A formerly incarcerated man has taken a low point in his life and transformed it into a star-studded project.
Aug 1, 2023
For nearly three decades, Djimon Hounsou has made a name for himself in Hollywood with an established acting portfolio. Hailing from Benin, the two-time Academy Award nominee first starred in Steven Spielberg’s “Amistad” in 1997, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Drama. Following his breakout role, Hounsou went on to act in “Blood Diamond,” “Gladiator,” “Shazam!,” and more. The 58-year-old star has worked with some of the best in the business. However, he still feels he hasn’t received his proper due.
Mar 22, 2023
Despite his recent hiatus from the public eye, Will Smith is still doing work in the background that continues to cement him as one of the best actors ever to do it. According to Variety, the 53-year-old actor is preparing to cash in on his latest project, “Emancipation.” The AppleTV+ movie is an escaped-slave thriller that Smith agreed to after years of avoiding making films centered around the subject. “This was one that was about love and the power of Black love,” Smith explained in a previous interview. “And that was something I could rock with. We were going to make a story about how Black love makes us invincible.”
Jul 21, 2022
NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony is digging his heels into the Hollywood game with his latest announcement. According to an exclusive with Variety, Anthony reveals that he’s launching his very own global content company called “Creative 7” — named after his famed New York Knicks jersey number he wore from 2011 to 2017 — to bring his media projects to life. “Storytelling brings people together, and it can serve as a vehicle for propelling larger societal conversations and understanding,” Anthony tells the outlet. “We are interested in all types of stories that have the power to serve as catalysts for the change we wish to see in the world.” Anthony’s Creative 7 — which was launched with co-founder and producer Asani Swann — will operate as a multi-platform production and content banner that will develop and produce original content both scripted and non-scripted productions — including documentaries, television series, feature films, animation, and podcasts, according to The Hollywood...
Apr 6, 2021
Supporting Black stories in Hollywood goes beyond just sharing these creations amongst our community, it requires real action behind our words as well. For TV director and “Black Lightning” creator Salim Akil, his mission in the entertainment industry involves championing both Black creators and creators of color who work behind the scenes to put these stories together. The social reckoning that occurred back in June took a good look at Hollywood’s infrastructure and made a mass call for restoration to make the industry more diverse and inclusive. Although that social moment in the summer lit a fire under Hollywood’s playmakers to begin making those necessary changes, creators like Akil have been telling Black and diverse stories far before then and the pandemic. “The events of the summer gave some people who may have been a little reluctant to delve into those stories permission and/or the courage to go ahead and tell them,” he said. In regards to producing said stories, Akil...
Jan 1, 2021