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Apr 15, 2020. 2 comments

The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel Movie on Lifetime Brought the Sunshine. You Should Watch It. Amen.

The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel Movie on Lifetime Brought the Sunshine. You Should Watch It. Amen.

The Lifetime network doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to black biopics. My life has never quite recovered from their attempt at the

Aaliyah story . That particular movie was so bad in casting, thought, mind and deed that while watching the movie with all of social media, when Aaliyah showed up dating a person nobody knew, Twitter spent considerable time trying to figure out...

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Mar 27, 2020. 8 comments

10 DVDs I Just Discovered I Own After Looking at My DVD Collection for the First Time in 7 Years

10 DVDs I Just Discovered I Own After Looking at My DVD Collection for the First Time in 7 Years

I closed on my house in June 2012. At that point, when moving from my apartment into my house, I made some choices about things to unpack because in the years that I lived in my apartment I never used them. For instance, I own thousands of compact discs (CDs). Well, when I moved into my apartment in 2010, I never unpacked those boxes of CDs so when I moved into my house those boxes also never...

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Mar 03, 2020. 18 comments

9 Thoughts About The Trailer For the New Candyman Movie

9 Thoughts About The Trailer For the New Candyman Movie

The trailer for the new Candyman movie—produced and written by Jordan Peele, directed by Nia DaCosta—hit the interwebs on February 27 and, well, I cannot wait until it is released on June 12. Don’t get it twisted, the first movie scared the everloving shit out of me and I’m not a horror movie person, but I look forward to seeing this new take all the same. And since the trailer dropped, I’ve...

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Feb 29, 2020. 8 comments

Black Movie Fridays: A Fun Story About Cool Runnings, 'Gummies' and a New York City Evening in 2017

Black Movie Fridays: A Fun Story About Cool Runnings, 'Gummies' and a New York City Evening in 2017

I’d like to tell you a fun story about one of my favorite black movies, Cool Runnings. If you don’t know, Cool Runnings (released in 1993) is the “based on a true story” movie about the Jamaican bobsled team’s journey and ultimately their debut appearance at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. It’s a comedy, it’s triumphant, it’s heartfelt, it’s victorious and for the sake...

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Feb 22, 2020. 5 comments

Black Movie Fridays: I Probably Quote The Wood More Than Any Other Black Movie

Black Movie Fridays: I Probably Quote The Wood More Than Any Other Black Movie

If you were to ask me what the most quotable black movie of all time is, I’d say, without hesitation, Coming to America. So many of the movie’s phrases are iconic and are simply part of black pop culture at this point. When somebody’s hair looks especially fresh, it is customary to remark on the juices and berries that must be part of their hair regimen.

“What is that? Velvet?” Classic.

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Feb 15, 2020. 1 comments

Black Movie Fridays: Love Jones Is The Iconic Black Love Movie But for Me, Brown Sugar Is The GOAT

Black Movie Fridays: Love Jones Is The Iconic Black Love Movie But for Me, Brown Sugar Is The GOAT

The 1990s and early aughts were a good time for black movies. From Boyz n The Hood to Menace II Society to What’s Love Got To Do With It to sleeper classics like The Wood, almost every year we got several dope black movies that showed us some version of blackness that existed in our communities. In 1997, during my senior year of high school, Love Jones dropped, and it would (deservedly)...

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Feb 14, 2020. 6 comments

10 Very Black (Non-Spoiler) Reasons To Go See The Photograph

10 Very Black (Non-Spoiler) Reasons To Go See The Photograph


The Photograph, a new black love story starring Issa “Lookin’ Like a Bag of Money” Rae and LaKeith “Can I Measure Your Tree?” Stanfield, comes out in theaters nationwide on Friday, February 14 (also known either as Valentine’s Day or “National I Don’t Celebrate That Commercialized Obligation of Love Day”). I had a chance to see it early and I have thoughts. No matter how you view it, going to...

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Jan 24, 2020. 12 comments

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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Sep 30, 2019. 3 comments

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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