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Mo’Nique Claims She was Blackballed After ‘Precious’ Oscar Win

*If you’ve ever wondered why you didn’t see Mo’Nique in a high profile role or in any role for that matter after she won her Oscar for the Lee Daniels directed “Precious” in 2010, we now know the answer. The comedienne and dramatic actress penned a very candid essay for the Hollywood Reporter that broke […]

Lack of Black Oscar Nominees = Lack of Black Viewers: Nielsen Research

*The Oscars are this Sunday (Feb. 22) and will air on ABC. While many tune in to see who’s wearing what and what films and entertainers will walk away with the major awards, the bigger question may be what happened to the black viewers. The inquiry comes amid criticism leveled at the Academy of Motion […]

UMC Acquires ‘Blackbird’ Starring Mo’Nique and Isaiah Washington

*Los Angeles, CA.   Urban Movie Channel, (UMC) and RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand, created by Robert L. Johnson, founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET) and Chairman of RLJ Entertainment today announced the April 24, 2015, U.S. theatrical release of the urban coming-of-age film “Blackbird.”  “Blackbird” is based on the novel by the same name by Larry […]

Urban Movie Channel Nabs Mo’Nique, Isaiah Washington Film ‘Blackbird’ (Trailer)

*Robert L. Johnson’s Urban Movie Channel has acquired U.S. rights to the coming-of-age film “Blackbird,” starring Mo’Nique and Isaiah Washington, reports Variety. “Blackbird” is Mo’Nique’s first movie since 2009’s “Precious,” for which she won the Oscar for best supporting actress. “Isaiah sent me the script and told me that I had to do [it],” she told Variety. […]

Queen Latifah on Inhabiting Bessie Smith for HBO (Pics)

*Journalists on Thursday got a first look at Queen Latifah as Bessie Smith in director Dee Rees’ HBO biopic, and based on the effusive reaction in the room via Twitter – to the sizzle reel alone – it may very will be the most anticipated telefilm of the spring. The film follows Smith’s journey from a rough […]