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Spike Lee’s “4 Little Girls” and Message to the President Still Rings True Today.

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The personal and professional are oh so political.

Robeson paved the way for contemporary black entertainers who now have a larger platform than ever before. Who do you want speaking for you? Which celebrities are informed enough to use their platform to speak out? Who should just shut the heck up? Some get it, others completely miss the mark. Check out this article on why it’s important for black celebrities to speak up. While Diahann Carroll made a conscious decision not to speak out in the 60s, today Kerry Washington and these 7 other black celebrities aren’t afraid to speak out about injustices against black people. Finally, we want to give a shout out to Shonda Rhimes for continuing to challenge stereotyped casting and All-American propaganda in a Hollywood system that traditionally excludes people of color. With all these big voices speaking up, is the next Paul Robeson amongst them? “Thursday night’s “Scandal” focused on the shooting of an unarmed black teen named Brandon Parker in Washington, D.C., less than two miles from the..

What does it mean to be a Black superhero?

On the cusp of Netflix’s announcement that a second-season of Marvel’s Luke Cage is in the works, and after filing through the pages of Ta-Nehisi Coates “Black Panther,” it’s a safe bet to assume that Black superheroes are what’s hot. It’s no surprise that art is a reflection of the times – and series like Luke Cage and “Black Panther” help tell a story that’s playing out in real-life. Their characters are complex, defy stereotypes and critique the notions of modern society. Reality seeps into the pages of literary creation – but what does this mean for our sons and daughters? There’s been much debate about the representation of Blackness in the media – with stereotypes of thugs, criminals and poverty plaguing the airwaves while not actually representing our community’s whole experience. In Luke Cage,an ex-con turns super-human and is impenetrable with bullet-proof skin. Residing in the historic neighborhood of Harlem, the writers infuse an action-packed series with Black history ti..

Black Joy Matters

Because the news – and reality – can sometimes be daunting on our psyches and a burst of positivity is needed to start the weekend right. In this TED talk, Shonda Rhimes discusses how committing to a “Year of Yes” fueled her life with positivity, reconnected her to her family and reenergized her historic career. [Read here] Via Ozy

Black Films Have Shown Much Promise Since #OscarsSoWhite

Oscar statuettes Toby Canham/Getty Images As remote as 2015 now feels, it’s hard to forget, as the award season rolls around again, the groundswell caused by the hashtag that became the David to Hollywood’s Goliath. After the Academy Award nominations in February 2016 essentially shut out people of color in several categories two years in a row, social media erupted within minutes with tweets and posts featuring the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite. Try as the academy and its members may have to quell the criticism, it became a mainstay throughout the award season. The industry’s long-standing lack of diversity in casting, producing and the academy—its membership and voting practices—was brought to light, with 13 characters, no less. To add some context, let’s look at the numbers. Hollywood distributed over 300 films in limited and wide release in 2015. Of those films, only nine (non-foreign language) featured people of color in leading roles. There we..

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