Thursday, September 29, 2022

Film

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...
By Soraya Nadia MacDonald, The Undefeated Spoiler alert: This review discusses plot details of Queen & Slim. In their quest to make black people so real and full of humanity that “maybe they’ll stop killing us,” screenwriter Lena Waithe and director...
I was out on the town last weekend, celebrating the birthday of Sandra Booker (my sister-in-law) with a visit to Memphis Sounds on Mud Island. Guess who was in the house? OK, I’ll tell you. It was award-winning actress Cassi Davis,...
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...
The 1991 film The Five Heartbeats features an electric, memorable and tearful church scene that film executives were asked to cut. Actor, comedian and dynamic filmmaker Robert Townsend spills that and more in his new documentary Making the Five...
  Of all the telling moments in the new Whitney Houston documentary Whitney — and there are many — the most revealing may be a small anecdote from Debra Martin Chase, the producer of The Preacher’s Wife and the 2012...
The highly-anticipated film, Green Book hits theaters today and shines a light on the legacy of Dr. Don Shirley. Mahershala Ali portrays the legendary musician in the flick that also stars Viggo Mortensen and we’re guessing both of their performances...
Billed as the continuation of a commitment to support “black filmmakers, present and future,” the Indie Memphis Film Festival’s Black Creators Forum has been set for the Hattiloo Theatre Nov. 1-2. The Black Creators Forum will run before and parallel...
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...
Tiffany Haddish was far and away 2017’s breakout comedy star, drawing tears of laughter from moviegoers across the country as part of the outstanding ensemble of Girls Trip. Yet as presenters read out the names of Golden Globes nominees...