Octavia Spencer

Announcements broke from normal tradition as the names were announced via live feed broadcasted on the morning news shows such as "Good Morning America." Announcers of color included Gabby Sidibe, Jennifer Hudson and Terrance Howard.

Monday night's event highlighted historic speeches by civil rights heroes like MLK, Malcolm X, Fred Hampton, Sojourner Truth, and Shirley Chisholm, recited by Lin Miranda-Manuel, Andre Holland, Michael B. Jordan, Octavia Spencer, and civil rights icon Harry Belafonte.

You haven’t heard the true story of Harriet Tubman until you’ve watched Comedy Central’s Drunk History segment with Crissle West and Octavia Spencer. Curated by comedian Derek…

  Racism may be a topic to approach cautiously, but as Kevin Costner found out, it’s also a topic that many in Hollywood won’t touch. Let alone finance. During a question and answer session at the recent National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Convention in Boston, the actor revealed his struggles to get his film […]

When it was announced a film was going to be made about the life and times of legend James Brown, music fans said, “Finally!” Now that the film is done, the trailers are helping build buzz and anticipation for “Get On Up.” Starring Chadwick Boseman of “42” fame as James Brown, the film chronicles Brown’s […]

At the end of last year, NBC announced they would be doing a new series based off the hit Angela Lansbury starring vehicle “Murder She Wrote,” people weren’t too excited because they just wanted the classic show to be left alone. However, NBC went ahead and got Oscar winner Octavia Spencer to star in their […]

  Black Americans have endured their fair share of unjust treatment at the hands of the police and laws put in place to protect the country’s citizens. We’ve also found ourselves being victimized a second time during the trials and receiving no justice. Considering that it’s still fresh in our minds, a prime example is […]

I guess it’s fitting that on the day I saw “Fruitvale Station,” the dramatic retelling of the murder of 22-year-old Oscar Grant, it was pouring rain from the sky. God must have known I was going to need something to mask my tears. Watching “Fruitvale Station” was a first for me. It was the first […]

After winning Golden Globe, BAFTA and SAG and Critics’ Choice Awards for her role in The Help, Octavia Spencer won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for playing feisty maid Minny Jackson. “I have to thank my families. My family in Alabama — the state of Alabama,” she said in her acceptance speech. ” My L.A. […]

Last night Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer had an intense debate with talk show host Tavis Smiley over criticism The Help has received. Davis told Smiley flatly, “That very mindset that you have and that a lot of African-Americans have is absolutely destroying the black artist. The black artist cannot live in a place—in a revisionist […]

Viola Davis continued her march to the Oscars by snagging a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Leading Role. Her co-star in The Help, Octavia Spencer won Best Supporting Actress. Black Arts: Urban Film Festivals Throughout the Nation Davis beat out Meryl Streep, Tilda Swinton, Glenn Close and […]

First time Golden Globe nominee Octavia Spencer is now a winner for her supporting role as Minny Jackson in The Help. While the movie has been a source of controversy, the performances of the actresses have been widely celebrated. Octavia won in the Best Actress in a Supporting Role category. Congratulations to Octavia Spencer on […]