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 5:23pm 5/20/15 5:23pm

Ava DuVernay and Q-Tip Chatted About Her Art and 'Black Lives Matter'

It’s no secret that Ava DuVernay’s Selma, very likely the most important American movie of 2014, also served as a litmus test for how the Hollywood establishment views racism, how it views women of color directors, and how it views honest art made about black people. (It also further solidified that the Oscars are… » 4/23/15 11:30am 4/23/15 11:30am

Fox News Saves White People at the Selma 50th Anniversary

Saturday marked the 50th anniversary of Selma's "Bloody Sunday" where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and civil rights activists like Rep. John Lewis marched over the town's bridge and were beaten by authorities. Fox News could've just acknowledge their sacrifices but, as The Daily Show reports, they found a way to… » 3/10/15 12:00pm 3/10/15 12:00pm

Oprah to Do the Damn Thing and March in Selma on Sunday

Lot's of people are taking Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday as an opportunity to hit the slopes or save 60% off on hotels, airfare and show tickets and go somewhere tropical. But Oprah Winfrey, who starred in and produced the Martin Luther King Jr. biopic, Selma will be marching in the Alabama city to commemorate the… » 1/17/15 4:45pm 1/17/15 4:45pm

Academy President Responds to Criticism Over 2015 Oscar Nominations

Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, spoke with the AP last night about criticism over the lack of diversity among this year's Oscar nominees. The nominations, announced on Thursday, were more white and more male than they had been in previous years. All twenty of this… » 1/17/15 11:45am 1/17/15 11:45am

Golden Globes Website Lists Selma As Winner Two Days Early 

Someone over at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association may have just fucked up big time. Earlier this afternoon, the official website for the Golden Globes had Selma listed as the 2014 best motion picture, drama — taking the place of 2014's actual winner, 12 Years A Slave. The 2015 winners are not set to be announced… » 1/09/15 5:50pm 1/09/15 5:50pm

An Interview with Ava DuVernay, Groundbreaking Director of Selma

The morning the Golden Globe nominations were announced, Ava DuVernay was in Toronto, having just premiered her latest film, Selma, and braving a heinous snowstorm. As the accolades for Selma came rolling in—four, including Best Director and Best Drama Motion Picture—DuVernay was stuck in the airport for three hours… » 12/15/14 5:20pm 12/15/14 5:20pm

Let This Hilarious Elderly Couple Teach You How to Survive 72 Years of…

There's plenty of clichéd advice on how to have a long, happy marriage, but in this video of a wedding toast they made, Selma and Kenny offer their own hilarious approach to having a lasting and joyous union. Two important points to remember: always keep food in the fridge "because you don't want to be hungry or… » 4/30/12 9:45pm 4/30/12 9:45pm