All posts tagged: acting

The Lack of Diversity: A Growing Concern in Hollywood

As the most prestigious awards ceremony in Hollywood dawns tonight, there has been no secret as to the recent controversy concerning the nominee choices. In fact, in the first time in nearly twenty years, all of the actors nominated are caucasian. Among the most notable snubs are the cast members of the movie, Selma, which won praises from both critics and audiences everywhere. David Oyelowo, who plays Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, portrayed the legendary reverend with such fervor and accuracy that it seems almost outrageous that he was not considered for the Best Actor category in the Oscars. Also, with the unfortunate exclusion of Selma’ s director,  Ava DuVernay, the Academy missed out on the opportunity to nominate the first African-American female director in history. Although the movie was nominated for Best Picture, it was completely ignored in both directorial and acting categories. While 2014’s Oscars was highlighted by the monumental win of the period drama film, 12 Years a Slave,  and the heartwarming acceptance speech given by Best Supporting Actress winner …

Marjuan Canady: The One Woman Powerhouse

Marjuan Canady, actress, playwright, and producer  has a lot to be proud of. She has not one, but two play credits to her name, one of which, titled Girls! Girls? Girls. is performed by Marjuan—and only Marjuan. Her second play, Callaloo: A Jazz Folktale, debuted this January to wonderful reviews. The rising talent took time to speak with YHM about her theater history, the importance of identity and history, as well as gender issues. If anything can be taken away from this insightful young woman, it’s this: love who you are and where you come from, because it’s what makes you, you. YHM: When did you first become interested in acting? MC: I started performing when I was really little. My interest came from my mom, who took me to performances at the D.C. Kennedy Center, and I became really interested in the arts. I went to Duke Ellington School of the Arts in D.C. for four years studying musical theatre, where I learned not just how to dance, sing and act, but to be more critical about performance and my …