Manny Buckley in ‘Looks Over the President’s Shoulder’

There are hundreds of little-known heroes and “sheroes” who have made considerable contributions and influenced history, particularly Black history. One such example is Alonzo Fields. Fields, the grandson of a freed slave, was forced by the Depression to give up his life’s dream of becoming an opera singer and ended up serving 21 years in […]

‘Empire’ creator reacts to Mo’Nique saying she was offered a role in show

For weeks now, Mo’Nique has been in the papers discussing her alleged blackballing in Hollywood over the movie Precious and her growing feud with director and producer Lee Daniels. This week alone, she claimed that Daniels lied about Hollywood thinking she’s “difficult” and also claimed that he offered her roles in “Empire” and The Butler. […]

Oprah Winfrey cast as Richard Pryor’s grandmother in Lee Daniels’ biopic

Oprah Winfrey to play Richard Pryor’s grandmother Oprah Winfrey has been cast as Richard Pryor’s grandmother, a woman rumored to be “a cruel and abusive lady pimp” in the upcoming Lee Daniels biopic reports TMZ. According to Pryor’s widow, Jennifer Lee Pryor, Winfrey got her hands on the script and was desperate to play Marie […]

Oprah, Forest Whitaker, Chiwetel Ejiofor among SAG Award nominees

The Butler and 12 Years a Slave blew audiences away before they even opened up in theaters this past summer and fall, respectively. So it comes as absolutely no surprise that the cast and crew from those spellbinding epic motion pictures were awarded with the most nominations for the 2014 Screen Actors Guild Award . […]

‘The Best Man Holiday’ fell flat with white audiences, should black people care?

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.

Lee Daniels says black gay men can’t come out of the closet

Lee Daniels is certainly the man of the moment as his new film, The Butler, which stars Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker, sits triumphantly atop the box office with more than $25 million in sales. And during a recent interview with Larry King, Daniels discussed the ways in which his life as a black gay […]

Black couple felt racially profiled at ‘The Butler’ screening

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 […]

Terrence Howard’s ex-lovers and girlfriends

After a considerable self-imposed moratorium, Terrence Howard is returning to the Hollywood spotlight with authority. He just completed the action thriller Dead Man Down. Howard is part of a big-name ensemble cast in what may be the movie of the summer, The Butler, opposite Oprah Winfrey and Academy Award winners Forest Whitaker, Cuba Gooding Jr. and […]

Celebrities rave over ‘The Butler’ on Twitter

Lee Daniel’s The Butler wiped the floor with its competition over the Aug. 16-18 weekend, raking in critical acclaim along $25 million to help Oprah Winfrey and Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker take the top spot from its vanquished competition, Kick-Ass 2 and Ashton Kutcher’s Jobs.  Celebrities raved over the film about a longtime White House butler who […]

Oprah’s many movie roles and productions

Fifteen years after the failure of Beloved, Oprah Winfrey returns to the big screen in The Butler, starring Forest Whitaker. In anticipation of the film’s success, we’re breaking down Oprah’s top film performances. Click to continue. –ruthie hawkins/@ruubabie

The real White House butler: Eugene Allen

Eugene Allen’s story of great service lives on even after he is gone. As Oprah continues to promote the release of Lee Daniels’ The Butler, many are wondering about the real White House butler before you hit the theaters this weekend. Here are some great facts to know about the life of Eugene Allen.

Celebrities comment on Twitter about seeing ‘The Butler’

Celebrities are just as excited as everyone else about going to the theater to check out the highly-anticipated, star-studded film, The Butler, a Civil Rights-era epic directed by Lee Daniels (of the Oscar-winning Monster’s Ball and Precious films).  The film stars an array of award-winning entertainers including Academy Award winners Forest Whitaker, Jane Fonda and Cuba Gooding Jr. as well […]

5 films by director Lee Daniels you should know

In honor of Lee Daniels latest film “The Butler,” starring Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey and Cuba Gooding Jr., we’re breaking down 5 films you need to know by the renowned black film director. Check them out below. – ruthie hawkins/@ruubabie

Oprah wears a bright fuschia wrap dress at ‘The Butler’ premiere in L.A.

At the star-studded red carpet Hollywood premiere for Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Oprah Winfrey, 59, was rocking a bright fuchsia on Monday night. It’s just days after the infamous Swiss Dis, where the store clerk denied she was neither rude or racist towards the queen of talk during a recent visit. Prior to her big […]

Forest Whitaker and Lee Daniels attend ‘The Butler’ premiere in Chicago

Forest Whitaker and Lee Daniels attended the premiere of their latest film, Lee Daniels’ The Butler. Held at Kerasotes Showplace ICON, the screening was the first viewing in Chicago. Lee Daniels’ The Bulter tells the story of White House butler Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker), who serves during seven presidential administrations between 1957 and 1986. The […]

Jesse Jackson joins battle over movie title ‘The Butler’

Harvey Weinstein has enlisted a group of civil rights leaders, including Rev. Jesse Jackson in his battle with Warner Bros. over the use of the title The Butler even as the title itself enters arbitration. Jackson was joined by NAACP president and CEO Ben Jealous and Roy Innis, national chairman of the Congress of Racial Equality, in throwing their support behind Weinstein and the Lee Daniels-directed film. An appeal […]