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Cannes Lions: Issa Rae Challenges Industry to Meet Her 60 Percent Diversity Mandate

Issa Rae has called out an entertainment industry she said is still just paying “lip service” to confronting bias and encouraging diversity. Speaking at a spirited panel discussion at the Cannes Lions advertising festival, the Insecure creator and star challenged producers to follow her lead, noting that she mandates that all of her sets have […]

“It Feels Like Graduation”: ‘THR Presents’ Q&A With Issa Rae and Cast of ‘Insecure’

Five months after the release of the series finale, the cast and creators of Insecure are back together. The group, including series creator and star Issa Rae, showrunner Prentice Penny, and castmembers Yvonne Orji, Jay Ellis, Kendrick Sampson, Amanda Seales, and Christina Elmore reunited for a THR Presents conversation (powered by Vision Media) dedicated to the end […]

Nicole Kidman and Cynthia Erivo in Apple TV+’s ‘Roar’: TV Review

The actresses star, along with Issa Rae, Alison Brie and more, in an anthology series combining drama, comedy and magical realism to tell eight standalone fables about womanhood today.

Critics Choice Awards Honoree Halle Berry Pledges to “Tell Stories That Don’t Fit Preconceived Notions”

Halle Berry spoke about the importance of storytelling to highlight “individual circumstances” when she accepted the SeeHer Award during the 2022 Critics Choice Awards on Sunday. After thanking the Critics Choice Awards and SeeHer for the honor, Berry shared the story of the first time she read the script for her directorial debut, Bruised. “I […]

NAACP Image Awards: ‘The Harder They Fall’ Takes Best Film, Jennifer Hudson Named Entertainer of the Year

The 53rd NAACP Image Awards crowned Jennifer Hudson with its top honor Entertainment of the Year during its telecast on Saturday evening. The show recognized the achievements and performances of people of color across numerous categories including outstanding motion picture, which went to Netflix’s The Harder They Fall. Hudson also took home outstanding actress in […]

How a Soul Food Spot Became Black Hollywood’s Top Restaurant for Power Dining

There are dozens of L.A. restaurants that draw actors dining with agents and directors imbibing with studio executives. Only one, however, lays claim to an outdoor space where said guests also will do the electric slide, mid-meal, while belting out Luther Vandross. Such was the scene at Alta Adams a few months ago, when Lena […]

Issa Rae Awarded Key to City of Inglewood Ahead of Super Bowl

Issa Rae was bestowed the key to the city of her native Inglewood on Saturday, becoming the first person in its 114-year history to receive the honor. The Insecure star and co-creator appeared at the Taste of Inglewood festival on downtown Market St. to accept the key from Mayor James T. Butts, who dubbed her […]

Issa Rae to Receive 2022 Visionary Award From Producers Guild of America

Issa Rae will receive the 2022 Visionary Award at the Producers Guild Awards on March 19, the Producers Guild of America announced on Thursday. The Visionary Award honors producers across television, film or new media and celebatres those who share uplifting, inspiring stories. Past recipients include Octavia Spencer, Kenya Barris, Ava DuVernay, Brad Pitt, Dede […]

B.J. Novak’s ‘Vengeance’ to Hit Theaters in Late July

Focus Features announced Thursday it will open Blumhouse’s Vengeance in theaters on July 29, giving the film a prime summer berth. The darkly comic thriller marks the directorial debut of writer and star B.J. Novak (The Office). Vengeance is about Ben Manalowitz, a journalist and podcaster who travels from New York City to West Texas […]

Matthew Cherry on Inspiring Twitter Campaign Based on Oscar Tweet: “It’s Just Crazy”

“I’m gonna be nominated for an Oscar one day. Already claimin it.” That’s the tweet Matthew Cherry posted June 2, 2012, manifesting his dreams of becoming an Academy Award-nominated filmmaker. The call-out to the universe was answered — and upgraded — on Feb. 9, 2020, as the pro football player-turned-filmmaker made it all the way […]

Issa Rae’s Raedio Inks Multi-Project Podcast Development Deal With Audible (Exclusive)

Raedio, the audio company founded by Issa Rae, has inked an exclusive multi-project development deal with Audible for original podcasts. Working with Audible, Raedio will develop audio content across genres including scripted comedy and non-fiction, as well as seek out audio adaptations of existing shows and IP. Past projects produced by Raedio, alongside Tenderfoot TV […]

Critic’s Notebook: Saying Goodbye to ‘Insecure’ and Its True Love Story

Issa Rae’s HBO series was stylish and funny, but its complex portrait of a deep, tumultuous friendship between two Black women is its most potent legacy.