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Danai P. Maraire
Danai P. Maraire is a freelance entertainment reporter, producer, blogger and correspondent living and working out of Los Angeles. She’s been covering all things entertainment for the past eight years and has great relationships in Hollywood with the studios, networks, record labels and talent.

She started off at E! Entertainment Television as an associate producer in the Original Specials department. She then moved onto BET as a west coast producer of their Entertainment News Magazine show "The Black Carpet" for its duration. During that time, Danai also produced multiple episodes of the behind-the-scenes making of the video program "Access Granted." Talent featured in her episodes include: Snoop Dogg, Neyo, Keyshia Cole, Jennifer Hudson, Robin Thicke, Mary J Blige and more. She’s covered red carpets, videos, concerts, one-on-one interviews, movie junkets, premieres, TV & Film set visits and so much more.

Danai is currently working on her first feature Documentary entitled “Sitting At The Feet Of.”
She also owns and operates the online blog:

Entries by Danai P. Maraire

Octavia Spencer and 'Insurgent' Cast Prove There's No Such Thing as an Overnight Success!

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2015 | 3:58 PM

"It took me fifteen years to become an overnight success. But I was already successful with that first yes... Understand?" - Octavia Spencer

Octavia Spencer is one of the cast members of the new film Insurgent, the latest offering of the three-part Divergent series based off of the world-wide best...

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Terrence Howard Talks New FOX Series Empire

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 1:56 PM

Lee Daniels and Brian Grazier's new offering Empire, a television drama dealing with a hip hop family dynasty, stars Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson as an embittered and formerly married couple vying for the control of a thriving music corporation. Empire somehow seems better placed on Starz or HBO,...

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Real Husbnds of Hollywood Debuts Fall Season Finale

(1) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 7:14 AM

The Fall finales of many of our favorite shows are taking place this week. BET's Real Husbands of Hollywood is no exception. I was recently invited to the set to interview its stars Kevin Hart, Duane Martina and guest star Nene Leakes to give us their take on their on...

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Interstellar's David Gyasi Goes One on One

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 9:46 AM

Interstellar is one of the most highly anticipated films of the coming season and perhaps the first Oscar notable of its kind. A big budget blockbuster helmed by director Christopher Nolan known for films like The Dark Knight and Inception. Interstellar opens this weekend and features an A-List cast including...

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James Franco & Seth Rogan Talk Holiday Film "The Interview"

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 4:15 PM

The upcoming movie, The Interview, centers around Dave Skylark (an on air talent) and Aaron Rapoport (his producer) who run the highly popular television show known as "Skylark Tonight." The two discover the global reach of their show after North Korea's Kim Jong-un turns out to be a huge fan....

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Denzel Washington Addresses Early Oscar Buzz for The Equalizer

(1) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 4:34 PM

Denzel Washington and Antwon Fuqua pair up for the first time since their 2001 Training Day Oscar win. Washington, the two-time gold statue winner, took home an academy award at the start of the millennium playing an under handed, narcotics officer and rogue detective -- aka bad guy, vying for...

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Sitting at the Feet of Jill Scott

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 3:29 PM

I'm a thirty-something with thirty-something angst. And I am walking through this world surrounded by wisdom, yet I still have so many questions. I decided to check in with women across the globe in multiple areas of interest and expertise to find out how they are walking and navigating. This...

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Why Think Like A Man Too Is Headed for Number One

(2) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 10:36 AM

With Think Like A Man Too hitting theaters nationonwide Friday, predictions for the film are floating everywhere. The widely accepted notion is that Too is slated to hit #1 this weekend in lieu of Clint Eastwood's Jersey Boys.

However, that view is not completely based off of box office for...

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Warning: If You Plan to See How To Train Your Dragon 2, Prepare to Cry

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 12:22 PM

What a difference five years makes! In the opening scene of How to Train Your Dragon 2 we find a few familiar faces blazing through the sky in an exhilarating dragon race, and a lot of big changes in the land of Berk. As the dragon racers fly by, the...

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Best-Selling Author Earns Partnership With Steve Harvey

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 3:37 PM

Six-time New York Times bestselling author Lisa Nichols has a new project up her sleeve.

Nichols has announced her new multi-year partnership with the Steve Harvey companies.

Nichols is the CEO and founder of the multi-million dollar company Motivating the Masses, which provides business coaching and professional and management development...

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#YesAllWomen -- Can a Hashtag Change the Way We Think?

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 10:25 AM

This weekend, I was overcome with emotion while reading through a popular twitter hashtag, #YesAllWomen. It caught my eye on Saturday afternoon and quickly drew me away from the other story fighting for worldwide trending status -- Kimye's wedding. Needless to say, I was easily redirected.

I began scrolling through...

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Why You Should See From the Rough

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 5:36 PM

My fellow Virgo and Howard University Alum, Taraji P. Henson, sat down with me last week to have an early morning breakfast and a chat about her new film. Over eggs, bacon and coffee, we discussed (no kidding) the night before's airing of an episode of the Real Housewives of...

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Divergent Stars Hit the Red Carpet for Highly Anticipated Hollywood Premiere

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 4:04 PM

Divergent hits theaters this weekend as one of the most highly anticipated films of the spring and targeting a largely tween audience. Based on the best selling novel trilogy by Veronica Roth, who authored the books while still an undergraduate student at Northwestern University, the film is already being compared...

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The Haunted Hathaways Star Benjamin 'Lil P-Nut' Flores Jr. Receives News of 'Favorite TV Actor' KCA's Nomination

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 9:50 AM

The 27th Annual Kids Choice Awards is headed back to Los Angeles March 29th, with Oscar and Golden Globe nominated actor/producer Mark Wahlberg taking over as this year's host. The eminent slime-tastic night will return to USC's Galen Center and celebrate favorites across the worlds of film, television, music and...

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Ernie Hudson talks The Haunted Hathaways and Ghost Busters

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 2:36 PM

This summer I was invited to the set of a new Nickelodeon TV show called The Haunted Hathaways. On a very hot weekday I schlepped from the valley to Paramount Studios where I sat down with veteran actor Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters, Hand that Rocks the Cradle, Miss Congeniality, The Crow, etc.) to discuss...

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Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2: My One-on-One with Terry Crews

(0) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 3:53 PM

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 hits theaters this weekend and while the story highlights the importance of friendship, loyalty and teamwork, the real stars of the film are the food animals that come to life!

I sat down with one of the stars of the film, Terry Crews to discuss his role in the new animated film, which if you don't mind my saying so, is not a bad job if you can get it.

Terry Crews, a man who grew up in Flint Michigan and had to fight his way into school, who admits to slamming people into concrete sidewalks and getting away with it, now plays a character he describes as the "manliest man ever animated." And while one might think the similarities between Crews and his character stop there, on the contrary, Crews describes "Earl" is being so manly, "that he almost comes full circle feminine." A trait Terry understands after a lifetime exploring the heights of masculinity and realizing that in order to get along with his wife of 26 years and to properly raise a family including four daughters, he had to find a balance.

Cloudy 2 was an animated feature three years in the making. Crews spoke with me about the road leading up to what many describe as the "easiest job in show biz," playing the character "Earl" in the film. While his co-star and newly minted Emmy host Neil Patrick Harris, may have a point about the ease of walking into a booth and taking on varied voice tones to describe banana's, [See the footage from the LA premiere below] the road to that highly sought after voice over booth is where one's chops are made:


Everyone says animation is cool because you go in, say your lines and you go home. You don't have to wear make up or anything. But here is the thing, in order to get to the place where you are "that guy," you have to have a full career.

Terry's career in particular is one filled with many roles, both small and large, in a wide array of film and television offerings. To earn the role in Cloudy 2, let's just say the man's resume reads like one, any choice of a who's who of veteran actors, would rightfully envy. Who would have thought that a man with NFL roots, who once dreamed of being an animator himself, would now boast the credits he's come to be known for.

Among them: The Longest Yard, My Wife and Kids, CSI Miami, Arrested Development, Deliver Us From Eva, Friday After Next, Training Day and one of my favorite new shows of the year, Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom" (which, won Jeff Daniel's his first leading man Emmy, Sunday night, though I digress.). With six credits currently in production or post production, Crews shows no signs of slowing down and I for one couldn't be happier for him. He's the nicest guy.

But maybe the biggest pay off was watching the film with his young son and coming away with an altogether different experience:

One thing that I love about officer Earl is his relationship with his son Cal. It is an awesome thing. When my son and I left the movie he looked at me and said, "Dad you're Earl and I am Cal..." He was only 6 years old at the time. And the fact that he had seen an African American animated, that loved his family and his little boy, to see yourself like that, is almost like having a black president. It is the same feeling like, "wow a black man and his son went to the movies and saw themselves in it.. and it was animated at that." So that let me know it was special.

Terry also stars in the highly anticipated new NBC comedy Brooklyn Nine along with Cloudy 2 co-star Andy Samberg. So the two of them will be seeing a lot more of one another through out the season.


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ICON MANN Honors Black Men in Hollywood During Emmy Weekend!

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 8:30 AM

In a weekend where television heavyweights were celebrated throughout Hollywood, one event stood out for its choice of honorees. ICON MANN, the brainchild of CEO and founder Tamara Houston, celebrated black men of influence in Hollywood on Friday night at the Peninsula Hotel during a pre-Emmy dinner.

The evening featured...

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Art Can Heal If We Let It: The Fruitvale Station Trayvon Martin Connection

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2013 | 8:32 AM

The new film Fruitvale Station tells the true story of Oscar Grant, a young man from Oakland California who was shot and killed on the subway platform of a BART train while on his way home from a party New Year's Eve. The event was captured by numerous bystanders on...

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New BET Series Being Mary Jane Addresses Black Female Singlehood

(7) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 12:19 PM

BET's original film Being Mary Jane, which premiered on July 2nd, opens with this quote: "42 percent of African-American women have never been married... This is one black woman's story not meant to represent all black women."

The drama tells the story of Mary Jane, who is...

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10 Reasons to Go See The Hangover

(1) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 8:31 AM

The third and final installment of the popular Hangover movies hit theaters this weekend and all the usual suspects are present and accounted for: Bradley Cooper as Phil, Zach Galifianakis as Alan and Ed Helms as Stu join Ken Jeong as Mr. Chow, along with a few new faces, though...

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