My Conversation With Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Gina Prince-Bythewood

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 13:  Actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw (L) and director Gina Prince-Bythewood attend The New York Premiere Of R
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 13: Actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw (L) and director Gina Prince-Bythewood attend The New York Premiere Of Relativity Media's 'Beyond the Lights' at Regal Union Square Stadium on November 13, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Relativity Media)

Tonight I'm joined by British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who earlier this year drew rave reviews for her breakout role in Belle, and acclaimed director Gina Prince-Bythewood to talk about their new movie, Beyond the Lights. The film, now in theaters, takes a clear-eyed look at how pop music's star-making machine can play havoc with young lives, particularly women. The movie co-stars Nate Parker.

My conversation with Gugu and Gina covered a wide range of issues facing women in the entertainment industry. I asked Gina specifically why she wanted to tell this story, which at its core is a love story, and why it seems so difficult to get movies made about two black people falling in love.

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