This week, we’re celebrating the Oscars by speaking to stars from three breakout movies of the season. Barry Jenkins, Director of the Oscar-nominated movie, ‘Moonlight’, Octavia Spencer talks about playing mathematician Dorothy Vaughan in the hit movie, ‘Hidden Figures’. Mykelti Williamson reflects on his role as Gabriel Maxson in the big-screen adaptation of August Wilson’s play, ‘Fences’. Listen Now
Tavis Smiley has come a long way from his humble beginnings in Gulfport, Mississippi (PDF).
Clarence V. Reynolds is the assistant director at the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY, in Brooklyn, New York. He is also an independent journalist and editor, and a staff writer for The Network Journal. He has also worked for several publications, including Black Issues Book Review and Discover magazine. He is a native of Baltimore, Maryland, and currently lives in New York City.