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Review: ‘Suicide Squad’ Is Vibrantly Dull

Aramide Tinubu - August 4, 2016

When I first began seeing promo materials for “Suicide Squad,” whether on subway platforms or splashed across my TV screen, I was struck by the vibrant, in-your-face nature of the trailers and posters. It was riveting in a way that films rarely are. Warner Bros. seemed to be ripping this story straight from the pages of their beloved DC comic books, bringing the infamous Task …

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Interview: Soul Singer Sharon Jones Talks Fighting Cancer, ‘Miss Sharon Jones!’ & Letting the Music Speak for Itself

Aramide Tinubu - July 26, 2016
New York, NY - February 2, 2014 - Sharon Jones performs at the Beacon Theater following cancer treatment. CREDIT: Jacob Blickenstaff

For twenty years, soul singer Sharon Jones has cultivated a world-wide audience with her sensational albums, performances and stunning voice. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings have been heard in everything from FitBit commercials, to Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf Of Wall Street” soundtrack. Though her career took off later in life, it’s clear that Ms. Jones has always belonged onstage. At the height of her career …

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The Cast Of ‘Survivor’s Remorse’ Talk Secrets Uncovered In Season Three, Character Evolution & #BlackLivesMatter

Aramide Tinubu - July 24, 2016
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It’s rare for a series to be able to tackle hard-hitting issues such as colorism and class disparities in thirty-minute segments. However, Starz’s “Survivor’s Remorse”, which is led by showrunner Mike O’Malley and produced by LeBron James, hits the nail on the head every week. The series follows NBA star Cam Calloway’s (Jessie T. Usher) life off the court as he juggles his Boston bred …

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Creator/Showrunner Courtney A. Kemp and ‘Power’ Cast Talk Season 3, Lessons Learned & Where Series Is Headed

Aramide Tinubu - July 17, 2016
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This Sunday, July 17th, Starz’s critically acclaimed series “Power” returns for its third season. With Ghost officially out the game, and Tommy stepping up to reign over his collapsing drug empire, it looks like nearly everyone has gotten what they wanted. But at what cost? With Ghost and Angela’s relationship out in the open, Tasha must begin coming to terms with being on her own. …

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John Singleton Talks ‘Boyz N the Hood’ 25 Years Later, The State of Black Cinema and Tupac Shakur

Aramide Tinubu - July 12, 2016
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On July 12, 1991, John Singleton’s “Boyz N the Hood” came roaring into theaters. The Black community was feeling the residual effects of the ‘80s crack epidemic. George H.W. Bush was in the White House, and the Los Angeles community was still reeling from the brutal beating of Rodney King by the LAPD four months prior. Just twenty-three years old at the time of the …

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Interview: The Cast of TV One’s ‘Bad Dad Rehab’ Talk Fatherhood, Finding Their Characters & Social Responsibility

Aramide Tinubu - July 3, 2016
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My father was not perfect. A Nigerian immigrant born in the late ‘40s, he had his work cut out for him raising two little girls on the South Side of Chicago during the ‘90s. Naturally we butted heads quite often. Some days our arguments stemmed from our cultural differences, other days it was simply normal tensions that brew between daughters and their fathers. Despite all …

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Interview: Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa Shields Talks ‘T-Rex’ Documentary, Fighting for Her Dreams & Her Hometown of Flint, MI

Aramide Tinubu - June 24, 2016
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Every few days, I bargain with myself in an effort to get to the gym for some much needed exercise. As I pull on my gym shoes, I marinate over how I will reward myself for pushing through a three-mile run, or an Insanity class. I sweat solely for my health; I am no athlete. Still, my attitude towards fitness has vastly improved in the …

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Interview: Filmmaker Dawn Porter on Her New Film ‘TRAPPED,’ Abortion Rights & Shame in the Black Community

Aramide Tinubu - June 20, 2016
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There is one abortion clinic left in the state of Mississippi, and there are three in the state of Alabama. Since 2010, in a flurry of backlash aimed at the Obama Administration, state governments particularly in the South, have passed a series of restrictive laws attacking women’s health rights and access to abortions. These TRAP laws, or Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers, are spreading rapidly …

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On Becoming Human

Aramide Tinubu - June 12, 2016
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When I was small, my father insisted that I use jumbo pink erasers to clear the errors off the pages of my homework. In his opinion, the erasers on the back on the number two pencils that I gripped tightly in my small hands didn’t do an adequate enough job. In fact, instead of giving my assignments a more pristine look, they often left harsh …

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