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America's Television Consumers Have Spoken: "Black" Is the New "Black"

Kiara Imani Williams | Posted 05.22.2015 | Black Voices
Kiara Imani Williams

The overwhelming success of 'Scandal', 'How to Get Away With Murder', 'Empire', 'Being Mary Jane' and 'Black-ish', makes it clear that black actors and actresses are finally (and rightfully) in demand.

Shonda Rhimes Nails How Much Easier It Is To Be A Man, In One Flawless Speech

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 05.19.2015 | Women

Shonda Rhimes knows a thing or two about empowering women on-screen -- just watch any of her three primetime TV shows -- and on May 18, she used her p...

Watch The Trailer For Your New Shonda Rhimes Addiction, 'The Catch'

The Huffington Post | Erin Whitney | Posted 05.13.2015 | Entertainment

Brace yourselves, because another Shonda Rhimes series is coming to a small screen near you. The TV mogul's latest addiction "The Catch," which go...

Mellie Grant Was Supposed To Have A Very Short 'Scandal' Storyline

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 05.09.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

First Lady Mellie Grant's intense personality and sharp wit has been an integral part of endless plot twists on ABC's "Scandal," but the character was...

ABC Picks Up Another Shonda Rhimes Show

The Huffington Post | Jessica Goodman | Posted 05.08.2015 | Entertainment

ABC has given Shonda Rhimes yet another vote of confidence by picking up her new show, "The Catch," for the 2015-2016 season. The network ordered a pi...

Shonda Rhimes, Dee Rees Team For New FX Drama

The Hollywood Reporter | Posted 05.06.2015 | Black Voices

Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers' Shondaland banner is heading to cable. The prolific producers behind ABC's Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Aw...

Thank You Shonda Rhimes, For Reminding Me That I'm Not Alone

Camryn Garrett | Posted 04.20.2015 | Teen
Camryn Garrett

To me, you are a fairytale. I never thought that someone like you could exist. I didn't think that a black woman could tell the stories of so many different people on one of the most watched channels in the country.

Issa Rae Is 'Tired' Of Constantly Being Asked About The Black Experience

The HuffPost Show | Ryan Buxton | Posted 04.17.2015 | HPSN

Shonda Rhimes made news this week when she declared she was done discussing the idea of racial diversity on TV, and her fellow Essence magazine cover ...

Of Course Jake Ballard Was Alive

Lev Raphael | Posted 04.24.2015 | Entertainment
Lev Raphael

Last night Scandal fans saw one of Poppa Pope's assassins stab Jake Ballard in the gut a handful of times and leave him bleeding out on the floor of Olivia's empty office. The moment had deep irony, because Olivia's father is very good at fixing her up with bad boys; she's currently sleeping with the guy who killed Jake -- maybe.

Essence Recognizes Five Trailblazers In One Badass Cover

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 04.14.2015 | Black Voices

Yes! Essence magazine is marking a big milestone in May -- and to honor the event, they’ve dedicated the cover of their upcoming issue to five we...

Changing Perspectives on Racism

Hasna El Maroudi | Posted 04.03.2015 | World
Hasna El Maroudi

Living in a society where we spend most of our time staring at a screen, be it smartphone, iPad, laptop or television, having a show that reflects on modern society, like Scandal, is especially important.

This Is Why We Still Don't Need #WhiteGirlsRock

Olivia Cole | Posted 04.07.2015 | Women
Olivia Cole

Part of sisterhood means acknowledging that all of our sisters walk different paths and face unique challenges. One of the challenges we (white women) do not face -- no matter how you cut it: size, shape, ability or education level -- is representation.

Shonda Rhimes Mainstreams Gay Marriage

Lev Raphael | Posted 03.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Lev Raphael

Scandal episodes are filled with characters who practically burst forth in arias of rage or need or envy (last night Mellie let fly). This was a soft, solemn elegy -- and deeply moving, because who doesn't want what Michael does?

Not Quite the Big One: 'Sanford and Son' 38 Years Later

Jason Williams | Posted 03.27.2015 | Entertainment
Jason Williams

Thirty-eight years ago this week, Sanford and Son ended its historic television run after 136 groundbreaking episodes. The show was anchored by the incomparable Redd Foxx and then-rising-star Demond Wilson.

Kendrick Lamar, Lee Daniels, and Dismissing the Double Standards on Black Artistry

Ernest Owens | Posted 03.26.2015 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

Current standards set by the masses suggests that black men and women cannot artistically express anger, be imperfect, invoke rebellion, find humor in their woes, be unapologetically sexual, explore taboos, and re-appropriate the tumultuous barriers placed on us.

Deadline Piece On TV Diversity Slammed As 'Ignorant'

The Huffington Post | Jessica Goodman | Posted 03.26.2015 | Entertainment

Late Tuesday night, Deadline.com published a story that ignited the Internet. Titled "Pilots 2015: The Year Of Ethnic Castings –- About Time Or Too ...

Did He Cheat? 'Grey's Anatomy' Recap of "Don't Dream Its Over"

Karen Fratti | Posted 05.20.2015 | Entertainment
Karen Fratti

The past two weeks felt very, very retro. Natural disaster. Improbable medical successes, like Hunt talking a little girl through saving her mother's life over the phone.

'Scandal' Just Exposed The Double Standard Women In Power Face

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray | Posted 05.18.2015 | Women

Powerful women have to deal with a lot of bullsh*t. On last night's 'Scandal,' Abby Whelan delivered a monologue that perfectly articulated that strug...

Shonda Rhimes Isn't 'Diversifying' TV, She's 'Normalizing' It

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 03.20.2015 | Black Voices

Shonda Rhimes proved long ago that she is a force to reckon with. The growing influence she has had in television has not gone unrecognized and ha...

Shonda Rhimes Takes Broadway!

UptownMagazine.com | Karu F. Daniels | Posted 03.12.2015 | Black Voices

With hit primetime dramas such as 'How To Get Away With Murder,' 'Scandal' and 'Grey's Anatomy' under her belt, producer Shonda Rhimes has a midas tou...

Kerry Washington's Stroke Of Genius Would Make Olivia Pope Proud

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 02.05.2015 | Black Voices

Every Thursday evening, Twitter explodes with commentary and live play-by-plays from “Scandal” fans who can’t get enough of the hit ABC drama. W...

Why Did Scandal Dumb Down Olivia Pope?

Lev Raphael | Posted 04.01.2015 | Entertainment
Lev Raphael

Twice in one show, the writers turned a fast-thinking, amazingly intelligent woman into the basic dumb female in a thriller. All they left out was mindless shrieking, but they did still turn her into Olivia Dope.

How To Be As Fierce As Olivia Pope In 5 Simple Steps

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 02.03.2015 | Women

We could all learn a thing or two (or 12) from television's biggest #BossLady. With the second half of season four of "Scandal" premiering Jan. 29,...

This Could Be The Next Shonda Rhimes Show

The Huffington Post | Lily Karlin | Posted 01.27.2015 | Entertainment

ABC has ordered the pilot for what could be your next favorite Shonda Rhimes show. According to EW.com, the new Shondaland project, a thriller entitle...

Beyond Awards Season: Why Viola Davis Really Matters

Karen J. Francis | Posted 03.23.2015 | Black Voices
Karen J. Francis

The idea of people reinventing themselves for Hollywood is not novel -- the concept is probably as old as Hollywood itself. What is remarkable are women like Davis, Rhimes, Mindy Kaling, Tina Fey and others, who are actually reinventing Hollywood.