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As talented and fabulous as these modern-day celebs may be, we can’t help but listen to their music or watch them in movies and feel a little nostalgic. Sure, they’re doing their thing, but we hope they realize just how similar to their predecessors their “things” really are. Do these younger stars remind you of some older ones?
Terrence Howard has played almost every role in the book, from a bad guy robbing folks and a heroic hustling pimp to a war colonel and humble South African leader. But his real passion is founded in science.
We all thought Terrence was a bit too quirky to be an actor (jk).
The actor says he has more to offer the world than being a character on the screen.
“I have greater things I can contribute to the world of science than an actor,” the 43-year-old told the Grio. “I had a conversation with Sidney Poitier. I asked him, ‘Why aren’t you going to do another movie?’ And he said, ‘I’m not going to do another impersonation of myself. I might have ten years left in my life, and I don’t want to waste it doing something I’ve already done before.’ If I can’t learn from a character, if I’m just going in and taking from a bag of tricks and choices for a character, I don’t want to do it. It’s pointless for me because I have to grow as a human being, and I don’t want the safe road.”
Read more about his science background on EurWeb.com.
In Remake News: “Porgy and Bess” To Come To The Big Screen…Again (Who Should Play The Title Characters?)
According to Dave McNary and the folks at Variety, the musical Porgy and Bess is going to be coming to the silver screen again sometime soon. Word is, producers Mike Medavoy and Bobby Geisler are working with the Gershwin family, including Marc George Gershwin, a nephew of the famous brothers, to create an updated film version. Based on the 1935 original Broadway production, it became a film in 1959 starring Sidney Poitier and the beautiful Dorothy Dandridge, as well as Sammy Davis Jr., Pearl Bailey and Diahann Carroll. Despite the film’s star power and influence even today, Ira and George Gershwin were actually pretty disappointed with the film version, and it didn’t really do all that well critically and at the box office back then. However, the revised Broadway version that opened in 2012 was a massive hit, winning Audra McDonald (who played Bess) a Tony, and wound up being the longest-running production of the musical out of all. According to Shadow and Act, it might be the revived musical’s success that is persuading folks to make this into another movie. Either way, Marc George Gershwin is excited about what is to come, and he hopes it will be better than the version starring Poitier and Dandridge (we find that one pretty great though):
“We get approached a lot with ideas that aren’t very good but Mike has a great track record. We’re confident that he’s going to able to find the right director and writer. And we already have the music.”
So now that you know that it’s in the works, are you excited? And who could you see playing Porgy and Bess? As for Bess, what about a Jennifer Hudson? Anika Noni Rose? Or how about if they just let Audra McDonald play the role that got her a Tony on the big screen? She is an amazing actress. But we will see what comes and who is cast soon enough–once a script is actually written and a director is picked. Excitement!
Are you excited about the news of a remake?
This Black History Month, we celebrate some of pop culture’s most influential movers and shakers who have changed the landscape of the world of entertainment. From the first African-American billionaire to the one of the hardest working men in radio, African-Americans have pioneered various media outlets, some even simultaneously.
Here are only a few of pop culture’s African-American innovators in the areas of music, television and film. We threw in a bonus, above: Michael Jackson. Besides his singing career both with the Jackson 5 and as a solo artist, and his investments across the music industry (including The Beatles portfolio), he invented the moonwalk, a move that continues to mystify and inspire dancers good and bad around the world. Check out this slideshow for more on the late, great MJ.
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So let’s see. We’ve done Barbadian folks, Haitian folks, Jamaican folks, Trinidadian folks and more, so what’s missing? The Bahamas of course! Many of our favorite actors and performers rep the country very hard, and some even own property there or represent as ambassadors. We’ve looked up a few and thought you’d like to know which black folks are Bahamian and how they’re tied to the country. Shall we proceed?
The child of a black Bahamian father and a white American mother, the “Breaker High” and “Girlfriends” star was born in Miami of all places, however, the actress was raised in Nassau. Coincidentally, it was her mother who moved the family to the Bahamas when she was a child, and it was for work purposes. During her time there, she even garnered a scholarship to the Nassau Civic Ballet Company when she was only three years old (uh, what was I doing at the age of three…?). Of course, since she and her family moved back to the US when she was eight, White has been back to the Bahamas on many different occasions. She even went with Caribbean Living a couple years ago and they documented her trip.
We’ve all had those moments where we’ve fallen for a character onscreen. Sometimes it’s the loving “mama,” the hilarious friend or that man who is just so damn fine. Life would be great if we could just take all our favorite characters from films and put them in your friends and family. Too bad we’re stuck in the real world where those perfect characters don’t exist. That doesn’t mean that we can’t fantasize about it though? Here is a list of some of the best movie characters that would make the most amazing people in real life.
Sir (Yes SIR) Sidney Poitier is pretty much a living legend. If you haven’t seen at least one of his films–the thought-provoking dramas, the hilarious comedies–you’re doing yourself a great disservice in more ways than one. Not only is he one of the greatest actors…ever, but you’re missing out on the opportunity to see him looking pretty gorgeous. As Black History Month comes to a close, we couldn’t leave out one of our favorite Bahamians. Check him out in all his greatness!
“The Banana Boat Song” singer, actor, and social activist, Harold George Bellanfanti, Jr., has done it all in his 84 years. He served in World War II in the Navy, received a Tony Award for his work on Broadway, performed with Miles Davis and Charlie Parker, became pals with Sidney Poitier and Martin Luther King, Jr., kissed Miss Piggy, and so on and so forth. The strong civil rights activist has also been known for his good looks throughout the years, and we can understand why. Check out our gallery of Mr. Belafonte and I’m sure you’ll understand to! (*wink*)