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Profession

Category:
EntertainmentMakers
Occupation(s):
Film Director
Broadcast Executive
Television Director

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Orange
Favorite Food:
Indian Food
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
12/15/1961
Birth Location:
Centerville, Missouri

Profession

Category:
EntertainmentMakers
Occupation(s):
Film Director
Broadcast Executive
Television Director

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Orange
Favorite Food:
Indian Food
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
12/15/1961
Birth Location:
Centerville
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Biography

Reginald Alan Hudlin was born on December 15, 1961, in Centreville, Missouri. He was raised in East St. Louis, Illinois, by his parents Warrington W. Hudlin, Sr. and Helen (Cason) Hudlin. In 1983, Hudlin received his B.A. degree from Harvard University where his senior thesis project was the first version of the film, House Party. Hudlin was supported as an artist-in-residence by the Illinois Arts Council from 1984 to 1985.

At the age of seventeen, Hudlin co-founded the non-profit Black Filmmakers Foundation (BFF) with his brother, Warrington Hudlin, Jr., in 1978. The brothers then formed Hudlin Bros., Inc., a production company which made several popular music videos for MCA and Polygram Records for artists like Heavy D and the Boyz, Guy and Blue Magic. In 1990, Hudlin expanded his Harvard thesis project into the full length feature film House Party, starring the rap duo Kid ‘N Play. Hudlin directed the hit movie Boomerang in 1992, starring Eddie Murphy. Later that year, Hudlin co-executive produced Bebe’s Kids, an animated musical comedy based on the comic monologues of the late Robin Harris. In 1994, Hudlin created and directed the animated series Cosmic Slop which combined fantasy and social commentary. He received a Cable Ace Award for his work on Cosmic Slop in 1995.

The Hudlin Brothers then founded Hudlin Bros. Records in 1996 and signed a distribution deal with Epic Records, a division of Sony. Between 1996 and 2002, Hudlin directed or produced a number of films including The Great White Hype (1996), Ride (1998), The Ladies’ Man (2000) and Serving Sara (2002). Starting in 2004, Hudlin began writing the story line for the Marvel Comic series Black Panther, the first modern Black superhero. In 2005, Hudlin co-wrote a comic novel, Birth of a Nation, with The Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder. He also serves as executive producer for the animated version of The Boondocks on the Cartoon Network. On July 12, 2005, Hudlin was named President of Entertainment for Black Entertainment Television (BET) Networks. At BET, Hudlin is chief programming executive in charge of the network’s music, entertainment, specials, sports, news and public affairs, film and program acquisitions, home entertainment and programming development units. Hudlin married Chrisette Suter on November 30, 2002. They have a daughter, Helena Grace, and reside in Los Angeles, California.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Reginald Hudlin describes his father's family background, pt. 1
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  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Reginald Hudlin describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood, pt. 1
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  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Reginald Hudlin recalls his neighbors in East St. Louis, Illinois
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  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Reginald Hudlin describes the Katherine Dunham Centers for Arts and Humanities in East St. Louis, Illinois
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  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Reginald Hudlin describes his relationship with his brothers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Reginald Hudlin talks about his paternal family's dinnertime activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Reginald Hudlin describes his early interest in storytelling and comic books
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Reginald Hudlin describes his brother's academic success
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Reginald Hudlin talks about his experiences in private schools
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Reginald Hudlin remembers Mor Thiam
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Reginald Hudlin describes how he came to attend the Assumption Catholic High School in East St. Louis, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Reginald Hudlin describes his early interest in filmmaking
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Reginald Hudlin recalls the television programs of his youth
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Reginald Hudlin describes his decision to enroll at Harvard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Reginald Hudlin talks about his introduction to independent filmmaking
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Reginald Hudlin remembers his classmates at Harvard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Reginald Hudlin describes his first day at Harvard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Reginald Hudlin reflects upon his time at Harvard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Reginald Hudlin talks about the black community at Harvard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Reginald Hudlin describes his film assignments at Harvard University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Reginald Hudlin remembers creating his short film, 'House Party'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Reginald Hudlin talks about his influences as a filmmaker
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Reginald Hudlin recalls his start as an independent filmmaker
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Reginald Hudlin describes his break into the motion picture industry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Reginald Hudlin recalls New Line Cinema's purchase of 'House Party'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Reginald Hudlin remembers the Black Filmmaker Foundation's film festivals
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Reginald Hudlin talks about the rise of African American popular culture
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Reginald Hudlin recalls the production of his feature film, 'House Party'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Reginald Hudlin remembers the cast of 'House Party'