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#TheLionKing. 2019. 🦁👑 pic.twitter.com/UMJo18FwDt — Disney (@Disney) November 1, 2017 Just four years ago, Confessions of a Casting Director author Jen Rudin revealed in an interview with the New York Post that Beyoncé was once in the running for the lead voice role in The Princess and the Frog. She wouldn’t audition for the role of Princess Tiana, the franchise’s first…

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Eddie Murphy’s Coming to America, one of the most iconic, funniest and beloved motion pictures in black American history, just celebrated it’s 25th birthday late last month. Many believe that this romantic comedy represents Murphy’s greatest theatrical triumph even though Beverly Hills Cop was a greater box-office generator and his James “Thunder” Early from Dreamgirls earned him…

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Yes, Beverly Hills Cop was Eddie Murphy’s highest-grossing movie. And his dramatic portrayal of drug-addled singer James “Thunder” Early in Dreamgirls was his most critically-acclaimed role, by far, earning a Golden Globe win and an Academy Award nomination. But it was the immortal classic Coming to America, the story of an insanely rich African prince…

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Although Black History Month is over, the following actors are absolutely deserving of a little extra credit. Click continue to see some of the most influential black actors who paved the way for contemporary stars. –ruthie hawkins

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The Tea Party wants James Earl Jones to lower his booming bass voice. After the Star Wars actor compared the Tea Party to his racist grandmother on National Public Radio’s “Smiley and West,” he drew the ire of Tea Party Patriots, the nation’s largest Tea Party-affiliated group. “I think I have figured out the tea…

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The 2012 Tony Awards nominees were recently announced in New York. Amongst the nominees, seven African Americans are up for this most coveted award in their respective categories. These individuals all display powerful performances that would captivate any audience. A majority of these actors and actresses are part of the all-black cast in the revival…

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There will be a parade of stars at several college graduation commencement ceremonies this season. Take a look. Arne  Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, will deliver the address at Howard  University. The 144th Commencement Convocation happens on Saturday, May 12. Honorees are musician and humanitarian John  Legend, MSNBC host Chris Matthews, Pulitzer-Prize-winning author and alumna …

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With Drake’s music career steadily on the rise, thanks to his chart-topping sophomore album, Take Care, and some high-profile beefs, many have wondered if the former child star would make his way back to film or TV anytime soon. But in a recent interview with VH1, the actor-turned-rapper said that he’s ready to make his…

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