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I’m all here for diversity in Black film. While I love the classic Black rom coms like Love Jones and the coming of age stories like Boyz in The Hood, I’m also excited for Black actors, writers and directors tapping into other genres.
Last year, Taraji and Idris had No Good Deed and now, three of our faves: Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy and Morris Chestnut are starring in another put-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat flick called The Perfect Guy.
Movie Insider described the movie as follows:
Leah Vaughn (Sanaa Lathan) appears to have the ideal life. She enjoys a challenging, fast-paced career as a lobbyist; Dave (Morris Chestnut), her long-term boyfriend loves her. And yet, at 36, she’s ready to move to the next phase. Marriage and a family seem a logical and welcome step. Dave is not so sure. A bit commitment phobic, his misgivings lead to a painful break up.
Enter Carter Duncan (Michael Ealy), a handsome, charming stranger whose path keeps crossing with Leah’s. Caring and solicitous of Leah and her family and friends, their relationship rapidly progresses. It seems Leah has met the perfect guy. But if it seems too good to be true… Soon Carter’s protective nature morphs into something more sinister. It’s clear Leah has to end this new relationship and when she does, her onetime lover becomes her ultimate enemy. It will take every bit of her cunning and resolve to escape and outwit him.
If you aren’t convinced, check out the trailer for the film in the video below.
It’s another Monday, so you know what that means. It’s #MCM. Which means our boy Kel Mitchell hit the streets of L.A. to ask ladies what they think of some of the leading men in entertainment.
In this week’s edition we collected votes on men like actors Omar Epps and Michael Ealy, basketball player Serge Ibaka, rapper Wiz Khalifa and more.
See what the ladies in this video had to say about these men, whether they thought they were hot or a hot mess. And then be sure to hit up the comment section to let us know what you think about the men from this week.
We were shocked to learn nearly two years ago that Hollywood heart-throb Michael Ealy is a married man. After news of the actor’s marital status broke, fans were naturally intrigued and wanted to know more about the mystery woman whom Michael dated for a total of four years before marrying her. Michael, however, opted to take the Kerry Washington route by keeping the details of his personal life under wraps. Well, until now that is. During a recent chat with “Think Like A Man Too” co-star Wendy Williams, the 40-year-old actor opened up just a bit about his wife, fatherhood and why he prefers to keep his personal life private.
“It’s not really that hard,” Michael said about keeping his business under the radar. “I don’t live my life in that way. I don’t live my life in a social way. I don’t put everything out on social media. I don’t live that reality lifestyle. At the same time, I’ve always been private, ever since I was in high school. Like, people think, ‘Oh, you’re in Hollywood, you like to…’ I’m like, ‘No, no.’ If you knew me in high school, you knew. I learned then, if you want something to work, if it means that much to you, keep it to yourself.”
Despite his theory about keeping things on the hush, Michael did open up briefly about his wife of two years, who’s from Afghanistan and his son. He previously declined to comment on whether or not last Sunday was his first Father’s Day as a dad, but after a little probing he bashfully confessed to Wendy that it was.
“It was awesome,” the blue-eyed actor admitted. “I had just gotten back in town from the road and my wife went to go get her hair done or something like that because we had date night that night, so it was just me and him. We went and ran some errands and took him to CVS and got him some swim diapers and stuff.”
Michael, who was in rare form, also revealed his son’s name.
“His name is Elijah Rakim.”
Watch Michael’s interview with Wendy below.
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Ask ten men what they believe the perfect Father’s Day gift is and you’ll likely get ten different answers. But when it comes to “Think Like A Man Too” actor Michael Ealy, the answer is quite simple. He just wants to spend time with his kid.
“Well I am out on the road all this week, I don’t get home until Father’s Day,” the heart-throb recently revealed to The YBF. “All I need for him to do is smile and I’m good. I don’t need a tie, I don’t need a present, I don’t need a breakfast, I just need him to hug me and let’s go play with his toy trucks.”
The 40-year-old actor also dished on what he loves most about being a dad.
“All I need for him to do is smile and I’m good. I don’t need a tie, I don’t need a present, I don’t need a breakfast, I just need him to hug me and let’s go play with his toy trucks.”
Last month, Michael, who often goes the Kerry Washington route when it comes to discussing his personal life, also recently dished to BET on how fatherhood has changed him.
“A child will make you realize what really matters in life, he expressed. “The new perspective that comes with being a parent and seeing the growth of the child, and wanting to be a part of it, has enlightened me on a whole different level. It puts this business in perspective.
It’s the most amazing accomplishment that I have. He is my most amazing accomplishment. And the fact that I get to share him with my wife is amazing. It speaks about us and our bond. It truly is a miracle. I’ve never seen a miracle like this. I don’t think I knew what a miracle was until I had my son.”
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Michael Ealy Speaks On Being “Hurt” By “Almost Human” Cancellation, And Why He Will Always Keep His Personal Life Private
We had the chance to chat with the very handsome, very intelligent Michael Ealy recently to prepare for the release of About Last Night on DVD (comes out today…but did you hear about our giveaway?). We talked with him about the movie’s success, Think Like A Man Too and what we can expect from the sequel, the ups and downs of the film and TV industry and what keeps him going, and why you won’t catch him yapping about his business when it comes to his wife and son–he’s staying private.
If Success Of Think Like A Man And About Last Night Will Help More Films With Black Casts Get Made:
“I don’t think Hollywood supports anything unless they think it’s going to make money. I think the success of Think Like A Man and About Last Night, they definitely have opened some doors and there’s definitely more work to be had. Again, I think we should never lose focus on gaining some control ourselves, but in the meantime and while we’re working on that, yes, we’re getting better opportunities now than we have in recent years.”
What We Can Expect From His Character In The Think Like A Man Sequel:
“I think Dominic and Lauren are doing really, really well in the second one. They’ve found a nice little rhythm that works for them, and then their relationship is tested once again in this movie, but not for the same reasons. It’s a much more adult conflict that comes between them this time. I’m probably making it a little more dramatic than it is, but it felt like grown people’s problems. It’s not like, ‘Do you love me?’ It’s like, ‘We’ve got grown people’s problems, how do we make this work?'”
If He Was Surprised By The Huge Success Think Like A Man Was:
“Yes, but not for the reasons why you might think. I wasn’t surprised because the movie wasn’t good, I was surprised because, you can make 10 good movies in a row, and the chances that they will all do well are slim to none. That’s why you’ve got to keep working, because when lightning strikes, it just strikes. And there’s no rhyme or reason for it. It’s just about timing. You can have 10 movies in a row that are amazing, and honestly, three of them will do really, really well. It’s so hard to get that feeling that we got from Think Like A Man. You kind of have to brace yourself because it’s not going to be like that all the time. It just won’t.”
What Keeps Him Going When Shows Get Canceled And Movies Don’t Perform As Hoped At The Box Office:
“It’s the fans. I swear to you, the people who come up to me and tell me how much they love what I do, gives me all the courage, all the energy I need to keep going. I wish we did the same things for teachers and social workers and nurses. They need it too. They need fans. It started on Barbershop. Brothers coming up to me like, ‘I’m Ricky, dude. What you did is me, man.’ They really connected. Straight up. And I saw like hardened, definitely did-some-time brothas, who were like, ‘Yo, that was good s**t, bruh.’ You get that kind of stuff. And with Think Like A Man, the amount of people that were like, ‘I’m Dominic.’ That assures me that I’m doing the right thing and I’m putting stuff out there that people can relate to, and that’s my job. And it’s amazing when someone wants to give you credit for doing your job well. Everybody wants a pat on the back for doing their job well. Everybody.”
Why He Keeps The Details Of His Personal Life, Including His Son, Very Private:
“Well, you know, a lot of people who don’t know me very well think I keep it private because I’m in Hollywood, when in fact, I learned this when I was in high school. In a lot of ways now, with social media, and being in Hollywood, you’re in high school all over again. Everybody’s talking about you and what you’re doing. Not what they’re doing, but what you’re doing and who you’re with. It’s very high school to me. In high school I learned that the less people that know what I’m doing, the less distractions I have in accomplishing the kind of relationship I want. I’ve always been this way. Anybody that went to high school with me, will know that about me. In college I was private, when I got out of college I was private, and when I got into this business I was private. I will always be private because I don’t believe that by being in the public eye, you can have a healthy relationship with so many people that quite honestly, want you to fail. Last year, people wanted Will Smith and Jada Pinkett to break up. Why would you want them to break up? Does that make you feel better about yourself? We can’t exist like that. It’s better for me to be this way, and I’ve always been this way.”
His Response To Claims He Kept His Wife Private So As Not To Upset His Black Female Fan Base:
“Again, I think that’s someone who doesn’t know me. I haven’t changed. There’s no agenda behind that. Have you seen me date anyone in this business, and I was out there with it? Anyone? No! I’ve never dated anyone in this business and been out there with it, because I’m private.”
If He Thinks He Will Return To TV After Watching Three Shows He Was Star Of Get Canceled:
“I do, but I need to…after Almost Human…that one really affected me. That bothered me a lot. And really, I would say that it hurt me to lose that show. I need to kind of reboot a little bit, take some time away from television, and come back stronger. I was hurt when Sleeper Cell was canceled as well.”
After speaking with Ealy, I can say that he’s a really humble guy! Once again, About Last Night comes out on DVD today, and Think Like A Man Too will be released on June 20.
Whether you checked out the revamped About Last Night in theaters and loved it, or you wanted to and missed your chance, here’s your opportunity to take the film home to enjoy over and over and over (or maybe just twice, whatever works for you).
So what do you have to do? Not much. Just follow our Twitter page and tweet about the giveaway and you could be one of the select winners who’ll have a DVD sent your way for the perfect movie night
Check out these behind-the-scenes clips from the film and then follow the instructions on the widget below for your chance to win! About Last Night comes out on DVD on Tuesday, May 20.
Some shows hit their stride in a few episodes, and sometimes it takes a whole season. But before these shows could really gather an audience, they were axed because of low ratings, lack of good advertising to get ratings, and so-so writing. And sadly, that seems to be the norm for a lot of shows with black leads, as they’re not really given a good chance to blow up. Here are 11 shows that were cut quite quickly.
This spy series from the mind of J.J. Abrams starred Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw as a married couple of spies, who when recruited back into the CIA learn a lot about each other’s very interesting pasts. I actually enjoyed the program. It had action, the leads were gorgeous, and it was a s*xy show! But before the full first season could even be completed, NBC cancelled the show three months in. Guess people weren’t ready for black spies on primetime television.
There was a time when A-list movie stars wouldn’t have been caught dead doing television shows but times have surely changed. Instead of catching them on the silver screen, you can now find these actors on the small screen.
Matthew McConaughey’s first words ever uttered on the big screen were “Alright, alright, alright” in 1993’s Dazed and Confused. Since that breakout performance he’s gone on to star in over 30 movies. This month the Texas native won the Academy award for Best Actor as ladies man turned AIDS activist Ron Woodruff in Dallas Buyers Club. Starring in HBO’s acclaimed series True Detective, McConaughey is an early favorite to win an Emmy for his role. If he does, he will become the first to win an Oscar for Best Actor and an Emmy in the same year.
By day, they are actors, but by night these 15 male stars could be seen on the small screen moonlighting as one-time video vixens.
Terrence Howard has been working in front on the cameras playing different roles since 1992’s Jacksons: An American Dream. He may be best known for hit movies such as Crash and Hustle & Flow but he also has a few music video roles under his belt. In Ashanti’s “Foolish,” Howard plays her criminal minded ex who gets caught cheating. The video earned three MTV VMA nominations in 2002. Howard also played opposite Mary J. Blige in her “Be Without You” video where she just couldn’t be without him.
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Michael Ealy Says He Kept His Son A Secret Because He Didn’t Want To Deal With “Drama From The Outside”
As we broke to you on Valentine’s Day, Michael Ealy told Steve Harvey on his talk show that he and wife Khatira Rafiqzad actually brought a child into the world some time ago, but just never told anyone. Why? Because he’s never understood why people share something so private with complete strangers. Of course, this wasn’t the first time that Ealy kept such big news to himself. Who could forget when he got married in October 2012, but didn’t let people know until almost the very end of that year that he was taken for good (a big shock considering no one knew he had a girlfriend for YEARS)?
Well, at the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Event (which also celebrated men this year), Ealy was asked about why he felt the need to keep his growing family private:
“Yeah, well. I’m not really, you know me. I just don’t believe in…I’m not that kind of guy. You know what I mean? And while I treasure the birth of my son and it is a blessing from God, I don’t feel like sharing it with everyone. It’s always the best way to treasure it. Sometimes it’s nice. Especially those first couple of months when nobody knows and you’re able to just enjoy fatherhood…you know what I mean? Without the drama from the outside. ‘Cuz sometimes that can lead to more drama.”
Quite a mouthful, right? But I think Ealy just wanted to avoid any negativity from people on the outside. We all know a lot of negativity was thrown his way after people found out about his wife, so I totally get it. Some things aren’t meant for the world to talk about and bask in, and with all the children we see getting scared by paparazzi or finding themselves in car accidents because their famous parents are being chased for pictures, I can understand his want for privacy, especially for his son, Elijah. But what do you think?