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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: Ronda Rousey of “Entourage”

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The boys are back in “Entourage” the movie. FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards chatted with Ronda Rousey, one of the leading ladies of the film and reigning UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion.  Watch the video above to find out what Rousey said she learned while filming the movie.

  • Chat with the Stars: David DeSanctis and Kris Polaha of “Where Hope Grows”

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A baseball player whose professional career is cut short is in a downward spiral until he meets a special young man with Down syndrome. In the film, the young man who is often referred to as “Produce” helps the athlete find his purpose in life. Watch the video above to hear from the actors and how they were able to draw inspiration for their characters.

  • Chat with the Stars: Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara of “Hot Pursuit”

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The newest road trip comedy “Hot Pursuit” follows an uptight cop who is forced to escort a drug lord’s wife across the country. FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards sat down with Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara to find out the stories behind their favorite roadtrips.

  • Chat with the Stars: Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo of “Avengers: Age of Ultron”

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — “Avengers: Age of Ultron” took the number one spot at the box office in its opening week. The film raked in more than $180 million. FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards sat down with the stars of the film, Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo  to talk about the love story that surfaces in the sequel to “The Avengers”.

  • Chat with the Stars: Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans of “The Avengers: Age of Ultron”

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Captain America, Hulk and the gang all hit the big screen again Friday in the  sequel to “The Avengers.” FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards sat down with Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans of “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” to find out what viewers can expect to see in the film.

  • 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.