Film & Television

‘Green Book’ Pushes Past Generic Storytelling To Present A Stunning Tale Of Race Relations In The ’60s

Aramide Tinubu - September 13, 2018
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From Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? to The Help, many films have examined race relations in the 1960’s. Some like Malcolm X have considered a specific character or moment in history. Others like To Sir, With Love, allowed the tumultuous times to exist in the backdrop of their stories, becoming a time capsule of America’s shameful past and wicked present. Despite the plethora of work on the subject, there has never been …

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‘Assassination Nation’ Is A Social Thriller That Digs Into Violent Masculinity, Transphobia And Privacy Issues That Speak To Everyone In The Internet Age

Aramide Tinubu - September 11, 2018
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If you’ve ever wanted to know what would go down if the Salem Witch Trials happened in the midst of the #MeToo Movement, then Assassination Nation is your answer. There’s a lot to untangle in Sam Levinson’s feminist revenge fantasy. An ambitious but somewhat chaotic film, Levinson invites his audience into Salem—an American suburb where real horrors lie in everyone’s cell phone histories, downloads, and clouds. Four young …

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Don’t Expect ‘The Hate U Give’ To Deliver Sanitized Storytelling Around Race

Aramide Tinubu - September 11, 2018
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The late rapper Tupac Shakur only saw 25 birthdays. However, during his short life, he came to understand the black experience in America, which he summed up as T.H.U.G.L.I.F.E, meaning, “The Hate U Give Little Infants F*cks Everybody.” This haunting perspective would influence Angie Thomas’ award-winning novel The Hate U Give, which is now a feature film. Helmed by veteran director George Tillman Jr., Amandla Stenberg brings Thomas’ …

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Gabrielle Dennis On The Explosive ‘Bobby Brown Story,’ Becoming Whitney And Getting Villainous For ‘Luke Cage’

Aramide Tinubu - September 5, 2018
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Gabrielle Dennis has an aura of fearlessness about her. The Howard University alum first rose to fame in 2008 when she stepped onto the television scene as Janay, the woman who came between Derwin (Pooch Hall) and Melanie (Tia Mowry-Hardrict) on the long-running dramedy The Game. Since then, Dennis has claimed her spot in the Marvel Universe in Netflix’s Luke Cage, starred opposite Morris Chestnut on the …

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Sixteen-Year-Old Myles Truitt Electrifies ‘Kin,’ A Riveting Film Executive Produced By Michael B. Jordan

Aramide Tinubu - August 30, 2018
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The world can feel massive and cruel. For many of us, especially young people of color living in the inner cities of this country, happiness and a sense of connection can feel out of reach, even at the earliest stages of our lives. In Kin, directors Jonathan and Josh Baker shine their light on Elijah – called Eli (newcomer Myles Truitt), a 12-year-old Black boy living …

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Regina Hall Is Magnetic, Warm and Devastating In ‘Support The Girls’

Aramide Tinubu - August 22, 2018
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Women, black women especially, have often been left to sweep up the things that everyone else in society leaves behind. The same can be said for Lisa, (portrayed by an astounding Regina Hall) in Andrew Bujalski’s brutally honest but warm dramedy Support the Girls. Lisa is the general manager of a Hooters-like sports bar, crudely named Double Whammies, in the suburbs of Austin, Texas. She spends …

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Amanda Warren Is Ready To Fight Colorism, Criminals And More In USA Network’s ‘The Purge’

Aramide Tinubu - August 16, 2018
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In sweltering New Orleans in the middle of summer, I sit in the corner of a soundstage which has been dressed for the forthcoming television series The Purge. The show is based on the iconic film franchise, and my surroundings are decorated with terrifying masks, including cut-outs of famous serial killers and a nun’s face with the eyes gouged out. I can still see them all …

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Spike Lee and The ‘BlacKkKlansman’ Cast Want You To Know The Past Is Our Present

Aramide Tinubu - August 14, 2018
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With almost forty years in the film industry, something has compelled Spike Lee to tell every single story upon which he’s cast his lens. BlacKkKlansman, the astounding tale of now-retired black police officer Ron Stallworth’s infiltration of the Ku Klux Klan is no exception. “For the last thirty years, from She’s Gotta Have It (1986) to BlacKkKlansman (2018), and all the films in between, the documentaries, Michael Jackson videos, Prince …

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‘BlacKkKlansman’ Proves John David Washington Has Always Been Working Towards This Moment

Aramide Tinubu - August 8, 2018
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As I enter the room, John David Washington is near the window seated comfortably on a lounger, and he’s quiet. The breakout star is staring introspectively out of the window onto the sunny street overlooking Central Park. As I step through the threshold of the room, Washington smiles and stands. Ever the gentleman, he greets me and gestures toward another chair waiting for me to …

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‘BlacKkKlansman’ Is Spike Lee’s Most Blunt, Bold And Boisterous Film

Aramide Tinubu - August 7, 2018
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Legendary director Spike Lee brings retired detective Ron Stallworth’s memoir to life in his piercing new film BlacKkKlansman. An engrossing adaption of Stallworth’s induction as the first black police officer in the Colorado Springs Police Department, the film follows his first year on the force where Stallworth would find himself entangled in a case that would help humiliate the Ku Klux Klan. Set in the late ’70s …

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