Spike Lee accepts honorary Oscar

Spike Lee told an audience of entertainment luminaries that it’s easier for a Black person to become president of the United States than head of a Hollywood studio or network.

Diversifying drama on DFW stages

Theater is perhaps Dallas’ most undervalued cultural expression. It is one of the oldest forms of entertainment. Yet, in a city with districts lined with a number of galleries, museums and dance companies, theaters struggle to maintain their relevance. The ...

Carter High, the movie, sheds light on true story

High school football is king in Texas. The passion, joy and popularity of the game can be felt Friday nights during the fall at high school venues and stadiums around the state as fans support their teams during the games.

Jay Z testifies in dispute over his hit song Big Pimpin’

Jay Z told a jury Oct. 14 that he believes he has a valid license to use Arabic music featured on his 1999 hit Big Pimpin’ that is now the subject of a copyright infringement trial.

Erykah Badu to perform Live Nudity

“I think that art is a vessel that creates dialogue, and I hope it inspires the youth to move,” said Erykah Badu about the potential impact of her upcoming stage work, Live Nudity.

Eddie Murphy earns top U.S. prize for comedy at Kennedy Center

A star-studded lineup of comedians including Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, George Lopez, Kathy Griffin and Arsenio Hall honored Eddie Murphy as an “American icon.”

Black artists: Making waves at the Toronto International Film Festival

The Toronto International Film Festival has aged gracefully into its 40th year anniversary.

Venus & Mars … the difference between men and women

As act one opens, Venus (Sheran Keyton) and Mars (Robert Rouse) – the hottest male and female artists of the Motown Era – get the call of their life. Bretheren Smith (Jage Bothmann) wants to manage both of them and ...

War Room filmmakers build on previous successes

Faith-based movies that succeed at the box office shouldn’t be a surprise anymore, but War Room, a Christian family drama about marriage, has proved to be somewhat miraculous.

I'm No Fool: Introducing young minds to African culture, history

I’m No Fool! is an original play based on African folklore. Presented by the Roots for Youth African Children’s Theater, the play presented the Yoruba culture of Africa in the English and Yoruba language and took place from Aug. 14 ...

Straight Outta Compton

Warning: This isn’t some chump change Sundance indie movie about the rap group NWA. Nor is it a should-have-gone-straight-to-DVD afterthought about hip-hop culture. This is a full-fledged, big-budget looking homage to the Los Angeles rap scene that smartly, emotionally and ...

Music, Magic and Memories of Motown

Motown: The Musical is a hit-filled festival of song and dance where performers convincingly take on the personas of recording legends such as The Four Tops, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, The Temptations, The Contours, Stevie Wonder, The Jackson 5, ...

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.