‘Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me’ is an electric look at an enigmatic performer (TIFF Review)

Aramide Tinubu - September 13, 2017

Black entertainers in this country shoulder a burden that we don’t often consider – that of representation. Even now in the 21st century, the Black artist must carry the entire race with them as they navigate career, politics and the complexities of their personal lives. Watching from the sidelines, we expect –perhaps unconsciously, for these larger than life figures to make choices that are conscious …

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Interview: Director John Trengove talks South African coming-of-age drama, ‘The Wound’

Aramide Tinubu - August 17, 2017

ohn Trengove’s South African coming-of-age drama, The Wound is a visceral and powerfully done film about queer Black identity and its intersections with Ukwaluka, the rite of passage for male Xhosa teens— a rural tribe in the country. The film follows Xolani (Nakhane Touré) an isolated closeted factory worker who returns each year to act as a khaukatha, or mentor for the younger boys. However, his real …

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Interview: Filmmaker Allen Hughes reflects on HBO’s ‘The Defiant Ones’

Aramide Tinubu - July 7, 2017
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How do two very different men — one Black, and the other Italian — from opposite ends of the country shift and bend the trajectory of the modern day music business? In his new comprehensive 4-part documentary, master filmmaker Allen Hughes explores the lives and careers of Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine — both veteran music producers, executives and co-founders of Beats by Dre. The Defiant …

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Review: A Powerful Look at Connection for Black Trans Women in ‘Walk For Me’

Aramide Tinubu - June 2, 2017

We all go through moments of transition. These moments are those significant periods in our lives when the core of our beings break free, and our inner self is truly revealed. Once we take those brave steps into the light, there is no going back, or turning away. We must stand bare under the glaring lamp of the general public to be poked, prodded, and …

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Underground Recap: Harriet Tubman Stands At the Center Of ‘Minty’

Aramide Tinubu - April 13, 2017
Underground Season 2 - Episode 206

As a guide, warrior and no-nonsense champion, Aisha Hinds’ Harriet Tubman has been a visceral force during this season of Underground. Teaching Rosalee how to move cargo undetected and working with Georgia and Elizabeth’s abolitionist sewing circle, “the most notorious runaway” has integrated herself among all aspects of the cause and in “Minty,” we finally get the full view of her life and backstory. In …

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‘Underground’ Recap: Things Go Left For Cato In ‘Whiteface’

Aramide Tinubu - April 5, 2017

The fifth episode of the second season of Underground, “Whiteface” opens on a startling note. A room full of affluent white people have come to see a minstrel show, but instead, something else is amiss. Rather than being painted in blackface, the performers are covered in whiteface. They begin making fun of white people much to the horror of the audience. As the crowd rushes out, …

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Interview: Cast Of Netflix’s ‘The Get Down’ Talk ’70s, Music That Birthed Hip-Hop & Where Their Characters Are Headed Next

Aramide Tinubu - April 5, 2017

The second part of Baz Luhrmann’s 70’s set musical drama, “The Get Down” is finally hitting Netflix on Friday, April 7th. The lush and vibrant series follows Bronx native Ezekiel “Zeke” Figueroa (Justice Smith) and his group, The Get Down Brothers on their quest to hip-hop superstardom. Zeke’s girlfriend, Mylene Cruz (Herizen Guardiola) is also desperate to make it big in disco and escape her …

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Review: ‘Fatherless’ Is One Man’s Humorous & Honest Quest To Find His Father And Eviscerate Statistics

Aramide Tinubu - April 2, 2017

For decades, the Black community has been beaten over the head with statistics and reports surrounding the absence of Black fathers within the community. There have been dissertations and investigations about the impact that single-parent households have on Black people as a whole. However, these statistics often seem to ignore the entire picture. In fact, when stacked up against white America, these numbers are nearly …

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Salli Richardson-Whitfield On ‘Underground’s’ “Nok Aaut” & The Age Of The Black Female Director

Aramide Tinubu - March 30, 2017
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The fourth episode of the second season of Underground, “Nok Aaut,” directed by Salli Richardson-Whitfield occurs at a crucial moment in history. Already embedded in the violate institution of slavery, 1858 sits two years before the South secedes from the Union, and one year prior to abolitionist John Brown’s infamous raid on Harper’s Ferry. Tensions among abolitionists and slaveholders are on the verge of bubbling …

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Hour 2 Of ‘Shots Fired’ Hints That Pastor Janae James Might Be At The Center Of It All (Recap)

Aramide Tinubu - March 29, 2017
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Hour two of Reggie Rock Bythewood and Gina Prince-Bythewood’s compelling mini-series “Shots Fired” was full of broken promises and underhanded moves. “Betrayal Of Trust” opens with deceased teen Jesse Carr’s father approaching Deputy James Beck as he arrives home. Gun in hand, Carr’s anger and heartbreak is both palpable and understandable. However, when we learn that he had not been an active member in his …

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