Fruitvale Station follows the last day in the life of Oscar Grant, a young black man who loses his life at the hands of a white policeman. Based on the true story from Oakland, California's Fruitvale Station, the film is Ryan Coogler's directorial debut.
Well, 12 Years a Slave is upon us. It’ll feel about that long while folks chatter about it effusively until Oscar season. And, like The Help before it, it’ll probably win some awards. Which begs the question: So what? Yes, it’ll be nice to see a couple of black directors, like Steve McQueen and Lee [...]
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Inspired by former White House butler Eugene Allen, the fictional Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker) invites us to view the White House, and more prominently America’s changing race relations, through 'The Help's' - Hollywood’s Hard-On For The Feel-Good Fable On Black Tragedy" the eyes of the help.
Written, directed, and produced by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the award-winning documentary Miss Representation (2011) tackles the issue of women’s underrepresentation and misrepresentation in television media. The documentary illuminates the ways that the American television media is unkind to women–largely because it is controlled by a patriarchal society of (mostly white) men. Working in the same [...]
Neill Blomkamp’s film Elysium takes us over a hundred years into the future to year 2154. In his world, earth is a pile of decrepit ruins and only the ultra-wealthy, I’m guessing the top 0.1 percent, manage to slip away from the destitute planet and inhabit a man-made space station, a utopia of presumed happiness [...]
If you’re struggling to find a decent movie to watch this summer, you’re not alone. There used to be a time when you could go to the theater and simply pick a movie from the multitudes that were showing at the megaplex. But beware: now it is wiser to scan ratings or skim critics’ reviews [...]
On 11 July, social networks lit up in perfect synchronicity at precisely 21:00 New York time, when US cable TV channel Syfy began broadcasting its latest project. Sharknado is a profoundly ridiculous new movie, part disaster film, part creature feature, in which the titular twister starts over the ocean, picks up a swirl of angry [...]
The movie ‘polymath’ Tyler Perry has stepped up to the pulpit in his new Temptation. This film is perhaps Tyler Perry’s biggest stamp on his belief in conservative marriage and family structure. There’s no doubt that Tyler Perry’s work has long proclaimed religion, thrusting Christian principles at the center of most of his films and [...]
Life ain’t too sweet for Sweetness O’Hara (Zoe Kravitz). Adolescence is supposed to be an age of innocence where teenagers can be careless and carefree and responsible parents will act, well, responsibly. But for many teens especially those of the urban inner-city upbringing, circumstances force an early exit out of adolescence and a premature entrance [...]
Snow on tha Bluff creeps from outside of the hood looking in, as three college students venture out of their comfort zones and into the hood – armed with all the fears, urban legends, and preconceptions of the ghetto on their sleeves. The students fear being carjacked in downtown Atlanta, but their desire to capture [...]
*** NO SPOILERS *** To which Prof. Michael Eric Dyson of Georgetown University & MSNBC responds (paraphrased): This film on slavery in America is going down as a classic, whether you like it or not, and Spike Lee would have had something to do with it; because he came out and bashed it in his [...]
The new web series The Other Side of Love intends to address issues of infidelity and the “open-marriage” policy. Love’s writer/producer Aireka Muse reveals: Muse along with director Bille Woodruff (Honey, Beauty Shop) need your help in making this project a reality. They’ve created a Kickstarter campaign to reach their target of $50,000.
Baseball In The Time of Cholera is an excruciating emotional social justice documentary. How did Cholera become an epidemic in Haiti? After more than 7,000 Haitians killed, the UN still denies responsibility for introducing the disease despite mounting evidence against its Nepalese peacekeeping force – though there hasn’t been any civil unrest in Haiti since [...]
Right from frame one, you knew that Bob’s Great ‘Britain roots’ had to be taken a little more seriously than the man himself would have ever wished. Why? Because, director Kevin McDonald is Scottish himself, after all! Within the first few minutes of the film, you are flooded with stories of Bob Marley’s ‘father’ – [...]
Just when I thought there were no good black movies out there and after a week of trudging along with the burden of the hullabaloo about how a woman should Think Like A Man to win his heart, I finally lifted up my eyes into the mountains, and lo and behold! I was served this [...]