About 20 members of the Ku Klux Klan arrived in downtown Montgomery, Alabama Wednesday to meet demonstrators commemorating the 50th anniversary of the historic Selma…

After failing to bring home any best picture wins at the Golden Globe Awards or the Critics Choice Awards, Selma did not win an Academy Award for Best Picture Sunday. Ava Duvernay and Paul Webb’s chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King’s leadership of a multiyear campaign to secure equal voting rights did not win an […]

During the post-show press conference for their Golden Globe-winning song, “Glory,” John Legend and Common explained how the song began with a simple phone call and an exchange of ideas. As the pair notched their second win of the 2015 awards season, that phone call seems even more important. “Glory” from the film Selma won […]

One Oscar voter is getting candid about the Academy Awards  nominees, and even attacked Ava Duvernay‘s Best Picture hopeful, Selma, in an anonymous report for The Hollywood Reporter. The anonymous, female voter ripped apart the film about Martin Luther King, Jr.’s march to gain voting rights for Black Americans that started in Selma, Ala. She said that while it […]

It looks likes Ava DuVernay saw into the future, and we didn’t. Despite Selma and its director being a fan favorite, DuVernay  knew she wasn’t going to be nominated for best director and predicted as much in a just published interview with Entertainment Weekly. The interview took place in December, well before the nominations were announced last week. According to DuVernay, “It’s […]

Anthony Mackie has the answer to why, Selma director Ava DuVernay and David Oyelowo were both overlooked for Oscar nominations: People are tired of discussing race! No seriously,…


As the nation celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the work and efforts of the global icon are back at the cultural forefront in a big way. Hip-hop was birthed to give voice to the marginalized, and has paid homage to Dr. King’s message since its inception. Common and John Legend‘s Oscar-nominated (and Golden Globe-winning) “Glory” continues […]

Every holiday and notable day, Google celebrates with a doodle, and continued the tradition today in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  It features work from first-time Google Doodle participant and artist, Ekua Holmes. MLK is walking arm-in-arm across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Alabama — where the march to Selma started — with other […]

Cheryl Boone Isaacs heard the cries over this year’s diversity-lacking Academy Awards nominations, including the snubbing of Ava DuVernay‘s film, Selma. Does the organization have a problem recognizing diversity? Isaacs, an African-American woman, responded:   “Not at all. Not at all. The good news is that the wealth of talent is there, and it’s being discussed, and it’s […]

The Oscar nominations are in, and Selma has a chance to take the Academy’s highest honor. Although three-time film director, Ava DuVernay was not nominated for Best Director, her critically acclaimed film, Selma is nominated for Best Picture at the 2015 Academy Awards. The film also picked up an Oscar nomination for Best Song, for Common […]

  After being honored at the Golden Globe Awards, Common and John Legend give their very powerful song “Glory” the proper visual treatment.   ‘Selma‘ is currently in theaters.   Like TheUrbanDaily.com on Facebook!

  Two years ago, I had the opportunity to meet with Congressman John Lewis in his Capitol Hill office. I listened intently as he recounted…