‘Baby Boy’ Was Released on This Day in History – What Happened to John Singleton’s Reunion Film?


Today in history, June 27,  2001, John Singleton’s 6th film, “Baby Boy,” was released in USA theaters. The coming-of-age dramedy which starred Tyrese Gibson and Taraji P. Henson, follows bicycle mechanic Joseph “Jody” Summers and his everyday life experience in “da hood” in Los Angeles.… Continue Reading

A Striking Feature Debut on Courage & Resilience, ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ Was Released Today in Film History

"Beasts of the Southern Wild"

On this day in film history, June 27, 2012, “Beasts of the Southern Wild” was released in USA theaters with much fanfare, following a buzzy Sundance Film Festival world premiere where the film picked up both the Grand Jury Prize… Continue Reading

The First Hollywood Studio-Backed Film Adaptation of a Book By a Black Author Is Now Available on DVD


No, Oscar Micheaux wasn’t the first, because I’m only considering books that have been optioned and adapted by Hollywood studios; not independently-financed projects. Searching for an answer to the question of what the first book adapted by a Hollywood studio… Continue Reading

Who Was the First African American Woman Director? (The Answer Isn’t as Obvious as You May Think)

Maria P. Wlllaims

I don’t have to tell you that black women directors have been a force in filmmaking for decades. The list of African-American directors is endless, and continues to grow practically every single day. But haven’t you ever wondered who the… Continue Reading