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He Really Is Ready—Tevin Campbell Has Been Cast in Queen Sugar, Just Like Ava DuVernay Promised

Tevin Campbell performs at the Essence Festival in New Orleans, Saturday, July 5, 2014.Photo: Gerald Herbert (AP) Tevin Campbell once asked “Can We Talk?”—and Ava DuVernay has continually proven she is not “all talk” with the way she moves in Hollywood. A perfect professional match, right? You may remember the resurgence of Campbell’s brand in […]

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Ava DuVernay Is Bringing a New Romance Anthology Series, Cherish the Day, to OWN

Ava DuVernay attends the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California.Photo: Dia Dipasupil (Getty Images) Ava DuVernay is owning her place at OWN! The acclaimed director has an established relationship with Oprah Winfrey’s network, with Queen Sugar returning for its 4th season in June. Now, […]

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Queen Sugar’s 4th Season Has a Premiere Date—and the All-Female Director Lineup Is as Sweet as Ever

Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner), Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe) and Nova (Rutina Wesley), Queen Sugar, Season 3Photo: Skip Bolen © 2018 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc (Courtesy of OWN) The Bordelons are coming back for their fourth (and hopefully fruitful) season on the farm, as OWN’s hit, Queen Sugar, makes its return. Queen Sugar / OWN (YouTube) The […]

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Internationally Known: On International Women’s Day, Watch Tarana Burke and Ava DuVernay Accept VH1 Trailblazer Honors 

Academy Award-Nominated Director and WOV Honoree, Ava DuVernay, (L) poses with Founder of the #MeToo Movement and Founder and Director of Just Be Inc., Tarana Burke, at the Ms. Foundation 30th Annual Gloria Awards at Capitale on May 3, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for The Foundation for Women They’re […]

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When They See Us Teaser Trailer: The Central Park Five Are Authentically Seen 

The “Central Park Five” may have been immortalized with the name, but it’s always important to remember that each member of that historic group is a person. Humanizing them is important. Exclusive: Yusef Salaam of the Central Park Five Says City’s Recent Document Dump Is One-Sided,… Seemingly out of nowhere last Friday, the city of […]

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Ava DuVernay’s Central Park Five Series ‘When They See Us’ Is Going to Be a Gut-Punch for Trump

On Friday morning, Ava DuVernay tweeted the trailer for her highly anticipated limited series on the Central Park Five, When They See Us, and looks like it’s going to make a hell of a splash. The five-part series tells the story of the five black and Latinx teens that were wrongfully convicted of raping a […]

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Hollywood Has a Problem With Inclusion and These Celebrities Are Trying to Solve It

It’s no secret that Hollywood has a problem with inclusion. As April Reign pointed out with her viral #OscarsSoWhite years ago, Oscars have been white and, might I add, damningly male. Guess what? The greater Hollywood industry isn’t any less pale (or male, for that matter). USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative did some research and found […]

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Lena Waithe Doesn’t Want Black Hollywood to Be a ‘Moment or Movement’, She Wants It to Be ‘The Norm’

Screenwriter/actress Lena Waithe attends the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominee Brunch on January 05, 2019 in West Hollywood, California.Photo: Rodin Eckenroth (Getty Images) Lena Waithe summed it up best: “White folks have everything, and we still have a lot of catching up to do.” TIME recently announced Ava DuVernay as the guest editor of […]

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First Look: Ava DuVernay’s The Red Line Tackles Segregated Chicago—and Finds Unexpected Connections

CBS I’m a South Side Chicago born-and-bred native, and the Red Line was my main train line. As a product of both the Woodlawn area (via my grandma) and the Southwest Side’s “Wild Hunnids” (via my mama), I would often find myself traipsing around the 95th and 87th stops of the Chicago Transit Authority’s (CTA) […]

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Ava DuVernay to Lead ‘National Day of Racial Healing’ Following MLK Day, Speakers Include Stacey Abrams and More

Ava DuVernay speaks onstage during the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 10th annual Governors Awards on November 18, 2018 in Hollywood, California. Photo: Kevin Winter (Getty Images) The third annual “National Day of Racial Healing” will be kicking off the day after MLK Day (observed), with Ava DuVernay taking the lead. The award-winning […]

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Women Directed A Depressingly Small Amount Of The Movies Released In 2018

Disney 2018 was a great movie year and a banner one for representation and diversity, from Black Panther being the highest grosser to the runaway success of Crazy Rich Asians to numerous high-profile female-driven pictures, including Ocean’s 8, Widows, The Favourite, Suspiria, Eighth Grade, Support the Girls, even arguably Halloween. But that’s only taking into […]

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The Biggest Winners of 2018

As we reach this final day of the year in 2018, The Root takes our annual look back at the people, organizations and movements that captured our attention over the past year. From a Bronx rapper who was unapologetically herself to a former first lady who wrote candidly about her experience in the White House […]

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She Slayed: The Glow Up’s Best Dressed Women of 2018

Tracee Ellis Ross attends the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City.Photo: Jason Kempin (Getty Images) To say this last year has been a challenging one would be an understatement, but there were some significant bright spots—namely, on […]

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The Filmmaker’s Champ: Steven Caple Jr. Becomes 4th Black Director to Gross $100 Million Domestically in 2018 

Steven Caple Jr attends ‘Creed II’ New York Premiere on November 14, 2018 in New York City. Photo: John Lamparski (Getty Images) Knockout. Steven Caple Jr. likely faced a lot of pressure taking over the reigns for Ryan Coogler to direct Creed II. However, it looks like he stepped up to the plate, and then […]

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Brown Girls and Beyond: Sam Bailey Is Adding New and Needed Voices to Our Narrative 

Sam BaileyPhoto: Courtesy of Sam Bailey Has there ever been a better time to be a black female content creator? Conventional logic would say no; after all, filmmaker Ava DuVernay just inked a $100 million dollar deal with Warner Bros., while Shonda Rhimes has moved her evolving empire of successful series to Netflix in a […]

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Ava DuVernay Secures the Bag With $100 Million Warner Bros. TV Deal

Photo: Kevin Winter (Getty Images) Ava DuVernay’s ascension to Hollywood black royalty status has been something of a Cinderella story, and with her most recent achievement, her tale just got that much richer—so to speak. From her brief affair with a career in journalism that included covering the OJ Simpson trial for CBS News to […]

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The Coronation of Our Queen Cicely Tyson at the 2018 Governors Awards

Honorary Award recipient Cicely Tyson accepts the award at the 2018 Governors Awards in The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, CA, on Sunday, November 18, 2018.Photo: Michael Yada (A.M.P.A.S.) Last night, I had the privilege to attend the 2018 Governors Awards in Hollywood, Calif., and saw Cicely Tyson receive her […]

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At 93, Cicely Tyson Gets Her 1st Oscar—and Danai Gurira Gets Mistaken for Viola Davis?

Ava DuVernay presents an award to Cicely Tyson onstage during the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 10th annual Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on November 18, 2018 in Hollywood, California.Photo: Kevin Winter (Getty Images) It was an honor more than 45 years in the making, but […]

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As California Is Engulfed in Flames, Celebrities Unload on Trump for Remaining as Callous as Ever

If you were the President of the United States, and one of the biggest states in the country was being ravaged by rampant wildfires that have caused unspeakable deaths and damage, I would imagine that casting blame and threatening to pull federal funding while people are literally running for their lives would be the last […]

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