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Brennan Williams

How America's First Black Film Defied Racism

HuffingtonPost.com | Brennan Williams | Posted 03.03.2015 | Black Voices

The 87th annual Academy Awards on Sunday will honor Hollywood's biggest achievements of the year, but many have already taken note of who's been left ...

Barry Levinson Blames Hollywood's Diversity Problem On Our Education System

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 01.26.2015 | Black Voices

Critics have been furious since the Academy Award nominations were released last week, rendering this year the whitest Oscars since 1998. Many blame t...

'Selma' Star Sees A Bright Future For Black Films In Hollywood

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 12.16.2014 | Entertainment

Though David Oyelowo's star turn as Martin Luther King Jr. in "Selma" is winning him rave reviews and awards consideration, he's one of the few black ...

'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...

Directors Guild Finds TV Diversity Hiring Stalled

AP | LYNN ELBER | Posted 09.22.2014 | Black Voices

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Women and minorities are largely shut out of the ranks of TV series directors in a stubbornly unchanged pattern of hiring, accord...

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...

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...

Numbers Soar For Black Moviegoers

Posted 04.01.2014 | Black Voices

2013 was a pivotal year in black film, with the release of several motion pictures highlighting black history and the black experience, and a historic...

New Book Filled With Rare Black Hollywood Photos Is A Must-Have

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 03.11.2014 | Black Voices

We could spend hours poring over the rare and amazing photographs from the website Vintage Black Glamour. In fact we have, which is why we're pumped t...

ABFF Extends Its Role In Black Cinema With Hollywood Awards

Posted 01.29.2014 | Black Voices

As we make our way through the Tinseltown awards season, we shouldn't forget to look ahead to next month's American Black Film Festival Hollywood Awar...

PHOTOS: Vintage Black Hollywood Awesomeness

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices

The Golden Globes are just days away, marking the official start to Hollywood awards season. And everyone knows that the anticipation of seeing what t...

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.

TELL US: Is Obama's Election Responsible For The Uptick In Black Movies?

Posted 09.14.2013 | Black Voices

Last week's Toronto International Film Festival spawned rave reviews for the Steve McQueen-directed "Twelve Years A Slave," a historical drama based o...

WATCH: Tyler Perry Responds To His Critics

HuffPost Live | Posted 05.09.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Producer Tyler Perry and writer/director Tina Gordon Chism joined HuffPost Live Monday to discuss their new film "Peeples." During the interview, Perr...

Will Tyler Perry Make 'Madea' In Space?

HuffPost Live | Posted 05.09.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Tyler Perry has had tremendous success with his fictional character Mabel "Madea" Simmons, but he won't be sending her to space anytime soon. On Hu...

WATCH LIVE: Tyler Perry Talks To HuffPost Live

Posted 05.08.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Actor, director and entertainment media giant Tyler Perry joins HuffPost Live to discuss his latest film "Peeples" and his recent partnership with Opr...

Tyler Perry, Stop Vilifying Black Success

Ernest Owens | Posted 06.07.2013 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

As a man who grew up in an urban environment that is now attending college at a fine Ivy League institution, I would like to let you know that I am not aspiring to become the controlling, manipulative and reckless psychopath that you continue to depict such men of color in your films.

Django Wasn't the First, But Tarantino Needs to Be the Last

Ernest Owens | Posted 01.03.2013 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

I will give Spike Lee his props. I will give John Singleton his respect. But directors such as Tyler Perry and many others who continue to profit from such slander and stereotype of the black population should be held responsible for such backlash that comes from Django.

African-American Hair Stylist To The Stars, 'Tos' Powell Dies

The Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 10.16.2011 | Black Voices

L'Toska "Tos" Powell listed Lena Horne, Mahalia Jackson and Dinah Washington amongst her roster of famous African-American starlets. "She gradua...