Shining a Spotlight on Black Entertainers

Celebrating Black History Month this February, WE are shining a light on African Americans who have made great strides in the entertainment industry and have done a lot more than entertain!

Octavia Spencer

Thanks @hollywoodreporter for including me in your first live round table discussion. Thanks to the dream team @wendiandnicole @missvalnoble @davestanwell @mkates100 and thank you @millermobley

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Last year, Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer was nominated for her role in "Hidden Figures" and this year, the 45-year-old actress is nominated again for Best Supporting Actress for her role in “The Shape of Water.” Along with Viola Davis, she is the most Oscar-nominated Black actress, but that's not the only reason why she's shining in the spotlight. Octavia has been known to buy out movie theaters in low-income neighborhoods so everyone has the opportunity to enjoy the magic of movies. Most recently, she took to Instagram to announce that she will be buying out a movie theater in Mississippi to watch the highly-anticipated film "Black Panther," saying,  "I think I will buy out a theatre in an underserved community there to ensure that all our brown children can see themselves as a superhero." Octavia is truly a hero with a heart.

Sterling K. Brown

@stylebynaz hooking a brother up once again! Ladies & Gentlemen...what a night! #RyanCoogler is 3 for 3! I believe you shall be Entertained! ✊🏿

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Sterling K. Brown has won over audiences as the successful and level-headed Randall on the hit show “This Is Us,” in which he plays an African-American man who has been raised by an adoptive white family. Sterling made history earlier this month when he became the first African-American to win the award for outstanding male actor in a drama series at the 24th Annual SAG awards. His big win came just weeks after he became the first African-American to win a Golden Globe Award for a TV drama, and a year after he became the first Black actor to win an Emmy Award for outstanding lead actor in a drama series since 1998. WE’re sure to be seeing much more of Sterling this year!

Janelle Monae

WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE ! An idea whose time has finally arrived ! #BLACKPANTHER . Still feeling inspired ... still feeling thankful ... still trying to put into words how Ryan’s film has me feeling . Y’all just get y’all garbs and tickets and be in those seats come FEB 16th ! I am so proud of all of my friends , tears of joy . Missing a few but here ya go . #WondalandgoestoWakanda Swipe left

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Janelle Monae made a name for herself as a recording artist. Since her first (independently released) album in 2003, Janelle has been nominated for six Grammy Awards. Last year, Janelle made waves in Hollywood with her debut performances in “Hidden Figures” and “Moonlight.” This year, she is still making waves with an announcement of new music in the works and of course, more acting. She has also been vocal about Women's Rights, taking the 2018 Grammy's stage to say, "We come in peace, but we mean business. And to those who would dare try and silence us, we offer you two words: Time's up.” Cue the standing ovation, this woman means business!

Jordan Peele

Expertly done. You got skills. 👍🏾

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Jordan Peele just became the first Black director to receive Academy Award nominations in the writing, directing, and producing categories for his first feature film, “Get Out.” The film, which Jordan describes as a social thriller, centers on a Black man (played by Daniel Kaluuya, another inspiring Black voice in Hollywood) who goes on a weekend getaway with his white girlfriend to meet her family. Before long, he starts to discover that something is terribly, terribly wrong. The movie was designed to give audiences a new take on the horrors of racism, and it does just that. In an interview, Jordan said, "I was trying to bring a piece of the conversation I had never seen put on film before. I felt like there was this void in the way we talk about race. Really, my truth as a Black man. My perspective that I haven't seen in film before.” Will the film take home the award for best picture? WE hope so!

WE will be celebrating Black History all month long! For more articles, videos and events, click here!