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Interviews

Franchesca Ramsey on partnering with YouTube Creators for Change and creating a guide to tackle police violence (EXCLUSIVE)

Franchesca Ramsey is a quintessential YouTube creator. Like many other OGs, I became a permanent fan the moment she posted her popular Sh*t White Girls Say… To Black Girls video under the name “Chescaleigh.” From there, she amassed a huge following and went on to produce and star in MTV’s Decoded, taking her ability to blend comedy with social/racial awareness into a widely approachable...

Film

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' cast says their characters will be "challenged" in a different way this time

Quick background about me: I’m not a huge Star Wars superfan. These are my confessions. I remember being slightly interested about the movies, but I didn’t have a longstanding attachment to them. So, when the Star Wars trilogy was reignited, I didn’t expect nor hope for much, but was intrigued about the newer look. From the very moment that John Boyega (Finn) popped into frame...

News

Allen Hughes and Jimmy Iovine talk 'The Defiant Ones'

After watching HBO's The Defiant Ones, I got a better sense of just how iconic record producer Jimmy Iovine and hip-hop legend Dr. Dre — who came from vastly different areas of life — became such close friends that they appeared to be family. Beyond that, together they became a profitable machine. Their chemistry ruminated through the speakers — they worked so well off each other and...

Interviews,Television

Susan Kelechi Watson on last week's emotional 'This Is Us' & why the Pearson family is significant for black representation (EXCLUSIVE)

One of the things I most admire about This Is Us is its ability to display balanced characters and topics. It’s never “either/or” when it comes to broaching difficult subjects, but showcasing both sides through full 3-dimensional characters. “The Most Disappointed Man” episode was a significant one for many reasons, tackling youth incarceration, adoption and the justice...

Web Series

Web series ‘Mistake' tackles loss, greed, family deception and mental illness

The matriarch is a significant symbol in the family and there is an extra-special symbolism in the black family. The matriarch is usually the core of the family. Once that symbol is gone, the family can fall apart. Mistake is a web series that tackles that very conflict. From actress/writer/producer Nicolette Ellis, Mistake follows the Wright family whose lives intertwine with the...