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Whether it’s a conversation about human rights and injustices in America or a debate about where people of diversity stand in film and television, actors Tessa Thompson and Nate Parker have no problem speaking out … and they’re not alone.



Thompson (Dear White People) and Parker (Beyond the Lights) sat alongside ET’s Kevin Frazier and a handful of filmmakers and executives over the weekend for the first annual Blackout for Human Rights Festival to talk about their experiences getting black stories told on the big and or small screen.

“Sure, there are Black women that are like Cookie Lyon but there are also Black women that are like Björk and where do they exist in media,” Thompson told HipHollywood. “So just trying to find all of the variations that exist in our story and also Hollywood can be a space where we talk about recycled stories a lot. I’m interested in what’s new and what’s fresh.”



During the incredibly informative and entraining hour long panel, Nate expressed his concern with not having the blatant opportunity to play roles such as Spiderman or Superman. “We are not human enough to be ‘oh he has the capacity as a regular person to play this person that we’ve imagine as a super person’ We are still fighting for regular humanity,” Parker argued.

The actor, who recently wrapped up his film about Nat Turner, The Birth of a Nation, added after the discussion that “I’m happier to have played Nat Turner more so than if I were to be offered Batman or Spiderman or anything. Because to me, he is more of a hero because he is real and he existed and he stood for our people.”

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Girl Power Prevails At The 2017 American Music Awards



Music’s most amazing night went down Sunday at the Microsoft Theater in L.A. and we have to say the night was all about the ladies!

That’s right the 45th American Music Awards had some major moments and some major girl power starting with Pink and Kelly Clarkson.

The duo got the show started singing R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts”, but it was their solo performances that had fans going nuts.

Kelly Clarkson returned to the stage and had everyone on their feet with a medley of her classic tracks and new single “Love So Soft.”

While Pink took her career to new heights leaping off the side of a building while performing her hit single “Beautiful Trauma.”

Christina Aguilera, paid tribute to Whitney Houston with a commemorative performance for the 25th anniversary of The Bodyguard.

But the #Majah moment of the night had to be Diana Ross. The Motown legend was given the Lifetime Achievement Award, and performed some of her greatest hits before accepting the honor.


Photos by Kevin Winter/Getty Images




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