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18 Unforgettable Films to Watch During Black History Month

Aramide Tinubu - February 10, 2018
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We can’t get through Black History Month without talking about the significance of Black film and how it has influenced the culture. Oscar Micheaux’s 20th-century race films were made to combat mistrial images of the era. Sir Sidney Poitier reigned in the 1960’s. There was the Blaxploitation era of the ’70s,  Black City Cinema of the ‘90s and now there is a current resurgence of …

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Jason Mitchell On ‘TYREL’ And Refusing To Conform (Sundance Interview)

Aramide Tinubu - January 23, 2018
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It’s freezing in Park City, Utah, but Jason Mitchell is unphased by the brisk windchill and unending slow flurries. The 31-year-old’s career is continually rising, and it shows in his upbeat attitude. His performance on the Lena Waithe helmed The Chi is garnering rave reviews, but Mitchell is at Sundance for another project entirely. In TYREL, the New Orleans native stars as Tyler, a young man who takes …

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

Aramide Tinubu - January 6, 2018
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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