NAACP Image Awards Nominations: Jennifer Hudson, Lil Nas X, H.E.R., ‘The Harder They Fall,’ ‘Insecure’ Lead

“The Harder They Fall,” “Insecure” and H.E.R. lead the pack of film, TV and music nominees for the 53rd NAACP Image Awards, while Jennifer Hudson, Lil Nas X,…

‘Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America’ Review: ACLU Lawyer Lays Out a Clear Case for a More Perfect Union

Never underestimate people’s ability to rationalize. To paraphrase Joan Didion’s “The White Album,” our minds find ways to make sense of the nonsensical, not merely as stories but…

Rock’s Backpages Celebrates 20 Years of Archiving a Museum of Essential Music Journalism

What do rock ‘n’ roll and rock journalism have in common? Out of many things, probably, one is that they were both once assumed to be ephemeral. But…

Jack White Unveils ‘Supply Chain Issues’ 2022 Tour Dates

Jack White has announced the first dates of his 2022 “Supply Chain Issues” tour, with shows in North America, Europe, and the United Kingdom. The Live Nation-produced tour…

Key Takeaways from the Variety FYC Fest Documentary Day

There has been no better time than now for documentaries to educate and create a platform that enhances dialogue. Two years into the pandemic, documentarians have led the…

Miss USA Elle Smith wins ‘wokest’ pageant ever opposite first trans contestant

The 2021 event was dubbed “Pageantry Reimagined,” and featured just 9 blonde contestants.

Miss Kentucky Elle Smith crowned Miss USA

Miss Kentucky Elle Smith was crowned 2021 Miss USA at Monday night’s pageant.

Oklahoma’s Stable Incentives, Studio Space and Crew Boosts Production

Oklahoma has seen booms before, mostly in the oil business. But right now, the state’s boom has more to do with celluloid. Among several Sundance hits over the…

Miss New York’s stunning transformation from tomboy to tiara

Raised by an Army veteran single dad, Miss New York Briana Siaca was a tomboy who learned to change a flat before she ever learned how to apply mascara.

The Gap Band founder Ronnie Wilson dead at 73

His widow calls him “a genius with creating, producing, and playing the flugelhorn, trumpet, keyboards, and singing music, from childhood to his early 70s.”

Bruce Springsteen Negotiating to Sell Album Catalog, Publishing to Sony Music

Bruce Springsteen is in talks to sell the rights to his recorded music to Sony Music as well as his publishing catalog, three sources confirm to Variety. While…

Jim Caviezel recites Mel Gibson’s ‘Braveheart’ battle cry at QAnon conference

“Fight, and you may die. Run, and you’ll live — at least a while,” Caviezel recited at the “For God & Country: Patriot Double Down” conference, rallying the far-right crowd to fight for their freedom.