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Say Bye to #OscarsSoWhite; Academy Announces New Members in Hopes of Becoming More Diverse  Say Bye to #OscarsSoWhite; Academy Announces New Members in Hopes of Becoming More Diverse 

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences wasn’t too happy when the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite was going around in 2016, so it decided to go with so diverse instead.

Bill Cosby Ousted From Film Academy Along With Roman Polanski Bill Cosby Ousted From Film Academy Along With Roman Polanski

After adopting a new code of conduct and new procedures for handling workplace misconduct allegations in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal last year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Thursday that it had expelled Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski from its membership.

It’s Hot to Be Unapologetically Black ... Until It’s Presented Like Tiffany Haddish It’s Hot to Be Unapologetically Black ... Until It’s Presented Like Tiffany Haddish

Once upon a time (somewhat) long ago, I had a hankering for Popeyes Chicken during lunch hour at work. It was one of our extra-busy days, so I needed to do a grab-and-go.

#HereWeAre: Is It the ‘Year of the Woman’ (Again), or Are We Just Marketable (Again)?

In March of 1993, I was a high school senior, soon to enter the predominantly (but not exclusively) female enclave of Sarah Lawrence College. Coincidentally, that year, the Academy Awards themed their ceremony “Oscar Celebrates Women and the Movies,” putting their own spin on what the media was calling “the Year of…

Jay-Z and Beyoncé Threw a Secret Black Oscars After-Party and I’m Sure They Meant to Invite Me Jay-Z and Beyoncé Threw a Secret Black Oscars After-Party and I’m Sure They Meant to Invite Me

Jay-Z and Beyoncé hosted a huge bash for Mary J. Blige after the 2018 Oscars, and apparently, my invitation was lost in the mail ... or maybe it was the huge snowstorm that hit the East Coast this weekend that caused the delay. It was a balmy 69 degrees where I live, but there must be a reason I didn’t get an invite.…

She Got That Glow: Taraji P. Henson Slays on the Oscars Red Carpet...Again She Got That Glow: Taraji P. Henson Slays on the Oscars Red Carpet...Again

It must be tiring to be Taraji P. Henson. Seriously, the woman so regularly kills it on the red carpet, we’re ready to nickname her Buffy the Couture Slayer. At last night’s Academy Awards, she certainly lived up to the moniker, putting her own slightly gothic spin on the goddess-inspired trend that threatened to take…

She Got That Glow: How Zendaya Served Simply Stunning Glamour at the Oscars She Got That Glow: How Zendaya Served Simply Stunning Glamour at the Oscars

We’re going to be honest about something: We don’t really know where Zendaya came from. I mean, we know she’s an Oakland, Calif., native, and a child model-turned-Disney starlet. We know she appeared on Dancing With the Stars before scoring the coveted role of M.J. in the latest installment of the Spider-Man franchise

Common Has Secured the Bag and Now He Just Makes Dad Rap Common Has Secured the Bag and Now He Just Makes Dad Rap

Common is killing the game; or, in today’s parlance, Common has secured the bag. I’m almost 40 years old, which means that I grew up in the ’80s and ’90s listening to Common (née Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr.) when he was rapping about watermelons and communism and asking to borrow a dollar. I still own a copy of his classic…

So ... Will Hollywood Finally Learn This Lesson, or Nah? So ... Will Hollywood Finally Learn This Lesson, or Nah?

When writer-director Jordan Peele won his Best Original Screenplay Oscar for 2017’s biggest hit, Get Out, I cheered. When cast members of 2018’s biggest hit so far, Marvel’s Black Panther, walked the red carpet at the 90th Academy Awards, I swooned. And when I looked out at the sea of (mostly) white people attending…

We Love Us: #BlackExcellence Met #BlackElegance at the 2018 Oscars We Love Us: #BlackExcellence Met #BlackElegance at the 2018 Oscars

While there were no big upsets like last year’s last-minute turnover of the award for best picture, the Oscars also weren’t so white this year, as proved by the red carpet of the 90th Academy Awards Sunday night in Hollywood, Calif.

Of Lions, Hunters and Heroes: Black Film, Black Stories and Black Realities Of Lions, Hunters and Heroes: Black Film, Black Stories and Black Realities

Tonight the Black Lives Matter Global Network took to the Oscars stage. Five years of building up black communities. Five years of experiencing police repression. Five years of centering black stories as the way we honor both the dead and the living. We took to the Oscar stage because Black Lives Matter refuses to…

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.

In the Spirit: Stars Celebrate at the Independent Spirit Awards In the Spirit: Stars Celebrate at the Independent Spirit Awards

Tonight, cinephiles everywhere will gather in front of their television screens to watch the biggest stars and biggest films of the year vie for the biggest prizes in cinema at the 90th Academy Awards. (If you haven’t already, join The Glow Up Facebook group to participate in a live red-carpet roundup with us at 6:45…

‘I Am Mirroring Women’: Viola Davis Gets Real in Porter Edit  ‘I Am Mirroring Women’: Viola Davis Gets Real in Porter Edit 

It’s Oscar weekend 2018, so it’s no surprise that we’ve been seeing a lot of Viola Davis. The three-time Academy Award nominee, who won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for 2016’s Fences‚ is a regular on the awards circuit and is often called the “black Meryl Streep”—to which she rightly responds, “[then] pay me…

Mary J. Blige Is Probably Not Going to Win That Oscar, but She Has Already Won Enough (Still Hate You, Though, Kendu) Mary J. Blige Is Probably Not Going to Win That Oscar, but She Has Already Won Enough (Still Hate You, Though, Kendu)

Call it cynicism spurred by decades of watching artists, actors and other public figures squirm to make the perfect “I just lost an award, but believe me, I’m very happy for the person who beat me!” face in a matter of seconds, but I don’t always believe people when they say it’s an honor to be nominated.

Watch: Sterling K. Brown on the Success of Black Panther and His Next Career Moves

Who could forget this guy’s performance in Black Panther? Sterling K. Brown is killing everything he touches. He now intends to move forward into writing and directing his own projects as well.

Raphael Saadiq Talks to VSB About Being Nominated for an Oscar, His Musical Legacy and Exercising to Wu-Tang Clan Raphael Saadiq Talks to VSB About Being Nominated for an Oscar, His Musical Legacy and Exercising to Wu-Tang Clan

A lot of eyes in the black community will be on this Sunday’s 90th Academy Awards. Thanks to films Get Out and Mudbound, several black folks are in the running for a coveted Oscar on the movie industry’s biggest night.

There’s Something About Mary: Why We Can’t Stop Talking About Mary J. Blige There’s Something About Mary: Why We Can’t Stop Talking About Mary J. Blige

Just when we think we know the unmitigated glory that is Mary J. Blige, she shape-shifts, leveling up her glamour to unimaginable new heights. This is the only way to describe her latest appearance on the cover of New York magazine, where she somehow seems to channel both Marlene Dietrich and Marilyn Monroe, but…

#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…

Love Without a (Price) Limit: Love Mary J.’s Look at the SAG Awards? Get It With Black Opal! Love Without a (Price) Limit: Love Mary J.’s Look at the SAG Awards? Get It With Black Opal!

It’s no secret that we’re all about Mary J. Blige’s glow up this awards season; in fact, we’re not sure we’ve stanned this hard for her since What’s the 411? The singer and actress has been nominated for Golden Globe, Critics Choice and Screen Actors Guild awards, and now a history-making two Oscar nods for both her…

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