April 28, 2013
Vintage photos on Tumblr capture sisters and actresses Phylicia Rashad and Debbie Allen.
by Helena Andrews onJanuary 8, 2013
Unlike Rhimes' hit, NBC's new series seems to tiptoe around what it means to have a black leading lady.
by Cynthia Gordy onMarch 28, 2012
In the '60s, Ellen Holly broke ground on-screen, but behind the scenes life was less glamorous.
March 2, 2012
There are a handful of black women in Hollywood, and for some, that's very confusing.
January 2, 2012
A Daily Beast piece has a somber inside look at being an African-American woman in Hollywood.
May 6, 2011
Playing a maid seems to be a rite of passage for black actresses, from Hattie McDaniel to Whoopi to Oprah -- even today. Now Viola Davis plays one in The Help.
by Aisha I. Jefferson onFebruary 17, 2011
Mooz-lum star Nia Long tells The Root what she has learned about Islam and the kinship among Muslim women, and how she hopes the film will help dispel stereotypes.
February 3, 2011
We'll always remember her as little Olivia from The Cosby Show, but she's moving on yet again.
August 23, 2010
She's black, smart, female and usually "sassy." And her primary function in a movie is to act as the main (white) character's conscience, offering advice no one asked for at the exact moment it's needed. The Root takes a look at some of Hollywood's reigning BBFs.
April 8, 2010
Hollywood is a hard hustle, and for actors who happen to be black and female, the hustle is even harder. (Zoe Saldana and Taraji P. Henson are two lucky—and talented—exceptions to the rule.) Here are nine gifted actresses who are holding it down.
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His Morehouse gradation speech reignited the debate over his posture toward blacks.
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