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#BeTheHelp on Oscar Night

Gayle Kirshenbaum | Posted 04.24.2012 | Los Angeles
Gayle Kirshenbaum

This year, there will be Oscar parties where The Help's Aibileen and Minny won't be the only domestic workers in starring roles.

Did 'The Help' Cause A 'Social Awakening'? Discussing The Best Picture Nominee With A Jackson, Mississippi Native

The Huffington Post | Katie Calautti | Posted 04.24.2012 | Entertainment

Oscar "for your consideration" campaigns are nothing new, but Disney's take on marketing its Oscar-nominated film, "The Help," might make you pause. W...

Mary J. Blige Rips Oscars Nominations: 'The Academy Is Being Mean'

Danielle Cadet | Posted 01.25.2012 | Black Voices

The Academy Award nominations were announced yesterday, and while many celebrities celebrated their nod from the Academy, one person was not too happy...

Davis And Spencer Shine At Critic's Choice Awards (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 01.13.2012 | Black Voices

We were bummed that "The Help" stars Viola Davis and Octavia Davis were absent from Tuesday night's People's Choice Awards, but the ladies were defini...

Jordan Zakarin

'The Help' Star's Long, Emotional Journey | Jordan Zakarin | Posted 12.15.2011 | Entertainment

It would seem an impossible task: play a character that toes the line between ornery, funny, battered, distrustful and scared, all against the backdro...


Darius A. Gray | Posted 01.11.2012 | Black Voices
Darius A. Gray

I was raised by "the help." I don't mean that "the help" served me in my parents' mansion. No, my parents were "the help" in white households -- my mother a domestic servant and my father a handyman.

The Help Isn't Helping

Robin Quivers | Posted 11.26.2011 | Black Voices
Robin Quivers

I can't tell you how many times white women have told me they saw The Help and just loved it. In some ways, I think they're trying to tell me that thanks to the film, they now get it.

The Help: A Teacher's Guide

Gary Stager | Posted 11.22.2011 | Education
Gary Stager

Some of your secondary school students have read The Help and many more will have seen this summer's film adaptation. This creates a critical teachable moment for educators.

Emotion vs. Structure: What Is More Important?

Jen Grisanti | Posted 11.14.2011 | Home
Jen Grisanti

Is it more important to structure your story in a way that gives your audience a clear, concise view of what it is you're trying to say? Or, is it more productive to focus on what you say and how it's going to make your audience feel?

Helped by The Help

Nelson Davis | Posted 11.01.2011 | Business
Nelson Davis

There is a bonus lesson in how The Help finally got to the marketplace and that is you have to take calculated risks.

Amy Lee

Is The Number One Movie In America Overrated? | Amy Lee | Posted 11.01.2011 | Home

"The Help," a feel-good tearjerker about the plight of black maids in 1960s Mississippi, is the number one movie in America. Based on a bestsellin...

Lucas Kavner

How Social Media Has Helped 'The Help' | Lucas Kavner | Posted 10.30.2011 | Home

Summer movies tend to explode onto the scene in their opening weekends and then slowly peter off, giving way to the next weekend's blockbuster sequel ...

There's A Problem With The Help

Nancy Doyle Palmer | Posted 10.29.2011 | Entertainment
Nancy Doyle Palmer

Like many others who thought they liked The Help only to be vaguely (or not so vaguely) troubled soon after, I've been worrying about this film in my mind ever since I saw it a few weeks ago.

Historians Respond: Who Needs The Help?

Jim Downs | Posted 10.28.2011 | Home
Jim Downs

The Help has stirred up a controversy.

Weekend Box Office: Summer 2011 Ends With a Hurricane, Kneecapping Three New Releases (Colombiana, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, Our Idiot Brother) and All Holdovers

Scott Mendelson | Posted 10.28.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

It's a tough thing to accurately gauge how well a movie would have done if not for an unforeseen variable, such as in this case a massive hurricane that threatened much of the East Coast of the country and shut down hundreds of movie theaters over the weekend.

Daughters of The Help

Mark Anthony Neal | Posted 10.24.2011 | Black Voices
Mark Anthony Neal

One of the biggest failings of The Help is that a teenage black daughter could watch the film and come away not fully understanding the sacrifices made by the black daughters that came before her.

Weekend Box Office: The Help Tops in Second Weekend, Crushes Four New Releases. Summer of 3D Ends With Three 3D Flops.

Scott Mendelson | Posted 10.21.2011 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

As expected, the summer reached its climax this weekend with an ugly pileup, as four new releases failed to achieve anything resembling success, with three of those releases being in 3D and two of them chasing the exact same demographics.

Rebecca Carroll

'The Help' And The Lives Of Today's Nannies | Rebecca Carroll | Posted 10.19.2011 | Black Voices

The high-profile success of the movie "The Help" has thrust nannies into the center of the American conversation, while projecting the notion that tak...

Why Are Some Black Women So Outraged by The Help

Sophia A. Nelson | Posted 10.16.2011 | Black Voices
Sophia A. Nelson

Why are some of the best and brightest black female voices in America so outraged over the new movie The Help based on Kathryn Stockett's best-selling novel?

Mulattos, Mammies and Maids: Accessing 'The Help'

Michael Henry Adams | Posted 10.15.2011 | Black Voices
Michael Henry Adams

This film tells a story many blacks and whites would rather forget, how black women stepped up and did what they must to survive. That's a story important enough to make all the film's faults minor by contrast.

Love 'The Help,' But Please Stop Asking Me to Do the Same

Rebecca Wanzo | Posted 10.12.2011 | Black Voices
Rebecca Wanzo

I read an Amazon review of the novel that told a reader not to worry that they would have to read over 400 pages of depressing oppression. This is true -- "The Help" makes Jim Crow palatable. I don't think this is a good thing.

The Help's Octavia Spencer: "You Have to Know and You Have to Be Educated"

Ellen Sterling | Posted 10.11.2011 | Entertainment
Ellen Sterling

Octavia Spencer may be best known to devotees of Ugly Betty as Constance Grady, the IMS agent who stalked Betty's father. Her film resume is varied, but she says, The Help was especially close to her heart.

'The Help' Star: 'I've Brought My Mom To Life'

Posted 10.11.2011 | Entertainment

Viola Davis has been winning rave reviews for her performance in "The Help." As it turns out, she had a lot of her own help getting into character. ...

When My Parents Were Help to The Help

Mark Olmsted | Posted 10.10.2011 | Home
Mark Olmsted

We had two cleaning ladies, Mary and Nancy, a pair of sisters who alternated their weekly visits. One day, Nancy came to work in tears, unable not to cry in front of my mother. "They gonna take Mary's kids away," she sobbed.

'The Help' Costume Designer Talks Styling | Posted 10.10.2011 | Black Voices

The costumes in "The Help," the film based on the bestselling novel by Kathryn Stockett, offer a glimpse into the fashions of the "Mad Men"-era South....