"Members of the Academy called in to the studio saying, ‘How dare they do that?'"
Today would have been EMT Breonna Taylor’s 27th birthday. We talk to writer and editor Morgan Jerkins about Breonna Taylor’s case and the ways that Black women are left out of the conversation on police brutality.
"Do ants poop?"
Where did women totally run things this year?
So much excellence in one little week!
“It is important to everyone involved in the project to give these men an opportunity to tell their story and the series should have a title that represents their story.”
Soar far and wide, at any age.
Superheroes and musicals smashed, while Han Solo and J.K. Rowling crashed.
The streaming service brought 47 of its black actors together to re-create an iconic photo and make a bold statement about its stance on representation in Hollywood.
The Ava DuVernay series takes a stand on kneeling in the Season 3 premiere.
Despite having the biggest opening of any other film to come out this March, Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time is being pitted against what is likely one of the most successful films this year, for all the wrong reasons.
The real question for A Wrinkle in Time has never been what it means for the film industry if it’s a success, but what will happen if — or when — it’s not.
“If you try to stay too true to the book, I think you do it a disservice,” Jennifer Lee told BuzzFeed News.
"She’s a very empathetic woman. A soft heart in a hard world."
“Storm Reid as Meg Murray is kind of a radical idea,” DuVernay told BuzzFeed News. The same could be said of DuVernay as her director — a black woman directing a major sci-fi film centered on a young black girl. (Very light spoilers ahead.)
“This bad thing is not happening to you, it’s happening for you."
From A Wrinkle in Time to Ready Player One, and Rise to the Roseanne reboot, there are a lot of new film and television offerings to be excited about. In chronological order!
When President Obama wished Vice President Biden a happy birthday with a meme and our hearts melted.
The ballooning scandal was all anyone could talk about at the annual Governors Awards — but only when the microphones weren't on.
Warning: Spoilers ahead!
"When you know in your gut it's wrong, just don't do it.”
"I just quietly wept behind the monitor in awe."
ICYMI, Meryl Streep now has three Emmy Awards.
Line up the Oscars, this movie is going for the gold.
Lady tested, lady approved.
“Where are the women? ... We're here.”
Can you wait??? I can't wait.
"As those who are leaders are acting more like bullies, in the creative and artistic industry, it's our job to push back and say, 'No, that's not okay.'" —Zootopia director Rich Moore
"A small sign of solidarity," the director wrote on Twitter.
Falls du es verpasst hast.
From award winners to festival hits.
With a tender portrait of one family in Queen Sugar and a searing indictment of the prison system in 13th, DuVernay deepens her career-long commitment to addressing injustice.
"I think it is vital to have him in there because he is taking this country to a place that is ... going to have repercussions past this moment, regardless of whether he's the president or not."
"Can you imagine the last moments of your loved one [on video] in such a violent manner, and anyone can use it and not even ask your permission?"
The film makes the argument that slavery never ended.
Here is the best (Insecure) and worst (MacGyver) of fall TV — and plenty in between. Presented in alphabetical order.
Oprah, Mindy, Reese, Storm, OH MY.
A reminder that #BlackLivesMatter.
"If you want to see this person again, you have to, as we say, check them."
Filmmakers Ryan Coogler and Ava DuVernay, Grammy nominee Janelle Monae, Grey's Anatomy star Jesse Williams, comedian Hannibal Buress, and more will be a part of the event, which will coincidentally take place the same night as the Oscars.
"*Steps off soapbox* *strikes Blue Ivy pose* *blows a kiss.*"
By selling a doll in the likeness of the Selma director, Mattel has given creative license to a generation of young girls. "People have really been kind talking about why they are embracing this doll, but it's certainly not about me. It's about the image," DuVernay told BuzzFeed News exclusively.
Following breakout roles in Dear White People and Selma, the actor continues to seek out unconventional characters of style and substance, just like her role in Creed.
Monica Rambeau, come through!
The Selma director, who has an organization that aims to distribute work by diverse filmmakers, talks to BuzzFeed News about changing Hollywood's diversity problem.
The Selma director makes a badass Barbie.
At the same damn time.
BuzzFeed News used the Oscars red carpet as an opportunity to #AskHerMore.
The Academy Awards offered up a night of earnest speeches and jokes about whiteness. But underneath, things are pretty much the same as always.
When she's not behind the camera, Ava DuVernay steals the show. Here are 15 of the Selma director's most stunning red-carpet looks.
"We, as black people, have been celebrated more for when we are subservient, when we are not being leaders or kings or being in the center of our own narrative driving it forward," said the actor, who was surprisingly not nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
David Oyelowo, who starred in Selma as Martin Luther King Jr., will reunite with DuVernay in the upcoming feature film.
Selma was snubbed in the acting and directing categories, and the fact that one film was left bearing the burdens of diversity in this year's awards race — the whitest in nearly 20 years — is a big problem. A BuzzFeed Entertainment conversation.
Due to a lack of opportunity in their home countries, black British actors are finding success — and meatier roles — telling Black American stories, sometimes even iconic ones. For David Oyelowo, who plays Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, this is one of those transformative moments.
From Marvel Studios' highs to Sony Pictures' lows, from Scarlett Johansson kicking butt to Adam Sandler bombing out, here are the highlights and lowlights in the movies this year.
FADE IN: Your life.
This year, BuzzFeed Entertainment talked to the people behind some of the biggest projects of the year (like The Hunger Games, American Horror Story, and Serial) and reminisced with others who helped make past favorites (like Friends, Twin Peaks, and Hey Dude). Warning: SPOILERS ABOUND!
Originally, Selma focused on President Lyndon B. Johnson, until director Ava DuVernay stepped in. “I wasn’t interested in telling the story of a white savior,” she told BuzzFeed News.
Co-writer and director Ava DuVernay and many cast members showed their support for Eric Garner and Mike Brown at the New York premiere of Selma, a film that sheds light on another massive civil rights movement in the United States.
It is set five decades in the past, but Ava DuVernay's film about Martin Luther King Jr. feels shockingly timely.
This year’s festival showcased a bunch of movies about twentysomething women in free fall. But, like Dunham’s HBO comedy, race is still an issue that's not on the table.
Hate to break it to you. But we've been here before.
The award-winning filmmaker on executing Shonda Rhimes' vision, becoming the next Mark Wahlberg, and all the black women filmmakers you're not paying attention to.