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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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Stellar Performances Carry ‘Night Comes On’ (Sundance Review)

Aramide Tinubu - January 21, 2018
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Our society continually fails Black women. As a result, we’re forced to choke back our emotions and vulnerabilities, often turning to anger to cope. Ironically we’re then met with disdain or annoyance. Hurt, pain, and anger can be all-consuming, no one is disputing that. It can fester, stifling the people we are meant to become because we choose to hold on to past injustices. And …

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‘Monsters and Men’ Is Magnificent And Profound (Sundance Review)

Aramide Tinubu - January 20, 2018

We often forget that as human beings we are interconnected. No one has a singular experience, good or bad that doesn’t directly affect those closest to them. With everything that is happening in society today, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and isolated. The perils of the world seem to weigh us all down, and we fail to be vulnerable and find comfort in others. Reinaldo …

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Daveed Diggs’ ‘Blindspotting’ Is Electrifying (Sundance Review)

Aramide Tinubu - January 20, 2018
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It’s not often that films can teeter on that fine line between comedy and drama perfectly. It’s a difficult balance, gaining the audiences’ trust through humor and wit only to shift so swiftly to say something profound about life and the experiences of being human. Hamilton alum Daveed Diggs and his writing partner Rafael Casal manage to do this flawlessly, hitting the audience squarely in the gut …

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