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The 15 Sexiest Black Actresses In Hollywood

July 12th, 2014 3:00pm EDT
Lupita Nyong'o
Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o is of Mexican and Kenyan descent. She was born in Mexico City but was raised in Kenya and educated in the United States. Earlier this year she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her first starring role in "12 Years a Slave." People magazine subsequently named her the "Most Beautiful" star of 2014.

During the Essence Black Women in Hollywood luncheon in February, the actress talked about being bullied as a child and wishing she could change her skin color.

She told the Associated Press: "I got teased and taunted about my skin. My one prayer to ...
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Angela Bassett To Direct TV Movie About Whitney Houston

May 24th, 2014 6:00pm EDT
Angela Bassett To Direct TV Movie About Whitney Houston
Actress Angela Bassett is making her directorial debut in a made-for-television movie about singer Whitney Houston.

Bassett, who played Tina Turner in 1993 biopic "What's Love Got To Do With It," has been researching the pop star's life and marriage to Bobby Brown for the project, which is scheduled to debut in 2015.

"Whitney Houston" will center on the couple's marriage, a period in which Houston became addicted to cocaine.

Bassett explained, "I have such regard for both Whitney's and Bobby's amazing talents and accomplishments, and I feel a responsibility in the telling of their story....
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Brandy, Kerry Washington, More Attend Essence's Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon

February 28th, 2014 2:00pm EST
Brandy, Kerry Washington, More Attend Essence's Black Women In H
A bevy of beautiful black stars attended the 7th Annual Essence Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon in Beverly Hills on Thursday.

Singer Brandy looked amazing in a crimson pantsuit and matching suede pumps. She posed for photographs with former BET personality Rosci Diaz.

A very pregnant Kerry Washington also attended the event, wearing a bright blue shift dress that covered up her baby bump. Her popular series "Scandal" returned to ABC last night after its winter hiatus.

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'American Horror Story:Coven' - 'The Dead' Recap

November 22nd, 2013 3:06pm EST
Emma Roberts as Madison
“I got one life and I’m not wasting it,” says a pre-bus crash Kyle in the episode’s opening flashback. He and his fraternity brothers find themselves in a tattoo parlor where they all get douche-y tats, except for dear ol’ Kyle who waxes on about his reasons, not to. Another attempt to show how exceptional Kyle was, what a great future he had ahead of him, and that he had a semblance of a personality before he turned Franken-monster. It’s the seventh episode in and they are still trying to make me care about Kyle, its not working. Though I have to say that Franken-Kyle’s reaction too findin...
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'American Horror Story: Coven' Recap: 'Fearful Pranks Ensue' On Halloween

October 31st, 2013 11:00am EDT
American Horror Story: Coven
Last night's episode of American Horror Story was a mix of Mean Girl antics infused with a little 'dead' from The Walking Dead. Just watch the episode if you don't believe me! In the spirit of Halloween the episode had a Halloween-ish theme, whatever that means. The show is legit based on Halloween stories- every week is Halloween in American Horror Story.

In the wake of Madison's (Emma Roberts) death, Fiona demands for her servant Spalding to clean up the dead body. He rolls the body in the rug and whisks her away.

Meanwhile, Queenie is badly hurt; Delia and Fiona take her to the upstair...
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'American Horror Story: Coven 'The Replacements' - What Exactly Went Down Last Night?

October 24th, 2013 10:53am EDT
American Horror Story: Coven
Okay, we need to talk about this. WTF went down last night on American Horror Story? Is this episode called ‘The Replacements’ because everyone is being replaced? Oh- guess I should mention…SPOILER ALERTS!

It’s 1971, and Fiona is a young, beautiful witch. She’s having a conversation with an older woman who we find out is the supreme witch of her generation. Fiona doesn’t partake in activities with the other witches, her focus is being a supreme and proving to the elderly she has what it takes. But the old woman laughs Fiona off, reminding her what she had to go through to become a supreme....
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Fashion Fails: Milla Jovovich's Pants Party, Ray J's Laptop Boombox & More

July 7th, 2013 1:07pm EDT
Milla Jovovich
It's Fashion Fail Time! That means we take a break from letting you know how good all of your favorite stars look to show the other side of fashion: the fails!

Milla Jovovich is here to remind us that fashion is in the eye of the beholder - wait, no… this is terrible. The laughable high-waist trend is unfortunately here to stay, but hopefully the giant pant legs aren't.

Can't afford a gold chain? Ray J has the perfect solution with his shirt featuring a pharaoh's death mask and a braided gold necklace. And yes, he is using a laptop as a boom box.

Stephen Marley found just what he...
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Tony Awards Photos: Scarlett Johansson, Jake Gyllenhaal, Anna Kendrick & More!

June 10th, 2013 9:29am EDT
Scarlett Johansson
As more and more big-screen stars dabble with theater roles, the attention to Broadway deepens. Several well-known celebs attended Sunday night's Tony Awards, and many presented trophies at the ceremony.

Scarlett Johansson, above, received mixed reviews for her role as Maggie in the sixth revival of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" earlier this year. She showed up to last night's event in a conservative black dress with a matching jacket.

Last year, Jake Gyllenhaal made his off-Broadway debut in "If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet." He played a man who struggled to help his overweight niece fit in...
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Andre 3000's Jimi Hendrix And The Best Music Biopics Ever

May 8th, 2012 3:03pm EDT
Andre 3000
According to the Irish Film and Television Network, Andre 3000 is headed to Ireland to begin production on the Jimi Hendrix biography film All Is by My Side. Where will it stack up among these great music biopics?

The Jacksons: An American Dream followed the Jackson 5 (with a focus on Michael) as the group dealt with their fast rise to fame and Michael's solo career. The two-part miniseries was seen by almost 40 million households in 1992.

Ray, the biography of Ray Charles, earned Jamie Foxx a deserved Academy Award for Best Actor in 2004. Sadly, Charles died months before the premi...
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Q&A: 'The Client List' Star Naturi Naughton: 'There Are So Many Things I Want To Do'

April 8th, 2012 10:00am EDT
Naturi Naughton
Lifetime's The Client List premieres tonight (10 PM ET/PT). You've seen the saucy ads of Jennifer Love Hewitt as Riley Parks, who works at a day spa that has a little something extra going on. But she's not the only one who's a part of the story.

I recently caught up with singer/actress Naturi Naughton, who co-stars with Hewitt in the Lifetime original series, to ask her about her role in the new show, her experience coming off the similarly sexy The Playboy Club, and her other aspirations.

What was the moment when you decided on an entertainment career?

I was pretty young when I decid...
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'Waiting To Exhale' Sequel To Go Ahead Without Whitney Houston

February 15th, 2012 9:08am EST
Waiting To Exhale
Executives at Fox are pressing on with plans for a Waiting To Exhale sequel, despite the recent death of star Whitney Houston.

The late soul superstar was keen to get started on the project with co-stars including Angela Bassett and director Forest Whitaker and recently spoke of her hopes for the movie during an interview promoting what will now be her final film, Sparkle.

And castmate Loretta Devine told MTV News on Monday that when she last spoke to Houston "she told me how excited she was to start production on Waiting to Exhale 2 with Angela, Lela (Rochon) and myself".

Despite Housto...
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10 Romantic Movies For Valentine's Day

February 9th, 2012 11:00am EST
10 Romantic Movies For Valentine's Day
It’s Valentine’s Day and you want to watch a romantic movie but all you can find on cable is “Love Story” and, really, how many times can you watch Ali McGraw die? Why not check out one or more of the below movies? We’ve given you choices from each decade since the 1930s to switch things up.

1931 – City Lights (Charlie Chaplin and Virginia Cherrill)

Don’t be afraid of black and white films and especially, in this case, silent films. With “The Artist” getting so much good publicity this year, why not check out a funny, romantic, silent film made by the master of silent films...
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Check Out 'Malcolm X' On Blu-ray Jan. 31

January 31st, 2012 6:24am EST
Malcolm X on bluray
Writer-director Spike Lee's epic portrayal of the life and times of the slain civil rights leader Malcolm X begins with the cross-cut imagery of the police beating of black motorist Rodney King juxtaposed with an American flag burning into the shape of the letter X.

When the film's narrative begins moments later, it jumps back to World War II-era Boston, where Malcolm Little (Denzel Washington) is making his living as a hustler. The son of a Baptist preacher who was murdered by the Ku Klux Klan, Little was raised by foster parents after his mother was deemed clinically insane; as an adult...
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Samuel L. Jackson's Martin Luther King Jr. Play Breaks Even On Broadway

January 22nd, 2012 11:43am EST
CELEBNAME
Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett's Broadway play "The Mountaintop" is officially a success - the production has recouped its $3.1 million costs.

The stageshow, starring Jackson as civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., is based on playwright Katori Hall's reimagining of the events in Memphis, Tennessee on April 3, 1968 - the night before King's assassination.

The play began previews at the Bernard B. Jacobs theater in September and it's proved to be a box office hit, recovering the full production costs just days before the curtain falls on the show for the final time on Sunday.
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Mary J. Blige Takes Acting Lessons To Prepare For Film Career

August 8th, 2011 5:00pm EDT
Mary J. Blige
R&B star Mary J. Blige is taking acting lessons in an effort to ensure she's worthy of future film roles.

The singer made her big screen acting debut in I Can Do Bad All By Myself and she's currently shooting musical Rock of Ages.

Blige will also play jazz and blues legend Nina Simone in a new biopic - and she's determined to master her new craft.

She says, "I'm trying to do everything - I have a dialect coach, acting coach, piano coach... everything. I'm just doing what I'm doing. The film thing is going to start happening more often because I'm trying to nail it, not just get an act...
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Review: 'Green Lantern' 'Two Jews On Film' Agree This Superhero Falls To The Ground (Video)

June 16th, 2011 8:10pm EDT
Green Lantern
By Joan Alperin-Schwartz: Okay, so this is how the story goes...In a universe far, far away (where else would it be) an elite, powerful force has existed for centuries. Protectors of peace and justice, they are called the Green Lantern Corps.

Helpful fact to know for those of you unfamiliar with the DC comic...Green is the color of will. Yellow is the color of fear. So...green is good...yellow, bad...very very bad.

Moving along...Each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him the ability to create anything that their mind can imagine...Pretty cool, right?

Unfortunately, this re...
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Meagan Good Looks Better Than Good At 'Jumping The Broom' Premiere

May 7th, 2011 8:30am EDT
Meagan Good
Actress Meagan Good attended the "Jumping the Broom" Los Angeles premiere earlier this week in a figure-hugging pink dress.

Angela Bassett and Paula Patton headline the comedy about two vastly divergent African-American families who clash during a lavish weekend wedding at Martha's Vineyard.

Meagan has also starred in films such as "Deliver Us From Eva, "You Got Served" and "The Love Guru."

See more photos of Meagan here!
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Angela Bassett: Full Cast Returning For 'Waiting To Exhale' Sequel

May 5th, 2011 9:20pm EDT
Angela Bassett
Actress Angela Bassett has confirmed rumors she's reuniting with Whitney Houston for a sequel to 1995 film Waiting To Exhale.

The hit romantic movie, about the love lives of four female friends in Phoenix, Arizona, was a big screen adaptation of Terry McMillan's 1992 book of the same name, and Bassett reveals the follow-up, based on the author's 2005 novel Getting to Happy, is in the works.

And the star claims the full original cast, including Loretta Devine and Lela Rochon, are all on board for the upcoming project - which will see Forest Whitaker returning as director.

Speaking on chat...
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Angela Basset Looks Fabulous At 52

February 26th, 2011 5:00pm EST
Angela Bassett
We spotted Angela Bassett at the 4th Annual Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon earlier this week looking pretty darn good at 52.

Angela stars in the upcoming film "Jumping the Broom" about two vastly divergent African-American families who clash during a lavish weekend wedding at Martha's Vineyard.

She also appears in the summer film "Green Lantern" opposite Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively.
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Notorious B.I.G. Biopic Soundtrack Enters Charts At #4

January 25th, 2009 5:00pm EST
Notorious
Bad Boy Records' Notorious: Music From And Inspired By The Original Motion Picture has made a remarkable chart entry, arriving on the Billboard 200 at #4, with sales of 43,000 – the week's top debut. What's more, the musical companion to the blockbuster Fox Searchlight motion picture has arrived at #1 on the "Top Rap Albums" tally, and #2 on both the "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums" and "Top Digital Albums" charts.

Notorious has also proven a true cinematic event, grossing $23.4 million in its first four days in release. The film opened January 16th in 1,638 locations with the highest per s...
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Movie Spotlight: 'Notorious'

January 16th, 2009 11:20am EST
Notorious
In the last few years, biopics, namely music biopics have become a routine. It's only fitting that Notorious becomes this year's first.

Almost twelve years after his death, Christopher Wallace's story gets the big screen treatment. But the journey from story to screen hasn't been easy. Notorious struggled in development and Training Day's Antoine Fuqua was once attached to direct. Many artists, like Sean Kingston, have made it clear that they had an interest in playing Biggie but none of this was proven as fact. Under the guidance of director George Tillman, Jr. the cast and scri...
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Anthony Edwards To Reprise His Role For One Episode Of 'ER'

September 4th, 2008 2:44pm EDT
ER
NBC announced that Golden Globe winner and Emmy® nominee Anthony Edwards will reprise his role as Dr. Mark Greene for one episode of NBC's long running show "ER" (Thursdays, 10-11 p.m. ET/PT). Edwards will return in the episode entitled "Heal Thyself," which was written and directed by executive producer David Zabel, and will air on November 13.

The installment will feature Dr. Greene in a series of newly shot scenes that will feature other characters from the show's past while also giving insight into Dr. Banfield's (Angela Bassett) past and her experiences within the walls of Coun...
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Courtney B. Vance Will Join Real-Life Wife Angela Bassett On 'ER'

August 18th, 2008 2:57pm EDT
Courtney B. Vance
Courtney B. Vance will join NBC's long running show "ER" (Thursdays, 10-11 p.m. ET/PT) in multi-episode story arc during season 15. Vance will be playing the role of Russell Banfield, husband to Cate Banfield played by real-life wife, Angela Bassett. "ER" will mark the first time Vance and Bassett will be acting together.

"We are excited to see the on-screen chemistry and emotion this incredibly talented husband and wife team will bring to our show," said executive producer David Zabel. "Fans are in for a treat and we couldn't be more thrilled that they chose ER to make their first app...
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Slideshow: Celebrities With Twins

August 8th, 2008 8:45am EDT
Jennifer Lopez & Marc Anthony
It's all the rage these days - twins that is. Angelina Jolie just gave birth to one of the most famous sets of twins in history, and Lisa Marie Presley & Rebecca Romijn just announced they're also expecting double trouble in the near future. Whether it's fertility treatments or just plain luck, the following celebrities have what it takes to produce two for the price of one:

Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt

July 12, 2008, Knox Leon & Vivienne Marcheline

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Jennifer Lopez & Marc Anthony

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Angela Bassett Will Join 'ER' For 15th & Final Season

April 29th, 2008 1:06pm EDT
Angela Bassett
NBC announced that Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominee Angela Bassett will join the cast of NBC's long running show "ER" in early fall of next season as a tough-as-nails attending physician who is coming back to Chicago after doing tsunami relief work in Indonesia. Her arrival shakes up the ER, but her strong exterior hides a troubled past that will slowly be revealed.

"Angela is a wonderfully talented actress who I've long hoped to work with," said executive producer John Wells. "We couldn't be more delighted that she's agreed to join us."

Bassett's talent as an actress and exe...
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Opening March 21: Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns

March 18th, 2008 3:30pm EDT
Tyler Perry
Prolific playwright Tyler Perry adapts his popular stage play of the same name in this family-oriented comedy concerning a desperate mother who connects with the family she never knew. Brenda is a single Chicago mother of three who has been struggling for years to keep her kids off of the streets. Suddenly let go from her job with no warning... Continue Summary

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Celebrity Birthdays, August 16

August 16th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Madonna
Happy Birthday to Franz Ferdinand bassist Robert Hardy (1980), singer Vanessa Carlton (1980), actor George Stults (1975), "The 40 Year-Old Virgin" star Steve Carell (1963), actor Timothy Hutton (1960), pop queen Madonna (1958), actress Angela Bassett (1958), "Titanic" director James Cameron (1954), singer/actress Kathie Lee Gifford (1953), "Family Matters" actor Reginald VelJohnson (1952), actress Lesley Ann Warren (1946), actress Julie Newmar (1933), singer Eydie Gorme (1931), football legend Frank Gifford (1930), actor Robert Culp (1930), actress Ann Blyth (1928), and British writer/soldi...
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Stars Provide Voices For 'Inspired By - The Bible Experience (Old Testament)'

July 10th, 2007 10:57am EDT
Nick Cannon
The most ambitious, critically-acclaimed presentation of the Bible ever produced, "Inspired By... The Bible Experience," has confirmed more than 200 cast members for the "Old Testament" prequel to its bestselling "New Testament" edition.

Highlighting the cast is 2007 Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker as the voice of Moses, along with Angela Bassett (Esther), Cuba Gooding Jr. (Jonah), Denzel and Pauletta Washington (Song of Songs), LL Cool J (Samson), Nick Cannon (Adam), Eartha Kitt (Serpent), Bishop T.D. Jakes (Abraham), Bishop Eddie L. Long (Joel), Della Reese, Bernice and t...
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Taye Diggs & Hector Elizondo To Guest Star on 'Grey's Anatomy'

February 22nd, 2007 4:12pm EST
Taye Diggs
Taye Diggs will guest star in Grey's Anatomy in a special two-hour episode that will air later this season. Diggs, an established star of film, television and theatre, made his feature film debut starring opposite Angela Bassett in the box office hit, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, and has since earned critical acclaim in several leading roles.

"Grey's Anatomy" also welcomes Emmy-winning actor Hector Elizondo, who is currently in production as Mr. Torres, Callie's father. Elizondo appeared in "Chicago Hope" and Princess Diaries I & II, among many other projects.

The "Grey's Anat...
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Oprah Winfrey, Angela Bassett & Others To Present Honors At Black Movie Awards

October 10th, 2006 1:42pm EDT
Angela Bassett
Oprah Winfrey, Kimberly Elise, Angela Bassett and Ruby Dee will be presenters at Film Life's "2006 Black Movie Awards A Celebration of Black Cinema: Past, Present and Future," airing Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT), on TNT.

The gala awards show, hosted by Tyler Perry, recognizes creative achievement by persons of African descent in feature-length motion pictures, both in front of and behind the camera, and honors outstanding films portraying the Black experience.

Winfrey will present the Distinguished Career Achievement Award to acclaimed actress Cicely Tyson, recognizing...
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