Netflix Reveals Raising Dion S2 Release Date

Netflix has announced the release date for Raising Dion S2. Revealed in a press release from Netflix about its upcoming slate of genre TV series, Raising Dion S2 will premiere Feb. 1, 2022, on the streaming service. That puts Raising Dion right in time for Black History Month. S2 Synopsis: Raising Dion follows the story of Nicole (Alisha Wainwright) and her son Dion (Ja’Siah Young) … Continue reading Netflix Reveals Raising Dion S2 Release Date

Halle Berry Strikes Multi-Picture Deal With Netflix As Directorial Debut ‘Bruised’ Hits #1 In U.S.

WOW!! This is fantastic. I am so happy for her. ~ V Oscar winner Halle Berry (Bruised, Monster’s Ball) has entered into a new partnership with Netflix which will see her continue to star in and produce films for the streamer. The announcement comes one week after Netflix’s global release of her feature directorial debut, Bruised, which quickly landed the streamer’s #1 film of the week slot in the U.S., and … Continue reading Halle Berry Strikes Multi-Picture Deal With Netflix As Directorial Debut ‘Bruised’ Hits #1 In U.S.

The Harder They Fall Director Jeymes Samuel Didn’t Reinvent the Western—He Freed It

If you take away the narrow, white-male-centric stories we were given, then that means you have a whole universe of stories with women of actual dominance, with people of color, all races. Basically, you have a genre where 90% of it is unexplored. ~ Jeymes Samuel It’s often said that to love something is to also be critical of its shortcomings. That has always been … Continue reading The Harder They Fall Director Jeymes Samuel Didn’t Reinvent the Western—He Freed It

“Lucifer” actor Lesley-Ann Brandt shares her story of pregnancy, a torn ACL, and challenges in health care.

People have abortions for many reasons. In my case, I simply wasn’t ready. That’s it, and that’s good enough. I didn’t want to be a mother at that moment in my life, so I made a decision that was best for me and my relationship. I could afford to have that abortion. I also had the means to start my family without skipping a beat … Continue reading “Lucifer” actor Lesley-Ann Brandt shares her story of pregnancy, a torn ACL, and challenges in health care.

How to Get a Black-Led Indie Film Funded in Hollywood

This is an insightful perspective!   The needle hasn’t moved much. It’s a continual struggle. ~ Nina Yang Bongiovi In Passing, the Rebecca Hall film based on the 1929 novel by Nella Larsen, Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga play childhood friends who have a tense reunion in adulthood. Irene (Thompson) is a middle-class Black mother living through the Harlem Renaissance; Claire (Negga) is passing as … Continue reading How to Get a Black-Led Indie Film Funded in Hollywood

‘Squid Game’ S2 Is Coming, Says Creator Hwang Dong-hyuk

They’re back, well . . . soon! ~ V Another season of “Squid Game” is on the way. Creator Hwang Dong-hyuk confirmed the plans to the Associated Press at a screening and Q&A in Los Angeles for the Korean drama, which became a global phenomenon for Netflix in the past couple months. There’s been so much pressure, so much demand and so much love for … Continue reading ‘Squid Game’ S2 Is Coming, Says Creator Hwang Dong-hyuk

Michaela Jae Rodriguez Named Person of the Year by The Advocate

Good for her! ~ V Joining the ‘Pose’ star on this year’s list of LGBTQ+ changemakers are Lil Nas X, Pete Buttigieg, Poppy Liu, Leyna Bloom, Carl Nassib and Natalie Morales, among others. Michaela Jaé Rodriguez’s banner year continues. The Pose star, who made history as the first transgender performer to land a best drama actress Emmy nomination, has been named by The Advocate as … Continue reading Michaela Jae Rodriguez Named Person of the Year by The Advocate

AFM: Black Filmmakers Look to Capitalize on International Demand for More Diverse Stories

“As black content producers, find our ‘Squid Game’ and find those big projects that make studios realize that we are worth investing in.” Diversity has been a Hollywood buzzword for several years now, but the real challenges faced by filmmakers from minority or marginalized communities in getting their stories made and seen came into sharp focus at a series of panels at the American Film … Continue reading AFM: Black Filmmakers Look to Capitalize on International Demand for More Diverse Stories

Regina King on the Verifiable Lessons of ‘The Harder They Fall’ and Her Other Black History-Laced Projects

  The Harder They Fall, directed by Jeymes Samuel, has finally landed on Netflix. Starring Jonathan Majors, Idris Elba, Regina King, LaKeith Stanfield, Delroy Lindo, Deon Cole, Zazie Beetz, the Jay-Z-produced film is a rare Black cast entry in the Western genre. That distinction is one of the main reasons Regina King told EBONY she had to be part of this film. It was just … Continue reading Regina King on the Verifiable Lessons of ‘The Harder They Fall’ and Her Other Black History-Laced Projects

Shonda Rhimes on Creating Hit TV at Netflix, ‘Inventing Anna’ and Whether Regé-Jean Page Will Ever Return to ‘Bridgerton’

These are among the many reasons Rhimes has been selected as Variety’s Show Woman of the Year. Shonda Rhimes has launched TV superstars before — such as the entire cast of “Grey’s Anatomy,” led by Ellen Pompeo. But even she was caught off guard by the uproar earlier this year when Netflix and her company Shondaland announced that Regé-Jean Page, everyone’s favorite duke, was leaving … Continue reading Shonda Rhimes on Creating Hit TV at Netflix, ‘Inventing Anna’ and Whether Regé-Jean Page Will Ever Return to ‘Bridgerton’