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‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ Puts The Mass Incarceration Issue On The Big Screen – Guest Column

If Beale Street Could Talk

Gina Clayton-Johnson is executive director of the Essie Justice Group, which she founded (and named after her great grandmother) in 2014 to harness the collective power of women with incarcerated loved ones to end mass incarceration's harm to women and communities. She wrote this piece after seeing Annapurna’s If Beale Street Could Talk, Barry Jenkins’ adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel that is up for three Oscars on February 24 — for Jenkins’ screenplay, supporting… Read


Civil Rights Activist Dolores Huerta On The Power Of Women In ‘Roma’ – Guest Column

Roma Dolores Huerta

Civil rights activist Dolores Huerta co-founded with Cesar Chavez the United Farm Workers union where she currently serves as VP (Rosario Dawson played her in the 2014 biopic Cesar Chavez which starred Michael Pena as Chavez). Huerta is also founder and president of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, which connects community-based organizing to local, state, and national movements. In 2012, President Bill Clinton awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civil… Read


Demian Bichir Ponders The Powerful Memories Of Mexico Rekindled By ‘Roma’ – Guest Column


The Oscar nominated actor Demian Bichir has written graceful guest columns for Deadline on the #Oscarssowhite controversy and the cruel forced separation of refugee children by the Trump Administration. Bichir became a top star in Mexico and established himself in Hollywood with a milestone Oscar-nominated performance in A Better Life that led him to become the first Mexican since Anthony Quinn to be Oscar nominated for Best Actor. Roma brought back a lot of memories for… Read


‘Life Itself’ Director Dan Fogelman: My Unabashed Belief In The Essential Nature Of Sentimentality – Guest Column

EDITOR’S NOTE: As the creator of NBC hit This is Us, Dan Fogelman has been breaking the nation’s hearts on a weekly basis on television. Tomorrow, his second feature film Life Itself, featuring an all-star cast including Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Annette Bening, Mandy Patinkin, Jean Smart, Olivia Cooke, Antonio Banderas, Laia Costa and Samuel L. Jackson, gets its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. Ahead of the screening, we asked Fogelman to expound in his own… Read


With Industry Still In The Diversity “Stone Age”, ‘Seven Seconds’ Creator Veena Sud Calls For Systemic Change — Guest Column

When I started writing TV in 2002, I was mentored by a good man and later hired by a great woman, neither of whom viewed this woman of color as a charity case but as a writer, plain and simple. I was wildly lucky. Fellow writers coming up at the same time were not as fortunate. In just one example, a friend of a friend—in an all white male writers’ room—found herself, one afternoon, the target of a curious parlor game called "F*ck, Marry, Kill". Each of her colleagues… Read


How My Struggle As A Survivor Of Sexual Abuse Became ‘The Tale’, A Movie I Hope Will Change The World – Guest Column

Jennifer Fox

EDITOR’S NOTE: Jennifer Fox’s The Tale airs tonight at 10 PM on HBO, after a Sundance Film Festival premiere in January, which is where I first saw it. The film is a powerful piece of memoir in which Fox, best known for her work in documentary film, struggles with a revelation that a relationship she had when she was 13 with a much older man had not been the romantic first love as she had framed it in her memory for many years. She is played as herself in the film, by… Read


‘Mean Girls’ Book Author On The Passing Of Jill Messick And The Need For Civility In The #MeToo Moment – Guest Column

Rosiland Wiseman Queen Bees & Wannabes

Editors Note: Author and educator Rosiland Wisesman penned the 2002 book Queen Bees & Wannabes, which was adapted by Tina Fey into the 2004 film Mean Girls, produced by the late Jill Messick. Wiseman is also founder of Cultures of Dignity, which works with communities to shift the way we think about young people’s physical and emotional well-being. She wrote this guest column for Deadline. Sixteen years ago I wrote a book about girls and their social lives called Queen Bee… Read