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Ntare Mwine Talks ‘The Chi,’ Embracing Ronnie And Connecting With The South Side

Aramide Tinubu - May 25, 2018
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Some television shows make your heart race — they make you gasp for breath as you anticipate the next twist and turn. Then, there are shows that speak to your soul; they seep into your consciousness dredging up long forgotten memories. In her outstanding drama series, The Chi, Golden Globe winner Lena Waithe give the South of Chicago back to its people. Told in a cinéma …

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Lance Gross Talks ‘STAR,’ Playing the Man Everyone Loves to Hate And Explosive Season 2 Finale

Aramide Tinubu - May 22, 2018
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From the moment season 2 premiered, Fox’s STAR has put its foot on the gas, and the drama, music and sensational storylines haven’t slowed down since. This season has brought brand new goals, heartbreaks and even more obstacles for Carlotta (Queen Latifah), Star (Jude Demorest), Simone (Brittany O’Grady) and Alex (Ryan Destiny). As the second season barrels toward what will surely be a tumultuous conclusion, one character …

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Zazie Beetz Dishes On ‘Deadpool 2,’ Black Women Superheroes And Understanding The Spirit Of Mutant Mercenary, Domino

Aramide Tinubu - May 18, 2018
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In Deadpool 2, Zazie Beetz makes her superhero debut as Domino in a flourish of luscious afro and nonchalance. A reluctant member of Wade Wilson’s newly formed X-Force, Domino has a dark and twisted past, but from her unbothered attitude, you’d never know it. Beetz was determined to make the character, originally created by Rob Liefeld, her own. The second she learned she was in the …

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‘Superfly’: Director X, Trevor Jackson and Jason Mitchell On Bringing Gordon Parks Jr.’s Blueprint To The Present-Day

Aramide Tinubu - May 17, 2018
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“There is a difference between getting out, and getting pushed out.” Michael K. Williams’ character Scatter offers those haunting words of advice to Youngblood Priest (portrayed by Trevor Jackson) in the new trailer for Superfly. Though this 21st-century film is a world away from Gordon Parks Jr.’s 1972 Harlem-set Super Fly, the core of the story remains untouched. Set in Atlanta, Jackson’s Preist has become increasingly wary …

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Actress Florence Kasumba Unveils How Her 20-Year Career Led Her To Become A Dora Milaje Warrior In ‘Black Panther’ And Her Hopes For What Comes Next

Aramide Tinubu - May 7, 2018
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The moment Florence Kasumba introduced herself as Ayo, T’Challa’s security chief in Captain America: Civil War, audiences immediately knew the type of energy that the Dora Milaje would be giving to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Ugandan-born German actress made her MCU debut by staring down Black Widow (portrayed by Scarlett Johansson) as she sharply suggested the Russian spy turned Avenger “move or be moved.” What …

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‘Dear White People’ Vol. 2 Is Wittier, Bolder, Darker And More Impactful (Review)

Aramide Tinubu - May 3, 2018
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Somebody is stirring up sh*t at Winchester University, and all of our faves are getting sucked into the storm. From the opening sequence of Dear White People Volume 2, it’s quite clear that the black students at the Armstrong-Parker House are about to confront much more than they did in the first season of the acclaimed Netflix series. Season 2 opens with an age-old debate, one that has …

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’13th’ Cinematographer Hans Charles On ‘Mr. SOUL!’ And Being Deliberate About The Black Image

Aramide Tinubu - May 1, 2018
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In the years following Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination as the Civil Rights Movement began to fray and crack, the Black Power movement arose, and Ellis Haizlip’s PBS series SOUL! gave black artists, poets, musicians, dancers, creators and activists a platform to tell their stories. SOUL! debuted on September 12, 1968, with Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles as its first musical guest. The show aired for five …

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‘Phantom Cowboys’ Beautifully Twists and Bends The Coming-Of-Age Genre (Tribeca Review)

Aramide Tinubu - May 1, 2018
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Coming of age documentaries certainly aren’t new territory. Recent films like Quest and Raising Bertie are stellar projects that document the transformative years of their subjects as they embark on the journey from their teen years to adulthood. Daniel Patrick Carbone’s Phantom Cowboys uses that same model but twists it into something we’ve never seen before. Following three different young men — Larry, Nick and Tyler from Pahokee, Florida; Trona, California; …

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Antonio J. Bell On The Dazzling Tribeca Selection, ‘Nigerian Prince,’ Navigating Lagos And Unraveling His Roots

Aramide Tinubu - April 27, 2018
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To be black American is to be at once deeply rooted in and wholly disconnected from the continent of Africa. For first generation black Americans whose parents immigrated to the States from places like Nigeria, Ghana and Senegal, it can feel even more disconcerting. There is an understanding of the culture and the language, yet there is still a sense of division– even among family. In …

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How The Searing Short Film ‘Haven’ Hones In On The Beauty And Horrors of Black Girlhood

Aramide Tinubu - April 26, 2018
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Some films remain forever embedded in your psyche and stick with you long after the final credits roll. Writer/director Kelly Fyffe-Marshall’s searing short story Haven is exactly this type of film. In a few short minutes, Haven hones in on the beauty and horrors of black girlhood — tackling a subject that is often buried in the black community. After the film’s premiere at the South by Southwest (SXSW) …

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