The cast of 'The Wiz Live!' features David Alan Grier as the Cowardly Lion, Elijah Kelley as the Scarecrow, and Ne-Yo as the Tin Man.

The Wiz is the kind of musical that’s still capturing the imagination of audiences over the last 40 years. It started off as a Broadway production in 1975 before becoming a feature film in 1978. Though overlooked when it first came out, it’s since become a cult classic. NBC just recently announced that The Wiz will be the […]

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Peter Pan Live, NBC’s last musical, didn’t quite stick the way the network probably wanted. The following disturbing Vine is its lasting mark: But NBC is giving it another go, and its next target is a live rendition of The Wiz — the 1978 Motown version of The Wizard of Oz that featured Diana Ross, Richard Pryor and, of course, […]

Multi-faceted entertainer Geoffrey Holder, most famous as the “uncola” spokesman for 7 UP in the 1970s and 80s and for the role of Nelson in the Eddie Murphy-starring “Boomerang,” passed away from complications due to pneumonia October 5, according to the family attorney. His imposing 6-foot-6 frame and booming baritone were just two of his trademarks.      The […]

With groundbreaking music clips like “Thriller” and “Bad” Michael Jackson elevated music videos to “mini movies”  but the late icon did make his way onto the big screen a few times. As we commemorate his life in music on the first anniversary of his death, TheUrbandaily wanted to make a brief stop at the movie […]

As Black musicals go it’s hard to go wrong putting Michael Jackson and Diana Ross in the same flick. But add to that Nipsey Russell and Richard Pryor and you have the makings of a classic. The Wiz, an ambitious re-imagining of The Wizard of Oz with an all Black cast, was filled with hidden […]

Nowhere has the depiction of black life been more diverse than in the world of cinema. Go to any video store, surf any video rental website and look at the wide selection of films in the African-American/Black films section. The variety is vast, so if you’re having trouble where to start, here are nine of […]

George Lucas recently announced plans to convert all six Star Wars films to 3D. We couldn't help but wonder what black movies would be fun to watch in 3D.

I’m not surprised in the slightest by what I’m seeing here. As soon as I heard “Can’t Believe It,” the lead single from T-Pain’s forthcoming Thr33 Rings LP, I knew the associated video clip would be the most horrific of fried chicken and blunt nightmares.