CHARLES DAVIDSON: The N-Word Unchained

OPINION – By now, people across the country are embroiled in heavy social media discussions or water cooler arguments about Quentin Tarantino’s use and Spike Lee’s criticism of said use of the infamous N-Word in the blockbuster hit ‘Django Unchained.’ There are those who believe that the word is grossly overused in the film starring […]

‘Lincoln’ Leads Oscars With 12 Nominations

BEVERLY HILLS – The Civil War saga “Lincoln” leads the Academy Awards with 12 nominations, including best picture, director for Steven Spielberg and acting honors for British-born Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones. Also among the nine nominees for best picture Thursday: the old-age love story “Amour”; the Iran hostage thriller “Argo”; the […]

Exclusive: Jamie Foxx Unchained

  LOS ANGELES – Academy Award-winning actor Jamie Foxx gives one his most powerful performances on the big screen with his portrayal of Django in Django Unchained. Foxx plays a slave turned bounty hunter, who gets the rare opportunity to seek revenge against white slavers and bad men, while searching for his captured slave-wife, Broomhilda, […]

‘Lincoln’ Leads Golden Globes With 7 Nominations

BEVERLY HILLS – Steven Spielberg’s Civil War epic “Lincoln” led the Golden Globes on Thursday with seven nominations, among them best drama, best director for Spielberg and acting honors for Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones. Tied for second-place with five nominations each, including best drama are Ben Affleck’s Iran hostage-crisis thriller “Argo” […]

Spike Lee’s “Malcolm X” Turns 20

(NATIONWIDE) – “We didn’t land on Plymouth Rock; Plymouth Rock landed on us!” Twenty years ago, Spike Lee made movie history. His epic biopic of the controversial and complex Malcolm X became a cultural touchstone, made Denzel Washington an A-list superstar and cemented his status as a true auteur to be reckoned with. Yet the […]

GARY FLOWERS : Lincoln, the Movie: What’s Missing?

OPINION – Carter G. Woodson was right when he essentially said that Black history is the missing pages of world history. Never was such so true than in the movie, “Lincoln.” While I, as a “weekend historian,” was impressed by Daniel Day Lewis’ portrayal of the 16th president of the United States, my knowledge of […]

Halle Berry As You’ve Never Seen Her Before in CLOUD ATLAS

HOLLYWOOD – Try to imagine a galactic adventure where multiple lives are lived –in multi-ethnic bodies– over the course of five centuries. The thought borders on the unimaginable. But in the skillful hands of Oscar winners Tom Hanks (“Philadelphia,” “Forrest Gump”) and Halle Berry (“Monster’s Ball”), author David Mitchell’s CLOUD ATLAS, the 2004 best-selling novel […]

Oprah Returns to Big Screen in ‘The Butler’

HOLLYWOOD – Oprah Winfrey tweeted this photo of her and Terrance Howard from the set of her new movie “The Butler.”  Academy Award nominee Oprah Winfrey, who has not appeared in a film since the 1998 release “Beloved,” will return to the big screen in Lee Daniels’ “The Butler,” a star-studded feature film inspired by […]

‘Last Dragon’ Star Passes at 41

NEW YORK – According to the New York Daily News, Leo O’Brien, star of the cult classic  film, “The Last Dragon,” died on Wednesday morning at the age of 41. According to reports, the autopsy was inconclusive, but the medical  examiner’s office is awaiting toxicology results. Last year he told the New York Daily News […]

Queen Latifah & Alfre Woodard Lead New `Steel Magnolias’ Cast

LOS ANGELES – The onscreen love between Queen Latifah, Alfre Woodard, Jill Scott and Phylicia Rashad in the updated version of “Steel Magnolias” is real. The actresses, who take on the roles originated by Sally Field, Shirley MacLaine, Dolly Parton and Olympia Dukakis in the 1989 film, bonded in real life just like their characters […]