Film & Television

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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Kylie Bunbury And Lamorne Morris Talk Rolling The Dice In New Film, ‘Game Night’

Aramide Tinubu - February 21, 2018

Comedy is changing—it’s getting sharper and wittier, demanding more from actors and from the audience. Directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein’s slick and smart Game Night is a reflection on the evolution of the genre and where it is headed. Married couple and game night enthusiasts Max (Jason Bateman) and Annie (Rachel McAdams) are right in their element when Max’s big brother Brooks (Kyle Chandler) …

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Clare-Hope Ashitey Talks Netflix’s ‘Seven Seconds,’ Imperfect Characters And Authentic Stories

Aramide Tinubu - February 20, 2018

The truth doesn’t stay buried. Reality always seeks to reveal itself. Netflix’s new anthology series, Seven Seconds is an intricate work on police/minority relations and the culpability of our criminal justice system. Set in Newark, New Jersey, the series is told from the perspective of a heartbroken couple, Emmy-winner Regina King and Russell Hornsby, a corrupt cop (Beau Knapp) and a troubled assistant district attorney, Clare-Hope Ashitey. …

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Executive Producer Tressa Azarel Smallwood On Her Unconventional Journey Into The Film Industry

Aramide Tinubu - February 19, 2018
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Black women are done waiting for opportunites—we’ve learned to create lanes for ourselves. Fifteen years ago, Executive Producer Tressa Azarel Smallwood pulled the shade on her career as an educator and decided to take a massive leap of faith. Her tenacity and entrepreneurial skills led her to the book publishing industry with Life Changing Books and eventually to film and television as the co-founder of …

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18 Unforgettable Films to Watch During Black History Month

Aramide Tinubu - February 10, 2018

We can’t get through Black History Month without talking about the significance of Black film and how it has influenced the culture. Oscar Micheaux’s 20th-century race films were made to combat mistrial images of the era. Sir Sidney Poitier reigned in the 1960’s. There was the Blaxploitation era of the ’70s,  Black City Cinema of the ‘90s and now there is a current resurgence of …

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Tiffany Boone Talks ‘The Chi,’ Black Women And Telling Complex Stories

Aramide Tinubu - February 9, 2018

Chicago is being used as a political pawn. Murder rates and gang violence are splashed across our newspapers and television screens with no consideration for facts, figures, and the people who live and thrive in the city. Lena Waithe’s critically acclaimed Showtime series The Chi, gives the city and the South Side, in particular, a chance to speak for itself. The Chicago native’s engrossing characters and …

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‘Hale County This Morning, This Evening’ Is Quiet, But Moving (Sundance Review)

Aramide Tinubu - February 4, 2018

Documentary filmmaking is an intimate act. The subject must trust the director enough to allow the camera to capture their most intimate moments and secrets, laying them bare before a prying and curious audience. It’s not something that should be done casually — especially when it puts Black, brown, and impoverished people on display, many of whom don’t have any real control over how they are …

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Remembering An Icon: ‘King: A Film Record … Montgomery to Memphis’

Aramide Tinubu - February 4, 2018

Fifty-years after his assassination and on what would have been his 89th birthday, the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in partnership with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (MPAA) honored the late Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The NMAAHC and The Earl W. and Amanda Stafford Center for African American Media Arts (CAAMA) held a screening of the …

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Renée Elise Goldsberry On Slaying In Netflix’s Dystopian Series ‘Altered Carbon’

Aramide Tinubu - February 2, 2018

In case you forgot that Renée Elise Goldsberry is a multitalented thespian who can literally do it all, you’re about to get a reminder. It’s a frigid morning in New York City, and Goldsberry has flown in from Paris for a few days to discuss her new Netflix project. An astounding series based on the 2002 novel by Richard K. Morgan, Altered Carbon is a massive tale set …

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