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"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...

Hollywood's 'Race Problem' Is Worse Than You Think

Kia Makarechi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Kia Makarechi

In bleak situations, incremental improvements can be mistaken for evolution. So it goes with Hollywood's consistent inability to include actors of color.

Viola Davis: 'We're In Crisis Mode As Black Actors'

www.essence.com | Posted 08.20.2013 | Black Voices

Viola Davis, Phylicia Rashad, Gabrielle Union and Alfre Woodard sat down with Oprah for this Sunday's episode of Oprah's Next Chapter. Together th...

Calling All Hobbits of Color

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 12.05.2014 | Black Voices
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

It becomes utterly disturbing when racial equality isn't even allowed to enter our fantasy films, which represent the furthest reaches of our dreamiest dreams.

5 Black Actors Who Could Be The Next James Bond

The Urban Daily | Posted 01.13.2013 | Black Voices

Daniel Craig may be getting ready to take on the box office this Friday as James Bond in Skyfall, but word on the street is Idris Elba is the people's...

The First Ever Black Othello

Ben Arogundade | Posted 09.04.2012 | Arts
Ben Arogundade

When Othello was first performed by William Shakespeare's theatre group the King's Men, at London's Whitehall Palace on November 1, 1604, the role of the Moor was played by white actor Richard Burbage in blackface make-up.

Is Othello Really Black?

Ben Arogundade | Posted 06.23.2012 | Books
Ben Arogundade

William Shakespeare's character Othello is generally regarded as a black African. But is this true? Could he have been an Arab or a Spanish Moor?

Remembering Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple

Sheril Antonio | Posted 05.15.2012 | Entertainment
Sheril Antonio

While I am not usually nostalgic about the past, nor am I prone to "the-good-old-days" talk there is something important about The Color Purple and the decades that would follow its release.

Not only "For Colored Girls"

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Irene Monroe

For Colored Girls is not only for colored girls because it offers a pathway to self-growth, finding our authentic power, and discovering the divine in one's self.

The Emmys: As White As Ever

Regina King | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Regina King

I try hard in my daily life not to engage in uncomfortable situations regarding race. But it is impossible for me to ignore the statistics regarding the number of people of color honored in the history of the Emmys.