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Domestic Workers Use Oscar Buzz Around 'The Help' to Create Change

Domestic Workers Use Oscar Buzz Around ‘The Help’ to Create Change

by Rinku Sen on February 24 2012, 10:05AM

The film isn’t perfect, to be sure, but it offers a strategic opening to organizers fighting for domestic workers’ rights. And they’ve been smart enough to exploit it.

Topics: Oscars 2012, Movement, The Help

Viola Davis to Tavis Smiley: 'That Mindset You Have is Destroying Black Artists'

Viola Davis to Tavis Smiley: ‘That Mindset You Have is Destroying Black Artists’

by Jorge Rivas on February 10 2012, 1:45PM

The interview was more of a heated debate but it offered insight in to the minds of both actresses and how they feel about the criticism ‘The Help’ has received.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, The Help

Viola Davis Goes With Her Natural Hair for LA Times Mag

Viola Davis Goes With Her Natural Hair for LA Times Mag

by Jorge Rivas on February 6 2012, 6:18PM

Viola Davis like you’ve never seen her before.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, The Help

Viola Davis' SAG Speech Shouts Out Segue Institute's 91% Latino Student Body [Video]

Viola Davis’ SAG Speech Shouts Out Segue Institute’s 91% Latino Student Body [Video]

by Jorge Rivas on January 30 2012, 10:25AM

When Viola Davis won a SAG Award for Outstanding Female Actress in a leading role Sunday night her acceptance speech included a special note for the students at Segue Institute of Learning in Central Falls, Rhode Island.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, The Help

'The Help' Sweeps SAG Awards, Octavia Spencer Clear Frontrunner for Oscars

‘The Help’ Sweeps SAG Awards, Octavia Spencer Clear Frontrunner for Oscars

by Jorge Rivas on January 30 2012, 9:50AM

“The Help” took three of the top honors at the Screen Actors Guild Awards Sunday night, turning it into the movie everyone else has to beat as the Oscar awards approach next month.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, The Help

Artist Reimagines 'The Help' Poster: 'White People Solve Racism'

Artist Reimagines ‘The Help’ Poster: ‘White People Solve Racism’

by Jorge Rivas on January 25 2012, 3:20PM

British movie review site TheShiznit.co.uk has taken the advertising for ‘The Help’ to a whole new level.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, The Help

Viola Davis Tells Charlize Theron She Doesn't Know What She's Talking About

Viola Davis Tells Charlize Theron She Doesn’t Know What She’s Talking About

by Jorge Rivas on January 25 2012, 10:56AM

During Newsweek’s Oscar roundtable, Viola Davis tried to speak about the difficulties of being a black actress in Hollywood—but a well-intentioned reply from Theron was just another example of the problem.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, The Help

The Association of Black Women Historians Says 'The Help' is Distorted

The Association of Black Women Historians Says ‘The Help’ is Distorted

by Jorge Rivas on January 17 2012, 2:10PM

According to the historians about the only thing that’s true in the film is that working black women in the South often labored as domestic servants in white homes.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, The Help

'The Help' Today Still Don't Have Rights, Actually

‘The Help’ Today Still Don’t Have Rights, Actually

by Rinku Sen on August 11 2011, 11:23AM

Fifty years after the Jim Crow era in which this much-discussed film is set, the largely immigrant women taking care of rich people’s families remain ignored by most labor protections.

Topics: Movement, The Help

Why I'm Just Saying No to 'The Help' and Its Historical Whitewash

Why I’m Just Saying No to ‘The Help’ and Its Historical Whitewash

by Akiba Solomon on August 10 2011, 12:50PM

Despite the hype and the ensemble of fine black actresses, I’m opting out of “The Help.” The trailer alone features too many group hugs to be trusted as an accounting of the civil rights movement.

Topics: Arts & Culture, History, The Help