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Underground Recap: A Surprising Return And Unexpected Twist In ‘Things Unsaid’

Aramide Tinubu - March 17, 2017
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The second episode of the second season of Underground, “Things Unsaid” opens with Daniel (Bokeem Woodbine), the slave we initially met in the season premiere, the one who was teaching himself to read. He enters his cabin to greet his wife and infant child. Excitedly, he reveals to his wife that he’s learned to read and write. His wife stares down at the small piece …

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Review: ‘Deidre & Laney Rob A Train’ Is A Whimsical, Freshly Acted Tale Of Sisterhood & Sheer Determination

Aramide Tinubu - March 17, 2017
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Though we are drastically different human beings, I trust my sister more than anyone else on this planet. Despite the fact that we are only two years apart in age, our life experiences have often been worlds apart. I’ve frequently felt stifled under the weight of responsibilities and decision making (our lives drastically changed the year I turned twenty, and she turned eighteen), and I …

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5 Burning Questions We Have After Watching The Season Premiere Of ‘Greenleaf’

Aramide Tinubu - March 16, 2017
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The Greenleafs have returned for a second season in episode 201,”A House Divided,” and quite frankly, the Lord is not smiling down upon them. Despite the heaps of sexual abuse evidence against Uncle Mac, he’s walking free after getting his father Henry to testify against Bishop James. Apparently, back in 1983, James burned down his original church, First Baptist in order to collect the insurance …

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A Discussion With Amirah Vann & Robert Christopher Riley On Exploring The Horrors Of Domestic Violence On ‘Underground’

Aramide Tinubu - March 15, 2017
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NOTE: This includes very light spoilers from episode 202, “Things Unsaid,” which airs tonight on WGN America. This season of “Underground” is shaping up to be incredibly explosive, and only one episode has aired so far. One of the most enthralling aspects of this season has been the storyline around Amirah Vann’s character Ms. Ernestine and the domestic violence that she experiences. Separated from her …

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SXSW Review: ‘Dara Ju’ Is A Brilliant Examination Of The Struggle Linked Between Familial Obligations & Crushing Personal Ambition

Aramide Tinubu - March 13, 2017
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As the daughter of a Nigerian immigrant, many of my formative years were spent trying to please my father. Though it was unspoken, I was expected to thrive both academically and socially. I dared not dream of following the crowd, and there was no wide berth given for any girlish teenage slip-ups. Luckily, I loved learning and school, so a great deal of the time …

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SXSW Review: ‘The Work’ Is A Compelling Documentary About The Barriers Of Invulnerability & The Pain That Shatters Us

Aramide Tinubu - March 12, 2017
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Films set in prisons often center around stories of redemption, broken paths, journeys to freedom or the day-to-day movements of those who must now live their lives behind bars. It seems astounding to consider, but the mental, emotional and psychological statuses of those who are carrying out lengthy sentences particularly for violent offenses are often overlooked. Imprisoned men and women are seen as being without …

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Netflix’s ‘Burning Sands’ Is A Riveting Assessment of the Perils Of Greek Life & The Vulnerability Of Black Manhood

Aramide Tinubu - March 10, 2017
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If you exist outside of the Greek world, and certainly if you attended a predominantly white university as a student of color, Greek life swirls around you. You may be familiar with probates and socialize with friends who are members of sororities and fraternities, but you stay along the outskirts of it all. In his feature film debut, director Gerard McMurray peels back the curtain on …

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SXSW Interview: Warren G & Director Karam Gill Talk ‘G-Funk’ Documentary, Legacy & The Rise Of West Coast Hip-Hop

Aramide Tinubu - March 10, 2017
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In the early ‘90s, hip-hop was spreading across the globe, while hip-hop artists from Los Angeles were putting their own significant stamp on the musical genre. N.W.A. was putting gangsta rap on the map, and Warren G, Snoop Dogg, and Nate Dogg were using elements from Motown, Funk, and R&B to create a new style of hip-hop, a style that would be later termed G-Funk. …

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‘Underground’ Premiere Recap: This Ain’t No American Dream

Aramide Tinubu - March 9, 2017
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“Contraband,” the first episode of the second season of Underground, opens with Beyoncé’s “Freedom” blaring as a roll of thunder awakens an enslaved man on the Fellow Plantation in 1858.  The man arises before sundown, and we watch him toil all day, sculpting a statue before handing his money over to his Master at sundown. Soon, a montage of his workdays reveals what he’s really up …

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Fusion’s ‘The Naked Truth: Death by Delivery’ Is An Eye-Opening Look At How Healthcare Fails Black Mothers

Aramide Tinubu - March 8, 2017
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On February 1st, artist and entertainer Beyoncé Knowles announced her pregnancy with a grand Instagram post. Though her announcement and her subsequent performance at the Grammys was met with glee, excitement, and congratulations across the globe; white female writers at alarming rates attacked the Lemonade singer for expressing her joy over the impending birth of her twins. Some of these women suggested that being pregnant …

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