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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: Amanda Seyfried of “Ted 2”

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As “Ted 2″ heads to theaters, FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards wanted to catch up with some of the stars of the film to get their thoughts on the sequel. Then during a strange twist of events while interviewing Amanda Seyfried, Shawn found himself being the one in the hot seat answering questions.

  • Chat with the Stars: Mark Wahlberg of “Ted 2”

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The raunchy and rough around the edges stuffed bear is back in “Ted 2,” and Mark Wahlberg returns as his best friend in the sequel. FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards sat down with Wahlberg to find out what it took for a follow-up film to come together.

  • Chat with the Stars: Seth MacFarlane of “Ted 2″

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The teddy bear with a big personality is back in “Ted 2.” FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards sat down with the film’s writer and director Seth MacFarlane to find out where the idea for a talking teddy bear originally came from.

  • As it heats up outside, cool down indoors with Hollywood’s latest releases

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Looking for something fun to do, but it’s just too hot outside? Why not spend the night indoors and check out some of Hollywood’s latest flicks? FOX 4 film critics Russ Simmons and Shawn Edwards have the latest on which films are worth your time and attention. THE WATER DIVINER (R) Universal RUSS Russell Crowe makes his directorial debut with the sincere post-war melodrama, “The Water Diviner.” Crowe plays an Australian farmer who, in 1919, travels to […]

  • Chat with the Stars: Forrest Whitaker, Shameik Moore and Rick Famuyiwa of “Dope”

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — “Dope” was the hit movie at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Several major movie studios got into a fierce bidding war over the right to distribute the movie.  Academy Award winner Forrest Whitaker produced and narrates the movie. Watch the video above to hear from both Shameik Moore and director Rick Famuyiwa, or you can watch the video below to hear from Forrest Whitaker.

  • Stars of “Jurassic World” reveal their favorite dinosaurs

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards sat down with the cast of “Jurassic World” to chat about the new film and which type of dinosaur was each star’s favorite. Watch the video above to hear the stars’ answers.

  • Chat with the Stars: Chris Pratt of “Jurassic World”

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chris Pratt takes the lead in “Jurassic World” 22 years after the original premiered. Pratt said the role he plays is one he dreamed of playing. Watch the video above to find out what the film crew did to get Pratt ready for big scenes.

  • Chat with the Stars: Bryce Dallas Howard of “Jurassic World”

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. —  More than 20 years ago, “Jurassic Park” stomped the box office with its special effects and iconic score. Now the highly anticipated “Jurassic World” is headed to theaters . Bryce Dallas Howard who plays a leading role sat down with FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards to chat about her character, the film and what she remembers most from the first movie.  

  • Chat: Melissa McCarthy & Jason Statham spoof James Bond films in new movie “Spy”

    In the new movie, Spy starring Melissa McCarthy & Jason Statham, they seem to have a lot of fun spoofing the James Bond films. When Melissa read in the script that she was supposed to ‘hang from a helicopter’ (a standard action scene), she didn’t really know what she was in for. See more about that and more of the film in the Chat with the Stars in the video player above.

  • Relive your favorite movie scene by traveling to places made famous in movies

    LOS ANGELES — In this special Chat with the Stars, FOX 4 film critic Shawn Edwards teamed up with Movie Trip TV and its host Theresa O’Leary. Movie Trip TV is a new concept that was created here in Kansas City that specializes in location vacations. That’s where people travel to iconic locations where movies have been filmed. So Shawn and Theresa set-jetted to LA to feature some of the locations made popular by the HBO TV series and now movie […]

  • Chat with the Stars: Jerry Ferrara and Kevin Dillon of “Entourage”

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After years of talking about it, an HBO hit TV show is finally making its way to the big screen. FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards sat down with Jerry Ferrara and Kevin Dillon of “Entourage” to chat about the film and find out why the actors enjoyed filming in Los Angeles.

  • Chat with the Stars: Kevin Connolly and Adrian Grenier of “Entourage”

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. —  The popular TV show “Entourage” is going from the small screen to the silver screen. Fans have waited nearly four years for this film. FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards chatted with a couple of the actors about the movie’s long anticipated arrival.