Issa Rae

Living the ‘Sweet Life’

Jerrold Smith II is a Los Angeles multi-hyphenate who may be a familiar face to you. Best known for his most recent on-screen credits in HBO Max’s original series, Sweet Life: Los Angeles, and Netflix’s outbreak competition series, Floor is Lava, his work doesn’t stop just stop there.

Own: Oprah Winfrey Network to Air Primetime Special

The theme for the 2019 Gala is A Journey to the Pride Lands, based on the upcoming Walt Disney feature, “THE LION KING.” Emmy-winning actress and comedienne Tiffany Haddish will serve as the Gala’s master of ceremonies. TV personality and best-selling author Star Jones returns as the Gala’s celebrity auctioneer for the third year. Presenters include Academy Award-winning actress Viola Davis and author Shaka Senghor. 

Bill Duke: 40 Years On Screen & Behind The Camera

Many aspiring actors move to Los Angeles in hopes to find success. Some of them imagine themselves on red carpets, while others envision receiving their own Hollywood Walk Of Fame star. What happens when that illusion breaks and you have no idea what you should do? That’s the question legendary actor Bill Duke answered in his new book  “Bill Duke: 40 Years On Screen and Behind The Camera.”

Why ‘The Hate U Give’ Is Not a Black Lives Matter Movie

Some are touting ‘The Hate U Give,’ as “the first Black Lives Matter movie.” Red flags should have gone up the moment we learned that Fox, recently acquired by Disney, was behind the film with a massive public relations budget, footing the bill for hundreds of advance screenings with celebrity guests, marketing swag, and heavy media saturation – especially in Black markets.  We might also wonder about the choice to have Audrey Wells, a White screenwriter whose credits include “Under the Tuscan Sun”  and “The Truth About Cats and Dogs,” adapt an urban Black novel for the screen.