Category: interest stories

Interview/Overview of Black Representation on Screen w/ Newsy Reporter Ashley Holt

This clip shows the Newsy team and reporter Ashley Holt explaining early “Black Representation on Screen” and recent examples of both positive and negative stereotypes . The article is called “Black Representation on Screen has Evolved and Needs to Continue…” My interview comes towards the latter part of the presentation at about 6:35 on the timeline.... Read more »

Brilliant Emerging Young Actor: Dalon J. Holland

Brilliant Emerging Young Actor: Dalon J. Holland
Get to know this young man! His remarkable talent has been landing him special appearances in popular television shows like Being Mary Jane, The Get Down and Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger. Dalon J. Holland is an up-and-coming actor pursuing his dreams and taking the world by storm. Here’s what Dalon had to say about his career... Read more »

Cozy Speakeasy Experience at Bronzeville Bistro

Cozy Speakeasy Experience at Bronzeville Bistro
The new rave spot in Chi-town is Bronzeville Bistro. Make a reservation for cocktails, lunch, networking and/or dining experience. I was invited to the private opening of this tastemakers pop-up by the dynamic duo husband and wife team, Magnus Hunter and Jimilita Tillman. The event took place behind the Popacorn Popcorn store at 4645 S.... Read more »
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Abdul Williams: New Edition TV Movie Writer Wins NAACP Image Award on King Holiday

Abdul Williams: New Edition TV Movie Writer Wins NAACP Image Award on King Holiday
Abdul Williams is no stranger to the waiting game. He made the film Lottery Ticket then went on to work on The New Edition Story, which took about 10 years to make. In this interview, Williams explains why the journey is so bittersweet. Now, he has a NAACP Image Award to show for his team’s... Read more »

Chicago's Paradigm Grey Creates New Perspectives in Black Cinema

Chicago's Paradigm Grey Creates New Perspectives in Black Cinema
Christopher Adams is the brainchild behind the initiative Paradigm Grey, a space where black perspectives can be heard. As the captain of this vessel, Adams has acquired five other filmmakers to complete the anthology of short films. The Paradigm Grey project hopes to showcase black stories, whose voices have been muted for many years. It... Read more »

Whitney: Can I Be Me

Whitney: Can I Be Me
Writers Nick Broomfield, Rudi Dolezal and directors Nick Broomfield, Marc Hoeferlin do a great job of piecing together Whitney Houston’s life and troubled past based on interviews, videos, pictures, and concerts. Most of the information was used from Houston’s 1999 World Tour. Whitney: Can I Be Me tells the story of a troubled young girl... Read more »
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The Greatest Showman Review (2017): Misguided Musical

The Greatest Showman Review (2017): Misguided Musical
The Greatest Showman  is a great disappointment of sorts. Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, Zach Efron, and Zendaya are all wonderful actors and actresses, but the screenplay by Jenny Bicks and Bill Condon didn’t do these fine folks the justice they deserve! The film doesn’t take advantage of its position of a late release... Read more »

2X Cancer Survivor Places 5th in US 2017 Senior Games

2X Cancer Survivor Places 5th in US 2017 Senior Games
Running has always been a passion of Lawrence O. Gunn (age 74). He is in excellent shape. But Lawrence never expected that he would be “running the race of his life.” He had esophageal cancer in 1999. Then, he underwent chemotherapy for several months, while continuing to teach physical education at Edison Gifted School in... Read more »

An Exclusive with BET's 'Rebel', Danielle Moné Truitt

Danielle Moné Truitt explained her transformation and journey from where she humbly began. Her words softly spoken and genuine, concerning the ins and outs of entertainment life. She expresses her desire to examine her accomplishments, further excel at her craft, while inspiring others to strive towards excellence. 1. Who are some of your mentors?  What... Read more »
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