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Amandla Stenberg’s New Project Is A Tribute To All Badass Black Women

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Amandla Stenberg says we need more badass girls -- and she’s helping to make that happen.

The 16-year-old actress, who is widely-recognized for her activism around social and cultural issues -- is, yet again, speaking up and speaking out for women of color who often go under- and …

Comics

An entertainment power player: What it's like to be a 65-year-old woman in Hollywood

Bonnie Hammer, chairman of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group, writes about her 65th birthday—and her refusal to accept that she’s “past her prime.”

I celebrated my birthday last month, and for the first time in as long as I can remember, I was completely open about my age. To use a common …

Some of America's best TV shows have a problem with women

The Director's Guild of America released its TV diversity statistics this week, and they're not looking too good.​

Of more than 3,900 episodes produced in the 2014-2015 television season, only 16% of directors were women, and only 18% were of minority ethnicities.

The numbers become even more …

TV

ABC Chief on Ratings, 'The Muppets' and More Diversity

In his semi-annual appearance before the press, Paul Lee addressed Patrick Dempsey's exit and the rise of Priyanka Chopra.

Patrick Dempsey

Famous Movie Posters Re-Enacted By People of Color Counteract Hollywood’s Diversity Problem

Are you there Hollywood? It's me, a person of color.

Hollywood

"An Epidemic Of Invisibility" Clearly Visible In 2014's Top 100 Movies - Study

“[T]hink about the entire ecology of Hollywood. These are easy asks for the industry because people don’t care about the characters who just say one

Movies

Study: Hollywood's diversity gap is still huge

If you thought Hollywood was becoming more diverse, you'd be wrong

A new study from the Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative at the University of Southern California, found that, among other huge disparities, less than a third of speaking parts in most popular films from 2007-2014 were …

Diversity

Embracing Gender and Racial Diversity Pays Off (And Then Some) for Universal Pictures

Summer's big success story isn't just "Straight Outta Compton," which topped the box office for the second week in a row this past weekend, but also …

Gender

Righting a Past Wrong? Academy to Present Spike Lee with Honorary Oscar

It may come as a surprise to some that Spike Lee, despite a 30-year-long career as a filmmaker, and over 20 feature films, has never won an Academy …

Spike Lee

Hulu’s fall schedule showcases originals

Hulu is heading into fall with a a number of original series set to roll out on digital.

Among the new titles is Casual, the much-hyped comedy series …

Streaming

Premo seeks diverse audience of multicultural millennials

Cary Grant Jr feels a shift in the world since the days, just a generation ago, when the term “multiculturalism” was really just a euphemism for race …

Race & Ethnicity

Maker Studios parts ways with Erin McPherson

Maker Studios has parted ways with its chief content officer, Erin McPherson.

News of McPherson’s departure was confirmed by a spokesperson for the …

Zachary Quinto

Tommy Mottola exec producing Latin music doc for HBO

A documentary about Latinos’ influence on mainstream American music and culture will premiere on HBO on November 16.

The Latin Explosion: A New …

Jennifer Lopez

Shondaland Developing 'Brides of Christ' Drama for ABC

The untitled drama hails from writer Alison Schapker, whose credits include 'Brothers and Sisters' and 'Fringe.'

Brides

Maisie Williams Calls Out Sexism In The Entertainment Industry

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Maisie Williams, of "Game of Thrones" and being a wise human fame, is unimpressed with the entertainment industry's "hot piece" roles.

In a profile in the London Evening Standard, Williams opened up about inequality in parts for men and women actors:

There are a lot of …

Entertainment Industry

Myx TV launches three original YouTube series

Cable network Myx TV wants to be where the action is: YouTube.

The English-language Asian-American cable network, which largely targets millennials …

YouTube

Vessel gets boost from Michelle Phan and Pitbull

Endemol Beyond USA, the online content network by Endemol Shine North America, has struck a deal with Vessel to stream more than 700 of the network’s …

TV

Which of These 4 Emmett Till Projects Will Be Made First? Whoopi Goldberg Gets Behind Another

By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act August 19, 2015 at 12:44PM

August 28, 1955, Emmett Till, a black teenager from Chicago, is abducted from his …

Whoopi Goldberg

EPISODES

Federal Judge Re-Opens Entertainment Studios' $20 Billion Lawsuit Against Comcast, TWC & Al Sharpton

By Sergio | Shadow and Act August 20, 2015 at 7:48PM

UPDATE 8/20/15: Today, Federal Judge Terry Hatter has issued a ruling re-opening the $20 billion …

Al Sharpton

New York City's Film Czar Cynthia Lopez to Step Down

Cynthia Lopez is resigning as head of New York City’s film office.

Lopez, who was named commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment …

New York City

Starz to sample two premieres on Facebook

In an effort to draw more buzz around its cable offerings, Starz is offering two episodes of its original series up to viewers on Facebook.

The series …

Facebook

Muslim Drag Queens activist voices fears of backlash over Channel 4 film

Police are on alert in case of a backlash after Channel 4 airs a documentary featuring the UK’s first gay Muslim drag queen.

Asif Quaraishi, an activist for the so-called “Gaysian” community who performs in clubs as the glamorous Asifa Lahore, has received death threats in the past and is concerned …

Channel 4

Tyra Banks Isn’t Running a Democracy Here

You’ve been hosting ‘‘America’s Next Top Model’’ for more than a decade. It gives you a unique vantage point on how reality television has influenced the people who consume it. How are the young people who audition for the show today different from those of 10 years ago? In terms of the audition …

Tyra Banks

CNN readies “Fresh Dressed” for September

Director Sacha Jenkins’ documentary on the evolution hip-hop fashion, Fresh Dressed, will premiere on CNN on September 3.

Co-produced by CNN Films and …

Movies

Fresh Prince Reboot in the Works with Producer Will Smith

And today in needless reboots of television shows that were just barely enjoyable to begin with, we have news that a reboot of The Fresh Prince of

Will Smith

Tina Fey and Mike Schur Are Developing Comedies for NBC. Remember How Great Your Thursdays Were in 2011?

Superstar showrunners Mike Schur and Tina Fey are back in business with NBC. After systematically cleansing the Peacock schedule of all remnants of …

Tina Fey

OWN ups programming exec Jill Dickerson

U.S. cable net OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has promoted Jill Dickerson (pictured) to senior VP of programming and development.

The exec joined OWN in …

Oprah Winfrey

Reaching new heights in climbing docs with “Meru”

After winning the Audience Award in the U.S. documentary competition at Sundance in January, mountain climbing doc Meru made its way through the

Rock Climbing