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Opinion

On 'BlacKkKlansman' And The Modern Black Cinematic Renaissance

The world is witnessing a modern “black cinematic renaissance.” After watching Spike Lee’s new film BlacKkKlansman where it debuted the 2018 Cannes Film festival in May, the experience left me wondering: Is Spike Lee the father of this renaissance? Are we witnessing a harvest from the seeds sown from his prolific and illustrious film career over the years? BlacKkKlansman, which also won...

News,Interviews,Festivals

On The History-Making Cannes Selection, 'Rafiki,' With Its Director Wanuri Kahiu Alongside Stars Sheila Munyiva And Samantha Mugatsia

Africa is having a moment in the cinematic universe this year. With the introduction of “Wakanda” (via Black Panther) on the critical and commercial landscape, we have since seen Hollywood turn its eyes to the continent greenlighting several upcoming stories that happen there. I even remember seeing a meme after the enormous success of Black Panther that showed Tyler Perry as “Madea” in...

Film

Cannes Day 2: Coogler, Black Cinema And Cannes

I shared a moment yesterday on my Instagram story feed. It showed me in shock as filmmaker Ryan Coogler, his wife and the Cannes Film Festival Assistant assigned to them, casually walk right by me inside the world famous Palais Des Festivals. I’m hardly ever that star-struck anymore as I see most filmmakers and actors as colleagues in this business, but this was RYAN COOGLER, or as I’ve...

Film

Cannes Day 1: The Voice Of Festival De’ Cannes

“Cinema is voice. And its the way, where I’m from in Compton California, that I was able to understand the humanity of a family in Iran or in Shanghai. There was nothing outside my window to orient my place in the world. It was cinema that gave me a voice." These were words of famed filmmaker extraordinaire Ava DuVernay at the press conference for the 2018 Cannes Jury where she is...

Film,Opinion

On Miami and the 'Moonlight' effect

With glowing reviews and healthy box office numbers from films like Get Out, Detroit, and Girls Trip, 2017 is looking to be a very promising year for black film — and we haven’t even gotten to the fall yet!  This is momentous as this year comes on the heels of 2016, which was undoubtedly an historic year for African-American cinema). The best film on my personal top-ten list of 2016 was...