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Being biracial gives Gugu Mbatha-Raw “an interesting perspective.” The 36-year-old actress’s father is a Black South African doctor, while her mother is a White British nurse and Gugu believes her heritage helps her “bring people together.” “Being biracial is an interesting perspective because you can see every side of that conversation. I definitely relate to…

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Rolling out’s Romeo International recently sat down with actress Saniyya Sidney to talk about her role in the film Fast Color and what it’s like being a young actress. How exciting was it working on Fast Color?   Very exciting … I loved that I was getting the opportunity to work with such special actors in Lorraine [Toussaint],…

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Vanity Fair magazine’s ’16 Tinseltown cover is sweet. Kudos to VF for their timing of this age (and shade) bending display. This season’s cover girls span generations, ethnicities, and cultures. Dressed in black, two-time Oscar winners Jane Fonda, 78, and Cate Blanchett, 46, along with Viola Davis, 50, Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence, 25, Charlotte Rampling,…

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Will Smith’s highly anticipated and already controversial new film, Concussion, will make its worldwide premiere at the upcoming American Film Institute (AFI) Fest on Nov.10. Centering around a 2009 GQ magazine article, the film tells the story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, a Nigerian-born forensic neuropathologist who found chronic traumatic encephalopathy in the brains of NFL…

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Lincoln Motor Company was presenting sponsor of ESSENCE’s eighth annual Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon in Beverly Hills on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. The 2015 ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood honored outstanding women in television and film industry, while Selma star David Oyelowo co-presented the Lincoln Breakthrough Award to actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle, Beyond the Lights).…

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It was quite an afternoon at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Thursday, Feb. 19, as Hollywood stars gathered to celebrate the achievements of Black women in front of and behind the camera at Essence magazine’s highly touted and coveted Oscar week celebration, the eighth annual Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon. A ticket to this affair was much like gold, cherished.…

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Nate Parker has quietly become one of Hollywood’s more consistently visible character actors. On the heels of breakthrough performances in films like Red Tails and Non Stop, the Virginia native now stars as Officer Kaz Nicol in the upcoming drama Beyond the Lights. In the film, Parker’s character finds himself unexpectedly thrust into the high-profile…

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It’s been several months since Lupita Nyong’o accepted her Oscar for her work in 12 Years A Slave. Many breakthrough stars, including actresses like Nyong’o and Quvenzhané Wallis, were pretty much unknown and underrated before catching their big break. But they are not alone. From the big screen to the small screen, the following women…

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Belle Stars: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Matthew Goode, Emily Watson, Miranda Richardson Gugu Mbatha-Raw shines in this film based on the true story of a child born to a white British officer, Admiral Sir John Lindsay, and an enslaved African woman. Named Dido Elizabeth Belle, she was raised in the aristocratic household of her great uncle, William…

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