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Television

Each Episode of 'Luke Cage' Season 2 Is Named After A Pete Rock And CL Smooth Track — Watch Videos For All Of Them

Showrunner and exec producer of the series, Cheo Hodari Coker, has repeatedly emphasized how instrumental music is in setting the tone and shaping the world for Netflix's Marvel's Luke Cage series, describing it as a show with "a '90s hip-hop vibe." And if you've watched season 1 of the series (season 2 premieres Friday, June 22), you'd already have a good sense of this. Says Coker...

Film

There's A New, Estate-Backed Miles Davis Documentary In Production

Despite his legend, it's a surprise that there have been so few screen projects (narrative fiction, documentary, docu-series, etc) on the life of Miles Davis, who would've been 92 years old last week Saturday, May 26, were he still alive. Over the years, Shadow and Act has tracked the diminutive number of projects on the jazz icon, including the most prominent, Don Cheadle's...

Film

Watch The Short Film Independently Created By Stanley Nelson for Starbucks' Nationwide Racial Bias Training Initiative

On May 29, Starbucks closed 8,000 of its stores in the United States for four hours, so that 175,000 of its employees could come together for what the company called a conversation and learning session on racial bias. This nationwide effort was in response to the much-publicized and criticized April incident that saw two black men (Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson) arrested while...

Festivals,Film,News

A Senegalese Family's Bond Is Strained When the Father Travels to France to Find Work In Cannes-Selected 'Amin'

A film we overlooked that made its world premiere at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival last week, is Moroccan-born French filmmaker Philippe Faucon's drama, Amin, which was selected to screen as part of the festival's Directors' Fortnight (French: Quinzaine des Réalisateurs) - a parallel section which showcases a program of shorts, feature films and documentaries from across the...

Film

Exclusive Trailer And Poster For New Restoration Of Bill Gunn's Revolutionary 'Ganja & Hess,' Along With Release Details

Pioneering, iconoclastic filmmaker Bill Gunn is likely best known for his 1973 allegorical cinema classic that revolutionized the vampire genre Ganja & Hess - a film that was effectively suppressed in the United States because it wasn't the Hollywood horror movie that its producers had commissioned the artist to make. This was during the blaxploitation era, and the hope was to...