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Apr 15, 2020. 1 comments

Jordan Peele Explains Why He Chose Nia DaCosta to Direct Candyman

Jordan Peele Explains Why He Chose Nia DaCosta to Direct Candyman

Contrary to the Internet’s (...always correct...) attribution, Jordan Peele is not the director of the film Candyman, he is simply a producer and co-writer of the upcoming revival of the ‘90s horror flick. Nia DaCosta, who is rising up the ranks as a filmmaker thanks to her work on Netflix’s Top Boy and the award-winning indie film

Little Woods , was tapped to co-write and direct.

In an...

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Apr 11, 2020.

When It Comes to Conquering Hollywood, Jay Ellis Is Feeling Secure

When It Comes to Conquering Hollywood, Jay Ellis Is Feeling Secure

“I always wanted to act,” Jay Ellis tells The Root while reminiscing about his earliest aspirations. “I had taken a couple of random theater classes as electives when I was in college, but I [also] played college basketball. I couldn’t tell my teammates ‘Yo, y’all want to come check me out in Jesus Christ Superstar?’” he adds with a laugh.

In time, the South Carolina-born military brat put his...

Feb 23, 2020. 3 comments

Won't We Do It! NAACP Image Awards Weekend Proves Black Glamour Is Winning

Won't We Do It! NAACP Image Awards Weekend Proves Black Glamour Is Winning

You know, there’s a very good reason the NAACP Image Awards ceremony takes place in late February—and it’s not simply because it’s Black History Month. It’s because, after far too many awards seasons in which we are only marginally included—including this past one—at the Image Awards, we get the last word, as excellence is recognized by our own, from within our own rank. And there’s a bonus:...

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Feb 11, 2020. 2 comments

Forget the Awards. Everyone Knows We're Really Here for the Afterparty

Forget the Awards. Everyone Knows We're Really Here for the Afterparty

Real talk? No shade—okay, maybe just a little—but if we had a choice between being invited to the Oscars and being invited to the legendary Vanity Fair Oscars afterparty, well...we’re disco-napping and will see y’all after the Best Picture is announced. And apparently, much of Hollywood feels the same way, since the silver carpet at the night’s most exclusive after-event is far more...

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Feb 11, 2020. 7 comments

Stand Up! The Oscars May Not Give Cynthia Erivo Her Flowers (Yet), But We Will

Stand Up! The Oscars May Not Give Cynthia Erivo Her Flowers (Yet), But We Will

Did you watch the 2020 Academy Awards? No? Was it because the #OscarsSoWhite? I mean, they were (and accordingly, we’re going to have our lightest Oscars slideshow ever today), but in a year that denied both people of color and women their nomination shine (shoutout to Natalie Portman for having the names of this year’s overlooked female directors embroidered on her evening cape), people of...

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Feb 04, 2020. 3 comments

The 2020 #BAFTAsSoWhite, but We Were Still Rooting for Everybody Black on the Red Carpet

The 2020 #BAFTAsSoWhite, but We Were Still Rooting for Everybody Black on the Red Carpet

Oh, Awards Season 2020. You have been, for the most part, a sadly predictable parade of white talent celebrating other white talents and, well,

as Joaquin Phoenix noted while accepting his award at the 73rd annual British Academy of Film and Television Awards (better known as the BAFTAs), that’s on y’all.

But like Maya Angelou said, “and still, [we] rise,” and we most certainly rose to the...

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Jan 25, 2020. 2 comments

Janelle Monáe to Be Honored With the Human Rights Campaign's Equality Award

Janelle Monáe to Be Honored With the Human Rights Campaign's Equality Award

As both artist and activist, the once enigmatic Janelle Monáe has emerged as an increasingly identifiable presence in recent years, not only delivering stellar albums and onscreen performances but a more transparent lens into her life. In 2018, the award-winning singer, actor, and producer both delivered the genre-defying and Grammy-nominated Dirty Computer and the announcement that she...

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Jan 22, 2020. 1 comments

Because Too Much Rihanna Is Never Enough, There's Now a 'Rihannazine'

Because Too Much Rihanna Is Never Enough, There's Now a 'Rihannazine'

She slays, she plays and

she stays atop headlines ; and while Rihanna’s “Navy” continues to await her ninth album, the bad girl continues to deliver other unexpected pleasures. Her latest? A co-collaboration with i-D Magazine titled “Rihannazine” (of course).

The 144-page, limited-edition, advertisement-free, “visually-driven” issue was shot entirely by legendary photographer Mario Sorrenti....

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Jan 20, 2020. 1 comments

Where Was the Color at the 2020 SAG Awards? On the Red Carpet!

Where Was the Color at the 2020 SAG Awards? On the Red Carpet!

No, Cynthia Erivo didn’t snag the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture (say that seven times fast) for her titular role in Harriet. But she did win one of The Glow Up’s Best Dressed nods for the incredible custom Schiaparelli couture ball gown she wore to Sunday night’s ceremony. Like Erivo’s larger-than-life voice, the...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Jan 14, 2020. 20 comments

How to Win an Oscar If You’re Black

How to Win an Oscar If You’re Black

The #OscarsSoWhite, they called the police on the BET Awards.

The #OscarsSoWhite, Pete Buttigieg was almost nominated for an award.

The #OscarsSoWhite, Cuba Gooding Jr. tried to marry his statue.

On Monday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for the 92nd Academy Awards and, as usual, they’re rooting for everybody white. Although the Oscar committee has touted...

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Joe Jurado Joe Jurado Jan 07, 2020. 7 comments

Black Excellence: Ava DuVernay Receives First Directors Guild Award Nomination

Black Excellence: Ava DuVernay Receives First Directors Guild Award Nomination

While the Golden Globes may not have seen her (or any black people to be real), the Directors Guild of America certainly has.

The Hollywood Reporter has, um, reported that the Directors Guild of America has released a partial list of their awards nominees for 2020. Among the names released was that of writer, director, producer and general killer of the game Ava DuVernay for her work on When...

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Jan 07, 2020. 4 comments

The Only Thing Whiter Than the 2020 Golden Globes Was Billy Porter’s Outfit

The Only Thing Whiter Than the 2020 Golden Globes Was Billy Porter’s Outfit

“You don’t see us, we don’t see you,” seemed to be the resounding sentiment of the 77th annual Golden Globes—at least, as far as black talent was concerned. The kickoff to the 2020 awards season started with a whimper, rather than a bang, and while the carpet wasn’t entirely melanin-deficient, it was definitely “unseasoned,” as The Root’s entertainment writer, Tonja Stidhum noted while...

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Dec 28, 2019. 13 comments

New Netflix Special Documents Kevin Hart Cheating Scandal

New Netflix Special Documents Kevin Hart Cheating Scandal

For the first time, Kevin Hart’s wife, Eniko Parrish, publicly opens up about his cheating scandal in the new Netflix docuseries, Kevin Hart: Don’t F—k This Up, which premieres today on the streaming service.

The six-part series recounts some of Hart’s most public blunders, including the 2019

Oscars debacle and the infamous 2017 cheating scandal.

In 2017, Hart cheated on his then-very...

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Dec 19, 2019. 2 comments

Look Back At It: Forget the 53 Percent—This Was the Decade of #BlackGirlMagic

Look Back At It: Forget the 53 Percent—This Was the Decade of #BlackGirlMagic

Recently, my brethren here at The Root made a healthy argument for how

white women have spent the decade between 2010 and 2019 “doing the most” (and the least)—and to a certain extent, they’re right. But as The Root’s editor of all things black woman-related, I’d like to pose a counterargument. Though the storied 53 percent threatened to catapult us back into the Dark Ages with the election...

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Dec 18, 2019.

Look Back At It: 10 Years A Black Hollywood Renaissance Resurgence

Look Back At It: 10 Years A Black Hollywood Renaissance Resurgence

Remember when it seemed like the 1990s was the Black Hollywood Renaissance? We had epic dramas, comedies and beyond in film and television. Hell, y’all remember UPN?!

Well, the 2010s seemed to be a taste of what we thirsted for all of these years.

In an article from this summer, the New York Times spoke with several iconic black directors to discuss what was described as “a wave of young black...

Dec 12, 2019. 1 comments

Because Dreams Really Do Come True, BET Announces Miniseries Based on Andre Harrell’s Legendary Uptown Records

Because Dreams Really Do Come True, BET Announces Miniseries Based on Andre Harrell’s Legendary Uptown Records

On Jan. 24, 2017, our lives were forever changed with the auspicious debut of BET’s The New Edition Story. Looking to perhaps recapture that magic—or at least those ratings—BET announced that it will be blessing us all with Uptown, which will revisit the trials, triumphs, and tribulations of the early ’90s phenomenon known as Uptown Records.

From their press release:

The three-part television...

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Dec 06, 2019.

Looking for Juliet: Yara Shahidi, Indya Moore and More Star in the 2020 Pirelli Calendar

Looking for Juliet: Yara Shahidi, Indya Moore and More Star in the 2020 Pirelli Calendar

Of Shakespeare’s many works, perhaps none is more famous than Romeo & Juliet, and the bard’s teenaged heroine is the muse for the 2020 edition of the always-anticipated Pirelli calendar, this year photographed by the legendary Paolo Roversi, and themed “Looking for Juliet.” The question posed: how do modern muses embody the romantic yet tragic fictional figure? Along with Emma Watson, Kristen...

Nov 20, 2019. 2 comments

ABFF Honors Announces Deon Cole as Host, Will Honor Cast and Crew of The Wire

ABFF Honors Announces Deon Cole as Host, Will Honor Cast and Crew of The Wire

Each year, the American Black Film Festival Honors recognize black creatives for their invaluable contributions to the motion picture and television industry. And this year, for its fourth installment, the ceremony will not only reunite the cast and crew of HBO’s critically acclaimed series, The Wire, but it will be hosted by comedian Deon Cole.

Attendees at the ceremony can expect spirited...

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Nov 15, 2019. 1 comments

The Lady and Her Music: Lena Horne's Legacy Endures in the First Major Entertainment Award Named for a Woman of Color

The Lady and Her Music: Lena Horne's Legacy Endures in the First Major Entertainment Award Named for a Woman of Color

In the history of Hollywood, there are few talents as multifaceted as actress, singer, dancer and legendary beauty Lena Horne. In her decadeslong career, the four-time Grammy-winner was known for her iconic renditions of songs like
“Stormy Weather”—and her starring role in the 1943 film of the same name. Also honored with a Kennedy Center Honor and NAACP Image Award, among other accolades,...

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Nov 05, 2019. 1 comments

High Art: Black Hollywood—and Black Hair—Got Creative for the 2019 LACMA Gala

High Art: Black Hollywood—and Black Hair—Got Creative for the 2019 LACMA Gala

In the immortal words of Darell J. Hunt, you can’t outdo black people. That truth was once again made manifest at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) on Saturday night, as many of black Hollywood’s hottest talents converged for the museum’s annual Art + Film Gala, presented by Gucci.

While there were ample fashion statements on the step-and-repeat, most striking were the hairstyles,...

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