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Judge Allows the Lost Boys of Sudan to Pursue Copyright, Fraud Claims Against ‘The...

Incredible in scope and rife with inherent drama, it is little surprise that Hollywood sought to make a film based on lives of the estimated 20,000 boys and girls who fled Sudan during the...

Lack of Black Ownership over Content Creates Diversity Problems in South Africa’s Film and...

Diversity within the film industry isn’t just a problem unique to America.  The precipitation of criticism rained down in expected places like Great Britain, and it has also made its way to South Africa. While...

Will and Jada Pinkett Smith Donate $30,000 to NYU Film Program, Supports Female Storytellers

Over the last few months, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith have used their considerable star power to illuminate Hollywood’s diversity problem.  Their actions during awards season sparked other prominent Black artists to criticize...

BLACK GIRLS ROCK! to Honor Black Lives Matter Founders, Amandla Stenberg at 10th Anniversary...

On Friday, BET and Beverly Bond announced this year’s BLACK GIRLS ROCK! honorees.  The celebrants include actress/singer/writer/social activist Amandla Stenberg receiving the Young, Gifted and Black Award, Eclipsed playwright and The Walking Dead’s Danai...

‘Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom’ Being Adapted for Film, Details Daring Escape Plan...

William and Ellen Craft’s escape from enslavement is one of the most innovative and unique plans ever executed.  Now, their epic story will be told on the big screen.  Alloy Entertainment is producing the...

Q-Tip Named the Kennedy Center’s First Artistic Director of Hip-Hop Culture

On Tuesday, the Kennedy Center named Q-Tip their first artistic director of hip-hop culture.  A press release from the Kennedy Center stated, “Q-Tip will establish a dynamic, new program that will stretch across all...

Rapper Jon Connor Wants to Keep Spotlight on Flint, Long After Everyone Else Is...

Legendary playwright August Wilson once said, “All art is political in the sense that it serves someone’s politics.”  In Flint, Michigan, the political fight is for a basic human right: clean water.  The budgetary...

Chris Rock Hits Hard as Oscars Host, Calls Out Hollywood for Sorority-Like Racism

Hosting the Academy Awards is often called the most thankless job in entertainment.  The host, often a comedian, has the unwinnable and unrewarding job of poking fun at the most prestigious movies at the...

Michael B. Jordan Cast in ‘Thomas Crown’ Remake, Could Start Trend for  Black Actors...

While many young actors struggle to retain consistency after one or two quality performances, Michael B. Jordan has formed a sturdy career on an armature of prestige projects. After the release of Creed, Michael B....

Johnnie Cochran Biopic in the Works, Will Highlight His Career as a Civil Rights...

Thanks to the success of The People v. O.J Simpson, people are becoming reacquainted with Johnnie Cochran.  The show excels in recreating the most familiar and famed part of Cochran’s persona, his defense of...

Original ‘Good Times’ Cast Creates Kickstarter Campaign to Fund Their Own Movie

If X-Files can return and Full House can become Fuller House, why not bring back Good Times?  Deadline reports that the original cast from Good Times has banded together to create a Kickstarter campaign...

Russell Simmons Creates All Def Movie Awards to Counter #OscarsSoWhite

Russell Simmons has built his entrepreneurial empire by being an economic opportunist, always seeking ways to elevate his brand through marketing toward young people.  Simmons' entrepreneurial spirit has yet to erode and his next...

Prominent Producer Challenges Black Hollywood to Pool Resources and Create First Black-Owned Studio

Until the Oscar’s are handed out, the question of diversity in Hollywood will hover heavily like an unyielding specter.  It will be on the lips of every interviewer, answered tactfully by every celebrity giving...

Amid Questions Over Hollywood Inclusion, NAACP Image Awards Show Why Their Presence is Important...

With #OscarsSoWhite overshadowing awards season this year, the 47th Annual NAACP Image Awards had a bigger spotlight on it than usual. The show was being championed as a vindicator for the two films, Creed...

Halle Berry Speaks Out on Lack of Diversity Progress in Hollywood Since Oscar Win:...

Halle Berry’s historic Oscar win for Best Actress in 2002 was supposed to be a signature moment for Black actresses.  It was supposed to represent the absolute destruction of the last color barrier in...

‘Birth of a Nation’ Ends Amazing Sundance Run by Winning Top Two Grand Jury...

Nate Parker’s directorial debut, Birth of a Nation, garnered rapturous acclaim throughout this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and Parker rode this riptide of reaction toward the festival’s top two prizes.  During the Sundance Film...

After 20 Years on the Grind, Bokeem Woodbine Finds Mainstream Success with ‘Fargo’

There’s nothing more frustrating than being a hidden gem.  Though precious and valuable, a hidden gem is not independent.  It is dependent on being discovered by others through sheer luck or dauntless determination; it isn’t an...

Academy Changes Rules to Make Oscars Voting Fair, but Will It Be Enough?

“The Academy is going to lead and not wait for the industry to catch up,” said Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “These new measures regarding governance and voting...

Nate Parker Opens Up About Making ‘Birth of a Nation’ and Roles for Black...

Thanks to roles in The Secret Life of Bees, Arbitrage, Red Tails and Beyond The Lights, Nate Parker has established himself as one of the brightest up-and-coming Black actors in film.  However, during his...

As Momentum for Boycott Gathers, #Oscarsowhite Hashtag Creator and BET Founder Bob Johnson Weigh...

The radioactive fallout continues to pile up in the wake of last Thursday’s lack of Black Oscar nominations.  Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee have stated their intent to neither attend nor watch this...

Is Jada Pinkett Smith’s Boycott Idea the Best Way to Get Academy’s Attention and...

Despite 2015 being a sublime year for Black talent in film, amassing great box office receipts and high praise from critics, Academy Awards voters failed to recognize Black talent, shutting out Black performances and movies in most...

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