Diversity in Hollywood helps people understand and appreciate other cultures, like Slumdog Millionaire's eye-opening portrayal of poverty in India, and Paul Blart Mall Cop's sensitive discussion of the plight of the mentally challenged. Celebrating the contributions of black performers, with pizza, The Blackwood Pizza Bar
Just grand-opened, The Blackwood's a pizzeria/nightclub named after/honoring black Hollywood, decked with stretched brown leather and white suede couches, 18 tables surrounded by jazz musician paintings on black-painted walls, and a purple-curtained, projector-screen'd stage for screening classic black films and TV shows, and hosting nightly bands, comedians, belly dancers, and singers, who'll gracefully pretend you're not paying more attention to the pizza. Hand-tossed pies come small or huge (four-sliced personal, or 18"), with 19 toppings to build your own, or eight specialties such as the Broccoli Cheese Bacon (w/ Caesar dressing sauce), the Blackened Shrimp (w/ fresh bell peppers & seafood marinara), and the beef, hot Italian sausage, Canadian Bacon, & pepperoni'd Butcher's Pride -- and here you thought it was their cool paper. They're also slingin' sandwiches like the Philly Cheese Steak, the Italian Sausage (sliced turkey sausage, Parmesan, mozzarella, yellow peppers, marinara), and Mini Cheese Calzones baked with house-made dough, with choice of filling and cheese; to cap it off, there's Chocolate Cake, Cinnamon Breadsticks, and Key Lime Pie, which they're rolling out while they work out the subtleties on their Snickers Bar from a Vending Machine
The Blackwood's also got constant drink specials, like $2.50 margaritas, $3 beers, and all-you-can-drink wine for $20 -- the very crutch that got you 91 minutes of Kevin James riding a Segway around Yankee Candle.