Hollywood by Choice


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.

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- ...