed Rust Belt, and have always dreamed of leaving…

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It would have been understandable for a teenage newcomer like Atlanta-born Jacob Latimore to get smothered under the weight of such Hollywood star power in Kasi Lemmon’s Black Nativity, which stars Academy Award winners Forest Whitaker and Jennifer Hudson, Oscar-nominated icon Angela Bassett, Grammy-winning artists Mary J. Blige and Nas and features an urban sex symbol,…

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Sure they look amazing on the red carpet, but let’s not forget that celebrities are in fact human and far from flawless. As a matter of fact, some of Hollywood’s biggest players have some terribly odd body flaws and imperfections. Some would even argue that a few of these stars could credit their success to…

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Black films hosts predominantly Black casts but have found success with largely non-black audiences worldwide. Check out a few blockbusters with black casts. Notice any actors or actresses who have found success in multiple movies on this list? –Joi Pearson @JoiAPearson Above, Lee Daniels: The Butler is the latest feature from the Weinstein company. It stars Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Cuba Gooding,…

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Some of the dignitaries and celebrities attending the March on Washington 2013 anniversary were either in attendance at the legendary event or have direct link to the monumental day five decades ago. Caroline Kennedy, the surviving daughter of President John F. Kennedy and Jackie O. and the niece of former U.S. attorney general Robert F.…

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Lee Daniels’ The Butler was released this weekend and two moviegoers claim that the extra security at the Regal Majestic Theater in Silver Spring, Md., made them feel racially profiled. Tiffany Flowers, a labor organizer, tweeted directly to Regal Theaters about her experience at the Saturday evening showing. Flowers watched the movie with her husband, Alan Hanson, who noticed that the extra security was only…

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