‘Breaking Big’ Set to Showcase Success

By Nadine Matthews, Special to the AFRO “Come here boy, you need a hug.” In a previous interview with another publication, Carlos Watson revealed that this was the way his mother would greet him on the...

From Sitcom Star to Cookbook Author

By Jannah G. Johnson, Special to the AFRO Sitcom star, photographer and former model Daphne Maxwell Reid is adding a new title to her long list of professions: author. Reid recently released a cookbook for beginners called Grace +...

Steve Harvey To Host NFL Honors When AP Awards Are Announced

By The Associated Press TV personality Steve Harvey will host the NFL Honors show on Feb. 2, when The Associated Press hands out its individual league awards. The two-hour prime-time show airing on CBS will be...

Girlfriends Actress Talks Code Switching and Her New Role in “I Am The Night”

By Nadine Matthews, Special to the AFRO Golden Brooks spent much of her California childhood acting out plays with her neighborhood friends. However, acting wasn’t something she aspired to. “I wanted to be Barbara Walters,” she...

Ava Duvernay, Khadja Nin, 80 Others, Protest at Cannes

By JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writer CANNES, France (AP) — Eighty-two women climbed the steps of the Palais des Festivals at the Cannes Film Festival in an unprecedented red carpet protest to press for improved...

Entertainers Address Social Injustice Issues at Super Bowl

By George Henry and Jonathan Landrum Jr., The Associated Press Big-name entertainers believe social injustice needs to be addressed during the Super Bowl and are ensuring the topic that ignited a political firestorm that engulfed the NFL...

HBO’s ‘Random Acts of Flyness’ Is a Fantastic Voyage

By Nadine Matthews, Special to the AFRO The promotional material for HBO’s “Random Acts of Flyness” says it is “a mix of verité documentary, musical performances, surrealist melodrama and humorous animation where themes as ancestral trauma,...

`Stay’ Film Directed by W. Balt. Native

By Sean Yoes, Baltimore AFRO Editor, [email protected] "Stay," a romantic drama recently won "Best International Feature Film" at the Baltimore International Film Festival. The film, which examines addiction also won the "Audience Choice Award" at the Royal Starr Film...

Calling 911: Actresses Bassett, Hinds Helped by Responders

By BETH HARRIS, Associated Press BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Angela Bassett once resorted to dialing 911 for help when she had trouble with a fireplace at home. Aisha Hinds needed help for a life-threatening...

Bryan Cranston, Nicole Kidman, Kevin Hart star in ‘The Upside’

By Dwight Brown, NNPA News Wire Film Critic On paper, a story about a low-income black health-care aid who’s befriended by a rich white male quadriplegic sounds suspect. Patronizing films like Driving Miss Daisy come...

Alvin Ailey Dance Troupe Marks 60 Years By Looking Back At Its Founder

By JOCELYN NOVECK, AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — It was March 1958 when an African-American dancer named Alvin Ailey, then making his living on the Broadway stage, gathered up a group of fellow dancers...

Colorism Reveals Many Shades of Prejudice in Hollywood

By TERRY TANG, Associated Press The breakthrough representation of minorities in Hollywood blockbusters has ignited a frequently overlooked discussion about whether prejudice isn't just about the color of a person's skin, but the shade. "Colorism," the...
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