Director Dee Rees Cements Her Soft Style in Bessie With Queen Latifah

While the world rightfully celebrates Ava DuVernay’s skills with Selma, we might want to stay tuned to director Dee Rees too. The creative force behind HBO’s Bessie, Rees cut her teeth on the heart-wrenching independent film Pariah that left me in a puddle of tears by the credits and she brought the same raw, subtle… »5/20/15 5:23pm5/20/15 5:23pm


Ben Affleck Hid His Slave-Owning Ancestor Because It Made Him Feel Bad

In the recent slew of Sony emails published on WikiLeaks, it was revealed that Ben Affleck, after appearing on Henry Louis “Skip” Gates Jr.’s Finding Your Roots, asked the PBS show to suppress newly discovered information about his ancestors owning slaves. (Gates obliged.) Yesterday, Affleck released a Facebook… »4/22/15 10:30am4/22/15 10:30am

Chris Brown Has Blocked Chrissy Teigen on Twitter. Congrats, Chrissy!

Back in 2012, Chrissy Teigen and Chris Brown were not on great terms after Teigen sarcastically tweeted that she was excited to see Brown perform at the Billboard Awards because she loves "loud and surprising background fits of rage I can hear from the audience!" Jump forward to 2015 and the relationship, you'll… »3/06/15 10:30am3/06/15 10:30am

American Hero Cher Calls Piers Morgan an 'Old Diva in Fishnets'

Yesterday, famed blowhard Piers Morgan—the biggest threat to U.S./British relations since the War of 1812—took to Twitter to express his discontent about pop stars of a certain age (namely Madonna) wearing revealing costumes. But what about Cher? Even Cher, hissed back Morgan. And having been summoned, the Goddess… »3/03/15 10:30am3/03/15 10:30am

Zoe Saldana Totally Fine With Her Weight Being on the Cover of Allure

So here's a thing! Zoe Saldana's Allure cover prints her weight like she's a slab of nova at the Zabar's fish counter. The dek under her name reads: "115 pounds of grit and heartache." (The rest of the dek: "—117.6 pounds after quinoa lunch; 114 pounds after bikram yoga, 0.00 pounds in space" — was cut for design… »5/16/13 9:00am5/16/13 9:00am

Winning an Oscar Ruins Your Life If You're a Lady (Or Worse, a Black Lady)

We are mere hours from Oscar night, so naturally we need to be reminded that for women — and especially for black women — winning an Academy Award can actually be a bad thing. Oh, sure, it's great for an actor to have her hard work recognized. But researchers have discovered that there really is an Oscar Curse. »2/24/12 2:20pm2/24/12 2:20pm