2013

Even a super powered suit and box office gross of $1.2 billion box office gross for “Iron Man 3” couldn’t keep Robert Downey Jr. from being dethroned as the highest grossing actor for 2013.  Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is now the king of the box office with $1.3 billion in box office revenue. READ: The […]

“12 Years A Slave”, “Fruitvale Station” and “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” each received a whopping nine nominations from the Black Reel Awards. All three films are vying for Best Picture along with  the Jackie Robinson biopic “42” and “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.” READ: 2013: The Best And Worst In Black Movies “The Best Man […]

2013 will go down in history as the year Black cinema forever turned a corner.  While mainstream outlets like the NY Times  declared 2013  the “breakout year in Black film” and  BuzzFeed cynically observed “we’ve been here before” (we haven’t), moviegoers ultimately had the final say at the box office. First time directors like Sheldon Candis […]

2013 may go down as Jay Z’s best year ever. Who starts the year at the Presidential Inauguration then goes on to win two Grammys, drinks his new cognac out of said Grammys, goes to Cuba, releases a #1 album that goes platinum before it’s even released, and watch his wife headline his very own […]

The love train for “12 Years A Slave” came to a full stop Monday night at the Gotham Independent Film Awards, held at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.  The critically acclaimed film failed to win any of their three nominations (Best Feature, Best Actor, Best Breakthrough Performance).  One of the most buzzed about […]

Hollywood’s awards season started off with a bang as nominees for the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards were announced yesterday.  Hosted by Oscar winner Octavia Spencer (“The Help”) and Paula Patton (“Baggage Claim”), the critically acclaimed “12 Years A Slave” received a whopping 7 nominations including Best Feature, Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong’o) and Best […]

Tameka Raymond is honoring her son Kile with a Give Thanks 5K Run/Walk which will benefit the Kile’s World Foundation. The foundation will play host and is excited to announce the involvement of veteran fitness guru Donna Richardson Joyner and R&B singer Syleena Johnson in the project as well. Proceeds will fund the foundation’s art camps. Tameka Raymond encourages the community, […]

The stars aligned in New York City as the 17th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival kicked off with the premiere of David E. Talbert’s “Baggage Claim.”  The film’s stars – Paula Patton, Derek, Luke, Jenifer Lewis, Jill Scott and Rickey Smiley – all graced the red carpet. Jaws dropped as Jenifer Lewis debuted a fabulous auburn-hued […]

2013 just might go down in film history as the turning point for Black cinema. No longer limited to the yearly offering of Madea films and romantic comedies, moviegoers can now enjoy a  plethora of features that expand on the Black experience.  With the critical and box office success of “Fruitvale Station” and “Lee Daniel’s […]

Superheroes rule!  The buzz at last weekend’s  San Diego Comic-Con belonged to both Marvel and DC.  Fan boys and girls’ prayers were finally answered with the announcement of a Batman/Superman team up for 2015, with a “Justice League” franchise coming to a theater near you in 2017.  Not to be outdone, Marvel held court with […]

Kerry Washington is having a really good year. Fresh off the news of her top secret marriage to NFL player Nnamdi Asomugha, and a successful second season of the primetime sudser “Scandal”,  Washington made the cut as an Outstanding Lead Actress nominee.  Unfortunately Kerry was the only series regular  from the ABC hit series to […]