A Chocolate Girl’s Life

Kobe Bryant’s Film Mentors Are Two Legendary Black Women

Aramide Tinubu - March 5, 2018
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Kobe Bryant is the first professional athlete, and the first Black person to ever win an Oscar for Best Animated Short film. He took home the prize for his film, Dear Basketball. The film is based on a letter he wrote to The Players’ Tribune on November 29, 2015, announcing his retirement from basketball. “The hardest thing for an athlete to do is to start over,” …

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Franchesca Ramsey And Director Kaitlin Fontana On The Comedy Docuseries, ‘Franchesca’ (Sundance Interview)

Aramide Tinubu - February 1, 2018
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Franchesca Ramsey is returning to her roots. The ever-poised and polished YouTuber is dressed in bright colors and sports and a bold lip in the midst of the grey and white background of Sundance Film Festival. The comedian, YouTuber, journalist, actress and producer has returned to the film festival for the second year in a row with her new comedy docuseries, aptly titled Franchesca (at least for …

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Producer Datari Turner Talks Bringing ‘A Boy. A Girl. A Dream.’ To Life (Sundance Interview)

Aramide Tinubu - January 29, 2018
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We’re taught to lean into to love — to let dreams and possibilities consume us. The paralyzing fear the comes with jumping in head first is rarely explored. However, Qasim Basir strips down the fairytale with his gorgeously shot A Boy. A Girl. A Dream. Omari Hardwick and Meagan Good stand at the center of the film as Cass and Frida, two strangers spiraling toward one …

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Boots Riley And The Cast Of ‘Sorry To Bother You’ On The Bold, Whimsical Film (Sundance Interview)

Aramide Tinubu - January 25, 2018
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There are plenty of films with commentary surrounding race, commodification, self-worth, and what it means to be normal. However, none of those films have been as strange, compelling and masterful as Boots Riley’s debut feature film; Sorry to Bother You. As Riley said bluntly in an interview with the Los Angeles Times, “I’m not good at sounding like somebody else or doing what someone else does.” Starring …

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Why Is There No Black Press At The Sundance Film Festival?

Aramide Tinubu - January 22, 2018
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Sundance is the most prominent film festival in North America with thousands of films screening each year. This year, Black representation in the programming slate has been explosive. From projects like Sorry to Bother You, Blindspotting, Hale County: This Morning, This Evening, Two Dope Queens, Francesca and many others, there are so many projects to screen and write about — effectively putting them on the world’s radar before many of them …

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27….I’m F*ckin 27

Aramide Tinubu - August 24, 2017
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My knee is throbbing. As I write this, I am currently propped up on my fluffy queen-sized mattresses with my right leg elevated — a makeshift ice pack from some juice cleanse I did in the past two years rests on my knee. The offending knee is wrapped in the ace bandaged I got that time I almost broke my toe. The Golden Girls is …

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My Daddy, The Muslim Immigrant

Aramide Tinubu - February 19, 2017
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My dad has been gone exactly four years now, buried in the hard earth on a bitterly cold day in February, I nearly fell to my knees as I watched that plain pine box getting lowered into the ground. You see, he was the smartest man I’ve ever met; his brain working at the speed of light to compute numbers and figures. He was always …

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At The Edge Of The Year

Aramide Tinubu - January 1, 2017
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On winter days just after the holiday season has come to a close I find myself alone, braless with bare feet, invitations to brunch turned down, relationships ended. My shea butter coated arms elbow deep in scalding hot water as coffee brews in the background. I stand over the sink, scrubbing my breakfast dishes, the window cracked just slightly billowing in gusts of frigid air, I …

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Summer Fling

Aramide Tinubu - November 25, 2016

On a warm evening in early September, we said goodbye. I stood outside of my apartment building clinging to you, desperate to memorize your scent and the way your body felt molded against mine. All those months earlier, I’d jumped out of an Uber in the middle of a rainstorm in Harlem, nonchalant and unexpecting. You “got” me from the jump, your sexy stoic nature, …

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