In 2011, Viola Davis earned her first Oscar nomination playing Aibileen Clark in “The Help.” The film focused on domestic servants telling their stories of racism to a young, white author in 1963 Mississippi. Octavia Spencer won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Minny. Davis recently spoke out about the role and she now regrets […]


Actor Nelsan Ellis, best known for his recurring role on HBO’s "True Blood," has died.


During her opening monologue on Saturday night’s episode of “SNL,” guest host Octavia Spencer cracked jokes about the constant mix-ups surrounding Black films.

Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer allegedly had help shedding fifty pounds from her 5’2″ frame.   The National Enquirer is reporting that the 39-year-old star of the controversial film “The Help” weighed in at 210 pounds and resorted to having gastric bypass surgery back in 2005. SEE ALSO: Did Trayvon Martin Shooter Use A Racial Slur? An insider revealed to […]

Despite torrents of debate among African-Americans over the merits of the segregation-era movie “The Help,” most still hoped that Viola Davis, who plays a maid, would become just the second black winner of the best actress Oscar. RELATED: Black Director Wins Oscar For “Undefeated” H.S. Football Documentary And so there was widespread disappointment when Davis […]

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Octavia Spencer inspired her formidable character in “The Help,” but the actress turned into a softy Sunday as she accepted an Oscar for the role. “Oh, thank you,” a tearful Spencer said as many in the audience rose to their feet. She expressed gratitude to her family, her colleagues from “The […]

Professor and MSNBC talk show host, Melissa Harris-Perry has made no secret of her disdain for “The Help” movie. From the time that it hit the big screen, she has been one of its most vocal critics, stating that she needed “worker’s compensation” after viewing it for MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell. Calling the film “deeply troubling” […]

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “The Help” collected three prizes at the NAACP Image Awards, including top actress honors for Viola Davis, the supporting actress prize for Octavia Spencer and outstanding motion picture. Davis and Spencer have collected armloads of accolades for their work in the film about black maids who speak out against their white […]

Myrlie Evers-Williams, the wife of slain civil rights activist Medgar Evers, has come to the defense of the highly controversial Academy Award-nominated film “The Help” by penning an essay that touts the body of work as a socially relevant motion picture. SEE ALSO: Former NFL Player Fights Lung Cancer To Honor Late Wife The indie […]

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.— Martin Scorsese’s Paris adventure “Hugo” leads the Academy Awards with 11 nominations, among them best picture and the latest director honor for the Oscar-winning filmmaker. Also nominated for best picture Tuesday: the silent film “The Artist”; the family drama “The Descendants”; the Sept. 11 tale “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”; the Deep […]

The 69th annual Golden Globes took place this past Sunday, and Octavia Spencer nabbed an award. SEE ALSO: GO SISTAS! Black Actresses Win Big At Critics’ Choice Awards Female Black Historians Criticize Movie “The Help” Spencer won for Best Supporting Actress in a film for her role as a maid in the Civil Rights Era […]

It’s little surprise that The Help, one of last year’s biggest box-office draws, is now gaining loads of Oscar buzz. The film is a contender for several categories including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress. SEE ALSO: 8 Surprises In “The Obamas” The Help follows the struggles of two black maids—Aibileen Clark […]