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Here's Why The Flying Saucer Is Sideways In 'Arrival'

The Huffington Post | Todd Van Luling | Posted 11.08.2016 | Comedy

Today, on Tuesday, Nov. 8, after months of fighting, families being ripped apart and too many moments where it seemed as if our country would not make...

'Roots' Star Malachi Kirby Broke Down While Filming This Heart-Wrenching Scene

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 06.10.2016 | HuffPost Live 321


Dispatches From the World Humanitarian Summit: Giving Everyone a Voice

Forest Whitaker | Posted 05.25.2016 | World
Forest Whitaker

Leaving Istanbul, with the inaugural World Humanitarian Summit now behind us, I remain optimistic in humanity's shared future. But impact cannot be measured by what was said in Istanbul; it is what we do next that matters.

Dispatches From the World Humanitarian Summit: Education as a Bridge Between Aid and Development

Forest Whitaker | Posted 05.25.2016 | World
Forest Whitaker

Having heard from some of the leading minds in the spheres of aid and global development, one of the topics at the forefront of many of the conversations taking place in Istanbul is education.

Dispatches From the World Humanitarian Summit: Facing Our Common Humanity Together

Forest Whitaker | Posted 05.23.2016 | World
Forest Whitaker

The challenge of our time is to shift from spending money on mitigating conflicts to spending money on preventing conflicts. This will demand new, innovative thinking, and it will require a significant investment in building the capacities and infrastructures of vulnerable regions.

Why Forest Whitaker Is Making the UN Goals Famous

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 04.25.2016 | Impact
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

Whitaker is right. You can see this anywhere, from America to Angola, from Argentina to Azerbaijan. As long as the goals go unmet -- whether poverty, hunger, or inequality -- we will continue to see conflict and violence manifest globally.

On the Culture Front: The Effect, She Loves Me, RadioLoveFest, and more

Chris Kompanek | Posted 03.21.2016 | New York
Chris Kompanek

Lucy Prebble's "The Effect" asks both playfully and pointedly, "what's the difference between an emotion we feel organically and one that can be produ...

Emma Watson On The Most Critical Step Towards Gender Equality

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 03.08.2016 | Women

Emma Watson wants people to not only understand feminism, but to experience it. The UN Women initiative HeForShe, for which Watson is an ambassador, ...

'Hughie': Wandering Alone

Danny Groner | Posted 03.02.2016 | New York
Danny Groner

The play was originally written in 1942, but takes place in 1928 at a dingy New York motel in the early morning hours. Michael Grandage keeps the character moving around with profound direction, hoping to maintain the fleeting interest of the motel clerk, played by Frank Wood.

Aisle View: A Long Night's Journey and a Police Story

Steven Suskin | Posted 02.25.2017 | Arts
Steven Suskin

The Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker has offered a series of diverse and astounding star performances in films. Thus, he is not just another movie star stopping over on Broadway for a limited engagement.

Securing a Future for Child Soldiers

Forest Whitaker | Posted 02.12.2017 | World
Forest Whitaker

We may take a child out of an army, but unless we do more for him -- help him re-enter society, enroll him in a good school, teach him a useful trade -- we have not set him free. Unless we are there to meet them with open arms, open homes and open schools, their wars will never end. And neither will ours.

Hollywood Star Forest Whitaker Is On A Quest To End The Use Of Child Soldiers

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 02.12.2016 | World

Forest Whitaker is known to many as a gifted actor who brought poise and gravitas to hit Hollywood movies like "The Great Debaters" and "The Butler." ...

"Southpaw": A Knockout

Michael Berkowitz | Posted 07.24.2016 | Entertainment
Michael Berkowitz

Southpaw begins and ends with boxing matches. The two hours between are filled with life's battles. Some spill into the boxing ring. But the battles of daily life are not so cleanly configured, nor can life's other cut men stop the bleeding of the soul. That may be a more personal struggle.

Carolina Moreno

'Dope' Star Tony Revolori Is Your New Favorite Latino Nerd | Carolina Moreno | Posted 06.29.2015 | Latino Voices

"Dope" goes beyond the coming-of-age movie genre. It’s a comedy that, above all, reveals what life can be like for black and Hispanic teens growing ...

11 Public Figures Share Their Inspiring Thoughts On MLK

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 01.16.2015 | Black Voices

It has been over 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King descended on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. to give his memorable “I Have A Dream” s...

Forest Whitaker: It's Important For Blacks To Tell Their Own Stories

Posted 01.13.2015 | Black Voices

The discussion surrounding the white-washing of black stories on the silver screen has resurfaced in recent years with the release of films such as ...

Forest Whitaker Hazing Film Could Bring HBCU Stereotype Threat to Theater Near You

Jarrett L. Carter | Posted 08.04.2014 | Black Voices
Jarrett L. Carter

Some will say that Whitaker's take on HBCU hazing will come from a place of education; from a desire to see young African-American scholars do better in their efforts to build brotherhood and networking through pledging. But education and nurturing have nothing to do with it.

Focus on Women Leaders: Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe and Athena Film Festival

Regina Weinreich | Posted 04.08.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Forest Whitaker takes her calls. Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe so epitomizes the strength of simplicity, the Oscar winning star of Last King of Scotland-- ...

WATCH: Forest Whitaker Comments On Oscar Snub

Posted 02.10.2014 | Black Voices

For this year’s 86th annual Academy Awards , nominations have been doled out to the “12 Years A Slave” director, Steve McQueen, and cast members...

The Top 15 Black Entertainment News Stories Of 2013

Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices

There's no doubt that 2013 had its share of exciting and heartbreaking entertainment news. From the good news like Cicely Tyson winning her first Tony...

Best Films of 2013 -- Black Talent Thrives

Dwight Brown | Posted 02.10.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

In a banner year for filmmaking, black films, filmmakers, screenwriters and actors thrived.

Out Of The Furnace: A Fiery Thriller

Corinna Clendenen | Posted 02.05.2014 | Entertainment
Corinna Clendenen

This raw, unrelieved portrayal of the underbelly of America is not an easy picture to take, but has an authentic if harrowing Appalachian ring. No spring in sight here (except perhaps at Oscar night).

Race Matters at the Gotham Awards

Regina Weinreich | Posted 02.03.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Lee Daniels, always a provocateur, addressed the huge crowd at Cipriani Wall Street at this week's Gotham Awards with a confession: he hates white peo...

The Year's Best Celebrity Mixer

Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment

The 2013 Gotham Awards were held in New York on Monday night, marking the official kickoff of Hollywood's marathon awards season (which had its unoffi...

Casey Affleck Explores the Explorers Club

Regina Weinreich | Posted 02.01.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Casey Affleck has a youthful intensity: he's too vulnerable to go to the deadly places he explores as a fighter to prove himself in the testosterone f...