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Black directors brought in a combined $1.3 billion at the box office in 2018

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2018 revealed Black audiences’ box office power, proving to the gatekeepers of Hollywood that Black film, with Black casts, are indeed financial viable. This year, there were more films by Black filmmakers to receive theatrical release than ever before.

In 2018, the domestic box office hit an all-time high of $11.383 billion and the top ten feature films by Black directors accounted for a combined $1.363 billion of that domestic figure.

Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther grossed $700M domestically and became the #3 all-time top domestic-grossing film. The film has grossed more than $1.3 billion at the global box office and has become a cultural phenomenon.

Ryan Coogler’s film earned three Golden Globe nominations — Best Original Score, Best Original Song and most notably, Best Motion Picture for the drama category.


Though receiving a Golden Globe nomination is not always a predicate for an Academy Award nomination or win, most of the time, the Golden Globes do provide an indication as to how the Academy Awards will shape up.

Nonetheless, the film will stand in history and continue to be a cultural phenomenon, with or without an Oscar nod. #WakandaForever.

Steven Caple Jr.’s Creed II, which has brought in $109.6M to date and is expected to surpass the first installment o Creed box office figure of directorial $109.7M. The sequel has also made been a huge success at the global box office, earning $138M.

Plus, Creed II is the first film of the Rocky franchise to be released theatrically in China and will guarantee more financial success given that China is the second-largest movie market in the world.


It’s been a while since Spike Lee has been a part of a major Hollywood film. In 2006, the studio-backed heist drama Inside Man was perceived by film critics to be a radical departure for the filmmaker and was perceived as apolitical (though the film is not devoid of racial politics by any means).

Inside Man was a blockbuster and had taken in $48.169M domestically. Lee’s latest film BlacKkKlansman ran close behind his 2006 hit, earning $48.21M domestically and receiving 4 Golden Globe nods.

Antoine Fuqua teamed up with Denzel Washington again to direct the sequel to the action-packed The Equalizer 2 acquired $102M at the national box office. The two have previously linked up for the films, Training Day and The Magnificent Seven.


Though some took to Twitter to point out the lack of Black women directors featured on the list, Ava DuVernay’s retweet of the article assured that we can expect to see more Black women filmmakers appear on similar lists in the near future.

DuVernay’s success has also made serious ground for women and particularly women of color to take their spot at the directors’ chair as well as work behind the scenes.

One only has to look at her female-led directors’ initiative — a kind of informal enacting of affirmative action by DuVernay for women to direct episodes of her series Queen Sugar

DuVernay became the first Black woman to direct a $100M feature with A Wrinkle In Time.The visually dazzling film adaptation of the Madeleine L’Engle young-adult novel grossed $100M domestically.

Overall, 2018 has been a huge year for DuVernay. The pioneering filmmaker inked a multi-year and multi-million dollar deal with the television branch of the historic heavyweight Hollywood studio, Warner Bros.

She is directing and serving as executive producer to the scripted miniseries on the Central Park Jogger case, called Central Park Five which is set to be released next year.  Plus, two months ago, it was announced that DuVernay will direct a Netflix documentary on the legendary artist and musical genius, Prince. 

Other Black talent to feature in the top ten list of directors was Tyler Perry’s Acrimony, which brought in $43M at the box office and starred Taraji P. Henson, as well as Charles Stone III’s Uncle Drew, which grossed $42M domestically.

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2019 Bounce TV Trumpet Awards Was Filled With Love & Many Surprises






Cedric Nettles/ Entertainment Editor

From the electrifying tribute to MC Lyte, to the absolutely ridiculously talented JD McCrary , to the eloquence and calming energy of Robert Townsend, the 2019 Bounce TV Trumpet Awards was incredible. And Exposure Magazine was there to witness it. Here is a brief recap because you will have to see it on Bounce TV in February to believe it.

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MC Lyte Trailblazer Award– All I can say is wow.  She is really giving back to the culture and young women. In her acceptance speech she had a very special message for the young ladies concerning enjoying their youth.

Robert Townsend Living Legend Award– The unassuming Robert Townsend really inspired me. In his acceptance speech he really blessed the aspiring artist with his words. If you are a risk taker that puts it all on the line for your craft, you want to hear what he said.  He is a living legend.

JD McCrary Rising Star Award – This young man has this aura of greatness on him.  Simply put, the kid you root for.Get used to seeing him…That is all I am going to say.

Tim King Education Excellence–  Incredible man who got very emotional when concerning educating our young black men all over this country who are being killed. By the way , if you are a young black male that attends his school, you are going to college. His school has an astonishing 100 percent entry rate. Tim is a ‘King.’

Rodney Jerkins Music Excellence– Who says you can’t be great behind the scenes? This humble genius has been behind a lot of hits, not to mention movies.  He will inspire you.

Tip ‘TI’ Harris Xernona Clayton Award – Was very funny and was stunned. He is very much a fixture in his hometown community and nationwide. I promise you , you will be enlightened by what he is doing to help the black community.

Dapper Dan Vangard Award– From the street corners, to fashion icon. He proved that it is not your circumstances that define you. You will here about his journey.


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Meet Trumpet Rising Star Award Recipient JD McCrary



Cedric Nettles/Entertainment Editor

The entertainment industry is tough for any adult to break through. To see a young person get this kind of recognition is something special. Congrats to you JD and your future is amazing.

JD McCrary is an 11-year-old American singer, dancer and actor. He currently stars in Tyler Perry’s The Paynes and will be the voice of Young Simba in the live-action remake of The Lion King alongside Beyoncé and Donald Glover.


The Rising Star Award recognizes individuals who are quickly establishing themselves and making an impact in their particular field or industry. These are future trailblazers, the ones to watch.

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Meet Trumpet Award Trailblazer Recipient The Legendary MC Lyte



Cedric Nettles/Entertainment Editor


This young lady’s  has been so much apart of my youth that I have to have her tracks in my playlist. Distinct and  lyrically lethal she has no equal. She has a place in our hearts as one of the best ever.  Congrats to you legend and queen.


MC Lyte is one of the most prolific and well-respected female hip-hop artists of all time. In addition to her musical endeavors, she is also a published author, actress, inspirational speaker, entrepreneur and philanthropist.


The Trailblazer Award recognizes pioneers who inspire others to follow their path to greatness with innovative ideas that challenge the status quo.

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