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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
  • Gal Gadot and Chris Pine of “Wonder Woman” on working with Lawrence’s Patty Jenkins

    Lawrence, Kan. native Patty Jenkins, takes on her biggest Hollywood directing project to date with the highly anticipated “Wonder Woman.” Gal Gadot stars as the Amazonian princess who is among the luminaries of the DC Comic Universe.  This crackling origin story shows how her rescue of an American spy, played by Chris Pine, led Wonder Woman away from her idyllic island life and into the battlefields of WWI and, ultimately, a confrontation with Aries, the God of War. FOX 4’s […]

  • Charlie Therzon says she wanted to challenge herself in “Atomic Blonde” & inspire women of all ages

    At age 41, Charlize Theron tackles her most physically-demanding role in the new movie, “Atomic Blonde.” Fox 4’s Shawn Edwards chats with the star about how she hopes the story empowers women. Watch his full interview with her in the video player above. “Atomic Blonde” opens in theater Friday, July 28.

  • Chatting about ‘Girls Trip’ and the funny business

    FOX 4 entertainment reporter Shawn Edwards sat down with Regina Hall and Tiffany Haddish who star in “Girls Trip”.

  • Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith say shooting new film in NOLA during big festival required lots of planning

    Four lifelong girlfriends show off their wild sides in the new comedy “Girls Trip.” FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards sat down with stars Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith to find out how they were able to successfully shoot the film in New Orleans during Essence Festival. The ladies say they knew they only had a few shots at getting a scene done and those attempts required a lot of planning. “Girls Trip” opens in theaters Friday, July 21.

  • His Instagram exploded when he got the role of Spiderman, and he considers it a ‘responsibility’

    Thomas Stanley Holland plays Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”  Shawn Edwards sat down for a ‘Chat with the Stars’ to talk to him about wearing the suit. “The privilege of wearing that suit outweighs any discomfort,” he said.

  • ‘Butchering a load of people with a machine gun’ Baby Driver’s Lily James describes costar Eiza Gonzalez

    LOS ANGELES — Fast cars and good music fill up the new film, ‘Baby Driver.’ FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards asked Eiza Gonzalez and Lily James to name their favorite jam song. (Watch the video above to hear what they chose.) Baby Driver is getting good reviews for its action and cast. It stars Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm and Jon Bernthal. Eiza and Lily say they still can’t believe they’re in the movie. “Every time I watch it and they […]

  • Creators and star of “Friends from College” say idea for show came from creators’ real life friendships

    A group of friends from Harvard are facing down their forties. With interwoven and oftentimes complicated relationships with one another “Friends from College” is a comedic exploration of old friendships, former romantic entanglements and balancing adult life with nostalgia for the past. Fox 4’s Shawn Edwards had the opportunity to sit down with actor Fred Savage and creators Nicholas Stoller and Francesca Delbanco to chat about where the idea for the show came from. “My wife and I created the […]

  • Neve Campbell and Mike Kelly of “House of Cards” compare newest season to what’s happening in society

    The two-time Golden-Globe award-winning show, House of Cards, is out with a new season on Netflix. In an exclusive interview, Fox 4’s Shawn Edwards gives us a behind the scenes look and chats with Neve Campbell and Mike Kelly. Season 5 of House of Cards, Netflix’s signature show, is available to stream. There’s 13 new episodes to binge, with the Underwoods taking their fight with the Conways to the next level.”  

  • Mark Wahlberg said performing stunts at 46 years old isn’t as fun as it once was

    Transformers five hits promises to be another high-action movie. FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards sat down with Mark Wahlberg to talk about performing his own stunts. “At 46 I have to mentally prepare to go out and get beat up every day for 12-hours a day for five months,” Wahlberg said. “Transformers: The Last Knight” opened in theaters Tuesday, June 20.

  • Laura Haddock of new “Transformers” talks tough stunts and working with Michael Bay

    “Transformers: The Last Knight” is action-packed, but that action isn’t always easy for the actors. Fox 4’s Shawn Edwards chatted with actress Laura Haddock about making the summer blockbuster. Haddock, who had recently given birth before filming the movie, said every day posed its own set of challenges as she took on different stunts. “Transformers: The Last Knight” opened in theaters Tuesday, June 20.

  • Matthew Modine and Yani Gellman call filming of “47 Meters Down” groundbreaking

    If you’re looking for a suspenseful horror-thriller this summer, there’s the PG-13 flick “47 Meters Down” The movie is about two sisters on vacation in Mexico who get trapped in a shark cage at the bottom of the ocean after it breaks away from the boat. FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards chatted with Matthew Modine and Yani Gellman about what it was like filming the majority of the movie underwater. “47 Meters Down” opens in theaters Friday, June 16.

  • FOX 4 exclusive: Sarah Silverman says comedy is a ‘means of survival’

    Two-time Emmy award winner Sarah Silverman is making a comeback on her new Netflix special “A Speck Of Dust.” In an exclusive interview with FOX 4’s Shawn Edwards, the comedian talks about her return to TV. In her first comedy special post-health scare, Silverman, best known for her edgy style, shares a mix of fun facts, sad truths and yeah-she-just-went-there moments. But it isn’t as outrageous as you might think — she’s a lot more introspective.