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Idris Elba Claims Black Men are Never Called Sexy

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • August 16, 2011 3:32 AM
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  • 28 Comments
This is interesting. I can't say I agree; I actually thought the opposite. The media is more prone to label black men as "sexy" than, let's say, "handsome." In a recent interview with The Life Files, Idris Elba expressed his views on the topic:

Ice Cube On Why He Does Mostly Comedies: "It's The Path Of Least Resistance"

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 12, 2011 4:49 AM
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It's the path of least resistance... I don't want to be a dude like Stanley Kubrick, pop out every five or six years... They know I can make comedies work, so that's what they want. It's not like you go to McDonald's and ask for a taco... It's not easy.. they want comedies. And if they do a drama, it won't deal with race issues, it will deal with family issues, like Precious.

Salli Richardson-Whitfield on Lena Horne 'Dream Role' in Screen Biopic

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • August 9, 2011 5:18 AM
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Salli Richardson-Whitfield expressed her desire to portray legendary singer, actress and activist Lena Horne in her latest eur web interview with Ricardo Hazell. Whitfield, whose show Eureka was just cancelled by SyFy (see post here), will be seen next in Mario Van Peebles' We the Party along Michael Jai White.
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Blair Underwood Talks "On the Seventh Day" Co-Starring Sharon Leal, Pam Grier & Nicole Beharie

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • August 9, 2011 2:20 AM
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The latest details on T.D. Jakes' new film On the Seventh Day, currently in post-production and directed by Neema Barnette, come from Fox 8 Live. Blair Underwood plays David Ames, a university professor desperately searching for his kidnapped six-year old daughter.

Harry Belafonte Urges NAACP To Form "Radical" Think Tank Group

  • By Cynthia Reid
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  • July 31, 2011 11:19 AM
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At the 102nd annual NAACP national convention currently taking place in Los Angeles, actor and activist Harry Belafonte echoed statements we've all heard before regarding blacks in film. He stated the Hollywood industry will..."never ever yield to the needs of people of color."
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Zoe Saldana Refuses To Play A "Victim" Or Just Another Girlfriend Role

  • By Cynthia Reid
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  • July 25, 2011 6:14 AM
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  • 14 Comments
“I refuse to play the girlfriend, mother, daughter or victim. I am proud to think that after Avatar, my next part wasn’t just as the girlfriend of Mr. What's-his-name in a blockbuster.”
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Octavia Spencer On Criticism Of "The Help": "We've Gotten So PC..."

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • July 11, 2011 3:59 AM
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We've read Viola Davis' take on the project... some of it anyway. Go HERE if you missed that post. Today, we've got her co-star, Octavia Spencer, who plays one of the film's lead characters, the bold and cantankerous maid Minnie.

Laz Alonso Jumping Into The Indie Film World

  • By Cynthia Reid
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  • July 6, 2011 6:10 AM
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  • 10 Comments
Here's some news that should put a smile on your face. Jumping The Broom star Laz Alonso is throwing his hat into the indie film world with plans to write and produce a feature.
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Lil Jon Explains Why He Won't Be A Rapper Turned Actor

  • By Cynthia Reid
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  • June 21, 2011 7:59 AM
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"...I just want to do animated because to be an actor, you have to really polish and refine your craft. I don’t want want to half do it. I want to do it real. I just want to concentrate on the animated side and more television shows."
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Jada Pinkett-Smith Says Strong Partnerships Are The Key To Business Success

  • By Cynthia Reid
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  • June 14, 2011 6:07 AM
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"You know, we just have great teams and we have great partnership. It's all about partnering. And that's the thing that I've learned about being in this business. You can't expect to do great things by yourself that you have to be able to partner up with people. I think, especially for African Americans to understand that particular component, because we're always thinking 'I want to do it myself.' I've learned that in this business and in life, it's about choosing really fantastic strong partners that can come into the game with you and make things happen with you."
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