‘Power’ Season 4, Episode 4 Recap: “We’re In This Together”

Aramide Tinubu - July 17, 2017
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As I open this recap, I’d just like to acknowledge the fact that Tommy (Joseph Sikora) is even more insane that I’d previously thought which is saying A LOT — but we’ll get to that shortly. “We’re in This Together” begins with Ghost (Omari Hardwick) lifting weights in the rec room. Resigned to his current situation, he seems determined to make the most of his …

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Raunchy & Real ‘Girls Trip’ Might Be the Best Comedy of the Summer [REVIEW]

Aramide Tinubu - July 13, 2017

Malcolm D. Lee just gets Black women. The nuances and intricacies of Black womanhood aren’t often considered in cinema, especially not in studio films. Much more complex than its name, Girls Trip takes its comedic cues from the best aspects of The Hangover and Bridesmaids while underscoring the specificities of what makes Black women unique. The Best Man director isn’t afraid to get hyper-specific or raunchy, and his choices pay off immensely. Directing …

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‘Power’ Season 4, Episode 3 Recap: “The Kind of Man You Are”

Aramide Tinubu - July 10, 2017
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Ghost’s (Omari Hardwick) legal troubles are now spreading out to his associates. As the episode opens, Tommy (Joseph Sikora), Dre (Rotimi), Julio (J.R. Ramirez) and Keisha (La La Anthony) are all hemmed up by the Feds and brought in for questioning. Though Julio and Dre paint Ghost as a do-gooder who gives back to those from the hood, Keisha inadvertently slips up and gives Angela …

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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: ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ is refreshing AF

Aramide Tinubu - July 7, 2017

Peter Parker isn’t really a superhero — at least not yet. In the latest installment of Marvel’s Spider-Man franchise, British actor Tom Holland slides on the red suit, but this time Parker is a baby-faced 15-year-old who is just trying to stay focused in high school while keeping his new alter-ego a secret from his anxious Aunt May (Marisa Tomei). There is no spider bite here. …

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Interview: Director Ernest Dickerson on the 25th Anniversary of ‘Juice’

Aramide Tinubu - July 5, 2017

25 years ago, Ernest Dickerson who was then an upcoming cinematographer made his mark on Black cinema with “Juice.” With new talent including Omar Epps, Khalil Kahn and then newcomer Tupac Shakur, Dickerson crafted an iconic thriller about four young men from Harlem whose lives change dramatically as a result of one tragic decision. Over two decades later and with everything from “The Wire,” to …

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‘Power’ Season 4, Episode 2 Recap: “Things Are Going To Get Worse”

Aramide Tinubu - July 3, 2017

Prison looks very rough on Ghost (Omari Hardwick). Injured from his violent encounter with the prison guards at the end of the season premiere, Ghost is now dealing with blood in his urine and a possible broken rib. Gone is the polished and well put together James St. Patrick that we’ve grown accustomed to over the past three seasons of this series. At home, Tasha …

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Will Ghost Be Able to Pull Off the Performance of His Life? Recapping the ‘Power’ Season 4 Premiere

Aramide Tinubu - June 26, 2017
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Ghost is living his worst nightmare. As “When I Get Out” opens, he finds himself being booked in prison. As he disrobes, he reflects back to all of the warnings Tommy and Tasha gave him about Angela. He realizes that every poor decision he’s made regarding her has led him to this moment and yet, he’s almost in disbelief. At the river, Sandoval is preparing …

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A Shadow and Act Sit-Down With Oprah Winfrey & the Cast of ‘Queen Sugar’

Aramide Tinubu - June 19, 2017

Though we seem to be in what has been termed a new renaissance in Black film and television, some narratives stand above the others. One such series is Ava DuVernay’s “Queen Sugar.” Based on the 2014 novel by Natalie Baszile, “Queen Sugar” follows the previously estranged Bordelon siblings still reeling from their father’s death. Stubborn but ambitious Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner), Black Lives Matter activist and journalist …

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