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Actors, Citizens, and Corporations Express Solidarity Against Muslim Ban

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Photo by  Geoff Livingston via Flickr In the wake of President Trump’s refugee immigration ban, Moonlight Actor, Mahershala Ali delivered an impassioned speech about religious persecution and empathy at the 27th annual Screen Actor’s Guild Awards. Ali stated, “I think what I’ve learned from working on “Moonlight” is we see what happens when you persecute people. They fold into themselves. …

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Kerry Washington Portrays Anita Hill in New HBO Film

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Photo via Flickr Kerry Washington is portraying Anita Hill in the upcoming film Confirmation. Anita Hill, a professor of law for many years, was instrumental in pushing for stronger sexual harassment laws being taken more seriously, especially for black women. Confirmation tells the story of Hill’s battle against Supreme Court Justice member Clarence Thomas. In 1981, shortly after becoming a professor, Hill accused Thomas …

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Forest Whitaker is Starting Anew

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Photo by Stephen Poff via Flickr Forest Whitaker is no stranger in taking on complex characters. However, he is trying his luck in a different way; he is undertaking the role of Erie Smith. For those unfamiliar with the character of Erie Smith, he comes from the one-act play called “Hughie” written by Eugene O’Neill. In the play, Erie Smith …

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The Elimination of the Word Diversity

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Photo by Recently, “Selma” director and UCLA alumna Ava DuVernay has given her thoughts on the lack of diversity in light of the #OscarsSoWhite. Since the nominations were announced earlier this month, there has been outrage via media about the lack of diversity and how once again every nominee is white.   While it is clear as to the frustration …

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Why are the #OscarsSoWhite?

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Photo by Cliff via Flickr On January 14th, the nominations for the 88th Academy Awards were announced. And to many’s astonishment, for the second year in a row, none of the 20 categories held an African American nominee. This could not have been due to a lack of content or talent exhibited by Black actors and actresses. There were a …