Hollywood by Choice


Hollywood’s Black power

The immortal James Brown said it best: “I don’t want nobody to give me nothing, open up the door and I’ll get it myself.”

Hollywood by Choice

“In my mind, I see a line and over that line I see green fields and lovely flowers and beautiful White women with their arms stretched out to me over that line. But I can’t seem to get there no ...

‘War Room’: Faith-based power

The faith-based film “War Room” surprised Hollywood observers by coming in second place in the box office race behind the smash hit “Straight Outta Compton” which grossed $13.2 million this past weekend. And in the number three slot, Tom Cruise's ...

Hollywood by Choice

Since the nominees for the 67th Emmy Awards were announced last week, butterflies have filled the stomachs of Hollywood. In the eight years that I’ve reported on the Emmys, this marks the first time I can’t profile all of the ...

HBO’s ‘Bessie’ premieres Saturday

On Saturday May 16, HBO will premiere the highly anticipated drama “Bessie” starring the very versatile and talented Queen Latifah as the legendary Blues singer Bessie Smith. This may be Latifah’s most challenging role in her outstanding career. Queen Latifah ...

Hollywood by Choice

Don’t know how many of you remember the old comic strip “Little Orphan Annie.” I do, and I loved reading about her adventures. I remember liking her hair, big, red…I even think it predated the Afro. I remember billionaire Oliver ...

‘Beyond the Lights’—Magnificent!

“Beyond the Lights” will make you believe in love all over again. And what’s so unique about this film is that it’s about Black love.

Hollywood by Choice

ABC’s freshman sit-com “Black-ish” debuted Wednesday giving viewers the opportunity to better understand the show’s title and exactly what it means. Maybe, just maybe taking the edge off of its somewhat controversial title, and the promotional spot that has Tracee ...

‘From the Rough’ is a great family movie

Now in theaters is the inspiring and true story of a woman who just wouldn’t accept ‘no’ for an answer. From the Rough tells an unexpected story of courage, drive, and a sport that didn’t appear to have room for ...

‘Real Housewives of Atlanta;’ what a mess

The Real Housewives of Atlanta is the only reality show I look at on a regular basis. It’s not for the drama, but to watch how these sisters are going after their dreams, taking advantage of their ‘moment in the ...

Gospel Singer Jessica Reedy: “Better”

Gospel Singer Jessica Reedy is doing so much “Better” these days than in years past.

Lupita Nyong’o: Skin Game

The buzz is somewhat tapering off regarding the success of the Oscar winning Best Picture 12 Years a Slave, but the impact of the movie and what it implies still has Hollywood movers and shakers buzzing. The two lead characters, ...

Tammi-Mac: ‘Bag Lady’

If you’re like most people, you come with a lot of baggage; old hurts that won’t go away, anger, bitterness and stupidity…and that’s just for starters. Actress and radio personality Tammi-Mac is one such person. Yes, she makes you laugh ...

Tyler Perry’s ‘Single Moms Club’

If you’re a single mom, or were reared by a single mom, this movie is for you. Even if you’re not a single mom, or reared by one, do yourself a favor and see this film.

PAFF Panel: Hollywood Stories; faith in action

The Pan African Film Festival is in full swing from now until Monday, February 17 at the new Rave Cinemas Baldwin Hills 15 at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza.