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Christina Faith talks ‘Single and Anxious,’ giving Philadelphia some love & Christianity onscreen (EXCLUSIVE)

Aramide Tinubu - January 6, 2018

Society often dismisses the problems of millennials as trivial and not worth noting — as if the trials and tribulations of life only bare down on us in our more advanced year. With her stellar web series Single and Anxious, creator, writer, and director Christina Faith brings the lives of twenty-somethings into the forefront, allowing her characters to grow, expand and be their authentic selves. Single and …

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Netflix’s ‘Bright’ refuses to take any real risks (Review)

Aramide Tinubu - December 21, 2017

Fans of Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings have probably all wished at some point that they could arise one morning and walk amongst magical creatures. These mystical beings might make our world more enticing and adventurous or at the very least break up the daily monotony that seems to bog us all down. With his new film Bright, Suicide Squad director David Ayer unveils a futuristic graffiti laced Los Angeles …

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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

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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Denzel Washington’s magnetism keeps ‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’ afloat (Review)

Aramide Tinubu - November 24, 2017

There are actors, and then there are chameleons. Never before in our contemporary times has there been a pillar of the entertainment industry like Denzel Washington. On the heels of the 25th anniversary of his astounding performance in Malcolm X, Washington has transformed himself into Roman J. Israel, Esq. Like the many many roles that have come before this one, Washington wraps himself in his character …

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Netflix’s ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ is bold, brilliant & black as hell (Review)

Aramide Tinubu - November 22, 2017

From the moment the Prince/ Notorious B.I.G. opening track rings out from the television screen, Spike Lee’s electric new Netflix joint She’s Gotta Have It springs to life. After much critique about his “woman problem” in some of his past work — Lee has gotten with the program. Tracy Camilla Johns’ 1986 Nola Darling, which was set against a crisp black and white Brooklyn background will always …

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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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Spotlight On: Sundance Institute Directors & Screenwriters Labs 2017 fellows (EXCLUSIVE)

Aramide Tinubu - November 21, 2017
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Everybody has a story to tell, but not everyone has the tools needed to get their story out to a mass audience. Sundance Institute Directors & Screenwriters Lab provides a bridge from screenwriters and directors to the public, shining a spotlight on voices that aren’t often given the amplification that they deserve. Earlier this year, the Sundance Institute announced thirteen new independent feature projects from …

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Ashley & Andy Williams talk their new ‘Flip or Flop’ series, giving back & being a voice for veterans (EXCLUSIVE)

Aramide Tinubu - November 1, 2017
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HGTV is switching things up. The network has gone through some significant changes in the recent months. After a fifth and final season, audiences will say goodbye to Chip and Joanna Gaines’ fan favorite Fixer Upper. Another beloved series Flip or Flop is expanding across the country and will introduce several new spin-offs including the much-anticipated, Flip or Flop Ft. Worth. Starring military veterans Ashley and Andy Williams, this married …

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Dee Rees on bringing ‘Mudbound’ to life & confronting America’s gruesome history (EXCLUSIVE)

Aramide Tinubu - October 31, 2017
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There are films, and then there are masterpieces. Dee Rees’ Mudbound is a masterpiece. It’s difficult to translate words onto film — giving the characters and storylines vibrancy and richness especially when another person birthed those words. And yet, Rees was able to electrify Hillary Jordan’s debut novel into a sweeping cinematic epic. At a time when the country is suffocating under the vilest remnants of our …

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