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Beyoncé, yet again, has gifted us all. This time, she’s bringing a culture that’s so very important to African Americans to a global, mainstream stage. Her latest present is a Netflix documentary, Homecoming (streaming now), and it’s a dive into the inspiration for her game-changing 2018 Coachella performance. Beyoncé not only...
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Nobody knows what to do with Bigger Thomas. The lead character of Richard Wright’s seminal 1940 novel, Native Son, is one of the most frustrating in American literature. The latest evidence is a new film adaptation written by the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks and directed by visual artist Rashid...
by Harlan McCarthy, Special to The New Tri-State Defender “We are celebrating these women, these wives, these matriarchs, these warriors for survival and making sure everyone around them survived too,” said multi-media journalist Emily Yellin. The setting was the screening of the documentary “1,300 Men: Memphis Strike ’68” by Striking Voices...
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While the latest horror flick from Jordan Peele offers plenty of opportunities to marvel, the real breakout stars of Us are Shahadi Wright Joseph and Evan Alex. These young stars took on some seriously challenging roles and held their own against the undeniable talents of Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke...
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Buzzfeed Conversation with Jordan Peele, Lupita Nyong'o and Winston Duke on the upcoming Universal Pictures film 'US' at Comcast NBCUniversal House at SXSW on March 9, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images for Comcast NBCUniversal) Filmmaker Jordan Peele was pleasantly surprised at the response of his movie...
For black cast films, including “BlacKkKlansman,” “Black Panther,” “Green Book” and “If Beale Street Could Talk,” 2018 was a banner year.  Might Spike Lee (“BlacKkKlansman”) finally win the Best Director and Best Picture Oscars that have eluded him over the course of his 40-year career? Not likely, despite the Academy’s...
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Film Review by Kam Williams Grieving Dad Goes Vigilante in Remake of Gruesome, Norwegian Crime Thriller Nels Coxman (Liam Neeson) is Kehoe, Colorado's most reliable snowplow driver. He was recently named the popular ski resort area's “Citizen of the Year” for keeping its treacherous mountain roads clear during the blizzards which...
HOLLYWOOD – “The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a journey through history and today my legacy will be forever etched in the history of Hollywood. I've worked so hard for this. It's surreal,” said Taraji P. Henson. I was on hand Monday (January 28) for the 11:30 a.m. ceremony that...
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PARK CITY, Utah — In an early scene in Chinonye Chukwu’s Clemency, the death row inmate whom Aldis Hodge expertly brings to life is allowed outside for some solo time. His hands are cuffed behind him as he slips them inside an opening in the door, and a prison...
By Nsenga K. Burton, Ph.D. --  The 2019 Oscar nominations are out and it is safe to say the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is acknowledging the phenomenal work of black filmmakers and performers this season. While there were some surprises — Ryan Coogler was not included in the...