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  • We play an excerpt of the highly acclaimed 1966 film, The Battle of Algiers, that depicts the Algerian struggle for independence against the French occupation in the 1950’s and early 60’s. Parallels are being drawn between the French use of torture against resistance fighters in Algeria and the U.S. abuse of prisoners in Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay. [includes rush transcript]
    November 09, 2005 | Story
  • We play in interview with Ossie Davis as he protested the invasion of Iraq on March 22, 2003. Davis says, "The choice is to live together as brothers, or perish together as fools. I come together to say, I choose to live for brotherhood, and not for folly. I choose peace and not war. I choose life, and not death." [includes rush transcript]
    February 07, 2005 | Story
  • As fighting raged in Iraq, the 75th annual Academy Awards ceremony was held last night.
    March 24, 2003 | Story
  • Yesterday on Democracy Now! we began a long and sometimes heated discussion about race, representation, and theentertainment industry. The discussion came just a day Halle Berry became the first African American woman to earnan Academy Award for best actress. She won for her role in "Monster’s Ball", in which she played a grief-strickenmother who becomes involved with her husband’s racist executioner. Just minutes after...
    March 27, 2002 | Story
  • They are calling it a "historic" night. A groundbreaking night. A milestone event. They are calling it the firstreal Academy Awards show of color in 74 years of history. On Sunday evening, Halle Berry became the first AfricanAmerican woman to earn an Oscar for best actress. She won for her role in "Monster’s Ball", in which she played agrief-stricken mother who becomes involved with her husband’s racist...
    March 26, 2002 | Story
  • Last night was the 74th annual Academy Awards — the entertainment industry’s Big Night, Hollywood’s prom. Thisyear’s event had all the glitz and glamour of year’s past, combined with a solid dose of flag-waiving,sentimentality, and self-congratulation. There were also overwrought tears, long speeches, and not a fewdeclarations of the industry’s continued relevance, even in the wake of 9/11. But there were...
    March 25, 2002 | Story
  • The Oscars are this Sunday. In 74 years of the Oscars, the most prestigious movie awards, only six acting trophieshave gone to African-Americans. But this year, much is being made about it being a good year for African Americans.The honorary Oscar will go to Sidney Poitier for his life’s work. 38 years ago, Poitier won best actor for Lilies ofthe Field. This year is the first time African-American performers could win both major acting...
    March 22, 2002 | Story
  • It was announced yesterday that Ridley Scott was nominated for "best director" in the Oscars. And the film is still in the top ten movies on the charts in the US and Europe. Mark Bowden’s book Black Hawk Down, which the film is based on, is number one on the New York Times paperback bestseller list this week. The book has been on the bestseller list for 26 weeks.
    February 19, 2002 | Story
  • Well, the Academy Awards are approaching, and the Oscars that were stolen were recently found in a trashcan. It seems that if you are a person of color in the film industry that’s the only way you are going to get an Oscar. Since 1940, when Hattie McDaniel won an Academy Award for her role in Gone with the Wind, only five other African Americans have won the award. And an African American has not won for best supporting actor since 1963,...
    March 24, 2000 | Story
  • Hundreds of protesters stood outside the Oscars ceremony this past Sunday at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles to protest this year’s lifetime achievement Academy Award, which was given to director Elia Kazan , director of On the Waterfront and A Street Car Named Desire, who in 1951 informed on many of his Hollywood colleagues before the House Un-American Activities Committee. The protesters included some of those on...
    March 23, 1999 | Story