The Academy has learned its lesson, so the film organization is doing something about its glaring diversity problem. About 46 percent of new members of its voting body are people of colors, but that still might not be enough to make a huge difference just yet. Society as a whole made the good people behind […]

In light of last month’s #OscarsSoWhite controversy, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith made a large monetary donation to the future of film.  The couple donated $30,000 NYU’s film school, as part of an initiative to help female filmmakers. The donation will help cover the cost of submitting five female filmmakers’ work to the Fusion Film Festival. […]

Stacey Dash made appearance at the Oscars last night, and it was definitely the most awkward and confusing moment of the night.  Last month Dash spoke with FOX News about her thoughts on the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, and ended up creating controversy herself when she said there shouldn’t be a Black History Month. Host Chris Rock dedicated most of his […]

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On Tuesday's edition of NewsOne Now, Roland Martin; NPR TV Critic, Eric Deggans; Associate Editor at The Root, Danielle Belton; and Managing Editor at, April Reign discussed the abysmal diversity numbers in Hollywood.


Here, we celebrate a few of our favorite Black producers and directors who are making sure our stories are told authentically in Hollywood.

With so much attention being paid to the #OscarsSoWhite controversy and the Academy Awards, Roland Martin and NewsOne Now shifted the focus of the conversation from acting nominations to a broader look at the entire movie industry. On Friday’s edition of NewsOne Now, Martin sat down with director/producer Bill Duke, who understands not just what happens […]

This years controversial Oscars have been continuously getting a lot of attention for their lack of diversity.  Of course, it was a huge topic of discussion on the red carpet at this year’s Screen Actors Guild Awards.  The SAG Awards were held January 30th, and the actors of “Straight Outta Compton” were in attendance for their […]

Gabrielle Union is currently at the Sundance Film Festival promoting her new film Birth of a Nation, where she was asked her opinions on Stacey Dash’s comments. Last week, Stacey Dash weighed in on the Oscar controversy saying she thinks Jada Pinkett Smith is a “hypocrite,” and there should be no BET Awards or black history […]

Don Cheadle is currently at the Sundance Film Festival making his directorial debut for, Miles Ahead.  The once Oscar-nominated actor was asked what his thoughts were on the Oscar controversy, where he said the awards were a “silly contest.” Cheadle had tweeted the below tweet at host Chris Rock earlier this month.   However, Cheadle doesn’t believe […]

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has unveiled new plans to increase diversity among the Academy's membership.

Watch Roland Martin and Rev. Jesse Jackson discuss the #OscarsSoWhite protest action in the video clip above, and then watch the extended NewsOne Now conversation in the video clip below.