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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: Russell Crowe of “The Water Diviner”

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Actor and director Russell Crowe returned to the big screen in his latest film “The Water Diviner.” Not only did Crowe act in the film, but he also directed. In the film Crowe plays a farmer who makes a graveside promise to his wife to find their three sons. Unfortunately Crowe’s character doesn’t realized that all three sons have died in battle.

  • Chat with the Stars: Shelley Hennig, Moses Storm and Will Peltz of “Unfriended”

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The movie “Unfriended” charts new territory in the horror genre but deals with a growing problem, cyber bullying. Watch the video above to hear from the film’s stars and their thoughts on cyber bullying and how they deal with it.  

  • Chat with the Stars: Courtney Halverson and Jacob Wysocki of “Unfriended”

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. –The movie “Unfriended” is a scary millennial age horror movie but what is even scarier than the movie is its subject  — cyber bullying. Hear from the film’s stars and what they had to say on the subject in the video above.

  • Home screening room: “Big Eyes” and “The Babadook”

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — “Big Eyes”  and “The Babadook” both become available on DVD, Blu-Ray and digital download this week. FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards shared his opinion on both films. Watch the video above to find out what he liked and disliked about each film.

  • Chat with the Stars: Nicholas Sparks of “The Longest Ride”

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — From “The Notebook,” to “Safe Haven” and “The Last Song,” Nicholas Sparks is one of the best romance novelists of our time. Now, his newest book has been adapted to a movie. FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards chatted with Sparks about “The Longest Ride” and how he creates his stories.

  • Screening room: “The Longest Ride”

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The latest Nicholas Sparks book turned movie hits theaters Friday, but will the film impress viewers as much as “The Notebook” did? Watch the video above to find out what FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards had to say about the film and where it ranked. 1. The Longest Ride FOX (PG-13) SHAWN Novelist Nicholas Sparks has proven that he has the magic touch when it comes to bringing romance to the big screen. And his latest is […]

  • Chat with the Stars: Scott Eastwood and Britt Robertson “The Longest Ride”

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — “The Longest Ride” is based on the bestselling novel by Nicholas Sparks. It’s a star-crossed love affair between a former bull rider and a young college student pursuing her dreams. Clint Eastwood’s son Scott plays the leading man in the film alongside of Britt Robertson. Watch the video above to hear from the stars and what Scott said he learned about riding a bull.

  • Chat with the Stars: Oona Chaplin and Alan Alda of “The Longest Ride”

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The latest Nicholas Sparks movie hits theaters Friday. “The Longest Ride” followed the love story of a bull-riding champion and a college student. FOX 4 film critic Shawn Edwards chatted with Oona Chaplin and Alan Alda, the stars of the new movie.

  • Chat with the Stars: Jordana Brewster and Nathalie Emmanuel of ‘Furious 7′

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The latest “Fast and Furious” film hits theaters Friday. The film stars Vin Diesel and the late Paul Walker. FOX 4 film critic Shawn Edwards sat down with the women of “Furious 7″ to find out if they expected the first film turn into a franchise. Watch the video above to hear from Jordana Brewster and Nathalie Emmanuel.

  • Chat with the Stars: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson of ‘Furious 7′

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The gang from the “Fast and the Furious” movies is speeding back into theaters. “Furious 7″ promises to bring back the fast cars, explosions, and some of our favorite cast members. FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards joined “The Rock” to learn more about the film and what The Rock often did when he visited Kansas City,

  • Chat with the Stars: Vin Diesel of “Furious 7″

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The action flick “Furious 7″ is ready to dominate the weekend box office after the previous six films grossed nearly $2.5 billion worldwide. FOX 4’s film critic Shawn Edwards chats with one of the franchise’s lead actors about the final production. Watch the video above to hear from Vin Diesel and find out what he said he was most proud of accomplishing while working with the franchise.

  • Chat with the Stars: Ludacris of “Furious 7″

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The latest “Fast and the Furious” film hits theaters Friday. The film stars Vin Diesel and the late Paul Walker. FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards sat down with rapper-turned-actor Ludacris to chat about his role in “Furious 7.” Watch the video above to find out what Ludacris said he would like to do after seeing the film.