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Jack Harlow on Landing Lead in ‘White Men Can’t Jump’ Reboot: “I Tried to Be Egoless During the Audition”

Jack Harlow is ready to get on the court. The rising rapper, who just released his new album, Come Home the Kids Miss You, sat down with Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1 in conjunction with its debut to talk music, fame, money and many other subjects — including his forthcoming movie debut. The Louisville […]

Kenya Barris on Netflix Exit, BET Studios Launch: “Everything Has Worked Out”

Kenya Barris famously left his multiyear, nine-figure Netflix deal last year — before it was up — for another lucrative pact at ViacomCBS (now Paramount Global). The move echoed his 2018 decision to leave his longtime home at Disney, where he had clashed with executives over his ABC comedy Black-ish, for Netflix. Barris has no […]

‘Black-ish’ Creator and Showrunner Break Down Series Finale and the Show’s Legacy

[This story contains spoilers for the series finale of ABC’s Black-ish.] The Johnson family is moving out and moving on. After eight seasons on ABC, Black-ish said goodbye Tuesday with an episode that moved the show’s family into new phases of their lives: Dre (Anthony Anderson) and Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross) decide to sell their […]

Tracee Ellis Ross Says Filming Final Episode of ‘Black-ish’ Was “Very Emotional”

Tracee Ellis Ross says that she was “very emotional” during the last week of filming on her hit comedy series Black-ish. The ABC show, which airs its eighth — and final — season finale April 19, has become such a big part of her life that she had a hard time coming to terms with […]

Emily Arlook, Andrew Schulz Join Jonah Hill in Kenya Barris’ Netflix Comedy (Exclusive)

Emily Arlook, Bryan Greenberg, Andrew Schulz and Jordan Firstman have joined Kenya Barris’ untitled comedy feature at Netflix. Jonah Hill, Eddie Murphy, Nia Long, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and David Duchovny are starring in the feature, now in production. Hill and Barris co-wrote the script, said to be an incisive examination of modern love and family dynamics […]

Nancy Meyers Set to Receive USC Comedy’s Oakie Award

The mark Nancy Meyers has left on film and TV comedy has garnered another prize as she’s been selected to receive USC Comedy’s Oakie Award. Doled out as a way to recognize “exceptional achievements in film and TV comedy,” news of the award was announced on Tuesday by university professor Jack Epps, who holds the […]

Julia Louis-Dreyfus Joins Jonah Hill, Eddie Murphy in Kenya Barris-Directed Comedy (Exclusive)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus has joined Jonah Hill and Eddie Murphy in the untitled comedy feature that Kenya Barris will direct for Netflix. Hill and Barris co-wrote the script and are producing via the latter’s Khalabo Ink Society banner, with Hill through his Strong Baby shingle. Also producing is Kevin Misher of Misher Films. Plot details are […]

ViacomCBS Launches BET Studios With Kenya Barris, Rashida Jones, Aaron Rahsaan Thomas

ViacomCBS is formally launching BET Studios, which will offer Black creatives an equity stake and a place to produce for outlets within and outside the media conglomerate. Kenya Barris — who left a nine-figure Netflix deal for a stake in the venture — Rashida Jones and SWAT co-creator Aaron Rahsaan Thomas will be principal partners […]

‘Blood Brothers’ Director on Exploring Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali’s Friendship in Documentary

When Blood Brothers director Marcus A. Clarke was presented with the opportunity to make a film about the relationship and subsequent fallout between Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali, he wasn’t aware the two developed a friendship from 1962 to 1965. Now with Netflix’s Blood Brothers: Malcolm X & Muhammad Ali, which is produced by Kenya Barris, […]

Netflix’s ‘Blood Brothers: Malcolm X & Muhammad Ali’: Film Review

The interviewees in Blood Brothers: Malcolm X & Muhammad Ali generously use words like “destiny,” “fate” and “prophecy” to describe the friendship between the two iconic civil rights activists at the center of this documentary. At first the words, a testament to the influence and deep meaning of the pair’s connection, sound beautiful. But as […]

Eddie Murphy to Star Opposite Jonah Hill in Kenya Barris-Directed Comedy (Exclusive)

Eddie Murphy will star opposite Jonah Hill in an untitled comedy feature that Kenya Barris is directing for Netflix. The move reunites Murphy with Barris, a writer on Murphy’s Coming 2 America, the comedy sequel to the comedian’s 1980s classic that proved to be a big streaming hit for Amazon earlier this year. For the […]

Netflix Drops Trailer for Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali Documentary ‘Blood Brothers’

Upcoming Netflix documentary Blood Brothers: Malcolm X & Muhammad Ali details the three-year-long friendship between the civil rights and Nation of Islam leader and legendary boxer. In the trailer, civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton praises the icons by declaring: “They define a whole generation to be themselves and be bold.” Produced by Kenya Barris, […]