Prolific Film and Literary Critic Kam Williams Dies

By MSR News Online Editor’s Note: Kam Williams was a frequent contributor to the MSR. We send our condolences to his family and loved ones. Find film reviews by Kam Williams here. Film critic and literary...

PBS Documentary to Explore History of Transatlantic Slave Trade

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent, @StacyBrownMedia Acclaimed filmmaker Stanley Nelson and his production company Firelight Films announced that, “Creating the New World: The Transatlantic Slave Trade,” will air on PBS in 2021. The four-part...

Spike Lee Calls for Hollywood to ‘Shut it Down’ in Georgia

By LINDSEY BAHR AP Film Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Director Spike Lee is calling for Hollywood production companies to leave Georgia over a law that would ban abortions as early as six weeks, upon...

Wendy Williams’ Husband Blames Her After Being Punched By Their Son

By A.R. Shaw, BlackPressUSA ROLLINGOUT — The saga continues between Wendy Williams and her estranged husband, Kevin Hunter Sr. Following a recent fight between Kevin Sr. and their son, Kevin Hunter, Jr., Kevin Sr. reportedly believes that...

Ava DuVernay’s ‘Central Park Five ‘Documentary Debuts to Critical Acclaim

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia The morning after Ava DuVernay’s four-part Netflix miniseries about the Central Park Five, “When They See Us,” premiered at Harlem’s legendary Apollo Theater, she was in a daze. “I don’t...

AFRO Exclusive: Smollett Siblings Team Up for New Lifestyle Series

By Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, [email protected]afro.com Let’s be real- despite any negative publicity its seen in the last few months- the Smollett family name has been in Black Hollywood for about three decades.  With two...

Feeling Aretha’s Spirit, J Hud Honors Icon At Pulitzers

By MESFIN FEKADU AP Music Writer NEW YORK (AP) — With bad weather in Chicago on Monday and her flight canceled, Jennifer Hudson fretted at the thought of missing her performance at Tuesday's Pulitzer Prize...

Celebrities Speak Out On Criminal Justice Reform

By MARCELA ISAZA Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kim Kardashian West isn't the only celebrity speaking out for prison reform. It's a topic that was also very important to slain rapper Nipsey Hussle, and...

Recreating ‘Aladdin’s’ Magic with Will Smith and Fresh Faces

By LINDSEY BAHR and CINDY MARTIN Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — In 1992, Disney transported audiences to the mythical land of Agrabah, where they met a street rat with a heart of gold, a...

New Short Film Imagines Malcolm X’s Views on Modern Issues

By AFRO Staff May 19 marks the birthday of civil rights icon Malcolm X. He would have been 94. In honor of his birthday, a new short film, “MALCOLM” was recently released which imagines an interview...

Cardi B Tops BET Noms, Nipsey Hussle Up For 1

By Mesfin Fekadu, AP Music Writer Hip-hop star Cardi B is walking into the 2019 BET Awards as the most nominated act with seven, while late rapper Nipsey Hussle scored a posthumous nomination. BET told the Associated...

Viola Davis Reveals Diabetes Diagnosis and Campaign to Raise Awareness

By Stacy M. Brown,  NNPA Newswire Correspondent Academy Award winner Viola Davis has opened up about her prediabetes diagnosis, sharing that she comes from a family with a history of type 2 diabetes. “I’m one of...

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