Hollywood by Choice


Fall movie preview part II

As promised, in this article we’ll look at movies starring or prominently featuring Black performers in front of the camera, as well as those behind the camera for the month of November.

The good, the sad and the ugly

There’s a lot happening in Hollywood these days—some good, some sad and some makes you ask “what the heck were they thinking.” Sadly, 29-year-old Lee Thompson Young who starred as Detective Barry Frost on TNT’s “Rizzoli & Isles,” was found ...

Black-on-Black time in the movies

August traditionally inspires moviegoers to look forward, not only to television’s new fall season, but to what hot movies are released as well. Nothing excites me more than seeing Black actors and actresses, as well as Blacks behind the camera, ...

What the ‘The Butler’ saw

I hate to admit this, but several weeks ago I was taken by surprise when I saw a commercial trailer for the movie “The Butler,” now entitled “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.”

Bishop T.D. Jakes: man with a mighty message

T.D. Jakes is a man of God, plain and simple. In September 2001, Time magazine asked “Is This Man the Next Billy Graham?” Probably not, but it’s clear he’s the first T.D. Jakes.

TV ONE’s ‘Celebrity Crime Files’ returns

It appears that BET and TV ONE are turning up the heat when it comes to bringing in not only Black television audiences but general audiences as well. Viewers will be able to look forward to a variety of celebrity- ...

‘Big Brother’ is talking racism

Last week the Internet was rocked by the revelation that cast members of the CBS reality show “Big Brother,” now in its 15th season, were recorded by hidden cameras making racist remarks and homosexual put-downs.

Jim Kelly dies of cancer

I was saddened to hear the news that actor and martial arts expert Jim Kelly had died of cancer, because back in the day he was one of my cinematic heroes.

What happens to Will Smith after “After Earth”?

For the past 20 years or so, from “Independence Day” (1996) and the “Men in Black” franchise, beginning in 1997 right up to the present, A-list actor Will Smith has been delivering blockbuster summer films at the box office.

Winfrey and Perry: a match made at OWN

We all know that Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey are BFFs, and as far as I’m concerned he is instrumental in bringing a new kind of audience to her network.

Kirk Franklin set for BET Experience at L.A. Live

Get ready for the BET Experience at L.A. Live downtown on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 28-30. It will be a weekend that will rock your soul. And speaking of soul, prepare yourself for some soul-saving performances when BET’s “Sunday ...

Television journalists acknowledge the best and brightest

Although the official awards season is several months down the line, some of the best and brightest are being honored by television journalists.