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Aramide Tinubu
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Director Barry Jenkins, Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney & The Men Of ‘Moonlight’ Talk Redefining Black Male Identity In Film Narratives

Coming of age stories are plentiful, with the inner city genre of the ‘90s, films like “Menace II Society” and “Boyz N the Hood” thrust the urban Black male narrative onto the big screen. This era of filmmaking also ushered in some Black female…
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MONTREAL INTERNATIONAL BLACK FILM FESTIVAL REVIEW: DR. ANGELOU BARES HER SOUL IN ‘MAYA ANGELOU: AND STILL I RISE’

Martin Luther King Jr. was shot dead on Dr. Maya Angelou’s 40th birthday. It was her friend Jimmy, or James Baldwin as we know and revere him, that pulled the late writer out of her devastated stupor, dragging her to a party and encouraging to tell her…
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NYFF REVIEW: ‘I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO’ IS A HAUNTING, EXCEPTIONAL FILM ON JAMES BALDWIN’S VIEWS ON RACE IN AMERICA

I have always known what it means to be Black, but being Black in America was something I had to discover. As a middle-class Black girl born and raised on the South Side of Chicago to parents who deeply valued education, I lived in a bubble of sorts. All…
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MONTREAL INTERNATIONAL BLACK FILM FESTIVAL REVIEW: ‘AGENTS OF CHANGE’ RECALLS AN UNTOLD STORY OF STUDENT ACTIVISM

Before the formation of Black Lives Matter, there was constant talk about my “lost generation” from those who came before us. According to them, millennials were lazy and self-centered since we’d never had to work for anything. We didn’t know what it…
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Montreal International Black Film Festival: Director Messay Getahun Talks ‘Lambadina (Night Light)’ As a Different Kind of African Narrative

Feature narratives coming out of Ethiopia are exceedingly rare; stories about love and finding one’s place in the world are even more exceptional. Ethiopian American filmmaker Messay Getahun’s beautifully shot “Lambadina (Night Light)” which chronicles a…
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NYFF Review: Ava DuVernay’s ’13th’ Confirms the American Prison System as a New Era of Slavery

Growing up, prison seemed like an abstract concept to me, one reserved for “Law & Order” episodes and select family members who would be absent every other Christmas or Thanksgiving holiday. It wasn’t until I arrived in college in a class on Black Urban…
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Urbanworld First Look: New Edition & the Cast Talk Upcoming BET Miniseries

New Edition is one of the most revered singing groups of all time. With a career that has spanned well over thirty years, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Ronnie DeVoe, Bobby Brown, Ralph Tresvant, and Johnny Gill have provided the soundtracks to many of our…
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Urbanworld First Look: ‘Shots Fired’ Is a Gripping Commentary About the State of Our Nation

  Every other week it seems, I awake to news that another unarmed Black person has been slaughtered by law enforcement. Whether it’s a teenager turning his back, a young mother clutching her small child, or a man waiting with his stalled vehicle, the…
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Urbanworld Review: ’72 Hours: A Brooklyn Love Story?’ Depicts the Anguish of Moving On

The summer I turned eighteen, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer, a disease she would succumb to two years later. That summer, I also discovered my then-boyfriend had another girlfriend. I was spending the last summer of my “childhood” preparing to…
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Urbanworld First Look: Issa Rae’s ‘Insecure’ Is a Love Letter to Black Women

Some weeks ago, I logged into Facebook and became enraptured by a status an old college friend had recently posted. It read, “I trust Black women more than any other group of people.” Initially, I thought nothing of it, since it also rang true for me, but…
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