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Hour 2 Of ‘Shots Fired’ Hints That Pastor Janae James Might Be At The Center Of It All (Recap)

Aramide Tinubu - March 29, 2017
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Hour two of Reggie Rock Bythewood and Gina Prince-Bythewood’s compelling mini-series “Shots Fired” was full of broken promises and underhanded moves. “Betrayal Of Trust” opens with deceased teen Jesse Carr’s father approaching Deputy James Beck as he arrives home. Gun in hand, Carr’s anger and heartbreak is both palpable and understandable. However, when we learn that he had not been an active member in his …

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‘Underground’ Recap: It’s All About Heartbreak & Survival In ‘Ache’

Aramide Tinubu - March 23, 2017
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In the opening sequence of “Ache,” we see Daniel once again. He is still reading and learning. This time, he reads Sojourner Truth’s “Ain’t I A Woman?” to his teenage daughter by candlelight while the young girl looks on enthralled.  In probably the strongest opening of Underground since the series premiere, Daniel reassures his child that she is not just strong in her body; but …

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Will ‘Greenleaf’ Take A Stand For The LGBTQ Community? Recapping Episode 2, ‘Strange Bedfellows’

Aramide Tinubu - March 22, 2017
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In episode 2, “Strange Bedfellows”, the Greenleafs are moving in all different directions. Jacob is determined to move out of the Greenleaf mansion and take charge as the head pastor at Triumph’s second location. However, Lady Mae wants Bishop to talk to him about Pastor Skanks claiming to be the son of Darryl, the deceased caretaker who was killed in the arson James committed years ago. …

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Unraveling Hour One Of ‘Shots Fired’

Aramide Tinubu - March 22, 2017
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WARNING—Spoilers ahead. There are levels to this. That was my first thought after screening Reggie Rock Bythewood and Gina Prince-Bythewood’s ambitious mini-series “Shots Fired” for the second time. At first glance, the series appears to be an inverted tale, ripped straight from the headlines. In the fictional town of Gate Station, North Carolina (where 65% of its citizens are Black), an unarmed white college student …

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Interview: Seith Mann On VH1’s ‘The Breaks,’ Revisiting The ’90s & The Origins Of Hip-Hop

Aramide Tinubu - March 20, 2017
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It’s so deeply embedded in our culture now, that it’s hard to remember a time when hip-hop was just a movement. It was once the ugly step-sister in the music industry desperate to shine, and it took some very ambitious and brazen people, to push the sound of a generation to the forefront of mainstream culture. Picking up where the two-hour television movie (which aired …

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Underground Recap: A Surprising Return And Unexpected Twist In ‘Things Unsaid’

Aramide Tinubu - March 17, 2017
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The second episode of the second season of Underground, “Things Unsaid” opens with Daniel (Bokeem Woodbine), the slave we initially met in the season premiere, the one who was teaching himself to read. He enters his cabin to greet his wife and infant child. Excitedly, he reveals to his wife that he’s learned to read and write. His wife stares down at the small piece …

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Review: ‘Deidre & Laney Rob A Train’ Is A Whimsical, Freshly Acted Tale Of Sisterhood & Sheer Determination

Aramide Tinubu - March 17, 2017
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Though we are drastically different human beings, I trust my sister more than anyone else on this planet. Despite the fact that we are only two years apart in age, our life experiences have often been worlds apart. I’ve frequently felt stifled under the weight of responsibilities and decision making (our lives drastically changed the year I turned twenty, and she turned eighteen), and I …

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5 Burning Questions We Have After Watching The Season Premiere Of ‘Greenleaf’

Aramide Tinubu - March 16, 2017
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The Greenleafs have returned for a second season in episode 201,”A House Divided,” and quite frankly, the Lord is not smiling down upon them. Despite the heaps of sexual abuse evidence against Uncle Mac, he’s walking free after getting his father Henry to testify against Bishop James. Apparently, back in 1983, James burned down his original church, First Baptist in order to collect the insurance …

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A Discussion With Amirah Vann & Robert Christopher Riley On Exploring The Horrors Of Domestic Violence On ‘Underground’

Aramide Tinubu - March 15, 2017
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NOTE: This includes very light spoilers from episode 202, “Things Unsaid,” which airs tonight on WGN America. This season of “Underground” is shaping up to be incredibly explosive, and only one episode has aired so far. One of the most enthralling aspects of this season has been the storyline around Amirah Vann’s character Ms. Ernestine and the domestic violence that she experiences. Separated from her …

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SXSW Review: ‘Dara Ju’ Is A Brilliant Examination Of The Struggle Linked Between Familial Obligations & Crushing Personal Ambition

Aramide Tinubu - March 13, 2017
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As the daughter of a Nigerian immigrant, many of my formative years were spent trying to please my father. Though it was unspoken, I was expected to thrive both academically and socially. I dared not dream of following the crowd, and there was no wide berth given for any girlish teenage slip-ups. Luckily, I loved learning and school, so a great deal of the time …

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