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Real Talk, Viola Davis's Spontaneous Snot Bubble In Fences Should Have Won An Oscar Too Real Talk, Viola Davis's Spontaneous Snot Bubble In Fences Should Have Won An Oscar Too

It's been over a week since Viola Davis won her first Academy Award for her portrayal of "Rose" in Denzel Washington's screen adaptation of August Wilson's iconic and devastating Fences; bringing her one step closer to coveted EGOT status. Which means it's been over a week since the biggest travesty of awards season…

Who Could, Should and Will Win at the 89th Academy Awards  Who Could, Should and Will Win at the 89th Academy Awards 

I have a complicated relationship with the Academy Awards.

Watch: The Cast of Fences Share Their Experience in Making Such an Important Film Watch: The Cast of Fences Share Their Experience in Making Such an Important Film

Before his death in 2005, August Wilson optioned Fences as a feature film. He was adamant about wanting a black director, saying: "I declined a white director, not on the basis of race, but on the basis of culture. White directors are not qualified for the job. The job requires someone who shares the specifics of the…

Review: Fences Is an Acting and Directorial Feast Fit for August Wilson's Words Review: Fences Is an Acting and Directorial Feast Fit for August Wilson's Words

August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Fences has finally made it to the big screen, directed by Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington. Wilson’s masterful storytelling about a working-class family living in a historic Pittsburgh neighborhood and fighting for survival, personally and professionally, jumps…

Fences Reminds Me That Loving My Son Means Rejecting Fatherhood Fences Reminds Me That Loving My Son Means Rejecting Fatherhood

“Your firstborn son gots to be a junior,” my barber ordered. In the weeks before my son’s birth, the person who regularly gave me a razor lining insisted that I bestow my full name on my child. Nodding men in the shop unanimously agreed. “Man, you’ve got a great name,” he added, meaning that I had a legacy worth…

Mykelti Williamson on Fences, Acting While Black and the Power of the Mind Mykelti Williamson on Fences, Acting While Black and the Power of the Mind

When you’ve been handpicked by Denzel Washington to sign on to a multimillion-dollar film that he’s directing, you know you’re doing something right. And for actor and director Mykelti Williamson, who plays Gabriel in Washington’s rendition of Fences, this is indeed the case.

Join Us #AcrossTheFence: A Day Of Family Healing, In Connection To August Wilson's Fences Join Us #AcrossTheFence: A Day Of Family Healing, In Connection To August Wilson's Fences

Today, the #AcrossTheFence interview series with my dad culminates with two segments — one where I explain how and why I began to think and write about race, and one where my dad shares a story about his Uncle Wilbur, the first Black fireman in New Castle, Pa (and the man my dad is named after).

Introducing #AcrossTheFence: A National Conversation Between Family (Based On August Wilson's Fences) Introducing #AcrossTheFence: A National Conversation Between Family (Based On August Wilson's Fences)

The screen adaptation of August Wilson’s iconic Fences — starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis — comes to movie theaters on Christmas Day, 2016. This is a historic moment, the first major August production on the big screen.

Those "I'm Not My Grandparents; You Can Catch These Hands" Shirts Are Disrespectful As Fuck (And Wrong) Those "I'm Not My Grandparents; You Can Catch These Hands" Shirts Are Disrespectful As Fuck (And Wrong)

I was invited to New York City Friday evening for an advance screening of the screen adaptation of Fences — August Wilson's iconic play. Afterwards, the cast — including Denzel Washington (who also produced and directed the film) and Viola Davis — took part in a panel discussion about the story the film told, August…

7 Black Movies to See if You Can’t Bear to See Birth of a Nation (or Even if You Do) 7 Black Movies to See if You Can’t Bear to See Birth of a Nation (or Even if You Do)

Ever since Nate Parker’s film The Birth of a Nation earned a record $17.5 million distribution deal and walked away with the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival back in January, the movie has been positioned as the film most likely to solve Hollywood’s #OscarsSoWhite problem.

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