Movies & Television

FILM REVIEW: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

By Dwight Brown NNPA News Wire Film Critic “It’s not possible. I’m a normal kid!” Famous last words. That’s what’s on the lips of teenager Miles Morales as he goes through a change in life. No, not puberty. The young Blatino brother from Brooklyn has been bitten by a radioactive spider and his life has…

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New Film Honors the Life of Harriet Tubman

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia When one speaks of freedom fighters, Harriet Tubman’s name should always be among the first – if not highlighted as a primary justice crusader. For it was on this date 169 years ago – Dec. 6, 1849 – that Tubman escaped slavery. The brave African American who…

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Nickelodeon’s New Buddy Comedy Series, Cousins For Life, Premieres January 5

Nickelodeon’s all-new buddy comedy series, Cousins For Life, will premiere on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, at 8:30 p.m. (ET/PT). The live-action series follows 12-year-old cousins and best friends Stuart (Dallas Dupree Young) and Ivy (Scarlet Spencer) as they learn to navigate life under one roof with their families in Portland, despite being from very different backgrounds.…

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FILM REVIEW: British Director Anyiam-Osigwe Strikes a Nerve with No Shade

By Barrington M. Salmon, NNPA NewswireContributing Writer Clare Anyiam-Osigwe, a first-time director, is enjoying the type of success usually reserved for veteran filmmakers. Her film debut, ‘No Shade’ is a witty, wry romantic story that shines a bright light on the troubling issue of colorism. Anyiam-Osigwe, a Nigerian-British entrepreneur and an emerging talent in the…

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Film Review: Creed II

By Dwight Brown, NNPA Newswire Film Critic This follow up to the very popular boxing film Creed (worldwide gross $174M) throws a lot of left hooks, right jabs and uppercuts, but only a few connect and none land a knockout punch. Count on the mass appeal (young, old, urban, male and female) of Creed II to put viewers in…

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African Diaspora Film Festival Takes on “Who is Black in America?”

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia The 26th annual installment of the African Diaspora International Film Festival promises to tackle the topic: “Who is Black in America?” The popular festival, which showcases black filmmakers, actors, directors and producers all over the world, runs from Friday, Nov. 23 to Sunday, Dec. 9, at venues…

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Oscar Buzz Accompanies Release of ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’

By Stacy M. Brown,NNPA Newswire Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia Oscar discussions for “If Beale Street Could Talk” began in earnest after several screenings, including at a special premiere screening at New York’s famed Apollo Theater. “[The movie] is a timeless work of Black Love set in Harlem,” said Kamilah Forbes, the Apollo Theater’s executive producer. Forbes called…

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