Photo: Getty
  /  12.05.2022
Will Smith Makes His Return To The Big Screen With 'Emancipation' and more

Will Smith Makes His Return To The Big Screen With 'Emancipation' and more


“REVOLT Black News Weekly” aired on Friday (Dec. 2) to discuss illegal police practices, the case of Migos rapper Takeoff, the uptick of gun violence in hip hop, and Will Smith’s latest movie, Emancipation. REVOLT Special Correspondent Rochelle Ritchie led the episode titled, “Black Men Violated and Humiliated; Finding Solutions to the Gun Violence Hitting the Culture; and Doing Away with the Cash Bail System.”

She was joined by radio personality Tory Lowe; University of Edinburgh professor Tommy J. Curry; Civil Rights attorney Ronnie Cromer; executive producer P. Frank Williams and rapper Silkk the Shocker. REVOLT Entertainment Correspondent Kennedy Rue McCullough also brought viewers the latest in celebrity news, during which she interviewed Smith about his new blockbuster film.

Ritchie opened the show by discussing the issue of illegal police strip searches that violated the rights of Black and brown residents in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In recent months, young Black boys have come forward and exposed discriminatory practices within the city’s police department that have subjected them to unwarranted body cavity searches.

While speaking with REVOLT, Curry said, “These incidents aren’t rare. They’re publicized, but they never seem to make it to the front page of any discussions we have about anti-Black racism, Black Lives Matter, or even a case or cause for civil rights.”

He continued, “Black men for the last three decades have been reporting [that they have been] penetrated by batons, screwdrivers and fingers” at the hands of white officers.

Lowe told REVOLT, “A lot of times these men are embarrassed to come forward to talk about it. It’s humiliating to really talk about what happened [and] that they were touched inappropriately by law enforcement.”

He continued, “But these young men that we’re seeing going viral, they just had enough.”

Later in the show, McCullough hosted her “Entertainment Remix” segment, where she spotlighted Smith’s attendance at an LA black carpet event for his most recent film, Emancipation, which marks his first public appearance following the 2022 Academy Awards. During the premiere, the award-winning actor discussed the historic photo of “Whipped Peter,” an escaped slave who posed for a picture in 1863 revealing the scars on his back.

“It was just a picture that I had seen when I was young and now, for me, all of those scars have stories,” Smith recounted.

He continued, “In Peter’s writings, he talks about one of the times he was beaten into a coma and he said in the coma, he met God. And when he came out of the coma, he was in a new place of faith and revelation. That was one of the most interesting aspects of it to me.”

McCullough also spoke with actress Imani Pullum, who played Smith’s daughter in the film. She described her relationship with “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” star as “an out-of-body experience.”

“I felt it’s a little bit challenging to switch off from him being Will Smith to being my dad. My jaw was on the floor because it’s Will Smith. I got more comfortable and able to see him as my dad throughout the process of filming this movie,” Pullum shared.

Watch a quick clip from this week’s episode up top. Plus, be sure to catch the new installment of “REVOLT Black News Weekly” on Friday, Dec. 9, 2022 at 5 p.m. ET via REVOLT’s app.



View More



View More


Walmart has everything you need for the tech enthusiast on your shopping list

Check out our gift guide that highlights some of our favorite Walmart finds in time for Black Friday.

  /  11.10.2023

5 things you need to know about the 2023 Billboard Music Awards

“REVOLT Black News” correspondent Kennedy Rue counts down the top five moments from the 2023 Billboard Music Awards, including surprising wins, historic firsts, and dope performances. Sponsored by Amazon.

  /  11.20.2023

Walmart's HBCU Black and Unlimited Tour kicks off at Central State University

On Oct. 10, Walmart unveiled a brand new, state of the art creative studio on the campus of Central State University.

  /  11.14.2023

The Walmart HBCU Black & Unlimited Tour visited Mississippi Valley State University

The Walmart HBCU Black & Unlimited Tour made its final stop at Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU) and left a lasting impact on students and alumni alike.

  /  11.22.2023

Walmart has the home essentials for everyone on your holiday shopping list

Below, our gift guide highlights some of our favorite Walmart finds for anyone in need of a home refresh.

  /  11.24.2023

Walmart continues HBCU Black & Unlimited Tour during lively Virginia State University stop

After unveiling their state of the art creative studio on the campus of Central State University, Walmart brought the HBCU Black & Unlimited Tour to Virginia State University (VSU) on Oct. 13.

  /  11.14.2023

Walmart HBCU Black & Unlimited Tour brings attention and wisdom to North Carolina Central University

On Oct. 17, Walmart brought the third stop of the HBCU Black & Unlimited Tour to North Carolina Central University (NCCU).

  /  11.15.2023

Groovey Lew on hip hop style, Johnell Young's industry secrets, BGS salon's wig mastery and more | 'Black Girl Stuff'

Fashion King Groovey Lew on masterminding hip-hop’s most iconic looks. Actor Johnell Young reveals the secret to breaking into the entertainment industry. Celebrity hairstylist Dontay Savoy and got2B ambassador Tokyo Stylez are in the BGS Salon with the perfect wig install. Plus, comedian Lauren Knight performs.

  /  11.15.2023

Pheelz talks expressing himself through music & his biggest inspirations | 'On In 5'

On this all-new episode of “On In 5,” multitalented Nigerian artist Pheelz opens up about waiting for his opportunity to fully express himself through music, his inspirations and emotions, and the musical icons he grew up admiring. Watch!

  /  07.11.2023

Kareem Cook talks growing up in The Bronx, studying at Duke & networking | 'The Blackprint with Detavio Samuels'

On this all-new episode of “The Blackprint with Detavio Samuels,” the host and REVOLT CEO sits down with Kareem Cook. Throughout the introspective episode, Cook talks growing up in The Bronx, studying at Duke and being nervous to be in the South at the time, network vs. education, taking advantage of your opportunities, and connecting with Debbie Allen. Watch!

  /  07.10.2023

Tiffany Haddish on therapy, wild fan interactions & the upcoming 'Haunted Mansion' movie | 'The Jason Lee Show'

On this all-new episode of “The Jason Lee Show,” the one and only Tiffany Haddish sits for a must-watch conversation about wild interactions with fans, her new movie ‘Haunted Mansion,’ bringing her therapist on dates, and being present. Watch the hilarious interview here.

  /  07.12.2023

BNXN talks leaving IT for music, linking with Wizkid, going viral & new album | 'On In 5'

For this all-new episode of “On In 5,” singer-songwriter BNXN discusses his journey from IT to music, finding his voice and originality, linking up with Wizkid for their hits “Mood” and “Many Ways,” and what fans can expect from him this year — including a new album. Watch the full episode here!

  /  08.08.2023

From city lots to lush gardens: The power of urban farming with Karen Washington

This is the inspiring story of Karen Washington, a pioneering urban farmer who has been revolutionizing urban spaces by transforming them into vibrant community gardens and educational hubs. Sponsored by State Farm.

  /  11.17.2023

Investing in stocks in a recession | 'Maconomics'

Host Ross Mac provides useful advice for preparing your personal finances in the event of a recession. He emphasizes the importance of budgeting properly, building an emergency fund, and maintaining discipline when investing.

  /  11.21.2023

Madam DA Fani Willis proclaims, “A lie has been told on African American men”

“Every time I’m in trouble, it’s been Black men that have come to my aid,” Madam DA Fani Willis said at REVOLT WORLD while speaking on the stereotype that they are not dependable or worth dating.

  /  10.11.2023

Lauren London sparks conversation on how Black parents unintentionally give kids negative outlook on money

At the live taping of “Assets Over Liabilities” at REVOLT WORLD, Lauren London opened up about how witnessing the financial decisions adults made during her childhood fueled her outlook on money. 

  /  10.26.2023

Black media leaders stress the space's importance because we're always antagonists in mainstream's storytelling

“I definitely feel those ‘heavier is the crown’ moments. But I also believe that Black entrepreneurs are uniquely positioned to be successful in the future,” Detavio Samuels said at AfroTech.

  /  11.03.2023

Machel Montano opens up about life as a child star, new music, and exciting business moves

In an exclusive interview with REVOLT, Machel Montano dove into his musical journey, childhood stardom, and an exciting new chapter in business.

  /  11.03.2023

YG reveals the reason reading wasn't his go-to hobby & a great book Nipsey Hussle suggested

During REVOLT WORLD, YG shared that thanks to life experience, he was knowledgeable about some of the topics in Nipsey Hussle’s literary suggestions.

  /  10.31.2023

Halftime Report | Professional athletes who've dropped rap albums

From Master P to Chris Webber, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, Deion Sanders, Damian Lillard and more, these athletes got bars. Check out our list here!

  /  11.01.2023
View More
Revolt - New Episodes