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How 'Green Book' And The Hollywood Machine Swallowed Donald Shirley Whole

In August 2018, Edwin Shirley III sat in disbelief as he watched a screening of Peter Farrelly’s new movie Green Book, a simplistic racial harmony story set in the Jim Crow south. Viggo Mortenson stars as Tony “Lip” Vallelonga, a racist Italian American New Yorker. Mahershala Ali is the supporting actor who is tapped to play Dr. Donald Waldridge Shirley, a Black, queer, musical genius,...

Film,Interviews,Video

Colman Domingo On The Beautiful Blackness Of 'Beale Street'

There is no other movie like Barry Jenkins' genius If Beale Street Could Talk. This faithful film adaptation of James Baldwin's iconic novel of the same name portrays the beauty of Blackness in all of its glory. In Barry's Beale Street, Blackness means more than just oppression; Blackness is love, a glow that envelopes a family and two lovers in particular, Tish (Kiki Layne) and Fonny...

Interviews,Film,Video

Kiki Layne Speaks On Why 'Beale Street' Is A Movie For The #MeToo Era

It's difficult to pinpoint the most beautiful aspect of Barry Jenkins' film adaptation of James Baldwin's classic novel If Beale Street Could Talk. It is easily the most beautiful film of 2018, and with a director like Jenkins, the mastermind behind the Oscar's Best Picture winner Moonlight, at the helm, it's no surprise. But one gift that both Baldwin in his novel and Jenkins in his...

Reviews,Film

The 5 Best Scenes From 'Creed II'

*SPOILER ALERT* for those who haven't yet seen Creed II. Stephen Caple Jr. did that. The 28-year-old director had big shoes to fill helming Creed II, the sequel to Creed--Ryan Coogler's Rocky franchise spin-off--and Caple rose to the occasion. With stunning shots, a sharp eye for detail, and cinematographic techniques that bring the audience straight into the heart of the...

Film

After Gun Threats At Screening, Tarana Burke Speaks On How Victims Are Still 'Surviving R. Kelly'

December 4, 2018 was an emotional evening for the accusers of singer R. Kelly. That night, Me Too movement founder Tarana Burke was in attendance with nine of Kelly's accusers at a private media and influencer screening in New York City of Lifetime's docuseries Surviving R. Kelly, in which many people shared their allegations of Kelly's sexual and predatory abuse against themselves or...