“The Nicholas Brothers defied gravity, they hung in the air and stayed there for a long time. I saw this with my own eyes.”
The 20th annual Urbanworld Film Festival (www.urbanworld.org), presented by Revolt with founding sponsor HBO, is one of the largest competitive film festivals and is designed to advance the presence and impact of diverse content creators.
The Grill On The Hill, located at 1624 Amsterdam Ave. (646-838-8879), is a lot like “Cheers” but with African-Americans, Latinos and a vibrant rainbow tribe.
“Nine Lives,” the animated comedy starring Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Garner and Christopher Walken, did the impossible. This jumble of a film made cats not cute.
The first thing that hits you about Harry Lennix is the booming sound of his voice. It’s deep and comforting and sounds like God but not the “fire, hail, brimstone, hell bound” version of God.
Sydney James Harcourt is now in the role of Aaron Burr, which is the very same role that earned Leslie Odom Jr. a Tony—this year—and Harcourt is brilliant as Burr.
Time stops for no one, even in space. In reviewing the Captain’s Log, with a birthday approaching, Captain James Tiberius Kirk, finds himself deeply depressed.
Beauty of motion. Power in the sublime. An athlete poured into the body of a dancer.
Roger Ross Williams is the first African-American man to win an Oscar in the category of Documentary Shorts, and his new documentary, “Life, Animated,” which explores the life of a truly remarkable young man—Owen Suskind—who, at the the age of 3, began the slow decedent into autism, is exceptional storytelling.
Courtney Kemp Agboh is the only woman show runner of a crime drama and the only woman of color with a number 1 original show in the premium cable space, and yet she takes time to live tweet during each episode debut of her show “Power.”
Sadly, it wasn’t too long ago that Hispanics on Broadway were as easy to spot as a unicorn, prancing in a purple passion jumper.
It’s the time of year that kids love and parents tend to dread— the New York City school break is upon us and kids, all over the city, are itching to play.
The great imaginative minds of author Roald Dahl, Walt Disney and master storyteller Steven Spielberg have finally united to bring Dahl’s beloved classic “The BFG” to life.
African-Americans attend theater and purchase tickets on Broadway for a myriad of shows.
Don’t shoot the messenger.
“Dear White People,” a comedy series based on writer/director/producer Justin Simien’s critically acclaimed, Sundance award-winning satirical indie film is coming to Netflix.
Despite the purposeful lack of accurate African history in world school curriculums and the laughable content of most books on history, the cradle of all civilization is in Africa.
Lin-Manuel Miranda is an uptown boy and very proud of it. We can lay claim (by our zip code, to a degree) to the genius that is Miranda, the lyricist, composer, creator and star of “Hamilton.”
he Tribeca Film Festival—15 years strong—is still celebrating the power of the storyteller. As they continue to push the boundaries of storytelling the interactive and virtual reality section has become a popular draw.
Here is what should not be missed at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.
She’s baaack! It’s been 10 years, but the fast-talking, hair-cutting, weave-weavers at Calvin Barbershop are back with full comedic force.
The new comedy “Barbershop: The Next Cut” opens April 15 and features Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Regina Hall, Anthony Anderson, Eve and Oscar winner Common.
Co-creator Danny Strong wrote and directed the March 30 spring premiere of “Empire” entitled “Death Will Have His Day.”
In 2014, Jared Leto smiled and winked at me and let me hold his Oscar in the pressroom.
The 2016 American Black Film Festival on Feb. 21 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel (Los Angeles).
The heart knows, the mind knows, and when there is love behind the beat, borders are blown into a trillion pieces. That’s the power of music.
Black stars shine at the NAACP Awards.
The new reality series “Preachers of Atlanta,” which premieres on Oxygen Media, Feb. 3, is riveting, fascinating and engaging entertainment.
The Apollo Theater will host a series of artistic and community programs in celebration of Black History Month.
“It’s a fluke, it’s because of ‘12 Years a Slave’ that the Amsterdam News was approved. Wait. They won’t invite you back, they don’t need ‘you’—that’s how they view Black media and Black audiences.”
Today, the 88th Oscar nominations were announced, and the Amsterdam News will return to Los Angeles to cover all of the glitz, fun and glamour that makes the award season exciting.
In the not-so-distant-past, the mega-corporation that is Hollywood didn’t have much faith in the first “Ride Along.”
Raised by hip-hop legends and pioneers, “Growing Up Hip Hop” features the princes and princesses of the hip-hop world.
Ryan Coogler to direct, Chadwick Boseman to lead
The level of talent in the African-American community is about to get a major, global jolt in the arm, and it’s all about “the new Black Panther.”
As Quentin Tarantino enters into his eighth film with “The Hateful Eight,” I’ve lost count on how many times the word “nigger” is sliced, diced and slapped upside the head of the viewer. In this film, however, the use of the N-word is slung with a venous truth that’s wrapped in historical facts.
Writer-director Ryan Coogler confirms every bit of promise that he displayed in his 2013 debut “Fruitvale Station,” which also starred Michael B. Jordan.
“Creed” is Ryan Coogler’s second feature film, and he shares a screenwriting credit with Aaron Covington, the movie based on a story by Coogler.
A few years ago, I rang up the PR team of Ballet Hispanico and asked to watch a rehearsal, and they said yes. I love dance but never felt comfortable enough to really dig in and write about it.
Percy Miller is a single father who is raising five beautiful children: his daughter, Cymphonique, and four sons, Romeo, Veno, Hercy and Mercy.
“Creed” is the seventh “Rocky” movie and the first that the franchise’s creator and star, Sylvester Stallone, didn’t write, Ryan Coogler did.
What I love best about my job,” said Lee Daniels in a past interview, “is that I can hire talented people of color to work in all departments, to work on ‘Empire.’ It’s one of the best parts of my job!”
Inclusion, i.e., diversity, or the lack of it, is a conversation that Hollywood is still having.
The opening night film for the 2015 NYFF was the tremendous “The Walk,” directed by the masterful Robert Zemeckis. On hand and holding court was the Zemeckis, along with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who plays real-life high-wire walker Philippe Petit who was also in attendance.
Mel Jones’ official title is “Film Independent Manager Special Projects with the LA Film Festival.”
At this point, she’s a veteran, entering the game, in 1997, in the drama “Eve’s Bayou.”
I’ve always enjoyed connecting with Wesley Snipes. He’s always respectful, fun, informative and, to my understanding, he’s a very loyal man.
Don Cheadle will make his directorial debut with “Miles Ahead,” a remarkable portrait of the artist Miles Davis.
"Empire" is set to be one of this season's hottest shows.
Actress and executive producer Sanaa Lathan is passionate about literacy, which “releases the power of the imagination.”
One of the most engaging, invigorating and rewarding perks of living in New York City is being able to enjoy and absorb the rich and diverse cultural offerings provided by the Film Society of Lincoln Center season after season.