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Hollywood's 'Race Problem' Is Worse Than You Think

Kia Makarechi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Kia Makarechi

In bleak situations, incremental improvements can be mistaken for evolution. So it goes with Hollywood's consistent inability to include actors of color.

Viola Davis: 'We're In Crisis Mode As Black Actors'

www.essence.com | Posted 08.20.2013 | Black Voices

Viola Davis, Phylicia Rashad, Gabrielle Union and Alfre Woodard sat down with Oprah for this Sunday's episode of Oprah's Next Chapter. Together th...

Calling All Hobbits of Color

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 02.20.2013 | Black Voices
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

It becomes utterly disturbing when racial equality isn't even allowed to enter our fantasy films, which represent the furthest reaches of our dreamiest dreams.

5 Black Actors Who Could Be The Next James Bond

The Urban Daily | Posted 01.13.2013 | Black Voices

Daniel Craig may be getting ready to take on the box office this Friday as James Bond in Skyfall, but word on the street is Idris Elba is the people's...

The First Ever Black Othello

Ben Arogundade | Posted 09.04.2012 | Arts
Ben Arogundade

When Othello was first performed by William Shakespeare's theatre group the King's Men, at London's Whitehall Palace on November 1, 1604, the role of the Moor was played by white actor Richard Burbage in blackface make-up.

Is Othello Really Black?

Ben Arogundade | Posted 06.23.2012 | Books
Ben Arogundade

William Shakespeare's character Othello is generally regarded as a black African. But is this true? Could he have been an Arab or a Spanish Moor?

Remembering Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple

Sheril Antonio | Posted 05.15.2012 | Entertainment
Sheril Antonio

While I am not usually nostalgic about the past, nor am I prone to "the-good-old-days" talk there is something important about The Color Purple and the decades that would follow its release.

Not only "For Colored Girls"

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Irene Monroe

For Colored Girls is not only for colored girls because it offers a pathway to self-growth, finding our authentic power, and discovering the divine in one's self.

The Emmys: As White As Ever

Regina King | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Regina King

I try hard in my daily life not to engage in uncomfortable situations regarding race. But it is impossible for me to ignore the statistics regarding the number of people of color honored in the history of the Emmys.