#OscarsNotAsWhite After Release of 2017 Nominations

Melody Gulliver Arts & Entertainment

Photo by Robert Couse Baker The Academy Awards has faced much criticism over the past few years for its lack of diversity and representation. In 2016, the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite surfaced online and created a channel for critics of the awards show to boycott and voice their frustrations, anger, and disappointments. However, on Tuesday morning The Academy made an effort to …

UCLA Acquires Works of LA’s “Unofficial Poet Laureate”

Chrisauna Chery Archive

Photo via poets.org Recently, UCLA’s library archive celebrated the organizational efforts and arrival of works by Afrikan American writer Wanda Coleman, including her poetry and TV/Film screenplays. The campaign to bring Coleman’s work to UCLA was spearheaded by English PhD candidate Kim Calder. The intimate celebration featured anecdotes and readings of selected pieces by many of the event’s attendees. Guests …

The Late and Great: Why Does Losing A Black Entertainment Legend Hit Us So Hard?

Domonique Hamilton Archive

Photo by Ann Althouse via Flickr On April 21, 2016, the world lost yet another music icon, Prince Rodgers Nelson. While people  around the world recognized the loss of a true legend, the African American community felt it as the lost of a treasured brother. Over the past 7 years, we have lost so many of our talented artists and …

Kerry Washington Portrays Anita Hill in New HBO Film

Brian Griffith Archive

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 …

Naturally in Style: New Natural Hair Magazine Celebrates Authentic Black Beauty

Briana Tracy Archive

Photo by Dionysius Burton via Flickr The natural hair movement is becoming a popular trend in our society. Black women are more comfortable and proud wearing their own, natural hair. In August 2015, the first issue of an editorial titled “CRWNMAG” was released online to celebrate and encourage the natural beauty of women of color everywhere. Co-founders Editor-in-chief Lindsey Day …