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Film

White Wash: Sofia Coppola and the Dishonesty of Honest White Liberal Filmmakers

There are White people in this world who are both sensitive to and fighting against systemic racial injustice. These are White people who are willing to put their reputations, their livelihoods, and in some cases their blood on the line in the long, continuous, and indefatigable fight against racial oppression in America and across the globe. Then there are many White people who “fight...

Film

'All Eyez On Me' - The Triumph and The Risk of the Bio-pic Genre

The Bio-pic as a cinematic genre is a notoriously risky proposition: from the best Black Bio-pics like Sidney J. Furie’s LADY SINGS THE BLUES (1972) to Brian Gibson’s WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT (1993) to the most questionable Lifetime Channel productions, the Bio-pic is a gamble that always pits historical accuracy against the demands of dramatic integrity. For legal reasons not all...

Film

'It Comes at Night' and the Perils of the Mixed Race Horror Film

For many people the film studio, A24, has become synonymous with high quality, innovative, and risk taking entertainment- aspects that have been left truly wanting in a cinema filled with tent-pole comic book film spectacles and costly computer animated family film franchises. Challenging films like SPRING BREAKERS (Harmony Korine, 2013), UNDER THE SKIN (Jonathan Glazer, 2014), EA...

Television,Web Series,Film,Features

All That Stands in Our Way: Between Tyler Perry, Barry Jenkins and the Black Art Film

The very notion of the Black Art film is often crushed beneath the popularity of Black commercial cinema. It would appear that no matter how well crafted, nuanced, and urgent the Black Art film can be, all someone like a Tyler Perry (and his Johnny-come-lately knock off David E. Talbert) have to do is throw on a dress and allegedly shoot a film in six days from a script cobbled...

Film

Darren James: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of a Black Male Porn Star

The kind of serious attention that I’d like to pay to Porn in this piece is not the kind that is usually done with a pen in your right hand, but a higher duty calls. All too often we let multi-billion dollar industries off the hook for moral, ethical, and labor abuses simply because they are multi-billion dollar industries. Capitalism is a cornerstone of the American dream, just as...