Deirdre Childress Hopkins explores the world, entertainment and sports

This week, I will spend some times with my friends from MATPRA, the Mid-Atlantic Tourismp-Public Relations Alliance.

I love this group and plan to take a few fam tours around an area that is close to home but largely unexplored by me.

Stay tuned!



I love food, I love reporting about celebrities.

But getting this Q and A done was a bit tougher than I imagined. Call it image control.

Anyway, here are her answers about burgers. One reader said that at the calorie intake some of the recipes are not that healthy. But I still think a meal made at home is better than a fast-food meal.

Tonight at 7, the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists, with the Temple Association of Black Journalists present: Monitoring Hollywood IV, “Beyond the Stereotypes: Black Movie Stars and the Oscars.”

Join moderator Annette John-Hall and panelists Deirdre M. Childress of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Mike Dennis of Reelblack, Eugene Haynes of Temple University teaching the course African-Americans in Motion Pictures, and Darla Mitchell-Henning of

The event will be at Temple University, Tuttleman Hall Room 103, 1800 N. 13th St. Refreshments will be served.

Not that the announcement is out of the way, let me say that my love of Hollywood stems from being born there. I watched movies and ran into movie stars from when I was a child going to the grocery store, concerts or sporting events with my parents.

Every year, I would plop down in front of the TV and watch the Oscars. I was unaware of the racial implications of some selections until the year of “The Color Purple,” when Spielberg was ignored, I was pissed.

So come out tonight and talk movies. We all have a story to tell.



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So my friend Monica Peters sat down with actor Michael Ealy this week and asked some questions you might not expect. She stayed away from ‘who are you dating?’ But she got him to talk about relationships – clue: He likes honesty.

See it on youtube:


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I have a compelling desire to travel. I get it from my Dad.

Today he has been gone 10 long years.

It seems like today as the pain is there.

But because of him, I love movies and travel. His last trip was to Beijing and I am thanking my sister for posting those pics today. I am thanking him for my wanderlust that allows me to help many people.

Because of my travels, I have speaking engagements Friday and next Tuesday. I am driven to help others understand the world as I search to improve my own knowledge.


My Dad

The handsome president of the LA Konclave of the Kappas. He inspires me to travel. Some of my earliest memories are looping my phycist Dad to the airport for his trips. He sent me to London to study and then went himself. He was bitten by wanderlust the rest of his life.

He went to Beijing, a dream trip his own father wanted.

Today we published an essay on my recent return trip to Dakar.

My goal was to really show a global view of Black History Month, not this one-month, I love the USA fest. When you travel, you realize the larger landscape. Nothing has educated me more than the semester my Father sent me to live in London, the trip to France with my mother about 15 years ago, all of my travels to Canada, Jamaica and the Bahamas – and the two trips I have made to Africa since December 2010.

Type A vs. Gotta Split

As an entertainment/film editor, I love the chance to see and experience new films. Today we published a piece on an aspiring Philadelphia screenwriter Jameel Saleem and his new film, Exit Strategy.

It’s about a Type A girl who can’t see that her guy has to split on her. It’s not a romantic comedy.

The film as a low budget of about $100,000, which reminded me of Spike Lee’s first film and his shoestring budget.

Check out Saleem’s story here: 

Today I did an express video for work.

A quickie on going to the Design Zone at The Franklin Institute, the African American Children’s Book Fest and its 20th anniversary and three DVDs to celebrate Black History Month – Malcolm X, To Kill a Mockingbird’s 50th anniversary and the Oscar-nominated The Help.,AAAABNaNQnk~,w9yktOTDkR3rYcFpqLTpkH6urNiFn06H&bclid=0&bctid=1431769316001

I’m offering a bit from Spike Lee today because the day of the Oscar nominations could not pass without hearing a bit from Lee about the state of films and African Americans.

Link to is below and thanks to them for letting us know what he said:

PARK CITY, Utah—Spike Lee just premiered the fifth film in his “continuing chronicles of Brooklyn, N.Y.,” at the Sundance Film Festival, but the filmmaker is still frustrated at the lack of diversity in the entertainment industry.

Lee said Monday that in the “upper echelons of television and studios, it’s 1950. It’s Eisenhower.”