Diversity, diversity, diversity and its sister word—inclusion—have become new buzz words used (so often) to announce that the entertainment industry is making needed changes in their white-as-usual programming in television and film.
Is “Spider-Man: Far From Home” worth your hard-earned money? Yes, yes it is. You might even kick yourself (hard) that you didn’t spring for that big box of popcorn.
It’s 2019 and John Shaft has taken up residence inside the historic building that’s owned by the New York Amsterdam News—can you dig it?
It’s all about the bass and in the Tony-nominated (12 nominations) musical “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg—The Life and Times of the Temptations” the person in charge of bringing the bass is Jawan M. Jackson.
The Queen Sugar Season 4 press luncheon, with Rutina Wesley (Nova), Dawn-Lyen Gardner (Charley) and Kofi Siriboe (Ralph Angel), provided details about season four “Queen Sugar” presented by OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network.
Jessie T. Usher plays J.J., aka John Shaft Jr., a cybersecurity expert with a degree from MIT.
Oscars 2019, it was a star-studded list of presenters will take the stage, Dana Carvey, including Mike Myers, Chef José Andrés, Queen Latifah, Congressman John Lewis, Diego Luna, Tom Morello, Trevor Noah, Amandla Stenberg, Barbra Streisand, and Serena Williams introducing the nominees
Liesl Tommy, the first Black woman to earn a Tony Award nomination, is set to direct “Respect” under Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures, the feature film based on the life of music icon Aretha Franklin.
Date night in New York City can take any direction, but there is a new way to combine dinner, drinks and a movie in the city that will impress across the board.
Directed by Rob Marshall, this musical is a festive, feel-good film from frame to frame, complete with cobblestone streets of London and smooth dance numbers.
Robert Townsend the actor, comedian, writer and director is a legend. His work in the early ’90s opened the door for Black filmmakers, then and now. He let Hollywood know his tone of funny when he created the classic comedy “Hollywood Shuffle” (1987) and “Eddie Murphy Raw” (1987). That’s just a few examples of his work.
The subject that is explored in the new film “Green Book” (which is the Green Book) is registering as a surprise to a lot of non-Black theatergoers, but for our community, it’s something that was (usually) shared by the older generation in an effort to keep the listeners safe.
Author J.K. Rowling was a single mother living on England’s version of public assistance, rejected by every major publishing company in the world and nearly at the end of her proverbial...
Steve McQueen’s powerful heist movie gives Viola Davis a strong role as a crime widow who is forced to command an operation. It’s life or death.
Cuba Gooding Jr. has a larger-than-life personality, so it’s not a stretch that he was cast as Billy Flynn, the smooth-talking lawyer in the prohibition-era musical, “Chicago,” with music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and book by Ebb and Bob Fosse.
Dance, it’s said, is the hidden language of the soul. Celebrating the pure joy of it, the Joyce Theater will debut James Whiteside’s newest work, “The Tenant.” Considered ballet’s most daring principal artist and known for his theatrical and technical versatility, Whiteside created his newest work from the novel by Roland Topor.
On a muggy day that felt more like August than October, Oscar winner Barry Jenkins took to the stage for New York Film Festival’s free talk to give details about his highly anticipated film, “If Beale Street Could Talk,” based on James Baldwin’s novel of the same name. The film was screening at the 2018 NYFF, with its world premiere in Harlem at the famed Apollo Theater.
One of Harlem’s most beloved sons, James Baldwin, I think, would approve of the film adaption of his 1974 novel “If Beale Street Could Talk” that “Moonlight” writer-director Barry Jenkins has lovingly crafted.
Here’s the good news: the success of “Night School” by director Malcolm D. Lee does not live or die by the whim of any critic because Lee understands what’s funny to the collective “us” and by “us” I mean folks, and by “folks” I mean Black folks.
“Nappily Ever After,” the new romantic comedy produced by Tracey Bing and based on the novel of the same name by Trisha R. Thomas is now playing on Netflix.
In the old days, before Spike Lee was a legend—when he first stepped out with “She’s Gotta Have It,” in 1986, the Hollywood system didn’t think very much of Mr. Lee or anyone who looked like him.
Great artists have combined their efforts to call attention to the growing feeling (hallejah!) of resistance, and you are free to join the Public Theater (Artistic Director Oskar Eustis, Executive Director Patrick Willingham) and the Resistance Revival Chorus, Monday, Aug. 13, at 8 p.m.
The uber bright executives at Disney know how to please kids, and in the new family comedy “Christopher Robin,” directed by Marc Forster, they have collaborated beautifully to make a great kids’ film that is perfectly suited for adults.
There is so much to love about actress Judy Reyes, and frankly it’s a challenge to condense those attributes into a bite-sized article.
I have great respect for the comedienne turned actress turned producer, Sheri Shepherd. No one can argue that, at this point in her career, she is a well-loved and seasoned veteran in the world of stand-up comedy and television.
There are a few sure things in life, and a lot of those actually come from the world of Disney. It’s the summer holiday season and if you are like most New Yorkers, you have a slew of visitors clamoring to stay at your apartment to save on those hefty hotel prices.
“Ant-Man and the Wasp” is surreal fun.
“Sorry to Bother You” is written and directed by Boots Riley.
Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal’s “Blindspotting,” directed by Carlos Lopez Estrada, blends comedy with drama, adding a hip-hop flavor.
One of the central and unexpected characters in Donja R. Love’s “Sugar in Our Wounds”—directed by Saheem Ali—is a mystical tree with roots that are buried deep into the Southern soil.
Fashion designer Joseph Altuzarra walked actress Indya Moore, from the upcoming show “Pose,” down the Tony carpet.
“Solo: A Star Wars Story,” directed by Ron Howard after directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller departed several months into the shooting, is a Ron Howard film, except with African-American characters, courtesy of the original Lucasfilm, which chose to be inclusive long before the entire galaxy knew the terms “hashtag” and “diversity”—So thank you, Mr. George Lucas.
Ronke Adekoluejo joins Stephen Rea in “Cyprus Avenue,” which begins previews Saturday, June 2, at The Public Theater. The new play is written by David Ireland and directed by Royal Court Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone. Rea last performed at The Public in 2008 in Sam Shepard’s “Kicking a Dead Horse.”
Festival celebrates filmmakers who represent the present and anticipate the future of cinema, showcasing the daring artists whose work pushes the envelope in unexpected ways.
Our team was invited to cover Oscar’s 90th celebration with host Jimmy Kimmel whose hilarious performance had the assembled press laughing throughout the evening.
Our team was invited to cover Oscar’s 90th celebration with host Jimmy Kimmel, whose hilarious performance had the assembled press laughing throughout the evening.
“Black Panther” costume designer Ruth E. Carter found Douriean. As the costume designer on the groundbreaking “Black Panther” movie, directed by Ryan Coogler, Carter’s already legendary status might reach another level altogether.
Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther,” is the story of T’Challa, a young African prince who takes on the mantle of king and superhero, and the centuries-old legacy that comes with it.
Leonard James III has a voice that is as comforting as running water. It’s low, resonating, authoritative—and it lingers in the mind.
While covering the Oscars on behalf of the New York Amsterdam News, I asked John Legend what he loved about being a “storyteller” after he, and Common, won for Best Song, “Glory,” from the film “Selma,” which chronicled the 1965 civil rights march in Selma, Ala.
One of the best holiday gifts could be a weekend getaway at one of the best bed-and-breakfasts in the city, which is owned by an African-American family.
What is a non-actor? It’s a question that’s being asked and answered by The Film Society of Lincoln Center in their brand-new series, beginning Nov. 24.
New York City is my home and has been since the 80s.
My Google calendar gave me an alert that my presence was expected at the Viceroy Hotel. I was scheduled to interview iconic comedic actor Tommy Davidson—of “In Living Color” fame—about season two of his new show, ABC’s “Vacation Creation,” which premieres Sept. 30.
Thurgood Marshall said it elegantly and honestly when he said that “sometimes history takes things into its own hands.” The more brutal assessment is that history is told by the victors, not the victims, so the truth is rarely part of what really happened, and therefore history is flimsy and, mostly, false.
Dreams of being a famous ballet dancer dressed in bright pink tutus and a life filled with dazzling pirouettes, all viewed under the spotlights is what makes this sweet new animated story “Leap!” such a charming cinematic family viewing experience.
Tabay Atkins is the youngest certified yoga teacher in America and he’s been practicing yoga since he was just 6 years old.
Aug. 4, the nation will get another major wake-up call about our lack of civil rights in American in the form of the new movie “Detroit,” directed by Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow, who is best known for her visceral and hard-hitting work in “The Hurt Locker” and “Zero Dark Thirty.”
Allen Hughes has made a lasting imprint in the documentary world with HBO’s “The Defiant Ones.”
I’m confident that the minions would gleefully follow Chris Meledandri, Janet Healy and Chris Renaud anywhere this dazzlingly creative group would go!