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12 Thoughts, Facts, and Opinions About Tyler Perry’s Wildly Ridiculous, Entertaining Movie, A Fall From Grace

12 Thoughts, Facts, and Opinions About Tyler Perry’s Wildly Ridiculous, Entertaining Movie, A Fall From Grace

There will be spoilers.

1. Guys, A Fall from Grace is a Tyler Perry (TP) movie. At this point, there is NOTHING more indicative of what a movie will be than having the words “Tyler Perry” attached to it. Expectations should never even exist. I watch his films because they exist and because I’m rooting for everybody black, not because I’m looking for award-winning content.

2. At the same time,...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Jan 14, 2020. 20 comments

How to Win an Oscar If You’re Black

How to Win an Oscar If You’re Black

The #OscarsSoWhite, they called the police on the BET Awards.

The #OscarsSoWhite, Pete Buttigieg was almost nominated for an award.

The #OscarsSoWhite, Cuba Gooding Jr. tried to marry his statue.

On Monday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for the 92nd Academy Awards and, as usual, they’re rooting for everybody white. Although the Oscar committee has touted...

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Panama Jackson Panama Jackson Jan 08, 2020. 14 comments

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I Am Probably the Worst Person to Write a Review of the New Movie Always a Bridesmaid, but I Did It Anyway

I Am Probably the Worst Person to Write a Review of the New Movie Always a Bridesmaid, but I Did It Anyway

I’m not the target market.

That’s usually what I say when a new movie or TV show comes out that may or may not be good but I know for a fact that I’m not the audience they’re shooting for. Nashville, a rousing drama about competing country music stars? The only country song I’ve listened to in the last decade was “Old Town Road,” so I’m not the target market. The story of British aristocrats...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Jul 23, 2019. 12 comments

Watch: Cynthia Erivo Brings the Fight for Freedom to Life in Harriet Trailer

Watch: Cynthia Erivo Brings the Fight for Freedom to Life in Harriet Trailer

The canceled series Underground breathed new life into the saga of Harriet Tubman. Now looking to delve further into the courage and determination that fueled one of the most important figures in American history comes Harriet, produced by Charles D. King’s MACRO, New Balloon and Stay Gold Features.

From the official press release:

Based on the thrilling and inspirational life of an...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Jul 21, 2019. 11 comments

Arsenio Hall Closes Deal for Coming to America 2

Arsenio Hall Closes Deal for Coming to America 2

Arsenio Hall will reprise his role in the funniest buddy comedy since the groundbreaking hit Moses and Aaron’s Egyptian Adventure when he rejoins Eddie Murphy in the highly-anticipated movie, Coming to America 2.

Deadline reports that Hall officially closed a deal with Paramount Pictures to star as Semmi in the follow-up to the 1988 film that Michael Jackson’s less musically-inclined brother

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Panama Jackson Panama Jackson Jun 19, 2019. 7 comments

30 Days of Musical Blackness With VSB, Day 19: Joi, 'Freedom' x Various Artists, 'Freedom'

30 Days of Musical Blackness With VSB, Day 19: Joi, 'Freedom' x Various Artists, 'Freedom'

Since today is Juneteenth (in celebration of June 19, 1865, the day the slaves in Texas learned they were freed), I decided to drop a two-fer in the name of freedom. The song is “Freedom” but there are two versions and they’re both getting their due today.

Most people of a certain age might remember the 1995 movie Panther, about the founding of and dismantling of the Black Panther Party in...

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P.J. Rickards P.J. Rickards May 25, 2019. 1 comments

‘I Love You Black Man. I Love You Black Woman’: Meet the Real-Life Best Friends of Netflix’s See You Yesterday

‘I Love You Black Man. I Love You Black Woman’: Meet the Real-Life Best Friends of Netflix’s See You Yesterday

Netflix’s See You Yesterday isn’t your average sci-fi flick. Black nerds fighting police brutality, creating time travel and exposing viewers to Caribbean-American culture combine to show another side of the science-fiction genre. Directed by Stefon Bristol and produced by Spike Lee, See You Yesterday is led by a duo who have been friends since birth and it shows in this Afro-futurist joint,...

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Jessica Moulite Jessica Moulite Apr 12, 2019.

Having a 'Little' Fun: Marsai Martin, Issa Rae and Regina Hall Play a 'Black Ass Game'

Having a 'Little' Fun: Marsai Martin, Issa Rae and Regina Hall Play a 'Black Ass Game'

You got ____ money?

What you __ gon’ ___.

I’m not one of your ___ friends.

If you successfully filled in the blanks above, there’s a pretty good chance you were raised by a black parent. The Root spoke with the cast of Little and played Black Ass Game: Growing Up Black Edition. Put your own skills to the test and see how you match up by checking out the video above.

And if you don’t do so well,...

Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Apr 11, 2019. 2 comments

Staycation: Donald Glover Announces Guava Island Will Stream on Amazon During Weekend 1 of Coachella

Staycation: Donald Glover Announces Guava Island Will Stream on Amazon During Weekend 1 of Coachella

Can’t stand crowds, port-a-potties or $10 bottles of water? Never fear if you’re missing Coachella this year; at least two of its best moments will be available to stream right in your living room.

Just days after Netflix announced we could all revisit 2018's Beychella on April 17 with the arrival of Homecoming , Donald Glover and Amazon made a big announcement of their own. Guava Island,...

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Ibn Safir Ibn Safir Mar 31, 2019. 16 comments

Exclusive 'Bobby DeBarge Story' Trailer Set to Air During NAACP Image Awards

Exclusive 'Bobby DeBarge Story' Trailer Set to Air During NAACP Image Awards

Viewers tuned into the NAACP Image Awards tonight at 9 P.M. EST will get a sneak preview of TV One’s Bobby DeBarge biopic, “The Bobby DeBarge Story,” set to premier in June.

The film, which explores DeBarge’s tumultuous life filled with sex, drugs and iconic music. As former lead singer of Switch and oldest sibling of pop group DeBarge, Bobby’s story shows the singer’s perilous life navigating...

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P.J. Rickards P.J. Rickards Mar 08, 2019. 8 comments

Pam Grier, the Queen of Classic Black Cinema, Walks Us Through Her Most Memorable Roles

Pam Grier, the Queen of Classic Black Cinema, Walks Us Through Her Most Memorable Roles

March is Women’s History Month and Lord knows, Pam Grier has made history. She is known for dominating the black cinema scene in the ’70s with cult classics like Foxy Brown, Coffy and Sheba Baby. And she continued to make her mark throughout the years with Jackie Brown, The L Word and now, with her latest film, Poms.

Currently, she is the ambassador of BrownSugar.com, where many of her...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Jan 10, 2019. 13 comments

#BlackGirlMagic: Black-ish Star Marsai Martin Set to Become Youngest Executive Producer in Hollywood History

#BlackGirlMagic: Black-ish Star Marsai Martin Set to Become Youngest Executive Producer in Hollywood History

When the comedy Little hits theaters this spring, aside from featuring some of the industry’s biggest stars, the film will also make history. For at least a few months, 14-year-old Marsai Martin will hold the title as the youngest executive producer of a major Hollywood motion picture in history.

Martin will co-star with Regina Hall in the singular role of Jordan Sanders, a take-no-prisoners...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Nov 30, 2018. 7 comments

The New York Film Critics Circle Names Two Reginas—King and Hall—Best Actresses

The New York Film Critics Circle Names Two Reginas—King and Hall—Best Actresses

As Prince once sagely said, all the critics love you in New York—that is, if your name is Regina. That’s the case for 2018, when Regina Hall and Regina King garnered acting accolades from the New York Film Critics Circle.

As reported by Vulture, King won Best Supporting Actress for the highly anticipated If Beale Street Could Talk, while Hall made NYFCC history as the first black woman in the...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Nov 27, 2018. 6 comments

A 1st Peek at Donald Glover and Rihanna's Film Is Here (Squint or You Might Miss It)

A 1st Peek at Donald Glover and Rihanna's Film Is Here (Squint or You Might Miss It)

Big things often come from small beginnings or so we’ve been told. So we were happy to pull out our magnifying glasses to check out the much-discussed trailer for Guava Island, which co-stars Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino), and Rihanna.

Glover premiered the approximately two-minute trailer at his Pharos festival in New Zealand on Saturday. The fest itself had mixed reviews, but at least...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Nov 23, 2018. 8 comments

Taraji P. Henson Puts a Welcome New Spin on an Old Plot in What Men Want

Taraji P. Henson Puts a Welcome New Spin on an Old Plot in What Men Want

What do men want? Hell if I know (though I have my suspicions), but Taraji P. Henson’s going to help us find out in What Men Want, due for release on February 8, 2019, with a new extended trailer out Friday.

A reboot of the 2000 comedy What Women Want, directed by rom-com specialist Nancy Meyers and starring a pre-scandal Mel Gibson, the action now follows Henson as a dynamo sports...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Nov 16, 2018. 4 comments

Knockouts: Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson and More Kill It at the Creed II Premiere

Knockouts: Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson and More Kill It at the Creed II Premiere

Black excellence was once again on display last night in New York City. And while the cast of Creed II was conspicuously missing its prequel’s writer and director, Ryan Coogler, sequel writer (and Root 100 honoree) Cheo Hodari Coker was on hand, as was sequel director Steven Caple, Jr.

Of course, star Michael “Bae” Jordan, as he’s fondly known in these internet streets, was also in attendance,...

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Nov 13, 2018.

Unique Views, Episode 20: Jive Turkey, Featuring Pam Grier

Unique Views, Episode 20: Jive Turkey, Featuring Pam Grier

Are you like me?

Have you ever wished that there was a bigger, blacker Netflix for all the blaxploitation movies of the past?

Well, wait no more!

Introducing Brown Sugar, the biggest, baddest, blackest mutha—

Patti LaDanielle: Shut yo’ mouth!

Just talking about Brown Sugar on Bounce TV.

Seriously, the service is dope, free for the first month and a virtual library of blackness. Because of it, the...

Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Oct 30, 2018. 12 comments

A Prince Documentary Is in the Works at Netflix—with Ava DuVernay at the Helm

A Prince Documentary Is in the Works at Netflix—with Ava DuVernay at the Helm

“Black excellence” is a phrase oft-used at The Root, but we’re not sure it’s quite adequate to describe this news: In the midst of completing her highly anticipated drama for Netflix, The Central Park Five, Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated filmmaker Ava DuVernay is also in production on another documentary for the network, this time about the Oscar/Golden Globe/Grammy award-winning...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Sep 21, 2018. 4 comments

Night School: The Urbanworld Film Festival Launches With a Lesson in Black Creativity

Night School: The Urbanworld Film Festival Launches With a Lesson in Black Creativity

The thrill is far from gone. In its 22nd year, the Urbanworld Film Festival started strong with a screening of the upcoming comedy Night School, starring Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish and directed by Girls Trip hit-maker Malcolm D. Lee.

The energy inside the AMC Empire Theatre in New York City’s Times Square was nothing short of electric on Wednesday night, as a primarily black crowd...

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