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Lupita Nyong'o's $150,000 Oscar gown returned by thief via TMZ

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The $150,000 Oscar gown worn by actress Lupita Nyong'o that was stolen two days ago was returned on Friday by the thief, who tipped off celebrity news site after learning the pearls on the dress were fake, according to officials and the website.

TMZ said the thief …

Keyshia Cole + Daniel ‘Booby’ Gibson = Hate

To say that things between Keyshia Cole and NBA baller Daniel “Booby” Gibson aren’t working out would be an understatement. Earlier we brought you an …

Keyshia Cole

Earl Ofari Hutchinson: Why We Still Need a Selma

*One week after Alabama state troopers bludgeoned civil rights demonstrators on the Edmund Pettus Bridge outside Selma on March 7, 1965 a visibly …


Kanye West Buys — Then Removes — All-New Furniture After Look "Wasn't Right": Source

This story first appeared in the March 13 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

Kanye West’s Grammy antics quickly were supplanted by the debut of …

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22 Contemporary Authors You Absolutely Should Be Reading

These writers are not to be missed.

1. Natalie Baszile

Natalie Baszile is an essayist and the author of the novel Queen Sugar.

Why you should read her: Queen Sugar is about a single mother who suddenly inherits a sugarcane farm in Louisiana, and moves there from Los Angeles to make a new start for her …


Box office: 'Focus' is No. 1; 'Still Alice,' 'Birdman' get Oscars bump

The Will Smith romantic caper "Focus" opened at No. 1, kicking "Fifty Shades of Grey" out of the top spot over the weekend but still falling short of box office projections.

"Unfortunately, snow just beat us up in a big way, especially in the South," said Jeff Goldstein, executive vice president and …

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Batman V Superman: Jason Momoa on Aquaman's role

Just the other week, Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice director Zack Snyder tweeted the first official snap of Jason Momoa as Aquaman in the movie. …


Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios sues Comcast for $20 billion

Television entrepreneur Byron Allen has filed a $20-billion racial discrimination lawsuit against cable giants Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable.

Allen, who is African-American, owns the Los Angeles television production and distribution company Entertainment Studios, which includes such digital …


Nick Gordon Claims Bobby Brown Has Seen Bobbi Kristina 4 Times in 5 Years

As Bobbi Kristina Brown remains on life support in a Georgia hospital Monday, Nick Gordon continues to vent publicly over concerns for her well-being as well as the motives of her father, singer Bobby Brown.

"Bobby [has] seen his daughter 4 times in the last 5 yrs. Now him and his family want …

Mike Tyson Went to Algeria to Make the Country's "First Martial Arts Film"... Here's a First Look at the Results

According to Algerian newspaper l’ (I love that I can access any newspaper from almost anywhere in the world, on the web, even though …

Mike Tyson

Ava DuVernay Won

By Tanya Steele | Shadow and Act February 23, 2015 at 11:56AM

In the current climate, the best you can hope for is to shift the Black narrative …

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Action Movies

Samuel L. Jackson Is a President in Need of Saving in Trailer for Action-Adventure Movie 'Big Game'

By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act February 12, 2015 at 3:46PM

Here's the second trailer for Finnish director Jalmari Helander’s English-language …


‘White Water’ Makes TV One Ratings History

"White Water," the period dramedy starring Sharon Leal and Larenz Tate, directed by Rusty Cundieff, and produced by Dwayne Johnson-Cochran, made TV …


Meagan Good Replaces Lenora Crichlow on NBC's New Comedy 'Mr Robinson'

By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act February 12, 2015 at 1:42PM

NBC continues to look for ways to use Meagan Good, 3 years after the network …

Meagan Good

S. Epatha Merkerson Joins Yaya DaCosta to Star in NBC Spin-off Series 'Chicago Med' (Black Actors in Demand This Pilot Season)

I continue to pose a question I've been asking for about 2 years now: are TV networks finally starting to realize the ratings and profit potential In …


TV Pilot Season's Big Get: Diversity

A version of this story first appeared in the Feb. 20 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

This could be the year that diversity becomes more …

Watch Alyson Stoner's Dance Tribute to Missy Elliott

The young dancer featured in three of Elliott's music videos years ago honored the rapper in an epic dance video.

Missy Elliott

Oscars: Adam Levine Can't Wait to Sing "Perfect" Song "Lost Stars" on Telecast

"I wish I had written the [nominated] song," the Maroon 5 frontman and host of 'The Voice' tells THR, "but I get to do the next best thing, which is …

Adam Levine

Bay Area Hip-Hop Artist The Jacka Killed in Oakland

Bay Area hip-hop artist and former Mob Figaz member The Jacka was shot and killed in Oakland, CA on Monday night. Reports stated that an unidentified …

Samuel L. Jackson Might Return to ‘Die Hard’ Franchise

*”Die Hard” fans get excited!

Samuel L. Jackson could return to the franchise in “Die Hard 6” as Zeus Carver.

The upcoming film will be the sequel to “A

Ava DuVernay Has Multi-Episode TV Series on "Black Experience in America" in the Works

Of course, we're all already wondering what Ava DuVernay will do next, after "Selma;" and the answer seems to be something made for television.
The …


Nicki Minaj, Shaquille O'Neal, Kenny Smith, Grant Hill & Ernie Johnson - 'Inside The NBA' Cypher

Young Money‘s first lady continues her extensive press run, as she takes her talents to the NBA arena. In an appearance on the hilariously …

First Listen: Nicki Minaj Delivers Honesty On 'The Pinkprint,' But It Isn't Flawless

Nicki Minaj’s The Pinkprint opens with “All Things Go,” one of the rapper’s most sincere depictions of her life. It’s as if the curtains are being …