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‘Green Book’ Pushes Past Generic Storytelling To Present A Stunning Tale Of Race Relations In The ’60s

Aramide Tinubu - September 13, 2018
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From Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? to The Help, many films have examined race relations in the 1960’s. Some like Malcolm X have considered a specific character or moment in history. Others like To Sir, With Love, allowed the tumultuous times to exist in the backdrop of their stories, becoming a time capsule of America’s shameful past and wicked present. Despite the plethora of work on the subject, there has never been …

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Don’t Expect ‘The Hate U Give’ To Deliver Sanitized Storytelling Around Race

Aramide Tinubu - September 11, 2018
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The late rapper Tupac Shakur only saw 25 birthdays. However, during his short life, he came to understand the black experience in America, which he summed up as T.H.U.G.L.I.F.E, meaning, “The Hate U Give Little Infants F*cks Everybody.” This haunting perspective would influence Angie Thomas’ award-winning novel The Hate U Give, which is now a feature film. Helmed by veteran director George Tillman Jr., Amandla Stenberg brings Thomas’ …

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‘BlacKkKlansman’ Is Spike Lee’s Most Blunt, Bold And Boisterous Film

Aramide Tinubu - August 7, 2018
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Legendary director Spike Lee brings retired detective Ron Stallworth’s memoir to life in his piercing new film BlacKkKlansman. An engrossing adaption of Stallworth’s induction as the first black police officer in the Colorado Springs Police Department, the film follows his first year on the force where Stallworth would find himself entangled in a case that would help humiliate the Ku Klux Klan. Set in the late ’70s …

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‘Whitney’ Is Sobering But Lacks A Fresh Perspective

Aramide Tinubu - July 3, 2018
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Whitney Houston’s voice was almost otherworldly; there’s no denying it. Her legacy, though fraught with pain and tragedy, will never be erased. There has been much speculation about Houston, her career and the addictions that eventually led to her death, and now in the documentary film Whitney, Houston’s family and director Kevin Macdonald are presenting their account of the late idol’s life. Much of the film …

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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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In Nia DaCosta’s Tessa Thompson-Starrer ‘Little Woods,’ Women Save Themselves (Tribeca Review)

Aramide Tinubu - April 25, 2018
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Women are constantly underestimated – shoved in corners and preyed upon as if we’re supposed to shrink into ourselves and wait for someone (typically a man) to come save us. And yet, for as long as hardships have existed and sexist rules and regulations have tried to box us in, women have found ways to rebel against societal norms and write our own stories. In …

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Netflix’s ‘Come Sunday’ Will Strike A Chord In Even The Most Reluctant Among Us (Review)

Aramide Tinubu - April 13, 2018
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Religion is one thing, but faith is something else entirely. In 1998, Pentecostal Bishop Carlton Pearson had a revelation about his faith and his understanding of the word of God that rattled him to his core. His new radical beliefs rippled through his life so abruptly that he lost everything he once held dear to him. Based on Bishop Pearson’s life and a 2005 episode …

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Tyler Perry Risks It All With ‘Acrimony’ (Review)

Aramide Tinubu - March 30, 2018
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Since the beginning of time, women have been dismissed as crazed or deranged, their emotions ridiculed and shoved aside as irrational or without merit. Though mental illness and unhealthy behaviors are certainly very real, women aren’t often allotted the space to tell their stories and to speak their truths without fear of backlash or being confined to some heinous outdated stereotype. In his new suspense …

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Ava DuVernay’s ‘A Wrinkle In Time’ Is A Whimsical Ride, Made For A Special Audience (Review)

Aramide Tinubu - March 8, 2018
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Adolescence can be a troubling and challenging time and Ava DuVernay’s film adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s novel A Wrinkle In Time was made not just with kids in mind, but with 8-12-year-olds as the film’s intended audience. It is DuVernay’s love letter to children and the wonder and magic of childhood. The film follows Storm Reid’s Meg Murry; a troubled young lady reeling from her father’s four-year-long …

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‘Crime + Punishment’ Reveals Devastating Problems With No Easy Answers (Sundance Review)

Aramide Tinubu - January 22, 2018
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With a population of over eight million people, New York City also boasts the biggest police force in the country. Over 36,000 men and women wield badges in the city, and though crime has gone down overall, the most impoverished communities with the highest minority populations and crime rates continually feel the weight and pressure of the police on their backs. In Crime + Punishment, director …

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