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‘Assassination Nation’ Is A Social Thriller That Digs Into Violent Masculinity, Transphobia And Privacy Issues That Speak To Everyone In The Internet Age

Aramide Tinubu - September 11, 2018

If you’ve ever wanted to know what would go down if the Salem Witch Trials happened in the midst of the #MeToo Movement, then Assassination Nation is your answer. There’s a lot to untangle in Sam Levinson’s feminist revenge fantasy. An ambitious but somewhat chaotic film, Levinson invites his audience into Salem—an American suburb where real horrors lie in everyone’s cell phone histories, downloads, and clouds. Four young …

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You Can’t Call Yourself A Black Cinephile If You Haven’t Seen These 21 Films

Aramide Tinubu - July 6, 2018
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With long summer days upon us and fewer television shows to choose from, now is the time to dive into the archives of Black cinema. From Oscar Micheaux’s 20th-century silent work to Marlon Riggs’ excellent documentary that cracked open the Black queer narrative in cinema to our more recent cherished films like Black Panther and Get Out, there is so much to explore in Black directed and Black …

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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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Ntare Mwine Talks ‘The Chi,’ Embracing Ronnie And Connecting With The South Side

Aramide Tinubu - May 25, 2018
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Some television shows make your heart race — they make you gasp for breath as you anticipate the next twist and turn. Then, there are shows that speak to your soul; they seep into your consciousness dredging up long forgotten memories. In her outstanding drama series, The Chi, Golden Globe winner Lena Waithe give the South of Chicago back to its people. Told in a cinéma …

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Lance Gross Talks ‘STAR,’ Playing the Man Everyone Loves to Hate And Explosive Season 2 Finale

Aramide Tinubu - May 22, 2018
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From the moment season 2 premiered, Fox’s STAR has put its foot on the gas, and the drama, music and sensational storylines haven’t slowed down since. This season has brought brand new goals, heartbreaks and even more obstacles for Carlotta (Queen Latifah), Star (Jude Demorest), Simone (Brittany O’Grady) and Alex (Ryan Destiny). As the second season barrels toward what will surely be a tumultuous conclusion, one character …

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Zazie Beetz Dishes On ‘Deadpool 2,’ Black Women Superheroes And Understanding The Spirit Of Mutant Mercenary, Domino

Aramide Tinubu - May 18, 2018
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In Deadpool 2, Zazie Beetz makes her superhero debut as Domino in a flourish of luscious afro and nonchalance. A reluctant member of Wade Wilson’s newly formed X-Force, Domino has a dark and twisted past, but from her unbothered attitude, you’d never know it. Beetz was determined to make the character, originally created by Rob Liefeld, her own. The second she learned she was in the …

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Actress Florence Kasumba Unveils How Her 20-Year Career Led Her To Become A Dora Milaje Warrior In ‘Black Panther’ And Her Hopes For What Comes Next

Aramide Tinubu - May 7, 2018
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The moment Florence Kasumba introduced herself as Ayo, T’Challa’s security chief in Captain America: Civil War, audiences immediately knew the type of energy that the Dora Milaje would be giving to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Ugandan-born German actress made her MCU debut by staring down Black Widow (portrayed by Scarlett Johansson) as she sharply suggested the Russian spy turned Avenger “move or be moved.” What …

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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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’13th’ Cinematographer Hans Charles On ‘Mr. SOUL!’ And Being Deliberate About The Black Image

Aramide Tinubu - May 1, 2018
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In the years following Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination as the Civil Rights Movement began to fray and crack, the Black Power movement arose, and Ellis Haizlip’s PBS series SOUL! gave black artists, poets, musicians, dancers, creators and activists a platform to tell their stories. SOUL! debuted on September 12, 1968, with Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles as its first musical guest. The show aired for five …

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Antonio J. Bell On The Dazzling Tribeca Selection, ‘Nigerian Prince,’ Navigating Lagos And Unraveling His Roots

Aramide Tinubu - April 27, 2018
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To be black American is to be at once deeply rooted in and wholly disconnected from the continent of Africa. For first generation black Americans whose parents immigrated to the States from places like Nigeria, Ghana and Senegal, it can feel even more disconcerting. There is an understanding of the culture and the language, yet there is still a sense of division– even among family. In …

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