Film & Television

Underground Recap: Harriet Tubman Stands At the Center Of ‘Minty’

Aramide Tinubu - April 13, 2017
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As a guide, warrior and no-nonsense champion, Aisha Hinds’ Harriet Tubman has been a visceral force during this season of Underground. Teaching Rosalee how to move cargo undetected and working with Georgia and Elizabeth’s abolitionist sewing circle, “the most notorious runaway” has integrated herself among all aspects of the cause and in “Minty,” we finally get the full view of her life and backstory. In …

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Jacob Asserts Himself & Grace Loses Her Way In ‘Greenleaf’s “Point Of No Return” (Season 2, Episode 5 Recap)

Aramide Tinubu - April 12, 2017
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“Point Of No Return” finds the two older Greenleaf children in polar opposite stages of their lives. Jacob, who has previously struggled to find his footing not just within his family, but also as a head Pastor at Triumph, has finally found his voice and he’s not about to be silenced any time soon. In contrast, Grace seems to have lost both her faith and …

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Review: ‘The Fate Of The Furious’ Proves The Beloved Franchise Hasn’t Quite Run Out Of Steam

Aramide Tinubu - April 12, 2017
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My hopes weren’t exactly high for the eighth installment of the “Fast and the Furious” franchise. However, despite a tawdry, lackluster opening sequence that could have been inserted in any action film featuring fast cars and scantily clad women, about twenty minutes into the film the majority of the cast and director F. Gary Gray found their footing and kept it moving through the duration of …

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‘Greenleaf’ Confronts Old Friends & Even Older Wounds In “Revival” (Season 2, Episode 2 Recap)

Aramide Tinubu - April 5, 2017
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From her sadistic relationship with her father Henry to her torrid affair with a family friend, it appears that Lady Mae’s secrets run deep. Ahead of Calvary’s annual revival, Bishop James calls on his friend, Bishop Lionel Jeffrey (Tim Reid), to attend and preach in front of the congregation. Nothing seems amiss until we witness the look between Bishop Jeffrey and Lady Mae as soon …

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‘Underground’ Recap: Things Go Left For Cato In ‘Whiteface’

Aramide Tinubu - April 5, 2017
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The fifth episode of the second season of Underground, “Whiteface” opens on a startling note. A room full of affluent white people have come to see a minstrel show, but instead, something else is amiss. Rather than being painted in blackface, the performers are covered in whiteface. They begin making fun of white people much to the horror of the audience. As the crowd rushes out, …

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Interview: Cast Of Netflix’s ‘The Get Down’ Talk ’70s, Music That Birthed Hip-Hop & Where Their Characters Are Headed Next

Aramide Tinubu - April 5, 2017
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The second part of Baz Luhrmann’s 70’s set musical drama, “The Get Down” is finally hitting Netflix on Friday, April 7th. The lush and vibrant series follows Bronx native Ezekiel “Zeke” Figueroa (Justice Smith) and his group, The Get Down Brothers on their quest to hip-hop superstardom. Zeke’s girlfriend, Mylene Cruz (Herizen Guardiola) is also desperate to make it big in disco and escape her …

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Kerry Washington Says Olivia Pope Was Initially “Raceless” On ‘Scandal’

Aramide Tinubu - April 4, 2017
SCANDAL - "Dog-Whistle Politics" - Eager to get answers, Jake unexpectedly crosses paths with someone he thought he'd never see again. Meanwhile, Huck and Quinn recruit a familiar face to help smooth over the media storm surrounding Olivia, and Fitz quickly finds out the true cost of mercy when he discovers not everyone fully supports his actions, on "Scandal," THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/John Fleenor)
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A lot has changed since the first season of ABC’s “Scandal” which first premiered back in 2012. Characters have died and evolved, relationships have ended, the format of the series has shifted drastically, and most importantly, Olivia Pope is not the same woman we first met. Now in its sixth season, the Washington, D.C.-based drama has found its footing once again after a rocky past …

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Review: ‘Fatherless’ Is One Man’s Humorous & Honest Quest To Find His Father And Eviscerate Statistics

Aramide Tinubu - April 2, 2017
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For decades, the Black community has been beaten over the head with statistics and reports surrounding the absence of Black fathers within the community. There have been dissertations and investigations about the impact that single-parent households have on Black people as a whole. However, these statistics often seem to ignore the entire picture. In fact, when stacked up against white America, these numbers are nearly …

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Salli Richardson-Whitfield On ‘Underground’s’ “Nok Aaut” & The Age Of The Black Female Director

Aramide Tinubu - March 30, 2017
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The fourth episode of the second season of Underground, “Nok Aaut,” directed by Salli Richardson-Whitfield occurs at a crucial moment in history. Already embedded in the violate institution of slavery, 1858 sits two years before the South secedes from the Union, and one year prior to abolitionist John Brown’s infamous raid on Harper’s Ferry. Tensions among abolitionists and slaveholders are on the verge of bubbling …

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A War Is Brewing On ‘Greenleaf’ — Unpacking Season 2, Episode 3 With 5 Questions That Need Answers

Aramide Tinubu - March 30, 2017
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Though it had a few hilariously shady moments and a couple of revelations, season 2, episode three of “Greenleaf” (titled “A Mother’s Love”) mostly felt like filler. To be fair, I believe that this episode is setting us up for the next several episodes, which are probably going to be jaw dropping. The episode opens with Grace getting a troubling phone call. She rushes to …

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