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Film,Interviews

Omar Epps On Thriller 'Traffik,' His New Book And New Black Voices In Film

A recent news item resonated with actor Omar Epps perhaps more than it would have not too long ago. “I just read an article a couple of weeks ago about an airline stewardess. She’s doing her job, and something felt off about a couple of people, and she decided to say something to her superiors. Lo and behold, it ended up being that a girl was being trafficked. This stuff happens all the...

Interviews,Television

'No Passport Required' Is Marcus Samuelsson's Love Letter To Immigrant Communities

Back in the 1980s, when people still revered the art and skill of diplomacy, Harvard political scientist Joseph Nye coined the term "soft power." Where “hard power” might refer to military might, soft power was about using various means–mainly through culture–to persuade others and fostering understanding between parties with differing interests or different cultures. The concept was...

Television,Opinion

How 'Claws' Showcases The Best Of Unconditional Sisterhood Onscreen

The women of TNT’s Claws would kill for each other. In the premiere, one of them, clad in pastel pink fur, transparent heels and nothing else, shot an abuser dead as he physically assaulted another woman. At this stage of the game, the two women don’t even like each other that much, but the instinct to protect another woman from harm is so strong. The series is set in Palmetto, a...

Trending,Television

Behind The Scenes: Ben Cory Jones On 'Insecure' Season 3, Issa Rae And Writing

Ben Cory Jones is currently a writer on the hugely successful HBO comedy series Insecure. He chatted with Shadow and Act on the heels of his appearance at HBO’s popular POV presentation at the most recent American Black Film Festival where he gave a behind-the-scenes look at being a television writer and writing for Insecure in particular. He does the same here for Shadow and Act...

Film,Opinion

'Paris Is Burning' Is An Important Testimony Of Ball Culture That Rightfully Earns Recognition In Film History

Each Thursday this summer, each week Shadow and Act is revisiting some of the most popular and beloved movies of our time in a special throwback series! Check out this week's selection below in tribute to the iconic 1991 documentary Paris Is Burning: Earlier this month, the new series Pose debuted on FX. Created by super producer Ryan Murphy, Pose presents a group of trans...