Number Of Minority Film Directors Hit 5-Year Low

Number Of Minority Film Directors Hit 5-Year Low

by David Robb | Deadline Hollywood Saying that discrimination is “still rampant” in the film industry, the DGA today released its second report on Feature Film Diversity, which found that only 9.7% of live-action American films with box office takes of at...
Jack Johnson Pardoned

Jack Johnson Pardoned

ESPN News Services Jack Johnson, the first black man to become world heavyweight champion, was posthumously pardoned Thursday by President Donald Trump for a 1913 conviction for violating the Mann Act. Trump had said in April that he was considering the pardon after...
Coogler at Cannes

Coogler at Cannes

Cannes Day 2: Coogler, Black Cinema And Cannes I shared a moment yesterday on my Instagram story feed. It showed me in shock as filmmaker Ryan Coogler, his wife and the Cannes Film Festival Assistant assigned to them, casually walk right by me inside the...
Life Lessons from the Coolest Man in Hollywood

Life Lessons from the Coolest Man in Hollywood

Exclusive: Samuel L Jackson Interview At 69, Samuel L Jackson is looking good. He’s softly spoken for the most part, with a voice that’s instantly recognizable. He’s also, of course, one of the biggest movie stars on earth. But it’s been a long...
Erika Alexander Talks About Her New Production Company

Erika Alexander Talks About Her New Production Company

Erika Alexander Talks About Her New Production Company And How It’s Expanding The Definition Of Diversity Inclusion It was thirty years in the making. “I always felt since I started in the business that there weren’t enough roles for black people,...
Lena Waithe On ‘Ready Player One and more…

Lena Waithe On ‘Ready Player One and more…

Lena Waithe On ‘Ready Player One’ And Getting To Talk About ‘The Color Purple’ With Steven Spielberg Lena Waithe is like your laid-back homie. That’s why portraying Aech in : So, : Oooh, which one did I like… I liked the samurai...
Every Single Word…

Every Single Word…

from Shadow and Act Black Panther is a game-changer for the film industry. In a recent viral thread on Twitter, actor and playwright, Dylan Marron reintroduced a video series he produced a few years ago called Every Little Word. The series runs through major...
SXSW: The Privilege Of Failure In Film

SXSW: The Privilege Of Failure In Film

by Dino-Ray Ramos | Deadline Hollywood Talking about race, comedy, and storytelling first thing in the morning is quite a way to kick things off. On day 2 of SXSW, socio-political comedian & United Shades of America host W. Kamau Bell, activist &...
Black Panther’s Grassroots Marketing Movement…

Black Panther’s Grassroots Marketing Movement…

…Is Unlike Any Other Marvel Movie By Brent Lang and Ricardo Lopez | Variety When SuCh Charles, a 32-year-old singer and songwriter from Denver, saw a trailer for “Black Panther,” she was moved to organize an event to bring together Denver’s...
Idris Elba Makes Directorial Debut with Yardie

Idris Elba Makes Directorial Debut with Yardie

by Mike Fleming Jr | Deadline Hollywood To make his directorial debut on an adaptation of Yardie, the 1992 Victor Headley novel about the collision of Jamaican culture in London, Idris Elba put into it many of the pieces of his life and career. The career spans his...
Diverse Stories are Just Stories

Diverse Stories are Just Stories

Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya finds his face on billboards on Sunset Boulevard, but his focus is set on telling stories with meaning and truth Patrick Shanley | Hollywood Reporter Since the release of Jordan Peele’s racial satire Get Out, the face of Daniel...
Who Got Next?

Who Got Next?

Bert Ashe | Shadow and Act It’s not a position anyone can apply for. The appointment comes by black cultural acclimation, and the holder—Mr. Denzel Washington—will be in that position until someone somehow becomes more beloved than he is. The spot is...
Byron Allen, On Growing A Movie Company

Byron Allen, On Growing A Movie Company

by Mike Fleming Jr | Deadline Hollywood Today, Entertainment Studios has broadened its awards season release of Hostiles, the Scott Cooper-directed Western that stars Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike and Wes Studi. It is the biggest prestige film play so far for...
Luther Movie Still Planned

Luther Movie Still Planned

Tambay Obenson | Shadow and Act When asked about the future of his hit BBC series Luther 2 years ago, at what was supposed to be its end, star of the popular crime drama Idris Elba said the following during a press conference: “I’m far...
Actors on Actors: Daniel Kaluuya & Timothee Chalamet

Actors on Actors: Daniel Kaluuya & Timothee Chalamet

Timothee Chalamet (“Call Me By Your Name”) and Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out”) sat down for a chat for Variety’s “Actors on Actors,” where they talked about their movies’ pivotal scenes, on-screen chemistry, and...
Actors on Actors: Mary J. Blige & Salma Hayek

Actors on Actors: Mary J. Blige & Salma Hayek

Variety and PBS SoCal KOCE’s Emmy Award-winning show “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors,” presented by Google Home, is approaching its seventh season, bringing together some of the biggest stars for conversations about their perspectives on their...
‘Mudbound’ Director Dee Rees Talks

‘Mudbound’ Director Dee Rees Talks

Dino-Ray Ramos | Deadline Hollywood During the Q&A portion of the closing keynote conversation with Dee Rees at the Film Independent Forum, an aspiring filmmaker stepped up to the microphone and, through tears, expressed gratitude to the acclaimed director for...
Robinne Lee talks Syfy’s Superstition and more…

Robinne Lee talks Syfy’s Superstition and more…

Aramide A. Tinubu | Shadow & Act Robinne Lee won’t wait for someone to hand her an opportunity. Instead, she’s created a space for herself. The veteran actress, writer, and producer is demanding to be heard. It’s early morning in Los Angeles, and...
Laurence Fishburne Lightens Up

Laurence Fishburne Lightens Up

AARP The Magazine | Oct/Nov 2017 At 14, he played a sailor in Apocalypse Now. At 37, he was Zen-spouting Morpheus in The Matrix. Now Laurence Fishburne, 56, is showing his funny side. A hit as the granddad on TV’s Black-ish, he joins Steve Carell and Bryan...
S&A Chats with Filmmaker Deon Taylor

S&A Chats with Filmmaker Deon Taylor

Nadine Matthews | Shadow and Act Deon Taylor wrote his first feature film on the team bus going back and forth from his basketball games in Germany. He hadn’t been going to school for film or screenwriting when he did…at least not formally. It was the...
7 Breakout Performers From Summer Movies in 2017

7 Breakout Performers From Summer Movies in 2017

Jenelle Riley | Variety Every summer movie season has its share of big-name vehicles and star turns from recognizable faces. But this year, several actors delivered outstanding performances that hint at exciting futures. Probably no one more than Gal Gadot, who became...
Morgan Freeman to Receive SAG Life Achievement Award

Morgan Freeman to Receive SAG Life Achievement Award

Dave McNary | Variety Morgan Freeman has been named the 54th recipient of the SAG Life Achievement award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. Freeman will be presented the accolade at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan....
Dick Gregory  (1932–2017)

Dick Gregory (1932–2017)

by Dino-Ray Ramos | Deadline Hollywood Celebrated stand-up comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory died today in Washington at the age of 84. The trailblazing figure was hospitalized earlier this month from a yet-to-be-announced medical condition. His official...
SJ Harris Dies During Deadpool 2 Shoot

SJ Harris Dies During Deadpool 2 Shoot

Ryan Parker | The Hollywood Reporter The stuntwoman who died Monday on the set of Deadpool 2 has been identified as SJ Harris, the Coroner’s Service of British Columbia told The Hollywood Reporter. She was 40. Harris was killed during a motorcycle...
Interview: Idris Elba on ‘The Dark Tower’…

Interview: Idris Elba on ‘The Dark Tower’…

…and what he’s calling an incredible time in cinema by Trey Mangum| Shadow and Act After a series of delays, the film adaption of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, hits theaters this weekend....
Should White Filmmakers Be Telling the Story of ‘Detroit’?

Should White Filmmakers Be Telling the Story of ‘Detroit’?

by Owen Gleiberman | Variety Do white filmmakers have the right to make a movie like “Detroit”? The moral right, that is? Set during the Detroit riots of 1967, the movie tells an essential true story about the brutalization of African-Americans. The fact...
The Black Guy Dies First…

The Black Guy Dies First…

by Blavity | Shadow and Act I used to hate horror films. Maybe because I get a little nauseous around blood or maybe because I don’t like raising my already high blood pressure, but it wasn’t until recently that I understood why I was so terrified.  I...
The Rise of Black Superheroes on Screen

The Rise of Black Superheroes on Screen

by Daniel Holloway | Variety This story first appeared in the July 19, 2017 issue of Variety. When “Luke Cage” exec producer Cheo Hodari Coker declared at his show’s San Diego Comic-Con panel last year, “The world is ready for a bulletproof...
2017 Capital City Black Film Festival

2017 Capital City Black Film Festival

from Shadow and Act Event: 2017 Capital City Black Film Festival Date: August 17-20, 2017 Location: Austin, TX The Capital City Black Film Festival (CCBFF) – celebrating its 5th anniversary showing the best in indie black cinema – today announced that...
Actors on Actors: Issa Rae & Brit Marling

Actors on Actors: Issa Rae & Brit Marling

Brit Marling (“The OA”) and Issa Rae (“Insecure”) discuss auditioning, being typecast, and choosing their own paths, during Variety’s “Actors on Actors...
Actors on Actors: Sterling K. Brown & Pamela Adlon

Actors on Actors: Sterling K. Brown & Pamela Adlon

 Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us,” “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”) brought Pamela Adlon (“Better Things”) to tears during their “Actors on Actors” conversation, in which they also discussed...
Eric Monte – The Unseen Interview

Eric Monte – The Unseen Interview

Cooley High and Good Times Creator Eric Monte interviewewed by Philadelphia Inquirer’s Annette John-Hall at the 2006 Black Film and Media Conference. Support Mr. Monte by purchasing his latest book, A PROPHET RANAWAY at...
Am I Typecast?

Am I Typecast?

from Shadow and Act  In the video above, actor Michael Kenneth Williams headlines the new “Question Your Answers” brand campaign from The Atlantic, in which he plays different versions of himself, interrogating himself about whether, as a...
A Two-Hour Conversation Kathleen Collins

A Two-Hour Conversation Kathleen Collins

Shadow and Act | Sergio Mims Watch the 1984 Kathleen Collins interview from Milestone Film & Video below: There’s no need to tell you that there have always been independent black filmmakers, long before Spike Lee burst upon the scene in the...
Voicing Groot is a Challenge for Vin Diesel

Voicing Groot is a Challenge for Vin Diesel

from ScreenRant | by Emily Donn If there is one thing Guardians of the Galaxy did not lack for, it was lovable and funny characters. From the opening moments, where Star-Lord danced to Redbones’ Come and Get Your Love it was clear that this movie would not have...
Making Films Cheap & Appreciating Them: Possible or Taboo?

Making Films Cheap & Appreciating Them: Possible or Taboo?

from Shadow and Act | Tambay Obenson Watch the 40-minute interview with Jason Blum, which actually happened just before “Get Out” opened in USA theaters I watched the below awesome interview with Jason Blum (head of Blumhouse Productions, the company...
2017 Tribeca Film Festival

2017 Tribeca Film Festival

Event: 2017 Tribeca Film Festival Date: April 19 – 30, 2017 Location: New York, NY TFF announced the feature films that will screen within the following programs: Competition, including US Narrative, Documentary, and International Narrative categories;...
Jordan Peele Plans to Make ‘Social Thrillers’

Jordan Peele Plans to Make ‘Social Thrillers’

from Shadow and Act | Tambay Obenson When it comes to pure horror filmmaking, “black stories” are still woefully under-represented unfortunately, even though it’s a genre whose supernatural or uncanny aspects and narrative structure, lends itself...
Interview: Getting Personal with Mariette Monpierre

Interview: Getting Personal with Mariette Monpierre

Shadow and Act | Sergio Mims Filmmaker Mariette Monpierre’s touching and beautiful feature film debut, “Elza,” screens at the Pan African Film Festival tomorrow night, Saturday, February 11 at 7:00p, and again on Monday February 13 at 6:10p. Read...
60+ Black Biopics Still In Limbo

60+ Black Biopics Still In Limbo

from Shadow and Act | Tambay Obenson Updating this list as I do once a year (I forgot to do it last year; so there was a lot to research and catch up on) to keep you all up-to-date on where each project stands going into the new year, including 18 new...
Billy Dee Speaks on Star Wars and Batman

Billy Dee Speaks on Star Wars and Batman

by Patrick Shanley | The Hollywood Reporter In 1989, Billy Dee Williams starred as Gotham City district attorney Harvey Dent in director Tim Burton’s seminal Batman. The plan, as legend goes, was for Williams to return in subsequent Caped Crusader sequels as the...
Conversations: David Oyelowo – A Career Retrospective

Conversations: David Oyelowo – A Career Retrospective

Q&A with David Oyelowo. Moderated by Jenelle Riley, Variety. A UNITED KINGDOM is the true story of the forbidden love of King Seretse Khama of Botswana (David Oyelowo) and Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike), a white woman from London, which caused an international...
Conversations: Octavia Spencer

Conversations: Octavia Spencer

Career retrospective with current SAG Award Nominee Octavia Spencer. Moderated by Jenelle Riley, Variety. Octavia Spencer currently stars in Hidden Figures. Additional film credits include: Fruitvale Station, Paradise, Smashed, Seven Pounds, Coach Carter, Bad Santa,...
Conversations: Edwina Findley Dickerson

Conversations: Edwina Findley Dickerson

Q&A with Independent Spirit Award nominee Edwina Findley Dickerson of FREE IN DEED. Moderated by John Alan Simon. Nominated for 4 Film Independent Spirit Awards: John Cassavetes Award, Best Cinematography, Best Male Lead (David Harewood), Best Supporting Female...
THR’s Directors Roundtable (2017)

THR’s Directors Roundtable (2017)

In 1991, director Mira Nair made Mississippi Masala, a romantic drama with an international twist starring a young Denzel Washington, hot off his first acting Oscar win for Glory. Twenty-five years later, the Indian-born Nair (Queen of Katwe), 59, sat next to...
The Contenders: Don Cheadle

The Contenders: Don Cheadle

from Deadline Hollywood It may have taken 10 years to do it, but Don Cheadle is actually grateful for the extra time he had to hone his unique vision for Miles Ahead, the film about Miles Davis he wrote, produced, directed and stars in. Sony Pictures Classics brought...
Conversations: Mahershala Ali

Conversations: Mahershala Ali

Conversations career retrospective with Mahershala Ali. Moderated by Jenelle Riley of Variety. Mahershala Ali is fast becoming one of the freshest and most in-demand faces in Hollywood with his extraordinarily diverse skill set and wide-ranging background in film,...
Black Geniuses Forum: Spike Lee

Black Geniuses Forum: Spike Lee

by Tambay Obenson | Shadow and Act Launched at New York University (NYU) in 1996, the Black Genius series was conceived by author Walter Mosley, Manthia Diawara (Director of the Institute of Afro-American Affairs at NYU) and writer, film scholar and emeritus NYU...
BFI’s Love Letter to Black Female Actors

BFI’s Love Letter to Black Female Actors

from Shadow & Act The above 2-minute homage to black actresses was produced as part of British Film Institute’s (BFI) ongoing Black Star project – an exhaustive program and the UK’s largest ever season of film and television dedicated to...
Danny Glover in Conversation

Danny Glover in Conversation

Actor Danny Glover talks to broadcaster Samira Ahmed about his career, growing up in San Francisco and working with Mel Gibson. Glover also discusses the influence of his mother and grandmother on his life and how his acting developed in films such as The Colour...
Interview: Author Margot Lee Shetterly Talks Hidden Figures

Interview: Author Margot Lee Shetterly Talks Hidden Figures

Shadow & Act | Aramide A. Tinubu Though her father was a research scientist at NASA’s Langley Research Center, writer, researcher, and entrepreneur Margot Lee Shetterly knew very little of the Black female engineers, scientists, and mathematicians that...
THR Roundtables – A Conversation on Creativity

THR Roundtables – A Conversation on Creativity

Four creative talents , Lin-Manuel Miranda, Donald Glover, Issa Rae, and Damien Chazelle, flaunting the conventions of formula, go back and forth with director Jon Favreau (a onetime wunderkind himself) on success, struggling and staying sane: “The bullshit...
The Solomon Sir Jones Films, 1924-1928

The Solomon Sir Jones Films, 1924-1928

Shadow & Act | Sergio Mims A past item worth revisiting in light of this morning’s news (see previous post) that his collection of very early 20th century films are among the 25 titles selection by the Library of Congress for the 2016 National Film Registry...
Why Will Smith Chose Suicide Squad Over Independence Day 2

Why Will Smith Chose Suicide Squad Over Independence Day 2

ScreenRant |Matthew Erao Though sequels and adaptations of existing forms of media are nothing new for Hollywood, they seem to have reached a fever pitch in recent years. Aside from the ever-expanding worlds of Harry Potter, Star Wars, and the Marvel Cinematic...
Shemar Moore Talks ‘The Bounce Back’

Shemar Moore Talks ‘The Bounce Back’

Shadow & Act | Aramide A. Tinubu After saying goodbye to “Criminal Minds” earlier this year, actor Shemar Moore is stepping into a new role, funding and producing his first feature film, “The Bounce Back.” Moore stars alongside Nadine...
Actors on Actors: Mahershala Ali & Greta Gerwig

Actors on Actors: Mahershala Ali & Greta Gerwig

Greta Gerwig and Mahershala Ali chatted during a taping of Variety‘s “Actors on Actors” on a range of topics, including their love for New York City. For more, tune in when the fifth season premieres on PBS SoCal, presented by The Venetian Las Vegas,...
Actors on Actors: Dev Patel & Octavia Spencer

Actors on Actors: Dev Patel & Octavia Spencer

Dev Patel and Octavia Spencer chatted during a taping of Variety‘s “Actors on Actors” on a wide range of topics. For more, tune in when the fifth season of the series, presented by The Venetian Las Vegas, debuts on PBS SoCal on January 3,...
Actors on Actors: Tom Hanks & Viola Davis

Actors on Actors: Tom Hanks & Viola Davis

Tom Hanks and Viola Davis chatted during a taping of Variety‘s “Actors on Actors” on a range of topics, including sex scenes and diversity on TV vs film. For more, tune in when the fifth season of the series, presented by The Venetian Las Vegas,...

Actors on Actors: Naomie Harris & Annette Bening

 Annette Bening and Naomie Harris chatted during a taping of Variety‘s “Actors on Actors” on a range of topics, including the roles for women in today’s films. For more, tune in when the fifth season premieres on PBS SoCal, presented by...
Actors on Actors: Ryan Reynolds & Taraji P. Henson

Actors on Actors: Ryan Reynolds & Taraji P. Henson

Ryan Reynolds and Taraji P. Henson sat down to chat about everything from bad auditions to social media, to their characters Deadpool and Cookie for Variety’s “Actors on Actors.” For more, tune in when the fifth season of the series, presented by The...
Vin Diesel teasing involvement with Inhumans

Vin Diesel teasing involvement with Inhumans

from F*** magazine | February 2015 Vin Diesel is certainly quite the tease. He scored the role of Groot in Guardians Of The Galaxy after months of teasing fans about meeting with Marvel. And now he seems to be letting fans into another massive secret with regard to...
Dwayne Johnson is People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive 2016

Dwayne Johnson is People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive 2016

By Jason Berman | ScreenRant If one thing is for sure, it is that you can only go so long before Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson pops back up in the news. The busiest man in Hollywood is getting ready for his animated Disney film, Moana, to hit theaters, before...
Conversations: with GREENLEAF

Conversations: with GREENLEAF

Q&A with Merle Dandridge, Keith David, Lynn Whitfield and Oprah Winfrey. Moderated by Jim Halterman, TV Guide Magazine. GREENLEAF takes viewers into the unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis megachurch, where scandalous secrets and...
Conversations: Eddie Murphy

Conversations: Eddie Murphy

Q&A with Eddie Murphy of MR. CHURCH. Moderated by Stacey Wilson Hunt, New York Magazine. Mr. Church tells the story of a unique friendship that develops when a little girl and her dying mother retain the services of a talented cook – Henry Joseph Church....
Conversations: Q&A with FENCES

Conversations: Q&A with FENCES

Q&A with Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Jovan Adepo, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson and Saniyya Sidney of FENCES. Moderated by Jenelle Riley,...
Shonda Rhimes Named MIPCOM 2016 Personality of the Year

Shonda Rhimes Named MIPCOM 2016 Personality of the Year

Shonda Rhimes, creator and writer of groundbreaking hit shows and one of the most celebrated and influential producers in Hollywood, has been named MIPCOM 2016 Personality of the Year. The internationally respected Rhimes, whose TV credits include ABC Studios’...
Taraji P. Henson Writes Her Memoir

Taraji P. Henson Writes Her Memoir

Shadow and Act | Tambay Obenson Taraji P. Henson’s memoir, “Around the Way Girl,” hits bookstores (on- and offline) today, October 11, 2016. I have a copy of the book, which includes a chapter titled “On Being a Black Woman in Hollywood,”...
NYFF54 – Hamilton’s America Q&A

NYFF54 – Hamilton’s America Q&A

Following the world premiere of the documentary Hamilton’s America at the 54th New York Film Festival, director Alex Horwitz joined Lin-Manuel Miranda, Renée Elise Goldsberry, and more on stage for a Q&A. Lin-Manuel Miranda takes us inside the making...
Conversations: Genevieve Nnaji and Kunle Afolayan

Conversations: Genevieve Nnaji and Kunle Afolayan

A Conversation with Genevieve Nnaji and Kunle Afolayan As we mark this year’s City to City: Lagos programme, we welcome director Kunle Afolayan and superstar actor-singer Genevieve Nnaji for a conversation about Nigeria’s vibrant film industry and the...
Will the Naija New Wave Please Stand Up?

Will the Naija New Wave Please Stand Up?

from Shadow & Act | Olu Yomi Ososanya Nollywood. We all know the story; well, most of us; ok, maybe a few. A business man with a shop full of blank VHS tapes (look it up kids) decided that he wanted to do something with them, and had the epiphany to make a film....
Jaz Sinclair Interview: When The Bough Breaks

Jaz Sinclair Interview: When The Bough Breaks

By Screen Rant Last March, Screen Rant got an opportunity to visit the set of the new film When the Bough Breaks. The drama revolves around a married couple who seek out a surrogate mother so they can have a child. They find one in the form of Anna (Jaz Sinclair), but...
Filmmaking Diaries: On Colorism and Casting Black Girls

Filmmaking Diaries: On Colorism and Casting Black Girls

Shadow & Act | Nijla Mumin I never considered myself light skin, though many would say my complexion falls within that spectrum. I never fit the “light skin, long hair” image because, while my hair was pretty long, it was also thick, and well, nappy....
An Interview with Director Zeresenay Mehari

An Interview with Director Zeresenay Mehari

Shadow & Act | Nijla Mumin There’s a scene in Zeresenay Berhane Mehari’s feature film debut “Difret,” where several men swoop in, riding horses and abruptly kidnap 14-year-old Hirut (Tizita Hagere) as she walks home from school....
Interview: Euzhan Palcy, Candid & Comprehensive

Interview: Euzhan Palcy, Candid & Comprehensive

Shadow & Act | Martine Jean Festival de Cannes 2013: for the first time in its history, the festival hosted a Caribbean extravaganza on the beach. Caribbean Zouk music filled the air. The band played on even as rain drops fell. Euzhan Palcy emerged from the crowd,...
Conversations: Nia Long

Conversations: Nia Long

Career retrospective with Nia Long. Moderated by Jenelle Riley, Variety. Since making her film debut in John Singleton’s Oscar-nominated film, “Boyz In The Hood,” Nia Long continues to cultivate a versatile resume in both film and television. On the...
Conversations: Journey of the Working Actor

Conversations: Journey of the Working Actor

Q&A with Jayne Atkinson, Donna Lynne Champlin, Colman Domingo, Michel Gil, and LaTanya Richardson Jackson. Moderated by Lori Hammel. Join us for an evening with five esteemed New York actors with substantial resumes and stories to share. They’ll cover how...
Saycon Sengbloh Can Act and Sing, But Can She Ever Rest?

Saycon Sengbloh Can Act and Sing, But Can She Ever Rest?

The Tony-Nominated Actress Talks Theater, Music, and Enjoying the Ride Shadow & Act | George Kevin Jordan Saycon Sengbloh is giving you a master class in pitch and dialect. “Every accent has a different kind of pitch,” she explains, “there is a...
Michael Mann on the Greatest

Michael Mann on the Greatest

Michael Mann | Variety One of Muhammad Ali’s biggest struggles culminated in 1974’s Rumble in the Jungle, where it seemed that the spirit of the progressive forces in the world was about to battle the spirit of the repressive status quo. Early on, Cassius...
Where Is The Black Erotic on Screen?

Where Is The Black Erotic on Screen?

Shadow & Act | Robyn Batts After all, can one show a Black woman, our thickness in thighs, our bushy hair, our dulcet tones and not have it explode the encased construct of White female sexuality? Starz’s “The Girlfriend Experience” is directed...
Actors on Actors: Courtney B. Vance & Tracee Ellis Ross

Actors on Actors: Courtney B. Vance & Tracee Ellis Ross

“Black-ish” star Tracee Ellis Ross recently sat down with “The People v. O.J. Simpson” actor Courtney B. Vance for Variety and PBS’ “Actors on Actors” where they discussed race and the intensity of working in television. Watch...
Watch: All Power to the People…

Watch: All Power to the People…

…Sundance/Kickstarter Panel on Strategies for Reaching & Engaging Black Audiences from Shadow & Act | Tambay Obenson Taped earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, Kickstarter hosted a panel that included speakers I’m sure many of you are...
Actors on Actors: Kerry Washington & Aziz Ansari…

Actors on Actors: Kerry Washington & Aziz Ansari…

‘Every Industry Is So White,’ Not Just Hollywood Lamarco McClendon | Variety.com Kerry Washington and Aziz Ansari sat down for the fourth season of Variety’s and PBS’ Actors on Actors series and the two actors struggled to find why the TV...
Conversations: with Danielle Brooks

Conversations: with Danielle Brooks

Career Conversations with Danielle Brooks currently starring in The Color Purple. Moderated by BroadwayWorld.com’s Richard Ridge of “Backstage with Richard Ridge!” Danielle Brooks can currently be seen onstage in the moving revival of The Color...
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