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Denzel Washington Side Eyes Hollywood Executives Who Offered Him Racist Role

April 14th, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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If you thought you could not love Denzel Washington more, here is your chance to completely adore him!

In a 2012 Times Talk  interview that we’re just catching, Washington claims he turned down the chance to act in a film despite providing him a hefty salary. Taking advice from a Hollywood icon, Denzel says Sidney Portier warned it would change his brand as an actor. According to Upworthy, Washington stated to the interviewer, the role  and synopsis would only “perpetuate racism in the name of comedy.”

I got a part in a movie in 1986. I call it the “N****r They Couldn’t Kill.” [The character] He raped a white woman; they tried to electrocute him but it didn’t work and he became a cult hero. Then they tried to hang him. There were some Jewish people in the audition room who said “it is funny.” And I said to them “yeah, it’s like you bring some Jewish people into a room and they think it is a shower but it is gas. And they said “right!” And I said “Right! That ain’t funny!” So to me it was not funny to put a rope around my MFing neck and I made a point. I called Sidney (Portier) and told him “man they are offering me $600,000 to play the “N****r They Couldn’t Kill.” And he told me, “I’m not going to tell you what to do. But I will tell you this, the first, two, three or four films you do in this business will dictate how you are perceived.

That was sage advice! And they’re wise words for everyone. When you’re just starting out, you’re eager to get your foot in the door and you think you ought to say yes to anything that’s thrown your way. But you should never leave your better judgment at the door. If something doesn’t feel right, or you find it outright offensive to you or to others, it’s probably best to wait until you find something more in line with your brand of work.

Check out Denzel’s interview, below. We wish other black performers would take heed to the same advice, too.

It Ain’t None Of Your Friends’ Business… Celebrity Couples Who Are Notoriously Private

March 10th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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In this day and age where celebs and everyday folks take to their social media pages to share every little detail of their lives, there are still some stars who like to keep their private lives very private.

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Cassie and Diddy

Rumor had it Diddy and Cassie were dating well before they were ever photographed together. Caught up in a love triangle with Cassie and his children’s mother Kim Porter, Diddy snuck around with the “Me & U” singer showing up at the same events but making sure to never arrive or leave together. Recently the two have been more open about their relationship in public and on social media. Diddy has posted photos professing his love for Cassie and last month sparked rumors when he put up a picture of an engagement ring with the caption, “Baby do you like it? I just want to get you wat you Like!” he added. “I just wanna Mk you smile :) #takeDat!”

LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Samuel L. Jackson’s Wife, To Take Diahann Carroll’s Role In “A Raisin In The Sun”

February 12th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Last summer we told you that Diahann Carroll and Denzel Washington were going to be starring in a revival of A Raisin in the Sun . And then a few weeks ago, we learned that Diahann Carroll had to drop out.

Well, today we learned that LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Samuel L. Jackson’s wife is set to take her place. Richardson Jackson was last on Broadway in 2009 when she starred in “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone.” Richardson was asked to take Carroll’s place last Saturday.

Richardson Jackson said, “This is not even serendipitous. This is a miracle. This is an incredible dream. I could cry, but I don’t have time.”

Carroll, who is 78, withdrew from the production, because of rigorous demands for the rehearsal and performance schedule.

Richardson Jackson said the only downside of her starring in this role is the fact that Carroll will not be in the play as she was looking forward to seeing her in it.

The productions will also star Denzel Washington, Sophie Okonedo and Anika Noni Rose.

Denzel said, “Listen, she’s already in there killing it. She’s already pushing me so that’s good. I’m happy that she’s here.”

Richardson Jackson just so happened to be in New York planning to see her friends–Pauletta Washingtong, Denzel’s wife, in a cabaret. But all of that ended on Saturday when her night was spent signing contracts.

“A Raisin in the Sun” starts on March 8 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre and opening night is April 3.

Richardson Jackson’s off Broadway credits include “From the Mississippi Delta” and “The Talented Tenth” and her TV roles have included parts on “Ally McBeal” and “100 Centre Street.” She appeared in the films “Sleepless in Seattle” and “Malcolm X .”

At 64, she is five years older than Washington, 59, who will be playing her son. Washington was last on Broadway in the 2010 production of “Fences” for which he won a Tony for lead actor.

This will be the second Broadway revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s play. The original featured Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee and the 2004 version starred Diddy, Phylicia Rashad, Sanaa Lathan and was directed by Leon.

This sounds like it’s going to be awesome. Will you check it out?

Classic White Savior Movies

February 5th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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Hollywood just loves to have a white person donning a cape come in and save some poor, Black soul. While some of these White Savior movies were based on true stories, others were just made up and a little too over the top.

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The Blindside

Sandra Bullock is known as America’s sweetheart but she won even more hearts over in the 2009 film The Blind Side. Based on the 2006 book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game, the film follows Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman Michael Oher’s life from impoverished beginnings to the NFL. Oher had nothing in his life going for him but football until a white couple, played by Bulllock and Tim McGraw, came along to adopt him. The film grossed over $300 million and Bullock earned critical acclaim and accolades for her performance. She also won a Golden Globe and the coveted Oscar gold for Best Actress.

Girls Like Ball Too! 15 Of The Best Football Movies Ever

January 29th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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Super Bowl Sunday is just around the corner and in honor of the biggest game of the year, here are some of our favorite football movies.

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Any Given Sunday

Famed director Oliver Stone decided to enlist an all-star cast to focus on the game of football for the film Any Given Sunday. Al Pacino plays coach Tony D’Amato who’s in charge of motivating an embattled team with the new owner (Cameron Diaz) breathing down his neck. With their star quarterback out, he has no choice but to turn to the nervous third-string quarterback Willie Beamen (Jamie Foxx). The cast included James Wood, Dennis Quaid and LL Cool J along with legendary NFL Hall of Famers Jim Brown and Lawrence Taylor.

Is He Worth The Money? Denzel Washington Lands On Forbes’ List of Most Overpaid Actors

December 9th, 2013 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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Think Denzel Washington is way too overpaid? Well, Forbes definitely agrees with you. The 2 Guns actor, worth $140 million, just landed in sixth place on this year’s List of Most Overpaid Actors.

Examining each actors’ last three films, Forbes says that Mr. Washington’s superb acting prowess only brought in a return of $8.30 for every dollar paid to him.

As one of Hollywood’s so-called box office heroes, Washington can demand top dollar for working his magic on the silver screen. Denzel makes $40 million annually. “Unfortunately, his films don’t always do great at the box office,” Forbes says.

Let’s look at the revenue 2 Guns pulled in. Denzel, along with his good ol’ sidekick Mark Wahlberg, only reeled in an embarrassing $10 million from 3,306 North American theaters on opening day. This was an unexpected slap in the face for the film’s distributor, Universal. They expected at least $20 million from the ebony and ivory weapon-wielding duo.

But what about Flight? Sure the 2012 riveting drama got two Academy Award nominations for Best Actor and Best Screenplay, but box-office pundits weren’t too impressed with Flight’s numbers. During it’s opening weekend, the film pulled in $25.1 million at 1,884 locations.

While this isn’t too bad, as it was ranked No.2 in America, ALT Film Guide notes that this Oscar-sweetheart should have drew in more cash:

“Even ‘The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3′, considered a major box office disappointment, opened in June 2009 with $23.37 million at 3,074 locations,” it added.

Denzel’s Safe House pulled in $28.4 million during its opening weekend and grossed $82.6 million after 11 days, according to ALT Film Guide. But even though the movie was a box office hit, a profit wasn’t yet made, since the film’s budget was $85 million. Thanks to international attraction, however, the film grossed $208 million in total.

So with a salary of more than $20 million a picture, Forbes has deemed Denzel “overpaid.” Sure American Gangster and Safe House are the only Denzel Washington films that have grossed over $100 million during the past decade, but his recent numbers aren’t exactly anything to snooze at.

In case you’re curious, Adam Sandler landed at No.1 on the list, bringing in only $3.40 for every dollar paid. Who could forget his box-office stinkers like Jack & Jill and That’s My Boy?

Forbes method for compiling this year’s “Overpaid” list includes analyzing actors’ last three films over the past three years using data from Box Office Mojo. “Think of it like a star return on investment number,” Forbes concludes.

Do you think Denzel should be on the list?

They Made It Last: Celebrity Couples We Almost Forgot Have Been Together For Years

November 11th, 2013 - By Iva Anthony
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While nearly every other day celebrity couples are calling it quits, the spouses on this list have lived together happily for years outside of the limelight — so much so that we almost forgot they’ve earned a place among Hollywood’s rare assortment of successful celebrity couples.

Celebrity Couples Who've Been Together For Forever

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Shanice and Flex Alexander

Singer Shanice scored a hit with the song “I Love Your Smile” in the early 90’s. Although her career never quite took off, Shanice quickly settled into married life. It turns out comedian and actor Flex Alexander liked her smile, so much so, he made Shanice his wife on Valentine’s Day in 2000. The happy couple has two children together. Most recently, Alexander made a guest appearance on Vh1’s “Single Ladies” in 2012.

Like Father, Like Son: John David Washington, Denzel’s Son Heads To HBO for New Pilot!

October 26th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Move over Denzel, John David Washington is hoping he’s the next celebrity in the Washington family.

John David, the oldest of the Washington children, is the newest addition to the HBO pilot, Ballers, according to Indiewire.com. The show which stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson” is a show about the lives of retired athletes living it up in Miami. While they’ve yet to release Johnon’s role, he’ll surely be the main character.

Washington will play Ricky, a very spiritual yet extremely competitive athlete.  At least one part of the role should come easy to him: Washington is a football player. He played for Morehouse College and went on to briefly play in the NFL and the UFL.  Acting is his latest venture.

The show will also co-star Donovan Carter, a former college football player, as one of the football players.

Ballers is executive produced by Mark Wahlberg (whose made an incredible name for himself in Hollywood) and the script will be written by Entourage’s Stephen Levinson.

The show sounds like it could be interesting. Not many people get their start in acting doing an HBO show so John David better be ready…and he better be good. Surely Daddy Denzel has been helping him out because as a living legend in the industry, he knows his son will be closely compared to him.

HBO is hoping to start filming later this fall. Would you watch?

A Brand New Home: 45th NAACP Image Awards To Be Aired Live On TV ONE

October 7th, 2013 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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The "Scandal" cast at the NAACP Image Awards earlier this year. FayesVision/WENN.com

The “Scandal” cast at the NAACP Image Awards earlier this year. FayesVision/WENN.com

Last February on NBC, we watched as Kerry Washington and Denzel Washington were honored for their laudable acting roles at the “NAACP Image Awards.” Next year, expect to watch your favorite celebrities of color receive their awards on TV ONE, the NAACP’s new partner in crime, according to a press release.

TV ONE has entered into a five-year contract with the NAACP to be the new home of the prestigious awards ceremony. The “45th NAACP Image Awards” is scheduled to air live in February 2014.

“Our new multi-faceted long-term partnership with TV One will bring expanded visibility and awareness of the NAACP and its important programs, such as the NAACP Image Awards, ” said Roslyn M. Brock, NAACP’s National Board of Directors Chairman. “TV One offers the resources and capabilities to reach audiences in today’s broad media universe, therefore advancing the message of promoting and protecting human and civil rights.”

The NAACP Image Awards, which celebrates talented people of color who have shone in the fields of television, music, literature, will also be airing a live broadcast of the red carpet arrivals—a star-studded event that will be sure to heighten viewership.

“Today’s announcement is a game changer for TV One and our loyal viewers across the country,” said Alfred Liggins, Chairman of TV One. “As we prepare to celebrate the 10th anniversary of TV One’s 2004 launch, I can think of no greater opportunity to thank this audience than by providing them with access to the preeminent awards show that showcases the incredible achievements of Black Americans and by creating an ongoing opportunity for dialogue around social justice issues on TV One.”

The press release notes that the 45th NAACP Image Awards will be broadcast online as well. The awards committee is now accepting submissions for people of color who have excelled in “television, recording, literature, motion picture and writing [and] directing.”

Submit your nominations here before Friday, November 15, 2013.

That’s Just Mean: Celebs Who Were Victims Of Death Hoaxes

August 16th, 2013 - By Iva Anthony
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Celebrities are no stranger to having rumors made up about them; the more famous the celebrity, the crazier the rumor, like death hoaxes. Here are 15 stars who people viciously claimed were dead.

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Chris Brown

After his assault on then girlfriend Rihanna, Chris Brown was one of the most hated men in entertainment, and in 2012, “internet killers” joined forces on two social networking platforms to declare the “Don’t Judge Me” singer dead. In addition to a hashtag with the words “RIPChrisBrown” trending on twitter, the comment sections for his official videos on YouTube were flooded with messages of mourning. While he has a way to go with winning people over in the court of public opinion, Brown did recently score a victory in criminal court after his hit and run case was thrown out.

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