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'Stop Telling Women to Smile': Feminist artist goes global

03/16/15 12:08PM

Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, 29, is a prolific artist from Oklahoma City. Fazlalizadeh is best known for her life-like oil paintings of people from the late Michael Brown to rapper Lil Kim'. Her project "Stop Telling Women to Smile," which began in New York in 2012, grew out of her endless experiences enduring street harassment.... read more

Marchers at the culmination of the Selma to Montgomery March on March, 25, 1965. (Photo by Morton Broffman/Getty)

5 things you might not know about the Selma marches

03/05/15 10:29AM

Five decades have passed since thousands of fearless people organized several marches from Selma to Montgomery to peacefully protest voter discrimination blacks were facing in Alabama and all over the south. These are five things you should know about the historic marches. read more

Publicity portrait of American actors Delroy Lindo and Denzel Washington in Spike's Lee's film 'Malcolm X' (Warner Brothers), 1992. (Photo by John D. Kisch/Separate Cinema Archive/Getty)

Celebrating black history: Music and movie syllabus

02/28/15 10:58AM

Msnbc interviewed filmmakers Justin Simien, Amma Asante, Dawn Porter, Stanley Nelson, Yoruba Richen, and Lyric R. Cabral, and musicians Jean Grae, Joey Bada$$, Rapsody, Noname Gypsy, and Michael Uzowuru for a black history series. They shared some of their favorite movies, songs, and artists. Add them to your playlists. read more

Director/writer/producer Stanley Nelson during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on January 25, 2015 in Park City, Utah.

Filmmaker Stanley Nelson: Hollywood has a racist history

02/26/15 08:36PM

Stanley Nelson is a three-time Emmy Award winning film director and producer, a MacArthur fellow, and a National Humanities Medal recipient from New York City. He recently chatted with msnbc about his mentor Williams Greaves, his latest film "The Black Panther: Vanguard of the Revolution," and the historical racism in Hollywood. read more

Director Yoruba Richen: 'Not enough of us telling our stories'

02/25/15 09:42AM

Yoruba Richen is an award-winning documentary filmmaker from New York City. She was a Guggenheim Fellow for her debut film "The New Black" which addresses the marriage equality movement within the black community. Richen recently chatted with msnbc about her journey to becoming a director and the need for more black female film... read more

Filmmaker exposes FBI counter-terrorism strategy

02/24/15 11:13AM

Lyric R. Cabral is the co-director of (T)error, the first documentary that follows an FBI informant on a counter-terrorism mission, and a recent winner of a Sundance Film Festival award. Cabral recently chatted with msnbc about Gordon Parks and the making of her debut documentary. read more

Virginia Belloni touches up Oscar statues as preparations for the 87th annual Academy Awards ceremony get underway in Hollywood, Calif. on Feb. 18, 2015.

Quiz: Are the Oscars colorblind?

02/19/15 08:32AM

Despite the presence of “Selma” in this year's best picture race, the remaining films and actors nominated by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) are a vivid reminder of an issue that often overshadows the film industry's most prestigious accolades – an overwhelming lack of diversity. read more