Alma Har’el’s ‘Free the Work’​ Makes It Easy to Find Diverse Talent in the Entertainment Industry

So, filmmaker Alma Har’el has created a new tool to promote diversity and inclusion in the entertainment industry. Free the Work is a searchable database for women and minority creatives, or what she calls “a sexy version of Spotify meets IMDb.” I like it for two reasons. One, it puts the onus firmly where it belongs – directly …

Janelle Monae: Let It Hang, Let It Bounce, Take a Risk

So, Janelle Monae knocked everyone’s eyes and ears out this week releasing two songs from her upcoming 3rd album “Dirty Computer.” “Django Jane” is an unapologetic female empowerment jam where she knocks mansplaining and tells the world, there’s no point in denying the power of melanin or femininity considering how well both have been performing …

About That Myth That Black Films Don’t Sell…

So, Black Panther is like the King of the cinematic world right now, and the movie is still two weeks out. There goes the myth that black movies don’t sell to anyone except black people. The film has already broken several pre-release records including first day advance ticket sales, and it’s Fandango's top-selling superhero film …

Seal, Did You Really Think You Could Come for Oprah?

So, this week was all about the 2018 Golden Globes. The black dresses, the political messages, the speeches and presentation zingers. But who remembers the winners - except for James Franco for all the worst reasons - when Oprah gave the acceptance speech heard 'round the world? Winfrey was the first African-American woman to ever …