Montreal International Black Film Festival

MONTREAL INTERNATIONAL BLACK FILM FESTIVAL REVIEW: DR. ANGELOU BARES HER SOUL IN ‘MAYA ANGELOU: AND STILL I RISE’

Aramide Tinubu - October 7, 2016
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Martin Luther King Jr. was shot dead on Dr. Maya Angelou’s 40th birthday. It was her friend Jimmy, or James Baldwin as we know and revere him, that pulled the late writer out of her devastated stupor, dragging her to a party and encouraging to tell her personal truth through the written word. Those words became her critically acclaimed autobiography, “I Know Why The Caged …

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MONTREAL INTERNATIONAL BLACK FILM FESTIVAL REVIEW: ‘AGENTS OF CHANGE’ RECALLS AN UNTOLD STORY OF STUDENT ACTIVISM

Aramide Tinubu - October 2, 2016
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Before the formation of Black Lives Matter, there was constant talk about my “lost generation” from those who came before us. According to them, millennials were lazy and self-centered since we’d never had to work for anything. We didn’t know what it meant to protest and to stand up for our Civil Rights since that moment was well before our time. I suppose no one …

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Montreal International Black Film Festival: Director Messay Getahun Talks ‘Lambadina (Night Light)’ As a Different Kind of African Narrative

Aramide Tinubu - October 1, 2016
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Feature narratives coming out of Ethiopia are exceedingly rare; stories about love and finding one’s place in the world are even more exceptional. Ethiopian American filmmaker Messay Getahun’s beautifully shot “Lambadina (Night Light)” which chronicles a young man’s journey from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Los Angeles, California changes all of that. Westerns have often had the privilege of ignoring war or forgetting altogether just how …

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