Movies & Television

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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Freeform Pulls an All-nighter and Picks Up ‘college-ish’

Freeform, Disney’s young adult television and streaming network, continues to grow its roster of original series by ordering scripted comedy “college-ish” (working title), a spin-off of ABC’s award-winning hit series “black-ish,” starring breakout star Yara Shahidi as Zoey Johnson and Deon Cole as Charlie Telphy. Freeform has ordered 13 episodes of the half-hour, single-camera comedy which is…

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Co-Founder of Black Collective Producing a Denmark Vesey Movie

In Charleston’s rich history, there are few names, when spoken, provoke feelings of considerable reverence, while simultaneously provoking mass indignation. In 1822, Denmark Vesey, a free black man, planned a slave revolt that alarmed the city of Charleston, causing him, along with 34 other co-conspirators, to hang publicly. 37 others were banished, four whites fined,…

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