BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Five emerging screenwriters gained the film academy's stamp of admission into Hollywood with help from an ensemble of actors that included Tyrese Gibson and Amandla...
Since Hailee Steinfeld rode into town in "True Grit," we've been fairly blessed by the big-screen breakthroughs of teenage actresses. To name just a few: Anya Taylor-Joy ("The Witch"), Amandla...
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Amandla Stenberg brought the audience to their feet as she talked of being protected by the ancestors.
KiKi Layne evoked tears as she talked about having the...
NEW YORK (AP) — Kelly Rowland will host the 12th annual Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards this month.
Essence announced Tuesday that the Grammy-winning singer, who has had some acting roles, will host the Feb. 21 luncheon honoring actresses Regina Hall, Jenifer Lewis, Amandla Stenberg and Kiki Layne.
Rowland says in a statement she's happy to "shine a light on four exceptional women for their art and social activism."
NEW YORK (AP) — Tina Fey, Whoopi Goldberg and Brie Larson will be presenters at the 91st Academy Awards.
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences on Monday announced its first slate of presenters. Also among the 13 stars are Daniel Craig, Jennifer Lopez, Amandla Stenberg and Awkwafina.
Chris Evans, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Charlize Theron, Tessa Thompson and Constance Wu will also take the Oscar stage as presenters.
NEW YORK (AP) — Essence has named four actresses as its annual Black Women in Hollywood honorees. They are Regina Hall and Amandla Stenberg, who both starred in "The Hate U Give," KiKi Layne of "If Beale Street Could Talk" and Jenifer Lewis of "black-ish."
The awards luncheon will be held Feb. 21 in Beverly Hills, California.
"The Hate U Give " begins with a scene at the family dinner table where a father is giving his young kids "the talk" — the one in which he explains to his 9-year-old daughter, Starr, and toddler son exactly what to do when they're pulled over by a police officer. Hands on the dashboard. No sudden movement. Answer the questions directly. Don't elaborate.
NEW YORK (AP) — Actress Amandla Stenberg was named after a 1989 Miles Davis album — a lush, African-tinged funk fusion that takes its name from the Zulu and Xhosa word for "power."
In South Africa under apartheid, "amandla" was — and still is — a rallying cry against oppression. It's a lot for Stenberg to live up to.
"You think?" she asks, laughing and thanking her mother for the heavy responsibility. Then she turns more serious. "It's something I keep very close to my heart."
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Hugh Jackman and Emily Blunt are among the stars being awarded at the 21st annual SCAD Savannah Film Festival.
The Savannah Morning News reports that Jackman will receive the Savannah College of Art and Design festival's Legend of Cinema Award; Blunt, its Icon Award.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Kung Fu Panda 2" director Jennifer Yuh Nelson was the first woman to solo direct an animated feature for a major Hollywood studio and the first woman of color to direct a film with a budget of $150 million. While she has broken a number of glass ceilings, she insists she never realizes it until someone tells her.
"I go, oh, really? That's cool. I don't know. I don't think about it. I just enjoy doing the work," Nelson says.
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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The speeches by the recipients of Essence magazine's 11th annual Black Women in Hollywood Awards have a theme: We are here, and we will be seen.
"Black Panther" and "The Walking Dead" star Danai Gurira, "Thor: Ragnarok" and "Westworld" actress Tessa Thompson, Emmy-winning writer and actress Lena Waithe and comedian Tiffany Haddish were recognized by the magazine Thursday in Beverly Hills, California.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The author of a New York Times best-selling book has been awarded a key to her Mississippi hometown.
WLBT-TV reports Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba presented Angie Thomas with a key to the city Tuesday.
Thomas's first book, "The Hate U Give," is a number one New York Times best-seller that is based on her life in her Georgetown neighborhood.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Eighteen-year-old actress, activist and all-around talent Amandla Stenberg is OK with being considered a voice for her generation.
"I kind of accept that responsibility," she said in a recent interview. "I realize that I have this very unique privilege of gaining this attention from a lot of people, whether it's through the internet or through movies, and so I feel like I have no other option than to try to utilize that well, otherwise I feel like it would all be pointless."