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Reflections On Selma

Rev. Mae Elise Cannon | Posted 01.26.2015 | Religion
Rev. Mae Elise Cannon

As someone who's professional and personal life involves many areas of seeking justice and equality, I have often been moved by the work and legacy of those who have persevered through trials in order to see a better world.

'Selma' Team Reunites For Hurricane Katrina Movie

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 01.26.2015 | Entertainment

"Selma" director Ava DuVernay has found her next feature film: a "sweeping love story and complex murder mystery" set against the devastation of Hurri...

Is America a Sheep or a Goat?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.23.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The national holiday celebrating Dr. King's birthday is over, but I hope we will heed and act on his 1967 declaration and work to win the first victory right here at home in the biggest economy on earth and end the shame of 14.7 million children being the poorest Americans by ending child poverty now.

A Late Review of Selma

Michael Darer | Posted 01.23.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Darer

Selma does not turn away, and it rarely tries to neatly resolve. If the film's conclusion, which winds around President Johnson's announcement of his plans for the 1965 Voting Rights Act to the completion of the third Selma to Montgomery march, feels a little Hollywood in its neatness, that is counterbalanced by the unrelenting unease of the film's journey.

The Misguided Hero Worship Surrounding 'Selma' and 'Sniper'

Posted 01.23.2015 | Celebrity

Imagine a world in which We the People starred in a tent-pole summer blockbuster. We all know the tagline we’d get: “They needed a hero to worship...

The Biggest 50th Anniversaries In 2015

Pat Gallagher | Posted 01.22.2015 | Fifty
Pat Gallagher

We thought we would bring you some memories of an historical event that took place in 1965 which made a long overdue difference in the civil rights of all human beings, as well as pop culture events that will bring on the awww factor (cuteness alert).

'Defy Hollywood, See Selma'

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 01.22.2015 | Entertainment

Ava DuVernay's "Selma" was one of 2014's best-reviewed films, but when nominations for the 87th annual Academy Awards were announced last week, "Selma...

What Selma Taught This Southern Boy about the Mind of White Privilege

Samuel 'Gentoku' McCree | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics
Samuel 'Gentoku' McCree

It's true that I've never overtly consciously discriminated against anyone, but it's still just as true that I've benefited from a system that oppressed and continues to oppress people of color to this very day.

Anthony Mackie On 'Selma' Oscar Snub: People Are Tired Of Being Bombarded With Race

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 01.21.2015 | Black Voices

--Actor Anthony Mackie shares his thoughts on why “Selma” didn’t receive more Oscar nominations and the cause of its lackluster box office a...

'Selma' Director Ava DuVernay Shares Powerful Description Of White House Screening

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 01.20.2015 | Entertainment

Best Picture nominee "Selma" screened at the White House on Friday for Barack and Michelle Obama. In an Instagram photo posted on Tuesday, director Av...

Obama To Visit Selma For 50th Anniversary Of Civil Rights Marches

Reuters | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Jan 20 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama will visit Selma, Alabama, in March to recognize the 50th anniversary of historic marches...

Schools Should Show 'Selma'!

Lonna Saunders | Posted 01.25.2015 | Chicago
Lonna Saunders

It's oft been said that those who don't learn from history, are doomed to repeat it. But you need to know what your history is before you can learn from it. Selma DVDs in every classroom is a start.

Why Are Selma's Perceived Oscar Snubs an Issue?

Byron Williams | Posted 01.21.2015 | Entertainment
Byron Williams

There is a valid argument to be made that the Academy needs to be more diverse in its nomination process. Diversity brings different perspectives that can be healthy for any institution.


Helen Eisenbach | Posted 01.20.2015 | Entertainment
Helen Eisenbach

Thursday morning when I learned the Academy's list of nominees, I spent the rest of the day alternating between despair and rage. In fact, I have loved movies unabashedly since I was 18 months old and my mother took me to see my first feature.

Glenn Beck Explains Why 'Selma' Was Actually Snubbed At The Oscars

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 01.20.2015 | Media

Following the news that "Selma" -- the historical drama charting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s protest marches in 1965 Alabama -- was snubbed for a num...

103-Year-Old Civil Rights Legend To Attend State Of The Union Address

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 01.20.2015 | Black Voices

Many are expected to tune into President Obama’s State of the Union Address Tuesday night but few will have the opportunity to hear his remarks in p...

My Thelma, Selma and MLK

Wendy K. Williamson | Posted 01.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Wendy K. Williamson

Here's to you Thelma. I honor you as we all honor the great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. After all, a movement starts with one person.

The True Meaning of MLK Day

Bryan Cain-Jackson | Posted 01.20.2015 | Black Voices
Bryan Cain-Jackson

We need to get a grip on the fact that the entire white race is not racist. Dr. King would be proud to see that his legacy was being celebrated by all. Does #ReclaimMLK mean that only we as black people should be celebrating a man who wanted us to walk together?

Selma: And The Cultural Relevancy Yesterday, Today And Tomorrow

Antoinette Brock | Posted 01.19.2015 | Black Voices
Antoinette Brock

America is indeed "unsure of how to care for us." We are miraculous in that we are a magnificent flower that grows in spite of the most unlikely and adverse conditions. Protests, movements and riots even are not sparked by Black people because we are violent.

Making Sense of Selma

Julie Leininger Pycior | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics
Julie Leininger Pycior

Alas the film's LBJ piece is inaccurate in a fundamental way, leaving the impression that Johnson supposedly was not a fan of voting rights legislation -- had to be convinced -- when that is not true.

Why Young People Need to See 'Selma'

Kim Keating | Posted 01.19.2015 | Black Voices
Kim Keating

We must make sure the movies we create and the stories we tell are accurate and honest so that our children may learn from history.

The New Yorker Unveils Striking MLK Cover

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 01.23.2015 | Media

Channeling the iconic image of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. linking arms with fellow civil rights activists during the march from Selma, Alabama to the...

Dr. Martin Luther King's Politics Are as Relevant as Ever

Morris Dees | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics
Morris Dees

Dr. King's speech at the conclusion of the Selma march is remembered for its soaring rhetoric, for King's declaration that segregation was on its deathbed and for his unshakeable belief that the moral arc of the universe bends toward justice.

'Selma' Cast March To Honor MLK

AP | KIM CHANDLER | Posted 01.19.2015 | Black Voices

SELMA, Ala. (AP) — Oprah Winfrey and fellow actors from the movie "Selma" marched with hundreds Sunday ahead of Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, reca...

Honoring the Dream: An Education Bill of Rights

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 01.18.2015 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

I hope our leaders can, as iO's mission states, "think broadly" enough to let go of rigid, behaviorist notions of what education means. I hope they will heed the many stories like this one that prove the dramatic, turn-around impact of the arts on "under-performing" schools.