The Help

Domestic Workers Use Oscar Buzz Around 'The Help' to Create Change

by Rinku Sen on Feb 24, 2012 10:05AM

The film isn't perfect, to be sure, but it offers a strategic opening to organizers fighting for domestic workers' rights. And they've been smart enough to exploit it.

Topics: Movement, The Help, Oscars 2012

Viola Davis to Tavis Smiley: 'That Mindset You Have is Destroying Black Artists'

by Jorge Rivas on Feb 10, 2012 1:45PM

The interview was more of a heated debate but it offered insight in to the minds of both actresses and how they feel about the criticism 'The Help' has received.

Topics: /NOW, Arts & Culture, The Help

Viola Davis Goes With Her Natural Hair for LA Times Mag

by Jorge Rivas on Feb 6, 2012 6:18PM

Viola Davis like you've never seen her before.

Topics: /NOW, Arts & Culture, The Help

Viola Davis' SAG Speech Shouts Out Segue Institute's 91% Latino Student Body [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on Jan 30, 2012 10:25AM

When Viola Davis won a SAG Award for Outstanding Female Actress in a leading role Sunday night her acceptance speech included a special note for the students at Segue Institute of Learning in Central Falls, Rhode Island.

Topics: /NOW, Arts & Culture, The Help

'The Help' Sweeps SAG Awards, Octavia Spencer Clear Frontrunner for Oscars

by Jorge Rivas on Jan 30, 2012 9:50AM

"The Help" took three of the top honors at the Screen Actors Guild Awards Sunday night, turning it into the movie everyone else has to beat as the Oscar awards approach next month.

Topics: /NOW, Arts & Culture, The Help

Artist Reimagines 'The Help' Poster: 'White People Solve Racism'

by Jorge Rivas on Jan 25, 2012 3:20PM

British movie review site has taken the advertising for 'The Help' to a whole new level.

Topics: /NOW, Arts & Culture, The Help

Viola Davis Tells Charlize Theron She Doesn't Know What She's Talking About

by Jorge Rivas on Jan 25, 2012 10:56AM

During Newsweek's Oscar roundtable, Viola Davis tried to speak about the difficulties of being a black actress in Hollywood--but a well-intentioned reply from Theron was just another example of the problem.

Topics: /NOW, Arts & Culture, The Help

The Association of Black Women Historians Says 'The Help' is Distorted

by Jorge Rivas on Jan 17, 2012 2:10PM

According to the historians about the only thing that's true in the film is that working black women in the South often labored as domestic servants in white homes.

Topics: /NOW, Arts & Culture, The Help

'The Help' Today Still Don't Have Rights, Actually

by Rinku Sen on Aug 11, 2011 11:23AM

Fifty years after the Jim Crow era in which this much-discussed film is set, the largely immigrant women taking care of rich people's families remain ignored by most labor protections.

Topics: Movement, The Help

Why I'm Just Saying No to 'The Help' and Its Historical Whitewash

by Akiba Solomon on Aug 10, 2011 12:50PM

Despite the hype and the ensemble of fine black actresses, I'm opting out of "The Help." The trailer alone features too many group hugs to be trusted as an accounting of the civil rights movement.

Topics: Arts & Culture, History, The Help