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ReThink Review: Get On Up -- Soul Brother No. 1 Lives Again

Jonathan Kim | Posted 08.01.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

If you hear that there's a biopic coming out about an influential African-American icon, the six words you don't want to hear connected to it are "From the director of The Help".

Viola Davis: From Stealing Food to Survive to Stealing Scenes

Jeff Rivera | Posted 06.10.2014 | Entertainment
Jeff Rivera

I had the opportunity to talk to Davis about how she juggles motherhood, the new demands of fame, overcoming ageism and hair-ism in Hollywood and how her life has changed dramatically since The Help.

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.

Golden Globe, Critics' Choice Wins for 12 Years a Slave Suggest New Freedom for Authentic Black Storytelling

Chris Benson | Posted 03.24.2014 | Media
Chris Benson

The validation of 12 Years a Slave could (maybe, possibly, hopefully) set the stage for more offerings of serious black subject matter in film. Honest stories that challenge us to face difficult (even disturbing) social and legal issues head on. Confrontational narratives. Narratives that complicate our social awareness.

Allison Janney on TV, Film, Life and Love

Bryan Cain-Jackson | Posted 03.15.2014 | Entertainment
Bryan Cain-Jackson

"I want to find a man who will be in love with me and take care of me, and I will love him and take care of him. I want to find love so badly. They say if you don't look, then it will come, but I desperately want to find a relationship that works for me."

The Sins of Our Nation - 12 Years A Slave

Dusty Wright | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Dusty Wright

What is most remarkable about the film is how McQueen's camera catches the hopelessness of a situation in a mere static shot of an actor's face, holding the shot for minutes on end, letting the expression refract into our collective psyche.

Popcorn Preview: As I Lay Dying

Leslie Sisman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Film: As I Lay Dying (2013) Cast includes: James Franco (127 Hours), Ahna O'Relly (The Help), Logan Marshall-Green (Brooklyn's Finest), Jim Parrack (B...

7 Amazing Audiobooks

Posted 08.21.2013 | OWN

Listening to a book can make time disappear during long drives, workouts and boring vacuum-the-house sessions. Here's the best of the bunch -- ones th...

Movie Review: Lee Daniels' The Butler

Marshall Fine | Posted 10.13.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I walked away from Daniels' film deeply moved. As obvious as this film can be in its messages -- bigotry and racism: bad -- it still touches on moments of history from the recent past that need to be recalled, over and over.

Popcorn Preview: Fruitvale Station

Leslie Sisman | Posted 09.14.2013 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Film: Fruitvale Station (2013) Cast includes: Michael B. Jordan (The Wire, Friday Night Lights), Melonie Diaz (Be Kind Rewind), Octavia Spencer (The H...

From Good to Great: What Editors Do for Authors

Karen Dionne | Posted 08.31.2013 | Books
Karen Dionne

In all the talk about self-publishing, one thing you don't often hear discussed is the role of editors. I'm not talking about the editor an author might hire to vet their work prior to publishing it themselves; I'm talking about editors at major publishing houses.

WATCH: Black Oscars Speeches Through The Years

Posted 02.23.2013 | Black Voices

From film scoring to production, direction and acting, African Americans have touched many facets of the film genre. As we approach this year’s 8...

Jessica Chastain On Saying The Best Line Of 2012

The Huffington Post | Mike Ryan | Posted 12.13.2012 | Entertainment

In 2011, Jessica Chastain was everywhere. This is just barely hyperbole, as Chastain appeared in seven -- seven! -- movies in 2011. When she was done,...

First Nighter: Jessica Chastain as 'The Heiress' -- or Not

David Finkle | Posted 11.01.2012 | Arts
David Finkle

It's as simple as this: If you've got a play called The Heiress, it's absolutely obligatory that whoever assumes the eponymous role is utterly persuasive. Unfortunately, that's not the case at the Walter Kerr.

'Noble Endeavor' For Nannies Struck Down

AP | HANNAH DREIER | Posted 10.01.2012 | Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday announced that he had vetoed legislation that would have provided overtime pay, meal breaks and other...

Zach Carter

'Dirty' Secrets: Romney Leaves Household Help Pay Out Of Tax Returns

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 09.25.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney released his 379-page tax return for 2011 on Friday. Enclosed were the names of his foreign investm...

Mitt Romney's Horror Movie: 'The Help.' And They're... Everywhere. So Who's Next: David Koch? Karl Rove?

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 11.21.2012 | Politics
Jesse Kornbluth

It's the most delicious irony. In that instantly famous video, Mitt Romney disdained America's government-dependent "victims" with their tiny incomes...

Favorite Women-Empowering Movies of Recent Memory

Juliette Fretté | Posted 10.03.2012 | Entertainment
Juliette Fretté

Let us not forget that art and entertainment do affect the masses and the masses affect the arts. In many ways, what is popular and successful is a barometer of where we are and where we're headed.

Nora Ephron's Former Nannies Reflect On Her Life Lessons

Salon | Posted 07.13.2012 | Women

A lot has been written about Nora Ephron over the past week. She was a kind and generous person. All of this and more is true. The truly beautiful thi...

Emma Stone: 'Maybe I'm Just An Old Man!'

Vulture | Posted 06.18.2012 | Women

Emma Stone is supposed to be sick, but when she rolls up to Cookshop at Tenth Avenue and 20th Street on a recent muggy afternoon, she looks fine. Her ...

Katy Perry Was Almost In 'The Help'

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 04.06.2012 | Entertainment

The one that got away? In a new interview with Teen Vogue pop superstar Katy Perry revealed that she was almost cast in "The Help." "There was a ti...

The Oscars, Once Again, Leave Blacks the Color Purple

Brian Ross | Posted 05.01.2012 | Black Voices
Brian Ross

The Oscars are known for many odd customs and bits of superstition, but American Blacks best know the Color Purple Curse. Viola Davis was upset by the veteran Meryl Streep at the Oscars, even though Davis had won the Screen Actors Guild award days earlier.

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.

WATCH: Stop The Standing Ovations

Posted 02.28.2012 | Comedy

When "Conan" writer Deon Cole watched Octavia Spencer win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress on Sunday, he was happy for her. But there was...

This Year's Oscar Movies Inspire Travels

Doris Gallan | Posted 04.28.2012 | Fifty
Doris Gallan

In years when we can't afford to travel, we can still journey for a couple of hours for the price of a movie ticket. We can go to Paris, England, New York, Los Angeles, Sweden -- anywhere we please and enjoy a story, the scenery, and the music. All this without the cost, hassle and jet lag of a trip.