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Empire star Jussie Smollett talks about HIV/AIDS and activism in the Black community

Before he was Jamal Lyon, the sensitive, talented gay son of drug dealer turned music mogul on the hit television show, Empire, Jussie Smollett, was a social activist.

Ringmaster: From child to man in the circus

Dressed sharply in a dazzling gold blazer and armed with a microphone and an infectious smile, Ringmaster Lucky Malatsi’s job is to keep audiences of the UniverSoul Circus excited, engaged and enthusiastic between the numerous acts – and it is ...

Right and Wrong Goes Deeper than Black & White

If the past is always present, a good example may have been the presentation on race and interracial conflicts in two dramatic one-act plays performed by a local theater company last month.

What Happened, Miss Simone?

Sometimes artistry and insanity are so intertwined you can’t distinguish between them.

Taraji P. Henson on Empire, its success

Taraji P. Henson is on a mission: To take her brand global following the success of Fox’s hit show Empire – and her breakout character Cookie Lyon.

Movie Review: 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets

Jordan Davis was born Feb. 16, 1995. Contrary to his belief, he was not named after the basketball legend Michael Jordan. His mom, Lucia McBath, insists she named him after the crossing over of the Jordan River, symbolizing a new ...

American Denial documents nation’s hidden biases

“Race is like a nerve, we hit it and everything explodes.” – Vince Brown, Harvard University

Walmart settles with Tracy Morgan after lawsuit regarding New Jersey Turnpike accident

Walmart and Benedict P. Morelli, attorney for Tracy Morgan, Ardley Fuqua, and Jeffrey Millea, today announced a settlement agreement, ending a lawsuit against Walmart arising out of a multi-vehicle accident on the New Jersey Turnpike that killed one man and ...

The Past is always Present: A theatrical review of The Shine Plays

Alba is also alone and trapped by bitterness, its prisoner since her rape at the age of 13. She is a reverent, self-sufficient elderly woman who lives on her own in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. As she looks back at ...

This Little Light: Hezekiah Walker honored with Torch Award

Grammy Award-winning artist Bishop Hezekiah Walker can add the 2015 Torch Award for religion to his list of accomplishments as a gospel music artist and pastor of Love Fellowship Tabernacle, a mega church in Brooklyn, New York.

Stagger Lee: An African American journey through the post-Reconstruction era

“This is all of our stories,” stated Will Power, the writer of the new musical Stagger Lee, as he addressed audience members during an after-show Stay Late program hosted by the Dallas Theater Center. “It’s a family story and it’s ...

Selma: Historic film features the struggle for the right to vote

Through blood, sweat and tears, civil rights leaders fought to bring equality to all and to help Blacks attain the right to vote. The movie Selma features the battle fought by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights ...

Life lessons: Reel-ality television talk

The Real Housewives of Atlanta – (Is your house really a home?) The law seems to be busy in the reality television world and the RHOA is no exception.

Annie, It’s a Hard Knock Life

If you love musicals with a twist of diversity, then today’s version of the popular American musical, Annie, is for you. Annie, It’s a Hard Knock Life, is based off the popular 1982 film, Annie, which was based off the ...

Top Five

Top Five is a romantic comedy, starring, written and directed by Chris Rock. The film features many talented comedians, actors and actresses; including Rosario Dawson, Cedric the Entertainer, Tracy Morgan, Gabrielle Union, Kevin Hart, J.B. Smoove, Sherri Shepherd and many ...

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