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‘Selma’ Snubs Do Not Prove Oscar Bias

The L.A. arm of Al Sharpton’s National Action Network will protest this Sunday’s Academy Awards because of the lack of diversity among the major nominees. Although “Selma” is in the running for best picture, and “Birdman” filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu is up for best director and screenplay, critics are outraged that most of the current […]

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 […]

Common Talks ‘Selma’ Oscar Snubs; Breakup with Serena Williams (Watch)

*Common might not be in a relationship with tennis icon Serena Williams anymore, but the two remain friends he told Meredith Vieira. On the “The Meredith Vieira Show,” the Golden-Globe winner opened up about his breakup with Williams as well as the “Selma” snub by the Oscars, according.

Ava DuVernay, Kevin Hart Prove Black Films Do Well Overseas (Watch)

*Ava DuVernay, “Selma” stars and Kevin Hart made their way to Berlin’s  Berlinale Festival and Ireland — proving Black films can be successful overseas. Hollywood has a history of not even giving black films a chance to do well overseas.  Also, “12 Years a Slave” changed its promotion to feature the supporting White actors as leads […]

New ‘House of Cards’ Briefly Leaked; Kevin Spacey Talks Frank Underwood

*Netflix…or a hacker…gave folks a quickie on Wednesday. “House of Cards” fans got some unexpected afternoon delight when the upcoming Season 3 suddenly appeared online…16 days before it’s scheduled release on Feb. 27. Social media went nuts, filling up with “‘House of Cards’ just pulled a Beyonce!” tweets and retweets. But then, the party got […]

The African American Film Critics Association’s Weekend with the Stars (Watch)

*Hollywood’s elite gathered for a weekend of magnificent events, put on by the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA). The Influential association, founded by black film journalists and headed by Gil Robertson, launched its first ever AAFCA Awards Weekend of events, which honored the best in film and television content. The weekend kicked off with […]

Beyoncé Provides Explanation for ‘Precious Lord’ Grammy Performance … Kinda

*Beyoncé’s performance of “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” was undoubtedly one of the highlights of this year’s Grammy Awards. And while that’s apparent, it doesn’t escape the backlash Queen Bey got for doing the song in the first place instead of Ledisi, who sang the song in movie “Selma” and was in the audience watching […]

Ledisi: ‘I Don’t Have a Clue’ Why Grammys Chose Beyonce; Gives Bey Props (Watch)

*On the Grammy red carpet Sunday night, Ledisi was asked about the show’s decision to have Beyonce sing “Take My Hand, Precious Lord” during a “Selma” segment, when Ledisi – who was in the building – actually sings the gospel standard in the film as part of her portrayal of Mahalia Jackson. “I don’t have a clue,” she […]

Dick Gregory Finally Gets a Star on Walk of Fame, Praises ‘Selma’ (Watch)

*It’s been a long time coming but Dick Gregory finally received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. When asked why it took so long for the recognition, Gregory jokingly told Variety, “You know damn good and well why it took so long. I’ve been a bad boy.” Gregory receiving his star on Monday […]

Oprah, Tyler, Ava, David and Host of Others Came Out for 6th Annual 2015 African American Film Critics Association Awards (Photos)

ATTENDEES INCLUDED: Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, Ava DuVernay, Kathryn Bigelow, John Singleton, J.K. Simmons, Chadwick Boseman, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Alfre Woodard, David Oyelowo, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Mike Epps, Debra Martin Chase, RZA, Salli Richardson-Whitfield,  Stephanie Allain, Amy Pascal and many more. * LOS ANGELES – Celebrities and executives across the entertainment industry spectrum of film, television and new media converged […]

Beyonce to Perform at the Grammys

*The Grammys have announced that Beyonce has been added to the list of performers, joining Madonna, Kanye West, Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga and, as of this morning, Katy Perry. Don’t expect her to try and out-sexify last year’s steamy “Drunk in Love” chair performance alongside her husband Jay Z. This time, she’ll be singing “Take […]

Turner’s Two Cents: Songs, The Spirit and Civil Rights

*A stirring scene near the beginning of Ava DuVernay’s towering civil rights drama “Selma” finds a despondent Martin Luther King, Jr. telephoning gospel star Mahalia Jackson for encouragement.  “I need to hear the Lord’s voice,” he tells her.  Then Mrs. Jackson opens her voice to console king with his favorite hymn, “Precious Lord, Take My […]