Gugu Mbatha Raw is the judge and jury on the Disney Plus series ‘Loki’

Gugu Mbatha Raw is the judge and jury on the new Disney Plus series “Loki,” In her role as Ravonna Renslayer, Mbatha Raw plays the judge who puts the variants away and keeps the timeline in order. In a recent conversation, she shared how she feels about part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “Loki” premieres […]

Being biracial gives Gugu Mbatha-Raw ‘an interesting perspective’

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 […]

Saniyya Sidney is a young star with a bright future

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], […]

Gugu Mbatha-Raw explains why ‘Fast Colors’ empowers a generation of Black women

Rolling out’s Romeo International recently sat down with actress GuGu Mbathe-Raw to talk about her new film Fast Colors. Explain the process of working with Lorraine Toussaint and Saniyya Sidney. Well, it was really amazing. I mean, Julia Hart, who wrote the script, really brought this cast together. And, to me, one of the most fascinating […]

Viola Davis, Lupita Nyong’o, Gugu Mbatha-Raw grace ‘Vanity Fair’s’ Hollywood cover

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, […]

Controversial Will Smith movie, ‘Concussion,’ to premiere at upcoming AFI Fest

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 […]

Gugu Mbatha-Raw wins Lincoln's coveted award at Black Women in Hollywood

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). […]

8th annual Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon praises people of color

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. […]

‘Beyond the Lights’ does surprisingly well at the box office

A couple of well-loved dummies found their way to the top of this week’s box office. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels’ 20 years in the making sequel Dumb and Dumber To just narrowly edged out the animated ensemble Big Hero 6, which stars Maya Rudolph and Damon Wayans Jr. among others. The epic sci-fi piece […]

‘Beyond the Lights’ is a film with a lot to say, but no idea how to say it

Gina Prince-Bythewood’s “Beyond the Lights” wants to say something profound about pop stardom and identity, but it winds up mired in melodrama and cliches. There is a palatable chemistry between Mbatha-Raw and Parker, and both leads give strong performances, but the film can’t seem to avoid steering into movie-of-the-week territory.

‘Beyond the Lights’ star Nate Parker: ‘I’m very careful when I choose projects’

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 […]

‘Belle’: A film that empowers women and educates the hip-hop generation

“We are winning a piece of history in terms of cinematic traditions. We are witnessing history because not only have we experienced the work of a really wonderful director, but genre wise, it’s a large costume piece.” –Ayoka Chenzira A Visual Testament Is Reborn in Cinema ”Life imitates art far more than art imitates life,” opined […]

Pan African Film Festival Atlanta 2014 closes with red carpet screening of ‘Belle’

The British costume drama, Belle, starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw who plays the lead character Dido Elizabeth Belle was the closing film of the Atlanta edition of the Pan African Film Festival this past weekend. The screening of the film was preceded by an invitation-only luncheon with guests of honor Mbatha-Raw and filmmaker Amma Asante at the […]