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Forest Whitaker Hazing Film Could Bring HBCU Stereotype Threat to Theater Near You

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 08.04.2014 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

Some will say that Whitaker's take on HBCU hazing will come from a place of education; from a desire to see young African-American scholars do better in their efforts to build brotherhood and networking through pledging. But education and nurturing have nothing to do with it.

'Ernest & Celestine' Is A Delight

AP | JAKE COYLE | Posted 03.12.2014 | Entertainment

The delicate and lovingly hand-made "Ernest & Celestine" captures the whimsy and warmth of a dearly felt children's picture book like few movies befor...

Forest Whitaker Speaks Out On His Oscars Snub

AP | JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr. | Posted 02.26.2014 | Entertainment

Forest Whitaker isn't much bothered by being one of the season's biggest Oscar snubs. Although he's won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe, it's alw...

Focus on Women Leaders: Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe and Athena Film Festival

Regina Weinreich | Posted 04.08.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Forest Whitaker takes her calls. Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe so epitomizes the strength of simplicity, the Oscar winning star of Last King of Scotland-- ...

WATCH: Forest Whitaker Comments On Oscar Snub

Posted 02.10.2014 | Black Voices

For this year’s 86th annual Academy Awards , nominations have been doled out to the “12 Years A Slave” director, Steve McQueen, and cast members...

The Top 15 Black Entertainment News Stories Of 2013

Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices

There's no doubt that 2013 had its share of exciting and heartbreaking entertainment news. From the good news like Cicely Tyson winning her first Tony...

Best Films of 2013 -- Black Talent Thrives

Dwight Brown | Posted 02.10.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

In a banner year for filmmaking, black films, filmmakers, screenwriters and actors thrived.

Out Of The Furnace: A Fiery Thriller

Corinna Clendenen | Posted 02.05.2014 | Entertainment
Corinna Clendenen

This raw, unrelieved portrayal of the underbelly of America is not an easy picture to take, but has an authentic if harrowing Appalachian ring. No spring in sight here (except perhaps at Oscar night).

Race Matters at the Gotham Awards

Regina Weinreich | Posted 02.03.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Lee Daniels, always a provocateur, addressed the huge crowd at Cipriani Wall Street at this week's Gotham Awards with a confession: he hates white peo...

The Year's Best Celebrity Mixer

Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment

The 2013 Gotham Awards were held in New York on Monday night, marking the official kickoff of Hollywood's marathon awards season (which had its unoffi...

Casey Affleck Explores the Explorers Club

Regina Weinreich | Posted 02.01.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Casey Affleck has a youthful intensity: he's too vulnerable to go to the deadly places he explores as a fighter to prove himself in the testosterone f...

Review: Black Nativity

Dwight Brown | Posted 01.25.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

The blend of pop, soul and gospel is absolutely enchanting and will make the film's soundtrack a holiday classic.

My Conversation With Mary J. Blige

Tavis Smiley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Tavis Smiley

In addition to providing insight into the creation of her first holiday CD, "A Mary Christmas," which also marks her first collaboration with legendary producer David Foster, she talks about the trajectory of her 21-year career.

Forest Whitaker Rejects Obama Role

Posted 11.12.2013 | Entertainment

In an interview with The Independent, Forest Whitaker said that he was once offered the chance to play Barack Obama on film, but turned down the oppor...

Hollywood's 'Race Problem' Is Worse Than You Think

Kia Makarechi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Kia Makarechi

In bleak situations, incremental improvements can be mistaken for evolution. So it goes with Hollywood's consistent inability to include actors of color.

One Of These 16 Men Will (Almost Definitely) Win Best Actor

Mike Hogan | Posted 11.16.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Hogan

Hey Chris, you're the one who suggested devoting this week's FYC column to the bloated ranks of Best Actor contenders for next year's Oscars. Counting them up, we have no fewer than 16 possible nominees. So instead of our usual back-and-forth, I thought it might be fun to lay down racetrack odds on each actors' chances of making it to the Final Five. Let the games begin?

Can Hollywood Push Movie Discussions Beyond Race?

Neil Parmar | Posted 11.10.2013 | Entertainment
Neil Parmar

Even when asked, not all actors and directors at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) are engaging with reporters on questions about red carpet designer wear or what their shots are at getting an Oscar nod.

Oprah Celebrates 'Butler' Success

AP | LYNN ELBER | Posted 10.23.2013 | Black Voices

LOS ANGELES -- When "Beloved" starring Oprah Winfrey fell flat at the box office in 1998, Winfrey drowned her sorrows in macaroni and cheese. She fou...

'Why Can't You Make Movies Like Tyler Perry?'

Posted 08.26.2013 | Black Voices

“Lee Daniels’ The Butler” journey to the top of the Box Office was a hard fought battle, according to the director. In addition to seeking 4...

How (Not) to Bow: Lee Daniels' The Butler

Saladin Ambar | Posted 10.21.2013 | Black Voices
Saladin Ambar

Lee Daniels' The Butler works in the same way this year's Jackie Robinson film and Steven Spielberg's Lincoln work. They are sort of cinematic versions of Norman Rockwell's art.

The Butler's Whitaker/Winfrey, Next Chapter of Bogart/Bacall? Holding Back the Tears

Lonna Saunders | Posted 10.21.2013 | Chicago
Lonna Saunders

What makes Lee Daniels' films so darn good? The brilliant casting and textured layering through and through. Knowing how to weave history with entertainment with moral message.

Popcorn Preview: Lee Daniels' The Butler

Leslie Sisman | Posted 10.21.2013 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Film: Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) Cast includes: Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland), David Banner (Street Kings), Mariah Carey (You Don't ...

How The Black Church Contributed To America's #1 Film?

Posted 08.23.2013 | Black Voices

Lee Daniels has once again defied the odds and critics with the success of his latest film “The Butler.” The Weinstein Co. distributed motion pic...

THE FRONT-RUNNER (By Default)

Mike Hogan | Posted 10.19.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Hogan

So, what can we expect from "Lee Daniels' The Butler"? Nothing, I guess, but for the sake of some dog-days chatter let's start here: nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor (Forest Whitaker), Best Supporting Actress (Oprah Winfrey), Best Costumes and Best Makeup all seem possible, with Danny Strong certainly on the list for Best Original Screenplay.

Movie Review: Lee Daniels' The Butler

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.13.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I walked away from Daniels' film deeply moved. As obvious as this film can be in its messages -- bigotry and racism: bad -- it still touches on moments of history from the recent past that need to be recalled, over and over.