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Gugu's Breakthrough Win!

Clutch Magazine | Posted 12.10.2014 | Black Voices

British Actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw is having a breakthrough year, but her trajectory is still not making waves in the U.S. She started off 2014 with the ...

How Jennifer Aniston Physically Transformed For Her New Movie

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 12.08.2014 | Entertainment

Putting Oscar contenders in the same room is one of awards season's greatest pastimes, and now Epix has joined the parade. The network will air the fi...

My Conversation With Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Gina Prince-Bythewood

Tavis Smiley | Posted 11.21.2014 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

My conversation with Gugu and Gina covered a wide range of issues facing women in the entertainment industry. I asked Gina specifically why she wanted to tell this story, which at its core is a love story, and why it seems so difficult to get movies made about two black people falling in love.

Christopher Rosen

This Is How To Make A 'Masterpiece'

HuffingtonPost.com | Christopher Rosen | Posted 11.17.2014 | Entertainment

They don't give out Oscars for music videos -- that's what the MTV Video Music Awards are for! -- but maybe there can be a special dispensation made a...

'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 ...

Machine Gun Kelly Had To Audition Five Times For 'Beyond The Lights'

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 11.15.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

The role of Kid Culprit in the upcoming film "Beyond The Lights" was originally supposed to go to a black actor. Culprit, a braggadocious rapper, play...

Beyond the Lights

Dwight Brown | Posted 11.12.2014 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Quick Rihanna, check to see if someone stole your diary. This ode to young black chanteuses fighting personal demons feels like the story of her life.

Movie Review: Beyond the Lights -- Return of the Romantic Drama

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.11.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

On the surface, Beyond the Lights is about the unlikely romance between an L.A. cop named Kaz (Nate Parker) and a rising British pop star named Noni (Gugu Mbatha-Raw). They meet when he subs for a pal doing private security work and winds up saving her from a suicide dive off her hotel balcony. 

How To Look Like An 'Elle' Cover Girl

The Huffington Post | Dana Oliver | Posted 10.23.2014 | Style

If you're not familiar with Gugu Mbatha-Raw, we're pretty sure this magazine cover featuring the English actress will leave a lasting impression. A...

Urbanworld Film Festival Gets Provocative With Zane Flick

Posted 09.11.2014 | Black Voices

As this year’s annual Urbanworld Film Festival is set to kick off in New York later this month, HuffPost Black Voices has exclusively learned that t...

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.

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.

Hit and Myth: Belle

Laura Shamas, Ph.D. | Posted 07.14.2014 | Entertainment
Laura Shamas, Ph.D.

Throughout this new film, we are invited to "look," and to understand that "the dominant white male gaze" is related to power in 18th-century England.

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.

Dana Oliver

'Belle' Star Gugu Mbatha-Raw's Curly-To-Straight Hair Trick

HuffingtonPost.com | Dana Oliver | Posted 05.09.2014 | Style

One of my biggest struggles with having curly hair is achieving a straight hairstyle. While I've left the task of getting bone-straight locks in the h...

'Belle': An Austenesque with a Racial Twist

Regina Weinreich | Posted 07.03.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

The name of this utterly charming movie conjures images of the Disney cartoon feature with a brunette cartoon star singing in the library. Dido Belle,...

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.

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.

Which 'Touch' Cast Member Won't Be Back?

Posted 09.25.2012 | TV

Gugu Mbatha-Raw is leaving "Touch." The actress, who portrayed social worker Clea Hopkins in Season 1 of the Fox drama isn't returning for Season 2...

'Touch': Kiefer Sutherland Learns How To Talk To His Son

Posted 03.26.2012 | TV

Hoping to recreate the anticipation and buzz that helped make "Glee" a breakout hit a few seasons back by previewing the series a few months before it...

Maggie Furlong

WATCH: 'Touch' Cast Previews The Powerful New Show

HuffingtonPost.com | Maggie Furlong | Posted 01.20.2012 | TV

Most people see the world the same way, but there are a special few who see so much more. Kiefer Sutherland is back on Fox -- in his old "24" timeslot...

HuffPost Review: Larry Crowne

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.29.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Larry Crowne is a stealth comedy, low-key but consistently satisfying. It's a movie that focuses on the power of positivity without getting melodramatic about it.

Another black show cancelled

Logan Nakyanzi Pollard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Logan Nakyanzi Pollard

Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not saying the show was ready for an Emmy of anything. But JJ Abrams, is respected in the industry and we've seen other s...