Tina Turner (1939-2023)

Soulful diva Tina Turner, who had a lengthy run of ’60s and ’70s R&B hits and struck major pop stardom in the ’80s, died Wednesday in Switzerland. She was 83.

2023 UASIAFF Call 4 Entries

The Urban Action Showcase International Action Film Festival proudly accepts entries via FilmFreeway, the world’s #1 submission platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD screeners, unlimited video storage, filmmaker profiles, and more.

Harry Belafonte (1927-2023)

Singer, actor, producer and activist Harry Belafonte, who spawned a calypso craze in the U.S. with his music and blazed new trails for African American performers, died Tuesday of congestive heart failure at his Manhattan home. He was 96.

Derek Luke Discusses Fatherhood as Heroism and More..

By Sophia Scorziello | Variety Derek Luke always knew he wanted to be a hero — or rather, play one. But when the opportunity for him to join the Marvel universe arose in 2011’s “Captain America: The First Avenger,” he wasn’t so sure — even after his agent, the late Ed...

Queen Latifah Makes History In The Library of Congress

What can’t Queen Latifah do? It seems as though the mega-star has continuously broken barriers throughout her career and is not stopping. She is now becoming the first female rapper to be inducted in the National Recording Registry.

Watch a Never-Before-Aired James Baldwin Interview From 1979

Buried by ABC at the time, the segment reveals a unique glimpse into Baldwin’s private life—as well as his resounding criticism about white fragility, as blisteringly relevant today as it was in 1979.

Lance Reddick: The Projects The Actor Left Behind

The industry is still reeling from the sudden passing of Lance Reddick. However, his eloquent presence will continue on in several upcoming projects which the prolific actor had completed before his death at age 60.

Idris Elba Forms Partnership to Support African Talent

Luther” star Idris Elba and media mogul Mo Abudu are joining forces to empower talent from Africa and the diaspora through their respective production companies, Green Door Pictures and EbonyLife Media.

How Debra Martin Chase Rebooted Her Career…

Angelique Jackson | Variety Seven years ago, pioneering film and TV producer Debra Martin Chase was thinking about leaving Hollywood. The first Black woman to ink an overall deal at any studio, she’d produced such genre-defining hits as “The Princess Diaries,” “The...

Actors on Actors: Janelle Monáe + Austin Butler

By Daniel D'Addario | Variety Austin Butler transformed into a music icon this year, taking on the presence and the swagger of the King in Baz Luhrmann’s electrifying “Elvis.” And Janelle Monáe made the reverse journey, continuing her reinvention from futuristic pop...

The NYC Action Actors Academy is Back!

We are celebrating our return to In-Person training with 2 Free Hand 2 Hand and Weapons Intro to Screen Fighting Seminars!

Hudlin & Phillips Make First-Look Deal With Fremantle

Reginald Hudlin and Byron Phillips have struck a first-look deal with Original Productions after teaming up on Amazon documentary series Phat Tuesdays: The Era of Hip Hop Comedy.

Hollywood Shuffle: Against Type

by Aisha Harris | Criterion.com Laying bare the typecasting of Black actors in the 1980s, Robert Townsend’s crackling directorial debut, Hollywood Shuffle (1987), is a satire that has lost none of its bite. The film’s protagonist, Bobby Taylor (Townsend), a young...

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Jim Brown (1936-2023)

Jim Brown, the NFL titan who appeared in “The Dirty Dozen,” many Blaxploitation films plus Oliver Stone’s “Any Given Sunday,” “The Running Man,” Tim Burton’s “Mars Attacks” and Spike Lee’s “He Got Game,” to name a few, died Thursday in Los Angeles. He was 87.