TV/Film

A New Documentary Shows Why Clarence Avant Is The Godfather Of Black Music (Video)

Clarence Avant is a man whose pioneering work behind the scenes has helped shape the careers of everyone from Quincy Jones to Barack Obama. Lauded as a trailblazing Black executive, Avant and his rise to fame are the subject of a forthcoming documentary called The Black Godfather, which aims to tell... Read more

Here’s The Story Behind The All-Star Cypher That Ended The Arsenio Hall Show

Twenty-five years ago this month, The Arsenio Hall Show dimmed the lights on a massive television platform, especially for Hip-Hop. Since early 1989, the actor/comedian/host planted his flag with a new kind of late-night talk-show with a penchant for the issues, people, and culture that inspired him. From M.C. Hammer... Read more

Menace II Society Director Allen Hughes Will Make A New Tupac Docuseries

In 2017, director Allen Hughes directed The Defiant Ones. The HBO docuseries traced the lives of Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, who would make millions (and later billions) together at Death Row Records, Aftermath Entertainment, and Beats Music. The N.W.A. co-founder and onetime Chairman of Interscope Records were interviewed, as... Read more

Chris Rock Is Taking The Saw Film Franchise To A Twisted New Place

Fifteen years after Saw debuted in movie theaters, Emmy Award-winning writer and comedic icon Chris Rock will help lead the franchise in a new direction. The psychological film released in 2004 spawned seven further installments, most recently 2017's Jigsaw. For its ninth chapter, Rock will reportedly join Jigsaw writers behind the scenes for a reboot... Read more

RZA Explains Why He Believes Roc-A-Fella Records Mistreated ODB

This Friday evening (May 10), the documentary, Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics And Men will broadcast on Showtime. Veteran music journalist and filmmaker Sacha Jenkins directs the film which retraces the origins involving one of Hip-Hop's greatest groups. The collective of RZA, GZA, Method Man, U-God, Raekwon, Masta Killa, Inspectah Deck,... Read more

A New Documentary Sheds Light On The Secret History Of Ill Al Skratch (Video)

There are plenty of Hip-Hop artists whose moment seemed too short. The creators left us music that we still play and celebrate, but some of us do not know the story behind the work as well as higher-profile acts and artists. A new documentary by TRB2HH puts a spotlight on... Read more

The Cast Of In Living Color Reunites To Discuss Changing TV 25 Years Ago (Video)

Next month marks 25 years since In Living Color wrapped its fifth and final season. The FOX sketch comedy series started by Keenen Ivory Wayans introduced two handfuls of household names. The series, which debuted 29 years ago this month, also broke more boundaries in television than even its most... Read more

John Singleton Has Passed Away At The Age Of 51

UPDATE: Moments ago (April 29), the family of John Singleton confirmed that the 51-year-old film and television producer, director, and screenwriter has died. The report comes hours after family members released a statement to TMZ announcing that he would be removed from life support today. A Singleton family rep has... Read more

A New Documentary Explains D’Angelo’s 14-Year Absence From The Music Scene (Video)

Despite being one of the most acclaimed vocalists, musicians, and producers of the last 25 years, D'Angelo has released only three studio albums during his career. The 45-year-old Grammy Award-winning singer born Michael Archer debuted with 1995's Brown Sugar, before 1998's Voodoo, before taking 14 years to follow up with... Read more

John Singleton Is In A Coma After Suffering A Stroke

UPDATE: According to TMZ, director John Singleton remains in treatment more than a week after being hospitalized in California. The acclaimed director suffered a stroke on April 17. Sources now say that Singleton is currently in a coma. The publication obtained documents confirming that members of John's family are seeking... Read more

Geoffrey Owens Has Gone From Working At Trader Joe’s To Making Billions

Last August and September, actor Geoffrey Owens became part of the news cycle in an unexpected turn of events. The 58-year-old actor who famously portrayed "Elvin Tibideaux" on The Cosby Show throughout the late 1980s and early '90s was spotted by a customer at a Trader Joe's location in Clifton,... Read more

Ava DuVernay’s Central Park Five Film Trailer Shows The Pain Of Injustice (Video)

Ava DuVernay famously recreated the 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches and brought them to life for "Best Picture"-nominated film 50 years later. Selma portrayed the committed fight for civil rights in a way that was real, human, and palpable to the modern issues—beyond most textbooks. The Lynwood, California native next took... Read more

Stream Donald Glover & Rihanna’s “Guava Island” Film (Video)

Following Donald Glover's headlining set at the Coachella Valley Music Festival last night (April 12), he and director Hiro Murai debuted their 55-minute, "tropical thriller" for all to stream for the first 18 hours post-release. While it is currently available to all for free, the film between the Atlanta collaborators will... Read more

Fab 5 Freddy’s Documentary Sets The Record Straight About A Chronic Problem

Fab 5 Freddy has worn many hats in Hip-Hop, in front of and behind the camera. The legendary host, director, producer, historian, and artist has been involved with Wild Style, Yo! MTV Raps, New Jack City, and a host of music videos. Fred Brathwaite's next project explores the modern history... Read more

Jordan Peele’s New Movie Has A Record Breaking Opening Weekend

Jordan Peele's second directorial feature film opened this past weekend. Following 2017's Get Out (which earned the 40-year-old his first Oscar for original screenplay), Us has already shattered commercial projections and set new records in the Horror genre. According to a Variety report amid the weekend, Us achieved more than... Read more

Open Mike Eagle’s New TV Show To Feature MF DOOM, Phonte & Method Man

Chicago, Illinois MC Open Mike Eagle has inserted wit and drama into his music for years. The artist behind such releases as 2016's Hella Personal Film Festival (with producer Paul White), 2017's Brick Body Kids Still Daydream, and last year's What Happens When I Try To Relax EP has partnered... Read more

Samuel L. Jackson’s Interview Is Real & Unfiltered…Just Like His Best Characters

On screen, Samuel L. Jackson often plays characters that speak their minds with little compromise. Away from the film, set, the Chattanooga, Tennessee native is no a stranger to voicing his opinions with a similar approach. The unfiltered, often uncensored actor is now 70 years old and is still working... Read more

A Short Film Shows What The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air Would Look Like In 2019

Next year, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air turns 30 years old. It's been nearly three decades since Will Smith introduced America to a fictionalized version of himself, playing a West Philadelphia-native who gets relocated to Bel Air, California to stay out of trouble and live with his extended family. During... Read more

Dave East Will Play Method Man In The Upcoming Wu-Tang Clan TV Series

Last month, several cast members were confirmed for Hulu's upcoming 10-part dramatic series Wu-Tang: An American Saga. The series is created, written, and executive produced by RZA as well as Alex Tse–the screenwriter of the 2018’s Superfly remake. Method Man and The Abbott are billed as executive producers. Meanwhile, Ghostface... Read more

The Academy Awards Finally Do The Right Thing. Spike Lee Wins His 1st Oscar.

Moments ago, Spike Lee earned his first Oscar Award. The 61-year-old won the honors for "Best Adapted Screenplay" for his work on 2018's BlackKklansman. He shares the win with Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, and Kevin Willmott. The award-winning script is based on the memoir of the same name by Ron... Read more

Ryan Coogler Is Producing A Film Based On A Real-Life Black Panther

Ryan Coogler has written and directed three beloved films, including Fruitvale Station, Creed, and last year's blockbuster Black Panther. Starting with late 2018's Creed II, the 32-year-old is also moving into film production. The Oakland, California native is now reported to be producing a film on slain Black Panther Party... Read more

The 1st Look At The Michael Jackson Documentary Suggests His Image Will Not Survive

In January, the four-hour documentary Leaving Neverland screened at the Sundance Film Festival. Next month, the general public can view the controversial film that examines accusations of sexual abuse against Michael Jackson. The estate of Jackson, who died a decade ago, has denounced the film. Ahead of its March 3... Read more

Nas Delivers A Verse That Reminds Hip-Hop Is Global

It was Nas’ onetime nemesis JAY-Z that famously proclaimed, “I’m not a businessman, I’m a business, man,” but Nasir Jones has also lived up to that ideal in the last half-decade. The venture capitalist has invested in everything from Lyft to Dropbox, and he doesn’t show any signs of slowing... Read more

Will Smith Explains Why He Turned Down The Lead Role In The Matrix

In the closing days of 1999, much of the globe was weary about the potential hazards of Y2K. The technological scare was real, as valid experts, computer experts, and programmers clamored with the fear that all computerized machines would stop working at the end of December 31, 1999. This widespread... Read more

The 1st Actors In The New Wu-Tang Series Have Been Cast. See Ghostface & RZA

In late 2018, surrounding the 25th anniversary of Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers, it was reported that a drama series based on the formation of Wu-Tang Clan is in development. Hulu ordered 10 episodes of the series titled Wu-Tang: An American Saga. The events of the upcoming drama pull extensively... Read more

Dave Chappelle Wins Best Comedy Album Grammy For 2nd Straight Year

For the second consecutive year, Dave Chappelle has won big at the Grammy Awards. One year ago, the comedian took home his first trophy for 2017's Dave Chappelle: The Age Of Spin & Deep In The Heart Of Texas. The win was for "Best Comedy Album." A few hours ago... Read more

50 Cent Discusses Power Prequel & Confirms Sean Penn Will Star

Late last year, 50 Cent announced that he is producing a Power prequel. Since the Starz series launch in 2014, it has seen critical success with a "1.55 million viewers and a 0.6 rating among adults 18-49," according to Deadline. However, with 50 Cent's character, "Kanan Stark" leaving the series... Read more

John Singleton Recalls Trying To Convince Tupac To Hang Up His Mic In 1993

While director John Singleton's career spans a hearty three decades and is chock full of incredible stories to revel in, memories surrounding his cherished interactions with Tupac remain as fresh as ever. In a new interview with The Daily Beast's Stereo Williams, which arrived in tandem with his Poetic Justice... Read more

Earl Sweatshirt’s New Album Spells DOOM For His Generation (Video)

Late in 2018, Earl Sweatshirt released his fourth album, simply-titled Some Rap Songs. The LP showcases Earl’s sharp wordplay and conversational delivery. Moreover, the 24-year-old also shows that he is evolving as a producer. He favors carefully-crafted loops instead of the kind of grabby production that can detract from the... Read more

RZA & Ghostface Killah Are Making A Horror Movie Based On Wu’s Real Life Experiences

This week, Wu-Tang Clan is screening its upcoming documentary Of Mics And Men at the Sundance Film Festival. While promoting the four-part Showtime doc, RZA and Ghostface Killah revealed that they have another film endeavor on the horizon, a Suspense Horror feature. RZA (aka Robert Diggs) will direct. Meanwhile, the... Read more

Empire’s Jussie Smollett Is The Victim Of A Disgusting Hate Crime

Actor Jussie Smollett is recovering from injuries related to a hate crime. The Empire actor known for playing the role of "Jamal Lyon" was attacked in Chicago, Illinois and hospitalized this morning (January 29). While walking in an undisclosed section of the Windy City, two masked men directed homophobic and... Read more

Wu-Tang Clan’s Documentary Trailer Shows 9 MCs’ Triumph Through Life With Mics

Wu-Tang Clan is in the midst of celebrating the crew's 25th anniversary award tour. Two months ago, Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) turned 25. The Clan came together for a short film, and is currently on the road commemorating the milestone. This Spring, acclaimed Hip-Hop journalist, author, and filmmaker Sacha... Read more

Eminem Will Show The Real 8 Mile In His Virtual Reality Documentary

Even as a musical superstar, Eminem has remained rooted in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan. His home is there, and his recording studio is there, where many of the artists on his label record. Although historically out of the traditional celebrity lifestyle, Eminem is regularly in attendance at the city's... Read more

Black Panther & Kendrick Lamar Receive Oscar Nominations

The nominations for next month's 91st Academy Awards just announced this morning (January 22). The televised event set to take place on February 24. For fans of Black Panther and BlacKkKlansman in particular, there may be good reasons to watch. Both Black Panther and BlacKkKlansman are nominated for the highest honor, "Best... Read more

Killer Mike Has Made The Most Dangerous Show On Television (Video)

In just a few hours (January 18), Season 1 of Trigger Warning With Killer Mike will be available. One of the most consistent Hip-Hop artists of the last decade and a leading activist within the culture takes his charisma, his ability to ask hard questions, and his courage to television,... Read more

Dave Chappelle Details The Night R. Kelly Confronted Him With His Goons

Earlier this week, Chappelle's Show co-writer Neal Brennan revealed to The Breakfast Club that more than 15 years ago, R. Kelly and his entourage stepped to Dave Chappelle in Chicago. The confrontation took place as a response to the Comedy Central show's "Pee On You" sketch. While Brennan said he... Read more

Chapelle’s Show Has Been Under Attack. Its Co-Writer Defends It.

Chapelle's Show is responsible for some of the most cutting-edge comedy on television of all-time. In the early 2000s, Dave Chappelle's sketch series was groundbreaking, provocative, and in some ways prophetic to social issues that followed. Comedian Neal Brennan wrote and directed many of the show's most memorable episodes. In... Read more

Aaron McGruder Discusses The Boondocks Being Ahead Of Its Time

Since broadcasting earlier this month, Surviving R. Kelly has many people re-examining their position on the onetime R&B superstar. This month's six-part documentary on Lifetime details the accusations against the 52-year-old by alleged victims. These include claims of sex with underage girls and graphic accounts of abuse and predatory tactics... Read more

Eddie Murphy Is Coming Back To America Just In Time

Nearly two years ago, it was revealed that Eddie Murphy was working on a sequel script to one of his most beloved films, Coming To America. The original 1988 John Landis-directed movie was based on a story by Murphy. He starred in the film as "Prince Akeem" alongside a talented... Read more

dream hampton Speaks About The Horrors Of Making Surviving R. Kelly

In the last week, the six-part documentary Surviving R. Kelly aired on Lifetime. The investigative work examines the extensive abuse allegations against the three-time Grammy Award-winning singer. Kelly's accusers are all women of color, many of whom were minors at the time. In the documentary, each goes into detail about... Read more

This New Documentary Shows The Untold Story Of 3 Hip-Hop Fashion Pioneers

For as long as there has been Hip-Hop, fashion has been an integral part of the culture. From what people wore, how they wore it, the expression of clothing and accessories influenced people who did not listen to Rap, or participate in the four elements. By the 1980s, as Run-D.M.C.... Read more

Kevin Hart Explains Why He Stepped Down As Oscar Host & Why He Might Come Back

Kevin Hart was given a significant opportunity when he was invited to host the 91st Academy Awards, taking place in February. For any host, it's a massive undertaking. Arguably a gig with the biggest audience a performer may ever have, hosting the Oscars is a milestone most would consider a... Read more

A New Documentary Will Show Michael Jordan Raw & Uncut (Video)

Widely considered the greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan’s life on and off the court is quite well documented. However, an upcoming 10-part "30 For 30" documentary series titled The Last Dance will put a spotlight specifically on Mike’s sixth and final championship with the Chicago Bulls in... Read more

Suge Knight Describes The Night Tupac Was Shot & Retraces Their Route Step By Step

The night of September 7, 1996 changed history forever. Mike Tyson defeated Bruce Seldon in a WBA championship fight that lasted less than two minutes. He entered the ring to a song by friend Tupac Shakur, who attended the MGM event seated beside manager and employer Suge Knight. After the... Read more

The Luniz’ Biggest Hit Is A Backdrop For The Most Anticipated Horror Film Of 2019

More than two decades ago, The Luniz burst onto the scene with their 1995 crossover hit "I Got 5 On It." During a year of releases that included Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... and Mobb Deep's The Infamous, the duo of Numskull and Yukmouth had their debut LP Operation... Read more

Xzibit Explains Why Pimp My Ride Was Profitable For Everyone But Him

From 2004 to 2007, Pimp My Ride brought custom car culture makeovers into living rooms around the world. It was hosted by Xzibit and the show further introduced the platinum-selling Los Angeles, California MC to a worldwide audience as a media personality. Centering around L.A.'s car culture, the series hooked... Read more

Issa Rae Has No Insecurities About Confronting Hollywood’s Diversity Problem

In addition to creating, co-writing, and starring in Insecure, the Emmy-nominated Issa Rae is devoted to creating opportunities for people of color in Hollywood. Complementing this reputation, Issa Rae’s ColorCreative has signed a multi-year production deal with Columbia Pictures to promote diversity in the writers' room. The agreement is presented as... Read more

Killer Mike Is Getting His Own TV Show & It’s About Questioning EVERYTHING

For more than 15 years, Killer Mike has been a Rap artist who has proven that he can give people information and then rally them to act. In 2016, the Run The Jewels co-founder led a successful campaign to "Bank Black" in his native Atlanta, Georgia. The statement  sent a... Read more

Erykah Badu Shows Why She’s One Of The Best Performers Alive & A True Legend

Twenty-one years after her debut album, Erykah Badu is actively adding to one of music's most revered catalogs. The Dallas, Texas native Badu sings, she DJs, and she carries her passion for performing with her everywhere. Last month, Erykah received the Soul Train Music Awards "Legend" recognition. Badu was presented... Read more

A New Documentary Shows How Suge Knight’s American Dream Became His Nightmare

This September, Marion "Suge" Knight was sentenced to 28 years behind bars for the killing of music executive Terry Carter. For the Compton, California native, it was the stiffest punishment in a career that has marred by incarcerations, legal roadblocks, and a very public fall from power. Twenty-five years ago,... Read more