Rolling out was in Chicago at the screening of Kanye West’s new documentary jeen-yuhs a Kanye Trilogy Act 1. The documentary contains footage from over the past 20 years and follows Ye on his journey to superstar status. Ye has shared his journey consistently throughout his career. Seeing it up close and personal provides an impact […]
The beauty of Really Love begins with its impeccable timing and a foreseeable ability to position itself as a summer surprise that merges into an undeniable fall classic. Black love is the overwhelming theme, where young and mighty African American creatives do their part to survive in a city whose population is suffering from economic […]
From the extravagant, digital, 12-page invitation, down to the last seconds of Cynthia Erivo’s live performance following the virtual world premiere of Genius: Aretha, you could tell history was being made for fans and viewers alike. National Geographic’s Genius: Aretha world premiere exceeded expectations as it pulled out all the stops and set the bar […]
In the opening scene of Queen & Slim, a first date unfolds at a small diner in Ohio. Queen (Jodie Turner-Smith) and Slim (Daniel Kaluuya), who met on a dating app, are polar opposites. She is a hard-edged attorney who happens to be an atheist; he is a mild-mannered churchgoer. From the outset, it appears […]
What happens when you combine the star power of one of the highest grossing actors of all time (Oscar-nominated Samuel L. Jackson), the brand of Shaft, (originally released in 1971 and rebooted in 2000 with Jackson), intelligent humor (with Black-ish creator Kenya Barris as writer) and a mix of newer and established talent (Alexandra Shipp, […]
In the opening scene of Jordan Peele’s Us, a vintage TV set displays a commercial of the 1986 Hands Across America campaign. The obnoxiously weird campaign attempts to fight homelessness by encouraging millions of Americans to hold hands to form a human chain across the nation. Next to the vintage TV, VHS tapes of 1980s […]
In a splendid world where everything is awesome, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part was faced with the unenviable task of topping its predecessor, 2014’s surprise hit The LEGO Movie. Could such a feat be accomplished? The answer is both yes and no. Let’s start with the yes side of this equation. For starters, […]
The Film: Tyrel The Power Players: Jason Mitchell, Michael Cera, Caleb Landry Jones, Christopher Abbott The Director: Sebastián Silva The Studio: Magnolia Pictures The Low Down: All it takes is a quick logline read of director Sebastián Silva’s latest buzzy social satire, Tyrel, to understand that race relations in America have undoubtedly been keeping the […]
The Birth of a Nation was not going to be on my list of must-see movies, based on the information exposed about the film’s writer and director Nate Parker. I made an emotional judgment out of loyalty to the women in my life that I would not go and see it. It felt like the […]
Traveling to Cuba is on my bucket list of places to see. It’s one of the reasons this writer was excited to review the Bob Yari-directed drama that highlights a friendship between an American reporter and his idol, Ernest Hemingway, a novelist who had a major impact on 20th century fiction. Papa: Hemingway in Cuba is the first […]
Atlanta’s thriving hip-hop and entertainment scene may have never happened without Organized Noize. The production trio (Rico Wade, Ray Murray and Pat “Sleepy” Brown) crafted Atlanta’s hip-hop sound while exposing the city’s culture to the national scene. The story of Organzied Noize is highlighted in the new documentary The Art of Organized Noize. The film, […]
Having walked into the theater on Tuesday, Dec. 15 for a screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens with absolutely no expectations and very little knowledge about casting other than a glance at a headline or two regarding the casting of Black actors in this new installment, I am hooked. It paid off be blissful and spoiler averse! […]
Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq opens with a declaration of emergency and shortly thereafter, you hear the voice of Father Michael Pfelger, a white priest from Chicago’s South Side who has long been active against violence in the community.
Straight Outta Compton is the biopic that chronicles the iconic hip-hip group NWA, which introduced the world to Eazy E, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren, and DJ Yella. As someone who lived through that time period and was a fan of NWA who listened to the music, watched the videos and news reports, I […]
Tom Cruise is back as Ethan Hunt, the IMF agent able to do the incredible in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation in theaters Friday. In the fifth installment of the series, Hunt is trying to bring down The Syndicate, an organization of rogue spies dedicated to creating worldwide havoc. In honor of Mission: Impossible, here are five […]
It’s virtually impossible to watch Ava Duvernay’s gripping drama Selma and not think of how the film parallels what’s happening right now in American cities across the country.
In “Top Five,” Chris Rock plays Andre Allen; a comedian fighting to be taken seriously as he enters the next phase of his uber-successful Hollywood career. After launching the lucrative “Hammy the Bear” franchise, Allen is now attempting a dramatic epic about a Haitian slave uprising
“Dumb and Dumber To” is a movie that seems to exist solely for those involved. This is a movie that was probably more fun to make than it is to watch, and it’s a bittersweet reminder for those of a certain age that the Clinton years are a long, long time ago.
Gina Prince-Bythewood’s “Beyond the Lights” wants to say something profound about pop stardom and identity, but it winds up mired in melodrama and cliches. There is a palatable chemistry between Mbatha-Raw and Parker, and both leads give strong performances, but the film can’t seem to avoid steering into movie-of-the-week territory.
Christian filmmaker Frederick Alanzo teams with director Michael Sterling to create ‘Signed Sealed & Delivered’
Frederick Alanzo, an independent Christian filmmaker and founder of Eternal Life Entertainment has teamed up with co-director Michael Sterling to bring the Christian stage play Signed Sealed & Delivered to a motion picture audience. The movie details the journey of a young man and the challenges that he encounters after being released from prison. The main […]