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Eight-time Grammy nominee Ledisi is adding another acting role to her resume! According to reports, the songstress is joining the cast of the upcoming Martin…

“Are you taping or writing this down? Because I talk really fast,” director Ava DuVernay politely informs via speakerphone.  Ava has been fielding phone interviews since 6 a. m., but six hours later she’s none the worse for wear, eager to chat about her directorial debut with the independent feature I Will Follow. Winner of […]

Salli Richardson-Whitfield has enjoyed an enviable career in Hollywood, but even she is always seeking new challenges. “As actresses in general there’s very few roles that come around where you can stretch out a little bit and show what you can do,” the actress and director told TheUrbandaily.com about her role in Ava DuVernay’s narrative […]

Ava DuVernay’s I Will Follow, one of the most critically claimed independent African-American films to have been released in years, has just received another salutation.  Film critic Roger Ebert, in a glowing review, called it “…one of the best films I’ve seen about the loss of a loved one.” Watch Roger Ebert’s full review here […]

HelloBeautiful’s co-founder Ava DuVernay is a filmmaker and publicist who hopes to spread the distribution of black-themed films with her new organization, the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement (AFFRM). In March, black film festivals based in New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Seattle and Los Angeles will be the first backers of the movement to collectively get […]

This documentary examines gender-specific differences in artistry, marketing, promotion and economics, explores why there are far fewer female than male MCs, and discusses whether there's still a place for women in hip-hop.