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Interviews,Television

'Designated Survivor' star LaMonica Garrett on filming a political drama, plot points hitting close to home and more

One of the many unfortunate byproducts of the way Colin Kaepernick’s now year-old protest during the National Anthem has been co-opted is the erasure of black patriotism. Depending on the day, white moderates and supremacists alike insist athletes who kneel during the National Anthem are either disrespecting the flag, the troops, or the country en masse. A popular quote that’s...

Film,Interviews

Unpacking the optics of indie film ‘Shot’ with Sharon Leal (EXCLUSIVE)

Having debuted last Friday (9/22), SHOT, starring Noah Wyle and Sharon Leal, is being sold as a powerful portrayal of the consequences of gun violence. As the story tracks a victim’s “golden hour”—the window of time in which all EMT and ER hands are on deck to save his or her life—that summation feels accurate. Perhaps more powerful than the film’s purpose, however, are its optics....

Reviews,Film

Review: ‘Dayveon’ is a forceful exploration of the ways in which black men raise each other

In its reflection of the state of the film’s characters, one of the most important shots throughout Amman Abbasi’s Dayveon is the recurring image of bees swarming around a newly built nest. From a few steps away, a wave of bees looks solid and controlled. There’s a harmonizing order to their buzz. Only upon moving in closer would you see what might appear to be frantic movement in...

Opinion,Recap,Television

Season 2 finale recap: ‘Insecure’ is at once the most enjoyable and most insufferable show on cable

Aesthetically and creatively, the sixteenth episode of Insecure —its season two finale —achieved as much as the first fifteen installments did combined. While its story left a bit to be desired, the show’s direction, vision, and song selection saw new heights in ‘Hella Perspective.’ Artistically, the episode was cinematic and daring. It discovered its name in a unique series of...

Trending,Opinion

On cultural appropriation and the importance of Ed Skrein forfeiting his 'Hellboy' role

Last week, amidst backlash and accusations of whitewashing, Ed Skrein stepped down from his role as Major Ben Daimio—a Japanese-American comic book character offered to the white actor during casting for its Hellboy adaptation. “I accepted the role unaware that the character in the original comics was of mixed Asian heritage,” Skrein wrote in a statement he released via Twitter....