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Bill Cosby, Eddie Murphy and My Dad: Not So Black & White

Neal Wooten | Posted 02.26.2015 | Entertainment
Neal Wooten

The year 1983 was a great year in my life. I graduated high school, bought my first car, and Eddie Murphy came out with Delirious. A classmate loaned me the tape one day and explained that Murphy was very funny.

My Conversation With Mike Epps on Playing Richard Pryor

Tavis Smiley | Posted 02.25.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Tonight I'm joined by actor and comedian Mike Epps. It was recently announced that Mike will play legendary comedian Richard Pryor in an upcoming biopic, to be directed by Lee Daniels. In this clip Mike shares his thoughts on portraying such an iconic figure and gives us a small taste of what to expect from his performance.

Watch Lost Audition Footage Of Marlon Wayans As Richard Pryor

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 02.24.2015 | Entertainment

Last summer, Mike Epps was cast to play Richard Pryor in a film about the iconic late comedian from director Lee Daniels. But back in 2009, Marlon Way...

Schools Should Show 'Selma'!

Lonna Saunders | Posted 03.21.2015 | Chicago
Lonna Saunders

It's oft been said that those who don't learn from history, are doomed to repeat it. But you need to know what your history is before you can learn from it. Selma DVDs in every classroom is a start.

Richard Pryor Haunts Top Five

Andy Hoglund | Posted 02.16.2015 | Entertainment
Andy Hoglund

Pryor's legacy -- his brilliance, his contradictions and ultimate tragedy -- lingers in the shadows of Chris Rock's Top Five. He is referenced outright by Rock's character Andre Allen during a conversation about comedy's greats. But the allusions to Pryor go deeper.

How Richard Pryor Invented The Edgy Comic Style That Branded Him An Artist

The Daily Beast | David Yaffe | Posted 12.15.2014 | Black Voices

Biographer Scott Saul talks about spending 8 years studying Pryor and why he never got bored, why Pryor is still electrifying, and what he would have ...

Inside The Complex Relationship Between Bill Cosby And Richard Pryor

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 09.24.2014 | Black Voices

Bill Cosby and Richard Pryor are two of the most important voices in modern comedy who also ended up as great friends, but they had a complicated rela...

Who Should Play Richard Pryor?

Deadline Hollywood | Posted 08.12.2014 | Black Voices

EXCLUSIVE: After blowing away everybody with his audition, actor-comic Mike Epps has emerged as the front-runner to star as Richard Pryor in the biopi...

Robin Williams: An Agent of Change on Many Levels

Greg Archer | Posted 10.12.2014 | Entertainment
Greg Archer

Few artistic beasts were able to grab lightening, stuff it into a bottle, break the bottle open and then wrestle with the lightning before swallowing it whole and leaping back onto his feet for another comedic feat. That was Williams. On the outside.

Searching for Richard Pryor

Jamie Masada | Posted 09.17.2014 | Celebrity
Jamie Masada

As great as he was on stage, his offstage actions made a believer of a teenager who was celebrating his first night as a comedy club owner back in 1979. It was a first encounter I will never forget.

This Is What Richard Pryor's Son Thinks About Nick Cannon Being Cast In His Father's Biopic

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 07.23.2014 | Black Voices

Nina Simone's, Whitney Houston's and Aaliyah's biopics aren't the only films to stir up family drama and casting controversies. Richard Pryor's can no...

LOOK: Iconic Black Trailblazers Side By Side

The Huffington Post | Danielle Cadet | Posted 02.28.2014 | Black Voices

Black history is not stagnant. It continues to progress every day, as the trailblazers of the past pave the way for newcomers who continue to carry th...

More Than a Compelling Journey Around New York City

Susan Sacirbey | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Susan Sacirbey

Having a family member stricken with the disease can be a catalyst for activism on political, human rights, medical, and educational levels.

Richard Pryor, Furious Cool, and an Early Thanksgiving

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

In what is clearly (and beautifully) a labor of love, brothers David Henry and Joe Henry have brought Richard Pryor back to pulsating life, affirming ...

The Genius And Emptiness Of Richard Pryor

Posted 11.06.2013 | Black Voices

“Is stand-up comedy literature?" David Henry and Joe Henry, a fraternal author team, ask this as Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World That Made...

The Many Faces of Harry Lennix

Xaque Gruber | Posted 09.29.2013 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

Harry Lennix is an actor's actor, and 2013 is proving to be a banner year with a string of starring roles including NBC's highly anticipated new series The Blacklist alongside James Spader.

DVDs: Richard Pryor, Bill Cosby, Paul McCartney and More!

Michael Giltz | Posted 08.25.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Richard Pryor made some great movies. But he also made a lot of crappy ones, especially later on in his career. So it's good to have this boxed set putting the spotlight back on what he did best: stand-up.

How Bad Was 'Superman III'?

Mike Ryan | Posted 08.10.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ryan

To mark the release of this weekend's Man of Steel -- and against my better judgment -- I decided to re-watch Superman III for the first time since 1983 and hopefully not destroy a little piece of my childhood in the process. Along the way, I've committed to keeping a running diary. So here we go. (Sorry, childhood memories.)

Are You Ready For 'Richard Pryor Radio'?

Posted 06.11.2013 | Black Voices

This weekend, Sirius XM Radio will honor legendary comedian Richard Pryor during a special three-day programming block dubbed, “Richard Pryor Radio....

LISTEN: Previously Unheard Richard Pryor

Posted 03.27.2013 | Comedy

The AV Club reports news that should excite Richard Pryor fans: The legendary comic's work will be documented in an extensive box set entitled "No Pry...

The Seinfelding of Comedy: In Defense of Seth MacFarlane

Andy Ostroy | Posted 04.28.2013 | Entertainment
Andy Ostroy

It's a bit absurd to hire Seth MacFarlane, watch Seth MacFarlane, and then be offended because he's, well, being Seth MacFarlane.

Weeds Creator Developing New Series for Netflix (WATCH)

Shira Lazar | Posted 04.26.2013 | TV
Shira Lazar

Actor Romany Malco from Weeds, 40 Year-Old Virgin, and Think Like A Man talks black movies, making money on YouTube, Tijuana Jackson, and growing up in a bad part of town.

Comic LilRel Howery Performs, Talks Chicago, In Living Color

Mark Bazer | Posted 02.17.2013 | Comedy
Mark Bazer

LilRel Howery, one of the funniest comedians in Chicago, or, hell, anywhere, performs a short set and then talks with The Interview Show host Mark Bazer at The Hideout. (Nov. 2, 2012)

New York Theater: Rock Wilk Workshops His Story With New York City

Lisa Bernier | Posted 02.12.2013 | New York
Lisa Bernier

Some people workshop shows in theaters or classes. Others use writer groups or showcases. Musician-poet turned playwright Rock Wilk used the City of New York.

Happy Birthday, Richard Pryor!

The Huffington Post | Christine Friar | Posted 01.31.2013 | Comedy

Legendary comedian Richard Pryor would have been 72 years old today, and to celebrate his legacy we've rounded up 25 of our favorite reasons to love h...