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Did You Know That These Celebrities Attended HBCUs?

October 21st, 2016 - By Kay Hudson
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Style, class and grinding hard are just a few of the many words that come to mind when it comes to describing our HBCU graduates. And with ALMOST CHRISTMAS just around the corner, alums to none other than the great FAMU and the well-renowned Morgan State (David E. Talbert and Will Packer respectively), have combined their power and prowess as they embarked on bringing to life the family Christmas film of the year. In celebration of our fellow alumns, we wanted to share the below list of celebrities you may not have known attended HBCUs themselves, as they continue to impress us with their blend of scholarly and creative skills from top HBCUs across the country.

Check out some of our favorite singers, rappers, actors, directors, and entrepreneurs below and find out who graduated with a 4.0 GPA and a full blown scholarship!


Will Packer
Known for producing low-budget, high-profit movies, American film producer and director, Will Packer attended Florida A&M University in the fall of 1991 and graduated magna cum laude from with a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.


David E. Talbert
The Kingpin of urban comedies and musicals, David E. Talbert is an American filmmaker, playwright and author, who has directed some of our favorite films such as BAGGAGE CLAIM and FIRST SUNDAY. Graduating from Morgan State University with a Bachelor’s degree in marketing, David switched his career to the film industry, and it has been not stop entertainment from there!

This iconic woman, without a doubt, is America’s favorite idol. The beloved Oprah attended Tennessee State University on a full scholarship and majored in speech communications and performing arts. Her lectures at Tennessee State definitely made an impact by allowing her to pursue her own career as a Talk Show host and so much more. You are truly America’s favorite lady!


Spike Lee
Shelton Jackson Lee, also known as Spike Lee, has produced over 35 films since ‘83. With a BA in Mass Communication from Morehouse College, Lee has set the bar high. He began his career during his undergrad while filming a student film and currently now owns his own production company – 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks. Impressive!


Samuel L. Jackson
This actor and producer is a proud alumni of his 1972 class at Morehouse College. With his major in theatre, there is no doubt he knew he’d kill the game. From his big break in the early 1990’s with hits such as JUNGLE FEVER, JURASSIC PARK and PULP FICTION, Jackson continues to impress Hollywood with his amazing acting skills.


Keisha Knight Pulliam
At just the young age of six, Keisha was already being nominated for an Emmy Award for ‘Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series’ from “The Cosby Show.” She really made it big in no time. An alumni of Spelman College, Keisha went on to pursue an unexpected degree in sociology and was also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. This lady has done it all!


Erykah Badu
The Queen of Neo-Soul herself, Erykah Badu, has blessed us a countless number of times with her classics such as “On & On” and “Bag Lady”. With her hits touching on life’s toughest subjects, Badu knows how to make her alma mater proud. She attended Grambling University with an emphasis in performing arts.


This rapper definitely knows how to hustle his way through Hollywood with his business administration degree. Straight out of Chi-Town, Common decided to leave it all behind and attend school in Florida at A&M University. Did we mention he entered on a full scholarship? We see you Common!


2 Chainz
This rapper continues to break barriers with his lyrics and songs. A graduate from Alabama State University, the G.O.O.D. music rapper went on to graduate with a 4.0 GPA and on a full scholarship! This scholarly rapper really meant it when he said “I’m Different”…

David Banner
Rapper and producer David Banner is and always has been, all about the biniz’. With his business degree from Southern University, Banner has worked his way to the top in no time. No wonder he wrote his anthem “Get Like Me”!



Premiering November 11th, 2016

SYNOPSIS: A new comedy from writer/director David E. Talbert (Baggage Claim) and producer Will Packer (Ride Along, Think Like a Man series, This Christmas), Almost Christmas tells the festive story of a beloved patriarch who asks his family for one gift this holiday season: to get along. If they can honor that wish and spend five days under the same roof without killing one another, it will be a Christmas miracle.

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Lights, Camera, Action! Black Actors Who Were Cast In Traditionally White Roles

September 20th, 2015 - By Iva Anthony
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For decades, Whites actors and actresses have been cast to play people of color in Hollywood, making whitewashing a very nasty habit in Tinsel Town. But these Black actors managed to turned the table and were selected to star in traditionally White roles.




Michael B. Jordan

Comic book fans everywhere were in an uproar when Michael B. Jordan was selected to play Johnny Storm in the reboot of The Fantastic Four. But Chris Evans, who first played the role a decade earlier, gave Jordan his stamp of approval in hopes to appease loyal fans. The film tanked anyway at the box office and studio executives hope the sequel, which had already been announced, can salvage the franchise.






From “March” To The “Crimson Avenger”: 10 Black Graphic Novels You Probably Didn’t Know About

May 7th, 2015 - By Desiree Bowie
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The graphic novel industry is still a major force to be reckoned with. In 2014, more than $800 million worth of graphic novels sold around the world. And while these works may be successful, just like television and film, diversity remains a major issue within the comic book world.

We all may be familiar with Green Lantern, The Boondocks, Storm from X-Men, Black Panther, and Luke Cage, but there are a number of other lesser-known graphic novels featuring people of color that are worth picking up, and characters of color worth paying attention to who have come and gone. We take a look at 10 Black graphic novels that you may not have known about and should pick up (links provided!).

15 Of The Greatest Basketball Movies Ever Made

April 29th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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The NBA playoff season is heating up with the Miami Heat looking to three-peat while fighting off championship contenders such as the Oklahoma City Thunders, Houston Rockets and the Brooklyn Nets. In honor of this exciting time of year, we take a look at some of our favorite basketball movies.

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He Got Game

Spike Lee and Denzel Washington have collaborated on several films together including his 1997 film He Got Game. Washington played Jake Shuttleworth, a prison inmate and the father of the country’s top high school basketball star who was granted a one-week parole release to convince his son to play for the governor’s alma mater. Real life NBA player Ray Allen made his debut into film as the star player Jesus Shuttleworth but he wasn’t the only hoops star cast in the movie. Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, Reggie Miller, Rick Fox, Charles Barkley, Scottie Pippen and Bill Walton also appeared in the film.

I’ll Be Back? 10 Celebrities Who Say They’re Quitting The Acting Game

March 26th, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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Nothing in this world lasts forever, which is why so many try their hardest to make their 15 minutes of fame longer.

Then there are others who just need a break from the hustle, choosing to step away from the limelight. Here’s a look at 10 celebrities who quit acting or said they are going to in the near future. Surprisingly (or not) many actors and actresses of color did not make it on the list. Must be nice to quit a job.

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?

“We Don’t All Look Alike…” Samuel L. Jackson Goes Off On Reporter Who Mistook Him For Laurence Fishburne

February 10th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Samuel L. Jackson Goes Off On Reporter

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If there’s anyone in Hollywood who will keep it real, it’s Samuel L. Jackson. The man has never been one to bite his tongue. And no matter how successful he gets, he stays trill.

So when A KTLA entertainment reporter, Sam Rubin, mistook him for Laurence Fishburne, Jackson went all the way in…on live television.

Rubin was interviewing Jackson in promotion for his upcoming movie Robocop when he asked him if he got a lot of reaction for his Super Bowl commercial. Referring to the Kia commercial Fishburne starred in. Jackson tore his face all the way up before responding, “What Super Bowl commercial?”

And it was on from there.

Jackson said things like, “We don’t all look alike…” and said, “You’re an entertainment reporter? There must be a short line for your job.”

The reporter tried to move on and put the blunder behind him. He said, “Let’s talk about RoboCop” to which Jackson replied, “Oooh hell no.” He proceeded to name all the black men he was not.


The look of disgust at the end is everything.

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.

Tough Business: Spike Lee Joint ‘Old Boy’ Fails At Box Office

December 3rd, 2013 - By Raven Carter
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Spike Lee’s once-highly anticipated remake of the cult Korean classic Oldboy crashed with a thud at the box office this past weekend, earning just $1.3 million in its first five days of release.

This marks the latest cinematic disappointment for Lee, who is coming off two straight flops — 2008′sMiracle at St. Anna and last year’s critically reviled low-budget drama Red Hook Summer.

Oldboy initially had strong buzz thanks to its cast (headlined by Josh Brolin and Samuel L. Jackson) and its popular source material. But apparently friction with the studio producing the film may have compromised the final product, which received mostly tepid reviews from critics.

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Samuel L. Jackson Randomly Recalls Losing His Virginity At 11 With Some Older Gals

September 24th, 2013 - By Brande Victorian
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Samuel L. Jackson

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Before you say it, yes, it is a slow news day. But, this is still an interesting little story nonetheless; although I apologize whole-heartedly if you begin having visions of Samuel L. Jackson in the buff afterward.

Anywho, Samuel L. recently sat down for an interview with Playboy magazine and naturally the conversation turned to sex, particularly the first time the 64-year-old actor had it. Recalling spending some holiday time with his family on a farm in Georgia some 53 years ago or so, Mr. Jackson shared:

‘There was a family of girls who lived through the woods from us, and we all used to meet at this creek and swim unclothed. ”I was about 10 or 11. I think two of the girls were about 14, 15, so that’s when it happened.”

Before you go assuming Sammy likes the older ladies, though, the veteran actor explains he didn’t discriminate much when it came to getting some action back in the day.

”Girls were interesting to me, period,” he told the mag. “They could be fat, skinny, tall, short, ugly, beautiful – as long as they were willing to do that thing.”

And men everywhere collectively put their hands up in agreement.

The funny thing is even though Samuel may not have had any qualms about sexing girls/ladies of a wide variety back in the day, he’s not one for participating in sex scenes in movies. Earlier this summer, he told UK talk show host Graham Norton:

“I hate n*de scenes, you have to ask where it’s okay to touch and where it’s not okay to touch and then you have to apologize for getting excited or for not getting excited. I’m sorry if I do and I’m sorry if I don’t. It’s a weird conversation to have.”

Perhaps that’s why Mother and Child is the only film in recent history where the highest-paid actor of all time had a romp in the hay on-camera.