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Watch: Dear White People Grows by Any Means Necessary in Season 3 Trailer

Watch: Dear White People Grows by Any Means Necessary in Season 3 Trailer

Dear White People mastermind Justin Simien lives to torment us all.

As he admitted to Bustle, his mission in life is to “surprise the viewer.”

“From the movie, the spirit of, ‘It’s not what you think it is,’ has always been pervasive in the world of Dear White People,” Simien said.

When last he left us, the 36-year-old put jaws on the floor with a game-changing plot twist in the Season...

Natalie Degraffinried Natalie Degraffinried Jul 15, 2019 at 13:30.

Don’t Tell Your Cousins: Auditions Are Open for Netflix Rap Competition Show With Cardi B, Chance the Rapper, and T.I.

Don’t Tell Your Cousins: Auditions Are Open for Netflix Rap Competition Show With Cardi B, Chance the Rapper, and T.I.

Netflix’s first original competition show, Rhythm + Flow, has a star-studded lineup on board as we move closer to its 10-part fall 2019 debut.

The show, a rap-focused talent competition executive produced by John Legend, is one of several projects rapper and cartoon aficionado Chance the Rapper is currently associated with (no word yet on Tommy Pickles joining as a guest judge.)

Chance the...
Corey Townsend Corey Townsend Jul 15, 2019 at 10:24.

Loretta Devine and Tia Mowry’s New Netflix Series Features An All-Black Writers’ Room 

Loretta Devine and Tia Mowry’s New Netflix Series Features An All-Black Writers’ Room 

Let the heavens rejoice because Netflix is keeping the original content game strong and has announced a new comedy series featuring Emmy Award-winning actress Loretta Devine and our favorite Sister, Sister, Tia Mowry.

The new series, Family Reunion, has been ordered for 20 episodes by the streaming giant and proves that coming up with new ideas is not a thing of the past. Death to reboots.

Not...

Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jul 15, 2019 at 04:15.

‘The Bridge to Opportunity’: Netflix Honors Music Executive Clarence Avant in New Documentary The Black Godfather

‘The Bridge to Opportunity’: Netflix Honors Music Executive Clarence Avant in New Documentary <i>The Black Godfather</i>

“He wasn’t there, but he was right there.”

These days, when you hear the term “influencer,” one may think of perfectly placed and filtered sponsored ads on Instagram racking up hundreds of thousands of likes within minutes. Well, when you think of the original meaning of the term, one man who embodied it was Clarence Avant also known as “The Black Godfather.”

In a new documentary...

Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jul 15, 2019 at 02:21.

It's 'A Thin Line' Between What's New and Black on Netflix in July 2019

It's 'A Thin Line' Between What's New and Black on Netflix in July 2019

Before we begin, how is it already July? As in, we’re in the later half of the year. What is time?!

Anyway.

A new month means new black content at Netflix, via its Strong Black Lead. The black-centered platform has been recently dedicated to licensing classic films for us to enjoy. Basically, being heroes.

Next up, A Thin Line Between Love and Hate. Those of us who saw the film during its first...

Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Jul 15, 2019 at 01:51.

Queer Eye on Capitol Hill? Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez May Get the Best Makeover Ever [Updated]

<i>Queer Eye</i> on Capitol Hill? Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez May Get the Best Makeover Ever [Updated]

File this under: Please make this happen.

Political dynamo Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D.-N.Y.) has taken more than her share of criticism about her aesthetics; how much she pays for her clothing ; where and how she can afford to live; her penchant for red lipstick; and even a need for occasional self-care have been welcome fodder for right-wingers who feel especially threatened by the...

Corey Townsend Corey Townsend Jul 14, 2019 at 21:22.

Janet Mock Makes History by Becoming the 1st Black Trans Woman to Sign Deal With a Major Studio

Janet Mock Makes History by Becoming the 1st Black Trans Woman to Sign Deal With a Major Studio

On June 19, 1865 , history was made and the last enslaved black Americans gained their independence. Today, 154 years after emancipation, Janet Mock made history by becoming the first black trans woman to establish an overall deal with a major studio.

Obviously, I did not jest when I wrote that the cast of Pose is booked, busy, and blessed. According to Variety, the multi-hyphenated Mock...

Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Jul 14, 2019 at 18:49.

Watch: Beyoncé-Helmed Homecoming Trailer Promises a Powerful, Affirmative Behind-the-Scenes Look at Beychella

Watch: Beyoncé-Helmed <i>Homecoming</i> Trailer Promises a Powerful, Affirmative Behind-the-Scenes Look at Beychella

Let’s just hop right to it: The trailer for Homecoming, the Beyoncé-directed documentary that takes us through her historic Coachella performance, dropped Monday morning, and it promises to be more than just a smattering of behind-the-scenes footage and interviews.

Peep it:

The Homecoming: a Film by Beyoncé trailer features video of Beyoncé preparing for her 2018 concert, an homage...

Danielle Young Danielle Young Jul 14, 2019 at 16:34.

Alfre Woodard Is a Diabolical Villain Who Oozes Sex Appeal in Season 2 of Luke Cage

Alfre Woodard Is a Diabolical Villain Who Oozes Sex Appeal in Season 2 of <i>Luke Cage</i>

Luke Cage is coming back to us for a second season, and this time, shit gets real! There are new characters, like Mariah Dillard’s (Alfre Woodard) estranged daughter, played by Gabrielle Dennis, and we get to see Woodard be sexy in her new love affair with Shades.

(Full disclosure: Netflix flew The Root to Los Angeles to participate in a Netflix junket and interview Woodard ... about her...

P.J. Rickards P.J. Rickards Jul 14, 2019 at 16:09.

A 'Triggering' Conversation With Rapper Killer Mike

A 'Triggering' Conversation With Rapper Killer Mike

Rapper Killer Mike stopped by The Root to chat about his new Netflix series, Trigger Warning, and be warned, some of his viewpoints may trigger you. I know some of them triggered me. We sat down with him to chat about Big Boi performing at the Super Bowl, gun control, cancel culture and more. Judge for yourself.

Watch the full video above.

Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jul 14, 2019 at 08:53.

A Fyre Fest Documentary Is Coming To Netflix and We'll Finally See What Ja Rule Thinks About This

A Fyre Fest Documentary Is Coming To Netflix and We'll Finally See What Ja Rule Thinks About This

Remember that Fyre Festival clusterfuck? I know, I know, how could you forget? You can still smell the odor of stale Kraft singles sandwiches.

If you need a refresher, I’m here for you, Boo. It was spring 2017, and a gaggle of opulent mayo marauders decided to shell out as much as $12,000 apiece for Fyre Festival, which was basically billed as if Burning Man and Coachella had a silver-spooned...

Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jul 14, 2019 at 07:16.

Black Mirror, Season 5: Anthony Mackie, Yahya Abdul-Mateen and Nicole Beharie Play Mind Games in a Techno-Paranoid World

<i>Black Mirror, </i>Season 5: Anthony Mackie, Yahya Abdul-Mateen and Nicole Beharie Play Mind Games in a Techno-Paranoid World

The last time we saw Black Mirror, they had us playing a Choose Your Own Adventure-esque game to watch it. But, this isn’t a game. Black Mirror is returning for its fifth season—and we’ve got a trailer to prove it!

As Netflix’s press release states about the popular tech-world series:

Black Mirror is an anthology series that taps into our collective unease with the modern world, with each...

Felice León Felice León Jul 14, 2019 at 06:00.

Ava DuVernay on When They See Us and How the Press Failed the Central Park Five

Ava DuVernay on <i>When They See Us</i> and How the Press Failed the Central Park Five

There are few things more difficult to watch than the abuse, mistreatment and manipulation of innocent young black and brown people.

In her four-part Netflix series, When They See Us, award-winning director Ava DuVernay takes us into the story of the Central Park Five—a case that had the media in a frenzy in the late 1980s and 1990s. In over five hours, DuVernay introduces the audience to the...

Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jul 14, 2019 at 04:45.

From Boys to Men: New When They See Us Trailer Highlights the Heartbreaking Yet Hopeful Journey of the Central Park Five

From Boys to Men: New <i>When They See Us</i> Trailer Highlights the Heartbreaking Yet Hopeful Journey of the Central Park Five

Time is priceless.

Time is something that was stolen from Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam , Raymond Santana Jr., and Korey Wise in 1990, when they were convicted and sentenced to several years in prison for a crime none of the teenage boys committed. There was no physical evidence tying any of them to the crimes. The only physicality one could point to was the color of...

Corey Townsend Corey Townsend Jul 14, 2019 at 04:30.

Beyoncé and Michelle Obama Are Drunk in Love

Beyoncé and Michelle Obama Are Drunk in Love

Beyoncé and Michelle Obama have been out in these streets hailing each other’s praises and it’s honestly the kind of content that makes paying my internet/phone bill worthwhile.

Our FOREVER First Lady and the King of Music have been sharing sentiments that will warm the coldest hearts amongst us.

Mrs. Obama has recently received a well-deserved honor by being named one of TIME100’s most...

Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Jul 13, 2019 at 23:48.

In Her Ongoing Fight for Equal Pay, Octavia Spencer's Latest Advocate Was LeBron James

In Her Ongoing Fight for Equal Pay, Octavia Spencer's Latest Advocate Was LeBron James

Octavia Spencer has been increasingly vocal about the pay disparities in Hollywood for women—and for women of color in particular. On a “Women Breaking Barriers” panel at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, she revealed how Jessica Chastain stood with her to demand equal pay on an upcoming joint project, giving a master class in how allyship really works.

This year, IndieWire reports Spencer...

Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Jul 13, 2019 at 13:57.

The Obamas 1st Netflix Project Could Be a Series About How Inept the Trump Administration Truly Is

The Obamas 1st Netflix Project Could Be a Series About How Inept the Trump Administration Truly Is

In the latest chess move by the Obamas, the former president and first lady—arguably the best to ever sit in the White House—have licensed a book about the Trump White House which could be crafted into a series that shows just how incompetent the Trump administration really is.

While nothing has gotten a green light just yet, Deadline is reporting that “Michael Lewis’ latest book The Fifth...

Danielle Young Danielle Young Jul 13, 2019 at 13:03.

Watch: Roxanne Shanté Explains How She Created Hip-Hop Diss Records

Watch: Roxanne Shanté Explains How She Created Hip-Hop Diss Records

Lolita Shanté Gooden, aka Roxanne Shanté, is a hip-hip icon, a living legend, if you will. Netflix has released Roxanne Roxanne, a biopic that chronicles Shanté’s humble beginnings in Queens, N.Y., in the ’80s. Shanté was a solidified rap staple from the Queensbridge Houses. She could rap circles around anybody and quickly became the go-to girl for a street battle.

Chanté to Shanté: Chanté...
Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jul 13, 2019 at 06:27.

Dear White People, How You Like Your Grits?

<i>Dear White People</i>, How You Like Your Grits?

OK, OK, OK, I have a confession—the headline is a tad misleading as I don’t really care how white people like their grits or whether they know what a grit is. This is really about that Justin Simien show on Netflix . Ha! Gotcha!

Today, June 19, also know as Juneteenth, is the historic day which commemorates the abolition of slavery in Texas as well as the emancipation of enslaved...

Danielle Young Danielle Young Jul 13, 2019 at 04:01.

Danielle Brooks Shines Bright as Her Character Faces Darkness in Season 6 of Orange is the New Black

Danielle Brooks Shines Bright as Her Character Faces Darkness in Season 6 of <i>Orange is the New Black</i>

Orange is the New Black took Netflix by storm. The chronicle of a white woman’s prison sentence gave us glimpses into the world of women in prison, particularly women of color. From petty thieves to murderers, shows like OITNB remind us of the humanity in everyone.

One of the standout performers on the show is Danielle Brooks, who plays Tasha Jefferson or as she’s more affectionately known,...

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