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Television,Interviews,Reviews

The Liberating Subversiveness Of Ava DuVernay's Romance Series 'Cherish The Day'

With Valentine's Day approaching, the season of love is upon us. But who gets to be loved—fiercely, boldly, wildly—on screen has too often been limited to certain kinds of women. The messages of these on-screen images seep into our consciousness and reinforce what other elements of society teach us about who is worthy of love and tenderness and care—and who is not. It is a rarity that a...

Film,Reviews

'Just Mercy' Is The Black Revolution Movie We Need [REVIEW]

*Editor's note: mild spoilers for the plot of Just Mercy* There have been a few movies to premiere in the past year that suggested a path toward Black liberation. Just Mercy actually delivers. Just Mercy is the true story of Black civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson, based on his book of the same name. It follows Stevenson (a quietly brilliant Michael B. Jordan) and his fight to...

Interviews,Film

Bryan Stevenson’s Radical Call To Action In ‘Just Mercy’

Attorney Bryan Stevenson is trying to tell us something. One of the greatest civil rights leaders of our time, Stevenson’s life’s work has been to defend the indigent and condemned through the legal system. His New York Times best-selling book Just Mercy, which details his life and his fight for justice for his clients over a 30-year career, has now become a Warner Bros. feature...

Film,Reviews

[SPOILER] Let's Talk About The Ending Of 'Queen & Slim': An Artful Wound With No Medicine [REVIEW]

*Spoiler alert for the plot and ending of Queen & Slim. Please do not continue scrolling if you don't want to read spoilers of the movie!* Looking back, it seems inevitable that Queen and Slim would die in the end. These are, after all, two Black people in Cleveland, Ohio, who took a white cop’s gun, killed him with it, and went on the run. The white cop had already shot Queen...

Film,Reviews

How Do You Solve A Problem Like 'Harriet'? [REVIEW]

*This review contains spoilers for the plot of Harriet* It's no secret that Harriet, the 2019 Harriet Tubman biopic from Focus Features, has had problems from the beginning. From the first casting announcement of the film’s star, Tony award-winning actress Cynthia Erivo, controversy has followed the film. While some critics were disappointed that the Black British actress was chosen to...