Say what you will about famed choreographer Laurieann Gibson, what with her death-defying dance moves, in-your-face personality and A-list clientele: homegirl knows how to stay in the spotlight. Dropping it like its hot since she was a "fly girl" on "In Living Color," over the past two decades Gibson's dance hustle may have only been surpassed by that other notable fly girl, J. Lo. Now, after years of shuffling in the shadows of prominent male producers like Diddy ("Making the Band") and Mark Burnett ("Starmaker), the Canadian transplant is finally Boss Lady In Charge, starring in her own E! Television reality show "The Dance Scene," where she whips aspiring dancers and choreographers -- aka "Team Boomkack" -- into shape. The eight-part series is produced by entertainment industry juggernaut Ryan Seacrest.
You would have thought I'd been stabbed in the neck with a ballpoint pen, I shrieked so loud.
"Not 'All My Children'!" I exclaimed over the phone to one of my best
gal pals and sister "A.M.C." devotee. The news sent me and all the other
soap opera fans reeling: after 41 years on the air, ABC had pulled the
plug on one of TV's longest-running daytime shows, and, along with it,
the ultimate drama queen, Erica Kane...
Before there was a Shannon Holmes, a Vickie Stringer or a Wahida Clark, there was a woman many consider the Queen of Urban Fiction, Sister Souljah.
A pioneer of modern-day "street lit" in the spirit of legendary scribes like Iceberg Slim, Donald Goines and Claude Brown, Souljah, nee Lisa Williamson, helped to jump-start the genre's most recent incarnation in the late 1990s with her first, hugely popular novel, "The Coldest Winter Ever..."
When's the last time your favorite TV show was yanked off the air, only to resurface a year and a half later on another network?
Can't remember, huh?
That's probably because stories of redemption in the unforgiving, battle-scarred world of Nielsen ratings are rarer than a solar eclipse. Yet, a second chance is just what the New Year brought Derwin, Melanie,
Jason, Kelly, Malik and Tasha Mack, otherwise known as the gang from
This season, the Great White Way gets a little more brotherly love as actor Jeffrey Wright and rapper Mos Def reunite on the stage for "A Free Man of Color," a look at politics and race in 19-century New Orleans, by playwright John Guare.
Fans are more likely to spot the uber private Wright -- best known for his command turns in films like "Boycott" and "Basquiat" and theatrical masterpieces like "Angels in America" -- biking through his Brooklyn neighborhood than riding in a limo, or hunkered down with his wife, actress Carmen Ejogo, and their two kids at their favorite neighborhood diner, than chopping it up with fellow actors at some Manhattan hotspot...
Eighties heartthrob El Debarge may not look like he's been to hell and
back, what, with his still youthful face, jet-black hair and sparkling
smile, but he'd be the first one to tell you he has.
The former lead singer of his family group Debarge -- once
touted as the second coming of The Jackson Five - says it wasn't the
hope of reclaiming the Billboard charts that kept him going the two
years he spent behind bars for drug possession; it was the hope of
reclaiming his mind.
Havana is among the fastest-growing travel destinations for African-Americans for reasons greater than its world-renowned cigars and rum. Located just 220 miles from Miami, it -- like most other Caribbean islands -- is a place where many of the people look like us: roughly 34 percent of Cubans identify themselves as Black...
A blue-and-white Oreo bag carved into the side of a head; a purple, four-foot-high "Elvira"-style beehive; and the Guinness World Record holder for the world's longest dreadlocks. These were just a few of the crazy, hairy -- and tad bit scary -- jaw-droppers over the weekend at the 2010 Bronner Brothers International Hair Show in Atlanta...
Here's what you had to say:
Carla wrote via Facebook: "It was my first time going and it was way too much fun!"
For nearly 50 years, Cuba has been looked upon by many Americans as the land of the forbidden. When the United States imposed a hefty trade embargo and travel ban against the island and its then-Communist leader Fidel Castro in 1960, the message was made clear: U.S. citizens have no business there...
It was a virtual "black-out" Sunday on the Great White Way as the Tony Awards swept into New York City.
Nabbing two of Broadway's biggest honors were African-American actors
Denzel Washington and Viola Davis, who won best leading actor and
actress for their unforgettable turns in the Broadway revival
of August Wilson's "Fences." It was Washington's first Tony Award win
and Davis' fourth -- she already had two statuettes for another Wilson
play, "King Hedley II," and one for 2004's "Intimate Apparel."
Here's what you had to say:Davida commented via Facebook: "Viola Davis is amazing in whatever she does. Congrats!"
Diana wrote via Facebook: "There are not two more deserving actors of the top honors from the Tony Awards."
If Denzel Washington has his way, fans will soon see a whole lot less of him on the big screen. Not that the two-time Academy Award winner plans on retiring from movies; it's just that after more than three decades in Tinseltown he's itching to take up residence on the Great White Way. So he's flipped the script on his career: Washington--who stars in the Broadway revival of August Wilson's "Fences," which opens today--says now his first priority is doing theater, then directing movies and finally, starring in them...
As history has shown, everyone loves a good sports film. From "Rocky"
to "Chariots of Fire," "Remember the Titans" to "The Blind Side," moviegoers
can't get enough of real-life, come-from-behind stories of victory in
the face of considerable odds. Morgan Freeman's latest role as Nelson Mandela is no exception. The film tells the true story of Mandela teaming up with the South African rugby team to unite an apartied-torn South Africa in "Invictus" is sure to be hit--and it's getting Oscar buzz.