Movies & Television

Freeform Sends Zoey Off To Sophomore Year with a Season 2 Order of ‘grown-ish’

At the inaugural Freeform Summit, during kickoff panel conversation featuring Kenya Barris and Yara Shahidi, among others, “grown-ish” executive producer alongside executive vice president, programming & development, Karey Burke, surprised series lead, Shahidi, with the news that the network has ordered a second season of the critically-acclaimed breakout comedy. The premiere, which boasted Freeform’s highest…

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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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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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