Archive for the ‘Blacks in Hollywood’ Category

Music critics at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Conference are applauding G.O.O.D music label head Kanye West for his performance last night in Austin, TX, on the last night of the conference, with rapper Common and singer Erykah Badu. The three apparently brought down the house. Although the conference played host to over 1900 acts on […]


Check out the video if you like Kanye West and similar artists: Speak your peace.


Corneille Nyungura, known simply as Corneille, was born in Germany to Rwandan parents. He lost them in the genocide that took millions of lives in the 90s in Rwanda’s civil conflict. Now, he pours his heart, soul, and artistry into his unique R&B music and shares his gift with us. Be sure to check out his new […]


Released last week, Re:Generations features 13 of Nat King Cole’s classic songs — reimagined and remixed by The Roots, will.i.am, Brazilian Girls, Nas, Natalie Cole, TV On the Radio, and more. The album was executive-produced by the late singer’s daughter, Carole Cole, and Michaelangelo L’Acqua. Nat King Cole died one month before his 46th birthday in 1965. […]


Dancer and actress Altovise Joanne Gore Davis passed away Saturday in Los Angeles at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after suffering a stroke. She was 65. She is perhaps best known as the wife (#3) of renowned entertainer Sammy Davis, Jr. The couple, who adopted a son, had been married 20 years when he died of throat cancer […]


President Obama will appear on NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Thursday, March 19. It’s the first time in TV history that a sitting president has made an appearance on a late-night talk show. The president will discuss his economic plan, among other things. Good television. Speak your peace.


The 50-year-old King of Pop is scheduled to perform at London’s O2 arena beginning July 8 through February 2010. Although promoters are telling the press that the singer’s “this is it” concerts are sold out, tickets are still available, especially in the secondary market. Ticket prices, however, are all over the place — from $4,000/pair during the early […]


British actor Idris Elba, 36, will join the cast of NBC’s primetime comedy The Office next week as Michael Scott’s new boss. Michael Scott is portrayed by comic actor Steve Carell — the star of the show. The Office airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. (EDT). Look for Elba later this year in the movie Obsessed […]


CNN recently canceled D.L. Hughley Breaks the News and Comedy Central has done the same with Chocolate News, featuring veteran comedian David Alan Grier. Both shows premiered in October 2008. Supposedly, D.L. wanted to move the show to Los Angeles to be with his family, which CNN apparently wasn’t willing to accommodate. However, the cable network […]


Commenting on the situation, Oprah said, “Love doesn’t hurt…if a man hits you once, he will hit you again.” She also wants to dedicate a show to the “Rihannas of the world.” It doesn’t matter who started the fight. A man should never put his hands on a woman. The rest of us, however, should probably […]


Grammy-winning R&B artist Macy Gray recently recorded a new, self-financed album for which students in a UCLA Extension music business course will help her write the marketing plan to distribute and sell the record. Doors manager Jeffrey Jampol teaches the course for UCLA students and non-students. The cost is $595 for students. Gray won a Grammy […]


Veteran R&B singer Ginuwine (known to his mother as Elgin Baylor Lumpkin) is planning to release a new album, A Man’s Thoughts, this summer. The video for the first single, Last Chance, is being shot in Los Angeles and features native Chicagoan and actress Lisaraye McCoy-Misick as the singer’s love interest. Ginuwine is married to Tonya Lumpking, […]


  Michael Jackson’s company, MJJ Productions, filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court against Julien’s Auction House to stop the sell-off in April of millions of dollars of the history-making entertainer’s property from his Neverland Ranch, including the gates, bejeweled gloves, a lux cappuccino machine, and a stretch Rolls-Royce. The suit states the auction house […]


  Update (3/5/09 afternoon): Chris Brown was charged with two felonies today for allegedly beating and threatening girlfriend Rihanna on February 8. Brown, who will be arraigned today at 3:30 p.m., is facing “assault by means likely to create great bodily injury” and “criminal threats.” Evidence against him includes the offical police report filed by Rihanna the night of […]


Update (3/5/09): Michael Jackson announced today in London that he will perform for the last time in that city this summer at the O2 arena. Tickets go on sale March 13 for 10 performances, beginning July 8, and will cost $75 – $105. Visit http://www.michaeljacksonlive.com to purchase tickets. The  King of Pop will likely perform hits from his […]


Submission deadlines for the 2009 American Black Film Festival are fast approaching: March 13 for the Nickelodeon Script Writers Review; documentaries, March 17; short films, April 7; and narrative features, April 17. The four-day festival will again be held in Miami, FL, beginning June 24. The host hotel is the Ritz-Carlton and films will be screened […]


Why We Laugh

04Mar09

Check out these clips from the ’09 Sundance documentary submission, Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy, directed by Robert Townsend. The film explores the history and evolution of our brand of funny. The documentary is based on the book, Black Comedians on Black Comedy: How African-Americans Taught Us to Laugh by comic Darryl Littleton. Chuckle.


Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail has earned $64.9 million in just 10 days, since its release, and took the #1 spot at the box office for the 2nd weekend in a row, beating Disney’s Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience. Madea’s estimated box-office take for the 2/27-3/1/09 weekend dropped 60% to $16.5 million from $41.1 million opening […]


  Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry is set to star in Who Is Doris Payne, based on the true story of an international jewel thief who staged heists for over 50 years. The script was written by Eunetta T. Boone, whose credits include TV sitcoms One on One, My Wife & Kids, The Hughleys, Living Single, and […]


TransAfrica Forum will host the 5th annual New African Films Festival in downtown Silver Spring, MD, March 19 – 25, 2009. This year features a selection of classic African  films with timeless themes. Worth checking out. Founded in 1977, TransAfrica Forum is an “African American human rights and social justice advocacy organization promoting diversity and […]