​Beyond the Lights Exposes the Music Industry's Woman Problem

As a music writer for about 10 years now, I've met a lot of female artists who had no idea who they really were. They were young and their personas were the outcome of great outsourcing—their clothing, photos, lyrics and overall direction never their decision to make. In pursuing their passion for singing, they became… » 11/12/14 2:00pm 11/12/14 2:00pm

Gugu Mbatha-Raw Plays a Pop Star on the Edge in Beyond The Lights

Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who was luminous in the title role of Amma Asante's film Belle, has another project coming up: Beyond The Lights. She plays Noni Jean, an overly-sexualized pop star so fed up with the pressures of the industry, she finds herself about to jump off of a balcony. » 6/30/14 1:10pm 6/30/14 1:10pm

For a Woman of Color Who Loves Jane Austen, Belle Is a Dream Come True

Even though I love getting lost in the world of a costume drama — sumptuous fabrics, whispered intentions, heaving bosoms restricted by corsets, earnest declarations of love — these movies seldom love me back. But Belle is different. » 5/02/14 2:40pm 5/02/14 2:40pm

Watch the Trailer for Belle, a Period Drama About a Biracial Aristocrat

Fox Searchlight's Belle follows the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle. Born in 1761, Dido was the daughter of a white Royal Navy admiral and a black African woman. » 10/17/13 9:30am 10/17/13 9:30am

There's no trailer yet for the new film Belle, directed by Amma Asante, but these stills are gorgeous. The premise: Gugu Mbatha-Raw (whom you may remember from the short-lived TV Series Undercovers) plays mixed-race woman raised as an aristocrat in 18th-century England. Cue the drama. » 7/23/13 5:15pm 7/23/13 5:15pm

What Makes A Perfect Female Action Hero?

Action heroines are rare creatures. The earliest were female versions of pre-existing male heros, like Wonder Woman, BatGirl and SuperGirl. Some more recent heroines have their roots in fantasy or sci-fi, like Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Selene from Underworld, or Alice from Resident Evil. But while there are plenty of … » 5/06/11 3:29pm 5/06/11 3:29pm

Londoners Keep It Incredibly Simple On The Non-Carpet

London's First Light Movie Awards is all about celebrating young talent — and young fashion! » 3/16/11 10:37am 3/16/11 10:37am

Tamsin Greig is patriotism incarnate. Michelle Ryan in sober basics. Gugu Mbatha-Raw manages like three period costumes in one dress. Sarah Hadland takes "cap sleeve" to a new minimalism — beanie sleeve, maybe. …

Charlie's Angels Will Return… Again

ABC has ordered a pilot for a new version of the kick-ass lady crime-fighting show. Drew Barrymore will produce! Casting ideas for Sabrina, Kelly and Jill? How about ridiculously beautiful Gugu Mbatha-Raw from sexy (canceled) spy show Undercovers? » 1/14/11 10:45am 1/14/11 10:45am

Sexy Spy Show Undercovers Canceled

J.J. Abrams' sexy series starring Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw has been canceled after seven episodes. An insider says: "Unfortunately we never got an audience from the get-go." (Lost fans: J.J. is now free to work on the Locke/Linus project.) » 11/05/10 10:18am 11/05/10 10:18am

Undercovers: Sexpionage Made Easy

Now that we have a sexy, happily married black couple in the White House, a sexy, happily married black couple has magically appeared in a non-sitcom on primetime TV. » 9/23/10 3:23pm 9/23/10 3:23pm