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Ava DuVernay Teases ‘When They See Us’ - The Color Brief March 5

Ava DuVernay Teases ‘When They See Us’ - The Color Brief March 5

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The first trailer for Ava DuVernay’s new series, When They See Us, debuted over the weekend. The limited series will premiere on Netflix May 31 and tells the story of the Central Park Five.

Nearly 25 years ago, five black and brown boys were accused of raping a woman in Central Park. They were later exonerated, but the case has remained a hotly contested example of race relations in America ever since.

The series stars several notable actors including Niecy Nash, Blair Underwood, Michael K. Williams, and John Leguizamo.

DuVernay’s documentary 13th was a Netflix original and was nominated for an Oscar in 2017.  She recently defended Netflix against some Hollywood directors who want the Academy to change its rules and block streaming-only films from qualifying for nominations. 

In other news… 

Teyonah Parris, who starred in If Beale Street Could Talk, has joined the cast of the forthcoming Candyman remake.  The film is being produced by Jordan Peele.

Pharrell Williams has announced the lineup for his Something in the Water Festival.  The event takes place in Virginia Beach April 26-28 and will feature performances from Missy Elliott, Migos, Pusha T, SZA, and Janelle Monae, among many others.

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Desus & Mero Score Big Ratings at Showtime - The Color Brief March 6

Desus & Mero Score Big Ratings at Showtime - The Color Brief March 6

Solange Releases New Album ‘When I Get Home’ - The Color Brief March 4

Solange Releases New Album ‘When I Get Home’ - The Color Brief March 4