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 The nationally recognized film critic is also co-founder of the African American Film Critics Association and is creator of

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 ( 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
  • Zac Efron and Alexandra Daddario say with a floatie in hand they could save lives at the beach

    The super hunky and openly single Zac Efron is rumored to have a hot new babe, Alexandra Daddario, and they just happen to be co-stars in the new movie “Baywatch.” While we can’t confirm or deny the speculation — in this week’s “Chat with the Stars” Fox 4’s Shawn Edwards sat down with the pair to chat about their new movie and whether they think they could really save lives. “Baywatch” opens in theaters Thursday, May 25.

  • “Baywatch” star Priyanka Chopra says filming in US is strange because everyone is punctual

    The mission to save the “bay” is back, but you won’t see Pamela Anderson, Yasmine Bleeth , or David Hasselhoff patrolling on this beach. FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards chatted with Priyanka Chopra who is one of the stars of the new lifeguard team. The Indian actress is one of the biggest stars in the world. She is primarily known for making her mark in Bollywood. The singer and producer is now conquering Hollywood and says it was a strange adjustment […]

  • FOX 4 exclusive: Tracy Morgan talks about “Staying Alive” and finding forgiveness

    Comedian Tracy Morgan reflects on life, death, and who his comedic idols are with Fox 4 News’ Shawn Edwards. The “30 Rock” star filmed the special, “Staying Alive,” in October 2016 in New Jersey, tackling the difficulties in coping with a traumatic brain injury and learning to walk again (while falling for his physical therapist), as well as the loss of his friend James McNair in the 2014 crash. Morgan has made a full recovery and has resumed his career. […]

  • If you were to go on a beach vacation with the stars of “Baywatch,” here’s where they’d take you

    In the new take on “Baywatch” devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchanan butts heads with a brash new recruit, according to IMDb. Together, they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay. The movie has a star-studded cast and FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards had the opportunity to sit down with them and find out their favorite beaches. Watch the video above to find out where you can likely find Zac Efron, Priyanka Chopra, Ilfenesh Hadera, Alexandra Daddario, Kelly […]

  • Ridley Scott’s list of questions he asks himself to avoid repeating himself in films

    Ridley Scott launched one of the most successful sci-fi franchises when he created “Alien” in 1979. Now, 38 years later, he’s giving fans the origin story, with “Alien: Covenant.” FOX  4’s Shawn Edwards chatted with the Oscar-nominated director about the new prequel and what it is he finds so fascinating about alien movies. Scott also revealed to FOX 4 that his next project is in the works, and he’ll likely have the script complete by Christmas.

  • FOX 4 exclusive: Star of new Netflix series says transition from Ireland into leading role was fast, unexpected

    A new series on Netflix, “Anne with an E” is based on the iconic story of “Anne Of Green Gables.” Netflix released the series, which stars Amybeth McNulty, on Friday. McNulty exclusively told FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards the experience has been, “the best.” “I’m a little girl from Ireland, like this is insane,” McNulty said while sitting alongside writer and producer Moira Walley-Beckett.  

  • How to keep people from strangling each other at work: Guy Ritchie, director of King Arthur

    LOS ANGELES– If you love the King Arthur story, you need to see Guy Ritchie’s version. Robbed of his birthright, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy – whether he likes it or not. More here from imdb. Ritchie sat down with FOX 4 entertainment reporter Shawn Edwards to find out more about the film and […]

  • Charlie Hunnam talks Guy Ritchie movies with FOX 4

    The story of King Arthur returns to the big screen in an all new adaptation by filmmaker Guy Ritchie. FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards chats with the star Charlie Hunnam about his own adventure of working with Ritchie. “King Arthur” opens in theaters May 12, 2017.

  • Stars of ‘Everything, Everything’ discuss struggles of young love when challenged by illness

    “A teenager who’s lived a sheltered life because she’s allergic to everything, falls for the boy who moves in next door.” That’s how IMDB describes the new film “Everything, Everything.” FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards got a chance to sit down with Anika Noni Rose and Mexican actress Ana de la Raguera to talk about the film. Watch the trailer below:

  • Chris Pratt shares secret for staying in tip-top shape for “Guardians of the Galaxy”

    The Guardians of the Galaxy are back for another mission to save the universe in “Volume Two.” FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards chats with Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana about the band of misfits, including their love of “baby groot.”  The sequel to the surprise hit Sci-Fi opus back in 2014. The new one opens in theaters May 5.

  • Stars of “Everything, Everything” met over phone call, say chemistry was instant

    In “Everything, Everything” a teenager who’s lived a sheltered life because she’s allergic to everything, falls for the boy who moves in next door. FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards sat down with the stars of the movie, Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson, who didn’t meet face to face until it was time to start filming. “Everything, Everything” opens in theaters May 19.  

  • Musician Chris Cornell on process of turning blank paper into song for movie

    The music in a movie can really drive its emotion. FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards chats with musician Chris Cornell who wrote a song that is the perfect companion piece, in its storytelling and emotion for the movie “The Promise.”