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by Ronda Racha Penrice LOS ANGELES and ATLANTA — “Black cinema” and “blockbuster” are suddenly becoming synonymous. “Black Panther” is already nearing a billion dollars in global box office receipts and Jordan Peele just became the first African-American to win an Oscar for best original screenplay for his surprise 2017...
Calvin Anderson, president of The New Tri-State Defender’s parent company, Best Media Properties Inc., attended the Los Angeles premiere  of Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” last week. “I was pleased and honored to represent The New Tri State Defender and the NNPA ( National Newspaper Publishers Association) not only in...
Letitia Wright (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney) There is such a thing as Black women having the Wonder Woman syndrome, shouldering the responsibility of life and her family with a can-do-it-all attitude while falling into a deep depression. But it might be more correct to call it the...
10 best big budget films 1. (Baby Driver) 2. (Lady Bird) 3. (The Disaster Artist) 4. (The Florida Project) 5. (Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri) 6. (Mudbound) 7. (Dunkirk) 8. (Wonder Woman) 9. (Get Out) 10. (Rough Night) Big budgets honorable mention 11. (Everything, Everything) 12. (Going in Style) 13. (Fate of the Furious) 14. (Darkest Hour) 15. (LEGO Batman) 16. (The Meyerowitz Stories) 17. (Girls Trip) 18. (Valerian...
by Lee R. Watkins Special to The New Tri-State Defender The international flow of moviegoers checking out “Black Panther” continued last weekend and in Memphis students and parents flocked to the Malco Paradiso to watch the superhero film on Saturday. Shelby County Schools purchased 2,000 tickets for a private screening for students...
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Carrie Annie Bernans is living proof that there is a path that connects Memphis to Wakanda, the fictional African nation in the Marvel box office smash “Black Panther.” A University of Memphis alum, Bernans has a role as one of the female warriors in the historic first black superhero film. On...
The beat of African drums performed by Kindred Spirit and African cuisine prepared by two of Memphis' premiere chefs was part of a premiere showing of "Black Panther" at the Malco Cordova Cinema Thursday evening. The Redwing Group coordinated the rich cultural experience, along with others sponsors, including state Rep. Karen...
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  By Ronda Racha Penrice, Urban News Service Fans, who bought a record-setting number of advance tickets, weren’t the only ones anticipating the Feb. 16 opening of “Black Panther,” Marvel’s historic first black superhero film. “I’ve been waiting a long time. I was just so, so excited because this was a movie...
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Lee R. Watkins Special to The New Tri-State Defender Excitement for the superhero film “Black Panther” is riding a high nationally and now Shelby County Schools students are hoping to join in the fun. John Best, broadcast operations advisor for the school district, is leading a local effort to get students...
(Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images and Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)By now, most of us are hip to the fact that Black people are on-trend in Hollywood now more than ever. More specifically, Black women. But while the industry seemingly adores the nuance of our stories and the subsequent high ratings, disparities...
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