Harry Lennix Calls The Butler ‘Historical Porn’; Sounds Off on Media Depictions of Black Men

Lee Daniel’s highly-anticipated new film “The Butler,” opens this Friday.

But not everyone is excited about it. The film tells the story of a butler who spent decades in the White House, serving President after President.

In a Shadow and Act interview with actor Harry Lennix, Lennix pulls zero punches; blasting media depictions of black men, and specifically Daniel’s script for “The Butler.”

Hugh Douglas Fired After Spat w/ ESPN Co-Host Michael Smith

We recently reported of an incident between ESPN journalist Michael Smith and former NFL player-turned-commentator Hugh Douglas.


Douglas and Smith got into a disagreement at the National Association of Black Journalists Convention and Career Fair, and according to witnesses, Douglas used the n-word and called Smith an Uncle Tom.


Now, Sports Illustrated is reporting that Douglas has been relieved of his duties at ESPN:

Dartmouth Fraternity Apologizes for Holding ‘Bloods and Crips’ Party

Dartmouth’s Alpha Delta fraternity chapter had the bright idea of holding a “Bloods and Crips” party.

The invitation for the event has surfaced online, forcing them to issue an apology for the totally offensive and racist theme.

From Gawker:

Alpha Delta is no sub-tier house. A month prior to the gang kegger, house alum Phil Hanlon became the 18th President of Dartmouth. (We’ve emailed his office for comment.)

Orange is the New Black Creator Talks Diversity on the Small Screen

Netflix’ latest hit series, Orange is the New Black has sparked a lot of conversation.

Based on a memoir, OitNB centers on Piper Chapman, a white woman who is sentenced to prison for carrying drug money for her drug-dealing ex-girlfriend.

A lot of the conversation about the series is regarding race and sexuality and how the show handles those things.

Show creator, Jenji Kohan spoke to NPR about her use of a privileged white woman character as a vehicle to bring diversity to the small screen:

Oprah on Jay Z-Belafonte Beef: ‘There Are Multiple Ways to Protest’

Oprah recently weighed in on the recent dust-up between Jay Z and Harry Belafonte.

After Jay was criticized by Belafonte for not being more politically engaged, Jay Z responded with lyrics that many found very disrespectful:

I’m just trying to find common ground/’fore Mr. Belafonte come and chop a n*gga down/Mr. Day O, major fail/Respect these youngins boy, it’s my time now.

According to Oprah, a generational gap is at the heart of their disagreement, but both of them are protesting in their own way.

Kendrick Lamar Astounds, Calls Out EVERYONE on Big Sean’s ‘Control’

Acclaimed emcee Kendrick Lamar dropped one of the most astounding rap verses in recent memory yesterday, igniting a frenzy on twitter that has yet to die down.

The verse – featured on Big Sean’s “Control” – is an epic, 3 minute-long tirade against his Hip Hop competitors.

And he didn’t throw subliminals either; Lamar called out practically every big name in Hip Hop by name, challenging them to step their game up.

Chris Brown Says ‘Stress,’ ‘Non-stop Negativity’ Caused Seizure

Pop star Chris Brown suffered a seizure early Friday due to “emotional stress” and “nonstop negativity,” according to a rep for the singer.


From The Los Angeles Times:


“His doctor tended to him this afternoon and attributes the NES to intense fatigue and extreme emotional stress, both due to the continued onslaught of unfounded legal matters and the nonstop negativity,” his rep said in a statement.

Jason Collins – NBA’s First Active, Openly Gay Player – May Get Signed

Openly gay, NBA free agent Jason Collins may have a new home after reports of the Detroit Pistons expressing interest in the journeyman have surfaced.


Collins made headlines in April after coming out as the first openly gay athlete in any of the four major U.S. sports leagues.


From USA Today:


Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars doesn’t comment on potential free agent targets until after they sign with the Pistons, but Dumars said last week that the Pistons do have a roster spot open and could be looking for a big man.