Lee Daniels Puts Some Respect on Damon Dash’s Name and Plans to Pay Him His Money

Don’t let the release of Drake’s new album Scorpion distract you from the fact that Dame Dash walked up to Lee Daniels in the good seats section at the Hollywood Bowl, in the middle of a Diana Ross concert—as Ms. Ross herself was on the stage singing “Reach Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand)”—and demanded to know where…

No, Lee Daniels, We Don’t Need Another Movie About the Down Low

Lee Daniels recently announced the premise behind his upcoming remake of the ’80s sentimental classic Terms of Endearment. In the original, Debra Winger’s character dies of cancer, but in this filmmaker’s version, which also will feature Oprah Winfrey, one of the leads will have AIDS—a disease she contracted by having…

Lee Daniels Needs to Stop It With This White-Girl Lead in Star and His Magical Negro Speeches

Lee Daniels often espouses racial views typically heard only from characters in a Magical Negro movie. It’s one of those characteristics about the celebrated director that you like to forget in order to enjoy his art. Unfortunately, Daniels won’t cooperate with some of us in such an endeavor because he refuses to stop…

Empire’s Tasha Smith Knows a Thing or Two About Thriving in Hollywood and Surviving Shady Ex-Husbands

Tasha Smith is that rare actress who has been holding it down in the entertainment industry for quite a while now. The NAACP Image Award nominee—perhaps best known for her portrayal of Angela in Tyler Perry’s hit television show For Better or Worse—has been working as an actress for two decades. She has appeared in…