Next Episode of Unsung Hollywood is
A series that profiles talented, influential black celebrities from Hollywood movies, television, comedy, and sports.
A "Different World" changed the image of African Americans on television by painting a picture of youth educated at a historically black university. As hard-hitting topics were more frequently covered, internal battles with the network ensued, resulting in the show's unceremonious cancellation. Cast and crew come together to discuss the creation of the show, share behind-the-scenes stories of paramount episodes, and reflect on the legacy of a show that still resonates today.
With films grossing over one billion dollars, Vivica A. Fox is a multi-hyphenate, mega-star who has shared the screen with several of Hollywood's A-list actors throughout her career. Fox first turned heads in daytime soaps before going on to co-star in mega-hit films such as "Independence Day," "Soul Food" and "Kill Bill." Over the years, Fox was in constant demand for a wide range of roles and ultimately went on to produce several films and theatrical productions and is a current member of "The Celebrity Apprentice" cast.
Escaping to Harlem in the late 1930's, Redd Foxx worked the ‘chitlin' circuit as a singer. Over the next twenty years he recorded numerous off-color albums as a comedian, which became staples in black households. In the early-70s Foxx became the star of "Sanford and Son" which brought Foxx wealth and fame. After a decade-long free-fall, he made a comeback as the star of the popular sitcom "The Royal Family," and sadly, died of a heart attack during rehearsal in 1991.
Sheryl Underwood has entertained as a fast-talking, sexually hardcore yet God-fearing comedian. Underwood endured domestic violence, sexual abuse and the suicide of her husband – which triggered a depression that threatened to end her career. Along the way, her act broadened and matured, and in 2011, Sheryl joined the hit show "The Talk" gaining the respect and mainstream adoration she long desired.
Richard Roundtree's role as John Shaft was the beginning of a worldwide journey of recognition; however, he would spend much of his career trying to escape being typecast as the iconic detective. He fought hard to prove he was more than a one-trick phenom with critically acclaimed performances on the big and small screen alike. Roundtree also experienced personal struggles including a devastating divorce and a battle with breast cancer. Ultimately, Roundtree's legacy and influence grew and continue to be celebrated.
"Baby Boy," made stars of leads, Tyrese Gibson and Taraji P. Henson, in a story that follows a young man living in South Central facing the dangerous rite of passage into manhood that is falsely defined by getting a rep or a record. This episode takes a look back at the film that launched the careers of most of its cast, including Ving Rhames, and lives on with cult classic status to this day.
Gary Anthony Williams(Narrator)
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