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Barry Jenkins is set to direct an Alvin Ailey biopic. The 39-year-old filmmaker — who is best known for his work on critically acclaimed LGBT-themed drama Moonlight in 2016 and Oscar-nominated 2018 film If Beale Street Could Talk — has signed on to helm the upcoming film about the iconic choreographer for Fox Searchlight. The project, which…

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There is no way that we can ignore the fact that diversity is an issue in Hollywood. For many years, diverse, non-white actors and actresses and characters have faced challenges gaining acclaim in Hollywood. Blockbuster film Black Panther heads toward the $1B mark are debuting in February and proves a major point that diversity in…

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Booty Candy, writer, director Robert O’Hara’s coming-of-age play unfolds as a series of interconnected vignettes, loosely organized around a character standing in for the playwright’s experiences growing up Black and gay. The play offers a funny and bold spin on race, sex and sexuality. The audience meets Sutter, the main character, with everyone trying to…

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PriceWaterhouseCoopers robbed Moonlight of its chance to give their acceptance speech at Sunday’s Oscars. La La Land, with 12 Academy Award nominations was announced as Best Picture, but to everyone’s surprise, Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight was actually the industry fave for the highly coveted prize. For more than 80 years, PwC has administered the Oscars balloting…

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Mahershala Ali won Best Supporting Actor for his critically acclaimed role in the coming-of-age drama Moonlight at Sunday night’s Oscars. Here’s his acceptance speech: I want to thank my teachers, my professors. I had so many wonderful teachers. And one thing that they consistently told me is that it wasn’t about you. It’s not about you.…

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When April Reign, former entertainment attorney and managing editor of BroadwayBlack.com, created the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite in early 2015, it seemed Hollywood had all but forgotten about the diverse human fabric that truly made “America great.” Box-office draws Will Smith and Idris Elba were snubbed for a nomination in 2016 for what many thought was some…

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Movies, documentaries and TV shows about the Black experience were in abundance in 2016 making it a truly historic year in terms of the number of movies, documentaries and TV shows released and number of Blacks represented in front and behind the camera. “Our members had a plethora of outstanding movies, documentaries and TV shows…

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British actress, Naomie Harris, 40, is simply the perfect actress to take the role of Paula, a drug-addicted mother to a shy, gay son (played at different ages/stages by Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders and Trevante Rhodes) in the indie film Moonlight, directed by Barry Jenkins and written by Tarell McCraney. Moonlight scored the highest per-screen average of 2016,…

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