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'Belle' Actress Says 'Beyond The Lights' Shows Power Of Self

Associated Press | MARCELA IZASA | Posted 11.19.2014 | Black Voices

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw has had a busy 2014. Earlier this year, she starred in "Belle," based on a true story about a ...

'Belle' Director Teases Potential Idris Elba Project

Posted 08.20.2014 | Black Voices

Originally slated for development as a script for HBO, Amma Asante’s second directorial project, “Belle,” managed to defy the odds and attract F...

The Sadder But Wiser Girl

George Heymont | Posted 10.08.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

It's amazing how one song can capture a culture's idealized view of women. In 1919, the great American songwriter, Irving Berlin, had been hired by Florenz Ziegfeld to write a musical number which would glorify the showgirls in the 1919 edition of the Ziegfeld Follies.

Soul Murder

Robert Koehler | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

We've barely begun to acknowledge, let alone heal, the profound brokenness of human culture. We're still lost in the Age of Exploration.

Amma Asante's Belle: An Important Film

Sheryl Estrada | Posted 07.28.2014 | Entertainment
Sheryl Estrada

As a black woman of diverse heritage myself, which includes a grandmother who was biracial and raised in the deep south of the U.S. in the 1930s, where slavery only ended only about 60 years prior, this important film resonates with me.

Amma Asante's Belle May Lead to Real Freedom for Women Around the World

Michelle Bernard | Posted 07.14.2014 | Women
Michelle Bernard

Maybe, in some small way, Asante's Belle will lead men the world over to recognize that equality and justice for all of humankind is the foundation of freedom, democracy and peace. Asante's Belle reminds us that women are as free by nature as the men we give life to.

Belle: A Lesson in the Timelessness of Racism and Misogyny Against Black Women

Olivia Cole | Posted 07.13.2014 | Black Voices
Olivia Cole

Dido Elizabeth Belle was born in 1761 and died in 1804, yet the experiences that this film projects in its illustration of the past bear shocking resemblance to the challenges that black women (and black people) face in the United States today.

Bringing Slavery Into the Heart of Jane Austen

Misan Sagay | Posted 07.02.2014 | Entertainment
Misan Sagay

Getting a screenplay from page to screen can be a long process, and this is doubly so when the subject is so different. In 2004 I conceived a Jane Austenesque, costume-drama feature film with a black female lead that also addresses slavery. It was inspired by a painting.

On the "A" w/Souleo: Patrick Kelly's Fashion Legacy Lives On Through Buttons and Bananas

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 07.01.2014 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

Now that's how you make a splash for a worthy cause.

'Belle' Set To Offer A 'Surprise' During Limited Opening

AP | JESSICA HERNDON | Posted 07.01.2014 | Black Voices

LOS ANGELES (AP) — British director Amma Asante knows how hard it is to get a costume drama off the ground — especially when it stars a black fema...

Week in Film: Amazing Spider-Man 2 and More

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.30.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Yes, yes, I know -- spidermanspidermanspidermanspiderman. I'll get to it. But my favorite movies of the week, as usual, are the small ones. Let's start with Amma Asante's Belle, a Jane Austen-ish film based on a true story.

Cultural & Chartable Catch-Up: April 2014

Jill Lynne | Posted 06.24.2014 | Arts
Jill Lynne

The Cultural & Charitable Catch-Up: April 2014 Text & Photographs © Jill Lynne, 2014 The Society for The Prevention of Cruelty to Children, The O...

We Can't Wait To See THIS Movie

Posted 04.23.2014 | Black Voices

On May 2 Fox Searchlight will celebrate the story of Admiral Sir John Lindsay’s daughter, Dido Elizabeth Belle, in the aptly titled motion picture, ...

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-- ...

Dickens' Mistress Meets Belle at Toronto 2013

Erica Abeel | Posted 11.13.2013 | Entertainment
Erica Abeel

Two things about the Toronto Film Festival. Nobody cares about or notices anything except the films. The other thing? The stupefying scope and variety of the films on tap.

Live from Toronto International Film Festival: Wednesday, Sept. 11

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.12.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Movies can amaze with their ability to not just take you out of yourself but to put in the middle of worlds you otherwise would never get a chance to see or experience.

WATCH: Leia's Disney Princess Song

Posted 11.16.2012 | Comedy

Princess Leia is the newest Disney princess, so it only makes sense that she should get her own princess song. Comediva has made this parody of "Bonjo...

Disney Princesses Get Gritty Makeover

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 06.07.2012 | Women

Not a fan of damsels in distress singing about the day their princes will come? Neither is deviantart user joshwmc. In a complete re-imagining of ...

Jack O'Neal Kennedy

Glenwood Springs Post Independent | Post Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Jack O'Neal Kennedy of Battlement Mesa passed quietly into heaven Aug. 18, 2010, at E. Dene Moore Care Center, one week short of his eighty-...

Women in Hip-Hop: The B-girl Be Festival

Lauri Lyons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
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Lauri Lyons

When it comes to women in hip-hop, don't call it a comeback. Women have been here for years.