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Posted on Jul 15 2013

Black actors react to Trayvon Martin murder trial verdict

Emotions ran high over the past weekend when six white jurors found George Zimmerman, a white Hispanic man charged with murder in the death of 17-year-old unarmed teen Trayvon Martin, not guilty on all counts. The verdict sent shockwaves of disbelief through black Hollywood, prompting several black actors to  voice their displeasure with the outcome on Twitter. Here’s what they... Read More »
Posted on Jul 06 2013

Cuba Gooding Jr., Idris Elba, and Eddie Griffin Sign With New Agencies

Hollywood is heating up with black talent and the top agencies are taking note. Several high-profile actors have jumped ship to new talent agencies with hopes of securing better roles. ICM Partners has signed Oscar winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr, who currently stars on Broadway alongside Cicely Tyson in The Trip To Bountiful. He previously was represented by CAA.... Read More »
Posted on Dec 21 2012

American Black Film Festival (ABFF) Seeking Black Actors for ‘Star Project’ Competition

One grand-prize winner will recieve a walk-on role on Days of Our Lives. Deadline to enter March 15, 2013 Today, Film Life, Inc. announces that the 2013 ABFF Star Project acting competition is now open. Aspiring actors, who are serious about their craft, will once again have an opportunity of a lifetime to breakthrough and get discovered. Launched in 2009 as... Read More »
Posted on Dec 17 2012

Morgan Freeman did not write Newtown rant

LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) – Actor Morgan Freeman said on Sunday that he did not issue a statement blaming the media for sensationalizing the Newtown School shootings that left 20 children and several adults dead. The award-winning actor added that he never made or posted the statement that became a Facebook and Internet sensation, saying it was a hoax. His... Read More »
Posted on Dec 05 2012

Eddie Murphy and Denzel Washington Deemed Least Valuable Actors

Eddie Murphy has been deemed the most overpaid (and least valuable) actor in Hollywood, according to Forbes. The magazine calculated today’s least valuable movie stars by comparing how much actors got paid for their last three projects against how much the movie eventually earned. Murphy isn’t the only black actor to earn a spot on the list. Surprisingly, Oscar winner Denzel Washington... Read More »
Posted on Aug 09 2012

John Witherspoon Is NOT Dead!

Is John Witherspoon dead? Rumors of his death have taken over Twitter tonight with thousands of people offering their condolences. Despite no official news source confirming the rumors, the phrase “R.I.P John Witherspoon” became a worldwide trending topic. Fortunately, the rumor is false and GlobalGrind.com has confirmed Witherspoon is alive and well. Global Grind reportedly reached out to Witherspoon’s... Read More »
Posted on Jun 18 2012

Harold Perrineau tried to avoid stereotypical roles in early career

When Harold Perrineau first started acting, he vowed to avoid the stereotypical roles that often are handed to black actors. Perrineau, who’s breakout role was a crippled prisoner in HBO’s “Oz,” spoke in great lengths about his remarkable career in a recent interview. “At the time, one of the things I was really trying to be conscious of was... Read More »
Posted on May 04 2012

American Black Film Festival’s 2012 Star Project Winners Announced

NEW YORK, May 4, 2012 — Film Life, Inc., announced that winners of its 16th annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF) Star Project are Sherial McKinney of Sherman Oaks, CA and Robert Hunter of Cleveland, OH. Sponsored by NBCUniversal, this program is an international acting competition designed to spotlight emerging multi-cultural talent. The ABFF Star Project was launched in 2009 as part of the common goal to encourage... Read More »
Posted on Apr 22 2012

American Black Film Festival Announces 2012 Star Project Finalists

American Black Film Festival has announced the top six finalists for their annual acting contest. Justin Chu Cary, Robert Hunter, Ozioma Akagha,Kenny Cooper, Stephanie La Capra, and Sherial McKinney are all in the running to win the 2012 Star Project. The Star Project is an annual acting competition for people of color sponsored by NBC Universal. Two winners will... Read More »
Posted on Mar 30 2012

SAG/AFTRA Merger Passes! Welcome SAG-AFTRA

LOS ANGELES (March 30, 2012) — The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and Screen Actors Guild are pleased to announce that members of both organizations have overwhelmingly voted to approve a merger, creating a new entity, SAG-AFTRA. SAG members voted 82 percent in favor of the merger. AFTRA members favored the merger with 86 percent, exceeding the... Read More »
Posted on Mar 29 2012

Tyrese Gibson and director Michael Bay are still best friends, no restraining order

UPDATE 03/29: Both Gibson and Bay called in to TMZ Live and squashed the rumors of their alleged legal fued. Some websites have falsely reported that Transformers director Michael Bay had filed a restraining order against actor Tyrese Gibson. Despite having no evidence to support this claim, the story took off and found it’s way onto legitimate news and... Read More »
Posted on Feb 23 2012

Anne-Marie Johnson does not support the SAG/AFTRA merger

Actress and current Screen Actors Guild (SAG) board member Anne-Marie Johnson was named as a plaintiff in a new lawsuit attempting to derail the proposed SAG/AFTRA union merger. The suit, filed in federal court, seeks to preemptively void the merger referendum set to begin next week and force an actuarial study of the impact of merger on pension and... Read More »
Posted on Nov 11 2011

Blair Underwood Launches Clothing Line

Look out Boris! There’s a new sartor in town. Blair Underwood is expanding his brand and launching a clothing line for men. The Blair Underwood Collection launched this month and will be available online and in K&G stores across the country. The collection consists of low-priced suits, dress shirts and ties. Underwood is currently planning on shooting a commercial for his... Read More »
Posted on Nov 10 2011

Tamara Tunie Victim of Million Dollar Fraud

Tamara Tunie, the actress best known for her roles in ‘Law & Order: SVU’ and ‘The Devil’s Advocate,’ has fell victim to a $1 Million ponzi scheme orchestrated by her former accountant. According to the Associated Press, Joseph Cilibrasi, who was also Tamara’s business manager for over ten years, pleaded guilty to grand larceny and other charges. He used... Read More »
Posted on Oct 18 2011

Will Smith Becomes Philly 76ers Minority Owner

Will Smith, and his wife Jada Pinkett, have become minority investors in the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers. The happily married couple joins a group of investors (including film producer James Lassiter), led by billionaire Joshua Harris as the new owners of the basketball franchise. “My partners and I are thrilled to have become owners of the Sixers,” said Harris in... Read More »
Posted on Sep 23 2011

Morgan Freeman Gets Political, Slams Tea Party

From Huffington Post: Morgan Freeman laid down the chips on the Tea Party in a new interview with Piers Morgan that is due to air Friday night. The Oscar-winning actor sat down with the British TV host and, amongst other things, discussed his belief that the right wing Tea Party’s anti-Obama stance is rooted in racism. When asked by... Read More »
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