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The CW Finds Its Lead for “Black Lightning”

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Cress Williams has landed the title role in The CW’s upcoming DC Comics pilot “Black Lightning.” The actor, best known for playing the hitman Wyatt in “Prison Break” and detective Ed Williams in “Close to Home,” is also had a… Continue Reading → »

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Here’s a List of What Shadow & Act Will Be Watching for During Sunday Night’s Oscar Ceremony

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So here we are; 2 days away from the big dance. The good news is that this year’s list of nominees is one of the most diverse we’ve seen in a very long time, with nominees of African descent in… Continue Reading → »

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Tracy Morgan Is Making His Much-Anticipated Return to Stand-Up in Netflix’s ‘Staying Alive’

18 hours ago

Netflix remains aggressive in ordering these comedy specials seemingly in an effort to become the marquee home for them, from top talents like Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Amy Schumer, Jerry Seinfeld, Louis C.K. and others; the premiere streaming platform has now… Continue Reading → »

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TV & Film Casting News for Damon Wayans Jr., Bokeem Woodbine, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Bryshere Gray, More

19 hours ago

Some TV and film casting news announced throughout the week not published on this blog… — Damon Wayans Jr. has been cast as one of the leads in FX’s comedy pilot “Singularity,” which hails from “Silicon Valley” and “The Real O’Neals”… Continue Reading → »

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Attention Actors, Actresses, Writers, Directors, DPs, Etc – “What’s Your Story?” 2017 Edition

20 hours ago

I’ve done this once a year, every year, for the last 4 years, and your responses have always been enthusiastic, so I figured, why not continue? Especially with the site’s readership continuing to evolve, just as I’d expect of your… Continue Reading → »

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Sidney Poitier’s 1965 Drama ‘A Patch of Blue’ Is Not Exactly Your Typical “Magical Negro” Film

21 hours ago

Throughout this week, we’ve been celebrating the 90th birthday of Sidney Poitier (February 20), recalling past work (especially lesser known films) and other clickables, on this blog and on social media (see pieces on “Porgy & Bess,” “The Slender Thread,” some Did… Continue Reading → »

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Fox Unveils 2017 Fox Writers Lab Participants (Designed to Nurture Diverse Voices)

23 February 2017 5:40 PM, PST

Fox Inclusion today announced the participants in its sixth annual Fox Writers Lab (formerly known as the Fox Writers Intensive), the company’s writers’ platform is designed to nurture experienced writers who have diverse voices, backgrounds and life experiences, as well… Continue Reading → »

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‘Bird of an Iron Feather’ – Television’s First Black Soap Opera That Was Too Hot for Television

23 February 2017 4:16 PM, PST

  First of all, I must give all credit to architecture and cultural critic, teacher, TV host and photographer Lee Bey, who talked about the short-lived TV series, “Bird of the Iron Feather,” on NPR radio/Wbez-fm Chicago earlier this week… Continue Reading → »

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Here’s the List of Films and TV Series Coming to and Leaving Netflix (Streaming) in March 2017

23 February 2017 1:45 PM, PST

As another month comes to an end (February is almost over; 5 more days!)… the list of the new batch of films and TV shows coming to (and leaving) Netflix’s streaming library in March. So if any of the below… Continue Reading → »

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Anthony Anderson to Host First-Ever Live Post Oscars Special on ABC, 2/26 (He Should Host the Oscars Next)

23 February 2017 12:31 PM, PST

ABC announced today it will broadcast an Oscars After Party, live, immediately following the 89th Oscars on Sunday, February 26. “Live from Hollywood: The After Party” is a one-hour special hosted by “Black-ish” star Anthony Anderson. The Emmy-nominated actor will… Continue Reading → »

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Own to Air ‘Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards & Gala,’ 3/5 (Hosted By Gabrielle Union)

23 February 2017 11:37 AM, PST

The 10th anniversary of Time Inc.’s Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards & Gala will air as a primetime television event on Sunday, March 5 at 10 p.m. Et/Pt on Own. For the past decade, the star-studded celebration has been… Continue Reading → »

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Part 2 of Netflix’s ‘The Get Down’ Finally Gets a Premiere Date + Teaser

23 February 2017 10:56 AM, PST

Netflix has set an April 7 premiere date for part 2 of its music-driven 1970s-set drama series, “The Get Down” which picks up a year after the mid-season finale, in 1978, and finds young lovers Zeke (Justice Smith) and Mylene (Herizen… Continue Reading → »

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Starz Sets Premiere Date for Highly-Anticipated ‘American Gods’ Series Adaptation + Premieres Poster Art

23 February 2017 10:12 AM, PST

Starz announced today that the highly-anticipated eight-episode first season of FremantleMedia North America produced Starz Original Series “American Gods,” adapted from Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed contemporary fantasy novel, will make its network premiere on Sunday, April 30th at 9Pm Et/Pt. Starz… Continue Reading → »

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Trailer Premiere + Interview: Pledging, Hazing and the Bonds of Brotherhood in ‘Burning Sands’

23 February 2017 9:12 AM, PST

Fraternities and sororities at historically Black colleges and universes have had a significant impact not just on the students who are a part of them but on the Black community as a whole. In films like “Drumline” and “Stomp the… Continue Reading → »

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A Beauty Parlor Where Staff & Clients Are Recovering from Mental Health Issues Is at the Center of Imaginative Doc ‘Hollywood Beauty Salon’

23 February 2017 8:54 AM, PST

Directed by Glenn Holsten, the “Hollywood Beauty Salon” at the center of the feature documentary of the same name, is described as an intimate beauty parlor that happens to be part of the NHS Germantown Recovery Community, which is a… Continue Reading → »

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Abff and Turner Want Your Pilot Scripts for TBS/Comedy and TNT/Drama Writing Contest

23 February 2017 7:39 AM, PST

Abff has announced the launch of the very first American Black Film Festival Turner TV Writing Contest that’s designed to shine a spotlight on new diverse writers who are invited to submit an original pilot script in comedy or drama categories.… Continue Reading → »

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Review: Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ Is a Witty & Ferocious Horror Film That Unravels Modern-Day Racism

23 February 2017 7:04 AM, PST

In a debate on the subject of being Black in America, James Baldwin once said, “To be a Negro in this country is really… never to be looked at. What white people see when they look at you is not… Continue Reading → »

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BBC Will Chart the Rise and Fall of Bill Cosby in Comprehensive Documentary, ‘Cosby: Fall of an American Icon’

23 February 2017 6:35 AM, PST

As his June 2017 trial date draws near, the BBC has announced production on a feature documentary that will chart the rise and fall of actor and comedian Bill Cosby, telling the story of how he finally came to face a criminal… Continue Reading → »

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VH1 Sets Premiere Date + Celebrity Contestants for New Series ‘Hip Hop Squares,’ Executive Produced by Ice Cube

23 February 2017 6:06 AM, PST

VH1 today announced the network’s new game show “VH1 Hip Hop Squares,” hosted by comedian DeRay Davis, kicks off Monday, March 13th at 10Pm Et/Pt with two new episodes per night for a branded “VH1 Hip Hop Squares Week.” Following the… Continue Reading → »

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Alamork Marsha Makes Feature Debut with “Operation Solomon” Drama, ‘Fig Tree’ (On the Fate of Ethiopian Jews)

23 February 2017 5:33 AM, PST

Ethiopia, September 1974, Emperor Haile Selassie was ousted by a pro-communist military junta who then installed a totalitarian-style government run by Colonel Mengistu Haile Mariam. Communism was officially adopted, and as a result, the new regime gradually began to embrace anti-religious and… Continue Reading → »

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