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Jay Connor Jay Connor Aug 16, 2019 at 23:30. 6 comments

Marlon Wayans Comes for Cancel Culture: 'You Know, Freedom of Speech. What Happened to That?'

Marlon Wayans Comes for Cancel Culture: 'You Know, Freedom of Speech. What Happened to That?'

Fresh off the heels of his brand new Netflix comedy Sextuplets—which is actually pretty damn funny—Marlon Wayans made a pitstop on Buzzfeed’s AM to DM Thursday to discuss a myriad of topics. However, one, in particular, had the internet buzzing.

“My job is to talk about all the things people are scared to say,” Wayans said. “My job is to go into these dark topics and go in these dark caves...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Aug 16, 2019 at 01:30. 5 comments

Watch: Dave Chappelle Prepares to 'Say Anything' and 'Risk Everything' in Netflix's Sticks & Stones Trailer

Watch: Dave Chappelle Prepares to 'Say Anything' and 'Risk Everything' in Netflix's Sticks & Stones Trailer

Dave Chappelle got five on it—five Netflix comedy specials, that is.

The comedian’s fifth special, titled Sticks & Stones, now has a trailer and its narrated by none other than the most booked narrator in the entire universe, Morgan Freeman. Freeman introduces us to a solitary Chappelle and ponders on the popular comedian’s rollercoaster journey.

As Deadline nicely...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Aug 13, 2019 at 07:30. 1 comments

They Ready: Tiffany Haddish Shines a Spotlight on Her (Unsung) Faves With New Netflix Series

They Ready: Tiffany Haddish Shines a Spotlight on Her (Unsung) Faves With New Netflix Series

Tiffany Haddish is showing love to those who’ve shown love to her over the years with a new Netflix series that will showcase a group of comedic women who have long deserved their propers.

Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready premieres Tuesday on Netflix, and Haddish will serve as its executive producer along with Wanda Sykes and the comedy producer Page Hurwitz, according to the Los Angeles...

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Angela Helm Angela Helm Aug 09, 2019.

Leslie Jones Lands Netflix Standup Special, Slated for 2020

Leslie Jones Lands Netflix Standup Special, Slated for 2020

Les Dog is in the house! Your house, that is, if you are Netflix and chilling next year.

The media streaming giant and production company, which has been giving out deals to black folk with the fury of the president’s racist tweets, recently announced that Leslie Jones, comedian and SNL vet (she just wrapped her fifth season with the NBC staple), will be coming to Netflix in a new hour-long...

Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Aug 09, 2019. 3 comments

Post-Presidential Flex: New Netflix Producers the Obamas Unsuccessfully Woo Will Smith, but May Have Sealed a Deal With Denzel

Post-Presidential Flex: New Netflix Producers the Obamas Unsuccessfully Woo Will Smith, but May Have Sealed a Deal With Denzel

You win some, you lose some; that’s the lesson the Obamas are learning as newly minted producers for Netflix. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the dynamic duo has been moving full-throttle into their Hollywood hustle via their Higher Ground productions, already set to release the documentary American Factory, their first film on the streaming network, on August 21.

“Their team is smart,...

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Maiysha Kai Maiysha Kai Aug 08, 2019.

Tiffany Haddish, Blair Underwood and More to Join Octavia Spencer in Netflix's Madam CJ Walker

Tiffany Haddish, Blair Underwood and More to Join Octavia Spencer in Netflix's Madam CJ Walker

Talk about “Strong Black Leads”! It looks like Netflix’s Madam C.J. Walker, co-produced and starring Octavia Spencer in the titular role, will have a star-studded cast. Our friends at Shadow & Act report that Tiffany Haddish, Blair Underwood, Carmen Ejogo, Garrett Morris and Kevin Carroll will all be appearing in the four-part limited series when it premieres in 2020.

In fact, Underwood will...

Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jul 31, 2019.

Angela Bassett and Patricia Arquette, Mama Said Name That Tune for Otherhood

Angela Bassett and Patricia Arquette, Mama Said Name That Tune for Otherhood

What happens when your kids grow up and motherhood becomes something unrecognizable?

Otherhood, The new film starring Angela Bassett, Felicity Huffman and Patricia Arquette will give a glimpse into the lives of mothers who feel forgotten. The film also stars Jake Hoffman, Jake Lacy, (an oft-shirtless) Sinqua Walls, Heidi Gardner and is directed by Cindy Chupack (Sex and the City).

The story...

Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Jul 26, 2019. 1 comments

Orange Is the New Black Tackles Criminal-Justice Reform With the Launch of ‘Poussey Washington Fund’

Orange Is the New Black Tackles Criminal-Justice Reform With the Launch of ‘Poussey Washington Fund’

In a case of life imitating art, groundbreaking fan favorite Orange Is the New Black is looking to make an impact on criminal-justice reform in the real world with the launch of the Poussey Washington Fund.

Named for the character Emmy winner Samira Wiley played in the long-running jailhouse series on Netflix, the fund aims to support eight nonprofit advocacy groups that focus on...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Jul 20, 2019. 3 comments

Watch: Dear White People Grows by Any Means Necessary in Season 3 Trailer

Watch: Dear White People Grows by Any Means Necessary in Season 3 Trailer

Dear White People mastermind Justin Simien lives to torment us all.

As he admitted to Bustle, his mission in life is to “surprise the viewer.”

“From the movie, the spirit of, ‘It’s not what you think it is,’ has always been pervasive in the world of Dear White People,” Simien said.

When last he left us, the 36-year-old put jaws on the floor with a game-changing plot twist in the Season...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jul 10, 2019. 13 comments

The Curious Case of Too Many Streaming Service Buttons

The Curious Case of Too Many Streaming Service Buttons

Remember the days of yore when you confidently said, “I’m cutting the cord!”, took those shackles off your feet so you could dance into freedom and proudly escaped the damn scam known as cable bundling? Me too.

Womp.

Cut to 2019 and I don’t feel as confident about it. Why? Because there are now too many damn streaming service options. When most of us first decided to cut the cord, we likely...

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Why Luke Cage Is The Hero Black America Needs Right Now

Why Luke Cage Is The Hero Black America Needs Right Now

Netflix has flooded the streaming streets with Luke Cage — the first time a Black character portrayed by an actual Black person is set to star in a title role in the Marvel/Disney universe. For those of us who periodically forsake the rest of our lives on weekends to binge watch things this is a big deal. For others who have never picked up a comic book or even heard of Luke Cage, this can...

Monique Judge Monique Judge Jul 03, 2019. 1 comments

Cyntoia Brown Documentary in the Works at Netflix

Cyntoia Brown Documentary in the Works at Netflix

Cyntoia Brown was just 16 years old in 2004 when she was arrested and charged with the murder of 43-year-old Johnny Allen. She was tried as an adult and sentenced to life in prison.

In January 2019, former Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam granted Brown clemency and commuted her sentence. Brown, who is now 30, will be released from prison on Aug. 7 after having served 15 years.

Her story, which is...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jul 03, 2019. 1 comments

It's 'A Thin Line' Between What's New and Black on Netflix in July 2019

It's 'A Thin Line' Between What's New and Black on Netflix in July 2019

Before we begin, how is it already July? As in, we’re in the later half of the year. What is time?!

Anyway.

A new month means new black content at Netflix, via its Strong Black Lead. The black-centered platform has been recently dedicated to licensing classic films for us to enjoy. Basically, being heroes.

Next up, A Thin Line Between Love and Hate. Those of us who saw the film during its first...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jun 21, 2019. 6 comments

ABFF 2019: How Beats Tackles Chicago Crime and the Curious Case of Anthony Anderson's Forehead Acting

ABFF 2019: How Beats Tackles Chicago Crime and the Curious Case of Anthony Anderson's Forehead Acting

Chicago is a city that has been thrust into the abyss of exploitation, as national media has been lured by the city’s crime-ridden headlines. But what of the people who make up the city? What of their stories? What makes them tick? After all, the people are the heart of any city, in my opinion.

In Netflix’s Beats, director Chris Robinson has a goal to humanize that aspect.

Per the film’s...

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Corey Townsend Corey Townsend Jun 20, 2019. 2 comments

Janet Mock Makes History by Becoming the 1st Black Trans Woman to Sign Deal With a Major Studio

Janet Mock Makes History by Becoming the 1st Black Trans Woman to Sign Deal With a Major Studio

On June 19, 1865 , history was made and the last enslaved black Americans gained their independence. Today, 154 years after emancipation, Janet Mock made history by becoming the first black trans woman to establish an overall deal with a major studio.

Obviously, I did not jest when I wrote that the cast of Pose is booked, busy, and blessed. According to Variety, the multi-hyphenated Mock...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jun 19, 2019. 12 comments

Dear White People, How You Like Your Grits?

Dear White People, How You Like Your Grits?

OK, OK, OK, I have a confession—the headline is a tad misleading as I don’t really care how white people like their grits or whether they know what a grit is. This is really about that Justin Simien show on Netflix . Ha! Gotcha!

Today, June 19, also know as Juneteenth, is the historic day which commemorates the abolition of slavery in Texas as well as the emancipation of enslaved...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jun 11, 2019. 3 comments

‘30 Years Later and Not Much Has Changed’: Oprah’s Interview with The Exonerated Five to Air on Netflix and OWN

‘30 Years Later and Not Much Has Changed’: Oprah’s Interview with The Exonerated Five to Air on Netflix and OWN

Antron McCray, Korey Wise, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana and Yusef Salaam—once known as “The Central Park Five” are now “The Exonerated Five.”

The five men, whose lives were tragically altered when they were unjustly convicted in two separate trials in connection with the assault and rape of Trisha Meili, have been on a heavy press tour to promote the release of Ava DuVernay’s...

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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 Jun 06, 2019. 17 comments

Black Mirror's 'Striking Vipers' Summarized: And I ... Oop!

Black Mirror's 'Striking Vipers' Summarized: And I ... Oop!

You ever watch a trailer thinking it’ll go one way and then it goes a whole ‘nother way? There’s an entertaining beauty in that, and frankly, it’s my movie trailer style of choice—you know, instead of giving away the entire plot. Either way, trailers are meant to tease. The fun misdirection is an added bonus.

Cue Black Mirror’s Season 5 premiere.

Writer’s Note: This article contains spoilers...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Jun 05, 2019. 20 comments

Central Park Five Prosecutor Linda Fairstein Dismisses Accuracy of When They See Us: ‘It’s a Basket of Lies’

Central Park Five Prosecutor Linda Fairstein Dismisses Accuracy of When They See Us: ‘It’s a Basket of Lies’

Former prosecutor Linda Fairstein is experiencing karma having a bad week.

Since the release of Netflix’s haunting masterpiece  When They See Us, the world has been provided with explicit details of the abhorrent lengths that Fairstein went to to ruin the lives of five innocent black and brown teenagers.

As a result, social media has been engulfed with outrage as the hashtag...

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