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Women of Power: 10 Black Industry Leaders in Television and Film

Female powerhourses who are ruling the big and small screens

Though the representation of women of color on TV and in film is still lagging…

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Hollywood Hitmaker: 10 Facts About Will Packer

A few things you'd want to know about the 'No Good Deeds' producer

Will Packer has a great body of work that has netted millions in Hollywood. We…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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[EXCLUSIVE] Will Packer: Hollywood Hitmaker Talks Business and Boss Moves

'No Good Deed' producer has eye for making the next huge box-office draw

Will Packer produces some of Hollywood’s most profitable hits. In this exclusive with Black Enterprise…

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NeNe Leakes Joins Final Cinderella Cast on Broadway

Reality TV star will replace Sherri Shepherd in last run of play

According to reports reality TV star and entrepreneur NeNe Leakes will be replacing talk show…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Snoop Dogg, Jay Z, Even Drake: Amazing Makeup Artist Transforms Into Hip-Hop Royalty

Magali Beauvue wows with celebrity metamorphosis

Makeup transformation have flooded social media, but these take things to another level. One female…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Hollywood Insider #5: Updates from the Film and TV Industry

Who will be the next leading black actor in Hollywood?

Who will claim Hollywood’s leading black male role?

By Gil Robertson

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Rest in Peace: 10 Facts About Robin Williams

Did you know he appeared on the short-lived, Richard Pryor Show?

In the wake of the death of comedian Robin Williams, here are 10 facts on…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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White Men Directed 90% Of This Year’s Summer Movies

Of 39 releases, 37 are directed by white men

Out of 39 movies that hit this summer, 37 have been directed by White men.…

By Kevin L. Clark

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Woody Allen Talks Lack of Black Actors in Films

Filmmaker: 'You hire people based on who is correct for part'

The veteran filmmaker, Woody Allen, explains to the New York Observer why his films aren’t…

By Kevin L. Clark

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Black Enterprise Golf and Tennis Challenge: 10 Facts About Chris Spencer

"Real Husbands of Hollywood" creator will be featured host

“Real Husbands of Hollywood” creator, Chris Spencer, will be hosting the Black Enterprise Golf and…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Malcolm-Jamal Warner Will Appear on ‘Sons of Anarchy’

Actor set to appear in at least two episodes

Former Huxtable, Malcolm-Jamal Warner will appear on the motorcycle series, “Sons of Anarchy” for the…

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Confirmed: Samuel L. Jackson Joins Cast Of ‘Tarzan’ Movie

No word as to who the Oscar nominee will play

Oscar nominee Samuel L. Jackson will join the cast of David Yates’ ‘Tarzan’ movie.

By Kevin L. Clark

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Emmy Nominations: Don Cheadle, Idris Elba and Kerry Washington Among Nominees

Check out the list of top black actors vying for awards

This year at the Emmy Awards, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Idris Elba, Don Cheadle, Cicely Tyson, Kerry…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Crystal Clarke Joins Cast of Star Wars: Episode VII

Newcomer Crystal Clarke will appear in the latest movie

Crystal Clarke joins Lupita Nyong’o in the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. It’s the…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Tupac Shakur’s Legacy Hits Broadway

Hip-hop musical featuring rap icon's music and lyrics appeals to new audiences

A new Broadway play highlighting the life and works of Tupac Shakur hits theaters but…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Motion Picture Academy Aiming for Diversity

New efforts seek to change recent numbers: 93% white and 76% male

Academy that decides Oscars has invited 271 people who do not fit typical white male…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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‘Rise Up’ Dazzles at ABFF North American Premier

Wyclef Jean and Mickey Rourke star in film highlighting corruption in oil-rich Niger Delta

Film at the America Black Film Festival puts Nigeria’s oil corruption under microscope.

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Laz Alonzo Talks Career Journey and Power of Working for Free

Actor talks Wall Street and sacrificing to pursue passion for acting

On the second day of the Baltimore African American Festival, Laz Alonzo talks with Kwame…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Hollywood’s Leading Men Talk the Influence of Black Males in Media at ABFF

Actors Morris Chestnut, Omari Hardwick and Stephen Bishop talk black men in Hollywood

Actors Morris Chestnut, Omari Hardwick and Stephen Bishop talk black men in Hollywood at ABFF’s…

By Courtney Connley

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Twitter Reacts To Jaden Smith’s ‘Iron Man’ Antics

The young Hollywood star was caught wilding out again

Jaden Smith was caught on camera wearing a cheaply made Iron Man suit.

By Kevin L. Clark

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Hollywood Insider #2

Will Packer is staying busy and find out which two new Bille Woodruff projects are coming to screen

What does it really take to successfully release a black film overseas?

By Gil Robertson

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Risk and Reward: Clay Donahue Fontenot, One of the Most ‘Sought-After’ Stuntmen in the Business

Award-winning professional belongs to rare breed

Award-winning stuntman belongs to rare breed of professionals paid to risk personal safety during a…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Jeff Friday is Bringing Hollywood to Independent Filmmaking

'I consider myself a change agent'

American Black Film Festival Founder Jeff Friday talks about the future of ABFF and independent…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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The American Black Film Festival: 10 Facts About Bill Duke

What do you really know about this talented filmmaker?

Bill Duke will be teaching a Master Class at The American Black Film Festival.

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Hollywood Boss Moves: One-on-One with ‘Neighbors’ Star Jerrod Carmichael

Actor talks winning career move to LA, Spike Lee and comic relief

Exclusive with The Shadow League: Actor Jerrod Carmichael talks Richard Pryor, Spike Lee, and quirky…

By Raqiyah Mays

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Continuing the Momentum of Lupita: 3 Boss Moves to Get You Started

Millennials, be inspired in your career journey as we all watch Nyong'o's star rise

Inspired by the career journey of Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o, check out three boss moves that…

By Janell Hazelwood

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New Study: Women in Hollywood Earn Less As Career Progresses

For black actresses, picture gets more gloomy

A new study further supports notion that female actresses earn less as they get older,…

By Janell Hazelwood

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PHOTOS: Harlem School of the Arts Honors Laurence Fishburne, Gina Torres and Leaders in Philanthropy

Entrepreneurs Janice S. and Christopher J. Williams among honorees for leadership

On Oct. 8, the Harlem School of the Arts honored leaders in business and Hollywood…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Laurence Fishburne and Gina Torres Talk Business of the Arts at NYC Benefit Gala

Honorees tout key to being as passionate about business as you are your craft

At Harlem School of the Arts’ fall benefit, award-winning actors detail support of arts and…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Honoring Our Trailblazers: Black Actors and Actresses who Paved the Way

James Earl Jones, Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee headline the list

If it weren’t for actors like Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee fighting for roles they…

By Jonathan Hailey

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Cool Jobs: Australian Filmmaker Brings Story of Aboriginal Singers to the States

Wayne Blair takes story of Aboriginal quartet global with 'The Sapphires'

An Indigenous Australian writer, actor and director, Wayne Blaire talks bringing Aboriginal history to the…

By Janell Hazelwood

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‘Olympus Has Fallen’ Director Antoine Fuqua Talks White House Thrillers and Hollywood Boss Moves

Filmmaker's latest action-packed movie hits theaters today

Opening in theaters today, March 22, we caught up with film director on White House…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Terrence Howard Regrets Iron Man Movie, Says it Destroyed his Career

Terrence Howard claims Iron Man franchise "killed" his career.

Don Cheadle replaced Howard

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Under 21 and Winning: 8 Young Bosses to Watch in 2013

These industry heavyweights are making major early career strides

From signing music contracts to starting their own businesses— all before the age of 21—these…

By Courtney Connley

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More Than Just Red Carpet Fashion: 4 Career Lessons from the Oscars

The night's ceremony lends more to professional advancement

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Whether you stayed up…

By Jamie Harrison

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Denzel Washington: “I Don’t Want Movie-Star Friends”

Is it wrong for Denzel to be comfortable with his friends, even if they aren't actors?

Should Denzel be friends with other movie star actors?

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Film Femme Fatales: Top Black Women in Hollywood

These directors and producers add unique flair to storytelling

Adding their unique voices and creative spin on storytelling, these producers and directors are kicking…

By Courtney Connley

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Denzel Washington: Top Money-Making Star of 2012

Denzel adds to the many accolades he has already amassed

Because of his movies, “Flight” and “Safe House,” exhibitors felt Washington was responsible for more…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Eddie Murphy is Forbes’ Most Overpaid Actor

Forbes estimated that for every $1 Murphy was paid for his last three films, they returned an average of $2.30 at the box office.

Can he overcome this distinction?

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Spike Lee Fired From James Brown Biopic

Lee replaced with a less experienced, white writer

Lee replaced with a less experienced, white writer

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Cool Jobs: Mark Walker Brings Star (Marketing) Power to Hollywood

In order to get blockbuster results, this exec infuses hard work, passion

With more than two-decades in Hollywood, this executive brings his commitment to accepting nothing but…

By Gil Robertson

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Hollywood Soul Sisters Talk Friendship in Show Biz

Talk with 'Sparkle', 'Notorious' casting directors and photographer

Talk with ‘Sparkle’, ‘Notorious’ casting directors and photographer

By Gerren Keith Gaynor

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Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone: Why Skin Color in Hollywood Matters

Why critics are not happy with Zoe Saldana's role as Nina Simone

Why critics are not happy with Zoe Saldana’s role as Nina Simone

By Gerren Keith Gaynor

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Michael Clarke Duncan

Things you may not have known about the late actor

Things you may not have known about the late actor

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‘Sparkle’ Actress Tika Sumpter Talks Hidden Talents, Hollywood Boss Moves

TV star expands repertoire to singing and performing

Actress Tika Sumpter talks ‘Sparkle’ role, working with Whitney Houston, showcasing hidden talents and Hollywood…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Preview Our World: Behind the Scenes with Nicole Ari Parker and Blair Underwood in ‘Streetcar Named Desire’

Host Marc Lamont Hill interviews Nicole Ari Parker and Blair Underwood from Streetcar Named Desire; plus talks about the future of hip hop

‘Our World with Black Enterprise’ host Marc Lamont Hill interviews Nicole Ari Parker and Blair…

By Andrew Wadium

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Cool Jobs: Paul Martin Holds Key to Acquiring New Talent in Hollywood

'Get things done' personality drives career advancement for top stars

Key Sony Pictures Entertainment executive Paul Martin talks his recruitment philosophy and pushing for diversity…

By Gil Robertson

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Why You Mad?: We Gave Gwyneth Paltrow Permission to Use the N-Word

Pop culture's --- and our--- loose use of the word diminishes its negative impact

With the news that Gwenyth Paltrow used the N-word in a Twitpic caption, many find…

By Janell Hazelwood

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WATCH: ‘Streetcar’ Star Nicole Ari Parker Talks Broadway, Family Life, and Black Hollywood

Mother, wife and entrepreneur takes theater and Tinseltown by storm

On the heels of her sizzling Broadway debut, actress Nicole Ari Parker took a break…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Black Blogger Month: BlackFilm.com, The Web’s Leading Man

As editor of BlackFilm.com, Wilson Morales shines the spotlight on Black films and talent that mainstream Hollywood often overlooks

As editor of BlackFilm.com, Wilson Morales shines the spotlight on Black films and talent that…

By Danielle Kwateng

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This past weekend Disney and Marvel Studios joined forces to release The Avengers, an all-star fan boy film based off the popular comic book series. While critics expected the film to do well, at the end of film’s opening weekend it not only secured the No. 1 spot but also broke domestic box office records, pulling in $200.3 million over the course of three days. The Avengers’ ticket sales eclipsed the previous record-holder, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, which opened with $169.2 million in summer 2011. The film’s success is not limited to US shores, as it opened internationally two weeks ago to the tune of $441.5 million across 52 global markets. As it stands at press time, The Avengers has grossed well over $642.8 million globally. BlackEnterprise.com takes a look at the “marvelous” success of the prequel films that led up to this record-breaking showing.  —Anslem Samuel Rocque

The Avengers Decoded: The Makings of a Marvelous Movie Franchise

After a record breaking open weekend for The Avengers, the films that built up the new franchise get their ticket sales dissected

The Avengers breaks box office records with its opening weekend haul of over $200 million,…

By Anslem Samuel

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‘Sparkle’ Producer Debra Martin Chase Reflects on Career & Whitney

The veteran movie producer shares her career journey and explains the industry's evolution

Hollywood veteran Debra Martin Chase shares her trade secrets on moviemaking and adapting to the…

By Darralynn Hutson

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Author and Sony Pictures' executive DeVon Franklin with Black Enterprise Multimedia Editor-at-Large and UBR Host Alfred Edmond Jr.

UBR Spotlight: DeVon Franklin On Faith And Business In Hollywood

More on the entrepreneurs, business strategies and economic news on The Urban Business Roundtable

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR contributor Renita D. Young speaks with preacher,…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Hooray for Nollywood: Behind the Scenes of the Nigerian Film Industry

As the Oscars dust settles in Tinseltown, we turn our attention to one of the largest film industries in the world: Nigeria

As the Oscars dust settles in Tinseltown, we turn our attention to one of the…

By Tomika Anderson

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A packed house of A-list celebrities, studio executives and industry tastemakers came out to celebrate the AAFCA Awards. Produced by the African American Film Critics Association, the invitation only, red carpet took place at PIPS Restaurant (renamed the AAFCA Playhouse) in Los Angeles. Hosted by noted entertainment journalist Kevin Frazier, (of CBS's The Insider) the event featured awards handed out in categories that included: Best Actor, Actress, Director and Best Film, among others. AAFCA Special Achievement Awards were also presented to iconic actors Richard Roundtree, Hattie Winston, legendary producer George Lucas and entertainment giant Sony Pictures Entertainment.---Gil Robertson 

Pictured here: Oscar-nominated actress Viola Davis and the legendary Richard Roundtree

Black Hollywood Comes Out to Support the African American Critics Awards

Black Hollywood comes out to support African-American leaders in the entertainment and film industry

Black Hollywood comes out to support and honor African-American leaders in the entertainment and film…

By Gil Robertson

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The Oscars have been the source of lauding and loathing for many in the African American community, from those in the field to those in the audience. This year was an unforgettable one, as actresses Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis received nominations (with Spencer going home with a win as Best Supporting Actress), some criticism, and many well-wishes from peers and fans alike. 


As the Oscars buzz continues, BlackEnterprise.com caught up with five top black talents in front of and behind the cameras to talk their career triumphs and challenges, why they continue to pursue their dreams and the Hollywood politics they navigate daily. ---Christian Law

Black Hollywood Talent Talk Careers and the Politics of the Hollywood

Five professionals to watch in 2012 dish on Tinseltown triumphs and challenges

These top black actors and Hollywood professionals to watch discuss career triumphs and how politics…

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This Sunday, February 26, 2012, the 84th annual Academy Awards will be held in Hollywood, gathering together all of the film industry’s biggest names. While Eddie Murphy, who backed out on hosting duties, might be absent, there will be a plethora of African American actors and actresses both as attendees and nominees. Namely, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, who both earned nods for their exceptional work in The Help. Given that both women are favored to take home a golden statuette (only time will tell), BlackEnterprise.com Decodes the financial impact of an Oscar win by looking back at the select few African Americans performers who have struck gold on Hollywood’s biggest night. —Darralynn Hutson

The Oscars Decoded: 12 Black Actors Who Won & Their Career Impact

An examination of the dozen African American thespians who excelled in their craft on Hollywood's biggest night

With The Help’s Viola Davis & Octavia Spencer up for Oscars at the 84th Academy…

By Darralynn Hutson

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Actor Michael Ealy is More than Just Eye Candy

The 'Think Like a Man' star talks diversity of roles—from 'Underworld' to 'Unconditional'

Diversifying his roles with Underworld Awakening & Think Like a Man, actor Michael Ealy moves…

By Tomika Anderson

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Salim & Mara Brock Akil on ‘The Game’ & ‘Sparkle’ Remake

The power couple reveal how they create success in career and their marriage

On the eve of the season 5 premiere of BET’s The Game, producers Salim &…

By Darralynn Hutson

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Tamala Jones Advocates Adoption & Helping Kids in Need

The star of ABC's Castle shares her passion for helping children in need

Actress Tamala Jones speaks on her work within the foster care system and what it…

By Amber McKynzie

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Career Transition Lessons from The Real Housewives of Atlanta

Beyond the antics, learn how you can take your brand to the next level

The Real Housewives of Atlanta are embarking on new career transitions, from entrepreneurship to motherhood.…

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WATCH: John Singleton Discusses State of Black Hollywood

The celebrated director explains what it takes to get more African American stories on screen

With his latest him Abduction, starring Twilight’s Taylor Lautner, in theaters, John Singleton speaks on…

By Anslem Samuel

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Book Review: Produced By Faith By Devon Franklin

Christian and top film executive Devon Franklin shows how to succeed in Hollywood--or any industry--without selling your soul

Produced by Faith: Enjoy Real Success Without Losing Your True Self is an excellent book…

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Best known for his portrayal of Tee Tee on BET’s The Game, Barry Floyd earned his position in the spotlight the hard way. With ambitions of being a writer, the Philadelphia native headed to Hollywood to follow his dreams, but like many aspiring scribes, he saw those dreams deferred. Following a string of production assistant jobs on such TV series as Cuts, Everybody Hates Chris and Girlfriends, Floyd fell into acting when one of the Girlfriends performers was late for rehearsal and he was asked to stand in. Impressed with his performance, the casting director suggested Floyd audition for a part on an upcoming show called The Game. “I had no intention of acting,” he explains. “I was just in the right place at the right time.” 	During the course of the show’s inaugural run on The CW network, Floyd sharpened his acting skills, earning more camera time in the process. Now, at the close of the sitcom’s resurrected season on BET, the actor is refocused on his initial goal, working as the head writer on the online sketch comedy series, Purple Stuff TV.  Managing to navigate his way through the bright lights of Tinseltown, Floyd shares a few of his trade secrets with BlackEnterprise.com.

Barry Floyd’s 6 Steps to Making it in Hollywood

The writer-turned-actor from BET's 'The Game' explains how he made it and you can too

The writer-turned-actor from BET’s ‘The Game’ explains how he made it and you can too

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Leading in to Oscars weekend, BlackEnterprise.com recognized 10 Black actors who have succeeded at the box office in films not originally written for a person of color. The article was a welcome reminder of how our star’s talent can triumph in Hollywood without falling into stereotypical characters. The only thing is all the examples were men. With March being Women’s History Month and having just wrapped our 6th Annual Women of Power Summit, BlackEnterprise.com decided to salute a few female thespians that have broken color and gender barriers on the silver screen.

10 Movie Roles That Weren’t Meant For Black Women

It's women's history month and here's a collection of actresses that broke color and gender roles in film

It’s women’s history month and here’s a collection of actresses that broke color and gender…

By Darralynn Hutson

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‘Avatar’ Tops Box Office For Sixth-straight Week

LOS ANGELES (AP) — James Cameron’s “Avatar” is on a course to sink “Titanic” at…

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Betty White Accepts Lifetime Achievement Award

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Betty White accepted a lifetime achievement award at Saturday’s Screen Actors…

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Stars Of TV And Film Mingle At SAG Awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Screen Actors Guild Awards are all about the stars of…

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Top 50 Power Brokers in Hollywood

These luminaries wield unprecedented clout in film and television

From media titan Oprah Winfrey to megastar Will Smith, powerful forces in Hollywood are controlling…

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