Robin Thede looks to build legacy in HBO sketch comedy show
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Robin Thede knew plenty of talented African-American female comedians, but only a few were getting hired on popular TV comedy shows such as "Saturday Night Live" and "Mad...
Amy Poehler, Issa Rae recognized for their entrepreneurship
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — In a night of commanding words from some of the most accomplished women in entertainment at the annual Women in Film Gala Wednesday night in Beverly Hills, from the...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Award-winning actor Samuel L. Jackson, comedian Tiffany Haddish and Basketball Hall of Famer Charles Barkley are among the presenters announced Thursday for the NBA Awards show...
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Veteran actress Regina Hall has been tapped to address graduates of Dillard University next month.
Hall will be the 2019 speaker for commencement ceremonies scheduled at 8...
NEW YORK (AP) — Actor Will Smith, NASA, Fortnite and Disney are among the 2019 Webby Award winners for internet excellence.
The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences announced...
Review: ‘Little’ heralds big-time arrival of Marsai Martin
Since Hailee Steinfeld rode into town in "True Grit," we've been fairly blessed by the big-screen breakthroughs of teenage actresses. To name just a few: Anya Taylor-Joy ("The Witch"), Amandla...
Memphian wins competition from BET, Issa Rae’s ColorCreative
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis author, screenwriter and playwright April "Skyy" Blair decided 2018 would be her "year of yes," a leap of faith to start saying yes to things she normally would not consider.
That year is culminating with her winning a nationwide contest offering the chance to turn the winner's script into a television pilot.
- AP names its Breakthrough Entertainers of 2018
- 2018 Breakthrough: John David Washington, 'Black KkKlansman'
- 2018 Breakthrough Entertainer: 'Boo'd Up' singer Ella Mai
- AP Breakthrough Entertainers 2018: Natasha Rothwell
- 2018 Breakthrough: Henry Golding of 'Crazy Rich Asians'
- Breakthrough Entertainer: 'Insecure' star Natasha Rothwell
- PHOTO GALLERY: Henry Golding - AP Breakthrough Entertainers 2018
- 2018 Breakthrough Entertainer: Country singer Kane Brown
- PHOTO GALLERY: Elsie Fisher - AP Breakthrough Entertainers 2018
- PHOTO GALLERY - John David Washington
- AP Breakthrough Entertainers 2018: Henry Golding
- 2018 Breakthrough: Elsie Fisher of 'Eighth Grade'
Breakthrough Entertainer: ‘Insecure’ star Natasha Rothwell
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Natasha Rothwell claims she is shy in real life, but her scene-stealing supporting roles in HBO's hit show "Insecure" and the film "Love, Simon" have proven otherwise.
Rothwell's outspoken TV character, Kelli, shines with witty one-liners and brash behavior, sometimes even more than "Insecure" series' star Issa Rae.
On Emmys carpet, Issa Rae, Ann Dowd and Laura Dern talk inclusion in Hollywood
Rihanna: ‘I couldn’t sleep knowing I can’t help someone’
Issa Rae, Childish Gambino part of Rihanna’s Diamond Ball
NEW YORK (AP) — Issa Rae will host Rihanna's fourth annual Diamond Ball next month, and Childish Gambino will perform.
Rihanna's black-tie event will take place Sept. 13 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York. Global Citizen CEO Hugh Evans will receive the 2018 Diamond Ball Award.
The gala will benefit Rihanna's Clara Lionel Foundation, which promotes education and arts globally and assists emergency response programs.
Issa Rae on ‘Insecure,’ Drake and being a Lyft driver
NEW YORK (AP) — Issa Rae's character on the hit series "Insecure," who works for a nonprofit, does what most people in need of extra cash do: She becomes a Lyft driver.
But the idea of making the show's lead character a part-time driver came from Rae's own experience: The actress said she applied to become a Lyft driver and was rejected.
Emmy diversity gets a boost from Ricky Martin, Issa Rae
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sterling K. Brown and Donald Glover aren't such Emmy outliers this year.
More than a third of the 101 acting nominations for the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards went to ethnic minorities, according to an analysis by The Associated Press. That's up from a quarter of the field last year, when Brown ("This Is Us") and Glover ("Atlanta") won top acting awards.
Naomi Campbell: ‘I’m open to everyone’
Designer Raf Simons wins yet again at fashion’s CFDA awards
NEW YORK (AP) — Designer Raf Simons scored a repeat win at fashion's glittery awards ceremony Monday night, again displaying his considerable influence in American fashion less than two years after taking the reins at Calvin Klein.
"Thank you, women!" Simons said, accepting the prestigious womenswear prize of the Council of Fashion Designers of America from presenter actress Cate Blanchett. It was actually the Belgian designer's third CFDA award in two years; last year he won for menswear, too.
Twitter tribute rings hollow for some abused women
Twitter is attempting to shift the narrative around how women are treated on its platform, but some women who've been viciously attacked on the site say the company hasn't put enough muscle behind protecting vocal female users.
During the Oscars, Twitter ran a TV ad featuring the words of queer poet Denice Frohman alongside a series of women, including filmmaker Ava DuVernay and actress/producer Issa Rae.
C.J.: ‘Insecure’ co-star Yvonne Orji lives her values, not her character’s
Stories about Yvonne Orjis vow of celibacy already exist in the zeitgeist and there is nothing to add, said the co-star of HBOs Insecure.
But one has to try, so I did last week during a phone call before Orjis appearance at Bethel University in St. Paul for Super Bowl Gospel Celebration. The event was a spiritual component to the NFLs biggest game.
Issa Rae says female creative voices have been amplified
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Issa Rae said she feels that women's voices have been amplified in the film and television worlds and she's happy to be part of the group leading the change and opening doors for others.
"I do think there's a renaissance in so many different ways," the actress said at NFL's Women's Summit on Friday. "We have a newfound power, a newly rediscovered power. We're like, '...We can speak up, and we can get stuff done, and we can make a change, and we can reclaim our stories."
DuVernay, ‘black-ish,’ ‘Power’ win at NAACP Image Awards
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A jubilant Ava DuVernay was named entertainer of the year at an NAACP Image Awards ceremony that focused on the black community's power to create change.
DuVernay lauded other black artists from the stage as she accepted her award Monday night, naming writers and directors such as Shonda Rhimes, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Kenya Barris and "Black Panther" Ryan Coogler.
Grapevine: Jack White to release new album March 23
Jack White's new album due March 23
Detroit son Jack White and his Third Man Records have announced a release date for his third solo album "Boarding House Reach." The new album features the recently-released single "Connected by Love" and is being put out by Third Man and Columbia Records. This is the 12-time Grammy Award winner's first album in nearly four years.
Blige, Brown, Rae among NAACP Image Awards presenters
Mary J. Blige and Jay-Z lead NAACP Image Award nominations
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mary J. Blige and Jay-Z are the leading nominees with five apiece for January's NAACP Image Awards, the group announced Monday.
Blige's nominations are for songs and videos off her album "Strength of a Woman," while Jay-Z was nominated for his "4:44" album and songs on it, as well as a nod for entertainer of the year.
Bruno Mars, Issa Rae, Chance the Rapper, Chadwick Boseman and director Ava DuVernay are also nominated for entertainer of the year.
Companies are looking for diverse ad teams to avoid blunders
NEW YORK (AP) — CoverGirl executive Ukonwa Ojo was struck when the team from an ad agency entered the room to pitch ideas for revamping the cosmetic company's image. For the first time in Ojo's more than 20-year career in business, she found herself working with an African-American creative director.
Public can cast votes for NAACP Entertainer of the Year
Kimberly C. Roberts
Voting is now open to the general public for the 49th NAACP Image Awards — NAACP Entertainer of the Year.
The winner will be revealed during a two-hour special airing live on TV One on Jan. 15, when the nation observes the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
The six nominees are Chadwick Bosemen, Ava Duvernay, Bruno Mars, Issa Rae, Chance the Rapper and Jay-Z.
Voting is open through Nov. 17 at http://www.naacpimageawards.net.
Meet Jermaine Fowler, your Emmys announcer
It’s fair to say Jermaine Fowler stole the Emmys show on Sunday night.
In between award presentations and host Stephen Colbert’s segments, Fowler injected humor and energy into the three-hour-long show at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater.
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- Business WireApple Relaunches News Service with Exclusive ESSENCE Content Featuring April Issue Cover Star Issa RaeMarch 25, 2019
- Business WireApple Relaunches News Service with Exclusive ESSENCE Content Featuring April Issue Cover Star Issa RaeMarch 25, 2019
Metallics and feathers galore on Emmys red carpet
A force of red, a wealth of metallics and a strong show of feathers took the carpet at the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, led by Nicole Kidman, Tessa Thompson and Tracee Ellis Ross.
And what's a dress without hair and makeup? The winners in beauty trends Sunday night in Los Angeles included precisely executed wet looks and matchy-matchy makeup.
Emmys red carpet includes Issa Rae in revenge red
Tessa Thompson stunned in a bright, multicolored halter gown by Rosie Assoulin, Chris Sullivan represented in a dapper top hat, painted nails and purple bow tie while little Joe — Jeremy Maguire — from "Modern Family" — vamped in a purple cape Sunday on the Emmys Awards red carpet.
‘Black Girls Rock’ hits BET airwaves on Tuesday
Golden Globe-winning actress Taraji P. Henson will host “Black Girls Rock! 2017, airing at 8 p.m. Tuesday on BET.
Recorded on Aug. 5 before a live audience at the Performing Arts Center in Newark, N.J., the awards program is now in its ninth year. It was created by philanthropist Beverly Bond and celebrating the contributions of Black women in the fields of music, entertainment, medicine, entrepreneurship and visionary aspects.
Stars honoured at Black Girls Rock Awards
Rep. Maxine Waters to be honored at BET’s Black Girls Rock
NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters has been added to the list of honorees at BET's 2017 Black Girls Rock Awards.
BET said the congresswoman will earn the Social Humanitarian Award for "being a fearless and outspoken advocate for under-served population." The event, hosted by Oscar-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson, takes place Saturday at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.
With nearly all-Black, female-led casts, both HBO’s “Insecure” and feature film “Girls Trip” are clearly breaking all types of color and gender barriers. But it’s what’s happening behind the scenes that is changing the game on a more interesting frontier. Female writers like “Insecure’s” Issa Rae and Erica Rivinoja and Tracy Oliver of “Girls Trip,” are leveling the playing field when it comes to male and female nudity, by putting more naked men on our screens. It’s just what Hollywood needs.
NEW YORK (AP) — Taraji P. Henson will host BET's 2017 Black Girls Rock Awards honoring "Insecure" creator and star Issa Rae and others.
BET said the Oscar nominee and "Empire" actress will host the Aug. 5 event at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.
Rae, who is the also the writer behind "Insecure," will receive the Star Power Award. The HBO show launched its second season this week.
In Season 2, ‘Insecure’ is more sure of itself than ever
If the second season premiere of HBO’s “Insecure” proved anything, it’s that the show is more secure in what it is.
The comedy series starring Issa Rae returned Sunday night, bringing viewers right back into the ever-tilting world of Issa Dee (Rae) and her friends.
The sophomore season picked up three months after the events of the finale, when longtime boyfriend Lawrence (Jay Ellis) finally moved out of the apartment they once shared, signaling their breakup wasn’t just temporary.
Lupita Nyong'o is not spilling much about her wildly anticipated heist film with Rihanna, except to say it will be a movie of the people.
"You know what's really cool is that people spoke up about the kind of movie they wanna see and this is a great example," the Academy Award-winning actress told "Entertainment Tonight."
Q&A: Issa Rae on season 2 of ‘Insecure’ and its male fans
NEW YORK (AP) — The response to season one of Issa Rae's HBO series, "Insecure," was so strong, particularly on social media, that countless (and hilarious) memes were created about the star characters, and the show's male fans rallied behind the male lead after he had been cheated on.
It sparked the age-old debate about male and female relationships.
Comedy auteurs who write, act, direct could hit Emmy jackpot
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Emmy Award nominations are announced Thursday, multiple champagne toasts may be in order for a multitasking troupe of sitcom stars.
Aziz Ansari, Donald Glover and Issa Rae are among those who lead shows they also created or co-created, write and sometimes even direct, and who could reap a welcome embarrassment of Emmy riches.
NEW YORK (AP) — Chris Brown, DJ Khaled, Lil Wayne and New Edition have been added as performers at this month's BET Awards.
The network announced Tuesday that Post Malone and Roman GianArthur would join previously announced performers Bruno Mars, Migos and Future on June 25 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Other set to hit the stage include Trey Songz, Tamar Braxton and Jessie Reyez. "Saturday Night Live" comic Leslie Jones will be host.
Jamie Foxx and Issa Rae to present at BET Awards
Jamie Foxx and Issa Rae will be presenting at the BET Awards.
The 'Ray' actor and the 32-year-old actress-and-writer will join talk show host Trevor Noah, 'All Eyez on Me' star Demetrius Shipp Jr , and the cast of 'Girls Trip', Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall and Tiffany Haddish, in handing out prizes at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on June 25.
The news comes after it was recently announced Leslie Jones will present the annual ceremony.
Who needs a Hollywood pitch meeting when you've got the internet?
A film that fans literally willed to happen is coming to fruition.
A source close to the production confirmed to CNN there's a forthcoming film starring Rihanna and Lupita Nyong'o, helmed by "Selma" director Ava DuVernay and written by "Insecure" star Issa Rae.
Things are still in the early stages, but here's why we can thank Twitter for this bit of #BlackGirlMagic.
Rihanna is to star in a new movie based on a tweet.
The Grammy Award-winning musician is to appear alongside Oscar-nominated actress Lupita Nyong'o in the new Netflix film, which stems from a photograph of them two of them sat side-by-side at a Miu Miu fashion show in 2014 that was used as a joke movie pitch on Twitter.
The original tweet read: "Rihanna looks like she scams rich white men and lupita is the computer smart best friend that helps plan the scans."
Issa Rae says goodbye to anonymity after ‘Insecure’ success
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Issa Rae is just starting to feel the side effects of having a hit show.
The creator, writer and star of HBO's "Insecure" is getting more and more opportunities — and she's also getting recognized on the streets of her suburban Los Angeles neighborhood.
Exicting new projects for both Hailee Steinfeld and RuPaul
OWN presents ‘Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards & Gala’
Kimberly C. Roberts Entertainment Reporter
The 10th anniversary of Time Inc.’s Essence “Black Women in Hollywood Awards” will air as a prime-time television event on Sunday at 10 p.m. on OWN. For the past decade, the star-studded celebration has been at the forefront of “spotlighting Hollywood’s most creative and accomplished African-American female visionaries both in front of the camera and behind the scenes.”
Rae gets laughs, King draws tears at Essence pre-Oscar gala
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Actresses Aja Naomi King and Yara Shahidi quoted James Baldwin. "Insecure" creator Issa Rae shared awkward memories of her first trip down a Hollywood red carpet. And singer-songwriter Janelle Monae, who makes her acting debut in two films best-picture nominated films at Sunday's Oscars, insisted black women "have a right to have our stories told."
Issa Rae feels ‘validated’ by Black Women in Hollywood honor
When Issa Rae watched Oprah Winfrey being honored at Essence magazine's Black Women in Hollywood Awards last year, the actress hoped she would one day be recognized in the same fashion. But she didn't think it would come this soon.
Rae, Janelle Monae, Aja Naomi King and Yara Shahidi will be honored Thursday in Los Angeles at the magazine's 10th annual awards. Past honorees include Oprah Winfrey, Viola Davis, Halle Berry, Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer.
Black Women in Hollywood Awards to fete Monae, Rae, others
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Essence magazine will celebrate Janelle Monae, Issa Rae, Aja Naomi King and Yara Shahidi at its 10th annual Black Women in Hollywood Awards.
The magazine announced Thursday that it will recognize "Hollywood's Next Generation" at a gala dinner hosted by Gabrielle Union in the days leading up to the Oscars. The Black Women in Hollywood Awards will be held Feb. 23 at the Beverly Wilshire.