In 2012, Octavia Spencer won the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for playing the maid, Minnie, in the movie The Help. Five years later, Spencer was nominated again for Best Supporting Actress fo...

February 18, 2020

Debra Martin Chase is one of the most influential women in television and film, and she has been quietly effecting change in the industry for decades.

The 63-year-old from Great Lakes, Ill., has made H...

April 3, 2019

Cicely Tyson’s honorary Oscar was more than 45 years in the making when she received the award at the 2018 Governors Awards in Hollywood last fall. The 94-year-old Hollywood legend is the first Black...

March 22, 2019

Throughout her career, Janine Sherman Barrois has been infusing her identity as a Black woman into the television shows that have entertained diverse audiences. After graduating from Howard University...

March 22, 2019

Quincy Jones has been called many things, and perhaps it’s best to think of Jones as Black culture’s institutional memory — fitting for a career that has spanned almost 70 years. While many are aware...

If anyone in Hollywood embodies the idea of working with intention, it’s Sterling K. Brown.

He is all about supporting the accurate, realistic, forward-thinking portrayals of Black people on screen. An...

March 22, 2019

His stories are about family, both blood and tragedy-made.

They reveal the souls of Black folk and the strength of community that have helped Africans survive in America.

There’s love in the chaos. Alwa...

March 21, 2019

Camille Friend says she was born a hairdresser.
“I come from three generations of hairdressers,” said Friend. “It’s in my genes.”
The Primetime Emmy-nominated hairstylist is fresh off a four-month sta...

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