Saturday, April 22, 2017

‘GET’ MONEY

Film Title: Get Out

How Jordan Peele’s directorial debut stunned at the box office — and is changing the conversation about race and Hollywood. BY KIMBERLY BAILEY-TUREAUD The tremendous box office success of the psychological horror/thriller “Get Out” has taken Hollywood by surprise. In the midst of Tinseltown’s ongoing diversity debate, Jordan Peele’s directorial debut (which he also wrote [...]

‘It’s really about finding balance’

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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS | TRACEE ELLIS-ROSS BY KIMBERLY BAILEY-TUREAUD Tracee Ellis Ross is one of the most popular television stars of our time, and she is making history with the hit ABC sitcom “Black-ish.” In January, her role as Dr. Rainbow Johnson enabled the showbiz scion to become the first African-American in more than 30 [...]

‘Hidden’ No More

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An extraordinary cast puts a new spotlight on three heroines of modern American history. “Hidden Figures” is a lot of things. The story of a trio of black female mathematicians at NASA in the 1960s who were instrumental in America’s initial forays into space, it is history unlocked, box office smash, crowd-pleasing awards season bait. [...]

‘Eventually, you have to jump’

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In his latest book, Steve Harvey challenges us to take a leap of faith. BY KIMBERLY BAILEY-TUREAUD Remembering the first time I heard Steve Harvey perform was reminiscent of the legendary Richard Pryor: he not only physically resembled the great Pryor, but he made me and friends laugh uncontrollably. Harvey is a film and television [...]

Thank You, Mr. President

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After two historic, remarkably successful terms in the White House — lifting the nation out of recession, cutting unemployment, giving healthcare to the uninsured, restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba, and so much more — is preparing to leave the Oval Office more than eight years after he graced the very first cover of Las Vegas [...]

‘Moving forward and continually developing’

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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS | KIMBERLY ELISE ‘Embrace your uniqueness’ Kimberly Elise has built an extraordinary career in Hollywood. Ever since her screen debut 20 years ago in the crime thriller “Set It Off,” she has starred in a string of movies across genres and audiences — from critical favorites like “Beloved” and “For Colored Girls” [...]

‘Moving forward and continually developing’

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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS | MARVIN MENZIES ‘Moving forward and continually developing’ UNLV’s storied basketball program has a new leader. Marvin Menzies is the first African- American head basketball coach in the school’s history, and the Los Angeles native can’t wait for the season to start on Nov. 1. He recently sat down with Las Vegas [...]

WESTERN VALUES

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In “The Magnificent Seven,” Denzel Washington tips his hat to a genre film with a new-generation twist. You would not be wrong to assume that, after being cast as the lead in “The Magnificent Seven,” one of the first things Denzel Washington did was take a close look at the 1960 classic on which his [...]

You have to persist

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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS | OMAR MILLER You have to persist He may be experiencing a new measure of fame for his role on “Ballers,” but the HBO hit is far from Omar Miller’s first time in the spotlight. From “8 Mile” and “Get Rich or Die Tryin’” to “CSI: Miami” and “Law & Order,” he’s [...]

‘We have to keep moving forward’

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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS | VIVICA A. FOX The “Independence Day: Resurgence” star talks leading men, her steamy Las Vegas show, and what she learned about Donald Trump on “Celebrity Apprentice.” Vivica A. Fox has been delighting audiences for more than two decades, with her incomparably relatable style in movies and television shows that range from [...]