Meet the Black geniuses behind Ye West’s documentary

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 […]

‘Really Love’ offers up an artful showing of Black romance in Chocolate City

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 […]

Cynthia Erivo embodied the ‘Queen of Soul’ during virtual world premiere event

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 […]

‘Shaft’ is a modern tale about Black manhood

(L-R) JESSIE T. USHER as John "JJ" Shaft, SAMUEL L. JACKSON as John Shaft and RICHARD ROUNDTREE as John Shaft, Sr. in New Line Cinema's action comedy "SHAFT," a Warner Bros. Pictures release. (Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures)

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, […]

Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ reveals the horrors of America being its own worst enemy

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 […]

‘The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part’ review: Bigger and sometimes better

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, […]

‘Tyrel’ film review: A deluge of White boy drunkenness

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’: Nat Turner’s vision, Black man’s pain

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 […]

‘Papa: Hemingway in Cuba’ gives cinematic look at 21st century Cuba

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 […]

‘The Art of Organized Noize’ doc details journey of Organized Noize

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, […]

‘Straight Outta Compton’ a must-see for music, hip-hop fans alike

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 […]

5 reasons you must see ‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’

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 […]

With ‘Top Five,’ Chris Rock finds his voice — and his niche

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

‘Beyond the Lights’ is a film with a lot to say, but no idea how to say it

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.