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Television

How 'Claws' is delivering one of television's best brother/sister duos

Perhaps what made Claws initially exciting is that it was difficult to know exactly what to expect from a dark comedy/crime drama set in a South Florida nail salon. So I went into the series (created by Eliot Laurence) expecting plenty of drama, hair pulling and the amazing scene presence that is and has always been Niecy Nash. Now six episodes in, what we're actually getting is not...

Film

Review: Coltrane—the Man and the Music—is a Spiritual Experience in the Flawed, But Compelling 'Chasing Trane'

Award-winning director John Scheinfeld had a monumental task before him, when he decided to make a documentary about one of the greatest musicians of all time, an icon and—to many—a god. And in attempting to capture the essence of John Coltrane, all while telling his complicated story of tragedy, love and artistic and spiritual experimentation under the umbrella of jazz music,...

Television

Review: 'Shots Fired' Is an Ambitious Political and Personal Drama About the Far-Reaching Effects of Police Killings

More and more, TV criticism requires that we consider the political and social messages behind a series, even when a show presents itself as apolitical. "Shots Fired" presents a somewhat difficult task, as a show with seemingly unveiled intentions. Creators Gina Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Rock Bythewood clearly mean to address police brutality, killer cops who go free and racism...

Television

Interview: Mack Wilds Talks 'Shots Fired' and Remembers the Impact of Philando Castile

Over the years, and especially since the dawn of the Black Lives Matter movement, many TV shows have attempted to tackle race and particularly police brutality, often to their own detriment. Dramas like "The Good Wife," "Scandal," "Orange is the New Black" and "UnReal" have all fallen short of what could have been glorious indictments against a system that reaches far beyond law...

Reviews,Festivals,Film

SXSW Review: The Fight for Black Lives Gets Personal in 'The Blood is at The Doorstep'

Many of you reading this, I suspect, can still remember the very first time that you saw photos of 14 year-old Emmet Till after he had been lynched by white men in Mississippi, following a false accusation of flirtation by a white woman. I still shocks me to think that Mamie Till Bradley had the strength—and really, the genius—to demand an open casket for her child. And to this day...