‘Belle’: A film that empowers women and educates the hip-hop generation

“We are winning a piece of history in terms of cinematic traditions. We are witnessing history because not only have we experienced the work of a really wonderful director, but genre wise, it’s a large costume piece.” –Ayoka Chenzira A Visual Testament Is Reborn in Cinema ”Life imitates art far more than art imitates life,” opined […]

Pan African Film Festival Atlanta 2014 closes with red carpet screening of ‘Belle’

The British costume drama, Belle, starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw who plays the lead character Dido Elizabeth Belle was the closing film of the Atlanta edition of the Pan African Film Festival this past weekend. The screening of the film was preceded by an invitation-only luncheon with guests of honor Mbatha-Raw and filmmaker Amma Asante at the […]

Patrick Kelly’s fashion legacy lives on through buttons and bananas

Although he was not physically present, the spirit of Patrick Kelly shone through during the VIP celebration of his fashion retrospective, “Runway of Love” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The exhibition includes nearly 80 ensembles from his signature use of colorful buttons to his Josephine-Baker inspired banana dance costume. Although he is arguably one […]