Culture

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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‘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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’13th’ Cinematographer Hans Charles On ‘Mr. SOUL!’ And Being Deliberate About The Black Image

Aramide Tinubu - May 1, 2018
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In the years following Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination as the Civil Rights Movement began to fray and crack, the Black Power movement arose, and Ellis Haizlip’s PBS series SOUL! gave black artists, poets, musicians, dancers, creators and activists a platform to tell their stories. SOUL! debuted on September 12, 1968, with Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles as its first musical guest. The show aired for five …

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‘Phantom Cowboys’ Beautifully Twists and Bends The Coming-Of-Age Genre (Tribeca Review)

Aramide Tinubu - May 1, 2018
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Coming of age documentaries certainly aren’t new territory. Recent films like Quest and Raising Bertie are stellar projects that document the transformative years of their subjects as they embark on the journey from their teen years to adulthood. Daniel Patrick Carbone’s Phantom Cowboys uses that same model but twists it into something we’ve never seen before. Following three different young men — Larry, Nick and Tyler from Pahokee, Florida; Trona, California; …

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How The Searing Short Film ‘Haven’ Hones In On The Beauty And Horrors of Black Girlhood

Aramide Tinubu - April 26, 2018
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Some films remain forever embedded in your psyche and stick with you long after the final credits roll. Writer/director Kelly Fyffe-Marshall’s searing short story Haven is exactly this type of film. In a few short minutes, Haven hones in on the beauty and horrors of black girlhood — tackling a subject that is often buried in the black community. After the film’s premiere at the South by Southwest (SXSW) …

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On Cultural Appropriation, Gentrification And Horror With The Director Of Brooklyn Beauty Shop-Set ‘Hair Wolf’

Aramide Tinubu - April 25, 2018
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Cultural appropriation and gentrification have dwindled down to buzzwords – quick utterances and headline grabs instead of raw in-depth conversations about the havoc and devastation that occur when these processes are implemented. Filmmaker Mariama Diallo and producer Valerie Steinberg wanted to examine how destructive cultural appropriation is to black culture specifically in an age where mega-popular white social influencers are desperately trying to claim black …

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How Black Dollars Made Warner Bros’ ‘Rampage’ No. 1 At The Box Office

Aramide Tinubu - April 22, 2018
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The summer box office season has vanished. With an ever-changing industry and the erasure of mid-budget films, Hollywood has started rolling out what would have been their massive summer blockbusters at various times throughout the year. With the rise of the superhero genre, the return or some massive franchises like Star Wars and J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, studios are pulling audiences into theaters whenever they can, and …

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HBO ‘King In the Wilderness’ Executive Producer On The Film And Examining Dr. King’s Final Years

Aramide Tinubu - April 2, 2018
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It’s been fifty-years since Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated leaving an unfulfilled dream, a blueprint for humanity, a turbulent country, and a furious race of people behind. In these past five decades, Dr. King has been immortalized; hoisted up as an almost mythical being – a martyr of the Civil Right’s Movement. Though history has painted Dr. King in a certain light, his …

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Sacha Jenkins Talks Hip-Hop’s Legacy & Netflix’s ‘Rapture’

Aramide Tinubu - March 30, 2018
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Hip-hop is continually changing and evolving. In his new Netflix docuseries Rapture, director and executive producer Sacha Jenkins examines hip-hop as we know it today through the eyes of some of the genres biggest artists. The eight-episode series follows Nas, T.I., 2 Chainz, Rapsody, Logic, G-Eazy, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, and Dave East — lyricists with different legacies and at various stages of their careers. …

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