Gossip on black celebrities is the focus of entertainment online magazines Bossip and Urban Belle. Although other magazines often include gossip on black celebrities, these sites specifically target audiences interested in black celebrities.Continue Reading
Black Entertainment Television, or BET, lists some of the biggest black actors, directors and writers in Hollywood, including Kerry Washington, Will Smith, Viola Davis, Shonda Rhimes and Tyler Perry. Raven Symone, famous for "The Cosby Show" and "That's So Raven," came out in response to the repealing of the Defense of Marriage Act, while Denzel Washington is remembered for being the first black actor to win two Oscars for acting and the second to receive an Academy Award for Best Actor.
In 2014, actor and musician Jamie Foxx talked with Atlanta Black Star about how his status in Hollywood has not protected him from racism or being racially profiled. Beanie Barnes of Salon.com discusses how black celebrities are criticized and examined more harshly than their white counterparts, citing Richard Sherman's media transformation from football player to racist caricature in comparison to the Republican party's presentation of Levi Johnston as an all-American teenager, despite having tangled with law enforcement and impregnated his teenage girlfriend. Black celebrities have become more vocal about race and their struggles in light of the highly publicized deaths of Trayvon Martin and Eric Garner.Learn more about Art & Literature