Film & Television

Keiynan Lonsdale Talks ‘Love, Simon,’ Embracing Yourself And Why Young People Will Change The World

Aramide Tinubu - March 15, 2018

A warm and beautiful story of friendship, loss, and the innate desire to love and be loved, Greg Berlanti’s groundbreaking Love, Simon is not just a love story for the LGBTQ community — but one for humanity in a time when we seem to be losing touch with one another. The film follows seventeen-year-old Simon Spier (portrayed by Nick Robinson), a typical teenager just trying to get …

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Identity And The Glory of Girlhood Stand At The Center Of Nijla Mu’min’s ‘Jinn’ (SXSW Review)

Aramide Tinubu - March 13, 2018

Freedom. It’s a word that epitomizes our teenage years – a time that seems endless and glorious. However, it’s also a period where we often feel confined — boxed in as we rebel against our parents’ rules and traditions while trying to step into our own identities. Writer-director (and Shadow and Act contributor) Nijla Mu’min’s debut feature Jinn paints a picture of a teen we don’t often see in film. Jinn tells …

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‘A Wrinkle in Time’ isn’t a film for critics. It’s Ava DuVernay’s love letter to black girls

Aramide Tinubu - March 10, 2018

t was never going to be an easy task for acclaimed filmmaker Ava DuVernay to bring “A Wrinkle in Time” to the big screen; with 26 rejections, author Madeleine L’Engle had a tumultuous journey to get her story published at all. The acclaimed children’s book tells the story of teenager Meg Murry (portrayed now by Storm Reid) as she grapples with the pitfalls of adolescence while …

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South African Filmmaker Nosipho Dumisa On Her Crime Thriller ‘Number 37’ (SXSW Interview)

Aramide Tinubu - March 9, 2018

We all have a story to tell; the truth is defined merely by our perspective. Paying homage to the master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock, South African filmmaker Nosipho Dumisa dives headfirst into the crime thriller genre with her arresting debut feature, Number 37. A tale of desperation, love, and greed, Number 37 follows Randal (Irshaad Ally) a criminal confined to his apartment after a drug deal leaves him …

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Ava DuVernay’s ‘A Wrinkle In Time’ Is A Whimsical Ride, Made For A Special Audience (Review)

Aramide Tinubu - March 8, 2018
Storm Reid is Meg Murry in Disney’s A WRINKLE IN TIME.

Adolescence can be a troubling and challenging time and Ava DuVernay’s film adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s novel A Wrinkle In Time was made not just with kids in mind, but with 8-12-year-olds as the film’s intended audience. It is DuVernay’s love letter to children and the wonder and magic of childhood. The film follows Storm Reid’s Meg Murry; a troubled young lady reeling from her father’s four-year-long …

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For Jordan Peele, This Is Bigger Than An Oscar: ‘This Award Is Bigger Than Me’

Aramide Tinubu - March 5, 2018

Jordan Peele made Get Out in 23 days for $4.5 million dollars. It was a script that he kept seeing in his head but was uncertain about putting on screen. In fact, Peele was nervous about directing the film because he wasn’t sure that his vision would translate onscreen. When it finally came to fruition, his debut film Get Out; a stunning look at race in present-day America …

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Kobe Bryant’s Film Mentors Are Two Legendary Black Women

Aramide Tinubu - March 5, 2018

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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Lakeith Stanfield On ‘Atlanta’ And Playing Characters With Sh*t To Say

Aramide Tinubu - February 28, 2018

Lakeith Stanfield is intensely captivating. It’s fairly early in the morning, and he’s huddled over a plate of fruit, tucked away in a crisply lit condo in Park City, Utah. Stanfield flew in from Germany – a short hiatus from the project that he’s currently working on — to attend Sundance Film Festival. He has to be exhausted. With starring roles in Sorry to Bother You, Come …

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Anna Deavere Smith On Her Extraordinary One-Woman Show, HBO’s ‘Notes From The Field’

Aramide Tinubu - February 24, 2018
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Everyone has a voice, but not all voices have platforms to be heard. It has been Anna Deavere Smith’s life work to share these voices and their stories with the rest of the world. The Tony and Pulitzer Prize nominee is bringing her extraordinary one-woman show, Notes From the Field to HBO. Ahead of the film’s premiere, we sat down to chat about this masterful work and …

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Why Lupita Nyong’o As Nakia Is The Heartbeat Of ‘Black Panther’

Aramide Tinubu - February 22, 2018
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Ryan Coogler’s stunning Black Panther is masterful for a variety of reasons. A film of contrasts that juxtaposes technology and traditionalism, Coogler presents a Wakanda that is at war with history and in turn at war with itself. Unlike the rest of Africa, Wakanda has not suffered under the constant rape and pillage of colonization and the brutality of slavery. As a result, the country and its …

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