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Naomi Campbell Lands Role in Lee Daniels, 'Empire'

Naomi Campbell Joins Lee Daniels’ TV Show, Empire

She'll play recurring role of Camilla, a woman pursuing a younger man

Naomi Campbell will have a recurring role in the new Lee Daniels TV show, Empire,…

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Oprah Winfrey to Play Richard Pryor’s Grandmother in Biopic

She will take on the role of matron of family who was a madam

Oprah Winfrey will play Marie Carter Pryor Bryant, Richard Pryor’s grandmother, in upcoming biopic.

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Damon Dash Sues Lee Daniels

Damon Dash Sues ‘The Butler’ Director Lee Daniels

Former Roc-A-Fella CEO sues for $25 million

Damon Dash, former Roc-A-Fella CEO, sues Lee Daniels for not paying him back for the…

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Lee Daniels Makes His Television Debut With Jay-Z Inspired Story

Fox Network picks up series after bidding war

Uptown Magazine reports that Lee Daniels, creator of The Butler, will be working on a…

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Q&A: 7 Minutes With ‘The Butler’ Director Lee Daniels

On a black president, artistic obligation and the film's success

The Butler is already getting Oscar buzz.

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First Trailer for Lee Daniels’ ‘The Butler’ Released

'The Butler' will be Oprah Winfrey's first role since 'Beloved'

The trailer for the highly-anticipated ‘The Butler’ has been released

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David Banner Joins Cast of Lee Daniels’ New Movie

The star-studded cast just got bigger

The star-studded cast just got bigger

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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…

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Facebook, Kickstarter, Demand It and other social media platforms have created a viral movie-loving audience, making 2011 an explosive year for the independent Black filmmaker. Online options are proving fruitful for movie producers with their backs against the wall and no distribution deals on the table. PR icon, Ava DuVernay used $50,000 of her own money to produce and release her film, I Will Follow, independently through AMC Independent after a social campaign couldn’t contain the demand for more Black films. First-time filmmaker, Qasim Basir, wrote and independently produced Mooz-lum, which he released domestically last February and beat out films like Justin Bieber: Never Say Never in per screen earnings. With the International Black Film Festival of Nashville declaring October Black Movie Month, BlackEnterprise.com highlights 10 of the top-grossing independent Black films. —Darralynn Hutson

10 Most Profitable Independent Black Films

As part of Black Movie Month, we highlight indie projects that earned major box office bank

Independent films may not have big budgets but their quality can sometimes attract mainstream audiences,…

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Throughout history people have been persecuted for everything from gender and race to religion and sexuality. While there have been many strides made across the board, the latter has proven to be perhaps the last group to get a fair shake at equality—that’s especially true for double minorities who happen to be Black and gay. Thankfully, there have been brave individuals who have challenged society’s norms, ideals and deeply rooted fears to redefine what it means to be an LGBT [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender] person of color in a historically oppressive world. As BlackEnterprise.com documents the struggles and triumphs of the Black LGBT community, we compiled a list of 10 of the most significant openly gay LGBT people of color.   —Souleo

10 Black LGBT Trailblazers – Still Black & Proud

A celebration of notable public figures that were unafraid to be Black (and gay) and proud

Members of the Black LGBT community often remain hidden but out and proud figures like…

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Over the course of the past decade Tyler Perry has dominated. His stage plays, motion pictures, DVDs, sitcom series, online talk show and book, based on commentaries from his popular character of Madea, have collectively grossed hundreds of millions of dollars. As the most commercially successful Black filmmaker in history, Perry is quickly making his way to billionaire status not by following the rules but by breaking them. Staying true to his core audience and pushing his message of family values, the media mogul has a lock on a lucrative slice of the African American market. Whether you love him or you hate him, you definitely can’t ignore him. If there’s still any doubt, here are a few reminders of Perry’s influence.

Tyler Perry Decoded: The Deals, the Brand, the Influence

A breakdown of the media mogul's empire and reach by the numbers

A breakdown of the media mogul’s empire and reach by the numbers

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22 Movies You Didn’t Know Had Black Directors

Hollywood tends to pigeonhole our filmmakers into only making urban projects, but here are a few who prove them wrong

Hollywood tends to pigeonhole our filmmakers into only making urban projects, but here are a…

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Lee Daniels:  Director Lee Daniels, could be the first African American to take home the Academy Award for best director this weekend. His award-winning film Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire, about a physically, emotionally, and sexually abused, HIV-positive, 350 lb black teenager, elicited tears and feelings of outrage from audiences who saw the movie. Precious has been nominated for 60 different awards and won 53 of them. Despite its worldwide acclaim, the movie has only made $47.2 million at the box office. Now he is concentrating on production for the movie, Selma, about mid-century civil rights marches.  (Image source: Lions Gate Entertainment)

Black Directors, Their Movies, and The Money

A look at the top selling black directors and the movies they made popular

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