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Robert Townsend

[Interview] Robert Townsend Stays in the Shuffle | Posted 02.12.2017 | Black Voices

Robert Townsend is not the brash young upstart he once was in the 1980s. After a four-decade stage, film and television career that includes the indie hit Hollywood Shuffle, the affable multi-hyphenate stays busier than ever.

Entourage or Why Simone de Beauvoir Is Spinning in Her Grave

Brandon Judell | Posted 06.08.2016 | Entertainment
Brandon Judell

This expansion of the HBO TV series appears to have been conceived by a gaggle of misogynistic, beer-chugging adolescent virgins who brag about getting laid, but the closest they've ever gotten is a Playboy centerfold.

'Top Five': Woody and Robert and Chris, Oh My

Jon Eig | Posted 02.17.2015 | Entertainment
Jon Eig

Chris Rock has a lot to say about race and humor and culture, and about where an artist fits into that discussion. Especially a black artist. It's hard to think about anyone better suited to talk about that right now.

There Are Too Damn Many Movies

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.18.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Here's the most important thing: The majority of them aren't worth seeing or reviewing. There used to be filters for this kind of thing. They were called film festivals.

Thomas, Townsend, and Sharpton Use Entertainment and Film to Combat Youth Violence

Marcus Bright | Posted 01.20.2013 | Black Voices
Marcus Bright

Isaiah Thomas and filmmaker Robert Townsend have launched a community film initiative that promotes non-violence -- Playin' For Love centers around the relationship between a high school basketball coach and his players.

Movie Makers and Story Tellers Take Over Miami

Myrdith Leon Mccormack | Posted 09.01.2012 | Black Voices
Myrdith Leon Mccormack

From June 20th to the 23rd, my goal was to learn as much about the film industry as possible; to see it through the eyes of the artists, hear it in their voices, see their visions on the big screen, and to gauge the audiences reaction.

The Complexities, Realities and Mysteries of Relationships: This Artweek.LA (November 21, 2011)

Bill Bush | Posted 01.23.2012 | Arts
Bill Bush


Black Filmmakers: Through The Years

Posted 10.03.2011 | Black Voices

Throughout the storied history of American movies, there have been quite a few black filmmakers that have shaped society through their art and left an...

Hollywood, the Internet and the Poor: No Disconnect Necessary

Robert Townsend | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Robert Townsend

Today, the entertainment industry is largely overlooking the most powerful distribution vehicle available: the Internet.

Do We Need a National Black Arts Festival?

Kristi York Wooten | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Kristi York Wooten

The National Black Arts Festival exists to honor, to remember, to look forward, and to celebrate the cultural contributions of all people of African descent -- here and now.