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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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Hollywood is falling short of ethnic equality despite black-led films including "Black Panther," actress and award-winning writer Lena Waithe said.

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What does it mean to be a powerful woman? This is the question New York magazine’s Women and Power issue explores, interviewing and profiling some of the world’s most well-known women—and many who wield the power behind the scenes.


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It’s no rare thing to be shoe-obsessed, but when it comes to the sneaker-obsessed, writer, producer and actress Lena Waithe is one of a rare breed. Waithe owns over 100 pairs, using her kicks to accent an eclectically casual wardrobe primarily comprised of “queer designers who happen to be brown and makin’ shit,” as…


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Lena Waithe and Halle Berry are executive producing a Boomerang reboot as a series for BET. It is about time these other seven Black classic films get a reboot too.

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Beyoncé, Draymond Green, Entertainment, Events, Janelle Monae, Jay Z, Kim Kardashian, Kim Kardashian West, Kim Porter, Kourtney Kardashian, Kris Jenner, Larsa Pippen, Lena Waithe, Lisa Raye, London Brown, Music, News, On The Run 2, On The Run II, Richard Lawson, Tamika Raymond, The Carters, Tina Knowles, Yara Shahidi -

The Carters took over Los Angeles over the weekend when their On The Run 2 tour served up two incredible shows at The Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Tons of fans and stars clamored to see Beyonce and Jay-Z take the stage and play out their tumultuous marriage and road to recovery in a nearly three-hour […]

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“Tonight’s honorees represent our radiance and our royalty … Thank you all for showing the world how bright we shine and how hard we rock,” said Black Girls Rock! founder Beverly Bond, speaking to the audience at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center during the Black Girls Rock! Awards, which aired on BET on Sunday…


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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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  Kid Fury is teaming up with Lena Waithe to bring a new comedy series to HBO. The comedian, blogger, and podcaster best known for his hit podcast, The Read, will write and co-executive produce the series alongside the Emmy-winning Waithe, who recently inked a first-look deal with Showtime. According to Variety, Other executive producers […]

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  It looks like fans of Lena Waithe have something to celebrate. The Emmy-winning writer, actress, and creator of The Chi just inked a first-look deal with Showtime, pricing she’s just getting started. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Waithe will develop new dramatic and comedic projects for the network that’s already home to her hit, […]

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#StrongBlackLead, Caleb McLaughlin, Comedy, Entertainment, Film, Lena Waithe, Netflix, Television -

In addition to their Facebook Watch Series, What Had Happened Was, Netflix’s @StrongBlackLead channel launched a series of conversations featuring its talent called, Did We Just Become Best Friends? The series that features talent from the streaming service’s diverse roster kicked off its first episode by having Lena Waithe interview Stranger Things star, Caleb McLaughlin before […]

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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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A Wrinkle In Time, Ava Duvernay, Beyoncé, Black History, Courtney Kemp, Diahann Carroll, Entertainment, Film, Issa Rae, Jennifer Hudson, Lena Waithe, Mara Brock Akil, Patrick RIley, Selma, Television, That's What Friends Are For: On The Women Who Inspired Me, TheGrio Originals -

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 […]

The post EXCLUSIVE: Patrick Riley on his book ‘That’s What Friends Are For: On The Women Who Inspired Me’ appeared first on theGrio.

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The cast of Dear White People came out to celebrate the season 2 premiere of their Netflix series at the Arclight in Hollywood on Wednesday night and TheGrio caught up with a few of our favorites to get their take on Kanye West and his descent into the sunken place. Everyone from Logan Browning to […]

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Hollywood, Lena Waithe, LGBTQ, Movies, Television -

Before my conversation with Lena Waithe begins, I issue a warning. She is, after all, the creator of Showtime’s excellent The Chi, a fictional series about Chicago’s South Side. “Nothing better ever happen to Papa! I mean it, Lena!” Waithe laughs mightily at my plea to keep the innocent and charismatic Papa free of harm. […]

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Read why this writer was nonplussed when she first saw Lena Waithe's Vanity Fair cover and what changed her mind about it.

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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,

The post EXCLUSIVE: Lena Waithe on needing her haters and why her life right now is “Heaven” appeared first on theGrio.

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#blackexcellence, Donald Glover, Entertainment, Featured, Film, Gabrielle Union, Get Out, Janelle Monae, Jordan Peele, Kobe Bryant, Lena Waithe, Mary J. Blige, Mudbound, Regina Hall, Traces Ellis Ross -

Black celebs showed up and showed out at this year’s Oscars and the significance of history-making year in film was not lost on Vanity Fair. Their photographer, Mark Seliger, captured several stunning photos of beautiful black folks like Kerry Washington, Chadwick Boseman, and Zoe Kravitz at their portrait studio on Sunday night. Lena Waithe posted one on […]

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The Essence Black Women in Hollywood Oscars Luncheon went down on Thursday afternoon and brought out the best in the business when it comes to serving up style, grace, and sisterhood. So many of our favorite ladies turned up for the annual event at the Regent Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills that #BlackGirlMagic would be […]

The post Red Carpet Glam: See all the beautiful stars at ‘Essence Black Women In Hollywood Oscars Luncheon’ appeared first on theGrio.

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Entertainment, Jason Mitchell, Lena Waithe, Television, The Chi, The Chi recap -

The Chi is not a show that should be missed. Still, Sunday night is a tough spot to hold onto with huge events like The Image Awards, the Grammys, and the Super Bowl infringing on the slot for the past few weeks. We thought fans of The Chi could use a quick catch up on […]

The post ‘The Chi’ Catch Up: 6 Things To Know appeared first on theGrio.

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Some of our favorite stars headed to the snow this week for the annual Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Check out some of the hot pics! Talking It Out Tessa Thompson, Angela Rye, and Debra L. Lee on the scene at Angela Rye Presents: Black Women are Leading the Revolution sponsored by Color […]

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#StepSisters, Ben Cory Jones, Ben Cory Jones interview, Entertainment, Insecure, Lena Waithe, Marque Richardson, Matt McGorry, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Naturi Naughton, Nia Jervier, Power, Step Sisters, Television, The Chi, TheGrio Originals -

Step Sisters premiered on Netflix last week and, as expected, the film has already stirred up plenty of controversy. Shortly after TheGrio premiered the film’s first official trailer, Twitter was ablaze with comments from viewers who took the premise of the film to task for promoting cultural appropriation. Written by Chuck Hayward, (Dear White People, […]

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Ben Cory Jones, Chuck Hayward, Entertainment, Featured, Film, Lena Waithe, Lena Waithe interview, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Naturi Naughton, Spike Lee, Step Sisters, TheGrio Originals -

Lena Waithe is an unstoppable force in the entertainment game and 2018 is clearly going to be her year. At 33, Lena Waithe’s already an Emmy-winning writer of a Master of None coming-out episode that garnered critical praise, and her latest series creation, The Chi, also premiered on Showtime to rave reviews. And now she’s releasing the […]

The post EXCLUSIVE: Lena Waithe on why her controversial movie ‘Step Sisters’ will remind you of Spike Lee’s School Daze appeared first on theGrio.

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Chicago, Comedy, Comedy Central, Good Times, Hollywood, Lena Waithe, Movies, Showtime, Television, The Chi -

In the premiere episode of the already critically acclaimed The Chi, a fresh-faced, precocious African-American teen is shot to death on the streets of Chicago’s South Side. After lifting a gold chain and sneakers from a dead body, an affable teen named Coogie, portrayed by Jahking Guillory later runs into the deceased boy’s stepfather, Ronnie […]

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Ava Duvernay, Black-ish, Blackish, Danny Glover, Entertainment, Featured, Girls Trip, Image Awards, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Kerry Washington, Laverne Cox, Lena Waithe, NAACP Image Awards, News, Tracee Ellis Ross, Will Packer -

The 49th annual NAACP Image Awards took place at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Monday evening and the stars came out in droves. The event took place on Martin Luther King’s birthday and the significance of the day was not lost on the numerous celebrities who took time to take a stand once they got […]

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The 49th Annual NAACP Image Awards was hosted by Anthony Anderson and aired live on TVOne from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, but you can take a look at the list of best moments if you missed anything...

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The NAACP Image Awards are always a time to celebrate black culture, but the fact that this year’s show fell on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday made it an even more powerful event. After host, Anthony Anderson opened the show he called the “Oprah For President Headquarters,” he brought up some serious talent to deliver […]

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Lena Waithe’s highly-anticipated series, The Chi, debuted on Showtime on Sunday and there’s already plenty of signs you should make this show your new addiction. While there are obvious reasons to compare The Chi to another amazing series, we think it will set itself apart from the award-winning predecessor. Like The Wire, this show is […]

The post ‘The Chi’ premiere recap: wrong place, wrong time appeared first on theGrio.

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Ava Duvernay, Culture, Dee Rees, Lena Waithe, Maame Biney, Movies, Munroe Bergdorf, Serena Williams, Sloane Stephens, Solange, Television, Tiffany Haddish, WNBA -

Yes, 2017 was a rough one. But it was also a year of black women fully stepping into their power. From athletes to activists to writers to filmmakers to curators, these black women are truly Undefeated.   Serena Williams What a year it was for Serena Williams, arguably the greatest athlete ever. She won the […]

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All Day, Daily Dose, Donald Glover, Donald Trump, Emmys, Kobe Bryant, Lena Waithe, Marshawn Lynch, Saturday Night Live, Sean Spicer -

Donald Glover and Lena Waithe did it for the culture. At the 69th Emmy Awards, the true shining stars of the evening were rapper and actor Donald Glover and writer Lena Waithe, who made Emmy history with their wins. Glover made history in the outstanding directing for a comedy series category for his B.A.N. episode […]

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