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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

Portrait of Amma Asante. (Photo by Hazel Thompson)

Amma Asante: 'I’m changing the narrative for little girls'

02/19/15 01:17PM

Amma Asante is the first black female director to win a British Academy of Film award for "A Way of Life" in 2005. Asante was raised in London by Ghanian parents and was largely influenced by their taste in American music from Billie Holliday to Luther Vandross. In 2013, she released "Belle," a historical drama that was... read more

Top Chef's Tom Colicchio speaks during an interview on Apr. 26, 2012 in New York. (Jonathan Fickies/AP for Mexico Tourism Board)

Ask Tom Colicchio a question

02/18/15 09:26AM

We're excited to welcome Tom Colicchio to the msnbc family! The chef and restauranteur will be joining msnbc as a food correspondent, covering food policy issues such as hunger and genetically modified foods, while also hosting a weekly show on msnbc's Shift, called "Stirring the Pot. read more

Love is Love: Meet Lennie and Pearl, together for 48 years

02/10/15 09:09AM

If there’s one thing we can all agree on, politics aside, it’s that love transcends all. In celebration of Valentine’s Day,'s "Love is Love" series will profile a variety of couples and their stories in the week leading up to February 14 to show that “love is love,” no matter your race, nationality, sexual orientation,... read more