Arts & Entertainment

Articles on television, film, music, and other elements of Black popular culture from NewsOne.

I was watching an old re-run of Family Guy last night where Lois was campaigning for Mayor of Quahog. Lois, a mother of three, including a psychopathic infant, and caretaker of a dog, originally ran for mayor to clean up a lake but was quickly corrupted by the political machine.

Usain Bolt was born in Sherwood Content, a small town hidden in the hills of Trelawny, Jamaica known for its Yam farming, 22 years ago. Trelawny is a northern Parish many miles away from the capital of Kingston. Trelawny was originally a big producer of sugar and had the largest population of Maroons in Jamaica. […]

Lynne Spears spoke to Newsweek today, pointing out the hypocritical way the media has treated her and her unwed pregnant teenage daughter, Jamie Lynn Spears, versus the way the media has treated Sarah Palin and daughter, Bristol Palin.

Alex Rodriguez became the first player with 35 homers and 100 RBIs in 12 seasons – one more than Babe Ruth – and the New York Yankees slowed the Chicago White Sox’s pursuit of the AL Central crown with a 5-1 victory Wednesday night. Johnny Damon hit a two-run homer, Robinson Cano had three hits […]

One of the fallacies of the Western relationship to music is our obsession with isolation: we identify our ‘geniuses’ and build them pedestals. Additionally, we isolate their moments of genius, and dismiss the rest of their work. 

One of the fallacies of the Western relationship to music is our obsession with isolation: we identify our ‘geniuses’ and build them pedestals. Additionally, we isolate their moments of genius, and dismiss the rest of their work.

Reginald Hudlin, BET’s Director of Programming, will step down after a tumultuous history with the network. Hudlin left voluntarily, per reports from the network but had his feet to the flames after pushing some questionable shows to the foreground. From Greg Braxton of LA Times Blog:  Hudlin’s announced departure comes on the heels of critical acclaim […]

    Serena Williams captured her ninth Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open on Sunday, vaulting her to the number one seed in women’s tennis for the first time since 2003. Williams defeated Jelena Jankovic in straight sets (6-4, 7-5) and rejoiced by tossing her racket high in the air. In the polite world […]

I readCornel West‘s “Race Matters” with more of a sense of obligation than any real interest. The book’s been out since ’94 and I only got around to reading it this year, so that should tell you something. See, I think the “Black people as a scientific study” books have only been done right once: […]

To hear the media tell it, the U.S. Senior Men’s Basketball team is a bunch of whiners. They are a loosely assembled gaggle of ruffians, tattooed hoodlums, street ballers with heliocentric principles. They dunk not as a matter of function but to outwardly boast their superior skill. Their crossover and weaving footwork speaks of individual […]

There are few issues more pressing, at this crucial moment in our nation’s history, than whether Manny Ramirez will cut his hair. The future Hall of Fame slugger was traded from the Boston Red Sox to the Los Angeles Dodgers two weeks ago. Thus far, he has failed to make good on a promise to […]

Despite word of a rap recession, the top 10 hip hop artists still earned more than 400 million dollars combined in 2007. Forbes magazine put out their top 20 Hip Hop earners for 2007 today and there aren’t many surprises. Despite the fact that 50 Cent’s last G-Unit Album was a total flop, he still […]