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South African Filmmaker Nosipho Dumisa On Her Crime Thriller ‘Number 37’ (SXSW Interview)

Aramide Tinubu - March 9, 2018
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We all have a story to tell; the truth is defined merely by our perspective. Paying homage to the master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock, South African filmmaker Nosipho Dumisa dives headfirst into the crime thriller genre with her arresting debut feature, Number 37. A tale of desperation, love, and greed, Number 37 follows Randal (Irshaad Ally) a criminal confined to his apartment after a drug deal leaves him …

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Lakeith Stanfield On ‘Atlanta’ And Playing Characters With Sh*t To Say

Aramide Tinubu - February 28, 2018
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Lakeith Stanfield is intensely captivating. It’s fairly early in the morning, and he’s huddled over a plate of fruit, tucked away in a crisply lit condo in Park City, Utah. Stanfield flew in from Germany – a short hiatus from the project that he’s currently working on — to attend Sundance Film Festival. He has to be exhausted. With starring roles in Sorry to Bother You, Come …

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Clare-Hope Ashitey Talks Netflix’s ‘Seven Seconds,’ Imperfect Characters And Authentic Stories

Aramide Tinubu - February 20, 2018
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The truth doesn’t stay buried. Reality always seeks to reveal itself. Netflix’s new anthology series, Seven Seconds is an intricate work on police/minority relations and the culpability of our criminal justice system. Set in Newark, New Jersey, the series is told from the perspective of a heartbroken couple, Emmy-winner Regina King and Russell Hornsby, a corrupt cop (Beau Knapp) and a troubled assistant district attorney, Clare-Hope Ashitey. …

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Executive Producer Tressa Azarel Smallwood On Her Unconventional Journey Into The Film Industry

Aramide Tinubu - February 19, 2018
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Black women are done waiting for opportunites—we’ve learned to create lanes for ourselves. Fifteen years ago, Executive Producer Tressa Azarel Smallwood pulled the shade on her career as an educator and decided to take a massive leap of faith. Her tenacity and entrepreneurial skills led her to the book publishing industry with Life Changing Books and eventually to film and television as the co-founder of …

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Boots Riley And The Cast Of ‘Sorry To Bother You’ On The Bold, Whimsical Film (Sundance Interview)

Aramide Tinubu - January 25, 2018
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There are plenty of films with commentary surrounding race, commodification, self-worth, and what it means to be normal. However, none of those films have been as strange, compelling and masterful as Boots Riley’s debut feature film; Sorry to Bother You. As Riley said bluntly in an interview with the Los Angeles Times, “I’m not good at sounding like somebody else or doing what someone else does.” Starring …

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Jason Mitchell On ‘TYREL’ And Refusing To Conform (Sundance Interview)

Aramide Tinubu - January 23, 2018
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It’s freezing in Park City, Utah, but Jason Mitchell is unphased by the brisk windchill and unending slow flurries. The 31-year-old’s career is continually rising, and it shows in his upbeat attitude. His performance on the Lena Waithe helmed The Chi is garnering rave reviews, but Mitchell is at Sundance for another project entirely. In TYREL, the New Orleans native stars as Tyler, a young man who takes …

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Jess Hilarious on HBO’s ‘All Def Comedy,’ talking that mess and taking it all in (EXCLUSIVE)

Aramide Tinubu - December 28, 2017
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Jess Hilarious (née Jessica Robin Moore) is here for the mess, and we love her for it. The Baltimore native has risen quickly to the top of the comedy world — a male-dominated sphere with her jokes, roasts and outlandish entertainment commentary. Just a few years ago, she was studying mortuary science. Now, the Wild ‘n Out comedian appears in HBO’s Def Comedy Jam reboot, All Def Comedy. Ahead of …

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How Marti Hines & Jasmin Greene are taking on the entertainment industry, their way (EXCLUSIVE)

Aramide Tinubu - December 19, 2017
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Black women are done waiting for opportunities. Instead, they are paving their own way in the entertainment industry. If we look ahead into 2018 at all of the women of color slated to play leading ladies — it’s clear that it’s our time to shine. After working for years as an event producer for Sundance Film Festival and Hyatt Hotels, producer and entrepreneur Marti Hines, …

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Keesha Sharp on ‘Marshall,’ playing strong women and her NAACP Image Award nomination (EXCLUSIVE)

Aramide Tinubu - December 14, 2017
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Black women aren’t often recognized or remembered for their extensive contributions in history. However, with her roles in film and on television Keesha Sharp is making sure that some of these women are getting the recognition that they deserve. Last year, the Girlfriends alum starred in the critically acclaimed FX series, American Crime Story: The People v. O.J .Simpson as Dale Cochran, the wife of the infamous attorney Johnnie …

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Carmen Ejogo on ‘Roman J. Israel, Esq,’ working with Denzel Washington & playing badass women (EXCLUSIVE)

Aramide Tinubu - November 22, 2017
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For a long while, especially in the entertainment industry, there was this archaic notion that women could not be complicated and messy, that we could not have angles and layers and been seen in various lights. Thankfully, in the recent years, various stories and characters are shifting the tide. For Carmen Ejogo — ho has been dazzling recently in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, …

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