Movies & Television

Film Review: Loving

By Dwight Brown (NNPA Newswire Film Critic) For a long time it was a forbidden love. Through slavery, the reconstruction era, on into the 20th century, particularly in the South, interracial romantic relations were looked down on and marriages were illegal. Anti-miscegenation laws were on the books in 16 states below the Mason-Dixon line. Marry…

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Film Review: Moonlight

By Dwight Brown (NNPA Newswire Film Critic) In just his second feature film, writer/director Barry Jenkins tells a compelling story about sexual repression and ambiguity through the eyes of a vulnerable and confused little boy, who grows up to question his sexual identity as a teen and then finds a thin measure of serenity as…

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Film Review: Kevin Hart Kills In New Stand-Up “What Now?”

By Dwight Brown (NNPA Newswire Film Critic) Has success spoiled Kevin Hart? Forbes Magazine lists him as 2016’s highest paid comedian with an annual income of $87.5 million, from June 1, 2015, to June 1, 2016. Unlike many of his cohorts (Jerry Seinfeld, etc.) Hart makes lots of his income from live performances in large…

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Film Review: The Birth of a Nation

By Dwight Brown (NNPA Wire Service Film Critic) Finally, a filmmaker unearths one of the biggest secrets in American history: slave revolts. It’s a lesson rarely mentioned in history books, though it’s common knowledge to anyone who has taken a Black History course. Kudos to actor-turned-director Nate Parker for shepherding this ambitious project from the…

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Black Films and Artists Triumph at 2016 Toronto International Film Festival

By Dwight Brown (NNPA Newswire Film Critic) For 41 years the Toronto International Film Festival has attracted the world’s best films and built and audience. At the 2016 festival, 480,000 film lovers filled seats, screened movies and experienced the festivities. Credit TIFF’s Artistic Director Cameron Bailey and his discerning team for assembling a high quality…

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New African-American Network “The Dream Network” Set to Launch in Detroit

The Dream Network (Dream TV, www.thedream-network.com), a new African-American television network, has signed a deal with WPHR-TV33 in Detroit, Michigan to launch on Comcast channel 91, and their digital sub-channel  33.4. Dream TV is also currently broadcasting to the Florence/Decatur, AL area on WBCG 39.4/WXFL 10, and will have their debut on WBQP in Pensacola,…

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EbonyLife Film’s FIFTY, now available on Netflix

FIFTY, the new and exciting movie-magical production which premiered before a global audience in London on Saturday October 17th, 2015, at the prestigious BFI London Film Festival, and which had its world grand premiere in Lagos, Nigeria on Sunday November 13th, 2015, is now set to be available exclusively to 65 million Netflix members in…

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