Arts & Culture

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Follow These Five BlackStar Film Fest Flicks After the Festival Ends

Of the many movies being screened at the annual event, here are the must sees once they open to the public.  

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The 'Crazy Rich Asians' Team Took a Crazy Chance on Theaters

Will their gamble work out? 

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WATCH: 'If Beale Street Could Talk' Brings James Baldwin's Harlem to Life

Oscar-winning filmmaker Barry Jenkins dropped the first trailer for his film adaptation of the novel.

'The Hate U Give' Illustrator Disappointed With Movie For Casting Light-Skinned Actress

“I was hoping it would be a very Brown-skinned actress, because there’s so little opportunities in these big movies for darker-skinned actresses. I can’t fudge. That’s how I felt.”

Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton in black blazers and red shirts with black and white image of Trayvon Martin stand in front of white wall with grey text

See Trayvon Martin's Parents Get Real on Resilience

Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin went on Hot 97’s “Ebro in the Morning” to discuss their new docuseries—and how they persevere through trauma. 

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Jermaine Dupri Celebrates 25 Years of So So Def With New Tour

Artists including Da Brat and Xscape will relive their days on the groundbreaking label during the Cultural Curren$y Tour.

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WATCH: New Docuseries Explores Environmental Pain and Resistance in 'Braddock, PA'

Episodes follow an urban farmer, aspiring politician and others fighting forces that threaten this Pennsylvania borough. 

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5 Numbers That Prove Hollywood's Ongoing Diversity Woes

USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative found little cause for celebration in its latest report on film industry diversity. Here are a few key findings. 

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Kid Fury Lands Comedy With Gay Black Protagonist at HBO

The comedian and executive producer Lena Waithe will develop a series about navigating undiagnosed depression and the pressures of adulthood in New York City. 

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Octavia Spencer-Led Series on Madam C.J. Walker Coming to Netflix

The beauty mogul built a hair care empire and became the first Black female millionaire. 

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Watch Kendrick Lamar's 'Power'-ful TV Acting Debut

Kung Fu Kenny starred as Laces in the latest episode of the Starz crime drama. 

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Watch Rayana Jay Uplift 'Undefeated' Black Female Athletes

The R&B artist’s new music video celebrates the resilience of Black female athletes.

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The Schomburg Acquires Lost Chapter of Malcolm X Biography

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture purchased the unpublished section of “The Autobiography of Malcolm X,” titled “The Negro,” at auction for $7,000.

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'The Rundown With Robin Thede': A Eulogy In 3 Clips

We remember Robin Thede’s recently canceled news satire show—the only one hosted by a Black woman—with a few choice segments that illustrate what we’ll miss once it’s off the air.  

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LISTEN: Podcast Explores How 'Justice in America' Really Works

Attorney Josie Duffy Rice partners with educator Clint Smith III to examine the criminal justice system’s devastating impact on marginalized communities.

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Kennedy Center Honors Wayne Shorter, 'Hamilton' Creators

“This year’s slate of honorees represents the pinnacle of our nation’s originality, and the rich mosaic of diverse perspectives and art forms that has come to define who we are as a people.”

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#MuteRKelly Co-Founder Discusses Campaign's Success, Backlash

“This has never been about censoring his music. It’s about his behavior.”

Cast of "Hamilton" in multicolored costumes stands and applauds behind Lin-Manuel Miranda in blue blazer and grey tie and black pants on brown stage

'Hamilton' Could Hit a Movie Theater Near You

A recorded performance of the hit musical reportedly sparked a bidding war among Hollywood film studios. 

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Let Lalah Hathaway's NPR Tiny Desk Concert Soothe Your Soul

The powerhouse singer performs three songs in the latest edition of NPR’s intimate concert series. 

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'Breaking' Presents: Loveis Wise, An Illustrator Making Her Media Matter

The artist’s loving representations of Black women have appeared in campaigns for REI, Forward Together and on a recent cover of The New Yorker.