Arsenio Hall is joining the #OscarsSoWhite conversation. Emotions and outrage have been running high since last week’s Academy Award nominees announcement which reflect a blaring lack of regard for deserving actors and actresses of color yet again despite a year of excellence in film. The conversation came to a head this week when actress Jada Pinkett […]

Actress and producer Jada Pinkett Smith took to social media to express her disappointment

Mo’Nique is still on her media tour, telling everyone that Lee Daniels is having a passive aggressive hissy fit against her. Now the actress is saying that Daniels is upset because she did not thank him in her 2010 Oscar acceptance speech. Daniels claimed that Mo’Nique “didn’t play the [Hollywood] game,” meaning she didn’t “campaign” or schmooze for […]


  Golden Globe and Grammy Award-winning songwriter Diane Warren recently went in on pop star Rita Ora for failing to properly promote the song “Grateful,” which Ora performs on the soundtrack for the Gina Prince-Bythewood-directed film, Beyond the Lights.  The Warren-penned song is up for an Oscar for Best Original Song, and Billboard reports that […]

In honor of Black History Month in 2015, The Urban Daily will highlight amazing moments in Black American sports and entertainment history. Each week, we’ll be focusing on two photos that showcase Black excellence, shining a light on little known facts about each icon.


After years without a proper Oscar nomination, Legendary actor/singer and social activist Harry Belafonte will be getting his due at a stand-alone ceremony later this year.      Belafonte will be receiving the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for his work on and off-screen. Aside from blazing trails in films such as “Carmen Jones” and “The World, The […]

Pharrell Williams’s ubiquitous hit record “Happy” has become so dominant on radio and the web that you almost forget that it was on the soundtrack to a movie, “Despicable Me 2.” Pharrell is competing with “Let It Go” (“Frozen”), “The Moon Song” (“Her”) and “Ordinary Love” (Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom”)  for Best Song at […]


A brand new infographic highlights just how white and male the Academy Awards really are. According to research by book publisher Lee & Low, since the…


At a recent luncheon celebrating the 2014 Oscar nominees, a group of A-list stars, directors, sound mixers and more gathered round a life-size model of…

After months of infighting amongst the black community over 2012’s most controversial movie, Quentin Tarantino was the clear winner when he walked away with an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for “Django Unchained.” Unusually subdued, Tarantino graciously acknowledged his fellow nominees and declared “This will be the year of the writer!” READ:“Django Unchained” Controversy Timeline […]

  The 85th Academy Awards happened to tonight.  Seth McFarlane, the creator of “Family Guy,” was the host and a lot of people won stuff (you can find out who did HERE). But the real winners are those of us who get to see the three-hour plus spectacle in nice, 3-second bites like these.  Thanks […]