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Why Didn’t Denzel Washington Hire a Black Writer For the Film Adaptation of August Wilson’s ‘Fences?’

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When he was alive, legendary playwright August Wilson had one unofficial rule for those hoping to stage a major production of one of his play: no white directors. So when it was announced that Tony Kushner had been brought on board to work with Denzel...

Here’s Why Nate Parker Risked It All to Make a Film About Nat Turner

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Just as his star was beginning to rise, Nate Parker informed his agent he wouldn’t be accepting any more roles until he could play Nat Turner. And while actors regularly make outlandish demands, Parker was serious about his ultimatum. “I was willing to stick to that —...

Former OKC Cop Daniel Holtzclaw Sentenced to 263 Years In Prison For Raping Black Women On Duty

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After hours of delays and a failed defense motion for a new trial, former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw was sentenced to 263 in prison for raping and sodomizing 13 Black women while on duty. Holtzclaw was convicted back in December on 18 of the 36 counts,...

No Longer Trapped In the Closet: R. Kelly Admits Childhood Sexually Abuse & Support For Bill Cosby in GQ Interview

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R. Kelly is a polarizing figure. Like so many artists before him, his story is riddled with baggage that makes enjoying his music extremely complicated. First, there’s Kelly’s rumored predilection for preying upon teen girls; next, there are the videos of Kelly engaging in sex with underage girls; and...

Yup, #OscarsSoWhite Again, But Did You Really Expect Anything Different?

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It feels like Groundhog Day. This morning, the Oscar nominations were announced and for the second year in a row, all of the top acting nominations–20 of them–did not include any non-white actors. Sure there were some serious opportunities to make this year’s nominees a little...

No, Jaden Smith’s New Louis Vuitton Campaign Isn’t A Ploy to Emasculate Black Men

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Jaden Smith isn’t afraid to take fashion risks. The 17-year-old famously showed up to Kanye and Kim Kardashian-West’s wedding in a white superhero costume, and he’s been known to wear loose fitting dresses just for the hell of it because he likes “drapey things.” While the rest of...