How Sisters Debbie Allen and Phylicia Rashad Built on Their Family’s Artistic Dynasty

On a Sunday afternoon, Debbie Allen mills around the spacious kitchen of her Santa Monica home, holding her first grandchild, six-month-old Shiloh, in her arms. Framed posters of the Broadway shows in which she has starred line a wall, reminders that the Tony- and Emmy-winning choreographer, actress, dancer, and director is no ordinary mother but part of a groundbreaking artistic dynasty that includes her sister, … Continue reading How Sisters Debbie Allen and Phylicia Rashad Built on Their Family’s Artistic Dynasty

Kerry Washington | American Son | Official Trailer | Netflix

Another one to watch! ~ Vida Synopsis ~ via Netflix It’s 3am on a rainy night in South Florida, and mother Kendra Ellis-Connor (Kerry Washington) paces anxiously in a police station waiting room as she tries to piece together what may have happened to her missing son. Faced with a series of infuriating unanswered questions, she navigates a system of unconscious bias, interweaving perspectives, and … Continue reading Kerry Washington | American Son | Official Trailer | Netflix

Billy Porter in Talks to Join Sony’s ‘Cinderella’ (Exclusive)

The Emmy winner and ‘Pose’ star will join Camila Cabello, who is tackling the titular princess role. Billy Porter is ready to grant some wishes.Porter, who recently earned an Emmy for outstanding lead actor for his role on the FX series Pose, is in talks to join Sony’s Cinderella. Sources say that Porter will be playing the movie musical’s resident fairy godmother. Sony had no comment on … Continue reading Billy Porter in Talks to Join Sony’s ‘Cinderella’ (Exclusive)

How Will Smith Cracked the Code on Making Real Money in Hollywood

Once in decline, the ‘Gemini Man’ star has quietly become one of the most diversified (and wealthy) talents thanks to everything from working with Netflix to maintain his quote, investing in eco-friendly water and growing his digital footprint: “He’s unbelievably methodical.” In March 2016, Will Smith was at a crossroads. After three decades in show business, he was coming off the coldest streak of an … Continue reading How Will Smith Cracked the Code on Making Real Money in Hollywood

‘Madam C.J. Walker’: Cornelius Smith Jr., Keeya King & J. Alphonse Nicholson Join Netflix Limited Series

Wow, I can’t wait to see this! ~ V Scandal alum Cornelius Smith Jr, Keeya King (Van Helsing) and J. Alphonse Nicholson (P-Valley) are set for recurring roles opposite Octavia Spencer and Tiffany Haddish in Madam C.J. Walker, an eight-episode limited series starring and executive produced by Oscar winner Spencer and executive produced by LeBron James. Written by Nicole Asher based on the book On … Continue reading ‘Madam C.J. Walker’: Cornelius Smith Jr., Keeya King & J. Alphonse Nicholson Join Netflix Limited Series

Shonda Rhimes Sets Ninth Netflix Show: Anthology ‘Notes on Love’

The episodic series will feature such writers as Norman Lear, Steve Martin and Diane Warren, among others. Amazon may have Modern Love, but Netflix has Notes on Love. The streamer on Tuesday announced the ninth show from prolific showrunner Shonda Rhimes: the individual episodic series Notes on Love. Picked up straight to series, the project explores the unexpected-life-changing, euphoric, hilarious, surreal and all-consuming places where … Continue reading Shonda Rhimes Sets Ninth Netflix Show: Anthology ‘Notes on Love’

How Ava DuVernay Made When They See Us, the Year’s Best Miniseries

Ava DuVernay’s miniseries When They See Us, about the wrongful imprisonment of five teenagers accused of assaulting a jogger in Central Park, is up for multiple Emmy awards this Sunday, including miniseries, direction, writing, actor, and (twice!) best actress. After choosing it as the best miniseries on TV earlier this year, we asked DuVernay to talk to us about the direction, writing, and overall conception … Continue reading How Ava DuVernay Made When They See Us, the Year’s Best Miniseries

‘Pose’ Producer Janet Mock Signs Groundbreaking Overall Deal With Netflix

The agreement makes Mock the first out transgender creator to sign such a pact with a major media company. Netflix has signed Janet Mock to an overall deal, marking the first such pact between an openly transgender creator and a major media company. Mock, a writer, director and producer on FX’s Pose and human rights activist, has inked a three-year deal with Netflix that will … Continue reading ‘Pose’ Producer Janet Mock Signs Groundbreaking Overall Deal With Netflix

Netflix Says ‘When They See Us’ Has Been Most-Watched Show in U.S. Since Premiere

Congrats to her and the crew! This is fabulous. ~ Vida “When They See Us,” Ava DuVernay’s dramatization of the wrongful arrest and conviction of five black teenagers in New York City after the rape of a Central Park jogger 20 years ago, has been the most-viewed series on Netflix for the past 13 days. “‘When They See Us’ has been the most-watched series on … Continue reading Netflix Says ‘When They See Us’ Has Been Most-Watched Show in U.S. Since Premiere