The Talented Five

Keith Stanfield

From his powerful scenes in Selma, his breakout stardom in Short Term 12 and Keith’s amazing music. This man is multifaceted and has a bright future ahead of him in the music and film industry. Currently he is set to play Snoop Dogg in upcoming film Straight Out of Compton.

Chad Boseman

Before joining the Marvel universe, Boseman has proven that he has the skills and versatility to play any character. Boseman has played Jackie Robinson and James Brown; both showcasing his acting chops though Hollywood still dismissed him after he couldn’t find work after 42. Thankfully Hollywood has wised up, because Boseman acting skills far surpasses many of the current so called rising stars that seem to not have even an ounce of the talent Boseman possesses.  We will definitely be seeing more of Chad Bosman.

David Oyelowo 

David Oyelowo is an amazing actor who has starred in some great films; Middle of Nowhere and Selma, directed by the genius Ava DuVernay, in addition to A Most Violent Year.  David’s careers has been on a steady climb, but his recent film Selma has shattered that slow build and turned it into a fast train. It is something that I am happy about, because David really does deserve it. You will see more of David in Nina, Queen of Katwe and much more. One Oscar snub isn’t going to derail such a fine actor. 

Michael B. Jordan

Michael B. Jordan popped up on my radar when I saw the film Chronicle in 2012, from then on I knew this man was going to become a breakout star/talent in Hollywood. His heartbreaking portrayal as Oscar Grant in Fruitvale Station just cemented him as being an amazing actor to me and one that has made excellent choices in the films he goes after. I’m waiting in anticipation of his new venture in Fantastic Four and beyond.

John Boyega

John’s breakout hit came from Attack The Block and from then on he has been going full steam ahead. Another Brit like David and Idris Elba, John will soon be another well known name to the American public. His new role in Star Wars VII this year is going to make that a reality and with the promise this young actor holds, much more to come.

David Oyelowo; Black People’s Center Narrative Is Not Being Subservient

David hits it home, amazing commentary from him; he basically gets it right (said what most Black people feel).

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/race/selma-star-david-oyelowo-says-769032

http://www.theroot.com/blogs/the_grapevine/2015/02/david_oyelowo_we_as_black_people_have_been_celebrated_more_for_when_we_are.html

Ava DuVernay’s Oscar Snub, Should It Matter?

The Oscar nominations were announced this morning. There will be plenty of analysis regarding good surprises and bad surprises, and I may dip my toes in later today. But the most egregious omission is the sadly not-entirely-surprising absence of Selma’s Ava DuVernay from the five contenders nominated for Best Director. This is not a place to complain about the five nominees who did make the cut, although anyone who knows me well enough knows which one or ones I could have swapped in and out. To the extent that one can be “angry” about a certain filmmaker not being nominated for a major award that honors the best in filmmaking, I am angry.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/scottmendelson/2015/01/15/why-ava-duvernays-selma-oscar-snub-matters/

David Oyelowo on Being a Black Actor in Hollywood

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