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Opinion,Series,Television

The Burdens Of #BlackWomenAtWork Are On Display This Television Season

It wasn’t so long ago that #BlackWomenAtWork was trending in social media. Within the space of a week, Congressional Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) had her hair derided by bombastic former Fox pundit Bill O’Reilly and journalist April Ryan, was spoken to as if she were a child by then-White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. In the midst of a White House press briefing, Spicer...

Features,Interviews,Film

How Young Actor TJ Wright Brings Heart To 'The Hate U Give'

Angie Thomas’ young adult novel The Hate U Give spent over 70 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list, and George Tillman Jr.’s masterful adaptation to film of the Carter family deserves some recognition come awards' season. The Hate U Give is now in wide release, and TJ Wright, who plays Sekani Carter, the younger brother of the protagonist, Starr (Amandla Stenberg), brings...

Interviews,Series,Television

Faith, Family and Facebook: Brandon Micheal Hall on New Series 'God Friended Me'

God Friended Me star Brandon Micheal Hall has been on a roll. Almost as soon as he graduated from Juilliard, he landed a regular role on the TBS comedy series Search Party. He then went on to star in his own comedy on the ABC network The Mayor. Though a critical favorite, it lasted just one season. Then, Hall got a call from his representatives telling him that CBS wanted a meeting with...

Television

Madonna or Jezebel? 'Greenleaf' Traps Its Teen Girls In A Tired Trope

On a recent episode of OWN’s soapy megachurch drama Greenleaf, viewers were shocked to see once-close teen cousins, Zora (Lovie Simone) and Sophia (Desiree Ross), come to actual blows with each other. The melee was precipitated by Sophia’s disapproval of Zora’s choices and Zora’s frustration with Sophia’s constant judgment of her. Their physical fight shouldn’t have been too much of...

Festivals,Interviews,Film

Oakland-Raised ‘Skin In The Game’ Director Adisa On How He's Driving Social Impact Through Film

One couldn’t be blamed for thinking that there is Renaissance brewing in the Bay Area. Filmmaker Adisa, whose first feature film Skin in the Game just premiered at the Urbanworld Film Festival, hints that the Oakland area may be the next hub for compelling, original filmmakers. The mononymous filmmaker met director Boots Riley just a few months ago in Utah during Sundance, whose...