Hollywood by Choice


Critic bashes ‘12 Years a Slave’

Congratulations to “12 Years a Slave” for winning Best Motion Picture in the Drama category beating “Captain Phillips,” “Gravity,” “Philomena” and “Rush.”

SNL’s new face of comedy: Sasheer Zamata

Get ready for NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” new face of comedy. To be more exact, new Black female face of comedy. Sasheer Zamata was recently selected to fill the void of a Black female presence on the long-running series after ...

Black female comics; the invisible woman?

There is a very short list of notable Black comediennes who have reached the superstardom level, and only Academy award winner Whoopi Goldberg comes to mind immediately.

Holiday Movies

Mark your calendars for the onslaught of 2013 Holiday movies that are coming your way. “The Best Man Holiday” got the Christmas season off to a great start. Because of its success, Hollywood movers and shakers will no longer snub ...

Hollywood underestimates “The Best Man Holiday”

It came as no surprise to Black audiences that “The Best Man Holiday” was a box office winner, but to mainstream critics and the Hollywood hierarchy it apparently was a big surprise.

The Best Man Holiday

In 1999, director Malcom D. Lee ushered in the film “The Best Man” which became the “must see” movie of the time. It was funny, touching and reflected a part of the young African American lifestyle without guns a blazing, ...

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

Hopefully you’ve been able to view Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross” on PBS. The series began Oct. 22 and will conclude Nov. 26.

American Promise: a real eye-opener

“American Promise” is an honest and compelling look at the lives and education of two young African American male children over a 12-year-period, from kindergarten to high school graduation. This is the first time I’ve seen a documentary of this ...

Bounce TV: programming with you in mind

Talk about excitement. When you come face to face with dreamers and doers, you can’t help but be excited. And so it is with Bounce TV and the men and women behind it.

Smokey Joe’s Café: it’s hot, hot, hot

Now playing at the Pasadena Playhouse, “Smokey Joe’s Café” is a lesson in Americana, cultural crossovers and legendary music, performers and musicians.

Preachers of LA: Encouraging high hopes

The “Preachers of LA” reality show will premiere Wednesday, Oct. 9 on the Oxygen Network and it is guaranteed to raise some eyebrows; actually it already has.

Hollywood Black Film Festival

“Hats Off” to Tanya Kersey who is the founder and executive director of the Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF).

Fall season: dark and lovely

The fall television landscape featuring Black performers is looking up. From the return of Arsenio Hall to late night, to the premiere of Queen Latifah’s new talk show, African Americans are finding their way to network television. And I’m really ...

Arsenio Hall: Back is beautiful

By the time you read this article Arsenio Hall will be hosting his fourth episode on the Arsenio Hall show. This article reflects my impression of Arsenio’s premiere show on Monday, Sept. 9 at 11 p.m. on KTLA-TV Channel 5.

Fall movie preview III

This is my final look at movies that will be premiering in theaters in the fall. This is a look at December, and in a word as far as Black performers are concerned, it’s pretty disappointing.