Brooklyn Castle is a documentary that to many, may show the cascading effects of the 2007 financial meltdown on basic education in America. The cut on after-school programs and the budgets slashed across the public educational terrain brought untold hardships to schools that most needed help. And to many more people, this film brings a [...]
This film pays homage to a bulwark of African History. And Mr. Mandela will share the same stage with the likes of Narmer, Taharqa, Shaka, Sundiata, and Nkrumah, to mention but a few. In the discourse about Apartheid and South Africa, what seems to be missed by sincere partakers is a full appreciation of the [...]
Since the series debut in April of 2012, ABC’s Scandal has quickly become one of the most talked about television shows on air—to the extent that some Gladiators expressed a debilitating onset of “Scandal withdrawal” during the season’s summer hiatus. More than the buzz the American political thriller generates every Thursday night, its main character [...]
On average, people visit supermarkets 2-3 times per week in the U.S., but most hardly give a moment’s thought to what transpires behind-the-scenes of their local food stores. The CNBC original documentary Supermarkets Inc: Inside A $500 Billion Money Machine (2011) devotes an hour to the inner workings of the half a trillion dollar industry. [...]
Jarreth Merz’s film examines, with unprecedented access, the inner workings of the 2008 Presidential Election in Ghana. Ghanaians, since the fall of the Asante and Dahomey Kingdoms, are very conscious of the role they have played in garnishing African awareness for African socio-political and economic emancipation. Though every election in Ghana has been viewed from [...]
Between Us, 2012, spells the discomfort, the frustration and the reality of dreams unrealized that come with age, but it also underscores the maturity that comes with such an experience. Two men, close friends since graduate school, quickly learn over two get-together meetings, spanning a period of approximately two years, that they are not the [...]
Kerry Washington of Scandal and Jada Pinkett of Hawthorne would surely agree that the small screen is where today’s woman stands to make her indelible mark in the acting world. BET’s original television series Being Mary Jane is 1990s golden girl Gabrielle Union’s prospect that she, too, will join this exclusive list of actresses with [...]
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s (LACMA) 2013 Art and Film Gala sees a showing of four restored films by Agnès Varda, once called ‘the godmother of the French New Wave’. Black Panthers (1968), is one of the films. Sometimes known as Huey (1968), it is a 30-minute long documentary that looked at a [...]
On this week’s episode, Season 2, Episode 5: “Year of the Puma,” two celebs stopped in to get inked. Rapper Jadakiss got the word “loyalty” tattooed on his forearm. Brooklyn Nets point guard Tyshawn Taylor also added some body art to his stomach, where O’Sh*t etched in the words: “Forgive those who trespass against me.” [...]
On 20 February 1991, Keltie Byrne, a 20-year-old student and part-time Orca (Blackfish) trainer, slipped and fell into a tiny pool in which whales were kept after a show. The three Blackfishes dragged and repeatedly submerged Keltie until she drowned, despite other trainers' attempts to rescue her.
Taye Diggs (television’s Private Practice), Nia Long (Soul Food), Morris Chestnut (Kick-Ass 2), Harold Perrineau (Zero Dark Thirty), Terrence Howard (Hustle & Flow), Sanaa Lathan (Contagion), Monica Calhoun (Love & Basketball), Melissa De Sousa (Miss Congeniality) and Regina Hall (Scary Movie franchise) reprise their career-launching roles in The Best Man Holiday. Indefatigably, The Best Man [...]
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 [...]
‘African Independence, 2013′ – A Bold Step towards Understanding the Struggle for Independence in Africa
Introduction African Independence, 2013, is a documentary that tracks Africa’s relationship with Europeans through her struggle for independence in modern times. Largely a standard documentary, the film emphasizes some of the progress that Africa has made since its first contemporary nation, Ghana, wrested freedom from the iron hands of the British Empire. No understanding of [...]
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.
Right from the outset, the supposed chance meeting between Leticia (Nicole Beharie) and Niklas (Ken Duken) never quite ignited the sparks necessary to propel this rom-com forward. The appeal of seeing these young actors on the screen clearly rolled over after the first 15 minutes. The reason is the film itself – the script, the [...]