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Omari Hardwick Talks ‘Real to Reel,’ Legacy And ‘Power’: “I Would Love People To Say I Made Myself At Home In This Industry”

Aramide Tinubu - June 20, 2018
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At his core, Omari Hardwick is a storyteller. While many folks met him in Ava DuVernay’s stellar 2011 film I Will Follow and then, of course, as the stoic drug kingpin Ghost in Starz’s Power, Hardwick’s journey in the entertainment industry spans nearly two decades. Throughout his career, his work has covered almost every genre across multiple mediums and platforms. Presently, he’s busier than ever. Power returns for a fifth …

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Oprah Winfrey, Mara Brock Akil And Michele Weaver On ‘Love Is__,’ Heartache And Lessons Learned

Aramide Tinubu - June 19, 2018
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Black women aren’t often given the opportunity to tell our love stories publicly. Instead, our courtships, regrets, and lustful encounters are whispered about amongst our girlfriends. Epic love stories — the ones that we see in movie theaters or on TV screens are typically reserved for white women, while advice from male “relationship experts,” and unfounded statistics are strewn across social media platforms and news …

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Mara Brock Akil And Salim Akil Talk Their Seductive New Show ‘Love Is ___’ With Series Leads Will Catlett & Michele Weaver

Aramide Tinubu - June 19, 2018
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Love stories were made for the screen. There is a magic that comes with falling, diving in head first, and allowing yourself to become connected and enraptured with another soul. In romance films, the audience is pulled under quickly, caught up in the first mesmerizing moments of desire and lust. However, television allows artists and audiences to unpack the nuances of love. We are able …

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On ‘Queen Sugar’s Ralph Angel And The Nuances Of Black Fatherhood

Aramide Tinubu - June 17, 2018
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n the canon of Black American television, Black fathers have been a staple – particularly on some of our most beloved sitcoms. From James Evans on Good Times to Phillip Banks on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, these men have been the ultimate father figures for those of us who are deeply connected to our own fathers and for others who felt a paternal void. Despite varying economic …

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The Cast Of ‘The Lion King’ On Broadway Unpack The Show’s Majestic Blackness And Its Incredible 20-Year Legacy

Aramide Tinubu - June 1, 2018
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For twenty years, Simba’s coming of age story has reigned on the Broadway stage. I saw it once as a child in the mid-’90s and again a few weeks ago to celebrate the show’s 20th anniversary. The experience was even more magnetic than I’d remembered. As the sun rises (literally) over the darkened theater, actress Tshidi Manye’s voice reigns out loud and clear as she …

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Ntare Mwine Talks ‘The Chi,’ Embracing Ronnie And Connecting With The South Side

Aramide Tinubu - May 25, 2018
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Some television shows make your heart race — they make you gasp for breath as you anticipate the next twist and turn. Then, there are shows that speak to your soul; they seep into your consciousness dredging up long forgotten memories. In her outstanding drama series, The Chi, Golden Globe winner Lena Waithe give the South of Chicago back to its people. Told in a cinéma …

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Lance Gross Talks ‘STAR,’ Playing the Man Everyone Loves to Hate And Explosive Season 2 Finale

Aramide Tinubu - May 22, 2018
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From the moment season 2 premiered, Fox’s STAR has put its foot on the gas, and the drama, music and sensational storylines haven’t slowed down since. This season has brought brand new goals, heartbreaks and even more obstacles for Carlotta (Queen Latifah), Star (Jude Demorest), Simone (Brittany O’Grady) and Alex (Ryan Destiny). As the second season barrels toward what will surely be a tumultuous conclusion, one character …

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Zazie Beetz Dishes On ‘Deadpool 2,’ Black Women Superheroes And Understanding The Spirit Of Mutant Mercenary, Domino

Aramide Tinubu - May 18, 2018
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In Deadpool 2, Zazie Beetz makes her superhero debut as Domino in a flourish of luscious afro and nonchalance. A reluctant member of Wade Wilson’s newly formed X-Force, Domino has a dark and twisted past, but from her unbothered attitude, you’d never know it. Beetz was determined to make the character, originally created by Rob Liefeld, her own. The second she learned she was in the …

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‘Superfly’: Director X, Trevor Jackson and Jason Mitchell On Bringing Gordon Parks Jr.’s Blueprint To The Present-Day

Aramide Tinubu - May 17, 2018
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“There is a difference between getting out, and getting pushed out.” Michael K. Williams’ character Scatter offers those haunting words of advice to Youngblood Priest (portrayed by Trevor Jackson) in the new trailer for Superfly. Though this 21st-century film is a world away from Gordon Parks Jr.’s 1972 Harlem-set Super Fly, the core of the story remains untouched. Set in Atlanta, Jackson’s Preist has become increasingly wary …

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Actress Florence Kasumba Unveils How Her 20-Year Career Led Her To Become A Dora Milaje Warrior In ‘Black Panther’ And Her Hopes For What Comes Next

Aramide Tinubu - May 7, 2018
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The moment Florence Kasumba introduced herself as Ayo, T’Challa’s security chief in Captain America: Civil War, audiences immediately knew the type of energy that the Dora Milaje would be giving to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Ugandan-born German actress made her MCU debut by staring down Black Widow (portrayed by Scarlett Johansson) as she sharply suggested the Russian spy turned Avenger “move or be moved.” What …

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