After winning Golden Globe, BAFTA and SAG & Critics’ Choice Awards for her role in The Help, Octavia Spencer won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for playing feisty maid Minny Jackson. “I have to thank my families. My family in Alabama — the state of Alabama,” said an emotional Spencer in her acceptance speech. “My […]

With Billy Crystal serving as host, Hollywood’s finest arrived to the 2012 Academy Awards wearing their finest! Viola Davis, who unfortunately lost for “Best Actress” in The Help, stunned on the red carpet in a rich green dress by Vera Wang! Who was the most fabulous dressed celeb on the red carpet? RELATED: Pharrell Williams […]

It’s a brand new day for Viola Davis.  The Oscar-nominated actress gives good face on the cover of this week’s L.A. Times Magazine–with a fierce ‘fro!  In the interview Davis discusses her long climb to fame and success: “That really is our plight, especially as women of color,” she says. “You can have all the […]

Viola Davis continued her march to the Oscars by snagging a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Leading Role. Her co-star in The Help, Octavia Spencer won Best Supporting Actress. Black Arts: Urban Film Festivals Throughout the Nation Davis beat out Meryl Streep, Tilda Swinton, Glenn Close and […]

The Help is warming up for the sprint towards Oscar gold.  At last night’s “Critics Choice Move Awards” the movie walked away with wins for Best Actress (Viola Davis), Best Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer) and Best Ensemble.  In a moving acceptance speech, Davis said: “The two most important days in a person’s life are the […]

Despite the criticism The Help has received, it’s turning out to be a major contender for the Academy Awards after receiving heavy nominations for the Golden Globe and SAG (Screen Actors Guild) Awards. In addition to receiving five and four nominations, respectively for highly coveted and respected awards, The Help was also acknowledged in major […]

This morning, nominees for the 69th Annual Golden Globes were announced at the Beverly Hilton in Hollywood.  Idris Elba landed a Best Actor/ Miniseries nomination for his role as DCI John Luther in the BBC procedural “LUTHER.”  This is Elba’s second Golden Globe nomination for  playing the complex and tortured police detective. Viola Davis and […]

Pariah, the story of a Brooklyn lesbian teenager searching for her sexual expression led the field with nine nominations as the Foundation for the Advancement of African-Americans in Film (FAAAF)announced its nominees Wednesday for its 12th annual Black Reel Awards. They were followed closely by both The Help and Jumping the Broom, which each garnered seven nominations,Mooz-Lum (which collected […]

Much of the east coast is a mess after Hurricane Irene, but that didn’t stop the maids of “The Help” from cleaning up at the box office. For the second week in a row, ‘The Help’ was No. 1, with an estimated $14.3 million, fending off newcomers ‘Colombiana,’ ‘Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark’ and […]

Tune in to a special edition of “Keeping It Reel” with host Tim Gordon on Blog Talk Radio.  Daryle Lockhart of Black Box Office and The Urban Daily’s ReBecca Theodore-Vachon weigh in on the history and imagery of African-Americans in cinema, and if the recently released The Help is a step forward or backward for […]

Check out Mary J. Blige’s new video for “The Living Proof”, which is featured on the soundtrack for The Help, which arrives in theaters today. The video shows Mary in the studio and some footage from the movie. We love this ballad and the message that it sends. What do you think of “The Living […]

Based on the best seller list the book The Help has become a star studded movie. The movie features stars, Viola Davis, Emma Stone, and Bryce Dallas Howard. Set in Mississippi during the 1960s, Skeeter (Stone) is a southern society girl who returns from college determined to become a writer, but turns her friends’ lives […]