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There’s An Obvious Answer To Hollywood’s Unequal Access Problem

Turns out, increasing the presence of and access to diverse roles in entertainment is easy if you have two things: clear intention and unbiased hiring practices. Hollywood's issues with diversity have been national headlines for years now. From marginalization of African American actors to gender pay gaps to white male dominance of positions behind the camera and ...

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Jazmine Sullivan and the ‘Injustice’ Paid To Black Soul Singers

I love black people. I love black music. I love that Motown sound, that in the pocket, that slow groove, that bass, and that flow. I love the riffs, the runs, the scats, and the growls. I love it all. As such, I am a fierce defender of the art that we produce and of the artists that do it best. That's why Jazmine Sullivan's recent comments on the state of the music ...

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‘Soul Food Seasoning’ Must Be Stopped

Ethnic seasoning mixes have always been somewhat problematic. The concepts of Italian seasoning and Mexican seasoning imply that, with the shake of a canister, your food will taste like it came from a different country. And truthfully, these products only make sense because the range of ethnic foods that the average American is likely to cook at home is probably ...

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The Oscar Academy Changed the Rules But Still Doesn’t Get It

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced new measures aimed at making the Oscars more diverse. And a quick look at the "solutions" shows that the Academy is still missing the mark when trying to understand why everyone got upset in the first place. The Academy seems to be obsessed with the makeup of its own body, as if adding more members ...

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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Still Struggles With Race

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the movie everyone is talking about. It's breaking records with each subsequent day it is in theaters. And after successfully avoiding spoilers before seeing the film for myself, I can say that the actual content of the film was overwhelmingly successful by staying true to the spirit of the franchise. But the Star Wars film franchise ...

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Joss Stone’s Billboard “#1 Reggae Album” Is Further Evidence of Our “Adele Problem”

This week, I wrote an article that more than a few people were upset about critiquing British singer Adele. In 9 Black Soul Singers That Move Us More Than Adele Ever Could, I made the claim that even though Adele is talented, the showering praise she receives is unwarranted. And despite claims from commenters that everything doesn't have to "be about race" or that we ...

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The NAACP Image Awards Nominations Leave Much to be Desired

This week, the nominees for the 47th NAACP image Awards were announced. And the further down the list I read, the larger my disbelief grew. Not because they got it all wrong. Just because they overlooked some really great talent from the past year. I can only guess that this was more of a "who you know" than a "what you know" thing. Read More

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My Conflicted Feelings About the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominations

The 58th Annual Grammy Awards look like a battle for music dominance between Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar, and The Weeknd. I can already see where this is headed. Read More

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‘The Wiz Live!’ and the Audacity of Blackness on TV

The airing of The Wiz Live! on NBC was a landmark moment in television history. Not only did the all-Black cast slay the 3 hour production, but it was also a ratings monster posting 11.1 million total viewers and a 3.3 demo rating in preliminary returns. But most importantly, it is another sign of the changing entertainment landscape. Read More

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How Erykah Badu’s “But You Caint Use My Phone” Changed My Views on Music

Erykah Badu just released a mixtape, But You Caint Use My Phone, and it immediately breathed much needed life into music. But more importantly, it gave me new appreciation for Drake's "Hotline Bling" and insight into how my own preferences won't allow me to enjoy certain musicians. Read More

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