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Lee Daniels Made 'Star' For 'White People To Feel Good About Being White'

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 01.06.2017 | Black Voices

Lee Daniels believes casting a white woman as the main character in his new series, “Star,” is going to help ease the racial tensions in America. ...

Lee Daniels: Actors Of Color Should ‘Stop Complaining And Do The Work’

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 12.30.2016 | Black Voices

Lee Daniels has some choice words for actors of color who seem to blame the system for a lack of roles. In an interview with The New York Times in pro...

Lee Daniels: I Wouldn't Be Where I Am If I Embraced Racism

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 12.07.2016 | Black Voices

On Tuesday’s episode of daytime talk show, “The Real,” Lee Daniels dished on creating his latest FOX musical drama, “Star.” The series, whic...

Napa Valley Film Festival 2016

Judy Chang | Posted 11.17.2016 | Entertainment
Judy Chang

The Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) celebrated its highly anticipated 6th anniversary on November 9-13. The gathering of film, food and wine at the...

The Past And Present Of Nate Parker

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 08.26.2016 | Arts
Richard J. Rosendall

Doesn't an African American artist deserve the same chance for rehabilitation that was extended to a white one? I have no easy solution, just questions and an old memory of vulnerability.

GLAAD Celebrity Activists Talk LGBT Equality and More (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 05.26.2016 | Queer Voices
Charlotte Robinson

I talked with celebrity activists and allies on the Red Carpet at the 27th GLAAD Media Awards in NYC.

First Trailer To Lee Daniels' New Fox Series, 'Star' | Brennan Williams | Posted 05.17.2016 | Black Voices

During today’s Fox Upfront, the network showcased a look at the new series from co-creator Lee Daniels, Star....

Director Lee Daniels Exits Weinstein's Richard Pryor Biopic

The Hollywood Reporter | Brennan Williams | Posted 05.09.2016 | Black Voices

The long-gestating movie about legendary comic Richard Pryor has lost its director....

Lee Daniels Settles Sean Penn Defamation Suit, Writes Apology Letter | Brennan Williams | Posted 05.05.2016 | Black Voices

Sean Penn has settled his defamation lawsuit against Lee Daniels, who wrote a public letter of apology to the actor after accusing him of hitting wome...

Lee Daniels Options Jesmyn Ward's Memoir 'Men We Reaped'

Entertainment Weekly | Taryn Finley | Posted 04.29.2016 | Black Voices

Empire executive producer Lee Daniels has optioned the film and television rights to Jesmyn Ward’s critically-acclaimed memoir, Men We Reaped....

Pearls of Wisdom from Bounce TV's 'Saints & Sinners' Star Jasmine Burke

Jasmine Brett Stringer | Posted 04.14.2016 | Black Voices
Jasmine Brett Stringer

Jasmine ventured into writing and producing because, like many, she was not pleased with the way Hollywood presents young people of color and believes that there is an opportunity to show them in a positive light.

Lee Daniels On Donald Trump: 'He's Coming In To Take Us Down'

The Hollywood Reporter | Brennan Williams | Posted 03.21.2016 | Black Voices

Empire co-creator Lee Daniels appears to think it's time for people to start taking Donald Trump seriously....

'Empire's' Lee Daniels Addresses Trai Byers Exit Rumors

The Hollywood Reporter | Brennan Williams | Posted 03.14.2016 | Black Voices

'Empire' co-creator Lee Daniels has never been known to mince words, and he did not disappoint Friday at PaleyFest....

Lee Daniels Credits Patti LaBelle For His Sobriety At BET Honors

USA Today | Brennan Williams | Posted 03.07.2016 | Black Voices

Lee Daniels left his heart on the Warner Theatre stage Saturday. While accepting the BET Honors' television and film award, Daniels gave an impassio...

On the "A" w/Souleo: Civil Rights Doc "Eyes On The Prize" Returns To TV With Fresh Perspective

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 02.03.2017 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

Growing up after the Civil Rights Movement removed executive producer of WORLD Channel, Chris Hastings, from any firsthand experiences of that era. Instead the bulk of his knowledge came from books and documentaries such as Eyes on the Prize. Hastings has now helped ensure the return of this documentary to television for a new generation.

Lee Daniels Directing Apollo Theater Documentary

Variety | Brennan Williams | Posted 01.29.2016 | Black Voices

Lee Daniels will direct the documentary feature film “The Apollo Theater Film Project,” an authorized history of New York’s famed venue....

'Project Greenlight' Breakout Effie Brown Joins Lee Daniels' Company

The Hollywood Reporter | Lilly Workneh | Posted 01.08.2016 | Black Voices

Effie Brown, the veteran indie producer of films like Dear White People who most recently served as a producer on HBO's Project Greenlight, has joined...

Madonna Denies That Sean Penn Ever Physically Assaulted Her

The Huffington Post | Lily Karlin | Posted 12.18.2015 | Entertainment

In an affidavit written for Sean Penn's lawsuit against "Empire" creator Lee Daniels, Madonna has denied that her ex-husband ever physically assaulted...

‘Empire’s Lee Daniels Hit With 'Weird' Residuals Lawsuit By SAG-AFTRA

Deadline | Brennan Williams | Posted 12.09.2015 | Black Voices

Just over a month after the Empire co-creator was honored by the SAG AFTRA Foundation, SAG-AFTRA sued Lee Daniels today in federal court in a six-year...

Lee Daniels On First Tasting Success And The Rise Of 'Empire'

The Huffington Post | James Thilman | Posted 01.03.2017 | Entertainment

A lack of formal training wasn’t enough to keep “Empire” co-creator Lee Daniels from succeeding in the film industry. "Because I hadn’t gone t...

Ken Jennings Tweets Insensitive Joke About 'Star Wars' Fan Who Just Died

The Huffington Post | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 11.10.2015 | Entertainment

Former "Jeopardy" star Ken Jennings has landed in hot water after yet another insensitive tweet. On Tuesday, Jennings tweeted, "It can't be a good si...

Sean Penn Seeks To Sanction Lee Daniels Over Tactics In Defamation Fight

The Hollywood Reporter | Brennan Williams | Posted 10.23.2015 | Black Voices

The legal dispute between Sean Penn and Empire co-creator Lee Daniels is turning on tactics quickly. In September, Penn filed a $10 million lawsuit ...

'Empire' Star Ta'Rhonda Jones Shares Advice She Gets From Taraji P. Henson

The Huffington Post | Ryan Buxton | Posted 10.07.2015 | Black Voices

Playing Porsha on Fox's breakout hit "Empire" is Ta'Rhonda Jones's first big acting role, but you'd never know it based on her standout performance as...

Nicole Kidman Gets Candid About Rough Love Scenes In Interview Mag

The Huffington Post | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 10.05.2015 | Entertainment

As the cover star for Interview's October 2015 issue, Nicole Kidman gets candid with Lee Daniels, the director of "Empire." The two friends, who work...

Ugh, Sean Penn Needs To Go Away

The Huffington Post | Lauren Duca | Posted 09.26.2015 | Entertainment

There are more than a few famous men who have (allegedly) beaten or raped women and have just kept on being famous. They try to bury their reportedly ...