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Jordan Peele Explains Why He Chose Nia DaCosta to Direct Candyman

Jordan Peele Explains Why He Chose Nia DaCosta to Direct Candyman

Contrary to the Internet’s (...always correct...) attribution, Jordan Peele is not the director of the film Candyman, he is simply a producer and co-writer of the upcoming revival of the ‘90s horror
When It Comes to Conquering Hollywood, Jay Ellis Is Feeling Secure

When It Comes to Conquering Hollywood, Jay Ellis Is Feeling Secure

“I always wanted to act,” Jay Ellis tells The Root while reminiscing about his earliest aspirations. “I had taken a couple of random theater classes as electives when I was in college, but I [also]
Won't We Do It! NAACP Image Awards Weekend Proves Black Glamour Is Winning

Won't We Do It! NAACP Image Awards Weekend Proves Black Glamour Is Winning

You know, there’s a very good reason the NAACP Image Awards ceremony takes place in late February—and it’s not simply because it’s Black History Month. It’s because, after far too many awards seasons
Forget the Awards. Everyone Knows We're Really Here for the Afterparty

Forget the Awards. Everyone Knows We're Really Here for the Afterparty

Real talk? No shade—okay, maybe just a little—but if we had a choice between being invited to the Oscars and being invited to the legendary Vanity Fair Oscars afterparty, well...we’re disco-napping
Stand Up! The Oscars May Not Give Cynthia Erivo Her Flowers (Yet), But We Will

Stand Up! The Oscars May Not Give Cynthia Erivo Her Flowers (Yet), But We Will

Did you watch the 2020 Academy Awards? No? Was it because the #OscarsSoWhite? I mean, they were (and accordingly, we’re going to have our lightest Oscars slideshow ever today), but in a year that
The 2020 #BAFTAsSoWhite, but We Were Still Rooting for Everybody Black on the Red Carpet

The 2020 #BAFTAsSoWhite, but We Were Still Rooting for Everybody Black on the Red Carpet

Oh, Awards Season 2020. You have been, for the most part, a sadly predictable parade of white talent celebrating other white talents and, well, as Joaquin Phoenix noted while accepting his award at
Janelle Monáe to Be Honored With the Human Rights Campaign's Equality Award

Janelle Monáe to Be Honored With the Human Rights Campaign's Equality Award

As both artist and activist, the once enigmatic Janelle Monáe has emerged as an increasingly identifiable presence in recent years, not only delivering stellar albums and onscreen performances but a
Because Too Much Rihanna Is Never Enough, There's Now a 'Rihannazine'

Because Too Much Rihanna Is Never Enough, There's Now a 'Rihannazine'

She slays, she plays and she stays atop headlines; and while Rihanna’s “Navy” continues to await her ninth album, the bad girl continues to deliver other unexpected pleasures. Her latest? A
Where Was the Color at the 2020 SAG Awards? On the Red Carpet!

Where Was the Color at the 2020 SAG Awards? On the Red Carpet!

No, Cynthia Erivo didn’t snag the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture (say that seven times fast) for her titular role in
How to Win an Oscar If You’re Black

How to Win an Oscar If You’re Black

The #OscarsSoWhite, they called the police on the BET Awards.Read more...
Black Excellence: Ava DuVernay Receives First Directors Guild Award Nomination

Black Excellence: Ava DuVernay Receives First Directors Guild Award Nomination

While the Golden Globes may not have seen her (or any black people to be real), the Directors Guild of America certainly has. Read more...
The Only Thing Whiter Than the 2020 Golden Globes Was Billy Porter’s Outfit

The Only Thing Whiter Than the 2020 Golden Globes Was Billy Porter’s Outfit

“You don’t see us, we don’t see you,” seemed to be the resounding sentiment of the 77th annual Golden Globes—at least, as far as black talent was concerned. The kickoff to the 2020 awards season
New Netflix Special Documents Kevin Hart Cheating Scandal

New Netflix Special Documents Kevin Hart Cheating Scandal

For the first time, Kevin Hart’s wife, Eniko Parrish, publicly opens up about his cheating scandal in the new Netflix docuseries, Kevin Hart: Don’t F—k This Up, which premieres today on the streaming
Look Back At It: Forget the 53 Percent—This Was the Decade of #BlackGirlMagic

Look Back At It: Forget the 53 Percent—This Was the Decade of #BlackGirlMagic

Recently, my brethren here at The Root made a healthy argument for how white women have spent the decade between 2010 and 2019 “doing the most” (and the least)—and to a certain extent, they’re right.
Look Back At It: 10 Years A Black Hollywood Renaissance Resurgence

Look Back At It: 10 Years A Black Hollywood Renaissance Resurgence

Remember when it seemed like the 1990s was the Black Hollywood Renaissance? We had epic dramas, comedies and beyond in film and television. Hell, y’all remember UPN?! Read more...
Look Back At It: 10 Years A Black Hollywood Renaissance Resurgence

Look Back At It: 10 Years A Black Hollywood Renaissance Resurgence

Remember when it seemed like the 1990s was the Black Hollywood Renaissance? We had epic dramas, comedies and beyond in film and television. Hell, y’all remember UPN?! Read more...
Because Dreams Really Do Come True, BET Announces Miniseries Based on Andre Harrell’s Legendary Uptown Records

Because Dreams Really Do Come True, BET Announces Miniseries Based on Andre Harrell’s Legendary Uptown Records

On Jan. 24, 2017, our lives were forever changed with the auspicious debut of BET’s The New Edition Story. Looking to perhaps recapture that magic—or at least those ratings—BET announced that it will
Looking for Juliet: Yara Shahidi, Indya Moore and More Star in the 2020 Pirelli Calendar

Looking for Juliet: Yara Shahidi, Indya Moore and More Star in the 2020 Pirelli Calendar

Of Shakespeare’s many works, perhaps none is more famous than Romeo & Juliet, and the bard’s teenaged heroine is the muse for the 2020 edition of the always-anticipated Pirelli calendar, this year
ABFF Honors Announces Deon Cole as Host, Will Honor Cast and Crew of The Wire

ABFF Honors Announces Deon Cole as Host, Will Honor Cast and Crew of The Wire

Each year, the American Black Film Festival Honors recognize black creatives for their invaluable contributions to the motion picture and television industry. And this year, for its fourth
The Lady and Her Music: Lena Horne's Legacy Endures in the First Major Entertainment Award Named for a Woman of Color

The Lady and Her Music: Lena Horne's Legacy Endures in the First Major Entertainment Award Named for a Woman of Color

In the history of Hollywood, there are few talents as multifaceted as actress, singer, dancer and legendary beauty Lena Horne. In her decadeslong career, the four-time Grammy-winner was known for her