Hollywood by Choice


‘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.

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 ...