SXSW Review: ‘Dara Ju’ Is a Brilliant Examination of the Pressure Linked to the Struggle Between Familial Obligations & Crushing Personal Ambition


As the daughter of a Nigerian immigrant, many of my formative years were spent trying to please my father. Though it was unspoken, I was expected to thrive both academically and socially. I dared not dream of following the crowd,… Continue Reading

Review: David Oyelowo and Nikki Amuka-Bird Star in BBC Films’ ‘Shoot The Messenger’ (At PAFF LA Feb. 20)

Picture Shows: Joseph Pascale (DAVID OYELOWO) and Heather Bleasdale (NIKKI AMUKA-BIRD). TX: BBC TWO Wednesday August 30, 2006  DAVID OYELOWO stars in Shoot the Messenger, a brave and provocative drama for BBC TWO. It centres on one man's painful journey towards self-discovery which challenges his attitudes and expectations of his own community.  Warning: Use of this copyright image is subject to Terms of Use of BBC Digital Picture Service.  In particular, this image may only be used during the publicity period for the purpose of publicising SHOOT THE MESSENGERand provided BBC is credited.  Any use of this image on the internet or for any other purpose whatsoever, including advertising or other commercial uses, requires the prior written approval of the BBC.

“Whenever I think about it, everything bad that has ever happened to me has involved a black person.” Those words are the very first spoken by the main character, Joe, in the controversial BBC Films production, “Shoot the Messenger.”  S&A… Continue Reading

Sundance Review: ‘Tell Them We Are Rising’ Underscores the Legacy & Importance of Historically Black Colleges and Universities

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To this day, education is not an inherent right. The effects of segregation are still deeply steeped in the Black community, and unless there is careful nurturing within the family home or by some particularly devoted educators, many Black people… Continue Reading