When I was four, the pronunciation of my last name suddenly changed. We went from the “Sol-EHR” family in Harlem, the place where I grew up and went to church, to the “SO-ler” family in Westchester County, the place where my parents moved us to in search of a better life. Both were me, but the accents were in two completely different places. One sounded foreign while the … [Read more...] about Why I Stopped Americanizing My Name
There's only one weekend so far in 2018 in which a film with a white male lead actor has won the box office. Films with women or minorities in lead roles have led the box office 11 out of 12 weekends this year, according to data from Box Office Mojo, a site that tracks box office revenue. In the same 12-week period in 2017, only five weekends were dominated by films with … [Read more...] about Diversity is dominating the 2018 box office
A number of black athletes are making history at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, which kicked off earlier this week. This includes Maame Biney, who became the first black woman to join the U.S. Olympic speedskating team at just 17 years old; Erin Jackson, the first black woman to secure a spot on Team USA’s Olympic speed skating team; and Jordan Greenway, … [Read more...] about 10 BLACK OLYMPIAN HISTORYMAKERS
LOS ANGELES — Ticket buyers around the world are poised to smash another one of Hollywood’s most entrenched beliefs. Movies rooted in black culture cannot become global blockbusters? Guess again. The euphorically reviewed Disney-Marvel superhero movie “Black Panther,” with an almost entirely black cast and a powerful Afrocentric story line, is expected to take in at least $250 … [Read more...] about ‘Black Panther’ Poised to Shatter a Hollywood Myth
The #MeToo movement and the ensuing combination of public penitence and denial from powerful men accused of harassment and assault has created an atmosphere of accountability and change. It’s made women be heard. Yet not all women feel included. Many women of color have been vocal about the fact that #MeToo hasn’t represented their stories, even though the movement was … [Read more...] about The #MeToo Movement Looks Different For Women Of Color. Here Are 10 Stories.