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Groundbreaking Costume Designer Zerina Akers Scores an Emmy for Beyoncé’s Black Is King

Zerina Akers Scores a Costume Designing Emmy for Beyoncé’s ‘Black Is King’ Inarguably, the wardrobe was one of the many stars in the film accompaniment to Lion King: The Gift. In addition to over 60 outfits worn by Beyoncé alone, Akers, White and the styling team outfitted the film’s extensive cast, which memorably included Jay-Z, […]

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Man Who Is Not LeVar Burton and Artist Formerly Known as Blossom Named Permanent Hosts of Jeopardy!

Jeopardy! Names Mike Richards and Mayim Bialik as Permant Hosts G/O Media may get a commission After news of Richards and Bialik’s casting began circulating, the When They See Us director tweeted: “Me trying to create a show right in this moment for @levarburton to host and make an international hit,” in tandem with a […]

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Yes, a Black Woman Is Directing Film Adaptation of Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower—Which Is Timely and Relevant AF

Garrett Bradley from “Below Dreams” poses for the Tribeca Film Festival Getty Images Studio on April 22, 2014; Remembering Octavia Butler: Black Sci-Fi Writer Shares Cautionary Tales In Unearthed 2005 Interview.Photo: Larry Busacca (Getty Images), Screenshot: Democracy Now!/YouTube (Getty Images) Black Sci-fi hive, assemble! We have yet another confirmation of an adaptation based on the […]

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Actress Suzzanne Douglas Dies at 64

Suzzanne Douglas attends the World Premiere of Netflix’s “When They See Us” at the Apollo Theater on May 20, 2019 in New York City.Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris (Getty Images) The Root is sad to report that award-winning actress, dancer, singer and composer Suzzanne Douglas has died. The news of her passing was made public and confirmed […]

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Ava Duvernay’s ARRAY Receives Prestigious Peabody Institutional Award

Image: Courtesy of Peabody Awards Congratulations are in order for Emmy and Academy Award-nominated director and filmmaker Ava DuVernay! Advertisement Per a press release sent to The Root, DuVernay’s ARRAY—the grassroots distribution​, arts and advocacy collective focused on films by people of color and women—has been recognized with the Peabody Institutional Award at this year’s […]

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Ava DuVernay Joins Forces With Google To Empower Underrepresented Creatives

NewsOne Featured Video From films and television shows to initiatives that sit at the intersection of the arts and social justice, filmmaker Ava DuVernay has been dedicated to amplifying the voices and stories of marginalized communities and she is taking her efforts further. According to Deadline, DuVernay has joined forces with Google for the creation […]

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Does Common Have the GOAT Hip-Hop Career? Making the Case

Photo: JOEL SAGET (Getty Images) A few months ago, I was a guest on a podcast that I really enjoy called the 80z Babies Podcast. The show—hosted by Yinka Diz and Outlaw—focuses largely on 90s and 00s era hip-hop and breaks down classic hip-hop albums, and attempts to make good albums into classics (like one […]

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‘Not Only Did They Try to Bury Me, but I Was a Seed’: Yusef Salaam Is Better, Not Bitter

“This is not just a story about my life, but this is a story about being Black in America.” — Yusef Salaam, Author, Activist “The worse thing to happen to us should not define us,” said Yusef Salaam. The 46-year-old sounded like a sage, as he sat proudly in a tall chair during our interview […]

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Ava DuVernay Receives Honorary Doctorate from Yale—and Yes, Her Mom Is Now Calling Her ‘Dr. DuVernay’

In this screengrab, Ava DuVernay speaks during the 3rd Annual CARE Impact Awards on November 18, 2020.Photo: Getty Images for CARE (Getty Images) Acclaimed filmmaker Ava DuVernay once helmed a film about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.—and now she can add a similar honorific to her name. Esteemed Ivy League institution Yale University recently named […]

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