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Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind The Making Of “Malcolm X”

February 21st, 2014 - By Deron Dalton
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Ladies, we bet you didn’t know the autobiographical film, Malcolm X, was 25 years in the making! It’s based on Alex Haley’s novel, The Autobiography of Malcolm X, but that’s NOT all the trivia there is for you. Let’s celebrate Malcolm X’s legacy on the anniversary of his assassination with the behind the scenes of the critically-acclaimed film that honored his life.

Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind The Making Of “Scandal”

October 2nd, 2013 - By Deron Dalton
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Source: ABC

Source: ABC

“Scandal” is one of the most popular TV dramas with a loyal fanbase. In celebration of season three, this hit political thriller keeps you guessing or shrieking every Thursday night, but there may be some behind the scenes secrets you may not know.

The Fixer

Imagine the words The Fixer across Kerry Washington’s face in the photo above. That’s the show’s alternative title in South Africa, which makes sense since Olivia Pope will fix it.

Broadway’s Only Full-Time Black Producers Stephen C. Byrd & Alia Jones-Harvey Bring Diversity To The Stage

September 29th, 2013 - By Ann Brown
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Stephen C. Byrd, 52, and Alia Jones-Harvey, 40, of Front Row Productions are the only full-time professional black producers currently on Broadway. And they say while they have paved the way for others, they have lots more work ahead.

“We are granularly involved in every aspect of the production,” Byrd told The Huffington Post. “We are creative producers from start to finish. We have been able to do this both on Broadway as well as London’s West End where we were the first people of color to ever produce [a play].”

Their strategy has been successful.

They took a major gamble in bringing an all-star, all-black lineup to the revival of Tennessee Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.”

“By the Spring of 2008, the production had become the highest-grossing play on Broadway, earning the duo, countless awards, including the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Revival of a Play in 2010″ reports HuffPo.

The cast of Romeo & Juliet on Broadway. Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad (center) are the stars. Joseph Marzullo/WENN.com

The cast of Romeo & Juliet on Broadway. Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad (center) are the stars. Joseph Marzullo/WENN.com

The pair just kicked off their newest production “Romeo and Juliet” this past weekend, featuring a multicultural lineup including Condola Rashad as Juliet and Orlando Bloom as her Romeo. This marks the first time in 36 years that the play will be produced on Broadway. “With Condola Rashad cast as an African-American Juliet, it became interesting to us because we saw it as an opportunity to attract new audiences to Shakespeare, as opportunities for our investors who are interested in our mission as well,” said Jones-Harvey.

Added Byrd, “And that mission is non-traditional, multi-racial casting on Broadway and involvement of people of color both onstage and behind stage. What was attractive in part to me was that half the cast in black and half is white. That to me is non-traditional inclusive casting and it’s never been done before with ‘Romeo & Juliet.’”

“Romeo and Juliet” comes on the heels of two of their other star-studded successes–“A Streetcar Named Desire” and Horton Foote’s “The Trip To Bountiful.”

Despite their successes, the pair wishes Broadway was more diverse. “Broadway is an old boys club, a very closed club. Unlike Hollywood, on Broadway if you don’t get a theater, you don’t have a show … you can be all dressed up and nowhere to go,” Byrd said.

Jones-Harvey and Byrd are looking to “Black Orpheus” to the Great White Way and are a “major major director,” said Byrd.

For more about this pair, click here.

R.Kelly Releases Preview Of “Trapped In The Closet: Chapter 33″

July 22nd, 2013 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Source: YouTube

Source: YouTube

 

If you forgot about R.Kelly’s Trapped In The Closet, let us refresh your memory! The Trapped In The Closet series began as a hood musical of sorts that centered around a chain of events that consisted of sex, lies, deceit, and a midget from 2005 to 2007. After going on a six-year hiatus, the 46-year-old R&B singer just released behind the scenes video of Trapped In the Closet: Chapter 33. So yes, the saga continues.

In Chapter 33, R.Kelly, better known as Sylvester, and his main man Eric Lane, who plays ‘Twan, get into trouble when they show up at what looks like a modern day hip-hop speakeasy to visit Beano, a mobster. In the behind the scenes clip, it’s not clear what happens in the nightclub, but seconds after entering, Sylvester and Twan come out running for their lives. As the clip shows them running,  Beano, who is also played by R.Kelly, can be seen wearing blackface  –or perhaps a darker shade of makeup? You make the choice when you view the clip below of Trapped In The Closet, Chapter 33.

Home Savvy Producer’s Blog Post #1: Behind The Scenes Footage/Pics of The Savvy Search for a New Host

May 16th, 2013 - By jade
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This season of Home Savvy, we’re bringing our viewers behind the scenes footage/pictures for each new episode. In our special casting episode, 4 lucky finalists competed in our final casting challenge that took place at The Home Depot. Take a look at some cool pictures of the crew and you can even watch their full 2:00 demonstrations that they performed in front of a live panel of judges.

 Home Savvy Branded Cards for the Judges

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Director of Photography Bryon Summers framing his shot

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Home Savvy Producer Raven Carter getting camera ready

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Finalist Aliah Davis-McHenry posing for the camera

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Makeup artist Mimi Kamara putting the finishing touches on finalist Sherie Graves

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Homer Woody Simeon getting camera ready by makeup artist Kimberly Wynn

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For the full 2:00 demonstrations from each finalists, click on the links below:

Finalist #1 – Aliah Davis McHenry | The Savvy Search for a New Host – Home Savvy

Finalist #2 – Sherie Graves | The Savvy Search for a New Host – Home Savvy

Finalist #3 – Patrice J. Williams | The Savvy Search for a New Host – Home Savvy

Finalist #4 - Brandhyze Stanley | The Savvy Search for a New Host – Home Savvy

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One, Two, Meet Me Outside: Co-Stars Who Got Into It Behind The Scenes

May 2nd, 2013 - By Kelly Franklin
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Source: ATL Pics

Earrings and watches off – Check. Vaseline nearby for face protectant- Check, check. Boxing gloves for this soon – to – be TKO- Check, check, chizeck! But before round 1, can somebody please tell these actors and actresses that life can’t be Burger King have-it-your-way all the time?

Needless to say, the stars in this article came out swinging — angered by script writing or co-star drama for your mama. For them, it’s not just about learning and then flawlessly delivering lines on set. They want to be respected by both producers and fellow thespians. They want adequate pay and appreciation for all their hard work too. They want the same things us regular folk working regular 9 to 5′s want. But too often, we hear about catfight feuds between two actresses or ticked-off tweets involving angered actors. Like us, there may be at least one co-worker we don’t work well with. Perhaps for one reason or another, the film or TV show is  moving in a different direction that’s undesirable to the actor. Check out the real reasons these celebs got in behind-the-scenes tussles.

No Singing? No Acting? No Problem: 9 Entertainment Jobs Outside The Spotlight

February 21st, 2013 - By C. Cleveland
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Kelly Clarkson performing at the inauguration. AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File

Kelly Clarkson performing at the inauguration. AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File

Do you secretly dream of stardom but can’t put the “p” in pitch? Lucky for you, you don’t have to be prolific actress or soul-shaking vocalist to make it in the show business. Plenty of work goes into making stars shine. There are countless jobs just off the stage and beyond the spotlight. If you want to be a part of creating entertainment, but know center stage isn’t for you, consider job options that play on other strengths.

Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind The Making Of “Ray”

January 28th, 2013 - By Veronica Wells
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Before 2004, Jamie Foxx was a comedian, known for his standup and his role as “Wanda” on “In Living Color.” Sure, he’d been in a couple of movies; but he’d only really flexed his acting chops in Any Given Sunday. Booty Call won’t necessarily go down in history as a classic. But all of that changed in 2004, when Jamie Foxx landed the role of a lifetime, portraying legendary musician Ray Charles. From that moment on Jamie was an actor, a true thespian. You saw the movie, you were amazed by the performances but we bet you don’t know these behind the scenes secrets. Check them out.

Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind The Making Of “Drumline”

January 7th, 2013 - By Veronica Wells
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If you ask me, Nick Cannon was never cooler than when he played Devon Miles in the hit turned period piece, Drumline. Tapping into a slice of black culture that’s rarely shown in mainstream media, Drumline was a coming of age story with a twist. You know all the music, the lines, some of ya’ll probably even memorized the dance moves; but despite all of that, we’d bet good money that you don’t know some of these behind the scenes secrets.

Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind The Making Of “Friday”

December 3rd, 2012 - By Veronica Wells
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Before Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle, before Pineapple Express, there was the original “high til I die” movie, Friday. Following the events of just one day in the neighborhood, we watch as Craig and Smokey sit, smoke and plot about what to do about Craig’s unemployment situation. You’ve memorized the lines, but we bet money you don’t know these secrets. Check it out.

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