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Dawn-Lyen Gardner has been a professional actress since the age of 9 years old. She has previously starred in Castle, ER, Luke Cage, and more, but you might recognize her as Charley on Ava DuVernay & Oprah‘s hit show, “Queen Sugar.” She discusses how “revolutionary” the show has been, and how much she enjoys working […]

"13th" analyzes the criminalization of African-Americans, the U.S. prison boom, and their connections to the 13th Amendment.

President Obama made history on Wednesday by issuing the largest amount of commutations the nation has ever seen in a single day. He commuted the sentences of 214 federal inmates, many of whom were behind bars for low-level drug offenses. President Obama used these commutations as an avenue to directly combat lengthy minimum sentences. Some […]

The West Coast rapper – best known for his debut album Doggystyle and for smoking weed in public – urged viewers not to support projects in which Black people are mistreated, courtesy of a profanity-laced Instagram video.

While some will be watching the live broadcast of the 88th Academy Awards this coming Sunday, a bevy of Black entertainers and celebrities will make their way to Flint, Mich. Director Ava DeVernay, actor Jesse Williams, comedian Hannibal Buress and several other big names will be joined together in solidarity for the #JUSTICEFORFLINT event on […]

Here, we celebrate a few of our favorite Black producers and directors who are making sure our stories are told authentically in Hollywood.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has unveiled new plans to increase diversity among the Academy's membership.

Roland Martin caught up with director Ava DuVernay during the Color Of Change’s 10th Anniversary Gala. During their chat, DuVernay discussed the relaunch of The…

Roland Martin and NewsOne Now bring you sights, sounds, and exclusive interviews from the 2015 Essence Festival in New Orleans.  India Arie Talks New Music, Addresses…

Ava DuVernay is on her way to making history once again. According to The Wrap, the Selma director is the number one choice to direct…

Shonda Rhimes, Ava DuVernay, Debbie Allen, Mara Brock Akil and Issa Rae all grace the cover of the May edition of Essence Magazine for their “Game Changers”…