Michelle Rodriguez: “You Have to Be Trashy and Black to Get Nominated” for an Oscar

Director Lee Daniels (Precious) is receiving strong criticism for his latest film, “The Paperboy,” which was mostly panned at the Cannes Film Festival this year and called “outrageous,” “unintentionally funny” and “campy.” However, at least one fan of the film thought its leading lady, Nicole Kidman, kicked some thespian a-double-s in her raw portrayal of […]

We’re a Culture, Not a Costume: Ohio University Students Teaching What NOT to Wear

Fed up with the annual parade of white folks in blackface, “Indian squaws,” and other culturally insensitive Halloween costumes on their campus, a group of students at Ohio University decided to do something about it. Members of the campus club STARS (Students Teaching Against Racism) created a poster series with the theme “We’re A Culture, […]

Where Does John Singleton Stand on that Spike Lee / Tyler Perry Thing?

Director John Singleton, who is at the American Black Film Festival in Miami celebrating the 20th anniversary of his film, Boyz n the Hood, sat down with¬†The Root to chat about black film. ¬†Asked about his views on the negative comments that have gone back and forth between Spike Lee and Tyler Perry (Tyler Perry […]

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