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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 deal reportedly worth $150 million.…

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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.

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Last night, I had the privilege to attend the 2018 Governors Awards in Hollywood, Calif., and saw Cicely Tyson receive her honorary Oscar. She is the first black woman to ever win the honor.

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It was an honor more than 45 years in the making, but Cicely Tyson finally took home an Oscar on Sunday night at the 10th annual Governors Awards in Hollywood, Ca.

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“Black excellence” is a phrase oft-used at The Root, but we’re not sure it’s quite adequate to describe this news: In the midst of completing her highly anticipated drama for Netflix, The Central Park Five, Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated filmmaker Ava DuVernay is also in production on another documentary for the…

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Let’s be clear, the black vote is crucial in each and every election. And as history has shown, when it comes time to vote, black women get the job done.

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The ceremony won’t be televised until Sept. 9, but on Sunday night at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, N.J., black girl magic was on full display as an array of our established and future icons hit the red carpet for Black Girls Rock! 2018.

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Netflix just announced the actors who will portray the Central Park 5 in its upcoming Ava DuVernay-directed series. Ethan Herisse (Miss Virginia) will play Young Yusef Salaam; Marquis Rodriguez (Chicago Fire) will play Young Raymond Santana, Jr.; Caleel Harris (Goosebumps 2) will play Young Antron McCray; Asante Blackk will play Young Kevin Richardson. Together with […]

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  OWN announced that it was renewing Queen Sugar for a fourth season on Wednesday and fans everywhere rejoiced. The series created by Ava DuVernay will be going through some big changes when it returns thanks to a new show runner, Anthony Sparks. Even though replacing a show runner is a pretty huge deal on […]

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Ava DuVernay announced the names of the actors who have signed on to her Netflix, Central Park 5 series, which will be both written and directed by her.

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Netflix wants you to know they are all about celebrating diversity through storytelling. The media powerhouse recreated the iconic “A Great Day in Harlem” photograph that showcased 57 Notable Jazz Musicians. Netflix assembled 47 of its Black creators, directors, and actors from over 20 series, films, and documentaries to Unveil “A New Day in Hollywood.” […]

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Netflix may be reeling from the recent firing of their Chief Communications Officer, but the streaming service remains committed to leading the way for diversity and representation and they just dropped an EPIC photo that shows just how much progress they have made. During the 2018 BET Awards, Netflix debuted an iconic photo featuring 47 […]

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Ava DuVernay is asking her followers to think back to their own childhoods when speaking about the Trump Administration’s devestating “zero tolerance” policy. Tuesday, the Wrinkle in Time director inspired her legions of fans to pull out old pictures of themselves after she tweeted a photo of herself as a child to protest the president’s […]

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Queen Sugar Season 3 is getting real good! Check out our video recap and review of the latest episode “No Haven In My Shadow.”  theGrio‘s Deputy Editor, Natasha Alford, breaks down the good, bad and ugly of the Bordelon family’s drama.

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  Ava DuVernay never ceases to amaze us when it comes to her work ethic, and the award-winning director has her eyes on a new project. She’s reportedly working on a comedy series based on Colin Kaepernick during his high school years, and we can’t wait to see it. She hasn’t officially announced the project […]

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Patrick Riley has been a celebrated entertainment journalist for more than 25 years and his new book, That’s What Friends Are For: On The Women Who Inspired Me, highlights some of the women who helped shape his career. What made you want to write this tribute to women? From as early as when I was […]

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  BET just announced the nominees for the upcoming 2018 BET Awards, and we can’t wait to see who will reign supreme this year. DJ Khaled leads the pack with six nominations, and Kendrick Lamar racked up five nods. Close behind are Migos and SZA with four nominations each. Several of our favorite ladies nabbed […]

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In an exclusive interview, Emmy winner Lena Waithe shares her excitement and gratitude for current success and willingness to continue to put in the work for audiences,

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There are so many reasons to love Yara Shahidi and her fierce fashion game is just one of them. The Grown-ish star sat down with her stylist, Jason Bolden, to dish details about her signature looks in the latest issue of The Hollywood Reporter.  “I feel like what’s been fun about the past year is […]

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Ava DuVernay will soon be toasted by the Gordon Parks Foundation in late May, the group announced Tuesday. The group’s annual dinner happens May 22 and honors individuals who make strides in performing and visual arts as well as humanitarianism. The A Wrinkle In Time filmmaker will be joined by businessman and philanthropist Ronald O. […]

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Straight off the heels of premiering Disney’s A Wrinkle In Time, director Ava DuVernay is ready to lend her magic touch to another exciting project. Variety is reporting that Ava DuVernay has been pinpointed to direct an adaptation of New Gods, from DC Extended Universe. New Gods is based on a DC Comics series of the […]

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Issa Rae is a woman many talents and we’re soaking up knowledge thanks to her unscripted show, The Sip.  The Insecure star interviewed Diddy on Sunday for the show that has featured innovative content creators like Kenya Barris, Ava DuVernay, and Regina King. Diddy shared a video on Instagram that shows the pair discussing topics […]

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It was a historic weekend at the box office thanks to A Wrinkle In Time and Black Panther. The long-awaited release of A Wrinkle In Time raked in $33.3 million over the weekend. The Ava DuVernay-directed film came in behind Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther, which brought in another $44.1 million, marking the first time two […]

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The film is a journey where we learn to look beyond the surface and find the light in her life.

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You may not know the name Storm Reid right now, but by March 10—the day after her $100 million Disney film, A Wrinkle in Time hits theaters—you will.

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“I didn’t pick up a camera until I was 32,” says Ava DuVernay. “So you finally get to pick up a camera and do these things and it’s like, ‘Wow. I get to say something. I get to make something, and people will pay money to sit down and see and consume,’ and it becomes […]

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If anyone knows how to manifest the life she wants, it’s Oprah Winfrey. In 2013, the “Queen of All Media” decided she wanted to be friends with award-winning filmmaker, Ava DuVernay, and that's exactly what she did.

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Oprah Winfrey visited The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night to discuss her forthcoming role in the historic Ava DuVernay directed film, A Wrinkle In Time. 

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Ava DuVernay’s long-awaited film A Wrinkle In Time is only three days away, but fans are in for a treat with the release of the first song from the soundtrack by Sade. Sade has returned to the music scene for the first time in seven years for a No I.D.-produced song for Wrinkle in Time. “Flower of […]

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Beyonce and Jay-Z fans are frantically wondering if they should get their coins together! According to Variety, Monday morning, Beyonce’s Facebook and Ticketmaster pages announced a date for the tour: July 30 at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field. Both posts were deleted but Complex captured a screen shot of one of the two. So, of course, fans want to know […]

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Wakanda's reign shows no signs of waning. 'Black Panther' is king of the box office for the third straight weekend.

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UPDATE— Dear Basketball won the Oscar for Best Animated Short at the 90th Academy Awards. This, quite literally, is a whole new game. But trust that Kobe Bryant is ready to suit up for this next chapter. One of the NBA’s biggest stars officially left the game on April 13, 2016, five months after he […]

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