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ESSENCE Fest 2015 Lineup Announced

The 2015 Essence Festival will feature Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu, comedian Kevin Hart, Common and Trombone Shorty, among others, on its main stage at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Festival officials announced ...

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Mo’Nique Says She Was ‘Blackballed’ in Hollywood After Oscar Win

By Stephanie Marcus When Mo'Nique won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in 2010's "Precious," it wasn't the career turning point she had expected. While winning an Oscar is typically a boon to a performer's profile, the offers all have since dried up. In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the 47-year-old actress claims director Lee Daniels recently said that she's been "bl ...

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‘Kingsman’ Director Says Film’s Shocking Ending Doesn’t Depict Barack Obama

By Christopher Rosen This piece contains spoilers about the ending of "Kingsman: The Secret Service." Controversy didn't hamper the release of 20th Century Fox's "Kingsman: The Secret Service" in the same way it did Sony's "The Interview," but Matthew Vaughn's spy spoof shares one significant lightning-rod moment with the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy. Both movies kill off a world leader in a spectacular e ...

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