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Middle of Nowhere and the Black Independent Film Movement

Roya Rastegar | Posted 12.11.2012 | Black Voices
Roya Rastegar

This weekend will be a critical marker for the burgeoning independent Black film movement. Opening in theaters in select cities this Friday, Middle of Nowhere is a compelling drama about a young newlywed who puts her happiness on hold as she eagerly awaits for her husband's early release from a five-year prison sentence.

No, Women Aren't the New Men

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 10.04.2012 | Women
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Gender equality is not for women to "overtake" men or actually be men. What's happening is that women are getting more choices and more confidence to make those choices. What's happening is the decline of expectations, long and slow though it may be.

Pariahs No More!: 1 Samuel 16:1-13

Rev. Dr. Alvin O. Jackson | Posted 08.13.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Alvin O. Jackson

Suppose for a moment we could see one another, not as mere mortals see, but as God looks upon the heart? What would our difference look like? Could we see the divinity in our difference?

Cinderella Redux at the Oscars

Susan Celia Greenfield | Posted 05.01.2012 | Women
Susan Celia Greenfield

The bad mother-daughter bond is an old familiar story. And I mean old. Throughout narrative history, mother characters have been evil or dead or both.

'The Help' Nominated For Eight NAACP Image Awards

AP | Posted 01.19.2012 | Black Voices

LOS ANGELES -- "The Help" has been served eight Image Award nominations. The adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's best-selling novel about black maids sp...

A Sister Outsider in Pariah

Irene Monroe | Posted 03.14.2012 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

Seldom do I see my image anywhere, and certainly not portrayed in non-stereotypical and non-heterosexist ways on the silver screen. But Dee Rees' semi-autobiographical Pariah gives me a glimpse of my younger self growing up in Brooklyn.

The Power List: Adepero Oduye Is Poised For 'Power'

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 01.09.2012 | Black Voices

This month, BlackVoices is shining the spotlight on 12 people who are primed to make big waves in 2012. Known for her breakout role in the newly-re...

Brennan Williams

'Pariah' Stars Open Up On Film's Powerful Meaning

HuffingtonPost.com | Brennan Williams | Posted 01.09.2012 | Black Voices

After garnering recognition during the Sundance Film Festival last year, director Dee Rees' coming-of-age drama "Pariah" is trickling out into theater...

Kia Makarechi

Dee Rees On Hollywood's Race Problem

HuffingtonPost.com | Kia Makarechi | Posted 01.09.2012 | Arts

For all the talk of "liberal Hollywood," diversity is not among the movie industry's strengths. Dee Rees, the director of "Pariah," a semi-autobiog...

The 5 Best Indie Films Of THe Month

Leonard Maltin | Posted 03.06.2012 | Arts
Leonard Maltin

By Leonard Maltin Traditionally, January releases are nothing to shout about, since most moviegoers are still busy catching up with the Big Guns of ...

'Pariah' Takes Raw, Dreamlike Look At Lesbian Teen's Coming Out

AP | By CHRISTY LEMIRE | Posted 01.05.2012 | Gay Voices

-- "Pariah," writer-director Dee Rees' feature debut, achieves a difficult, intriguing balance. It's at once raw and dreamlike, specific to a particu...

Movie Review: Pariah

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.28.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

This year has produced two films that explore minority attitudes toward sexuality: Rashaad Ernesto Green's Gun Hill Road, and now Dee Rees' Pariah, which explores the life of one young black woman whose parents are in deep denial about the fact that she's a lesbian.

When Opportunity Meets Talent

Jason Stuart | Posted 02.26.2012 | Home
Jason Stuart

I have had 35 years of people telling me the limits of casting me because I am gay, when really the limits are in their own vision.

Sundance 2011 and the Hope of a New Generation

Roya Rastegar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Roya Rastegar

While the flurry of films snapped up by distributors at this year's Sundance is indicative of a rejuvenated film industry, it is the clarity of spirit that will inspire audiences to reassess our values.

Sundance 2011 and the Sound of My Generation

Roya Rastegar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Roya Rastegar

Described as films that "stretch a low budget to create big art," the films in Next are more aptly characterized as films that cut straight into the pulse of American society. No quivering, no hesitation.

Wall Streeters' New Status As Social Outcasts

New York Times | David Segal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Monday was the last day of Iris Chau's 11-year career at JPMorgan Chase and she says there's a lot she'll miss about the job, including her colleagues...