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Visiting the Curaçao Set for Ernest Dickerson’s Latest Feature Film ‘Double Play’ Was a Journey Rife With History and Understanding

Aramide Tinubu - January 4, 2016
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History is often told through the perspective of those who are in power. So much of what is written erases the experiences of those who are marginalized in society. With his arresting and groundbreaking novel, “Double Play”; Curaçaoan author Frank Martinus Arion gave the world a unique view into the island of Curaçao and its culture. Nearly 45 years after the novel was first published, …

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‘Underground’ Sneak: Heroic Slaves in a Story About Freedom Rarely Told in American History

Aramide Tinubu - November 2, 2015
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Last month I was invited to Memphis, Tennessee to screen the first episode of the WGN Americas’ upcoming series “Underground”. Stepping off the plane and making my way through the airport, I felt as if I had been jolted back in time. Memphis is one of those places that seem to be frozen in a specific era, steps behind other cities across the country; especially …

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Aruba Film Fest: A Morning Spent With Dutch-Aruban Filmmaker Shamira Raphaëla – Her Debut Film, Cycles and Unconditional Love

Aramide Tinubu - October 14, 2015
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Shamira Raphaëla is a half-Aruban, half-Dutch television director living in Amsterdam. From the outside, her world seems structured and ordered. She spends her days traveling the world and telling stories from behind her camera lens. However Raphaëla’s 60-year old father, Pempy, and older brother, Andy, live almost parallel lives. Pempy has been addicted to heroine and crack for more than thirty years, and is constantly …

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Aruba Film Festival Review: ‘Deal With It’ Is a Compelling Documentary About Cycles, Addiction & the Power of Love

Aramide Tinubu - October 14, 2015
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Living in New York City, I’ve learned to avoid the drug users as they bellow loudly down the streets of Harlem. I avoid making eye contact with them, seemingly more absorbed in whatever’s on my phone screen or streaming through my ear buds than the human beings right in front of me. They’re forgotten to me by the time I make it to the next block. If criminals and addicts aren’t directly involved in your life, you rarely actually see them. Instead, …

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Aruba Film Fest Interview: Venezuelan Director Fina Torres Talks ‘Liz in September’, Her New Film About Life, Love & New Experiences

Aramide Tinubu - October 14, 2015

More often than not, films that have an illness at the center of them are far too heartbreaking to watch joyfully.  After viewing these films, the audience leaves the theatre with a dark cloud over their heads; still lost in the somber tale as they move throughout the rest of their day. Fina Torres’ “Liz in September” does the opposite. Depicting a masterful story about …

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Interview: Chatting w/ Tyrese Gibson About His New Film ‘Shame’ & Taking on Darker Roles

Aramide Tinubu - October 12, 2015
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Shame is a powerful emotion, it aids in secrets, lies and deception. The constant need to cover up humiliation can be overwhelming, causing you to sabotage other aspects of your life. The problem is that secrets can only remain hidden for so long. Tyrese Gibson’s new short film “Shame”; which was produced by Academy Award winner Denzel Washington, embodies all of these emotions. Set in …

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The Time I Saw The Queen

Aramide Tinubu - July 28, 2014
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“She had no right to approach me and my life like that with those vocals” ~ Kid Fury New Orleans is hot. No, not like summer time Chi or no air conditioning in your apartment hot, it’s a whole other type of moist heat. I imagine it’s what standing  inside of a butt hole feels like. You can hardly even breathe. And yet, if you …

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