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WIDE RELEASES Aladdin (PG for some action/peril) Mena Massoud stars as the title character in this classic fairytale about a street urchin vying with a power-hungry Grand Vizier for a magic lamp. Cast includes Naomi Scott, Will Smith and Billy Magnussen. Booksmart (R for strong sexual content and language throughout, drug...
Anthony “Amp” Elmore, cultural curator of everything African in Memphis, says Memphis’ Bicentennial celebration should be a time for reflecting on the role of African Americans in building the city to its present stature. “I think this would be the perfect time to begin a conversation about our role in...
by Todd "Stereo" Williams His first film is an era-defining classic, a movie that helped shape so much black cinema of the 1990s. He cast rappers from Ice Cube to 2Pac to Andre 3000 in serious, dramatic roles that didn’t just trade on their personas but afforded them an opportunity...
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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...