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Angela Helm Angela Helm Jul 09, 2019. 6 comments

Beyond Dick: This One’s for the Ladies Is All About the Joy and Pain of Black Women

Beyond Dick: This One’s for the Ladies Is All About the Joy and Pain of Black Women

You would think This One’s for the Ladies, Gene Graham’s foray into strip shows for black women, would be all about dick. If so, you would be wrong.

In fact, once you nasty girls (and boys) are drawn into this world, you are in fact exposed to the creativity, the resilience, the swag, the hard love, the sexualities and the unyielding service of black women to each other, and, of course,...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Jun 22, 2019. 2 comments

A New Toni Morrison Documentary Gives the World’s Greatest Living Writer Her Flowers, and Plants New Seeds

A New Toni Morrison Documentary Gives the World’s Greatest Living Writer Her Flowers, and Plants New Seeds

Toni Morrison had to figure out a way to talk to Muhammad Ali. It was the mid-’70s and at the time, she was his editor, tasked with bringing his autobiography to the world. But Ali wouldn’t speak to her—deferring instead to whatever man was in the room.

Her longtime friend, author and activist Angela Davis, recalls seeing that dynamic play out—and witnessing Morrison come up with a solution....

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jun 17, 2019. 2 comments

Emanuel, Produced by Stephen Curry and Viola Davis, Debuts on the 4th Anniversary of the Charleston, SC, Shooting

Emanuel, Produced by Stephen Curry and Viola Davis, Debuts on the 4th Anniversary of the Charleston, SC, Shooting

On the evening of June 17, 2015, 21-year-old white supremacist Dylann Roof marched into what was typically thought to be the purest form of sanctuary—a church—and terrorized a group of black worshippers. Nine people, including senior pastor and South Carolina State Senator Clementa C. Pinckney, Cynthia Marie Graham Hurd, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lee Lance, Depayne Middleton-Doctor, Tywanza...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jun 14, 2019. 1 comments

Toni Morrison: Pieces I Am: ‘Navigating a White Male World Was Not Threatening; It Wasn’t Even Interesting’

Toni Morrison: Pieces I Am: ‘Navigating a White Male World Was Not Threatening; It Wasn’t Even Interesting’

Toni Morrison’s work has always been deemed as rich and poetic, perhaps an extension of her very own life.

Toni Morrison: Pieces I Am, which premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, looks to be a uniquely intimate look into Morrison, as it was directed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, who has been Morrison’s friend for over 35 years.

From the official press release:

From her childhood in the...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jun 08, 2019.

The Black Godfather: Clarence Avant and the Successful Six Degrees of Separation

The Black Godfather: Clarence Avant and the Successful Six Degrees of Separation

Life begins with a number and ends with a number.

It’s a phrase often repeated by music executive Clarence Avant, almost like a mantra. And it couldn’t be more true, not only in Avant’s industry but in his personal life as well. When it comes to the number of lives Avant has touched throughout the years, that “number” is infinite.

Everyone knows the famous faces of pop culture, but what about...

Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum May 23, 2019. 1 comments

‘The Bridge to Opportunity’: Netflix Honors Music Executive Clarence Avant in New Documentary The Black Godfather

‘The Bridge to Opportunity’: Netflix Honors Music Executive Clarence Avant in New Documentary The Black Godfather

“He wasn’t there, but he was right there.”

These days, when you hear the term “influencer,” one may think of perfectly placed and filtered sponsored ads on Instagram racking up hundreds of thousands of likes within minutes. Well, when you think of the original meaning of the term, one man who embodied it was Clarence Avant also known as “The Black Godfather.”

In a new documentary...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Apr 30, 2019. 4 comments

2019 Tribeca Film Festival: How Does it Feel to Make a Comeback After 14 Years? Devil's Pie - D'Angelo Explores Just That

2019 Tribeca Film Festival: How Does it Feel to Make a Comeback After 14 Years? Devil's Pie - D'Angelo Explores Just That

“What feeds your soul?” D’Angelo asks. For him, it’s God. It’s Yahweh. And for any fan who wonders why an artist decided to take a 14-year-long hiatus at the height of his career, maybe the answer rests in his gut—maybe, even with the superfluous reinforcement, he was starving.

Directed by Carine Bijlsma, the documentary Devil’s Pie - D’Angelo, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on...

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Corey Townsend Corey Townsend Apr 30, 2019.

Queen Latifah Helped 2 Black Women Achieve Their Dream With The Queen Collective

Queen Latifah Helped 2 Black Women Achieve Their Dream With The Queen Collective

In a 90’s kind of world, we were glad to have our girls. That notion still rings true with a new program that includes the Queen, also known as Latifah. Latifah, Tribeca Studios and Marc Pritchard, Procter and Gamble’s chief brand officer, have partnered to bring the dreams of black women to reality.

That association has birthed The Queen Collective (TQC), a program that aims to accelerate...

Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Apr 27, 2019. 1 comments

2019 Tribeca Film Festival: Shaolin Meets Steinbeck in Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men

2019 Tribeca Film Festival: Shaolin Meets Steinbeck in Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men

RZA, GZA, Ol’ Dirty Bastard (ODB), Inspectah Deck, Raekwon the Chef, U-God, Ghostface Killah, Method Man, Masta Killa and Cappadonna ... with all those names, Wu-Tang Clan really is the Earth Wind & Fire of hip-hop, and now, they have a docuseries. And it’s definitely one to check out, y’all.

Whether you’re a longtime fan of the eccentric group or don’t know much about them, Showtime’s new...

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Corey Townsend Corey Townsend Apr 19, 2019.

Beyoncé, Queen of Benevolence, Is Re-Releasing Lemonade Across All Streaming Platforms

Beyoncé, Queen of Benevolence, Is Re-Releasing Lemonade Across All Streaming Platforms

Beyoncé knows that 2019 has been a shit show, so not only did she bless us with a Beychella documentary on Netflix , she’s also re-releasing the audio from her album Lemonade. A benevolent queen.

Per the lovely people over at Variety, your thirst will be quenched on Tuesday, April 23. So not only did Bey give you lovely people a documentary, coupled with a 40-track album, she’s making your...

Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Apr 16, 2019. 1 comments

Reefer and Records: Grass Is Greener Explores Marijuana's Relationship With Music in New Trailer

Reefer and Records: Grass Is Greener Explores Marijuana's Relationship With Music in New Trailer

It’s high time for yet another celebration of cannabis culture — that’s right, April 20 (or 4/20) is coming up once again.

In the spirit of puffing and passing, it may be a good idea to pay homage to the historical significance of that good ganja by sitting back, relaxing and enjoying Netflix’s new documentary.

Now, not only is the popular streaming network diving into marijuana’s cultural...

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Felice León Felice León Apr 14, 2019. 2 comments

Amazing Grace Is a Cinematic Blessing and a Transcendental Spiritual Experience

Amazing Grace Is a Cinematic Blessing and a Transcendental Spiritual Experience

Aretha Franklin was a national treasure. A gift. An icon. When Aretha Franklin passed , the world unequivocally lost one of the best voices of all time.

With 18 Grammys, including a Lifetime Achievement Award, and an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame—why wouldn’t we genuflect when one calls on the queen’s name?

But with all of her praises and accolades, Aretha Franklin, her...

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Aliya Semper Ewing Aliya Semper Ewing Apr 07, 2019. 3 comments

Serengeti: Lupita Nyong’o and John Boyega to Narrate New Series on African Wildlife

Serengeti: Lupita Nyong’o and John Boyega to Narrate New Series on African Wildlife

Nyong’o will narrate the U.S. version while Boyega is set to narrate the British version of the wildlife documentary .

The six-part series will follow several African wildlife species and document their existence over the course of a year. With drone technology, and other advanced camera techniques, Serengeti will bring us up close and personal with all our favorite ferocious animals while...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Apr 05, 2019. 19 comments

Leaving Neverland Accused of Key Discrepancy, Michael Jackson Estate Issues Statement [Updated]

Leaving Neverland Accused of Key Discrepancy, Michael Jackson Estate Issues Statement [Updated]

The premiere for Leaving Neverland has come and gone, but the saga surrounding it continues. And for those of us who have seen the documentary, so has the impact of James Safechuck’s and Wade Robson’s graphic claims.

In the film, there was one particular account shared by Safechuck regarding an alleged abusive encounter occurring at the hands of Michael Jackson at his Neverland Ranch’s train...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Mar 26, 2019.

Exclusive: Diana Ross Speaks on the 'Magic' of Her Children and Her Most Famous Concert in Diana Ross: Her Life, Love and Legacy

Exclusive: Diana Ross Speaks on the 'Magic' of Her Children and Her Most Famous Concert in Diana Ross: Her Life, Love and Legacy

The date was March 26, 1944 when a true diva strutted into the world. Seventy-five years later and Ms. Diana Ross is not only a diva—she’s now a diamond diva.

Celebrating her diamond anniversary, Ms. Ross and Fathom Events are presenting a special two-night screening of Diana Ross: Her Life, Love and Legacy featuring Diana Ross Live in Central Park in movie theaters worldwide. The film will...

Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Mar 26, 2019. 16 comments

Diana Ross Speaks from Her Heart on Michael Jackson, Says He Was an 'Incredible Force' to Her and Others

Diana Ross Speaks from Her Heart on Michael Jackson, Says He Was an 'Incredible Force' to Her and Others

HBO’s Leaving Neverland provided space to two of Michael Jackson’s accusers, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, to fully share their stories documenting the alleged abuse they suffered at the hands of the pop star. And once it was released, many people—fans, friends, and family alike—took their own space to express their emotions surrounding it. Some of it was agreeable, some of it was...

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Ibn Safir Ibn Safir Mar 23, 2019. 18 comments

Barbra Streisand Blames Parents While Discussing Leaving Neverland Documentary 

Barbra Streisand Blames Parents While Discussing Leaving Neverland Documentary 

Barbra Streisand has always been loud.

This week, she was loud and wrong.

Streisand told the Times in Britain that Leaving Neverland subjects Wade Robson and James Safechuck “were thrilled to be there,” adding that their experiences with Michael Jackson “didn’t kill them.”

While she believes Safechuck and Robson, Streisand placed the blame on their parents.

“I feel bad for the children,”...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Mar 18, 2019.

‘Real Life For a Black Kid in America’: Free Meek Docuseries to Premiere Summer 2019 on Amazon Prime 

‘Real Life For a Black Kid in America’: Free Meek Docuseries to Premiere Summer 2019 on Amazon Prime 

Meek Mill has had his share of Dreams and Nightmares, but now he’s documenting what has been his reality for more than a decade since he was arrested for illegally owning a firearm and assaulting a police officer when he was 18 years old.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, a six-part docuseries entitled Free Meek is coming to Amazon Prime from Jay-Z, under his Roc Nation banner. Along with...

Ibn Safir Ibn Safir Mar 09, 2019. 9 comments

The Simpsons Producers to Pull Episode Featuring Michael Jackson’s Voice Following Leaving Neverland

The Simpsons Producers to Pull Episode Featuring Michael Jackson’s Voice Following Leaving Neverland

Less than a year after The Simpsons creator Matt Groening confirmed one of the most persistent fan theories surrounding his most famous work—now in its 30th season—fans will hear Lisa’s birthday song far less often.

Amid the fallout from the accusations made in the HBO documentary, Leaving Neverland, longtime Simpsons producer James L. Brooks has announced that his team will be pulling its...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Mar 05, 2019. 22 comments

Leaving Neverland: Reconciling With the ‘Man in the Mirror’

Leaving Neverland: Reconciling With the ‘Man in the Mirror’

Trigger Warning: Please be advised, the documentary described in this article contains extremely graphic descriptions of child sexual abuse.

I had never seen anyone dance the way he did.

My two younger cousins and I spent a multitude of hours watching—no, analyzing—Michael Jackson’s HIStory, the VHS anthology of his greatest hits. We created a makeshift dance studio at my auntie’s house,...

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