Black people flocked to theaters in 2011 to see The Help, a movie set in the 1960s about a maid who helps an aspiring author document the lives of Black maids in the South. But one of the film’s stars, Viola Davis, who earned an Oscar nomination for Best Actress, now regrets taking the role of a maid to a racist Southern belle.

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Janelle Monáe is using her star power to provide financial backing for female directors whose work may not be seen due to lack of funding. In the photo above, Janelle is seen performing at the 2018 Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco last week (Aug. 12).

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