‘The United States vs. Billie Holiday’ director reflects on the Jussie Smollett scandal and why he wants to keep telling the uncomfortable stories: “I know what it’s like to be in pain.” The United States vs. Billie Holiday is Lee Daniels’ fifth film as a director, his 10th as a producer — and his first without a long-standing crutch. “This is my first film sober,” says … Continue reading Lee Daniels on Creating Without the “Blanket” of Drugs and Alcohol
PSA: This is a MUST WATCH movie. If you don’t know Billie Holiday’s story and/or you never saw ‘Lady Sings the Blues’ with Diana Ross, you need to watch this one, or both! Ooh-wee, I can’t wait! Oh, and if you have never heard Holiday’s song, yet heard the phrase ‘strange fruit’ and did not know what it was referring to, you will find out!! … Continue reading The United States vs Billie Holiday Trailer (2021) Andra Day
EXCLUSIVE: ABC has handed a big production commitment to Mason Dixon, an hourlong drama from Lee Daniels (Empire, Star) and writer Julian Breece (The First). 20th Television, where Daniels is under an overall deal, is the studio. Lee is set to direct the potential pilot written by Breece. In Mason Dixon, in the wake of their spouses’ cheating scandal and untimely deaths, Angela Dixon, a beloved and liberal politician’s wife, and Paul Mason, … Continue reading ABC Nabs ‘Mason Dixon’ Drama From Lee Daniels & Julian Breece
The offshoot is the first project to stem from the newly signed two-year, first-look deal for the actress turned producer, who is also launching production company TPH Entertainment. The world of Empire will continue at Fox. The independent broadcast network is reteaming with Taraji P. Henson for an untitled Empire spinoff, with the actress behind Cookie Lyon reprising her role in the potential series. The offshoot, … Continue reading ‘Empire’ Spinoff Starring Taraji P. Henson in the Works at Fox
Gathered for the first time, Lee Daniels, Barry Jenkins, Jordan Peele and John Singleton break down the politics of who can tell what story, the doors that didn’t open and the game-changing impact of ‘Black Panther’: “It almost feels like, ‘Are black people gonna go see white people’s movies now that we have our own?’” In late January, Jordan Peele became just the fourth African-American … Continue reading Race, Barriers and Battling Nerves: A Candid Conversation With Oscar’s Only 4 African-American Directing Nominees in 90 Years
The article from which this information is from was written last year. However, measuring the temperature of society’s climate today – domestic terrorist act this past weekend in Charlottesville, protests, etc. – it could have easily been written today. Although this list is not exhaustive (should also have the likes of Alex Haley’s Roots – 1977, Glory – 1989, The Tuskegee Airmen – 1995 and The … Continue reading 20+ Films You Need to Watch About (Black) Race in America
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