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Monday, Mar. 30, 2015
In 2014, three black female directors had theatrical features released. That represents an annual high-water mark, more than ever before. Yet in the big picture, that was a mere three out of 373 films that came out in theaters last year.
One of those three films, Selma directed...
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015
It was a year ago that Lupita Nyong'o, shortly before winning the Academy Award for best supporting actress, gave a speech about what she called "dark beauty."
Nyong'o, who so dazzled Hollywood and the Oscar-viewing public through awards season,...
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015
"Selma" costume designer Ruth E. Carter never set out to work in Hollywood.
Even while living in a tiny apartment in Los Angeles' Koreatown in the 1980s, Carter found herself not on film sets, but working for local theater companies and designing for...
Monday, Feb. 16, 2015
Three black women released movies in 2014, more than ever before in a single year. And one of them is a contender for the motion picture academy's top prize.
But that's just three films in one year — out of the 373 that came out in theaters.
Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015
The civil rights drama "Selma" won top honors at the NAACP Image Awards in a ceremony that took sharp notice of snubs of African-American artists and their work by the Oscars.
"This is more than a movie," Oprah Winfrey, who was a "Selma" producer and...
Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015
The 50th anniversary of the civil rights marches in Selma and the movie that tells the story are expected to bring thousands of visitors to this historic Alabama city this year.
Visitors can still walk across the bridge where voting rights marchers...
Monday, Jan. 19, 2015
In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the filmmakers and cast of the Best Picture Oscar-nominated Selma joined the residents of Selma, Alabama in a commemorative march yesterday to...
Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015
Ava DuVernay doesn't like historical dramas — especially those of the civil rights variety. Their conventions, their sentimentality, their lack of texture or edginess, and their insistence on either hero worship or takedown just aren't her style.
Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015
The first star-studded film-award ceremony of the new year was literally something to sing about.
While not an honoree himself, actor-producer Brad Pitt stole the spotlight with a sing-along for a few moments Saturday night at the annual black-tie...
Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014
Ava DuVernay hasn't had time to consider how she's made history.
With her nomination Thursday for "Selma," the 42-year-old became the first black woman on the short list for a Golden Globe director's prize.
"I just turned in the film four...