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ACLU Petitions NY State Senate To Pass Diversity Bill For TV Writers And Directors

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The American Civil Liberties Union is calling on legislators in New York to pass a bill that would make the state the first to grant financial incentives to television shows that hire women and minority writers and directors. The bill would allocate $5 million of...

Open Thread: What Did You Think of Chris Rock’s Oscar Monologue?

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Chris Rock stepped on a lot of pink toes last night during his opening monologue for the Oscars. But then again, when you’re being paid by an organization that hasn’t really gave a damn about diversity, who’s really winning here? Rock didn’t hold back when...

Why Was Sanaa Lathan Left Off the Poster for ‘Now You See Me 2’?

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Sanaa Lathan will be appearing in Lionsgate’s upcoming heist film Now You See Me 2, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at the poster. Despite being listed among the film’s 10 principal stars, only nine actors appear on the movie’s flashy new marketing materials (each with...

Here’s Why Meryl Streep’s ‘We’re All Africans’ Comment Shouldn’t Piss You Off

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When I first saw the headlines proclaiming Meryl Streep’s answer to questions about diversity in the film business was to say, “We’re all Africans, really,” I sighed. Et tu, Meryl? Seriously?!  After seeing the seemingly dismissive remark, I figured Streep was yet another celeb I’d have to write off for...

Lupita Nyong’o Expresses Disappointment About Oscars

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Two years ago, Lupita Nyong’o was the belle of the ball, when she won an Oscar for her role as a slave in  12 Years A Slave. But that hasn’t stopped her from expressing her opinion about this year’s lack of inclusion and diversity at the upcoming...

Chris Rock Covers ESSENCE’s March Hollywood Issue

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Chris Rock – this year’s Oscars host is Essence Magazine’s March cover star and it’s the Comedian’s very first time gracing the mag’s front page. In the interview, conducted before the #OscarsSoWhite Diversity issue reached fever levels, Rock contemplates a diversity controversy and talks fatherhood...