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Get Your Popcorn Ready: The 13 Best Biopics About Women

March 10th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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Over the years Hollywood has paid homage to some of the most influential, and sometimes controversial, women of our time and in honor of Women’s History month, we take a look at some of the best movies about these important figures.

Biopics About Women

The Josephine Baker Story

Dancer/singer Josephine Baker was the first Black woman to star in a major motion picture film and become a world famous entertainer. Known for performing the banana dance, Baker would wear the fruit covering her bottom while remaining topless. She was also known for her contributions to the Civil Rights movement. Actress Lynn Whitfield stepped into the shoes of Baker for the 1991 HBO biopic The Josephine Baker Story. Unlike most biographical films, this one dug as deep into Baker’s personal life as her public one. Whitfield took home an Emmy and an NAACP award for her role in the film.

Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind The Making Of “A Thin Line Between Love and Hate”

February 10th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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An urban answer to Fatal Attraction, A Thin Line Between Love and Hate served as a cautionary tale for men who were out here wyling when it comes to the ladies. It’s not smart to be reckless out here. You know the plot, you gasped and held your breath as you thought Martin–Darnell– was going to lose his life and you rooted for he and Regina King to work it out. But we bet you didn’t know these behind the scenes secrets. Check them out on the following pages.

Celebrities Who Should Be Featured On Unsung’s Spin-Off, “Unsung Hollywood”

January 9th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Good news! After so much success catching up with the underrated and often off-the-radar music stars in music with Unsung, TV One is about to bring us Unsung Hollywood. Same format, but giving us a back story on all the ups and downs of the careers and lives of black folks we love from TV and film. They already have episodes with Pam Grier, Kadeem Hardison and Robin Harris (to name a few) on deck, but we couldn’t help but throw a few options of stars they need to also profile out there. Check ‘em out!

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Dorothy Dandridge

Talk about a beauty. Dorothy Dandridge was the first African-American woman to be nominated for an Academy Award, but the road to getting the nomination, and how life went for her after the fact wasn’t easy. Dandridge had the type of story that (if any of her colleagues are still alive to tell it) had everything from financial struggles (accountants swindled her out of thousands and she owed back taxes), nervous breakdowns, affairs, career explosions and moments that stalled, and the reinvention of her career later in life. She only lived 42 years, but her life and career has been one that has influenced everyone from Halle Berry, Cicely Tyson and more.

Celebrities Lend Their Support To National Action Network’s “Justice For Trayvon” National 100 City Rally

July 20th, 2013 - By MN Editor
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From coast to coast, people have been out all Saturday afternoon to join the National Action Network’s  Justice for Trayvon” National Action Day of Vigils.

The vigils, held at noon, went from coast to coast and were held to press the federal government to charge George Zimmerman with civil charges in the death of 17 year old Trayvon Martin.

Trayvon’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, was in New York at the rally while his dad, Tracy Martin, was in Florida at the Miami rally. They both addressed the crowd and thanked everyone for their support. A video clip was captured by NBC News:

 

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Even through rainy conditions in the south and  extremely hot conditions on the east coast, the rallies ended up with thousands of people showing their support. In Atlanta, actress Lynn Whitfield showed her support while Beyoncé, Jay Z and Tina Knowles showed theirs in New York.

There are many more rallies and plans in the works as local and national leaders vow to use this unfortunate incident as a way to effect change in not only in the black community but around the nation as a whole.

Deja Vu Like A Mug: Check Out A Clip From LisaRaye’s New Movie, “Lapdance,” Where She Stars As A Stripper…Again

May 30th, 2013 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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It must be really hard out here for actresses…especially black actresses, because there is no reason for another movie based around the seedy/troubled lives of strippers to come out. And definitely no need for another one starring LisaRaye. But alas, that’s what we can expect as a clip from the new movie Lapdance has surfaced, thanks to Carlton Jordan. In it, we see that Lynn Whitfield, as well as Carmen Electra, Obba Babatundé, and Stacey Dash, who plays a doctor in the movie. I guess these two ladies were able to get over their squabbles from the time they fell out while filming Single Ladies.

According to MissJia, LisaRaye actually stars as an aspiring actress who has to make money as a stripper in order to help pay the medical bills of her father, who is battling cancer. Things get ugly when her career choice affects her relationship with her fiance. Whitfield and Babatundé seem to be the people behind the strip club she works at, and Whitfield definitely shows her feisty side with this dialogue…chicks better have her money.

I’m a little disappointed that Whitfield, known for her great acting work in movies like Eve’s Bayou and The Josephine Baker Story, is doing movies like this, and that even LisaRaye has found herself in this same ‘ol, same ‘ol role. And the clip is doing the most. Why is the dressing room the smallest one in history? Why do the strippers look like they’re the age of somebody’s grandmother? And why is Whitfield talking like a Southern pimp?

Maybe you can answer these questions and more for me after you check out the preview of the movie above. Do share your thoughts below!

 

They Certainly Love To Work Together: 15 Black Celebrities Who Boo Up Repeatedly In Movies and Music

September 18th, 2012 - By Blair Bedford
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We love each of these actors and singers for their talent, but no role in film, TV or stage is more perfect than the roles they have together, reliving some of the most classic movie roles and songs as a duet. Here are 15 Black celebrity couples, primarily from the 90’s and beyond, we love to see together on the big screen, the main stage or in our headphones, and the many projects they’ve starred in together.

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Angela Bassett & Laurence Fishburne

This perfect cinematic couple have been featured in multiple projects together, from the big screen to the small stage. This couple most famously played Ike and Tina Turner for “What’s Love Got To Do With It,” were mother and father to Tre Styles (Cuba Gooding Jr.), performed on the stage together in “Fences,” and appeared together again in the 2006 film, “Akeelah and the Bee.”

Harry Belafonte Honored at Dance Theatre of Harlem Fundraiser

February 29th, 2012 - By Veronica Wells
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Last night’s Vision Gala, hosted by the Dance Theatre of Harlem, turned out to be a star studded success. The fundraising event, at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York, honored activist and entertainer, Harry Belafonte.

The Dance Theatre of Harlem, founded by Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook, opened its doors in 1969. After decades of successes including international performances, education outreach programs and community outreach, the theatre went on hiatus in 2004 due to financial issues.

Last night, however, may be a turning point for the company. The fundraiser raised $390,000 which will benefit the Dance Theatre’s Next Generation Fund and Community Engagement Fund, which provides scholarships to dancers and supports arts and community programs.

With the help of contributions from last night, the company is within six months of touring again.

Check out pictures from last night’s event below.

 

Host Soledad O'Brien, Honorary Chairperson, Lynn Whitfield and ballerina, Misty Copeland.- Brokaw Photography

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Get it Auntie! Fashion Forward Celebs Over 50

March 11th, 2011 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Looking at the pages of some of the top fashion magazines, it seems that if you’re in the over 50 club, you should be wearing sheaths, pointy witch-toed heels and embellished muumuus wherever you go. But that’s all wrong. Just because you hit the halfway point in your life doesn’t mean you can’t be as fly at 50 as you are as an agile young adult. Get rid of the boring hues, turtleneck tops and jeans that ride over your stomach, and take note of how to rock 50 the right way by these beautiful leading Hollywood ladies. Cause if you didn’t remember, black don’t crack, so neither should your wardrobe.

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