Movies & Television

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

By Dwight Brown She’s a literary icon whose accolades include a 1993 Nobel Prize in Literature. For the African American reader who has been glued to her books since 1970, starting with her poignant debut novel The Bluest Eye, this doc is an opportunity to see how the pieces of Morrison’s life have made her…

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Ready Yet? Get Set… It’s The New Cast Of Nickelodeon’s All That!

Nickelodeon last week unveiled the brand-new cast of ‘90s icon, All That, featuring a talented and diverse group of comedians who reflect the spirit and humor of today’s generation of kids. Ranging in age from 12-15, each kid brings their own unique comedic skill to the show, from impressions of today’s biggest celebrities, to original characters inspired by…

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Film Review: The Last Black Man in San Francisco

By Dwight Brown, NNPA News Wire Film Critic You can like the message even if the messenger isn’t perfect. The migration of well-to-do millennials, empty nesters and others into cities and the exit of working-class people and/or people of color is a social phenomenon: Brooklyn, Raleigh, Philly, Chicago, Nashville, Denver… Still, the poster child for cities…

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Africans v. African Americans Subject of Film Festival

By Stacy M. Brown,NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia Historical and recent migrations have resulted in the merging of cultures and shared experiences. With its Migration Stories Film Series, the African Diaspora International Film Festival presents a rich palette of migration stories from around the world. From Barbadians finding their roots in Panama to Cubans finding their…

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Obamas Go Hollywood, Set to Launch Films with Netflix

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia When Former President Barack Obama occupied the White House, it wasn’t uncommon to see a myriad of celebrities meeting with the Commander in Chief and First Lady Michelle Obama. Some even called Washington, D.C., “Hollywood East,” because of the popularity of the Obamas even among superstars. Now,…

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Black Films and Artists Thrive at 2019 Tribeca Film Festival

By NNPA News Wire Film Critic Dwight Brown The 18th annual Tribeca Film Festival featured films, docs, shorts, TV, tech seminars and immersive experiences. It was a 21st century gathering place for filmmakers, artists and fans.   Black films, directors, actors and artists shared the glory and attention with other contemporaries who were proud to have TFF as an international venue.…

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Regina King Just Made A Serious Boss Move At Netflix

Regina King will be the latest star to ink a deal with Netflix. It was announced on Wednesday that the Oscar-winning actress signed a first-look deal with the streaming service. Netflix is confirming her production company Royal Ties will produce a series and films for their platform over the next several years. Regina’s sister Reina…

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Film Review: The Intruder

This formulaic suspense/thriller with its toxic mix of obsession, anger and fear covers no new ground. What could happen that you haven’t seen before? Not much. Not anything.  Scott Russell (Michael Ealy, Sleeper Cell and Barbershop) is an ultra-successful marketing executive. How rich is he? He can afford to buy his wife Annie (Meagan Good, Think Like a Man)…

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Film Review: “Avengers: Endgame”

By Dwight Brown, NNPA News Wire Film Critic Let’s get this out of the way first: Avengers: Endgame is fascinating from beginning to end. However, it is not a wall-to-wall action film. The writers (Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely) and directors (Anthony and Joe Russo) take the time to set up and explore the characters’…

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