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Viola Davis is citing her expectations regarding how she should be treated in Hollywood and making it clear that she expects to be treated no differently than her White counterparts. During an interview with InStyle magazine, Davis reflected on the challenges and pitfalls she has faced as a Black actress in Hollywood, including that her…

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Omari Hardwick, Loretta Devine and John Beasley star in the terrifying thriller Spell, just in time for Halloween 2020, and will be distributed via Paramount Home Entertainment on premium video-on-demand and digital outlets starting Oct. 30, 2020. Rolling out caught up with Hardwick to discuss his role in the thriller. The filmcenters around Hardwick’s character…

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Spike Lee paid homage to actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd. On Oct. 4, Lee shared with his followers that Byrd had died in Atlanta. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Byrd, 70, was reportedly found dead on Oct. 3 shortly after midnight. Atlanta police discovered Byrd with multiple gunshots in the back. He was pronounced dead at…

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Laz Alonso encouraged RIDE Con viewers to be fearless. He also discussed the importance of diversity and representation in Hollywood through an intense climate the world is under right now.  “We have to support each other and have each other’s backs,” he said. He joined Damien Hooper Campbell, chief diversity officer at Zoom, for the panel session titled…

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Story by Marshalle Montgomery Favors Detroit is famous for cars and music, but local area moviemakers are working hard to add film to the city’s notoriety. African American filmmakers are making their mark in the world of independent movies. More than 25 feature films have been produced in the past two years by indie filmmakers…

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In the early 2010s, Zoe Saldana stood as one of the rising actresses in Hollywood. Following her roles in Colombiana and Avatar, Saldana appeared to be making significant moves in her career. However, she received backlash when she portrayed Nina Simone in the 2016 biopic, Nina. During the filming, Saldana, who is Afro-Latina, wore skin-darkening…

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While in the midst of a nationwide quarantine, Jordyn Woods, in a sense, had her coming-out party. Millions watched the reality series “The Masked Singer” as a performer dressed in a kangaroo costume flawlessly sang “Dancing On My Own” with the defiance of a pugilist determined to fight until the final round. Taped weeks earlier…

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Maori Karmael Holmes is the founder and artistic director of BlackStar Film Festival. Holmes received her bachelor’s in history from American University and her MFA in film from Temple University. Her work has screened internationally, including the feature documentary Scene Not Heard: Women in Philadelphia Hip-Hop. She also has directed and produced works for Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter…

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Toneka Wright is the owner and founder of the Black Filmmakers Academy, an online educational resource dedicated to helping Black creatives learn various aspects of the film industry. The Black Filmmakers Academy is run by experienced independent filmmakers eager to share their wealth of knowledge about the industry. They offer instruction in making, distributing and…

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John Boyega has teamed up with a streaming giant to develop non-English language films centered on West and East Africa. The Star Wars actor’s UpperRoom Productions will collaborate with Netflix to “develop film projects based on stories, cast, characters, crew, literary properties, mythology, screenplays and/or other elements in or around African countries.” David Kosse, vice…

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