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Most famously known for her platinum-plus, chart-topping female anthem, “Freak Like Me,” taken from the Grand Rapids, Michigan native’s 1995 debut, Do You Wanna Ride? [Mecca Don/EastWest Records], Adina Howard is a true…

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USA Today’s ignorant description of “The Best Man Holiday” as a ‘race-themed’ film (later laughably softened as a ‘diverse’ film), opened up the floodgates of criticism and justifiable anger. But more than that, it shed a light on what black filmmakers, actors and audiences have known for years: anything that features mostly black stars will invariably be viewed as a ‘black’ film by the mainstream–regardless of how universal the actual film’s themes are.

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