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Shawn Edwards is an award-winning journalist for FOX 4 News in Kansas City, Missouri and one of the country's leading African American film critics. Known for his sharp insight and considerable knowledge of the business side of the movie industry Edwards has quickly made a name for himself as a respected and trusted film critic. He has been quoted on more than 300 movies since he began reviewing movies for FOX in 2000.

Edwards' reviews can be seen on the "Screening Room" which airs every Thursday, Friday and Saturday on Fox 4 News or at fox4kc.com. The nationally recognized film critic is also co-founder of the African American Film Critics Association and is creator of iloveblackmovies.com.

He has written and produced three documentaries about black film: "We Make Movies Too: The 100 Best Black Movies (Ever)," "No Joke: The 50 Best Black Movie Comedies (Ever)" and "Our Heroes: The 25 Best Black Movies (Ever)." Edwards is currently working on his fourth documentary about black film "The Movies We Love: The 25 Most Romantic Black Movies (Ever)" which will premiere in the summer of 2010.

Edwards also produced "A Celebration of Black Film." The well attended film event is a tribute to the historical contributions blacks have made to cinema. Edwards is also co-creator of the "Kansas City Urban Film Festival." The festival showcases independent filmmaking by diverse filmmakers from around the world.

Edwards began his journalism career as an editor/writer for "The Pitch" in Kansas City, Missouri. He also freelanced for "Vibe," "The Source" and "XXL" national music magazines. Where he wrote feature stories about music and movies.

Edwards has won numerous journalism awards. In 2009 he was honored by the Los Angeles Press Club and their National Entertainment Journalism Awards as the best film critic on television an award Edwards also received in 2008 along with his "Screening Room" partner Russ Simmons. Edwards was also recognized in the Best Feature for TV ("Chat with the Stars") and Best Online Film Critic (iloveblackmovies.com) at this year's National Entertainment Journalism Awards.

Edwards is currently writing a book on the history of black film and producing television shows for Black Entertainment Television in conjunction with FGW Productions which is based in Los Angeles, California.


Recent Articles
  • Chat with the Stars: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

    FOX 4 Film Critic Shawn Edwards talked to Andy Serkis, the man behind many masks, makeup and movies.

  • Legendary stage and screen actress Ruby Dee dead at 91

    The multi-talented screen legend was much more than a talented actress but also Civil Rights activist and humanitarian who starred in more than 40 movies. Actress Ruby Dee, who died Thursday, June 12 at the age of 91, is arguably one of the most iconic black actresses in the history of cinema. Best known for her role as Mother Sister in Spike Lee’s 1989 masterpiece “Do the Right Thing,” Dee starred in more than 40 movies, many with her legendary […]

  • Chat with the Stars: Emily Blunt

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Emily Blunt stars with Tom Cruise in the sci-fi film Edge of Tomorrow. Blunt isn’t the helpless damsel in distress nor is she eye-candy in this film. FOX 4′s Shawn Edwards talked to her about the power in her character and what it’s like to work with Tom Cruise.

  • X-Men cast considers where they’d go if they could travel back in time

    LOS ANGELES — The cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past considered the question entertainment reporter Shawn Edwards posed to them: If you could travel in time, to which time period would you go? The answers varied from the 1960s, to the ’70s, and the 80s…. and even back to ‘the womb’! Find out who gave which answers in the video player above.

  • Neighbors stars talk swag socks, parties, and their college party-game skills

    “Neighbors” stars Zac Efron and Dave Franco didn’t attend college themselves, but they talked about their favorite college party games when they chatted with entertainment reporter Shawn Edwards.

  • Don’t forget us! KCK native Janelle Monae stars in Rio 2

    MIAMI — Kansas City, Kan. native Janelle Monae is all grown up now and representing her hometown so well! FOX 4 film critic Shawn Edwards sat down with her in Miami and recalled his first memory of her, when she still lived in Kansas City, Kan., before she moved to Miami to make a name for herself. Back then, the R&B singer and composer lived in a boarding house with six other girls and sold her own CDs out of her house. […]

  • Kevin Costner, a huge sports fan, stars in Draft Day

    LOS ANGELES — Kevin Costner play general manager Sonny Weaver, who’s under intense  pressure on draft day as he tries to rebuild his team by trading for the number one pick. “This movie really starts fun, you don’t know exactly where it’s going,” said Costner. Which team does Costner, a well-known sports junkie, cheer for week after week? Watch FOX 4 Shawn Edwards’ Chat with the Stars in the video player above.

  • Your attention please: The best voice ever speaks to your overuse of technology

    LOS ANGELES– Morgan Freeman stars with Johnny Depp in the new film Transcendence. Dr. Will Caster (Depp) is an artificial intelligence researcher who is terminally ill. He uploads his mind into a computer and becomes consumed with the power he finds in creating a machine that possesses sentience and collective intelligence. While it’s science fiction, FOX 4 entertainment reporter Shawn Edwards spoke to Freeman about the serious side of the subject. Like many of us, Shawn Edwards admitted to Mr. […]

  • A Chiefs game is on actress Jennifer Garner’s bucket list

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. —  While chatting about the new movie, Draft Day, starring Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner, FOX 4 entertainment reporter Shawn Edwards asked Jennifer about spending time in Kansas City. If you didn’t know, a very good friend of Jennifer’s lives here, so it’s possible you could see her on one of her visits to see her friend. Draft Day opens in theaters on Friday, April 11. Watch Shawn’s interview with her for more on her role as […]

  • Divergent: Theo James remembers a particular movie as a 12-year-old kid

    LOS ANGELES — Theo James stars in Divergent, a role that should give his career a big boost. Shawn Edwards went to Los Angeles to talk to him about all the excitement around the movie. Click here for Shawn’s interview with James’ costar, Shailene Woodley.

  • Divergent’s Shailene Woodley loves the sisterhood depicted in the film

    FOX 4 entertainment reporter Shawn Edwards asked Shailene Woodley, the star of the highly-anticipated film Divergent, if she’s ready for all the fame and attention that is coming her way. Shailene replied that she’s just taking it easy… and commented on Shawn’s nice spring shirt! Watch Shawn’s Chat with the Stars for more from Shailene and the aspects of the film she especially loved: Female empowerment and sisterhood.

  • A chat with the Rob Reiner

    LOS ANGELES — Rob Reiner told FOX 4′s Shawn Edwards that “If Martin Scorsese calls, you go.” So, when Scorcese called on Reiner for his film “The Wolf of Wall Street” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Reiner jumped. Watch FOX 4 Shawn Edward’s chat with Reiner about the film that he says shows ‘what happens when capitalism goes unchecked.’