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 […]


Plans to bring the life story of Mahalia Jackson to the silver screen advanced with the announcement of Bill Duke signing on to direct the film. The director of A Rage In Harlem and Sister Act 2:Back In the Habit shared his thoughts: “Getting her story to the screen has been a passion project of […]


Bill Dukes’ Light Girls, the follow-up to his 2011 documentary Dark Girls, aired on OWN last night, and Twitter and Facebook users wasted no time seizing the opportunity to discuss and debate the hot-button topic of colorism. Featuring celebrities such as Amber Rose, LisaRae McCoy, Raven Symoné, and award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien, Light Girls aimed […]


Bill Dukes has done it again. Dukes’ features another documentary, and this time concerning how colorism affects lighter skinned black women. Duke’s “Dark Girls” sparked much needed dialogue, testimony, empathy, and acknowledgement. It must only be expected that “Light Girls” was created not to contrast, but to continue the conversation of colorism that plagues Black […]

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  Will African American women ever tire of discussing the inherent problems of being born with dark skin instead of light skin? Apparently not. In a new documentary called “Dark Girls, which will be featured on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network, the film “goes underneath the surface to explore the prejudices that dark-skinned women face throughout […]


If you watch awards shows, you’ve noticed that there’s not a whole lot of African-Americans winning awards for our work behind the scenes. That’s because…