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Black Actors

Mo'Nique: Hollywood Only Allows One Black Actor To Shine At A Time

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 01.27.2016 | Black Voices

Oscar winner Mo'Nique is disappointed by a sad reality about the film world: There's not much room for black actors in the upper echelons of H...

Hollywood Is Not The Only Arts Industry With A Race Problem

Julia Sharpe-Levine | Posted 01.25.2016 | Arts
Julia Sharpe-Levine

The conversation around Tonya Pinkins and Mother Courage desperately needs to be broadened. To an extent, the question of whether Pinkins' decision was "professional" is irrelevant. Activism is inherently unprofessional. Without disruption, there is no activism.

The American Shame: The Academy and Its Lack of Diversity

Jamell N.A. Henderson | Posted 01.22.2016 | Black Voices
Jamell N.A. Henderson

While I commend the courage to have African-American individuals in the film industry to boycott the Academy Awards, it is a much deeper issue.

Why The Oscars Are So White

The Huffington Post | Carolina Moreno | Posted 01.20.2016 | Latino Voices

For a second year in a row, Mexican director Alejandro G. Iñarritu helmed the most Oscar-nominated film of the year* with the critically-a...

Retta Says TV's Push For More Diversity Keeps Her Employed

The Huffington Post | Ryan Buxton | Posted 01.05.2016 | HuffPost Live 321

There are many reasons to be thankful for the increasing number of characters of color on television, and here's yet another: It keeps Re...

How the Stars of 'Orange Is the New Black' Helped a Black Actress Love Her Body

RaVal Davis | Posted 12.15.2015 | Entertainment
RaVal Davis

I've studied acting for most of my life. First at the prestigious Duke Ellington School of The Arts in high school in Washington D.C., then at Mason...

Gods and Kings Unseen: Whitewashing Roles in Film and Television

Cierra Lockett | Posted 11.30.2015 | Black Voices
Cierra Lockett

Why is it that we can see B-list white actors, such as Gerard Butler, Christian Bale, Sigourney Weaver, Geoffrey Rush and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Egyptian gods and kings? Better yet, why is it that they can see themselves in those roles? But not A-list black actors such as Will Smith, Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Idris Elba or Kerry Washington?

Wesley Snipes Shares Advice For Darker-Skinned Actors

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 09.22.2015 | Black Voices

Wesley Snipes has some words of advice for darker-skinned actors who are trying to make it in the cut-throat, overwhelmingly white world of ...

The Slippery Slope of Non-Traditional Casting

Steve Harper | Posted 09.17.2015 | Black Voices
Steve Harper

So, although the argument against a particular casting choice might be frustrating on one level, on another, it makes complete sense. I believe the writer should always have the last word. Though there are two instances where I think non-traditional approaches can make sense

"War Room" Has The One Thing Many Christian Films Don't Have -- A Black Cast

Religion News Service | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 08.15.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Last year, a flood of faith films starring white actors led many to charge that Hollywood was standing in the way of racial progress. But r...

My Wife Is My Anti-Stereotype

Keith Powell | Posted 08.04.2015 | Black Voices
Keith Powell

Meeting her frightened me. Jill is open, honest, trusts her intuitions and is not afraid to display her emotions freely. She was everything I felt I was, but was too afraid to show. She was my anti-stereotype.

Omar Sharif: He Was Our 'Next Best Thing'

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 07.13.2015 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Farewell, my brother. Like Ali in that iconic clip, you appeared on our horizon first as a distant glimmer of hope, gradually growing into the star you became and deserved to be. A good omen. And a harbinger of good things to come.

Taye Diggs To Star In Broadway's 'Hedwig And The Angry Inch'

Reuters | Gordon Cox | Posted 05.20.2015 | Black Voices

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Taye Diggs will return to Broadway for the first time in a decade in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," stepping into the musica...

A Salute to the African American Playwright August Wilson

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 04.21.2015 | Black Voices
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

This film is a beautiful legacy. It sheds light on a very gifted man who, like many creative people, was raised under difficult circumstances in an underserved area of Pittsburgh. All of his plays were "doors" into the black experience, and from many eras of the American story.

The Importance and Power of Unity With Black Lives From the African Diaspora

Nunu Kidane | Posted 04.20.2015 | Black Voices
Nunu Kidane

Names like David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong'o and Chiwetel Ejiofor may be difficult to pronounce for the average American but their faces have become as familiar as any well-known Hollywood actor.

Don't Tell This 'Scandal' Star He Isn't 'Black Enough'

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 11.20.2014 | Black Voices

While the black experience is diverse and multifaceted, films don’t always portray the various aspects of the African American life. Joe Morton echo...

David Oyelowo On Playing Martin Luther King Jr., Ebola Fears, And Race In Hollywood

The Daily Beast | Marlow Stern | Posted 11.03.2014 | Black Voices

No disrespect to Ben Affleck, but 2014 is the year of David Oyelowo. After years of cutting his teeth on the British stage and small screen, the 38-ye...

'Get On Up' Star: Black Actors Are 'Up Against Odds'

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 10.07.2014 | Entertainment

When Chadwick Boseman was first approached to play James Brown in "Get On Up," his first thought was "I definitely do not want to do another biopic." ...

'Love & Basketball' Director Explains Hollywood's Excuse For Not Casting Black Actors

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 09.22.2014 | Black Voices

When director Gina Prince-Bythewood set out to make her latest film, "Beyond the Lights," she thought her script felt commercial, but studio executive...

Stop Being Mad at Woody Allen for Not Casting Black Actors

Ricky Camilleri | Posted 10.04.2014 | Entertainment
Ricky Camilleri

Last week Woody Allen finally "broke his silence" regarding his casting of or, lack of African-Americans. Why the world felt it necessary to hold the director of "Scoop" and "Cassandra's Dream" accountable for the lack of African-Americans in cinema is a little beyond me.

Larenz Tate Explains Why Black Films Struggle At The Box Office

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 12.11.2014 | Black Voices

We’ve all seen movies that feature black stereotypes: the token black friend, the black criminal or the omnipresent angry black woman. Although Holl...

Black Actors' Roles Are Seriously Changing

The Huffington Post | Danielle Cadet | Posted 06.27.2014 | Black Voices

There's no doubt that things are changing in Hollywood. In an industry where black actors and actresses were once exclusively relegated to roles as se...

For Ruby Dee, Who Made Me Believe

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 08.13.2014 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

There was something happening out there -- mostly in New York, I gathered, as a little black girl growing up on Chicago's South Side in the 50s. I didn't understand it, but I could see and feel it, whenever I saw Ruby Dee on TV or the big screen.

More Black Actors On Broadway Bring Black Audience With Them

AP | Mark Kennedy | Posted 04.28.2014 | Black Voices

NEW YORK (AP) — Early one Sunday this month, 56 people boarded a bus in a suburb of Washington, D.C., to make the trip to Broadway to see a play. ...

This Advice On How To Tell Black People Apart Is Just What The World Needs

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 04.25.2014 | Black Voices

David Alan Grier may be responsible for solving Hollywood's most awkward problem -- those moments when black celebrities are confused with other black...