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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...

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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...

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'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...

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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...

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Basketball in Spike Lee's Film 'He Got Game'

On this day in history, May 1, 1998, Spike Lee's "He Got Game" was released in theaters; a remembrance in celebration... Some films deserve a second reading. In Spike Lee's "He Got Game," basketball is reinterpreted into a difficult family tradition, one that's passed down by way of pain and loss, but exists as the lifeline for the relationship between a father and a son. Whether...