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#HollywoodElection, the Impact of Celebrities

Montclair Diplomats | Posted 05.11.2016 | Politics
Montclair Diplomats

Photo: Jim Watson/ AFP/ Getty Images This presidential election has been a crazy ride, for sure. Normally, we turn to the news or do our own research...

The Istanbul Film Festival: From Spike Lee's Doc on Michael Jackson to a Tribute to Otto Preminger

Karin Badt | Posted 04.25.2016 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

The delight of the Istanbul Film Festival is to get a glimpse of the Turkish films one can't see so easily elsewhere, and to go from theater to theate...

10 Things I Learned from Barbershop: The Next Cut

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 04.18.2016 | Black Voices
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

I saw the movie Barbershop: The Next Cut (aka Barbershop 3) on opening day. Although I have no recollection of seeing the first two Barbershops I w...

Spike Lee Wants America To 'Wake Up' In Star-Studded Bernie Sanders Ad

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 04.19.2016 | Black Voices

Spike Lee is calling for Americans to "wake up" in his latest joint, an endorsement ad, for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. The dir...

Bernie Sanders Tells Spike Lee What Black Lives Matter Means To Him

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 04.07.2016 | Black Voices

Spike Lee believes in Bernie Sanders. The two men, who both hail from Brooklyn and share a strong admiration for the borough, met for the first time ...

Spike Lee's New Joint Documents Mizzou Protests

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 06.01.2016 | Black Voices

For his most recent project, director Spike Lee focuses on the protests that rocked the University of Missouri last fall. The short film, titled "2 F...

Front and Center at the Academy

Courtney McKinney | Posted 02.26.2016 | Entertainment
Courtney McKinney

Academy Awards will be handed out on Sunday, and while the show is expected to proceed mostly as usual, there will be a white cloud hanging overhead, as well as a few well-publicized absences.

Human Highway & Beyond: Conversing with Cameron Crowe, Chatting with Stone Temple Pilots' Dean DeLeo, Plus Mucho Music Exclusives and Off The Wall Gets Spike'd

Mike Ragogna | Posted 02.26.2016 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"I loved being able to write about Neil Young for Rolling Stone, he was one of the artists I was able to follow through the years."

Spike Lee Endorses Bernie Sanders

The Huffington Post | Nadya Agrawal | Posted 02.26.2016 | Black Voices

Actor and director Spike Lee lent his voice to a radio campaign ad this week, throwing his support behind Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders. This en...

This Week In Normalization: A Top Exec Gets #OscarsSoWhite But America Doesn't

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 02.19.2016 | Entertainment

The entertainment industry is timidly embracing a long-overdue discussion on what we'll call "normalization" -- allowing directors, screenwriters, pro...

Happy Birthday Van Gogh on International Bipolar Day

Paul Dalio | Posted 03.31.2016 | Arts
Paul Dalio

Inspired by the film maker's own struggles overcoming bipolar disorder, Paul Dalio wrote, directed, edited and scored his feature film debut which also includes performances by Griffin Dunne, Christine Lahti and Bruce Altman.

Oscar, For the 88th Time, Do The Right Thing

Allen Schmertzler | Posted 02.12.2016 | Politics
Allen Schmertzler

After 88 years, isn't it fair to expect that a societal shift should have already occurred that would result in better representation of the diverse American family in an industry that is inherent to America? Please, Oscar, do the right thing, already!

Beale Street Talks, Vol. 4

Gabriel James Bump | Posted 02.09.2016 | Arts
Gabriel James Bump

Volumes one and two and three are available here and here and here. "My mother just told me off for frying chicken unevenly. Talking to y'all getting...

The Unbearable Whiteness of Hollywood

Lauren Leader-Chivee | Posted 01.25.2016 | Entertainment
Lauren Leader-Chivee

The failure of the Academy to select any nominees of color is symptomatic of the larger issues facing the industry.

Charlotte Rampling Backtracks On 'Racist To Whites' Oscars Comment

The Huffington Post | Lily Karlin | Posted 01.24.2016 | Entertainment

After claiming Friday that the current conversation around diversifying Oscar nominees is "racist to whites," actor Charlotte Rampling made a statemen...

Congressional Black Caucus Members Back Boycott Because Oscars So White

The Huffington Post | Tyler Tynes | Posted 01.22.2016 | Politics

Two Congressional Black Caucus members are now openly supporting those who are boycotting February's Academy Awards ceremony over the lack of diversit...

The Truth About 'Chi-Raq': A Conversation With Spike Lee

Julian Mitchell | Posted 01.21.2016 | Black Voices
Julian Mitchell

Spike Lee has built an astonishing career as a multigenerational filmmaker, crafting some of the most iconic cult classics of the past four decades.

NOW They'll Do Something: Academy Swears It Will Address Diversity Problem Next Year

The New York Times | Annum Masroor | Posted 01.21.2016 | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is expected to announce as early as next week measures aimed at making its Oscar choic...

BEING SPIKEFUL: Short and sweet (Me, not him)

David S. Simon | Posted 01.20.2016 | Entertainment
David S. Simon

Spike Lee has announced that he will be boycotting the Oscars and Jada Pinkett will be picketing. Now I have worked in Hollywood in TV for 30 years (...

Spike Lee Goes Off On The Oscars On 'Good Morning America'

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 01.20.2016 | Black Voices

Spike Lee is not done speaking up about the Oscars. The "Chiraq" director announced this week that he is boycotting the annual film award show becaus...

I'm Boycotting the Oscars and Here's Why You Should, Too

Camryn Garrett | Posted 01.27.2016 | Teen
Camryn Garrett

Even if we don't break records, we'll still be sending a message: we are important. We matter. Our achievements and our work are not worth any less because of our skin color. We should be recognized. After all, it is true.

The Pitti Uomo Diaries A/W 2016-17: The Best in Menswear and Beyond

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 01.20.2016 | Style
E. Nina Rothe

Raffaello Napoleone, CEO of Pitti Immagine put it best when he stated that, "we are looking to the future with confidence and in the knowledge that Florence and Pitti Uomo continue to be the top places to be on the map of world fashion."

The Oscars Are So White That Spike Lee Refuses To Attend

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 01.18.2016 | Entertainment

As controversy continues to boil regarding the Oscars' all-white acting nominees, Spike Lee has said he will not attend next month's awards. The outsp...

Tyler Perry On Critics Who Say His Characters Negatively Portray Black People

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 01.04.2016 | Black Voices

Tyler Perry has a multi-million dollar movie empire, which has helped land him on the list of highest paid men in entertainment. Despite his success, ...

NBA Stars Steph Curry, Carmelo Anthony And Chris Paul Call For An End To Gun Violence

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 12.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A prominent advocacy group is trying to enlist basketball fans to do something about the scourge of gun violence in America. Everytown f...