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'Mandela' Screenwriter Makes SHOCKING Statement About '12 Years A Slave'

The Huffington Post | Danielle Cadet | Posted 06.12.2014 | Black Voices

Steve McQueen's film "12 Years a Slave" not only received incredible praise from moviegoers and film gurus, it also snagged an Academy Award for Best ...

Twelve Years a Slave and African Heritage Tourism

Stefan Simanowitz | Posted 05.29.2014 | Travel
Stefan Simanowitz

"Watching Kunte Kinte's story unfold had a profound impact on my developing sense of identity," says Ade Akinboyewa of the television series based on ...

Conversation With Theaster Gates: On Finding the Sweetest Fodder for His Imagination

Kisa Lala | Posted 06.16.2014 | Arts
Kisa Lala

"Brick and clay have the potential to be... well, they only have the limitations of the maker."

William Friedkin: Why Sorcerer's Spell Refuses to Die

Alex Simon | Posted 06.11.2014 | Entertainment
Alex Simon

"There's no real reason I ever should have become a film director. I never studied film, unlike the movie brats of my generation I never went to film school, or even to college. I was never that enamored of film."

A Rabbinic Take on 'The Great Escape'

Rabbi Herb Cohen | Posted 05.31.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Herb Cohen

The Great Escape tells the dramatic story of a cohort of men who did not give up in the face of adversity, who were focused and committed to their mission even when the road they traveled was bumpy and full of detours.

Numbers Soar For Black Moviegoers

Posted 04.01.2014 | Black Voices

2013 was a pivotal year in black film, with the release of several motion pictures highlighting black history and the black experience, and a historic...

Why I Wont Watch 12 Years a Slave

Glen McDaniel | Posted 05.16.2014 | Entertainment
Glen McDaniel

In terms of accuracy and vivid depiction of a real story -- a free man captured and held in slavery for 12 years -- this movie is said to be unparalleled. It is brutally accurate, with vivid heart-wrenching depiction of pain, blood, whippings and cruelty.

Turkey's PM Mr. Erdoğan's 'Othering' Is Unbearable

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics
Arzu Kaya Uranli

From artists to political leaders, the message should be the same: Our differences make us stronger. Our duty is not to try to eliminate, but rather to understand those differences for a peaceful future.

WATCH: John Ridley Denies Feud With Steve McQueen

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 04.10.2014 | Entertainment

John Ridley, now an Oscar winner for his "12 Years a Slave" screenplay, joined HuffPost Live from SXSW on March 9 to chat about his upcoming Jimi Hend...

Oscar Voters Admit To Not Watching '12 Years'

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 03.05.2014 | Entertainment

In the lead up to the 86th annual Academy Awards, one prevalent meme was that some Oscar voters simply didn't want to watch "12 Years a Slave." As it ...

'12 Years A Slave' Feud Downplayed By Screenwriter

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 03.06.2014 | Entertainment

"12 Years a Slave" writer John Ridley, who won an Oscar on Sunday night for his work in adapting Solomon Northup's title memoir, says he did not leave...

Sasha Bronner

The BEST Things Said Backstage At The Oscars

HuffingtonPost.com | Sasha Bronner | Posted 06.23.2014 | Entertainment

One thing viewers miss while watching the Academy Awards on television? Each winner being escorted backstage following their victory speech to talk to...

For Once, A Diverse Group Of Oscar Winners

AP | JAKE COYLE and JESSICA HERNDON | Posted 03.03.2014 | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Diversity was perhaps the biggest winner at the 86th annual Academy Awards. For the first time, a film directed by a black filmm...

The Exact Moment All The Biggest Stars Won And Lost At The 2014 Oscars

Posted 03.03.2014 | Entertainment

Because some of their reactions were pure joy. Others, just ... salty. See all of the big reveal moments in a HuffPost Entertainment original interact...

Alfonso Cuarón Wins Best Director

Posted 03.08.2014 | Entertainment

Alfonso Cuarón took home Best Director at the 86th annual Academy Awards on Sunday. He won for his work on "Gravity," the space epic that's collected...

'12 Years A Slave' Auditions Must Have Been Super Awkward

Posted 03.03.2014 | Comedy

The film "12 Years a Slave" is up for nine Oscars this year, with several nominations going to black artists involved in the film. But "Saturday Night...

This Year's Indie Spirit Award Winners

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 03.01.2014 | Entertainment

The 2014 Spirit Awards, Film Independent's annual honors for the year in indie film, were handed out in Santa Monica, Calif. on Saturday, with "12 Yea...

Refusing the Happy Ending: 12 Years A Slave

Miriam Petty | Posted 04.30.2014 | Black Voices
Miriam Petty

Hollywood movies are notoriously good at reducing complex problems to isolated, emotional experiences. The happy endings of films on racial themes reflect Americans' collective investment in concluding a conversation that has barely begun.

The True Story Behind Oscar-Nominated '12 Years A Slave'

OWN | Posted 02.27.2014 | OWN

Chiwetel Ejiofor is nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of Solomon Northup, a free man who was sold into slavery, in "12 Years a Slave." Ejiof...

'12 Years A Slave' Heading To The Classroom

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 02.25.2014 | Black Voices

Director Steve McQueen's movie "12 Years A Slave" has caused quite a splash in Hollywood, and now the critically-acclaimed film is heading to the clas...

Steve McQueen On The Moment He Saw Lupita

Posted 02.20.2014 | Black Voices

Steve McQueen’s critically acclaimed drama, “12 Years A Slave” has not only received an endless amount of praise from industry insiders and thea...

12 Years A Slave

Peter Clothier | Posted 04.09.2014 | Arts
Peter Clothier

Despite its unquestionable power, I left this movie troubled as much by what I felt to be a false note as by its indictment of the cruelties of slaver...

Reading Black History, Aloud

LeVar Burton | Posted 04.06.2014 | Black Voices
LeVar Burton

Mother Nature, the power of a nascent storytelling art form in the televised mini-series, and a nation largely ignorant of and reluctant to come to terms with the horrors of its slave-owning past conspired to create a 'perfect storm' of enlightenment in America.

What You Need To Know About The Oscar Race Right Now

Posted 01.28.2014 | Entertainment

The Academy Awards don't happen for another month, but the major players are all but set in stone. Over the last two weeks, the Screen Actors Guild, P...

Tonight We'll Know Who Will Probably Win Best Director

AP | JESSICA HERNDON | Posted 03.27.2014 | Entertainment

LOS ANGELES (AP) — With the tightest three-way Oscar race in years, the 66th Annual Directors Guild of America Awards could give "Gravity," ''Americ...