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A Shadow and Act Sit-Down With Oprah Winfrey & the Cast of ‘Queen Sugar’

Aramide Tinubu - June 19, 2017
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Though we seem to be in what has been termed a new renaissance in Black film and television, some narratives stand above the others. One such series is Ava DuVernay’s “Queen Sugar.” Based on the 2014 novel by Natalie Baszile, “Queen Sugar” follows the previously estranged Bordelon siblings still reeling from their father’s death. Stubborn but ambitious Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner), Black Lives Matter activist and journalist …

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Review: A Powerful Look at Connection for Black Trans Women in ‘Walk For Me’

Aramide Tinubu - June 2, 2017
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We all go through moments of transition. These moments are those significant periods in our lives when the core of our beings break free, and our inner self is truly revealed. Once we take those brave steps into the light, there is no going back, or turning away. We must stand bare under the glaring lamp of the general public to be poked, prodded, and …

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Interview: Charles Burnett, Billy Woodberry on The LA Rebellion

Aramide Tinubu - May 22, 2017
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In the late 1960’s and early 1970’s just after the Watts Riots in Los Angles and the Civil Rights Movement, a group of Black filmmakers entered school at UCLA. In response to the Blaxploitation films that were saturated in Hollywood, over the course of the next twenty years, these students created a new type of cinema in response to the stereotypes about Black people that …

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Interview: Director Stella Meghie, Anika Noni Rose & Amandla Stenberg on ‘Everything, Everything’

Aramide Tinubu - May 19, 2017
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YA films are all the rage right now. From “Twilight” to “The Hunger Games,” millennials head to the theaters in droves to see themselves represented on the big screen. However, unless they are relegated to bit parts or sidekicks, young people of color, specifically Black women are rarely ever seen in these type of films. Stella Meghie’s “Everything, Everything” changes all of that. Adapted from …

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Review: Camilla Hall’s ‘Copwatch’ Is an Incomplete Look at Policing the Police

Aramide Tinubu - May 15, 2017
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These days any feelings of hope and promise that seemed to just recently ebb and flow within the Black community particularly in impoverished neighborhoods are long lost. Instead, pain appears to be the constant, pulsing through us all as we hear about new deaths and shootings and as we watch our Constitutional Rights continually get trampled over. We do not live in a time of …

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‘Underground’ Season Finale Recap: Either You’re A Citizen Or A “Soldier”

Aramide Tinubu - May 11, 2017
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All roads have been leading to the events that occur in the second season finale of Underground. As “Soldier” opens, one of John Brown’s men approaches Harriet Tubman’s hidden cabin. He speaks briefly with Harriet about plans for the attack on Harper’s Ferry which includes arming slaves on surrounding plantations. Though Harriet agrees with the risky but bold endeavor, she is shocked by Brown’s invitation to …

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Interview: Djimon Hounsou

Aramide Tinubu - May 9, 2017
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Since his breakout role in Steven Spielberg’s 1997 film “Amistad,” Benin-born actor Djimon Hounsou has been a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood. With two Academy Award nominations under his belt, a vast and diverse resume that includes everything from “Gladiator” to “Furious 7”, Hounsou brings depth and compassion to every role that he’s cast in. In his most recent film, “King Arthur: Legend …

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Interview: ‘Greenleaf’s Deborah Joy Winans

Aramide Tinubu - May 4, 2017
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It has been a whirlwind season thus far for the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis megachurch, Calvary. The return of their eldest daughter Grace (Merle Dandridge) last year, turned their world upside down, so much so that the Greenleaf family tree split at the root. Jacob (Lamman Rucker) left the fold to begin his new career with long-time rival church Triumph, while Grace has …

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Sparks Fly in Tonight’s ‘Greenleaf’ Mid-Season Finale

Aramide Tinubu - May 3, 2017
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The first half of the second season of “Greenleaf” has been a rollercoaster ride, to say that least. Though the series centers around a Black mega church and the family at the heart of it, it also tackles subjects like sexual abuse, infidelity, corruption and sexuality. Unfortunately, these are topics that the Black church has traditionally shied away from discussing, choosing instead to ignore things …

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‘Underground’ Recap: Everyone Is Complicit In “Citizen”

Aramide Tinubu - May 3, 2017
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In the ninth episode of the second season of Underground, we find ourselves in a sliding timeline of sorts. The episode opens with Elizabeth and Cato who now both dwell in Georgia’s boarding house. Cato and the rest of Patty Cannon’s Black men have infiltrated the safe house on her orders, and Cato spends his time memorizing trap doors, and passageways in the home. What he …

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