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9 Things I Learned (and One Thing I Didn't) From Robert Townsend's Fun and Informative Documentary, The Making of The Five Heartbeats  9 Things I Learned (and One Thing I Didn't) From Robert Townsend's Fun and Informative Documentary, The Making of The Five Heartbeats 

On Monday night, I went to check out the documentary dedicated to the creation of the classic Robert Townsend movie The Five Heartbeats. Full disclosure: The Five Heartbeats is my second-favorite movie of all time. Coming to America currently occupies that No. 1 slot, but it’s really more like 1 and 1a.

An Ode to Scamming and NYC: Rapper Awkwafina on the Diversity and Strength of Ocean’s 8 An Ode to Scamming and NYC: Rapper Awkwafina on the Diversity and Strength of Ocean’s 8

If Paris is the City of Lights, then New York is the City of Hustle. Perhaps no other city in the world is so emblematic of competition and drive—the Frank Sinatra-era mantra, “If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere,” indelibly imprinted into the city’s ethos no matter which borough or which avenue you find…

Watch: What It’s Like to Be a Black Woman in Hollywood

Diversity and representation are the hot-button topics in Hollywood right now. In an industry that reflects the world in which we live, black people and women—so, basically black women—are often underrepresented in Hollywood. But people like Tyler Perry are changing that. Sure, he’s a polarizing figure based on his…

David Oyelowo Opens Up About Racism in Hollywood in the Most Vulnerable Conversation Ever David Oyelowo Opens Up About Racism in Hollywood in the Most Vulnerable Conversation Ever

David Oyelowo is often mistaken for an Oscar winner. Right now you’re probably like, wait, he doesn’t have an Oscar? And you’re checking Google. And ... nope, no Oscar. But he does have several accolades that make him a trusted piece of Hollywood royalty. In fact, his besties Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey co-sign his…

Terry Crews: Hollywood Is ‘Like a Plantation’ Terry Crews: Hollywood Is ‘Like a Plantation’

When Terry Crews opened up about an alleged sexual assault he experienced at the hands of WME agent Adam Venit in October, he understood the inherent risks: What if no one believes you? What if you can’t find work again? What if you’re ostracized from the industry?

You Know the Housing Markets Are Rough When Adults Are Paying to Live in Dormitories You Know the Housing Markets Are Rough When Adults Are Paying to Live in Dormitories

House prices these days are ridiculous, especially if you are a single professional living in a larger city.

Accused Oscar Thief Vows to Fight Felony Charge Accused Oscar Thief Vows to Fight Felony Charge

The man accused of stealing Frances McDormand’s Oscar for best actress says that he will fight the felony charges pressed against him by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

There Will Be No Time’s Up Dress Code at the Oscars, but #MeToo Is Still on People’s Minds There Will Be No Time’s Up Dress Code at the Oscars, but #MeToo Is Still on People’s Minds

Make no mistake: Just because you don’t see a sea of diaphanous black gowns and sharp, black tuxes at the Oscars red carpet this Sunday doesn’t mean the Time’s Up movement didn’t show up.

Some Older Academy Voters Won’t Let Get Out Be Oscar-Great, Haven’t Even Watched Film Some Older Academy Voters Won’t Let Get Out Be Oscar-Great, Haven’t Even Watched Film

Even though the film was nominated for four major Academy Awards this year, including Best Picture and Best Director, some longtime Oscar voters still haven’t watched Get Out because they don’t deem it Oscar material.

Chris Tucker Presses Gas on Rush Hour 4 Chris Tucker Presses Gas on Rush Hour 4

For the past seven years, neither Chris Tucker nor Jackie Chan has been in any rush to dust off the Rush Hour franchise. In a radio interview from October 2017, Chan said that he and Tucker turned down script after script before finally finding one they liked. As Complex reports, Chan told The Cruz Show on Power 106…

#OscarsSoBlackAndWhite and the Myth of Black Privilege #OscarsSoBlackAndWhite and the Myth of Black Privilege

It’s become an annual late-January Twitter tradition to examine, cheer and/or mock the diversity (or lack thereof) of the Oscar nominees ever since writer, activist and media critic April Reign started the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite in 2015. But as the derivative hashtag #OscarsSoBlackAndWhite rears its ugly head once…

Judge of Characters: Inequality for All, Especially in Hollywood

While many people may have heard Mo’Nique’s “cries” about the gender and color bias in Hollywood and rolled their eyes, there were others of us who wholeheartedly agreed with her. Inequality reigns supreme in Hollywood. It’s the reason Jessica Chastain helped Octavia Spencer negotiate a higher salary. It’s the reason …

Equal Pay for Equal Laughs: #TimesUp Meeting Reveals Tracee Ellis Ross Paid ‘Significantly Less’ Than Anthony Anderson Equal Pay for Equal Laughs: #TimesUp Meeting Reveals Tracee Ellis Ross Paid ‘Significantly Less’ Than Anthony Anderson

At a recent meeting of Time’s Up, the initiative spearheaded by Hollywood actresses with the aim of addressing sexual assault and workplace harassment and inequality, there was a lot said about Tracee Ellis Ross getting paid “significantly less” than her Black-ish co-star Anthony Anderson.

Real Love: Mary J. Blige Is Getting a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Real Love: Mary J. Blige Is Getting a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Well, here’s a reason to be happy: Just in time to coincide with her Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Critics’ Choice best supporting actress nominations for the film Mudbound—as well as a Golden Globe nod for best original song for “Mighty River”—the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has announced that Grammy…

#ThrowbackThursday: Golden Globes Edition #ThrowbackThursday: Golden Globes Edition

No shade to Christmas, but here at The Glow Up, it’s the most wonderful time of year—except Fashion Weeks, the Met Gala and ... I digress. This Sunday, the 2018 awards season kicks off with the Golden Globes, setting off a chain of red-carpet moments stretching well into spring. In honor of the blessed event, we’ll be…

She Ready! The Glow Up Is Live on Facebook! She Ready! The Glow Up Is Live on Facebook!

OK, ladies, now let’s get in—well, you know the rest. Five short weeks ago, we introduced you to The Glow Up, a new section of The Root intended to empower, inform and inspire all iterations of black women through the lens of beauty and fashion. And week after week, our audience has continued to grow along with our…

Watch: Tiffany Haddish Delivers Hilarious Acceptance Speech at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards Watch: Tiffany Haddish Delivers Hilarious Acceptance Speech at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards

The New York Film Critics Circle Awards, which were held Wednesday night at Tao restaurant in New York City, are the first major Hollywood awards ceremony of the season. Thanks to Tiffany Haddish, the show may also already be a lock as the best.

A (Too) Short List of All the Black Golden Globe Nominees to Root For A (Too) Short List of All the Black Golden Globe Nominees to Root For

Welcome to my Caucasian home, said the Golden Globes this morning, before flooding us with the sort of nominations list that would have you convinced it was still snowing—all over your computer screen.

Lena Horne’s Granddaughter, Filmmaker Jenny Lumet, Accuses Russell Simmons of Sexual Violation Lena Horne’s Granddaughter, Filmmaker Jenny Lumet, Accuses Russell Simmons of Sexual Violation

Jenny Lumet, the award-winning screenwriter behind Rachel Getting Married and The Mummy, is the latest woman to come forward with the resounding call of #MeToo, sharing what she says was her horrific encounter with music mogul Russell Simmons, who she says sexually assaulted her when she was in her early 20s.

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