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The Glow Up Goes to NOLA, Day 4: Maybe My Mascara Should Run for President

Michelle Obama speaks onstage during the 2019 ESSENCE Festival at Louisiana Superdome on July 06, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana.Photo: Bennett Raglin (Getty Images for ESSENCE) No, Michelle Obama is not running for president, y’all. But we all know that if she did have the inclination, she’d have the coveted black female vote on lock. […]

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Lena Waithe Calls Out Will Smith, Denzel Washington for Not Funding More Black Films

As Lena Waithe’s star continues to rise, she’s taken her responsibility as a black filmmaker seriously. Not only does she make it a point to create opportunities for other deserving black creatives, but she holds other Hollywood veterans in positions of power accountable to do the same. Despite our unquestionable talent, financing is one of […]

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Oprah’s ‘When They See Us Now’ Special Shows the Scars the Series Didn’t Heal

“The world knew them as just a derogatory headline for decades … But from this day forward we call them the Exonerated Five, not the Central Park Five,” Oprah Winfrey said during her hour-long interview special Oprah Winfrey Presents: When They See Us Now. The special, currently airing on Netflix, features When They See Us […]

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Black Student Protest Leads to Prosecutor in the Central Park 5 Case Quitting Her Columbia Law School Job

Photo: iStock Another day, another example of karma coming for folks in the fallout over the wrongful prosecutions of the Central Park Five. Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Lederer has quit her part-time gig as a professor at Columbia Law School after renewed calls for her ouster by the Black Law Students Association, the New […]

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Prepare Yourself for the Emotional Rollercoaster Ride Known as Queen Sugar

The cast and producers of ‘Queen Sugar’Photo: Josh Brasted / Stringer (GETTY IMAGES) For almost three years, we’ve all been on an emotional rollercoaster, courtesy of Ava DuVernay’s Queen Sugar. The lives of the Bordelon family have become our lives, and we’ve become invested in their highs and lows. If you’re a fan of the […]

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Blacklisted: Publisher Kicks Central Park 5 Prosecutor Linda Fairstein to the Curb

Linda FairsteinPhoto: Paul Hawthorne (Getty) Sometimes life comes at you fast or — in the case of former prosecutor-turned-author Linda Fairstein — decades later, with Fairstein facing the latest comeuppance as a result of backlash since a revisting of her handling of the prosecution of five black and brown boys in New York’s infamous 1989 […]

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Backlisted: Publisher Kicks Central Park 5 Prosecutor Linda Fairstein to the Curb

Linda FairsteinPhoto: Paul Hawthorne (Getty) Sometimes life comes at you fast or — in the case of former prosecutor-turned-author Linda Fairstein — decades later, with Fairstein facing the latest comeuppance as a result of backlash since a revisting of her handling of the prosecution of five black and brown boys in New York’s infamous 1989 […]

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Queen Sugar Continues Its Matriarchy, Adds 4 New Directors. Cree Summer and Bryan Terrell Clark to Guest Star

(L-R): Cree Summer on May 10, 2019 in North Hollywood, Ca.; Bryan Terrell Clark on April 30, 2018 in New York City. Photo: Amanda Edwards (Getty Images), Ilya S. Savenok (Getty Images for inDEFINED) Less than a week ‘til we’re back with the Bordelons! Queen Sugar has been living up to its titular name, having […]

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Auntie Who? Ava DuVernay Sets Some Boundaries and Sparks Major Debate—and The Root Digs In

Ava DuVernay attends the 2019 Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards Luncheon. Photo: Aaron J. Thornton (Getty Images for Essence) So, it seems we owe Ava DuVernay an apology. Last Friday, when we ran her picture (along with buddy and co-producer Oprah Winfrey) above an article titled “Aunties Know Best? Data Suggests Single, Childless Women […]

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Central Park Five Prosecutor Linda Fairstein Dismisses Accuracy of When They See Us: ‘It’s a Basket of Lies’

Photo: Paul Hawthorne (Getty Images) Former prosecutor Linda Fairstein is experiencing karma having a bad week. Since the release of Netflix’s haunting masterpiece When They See Us, the world has been provided with explicit details of the abhorrent lengths that Fairstein went to to ruin the lives of five innocent black and brown teenagers. Advertisement As […]

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Five Black Men React to Netflix’s When They See Us, Ava DuVernay’s Series About the Central Park Five

On May 31, Netflix released the Ava DuVernay-helmed miniseries, When They See Us, which delves into the case of the Central Park Five, the five black and brown boys who were convicted in 1990 in both the media and the courtroom for a crime they didn’t commit. In 2002, they were exonerated after the actual […]

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Five Black Men React to Netflix’s When They See Us, Ava DuVernay’s Series About the Central Park 5

On May 31, Netflix released the Ava DuVernay-helmed miniseries, When They See Us, which delves into the case of the Central Park Five, the five black and brown boys who were convicted in 1990 in both the media and the courtroom for a crime they didn’t commit. In 2002, they were exonerated after the actual […]

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5 Black Men React to Netflix’s When They See Us, Ava DuVernay’s Series About the Central Park Five

On May 31, Netflix released the Ava DuVernay-helmed miniseries, When They See Us, which delves into the case of the Central Park Five, the five black and brown boys who were convicted in 1990 in both the media and the courtroom for a crime they didn’t commit. In 2002, they were exonerated after the actual […]

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The Brotherhood: Raymond Santana Creates a T-Shirt to Commemorate the Central Park 5

Raymond SantanaPhoto: Paras Griffin (Getty Images for Netflix) If, like me, you spent a good part of your weekend tearfully watching Ava DuVernay’s masterful When They See Us on Netflix, you likely walked away wanting to ensure the world never forgets what was done to Yusef Salaam, Kevin Richardson, Antron McCray, Korey Wise and Raymond […]

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The Brotherhood: Raymond Santana Creates a T-Shirt to Commemorate the Central Park Five

Raymond SantanaPhoto: Paras Griffin (Getty Images for Netflix) If, like me, you spent a good part of your weekend tearfully watching Ava DuVernay’s masterful When They See Us on Netflix, you likely walked away wanting to ensure the world never forgets what was done to Yusef Salaam, Kevin Richardson, Antron McCray, Korey Wise and Raymond […]

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When Are Black Boys Allowed to be Boys? The Cast of When They See Us Says There’s Still Work to Do

I’m asking myself what do I look like? Do I look like a criminal?- Jharrel Jerome What do you see when you look at black boys? Perhaps you see a brother, a son or a nephew. Conversely, you might see a deep thinker, a creative, a leader, or even our future. But for Korey Wise, […]

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Here’s Everything New On Netflix This Week, Including ‘Always Be My Maybe’ And ‘When They See Us’

Netflix Netflix closes out the month of May with a couple of highly-anticipated originals and a Starz historical drama full of heat. Ava DuVernay’s limited series about the wrongfully accused Central Park Five lands on the streaming platform Friday. The show highlights issues of racial profiling and corruption in the police force. For some lighter […]

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When They See Us Is the Haunting Masterpiece the Central Park Five Deserve

When They See UsPhoto: Courtesy of Netflix After watching Netflix’s upcoming miniseries When They See Us ahead of its release, here are five observations. 1. While the tragic tale of the Central Park Five is at least vaguely familiar to most, this miniseries does an exceptional job of exploring the myriad of ways in which […]

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Ava DuVernay on When They See Us and How the Press Failed the Central Park Five

There are few things more difficult to watch than the abuse, mistreatment and manipulation of innocent young black and brown people. In her four-part Netflix series, When They See Us, award-winning director Ava DuVernay takes us into the story of the Central Park Five—a case that had the media in a frenzy in the late […]

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From Boys to Men: New When They See Us Trailer Highlights the Heartbreaking Yet Hopeful Journey of the Central Park Five

When They See Us 2nd Trailer / Netflix (YouTube) Time is priceless. Time is something that was stolen from Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana Jr., and Korey Wise in 1990, when they were convicted and sentenced to several years in prison for a crime none of the teenage boys committed. There was […]

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