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Film,Reviews

How Do You Solve A Problem Like 'Harriet'? [REVIEW]

*This review contains spoilers for the plot of Harriet* It's no secret that Harriet, the 2019 Harriet Tubman biopic from Focus Features, has had problems from the beginning. From the first casting announcement of the film’s star, Tony award-winning actress Cynthia Erivo, controversy has followed the film. While some critics were disappointed that the Black British actress was chosen to...

Reviews,Television

5 Reasons You Should Be Watching 'Bigger' on BET+

For reasons unknown, BET is hiding some of its best shows on its streaming platform instead of promoting them on the main channel! As a result, you may have been missing out on Bigger, a great new show about 5 best friends from college who are navigating life, love and sex in the city of Atlanta. Starring Tanisha Long as 30-something vintage shop owner Layne Roberts, Bigger is a...

Video,Interviews,Features

Up Next: How S&A's 2019 RISING Award Winners Are Finding Their Place And Building Community In Black Hollywood

On Friday, February 22, 2019, just days before Old Hollywood's biggest night, two hundred people gathered together in downtown Los Angeles to celebrate Shadow And Act's inaugural RISING Awards. The brunch honored the Black excellence of 32 emerging industry people in four categories: performers, executives, creators and behind-the-scenes stars. Filmmaker Barry Jenkins received the...

News,Interviews

Mercedes Cooper Speaks On How ARRAY Is Disrupting Old Hollywood Institutions

For Ava DuVernay's film distribution and resource collective ARRAY, it's never been business as usual. Originally named AFFRM (African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement) when it launched in 2010, DuVernay's collective has expanded to acquiring and distributing independent films by people of color and women of all backgrounds around the world. Now with a nonprofit arm and a...

Interviews,Television

Oprah, Tarell McCraney Talk Toni Morrison's Impact On ‘David Makes Man'

Just hours before Shadow And Act sat down with Oprah Winfrey and Tarell Alvin McCraney to chat about their new OWN series David Makes Man, news broke that Toni Morrison had died. There had been an atmospheric shift at the literary giant's transition into an ancestor, and to not discuss the loss that was on everyone's heart would have been akin to removing the air from the room. So,...