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Contrary to popular belief, Lee Daniels says his hit FOX television show Empire isn't based off of music moguls Sean Combs and Jay Z.

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Dame Dash is continuing with his lawsuit against movie director Lee Daniels and is lining up some big names to help him plead his…

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It's not Mothers Day, but why shouldn't we appreciate the nurturers and rocks of the family? Movie and television moms are the key…

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Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard Land Lead Roles in TV Pilot

Remember the on-screen Hustle and Flow chemistry between Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard? Well The Butler duo Lee Daniels and Danny Strong plan to…

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Oprah Winfrey Shares ESSENCE Cover with Three Leading Men [Photos]

What's it like being surrounded by three handsome movie stars? Just ask Oprah Winfrey, who sits alongside Michael B. Jordan, Forest Whitaker and…

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Opinion: On ’12 Years A Slave’, ‘The Butler’ And Hollywood’s ‘White Savior’ Obsession

NEW SLAVES Hollywood has become obsessed with revenge tales of bondage and servitude like 12 Years a Slave and The Butler. But why aren’t depictions…

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Fruitvale Station, K. Michelle and Alicia Keys Are Up For NAACP Image Awards

It's officially red carpet season and the 2014 NAACP Image Awards are next to announce their list of nominees. With so many great strides…

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Lupita Nyong’o and Oprah Winfrey Are Fashion Forward for W Magazine’s ‘Movie Issue’ [Photos]

This Sunday's Golden Globes will officially kick off awards season and Lupita Nyong'o will be front and center. The 12 Years A Slave…

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Worst and Best Black Films of 2013

2013 proved to be a great year for films thanks to the works of many black filmmakers. Story lines were compelling, acting was…

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Director Lee Daniels Talks Suicidal Thoughts & Race Relations In Film

After serving box offices with his hit movie The Butler, Lee Daniels spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about his abusive childhood and why he thinks…
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