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Television,Film,Interviews

Angel Parker on playing Marvel villainess Catherine Wilder in 'Runaways' (EXCLUSIVE)

In most cases, with expansion comes the challenge of quality control; measuring future endeavors against past successes. Set in its cinematic universe, Marvel’s web series and traditional television shows have all experienced this challenge at one point or another. Most recently, Iron Fist and The Defenders fell short of expectations held by both critics and fans, which were set by...

Film,Reviews

Tessa Thompson and Idris Elba embody the breath of fresh air in 'Thor: Ragnarok' (Review)

Throughout its development, one of the most promising pieces of Ragnarok news, even for devout MCU fans, was the revelation that the third installment of Thor would be nothing like the first two. From producer to director to leading man, everyone attached to the film seems to have quietly grappled with the fact that, of all the Avengers, Thor’s standalone franchise has, in the past,...

Film,News

Tommy Ford’s last film, 'Switching Lanes,' was for the kids

Certain bright spots in my childhood, much like the childhoods of most other black folks my age, were moments when I discovered movies like The Color of Friendship and Remember the Titans — family-friendly films that preached unity and harmony for young boys and girls on the precipice of realizing racism. However elementary those films were, squeaky clean and wrapped with ribbon,...

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....