Chadwick Boseman stars in '42,' Jackie Robinson's biopic

Chadwick Boseman at The Los Angeles Premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' and Legendary Pictures' 42, on Tuesday, April, 9th, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Warner Bros./AP Images)

Actor Chadwick Boseman stars in 42, as Jackie Robinson, a biopic that chronicles Robinson's history-making signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers, essentially breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball (MLB). This film is a gripping true story and account of Robinson's struggles. As a tribute to Robinson, MLB has retired his number, 42, throughout the league.

It's Bozeman's silver screen debut and a breakout role. Boseman, a Howard University and the British American Dramatic Academy at Oxford graduate, shares the impact of this role on his life and why it's a film we can't miss.

What were you thinking when you received the call that you had the role?

When director Brian Helgeland asked me do I want the part, I replied, 'Are you serious? Do I want it? Of course I want to do it.' It took a moment for it to [sink] in. I didn't tell anybody so I had to celebrate quietly.

You captured Jackie Robinson's nuance in the film. Did you study him?

A baseball tryout was part of the audition process. I played little league baseball, so it wasn't completely foreign. I played basketball. We had a 'spring' training; from January until May, I had five days of baseball practice. We were provided Hall of Fame footage and my techniques were split screened [adjacent to Robinson's].  I was able to [compare my technique to him] and slow it down. It was my artistic choice to choose the techniques to mirror.

How did you handle the racial slurs in the movie?

That word [the N-word] is used colloquially now. It doesn't necessarily have the same meaning when referenced in music. After you hear it repeatedly, you've read the script and you know its coming ... Brian Helgeland gave Alan Tudyk (who plays Ben Chapman) room to improv and expound on the word.

Did it affect you?

Absolutely.

How does Jackie Robinson's wife, Rachel, feel about you playing this role?

I visited the Jackie Robinson Foundation and she said to me, 'If we'd done this movie when I wanted to do it, Sidney Poitier would have played in it.... Denzel Washington was supposed to play in it, but now we've ended up with you.' [laughs]. She's completely satisfied and overjoyed with the film.

 


Whoopi Goldberg to make directorial debut at the 2013 TriBeCa Film Festival

The 2013 Tribeca Film Festival is running April 17-28, 2013 in New York City. On April 20, our very own "The View" co-host and actress Whoopi Goldberg will play a major role. It will be the world premiere of her documentary, her beloved I Got Somethin' to Tell You. The documentary highlights the late Moms Mabley, an iconic comedienne who broke racial and sexual boundaries as a pioneering comic talent. Goldberg highlights Mabley’s legacy with never before seen photographs, rediscovered performance footage and the perspectives of notable comedians. Goldberg's "passion project," I Got Somethin’ to Tell You confirms Mabley was extremely influential on the craft and likely outpaced her contemporaries.

 

 


Halle Berry answers 'The Call'

Halle Berry is wearing a stunning silk crepe dress by Reem Accra from the designer's Fall 2013 Collection during a recent appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno"

Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry, 46, is starring in The Call, which is due in theaters' this weekend, Friday, March 15,2013. Berry is playing Jordan Turner, a 911 operator who answers a call from a teenager who had been abducted and locked in a trunk, but fortunately, she has her cell phone. Her love interest is handsome veteran actor Morris Chestnut.
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Tyler Perry, Mara Brock Akil: Hollywood forces to be reckoned with

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Hollywood is not the exclusive club that it once was. This can be credited to the talents and good business sense that a variety of cultures bring to the table. To appeal to a multicultural audience,  programming must reflect the changing demographics. African American actors, writers, directors and producers have proven their unlimited capabilities and value in a number of mediums in Hollywood, and to some extent – you could say that we’ve taken over.

A quick look at the top-rated television shows and highest grossing movies will uncover the valuable contributions that blacks are making on an ongoing and consistent basis. Love them or hate them, who hasn’t chuckled at the antics of Madea, a Tyler Perry creation? Perry, who rose from homelessness to the Hollywood success, has produced a series of movies around the rambunctious and outspoken character - that he, himself actually plays. Though his work has often been the subject of dispute among people of color – whose opinions run the gamut from buffoonery to comic genius – Perry has not slowed down, and neither have his box-office takes.

The beautiful Mara Brock Akil is another prolific black talent in the movies and television production arena. Mara boasts of several highly-rated television shows to her credit as a producer; she was a creator and producer for the hit TV shows "Girlfriends" and "The Game," working alongside Kelsey Grammer. Mara started her career as a writer for the Fox series "South Central." She later wrote for "Moesha," the popular show starring singer Brandy. Later, she would become a supervising producer and writer for ‘The Jamie Foxx Show." –mark anderson


The Denzel Washington/Jamie Foxx Paradox Of Making It Look Easy

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Denzel Washington is Hollywood royalty: talent, swagger, and public personae that have long been at enigma status and multiple Oscar statues. In the same vein, the multi-talented Jamie Foxx explodes in every medium he touches with a talent so raw that harnessing it seems to be, well – criminal. Each actor has consideration from ‘the academy’ tonight for work released in 2012. Jamie Foxx’s Quinton Tarentino-directed film, Djanjo Unchained, is up in the Best Picture category. (The film also stars the uber-hot actress Kerry Washington of ABC network hour-long drama Scandal.) Denzel Washington might walk away with another Best Actor gold statue for the movie Flight.

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The African American - Irish Connection

The town of Moneygall, Ireland anxiously awaits a visit from its most famous son: President Barack H. Obama. Fleeing the historic famine of Ireland, his great-great-great grandfather, Falmouth Kearney, boarded a ship in Liverpool, England. He arrived in New York City in 1850 with several family members. Like many African Americans, the President shares an ancestry that is often overlooked despite having a history that Frederick Douglass spoke out for. Freed slaves of African descent and Irish immigrants were relegated to the same low rungs of America’s social strata in the early-to-mid 1800’s. In port cities like Boston, New York and Philadelphia, survival meant that these two groups often lived and worked together. The passage of time saw the Irish embrace the political machinery of their new country and as they became skilled in trades formally relegated to African Americans –blacksmith, carpenters, bakers and bricklayers. The first labor unions were formed, but African Americans were excluded. The Civil War was a tipping point in the fragile relations between these two groups. Irish unrest gave way to riots when they could not buy their way out of the military service of the north and were forced to fight for an ideology that protected people of color – their chief competitors in the labor market. The resulting riots were a pivotal scene in Martin Scorcese’s film Gangs of New York.


Louis Vuitton City Guide 2013

Louis Vuitton offers a series of unique short films adapted from its City Guides.Louis Vuitton City Guides 2013 were shot by director Romain Chassaing, who managed to reveal the unique nature of each city’s in less than 3 minutes videos. Each video explores a city through an original theme and invites us to discover a few addresses taken from the guide.


Yasiin Bey- A Modern Marvel in Marvelous Times

Yasiin Bey paid a visit to The Shrine in Chicago and Cam Be was there to record the experience. There are moments of Bey talking about his home in New Orleans, Chicago’s and there are performance bits of “Umi Says,” “Casa Bey,” “The Panties” and “Hip-Hop.He also talks about why he’s been carrying his own microphone for the past five years.


K'Naan Speaks About Homeland and Music

K’Naan was born in Mogadishu, Somalia, just as the civil unrest that rocked the country was beginning, rapper K’NAAN spent the early years of his life trying to avoid death and listening to the hip-hop records sent to him from America by his father, who had left Somalia earlier. In this seven-minute minidocumentary, K’Naan discusses how Somalia influences his music and his journey to stardom.


Chick Webb and the Music that Changed America

The Savoy King: Chick Webb and the Music that Changed America, is one of the most impressive you’ll find.  Bill Cosby, Jeff Goldblum, Janet Jackson, Danny Glover, Charlie Watts, John Legend and Billy Crystal all lend their voices and time to the documentary about the life of big band jazz musician Chick Webb. Webb was very popular and influential as the house band for the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, the first nightclub to be integrated. The movie lays out Webb’s history and his role in American jazz during that era.