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Viola Davis and Husband’s JuVee Productions looking to Expand

Oscar-winning actress Viola Davis has her eyes set a BIG goal. Through JuVee Productions, her integrated film, television and digital production company with hubby Julius Tennon, she moves with the intent to also create and fund opportunities within Hollywood. The duo is now embarking on a financial campaign in efforts to raise $250 million that

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[Black Lens] Kevin Durant, The Donald and Mr. CIAA: The Week in Photos is presenting several images from around the Black diaspora depicting some of the most interesting news items including Kevin Durant suffering an injury that could impact his team’s season. Other items: an electrifying end to the CIAA Tournament in Charlotte and the swearing in of Ben Carson, the retired neurological surgeon and former presidential candidate as Secretary

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No, Viola Davis is Not the ‘Black Meryl Streep’

Viola Davis, Queen of Snatching Scenes and Edges, recently copped the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her marvelous portrayal as Rose Lee Maxson in the film adaptation of August Wilson’s Fences. Uproarious applause emerged, tears were shed, speeches were redefined and all was right with the world… …until I peeped this:

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Black Actors Won Big at the SAG Awards, But It’s Not Enough

It’s been two years since writer April Reign declared #OscarsSoWhite after actors of color were shut out of Academy Award nominations, and Hollywood is currently patting itself on the back for changing its ways. Sunday night, Black actors swept three of the four film acting categories at the 2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards. Denzel Washington

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This Year’s Oscar Nominations Are Full of Historic Black Firsts

It looks like #OscarsSoWhite is taking a break. After 2016 turned out to be one of the best years in Black cinema, Black actors, directors, and behind-the-scenes folks are finally being recognized for their work. This year’s Academy Awards features six Black actors (out of 20) in the major acting categories, and three films with Black

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Tracee Ellis Ross, ‘Moonlight’ Shined at the Golden Globes!

The night was magic. From red carpet slayers to nominees and winners, the 74th Golden Globe Awards beautifully celebrated the art of storytelling through the vehicles of film and television Sunday night and boy, did #BlackExcellence shine through. The ceremony, emceed by the “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon opened with a musical number featuring an array of the night’s

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First Look: Denzel Washington Brings ‘Fences’ to the Big Screen

This past spring, vintage cars lined the streets of Pittsburgh’s Hill District and actors donned 1950s clothing. Strategically placed advertising from a bygone era completed the neighborhood’s transformation for the film adaptation of Fences, the Pulitzer- and Tony Award-winning play written by the Hill’s most famous native son, August Wilson. Fences is the sixth play

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How Oscar Diversity Finally Hit the Tipping Point

When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) nominated all White actors in top acting categories for a second consecutive year, it ignited the year’s most controversial sequel. The #OscarsSoWhite campaign of yesteryear resurfaced, this time creating way more fervor and way more drama about the lack of diversity in Hollywood. Battle lines

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Where Have All the Black TV Couples Gone?

The three most popular shows on prime-time network television are returning from mid-winter break this month: ABC’s Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder and Fox’s Empire. They all feature Black females as the respective leads: Kerry Washington (Scandal), Viola Davis (HTGAWM) and Taraji P. Henson (Empire). But there’s another, albeit subtle, but definitive, commonality:

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10 Best Black Entertainment Moments of 2015

Entertainment has never been simply an outlet of escapism for African-Americans. It serves as a window to our creativity, our ability to use the backdrop of doubt and evil as a way to inspire millions. The year 2015 was one of the most tumultuous periods for Black Americans in quite some time, with multiple unjust

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Golden Globes Nominate Will Smith, Latifah, Idris Elba

Nominees for the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards were announced this morning from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Golden Globe winner Angela Bassett, Golden Globe winner and two-time nominee America Ferrera, Chloë Grace Moretz and two-time Golden Globe Award nominee Dennis Quaid joined previously announced Miss Golden Globe Corinne Foxx, Hollywood Foreign Press