Tag: black hollywood

14 Going on Famous: Marsai Martin and Nico Parker Cover Teen Vogue

Nico Parker (l) and Marsai MartinImage: Bec Parsons (Teen Vogue) We have no idea if Nico Parker and Marsai Martin are friends in real life, but after seeing them together on the cover of the March/April issue of Teen Vogue, we certainly hope so. From personal experience, we know black girl friendships are some of […]

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Just When We Thought Us Couldn’t Get Any Eerier, Lupita Nyong’o Rocked Red Eyes at the UK Premiere

Lupita Nyong’o attends UK exclusive screening of ‘Us’ on March 14, 2019 in London, England.Photo: Jeff Spicer (Getty Images for Universal) Lupita Nyong’o takes her roles very seriously. The Oscar winner also likes to play—especially with fashion and makeup, so it’s no big surprise that she came up with a dramatic look for the London […]

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She Get It from Her Mama: Thandie Newton Twins with Daughter Nico Parker at the Dumbo Premiere

Nico Parker and Thandie Newton attend the premiere of Disney’s ‘Dumbo’ at El Capitan Theatre on March 11, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.Photo: Emma McIntyre (Getty Images) If you’ve seen the trailer for Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of Dumbo, you likely caught a glimpse of a very (very) familiar face. […]

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Free Spirits: What Stars Wore to the Other Awards Show on Oscar Weekend

Tessa Thompson poses in the press room during the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards on February 23, 2019 in Santa Monica, California.Photo: Phillip Faraone (Getty Images) Ahead of the intense glam of the Academy Awards, there’s a smaller, more spirited annual recognition of Hollywood’s shining lights, known as the Independent […]

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The Best, the Blackest, and the Ball Gown: The 2019 Oscars Were Full of Stylish Surprises

Billy Porter wears custom Christian Siriano to the 91st Annual Academy Awards on February 24, 2019 in Hollywood, California.Photo: Frazer Harrison (Getty Images) It started with a ball gown. It may not have been an unusual choice for the red carpet of the Academy Awards, but its wearer wasn’t the […]

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On Oscar Sunday, Guess Where We’ll Be? (Hint: In Wakanda—and on Facebook)!

(L-R) Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke and Danai Gurira attend the 90th Annual Academy Awards on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California.Photo: Neilson Barnard (Getty Images) Remember last February, when we were basking in the billion-dollars worth of black excellence that accompanied Black Panther? This February may not currently feel as […]

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Hollywood Has a Problem With Inclusion and These Celebrities Are Trying to Solve It

It’s no secret that Hollywood has a problem with inclusion. As April Reign pointed out with her viral #OscarsSoWhite years ago, Oscars have been white and, might I add, damningly male. Guess what? The greater Hollywood industry isn’t any less pale (or male, for that matter). USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative […]

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Lena Waithe Doesn’t Want Black Hollywood to Be a ‘Moment or Movement’, She Wants It to Be ‘The Norm’

Screenwriter/actress Lena Waithe attends the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominee Brunch on January 05, 2019 in West Hollywood, California.Photo: Rodin Eckenroth (Getty Images) Lena Waithe summed it up best: “White folks have everything, and we still have a lot of catching up to do.” TIME recently announced Ava DuVernay […]

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Kelly Rowland to Host 2019 Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards 

Kelly Rowland attends Paramount Pictures’ ‘What Men Want’ Premiere on January 28, 2019 in Westwood, California. Photo: Gregg DeGuire (Getty Images) Every black woman I know who has graced the room at the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards has one thing in common with the others; they’re always beaming […]

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Real Is the New Black: Samira Wiley Is a Role Model for Authenticity

Samira Wiley attends the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on January 27, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.Photo: Frazer Harrison (Getty Images) “When I grew up, it was during a time when most people [in ads] weren’t as dark as me,” Samira Wiley tells Glamour in their February issue. “You […]

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Who, Wear, What: Rate Sunday’s SAG Awards Red Carpet with The Glow Up!

The actor is seen at Cocktails with the SAG Awards: A Behind-the-Scenes Experience on January 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.Photo: Kevin Winter (Getty Images for Turner) Red carpet watchers, are you ready for another round? We’re back it again this Sunday for the 25th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards! […]

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It’s a Celebration: Vanity Fair Debuts a Distinctly Diverse 25th Annual Hollywood Issue

(l-r) Chadwick Boseman, Saiorse Ronan, Timothée Chalamet, Nicolas Hoult, Yalitza Aparicio, Rami Malek, Regina King, John David Washington, Elizabeth Debicki, Tessa Thompson and Henry Golding.Screenshot: Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki (Vanity Fair/Condé Nast) The Oscars may still be a little whiter than we’d like in the leading actress and actor categories, but […]

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An Unexpected Adonis: Actor William Jackson Harper Has Found His ‘Good Place’

Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images By now, perhaps you’ve heard the name William Jackson Harper. For those of you who unfamiliar with him, allow me to offer this introduction: William Jackson Harper is best known as the actor who plays Chidi Anagonye—an indecisive, neurotic philosophy professor—on NBC’s The Good Place. After […]

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Before and After: Pre- and Post-Globes, How Do Celebs Celebrate the Start of Awards Season?

Tiffany Haddish attends the Netflix 2019 Golden Globes After Party on January 6, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.Photo: Tommaso Boddi (Getty Images for Netflix) There’s the glow up—and the get down. And during Golden Globes weekend, celebs were doing plenty of both, whether they were nominees or simply networking. The […]

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The Biggest Winners of 2018

As we reach this final day of the year in 2018, The Root takes our annual look back at the people, organizations and movements that captured our attention over the past year. From a Bronx rapper who was unapologetically herself to a former first lady who wrote candidly about her […]

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Unreleased Music From Beyoncé Leaked and Somebody’s Probably Getting Fired

Image: Ezra Shaw / GETTY IMAGES It’s no secret that Beyoncé has no respect for our edges, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that she’d release music at some ungodly-ass hour. We learned that when the Beyoncé digital album dropped in 2013, and ever since that faithful night, we’ve […]

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Welcome to Marwen Is a Unique Perspective on Healing From Trauma—Plus, Janelle Monáe Kicks Nazi Ass

Janelle Monáe, in Welcome to Marwen As a child, I loved playing with Barbies. And not just doing their hair or dressing them in the latest Mattel fashions; I constructed entire cinematic universes. It was truly the catalyst for my love of filmmaking. Only hindsight and perspective taught me just […]

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Mahershala Ali Reveals His True Detective Character Was Originally Written as White 

Mahershala Ali stops by DIRECTV House presented by AT&T during Toronto International Film Festival 2018 at Momofuku TorontoPhoto: Charley Gallay (Getty Images for AT&T and DIRECTV) Looks like the (rare) tradition of colorblind casting wins again. Mahershala Ali’s casting news reinvigorated interest in HBO’s anthology series, True Detective—and his recent […]

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A 1st Peek at Donald Glover and Rihanna’s Film Is Here (Squint, or You Might Miss It)

Childish Gambino performs during Rihanna’s 4th Annual Diamond Ball on September 13, 2018 in New York City.Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris (Getty Images for Diamond Ball) Big things often come from small beginnings, or so we’ve been told. So we were happy to pull out our magnifying glasses to check out the […]

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Taraji P. Henson Puts a Welcome New Spin on an Old Plot in What Men Want

BET Films/Paramount What do men want? Hell if I know (though I have my suspicions), but Taraji P. Henson’s going to help us find out in What Men Want, due for release on February 8, 2019, with a new extended trailer out Friday. A reboot of the 2000 comedy What […]

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The Coronation of Our Queen Cicely Tyson at the 2018 Governors Awards

Honorary Award recipient Cicely Tyson accepts the award at the 2018 Governors Awards in The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, CA, on Sunday, November 18, 2018.Photo: Michael Yada (A.M.P.A.S.) Last night, I had the privilege to attend the 2018 Governors Awards in Hollywood, Calif., and […]

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