Movies & Television

Thousands Across the Country Participate in #BlackPantherChallenge

After raising over $40,000 on GoFundMe to take Harlem children to see Black Panther in theaters next month, New York resident Frederick Joseph launched the #BlackPantherChallenge. He called on others to start a GoFundMe in their community to take more kids to watch Black Panther in the theater. In just a few days, the #BlackPantherChallenge…

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Crown Heights, Get Out, Girls Trip among the Best Films of 2017

By Dwight Brown, NNPA Newswire Film Critic As we look back on the highest caliber films of 2017, the array is diverse, the talent is strong and the entertainment value is solid. These are the films that will make you laugh, cry, think, hug someone or wish you had super powers. The following films opened…

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Billy Dee Williams, Tiffany Haddish and Omari Hardwick Confirmed as Honorees at the 2018 American Black Film Festival Honors

The American Black Film Festival (ABFF) Honors is proud to present legendary actor, singer and writer Billy Dee Williams with the “Hollywood Legacy Award;” actor Omari Hardwick with the “Distinguished ABFF Alumni Award;” and actress and comedian Tiffany Haddish with the “Rising Star Award” at the 2018 ABFF Honors. The awards gala will take place on February 25, 2018 at the…

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Film Review: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

By Dwight Brown, NNPA Newswire Film Critic Wow! This is the event movie of the year. So much action; so much haunting drama and raw emotion. And it doesn’t just build to one climax; it crescendos from one climax, to the next and the next, ratcheting up the tension every time. Action/adventure fans will be…

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Film Review: Roman J. Israel, Esq.

By Dwight Brown, NNPA Newswire Film Critic Denzel Washington may be the most accomplished actor of our generation. Like a chameleon, he’s morphed from the stern father in “Fences” to a dorky, introverted attorney in this meandering crime-drama/thriller. His talent is more than enough reason to sit through the two hours and nine minutes of…

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THE QUAD Internship Program Prepares HBCU Students for TV Careers

The producers of the groundbreaking BET drama The Quad have selected 8 students from historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to participate in a paid internship program that provides the unique opportunity to train in multiple departments while Season 2 of the series is in production. The Quad received over 250 applications for the 8 openings.…

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NNPA Newswire Film Review: Marshall

By Dwight Brown, NNPA Newswire Film Critic Considering all of his major accomplishments, why hasn’t someone made a film about Thurgood Marshall’s life that was comprehensive? He was the lawyer who won the Brown v. Board of Education United States Supreme Court case, the founder of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, a United…

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Gentrification, Global Warming Collide In New Comedy Web Series The North Pole When Your Environment Is Melting Away—Where Will You Stand?

This Fall, get ready for the new comedy web series that hits on today’s biggest hot-button issues: gentrification. Global warming. And gluten-free donuts. In The North Pole, filmmakers Darren Colston, Josh Healey, and Yvan Iturriaga combine absurd humor with inventive storytelling to reflect on the changing environmental and cultural climate of Oakland, CA. Executive produced…

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Film Review: Detroit

  By Dwight Brown, NNPA Newswire Film Critic “Detroit” tells a story of racial injustice and police brutality, based on fact, which is easy enough to believe and has parallels with today’s problems with police criminality and impunity. But since this important subject is not new, what is the point of the film? What are…

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Film Review: Girls Trip

  By Dwight Brown, NNPA Newswire Film Critic This hilarious and relentlessly bawdy take on a girls’ weekend reunion in New Orleans is following in the footsteps of some very popular female-appeal movies like “Sex In the City” and “Bridesmaids.” But “Girls Trip” is not a copycat. It’s very unique and will leave its own…

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