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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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Blindspotting with Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal: Electrifying Oakland, Their Decade-Long Process and Storytelling

Aramide Tinubu - July 17, 2018
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A raw and eye-opening commentary on race, gentrification and manhood, Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal’s astounding Blindspotting electrifies Oakland on the big screen. The writing partners and childhood friends’ moving narrative is helmed by first-time feature filmmaker Carlos López Estrada. The story follows two men – best friends Collin (Diggs) and Miles (Casal) – a misfit pair trying to navigate the ever-changing landscape of their hometown. With …

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Oprah Winfrey, Mara Brock Akil And Michele Weaver On ‘Love Is__,’ Heartache And Lessons Learned

Aramide Tinubu - June 19, 2018
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Black women aren’t often given the opportunity to tell our love stories publicly. Instead, our courtships, regrets, and lustful encounters are whispered about amongst our girlfriends. Epic love stories — the ones that we see in movie theaters or on TV screens are typically reserved for white women, while advice from male “relationship experts,” and unfounded statistics are strewn across social media platforms and news …

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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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’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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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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