Denzel Washington says he was unfamiliar with Macbeth before film role

Denzel Washington has been nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor for his portrayal of the titular character in Joel Coen’s movie The Tragedy of Macbeth and believes that his lack of knowledge about Shakespeare’s play was a “blessing in disguise.” Washington told the BBC, “[I’d] never read Macbeth and never seen Macbeth, which was […]

Black authors and books matter

I quote Wole Soyinka, August Wilson or Lorraine Hansberry because I will never accept the false premise and myopic perspective that classic literature only flowed from the pens of Shakespeare and those who looked like him. Authors from every culture, gender, and faith have created classic literature about love, pain, and the frailties of the human condition, but these classics have been ignored because Shakespeare’s acolytes aka junior high and high school literature teachers, continue to choose their Elizabethan God of literature over what is best for their students.

Actor and playwright Keith Hamilton Cobb discusses ‘American Moor’

Keith Hamilton Cobb is a graduate of New York University Tisch School of the Arts. He attended Circle in the Square Theatre School and Playwrights Horizons Theater School. Here, Cobb discusses his new play, American Moor, Shakespeare and gifts. Why did you decide on acting? Acting is just one of many forms of creative expression. […]

The Force MD’s launch comeback with new ventures

Harlem Arts Alliance Presents: On the “A” w/Souleo The Force MD’s are ready to reclaim the spotlight with a slew of new projects including their appearance at the St. George Library Center for the Q&A series, Fame and Fortune. The R&B group best known for hits including “Tender Love” and “Love is a House” will […]

Jaden Smith: ‘Shakespeare’

Check out Jaden Smith as he shows off his lyrical flow in the recent release of his official music video for “Shakespeare.”

Author Ed Gray on Growing Up In Detroit Projects and Rise to Fame

Humble beginnings like growing up in a housing project in Detroit, might lay the groundwork for a young African American man to rationalize a life of under achievement and a lack of accomplishment. Or it could work to the contrary and compel a young man to excel, defy the odds, determine his destiny and elevate […]