Nijla Mumin's posts


Opinion,Film

Stop Saying There Are No Coming Of Age Films About Black Girls [Opinion]

Over the last few months, I’ve read articles, tweets, threads, and online debates about the lack of coming of age films about Black girls. These sentiments both enrage and fascinate me because they reveal much larger disparities in the funding, distribution, marketing, and overall support that our films receive, in comparison to a Lady Bird, or a Booksmart. In the wake of the latter,...

Film,Reviews

Netflix crime doc 'Strong Island' painfully explores what it means to be a black victim in America

What does it mean to be a victim? What does it mean to be a black victim in America? In Strong Island, director Yance Ford retraces the murder of his older brother William Ford Jr., by a white mechanic, who claimed that fear caused him to commit the act after the two had an argument following an earlier auto collision where the mechanic was at fault. Deft and personal, the...

Film

In the Mood for 'Love Jones' – The Academy Celebrates the Film's 20th Anniversary

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced today the event "In the Mood for 'Love Jones' – The Academy Celebrates the Film's 20th Anniversary." The Academy will host a special screening of director Theodore Witcher's "Love Jones" on Tuesday, June 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The evening will reunite stars Nia Long, Larenz Tate...

Film

'Gook' - A Cinematic Requiem for Latasha Harlins

On March 16, 1991, 15-year-old Latasha Harlins was shot in the head and killed by a Korean store-owner, Soon Ja Du, over a bottle of orange juice. Du served no time for the killing, and the city soon ignited in what would become the Los Angeles Riots. Yet, many outside of the Los Angeles black community, didn’t know about Harlins back then, instead attributing the riots solely to...

Film

Haile Gerima’s 'Sankofa' Revisited

Sankofa is an Akan word meaning roughly, “We must go back and reclaim our past in order to move forward.” Haile Gerima’s cinematic rendering of this is perhaps one of his greatest filmmaking achievements. Screened as part of the UCLA L.A. Rebellion Film Series, "Sankofa" follows Shola, a black model who is transported back to a West Indian plantation after participating in a fashion...