Ava DuVernay: Black Film's Big Year Fueled by Indie Movement

Years of carefully cultivating black talent is leading to a big year at the box office.

Ryan Coogler's 'Fruitvale Station' Gets Standing Ovation at Cannes

The “little movie with a big, big heart” is grabbing the world’s attention.

Oscar Grant Film Heading to Cannes Film Festival

It’s been a busy month for a the film based on Oscar Grant’s final days.

HBO Picks Up Whoopi Goldberg's Documentary on Comedian Jackie 'Moms' Mabley

With the Tribeca Film Festival under way in New York, HBO has snapped up U.S. broadcast and home video rights to one of the selected docs.

Oscar Grant Film 'Fruitvale' Now Has a July Release Date

“Fruitvale,” the film based on the 2009 shooting of Oscar Grant, is set to hit theaters on July 26–three months before its originally scheduled release date.

Roger Ebert: Don't Tell Asian-American Directors How to Represent 'Their People'

The veteran critic was a longtime champion of film as an empowering force for self-representation.

Michelle Obama Hosts '42' Screening With Jackie Robinson's Widow

First Lady Michelle Obama hosted 80 high school and college students from across the country for a screening of “42” at the White House on Monday.

Will Smith Says He Turned Down the Role of 'Django' Because He 'Needed to be the Lead'

Actor Will Smith tells Entertainment Weekly he turned down the role of Django in Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Django Unchained’ because the slave character was not the lead in the film.

Oscar Grant Film 'Fruitvale' Gets Official Release Date


“Fruitvale,” written and directed by first-time filmmaker Ryan Coogler will be released on October 18th.

12 SXSW Panels, Films and Concerts That Deserve Your Attention

South by Southwest, the mega-conference for tech, film and music geeks, starts today. multimedia editor and pop culture blogger Jorge Rivas shares his top picks.

Academy Adds Lupe Ontiveros to 'In Memoriam' Slideshow

After pressure from Latino organizations the Academy adds the actress to the ‘In Memoriam’ slideshow on their website.

Oscars 'In Memoriam' Snubs Lupe Ontiveros, Twice

Last night’s Oscars ‘In Memoriam’ reel left out actress Lupe Ontiveros. The Mexican-American actress passed away on July 26, 2012.

Formerly Undocumented Teen Inocente Recognized On Oscar Stage

Watch the short documentary “Inocente” about a homeless undocumented teen on

Does Beyoncé Need To Talk About Her Blackness? [Reader Forum]

HBO’s Beyonce documentary reached 1.8 million viewers last week, but some fans were disappointed that she didn’t once mention race.

'Grey's Anatomy' Actor Jesse Williams Offers Tips On How To Portray Slavery

Actor Jesse Williams, known for his role as Dr. Jackson Avery on the TV series “Grey’s Anatomy” just published an essay on that juxtaposes the Quentin Tarantino films “Django Unchained” with “Inglorious Basterds,” the 2009 fantasy involving a band of American soldiers taking revenge against the Nazis.

Williams asks why “Django Unchained” included stereotypical and graphic images of black slaves while “Inglorious Basterds” avoided much of that imagery.

Quvenzhané Wallis On The Moment She Learned About Her Oscar Nod

Quvenzhané Wallis was a guest on CNN’s “Starting Point” with host Soledad O’Brien this morning. Wallis, the youngest best actress nominee in Oscar history, discussed what it was like when she found out she was nominated for her role in “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”

“I was half asleep” when the nominations were released, Wallis b. “So nothing reacted on the outside, but in the inside, I was doing cartwheels, back flips, and these are some things I can’t even do.”

Ava DuVernay Debuts New Short Film for Miu Miu

In 2012, Ava DuVernay became the first African-American woman to win the Best Director Prize at the Sundance Film Festival for her feature “Middle of Nowhere.”

Watch Ryan Coogler's 2009 Film 'Locks'

Watch the film he made before “Fruitvale.”

How 'Fruitvale' Director Ryan Coogler Brought Real Life to the Big Screen

Oscar Grant was murdered by a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) police officer on new year’s day four years ago. His story is once again making international headlines thanks to a young director’s film that recounts Grant’s last 24-hours.

Bidding War at Sundance for Oscar Grant Film

The Weinstein Company is wrapping up a deal to acquire “Fruitvale,” a drama based film based on Oscar Grant’s last days.