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Numbers Soar For Black Moviegoers

Posted 04.01.2014 | Black Voices

2013 was a pivotal year in black film, with the release of several motion pictures highlighting black history and the black experience, and a historic...

Every Movie Trailer Of 2013 In One Spot

Posted 12.04.2013 | Entertainment

Much in the way DJ Earworm produces his yearly "United State of Pop" mashup, one industrious YouTube user has brought us a supercut of every movie tra...

WATCH: '12 Years A Slave' Star Weighs In On The 'Black Hollywood Renaissance'

Posted 10.29.2013 | Black Voices

As we steadily approach the closing months of 2013, this year has brought the black experience and history to the forefront of Hollywood’s biggest r...

Stay Classy, Sandman

Jon Chattman | Posted 11.27.2013 | Sports
Jon Chattman

As a man always on guard when it comes to the Yankees, I found myself actually wishing Mariano Rivera wasn't leaving baseball. Weird. For his whole career, I'd been wishing him to falter or leave the game, and here I was -- wanting him to stick around and loving the guy.

Friday Talking Points -- The Answer To Obamacare, The Universe, And Everything

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It's all becoming clear now. House Republicans are just really big fans of Douglas Adams -- that's been their plan all along.

Jackie Robinson and Race in America, Then and Now: A Tale of Two Movies

Sanford Jay Rosen | Posted 10.14.2013 | Black Voices
Sanford Jay Rosen

Recently I watched The Jackie Robinson Story (1950) (staring Jackie Robinson as himself) and 42 (2013) back to back. They tell the story of how Robinson broke the color barrier in professional baseball and changed race relations in America.

'What's a 'N-word' Mommy?'

Stacey Tisdale | Posted 07.29.2013 | Black Voices
Stacey Tisdale

As the mother of a mixed-race 8-year old, I often think about how to keep my son's eyes, ears, and heart, open to the realities and ignorance of racism. He and a friend recently saw the movie 42, and for the first time, heard the 'n-word' thrown around like a baseball.

My Special Relationship With Jackie Robinson

Tania Grossinger | Posted 06.30.2013 | Sports
Tania Grossinger

I first met Jackie as a 13-year-old insecure kid at Grossinger's, the famous resort hotel in New York's Catskill Mountains owned by members of my family.

Choose to Wear #42

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 06.29.2013 | Impact
Peter A. Georgescu

I still have the photograph of my brother and me shaking hands with Pee Wee Reese and Jackie Robinson. As I look at it, my mind goes back to a balmy evening in April of 1954. I was 15 years old and my father proudly brought his two sons to the first baseball game of our lives.

Jackie Robinson, Branch Rickey, and the Courage of their Convictions

Dan Glickman | Posted 06.23.2013 | Politics
Dan Glickman

42 is a movie about how personal courage can change the world. Courage comes in many forms. Last week we were reminded of the incredible courage of common citizens and first responders in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon attacks.

How Good a Player Was Jackie Robinson?

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 06.17.2013 | Sports
Lincoln Mitchell

Over time, not surprisingly, the story of Jackie Robinson, has surpassed the memory of Jackie Robinson as a player. Robinson was, however, a great player, and an unusual one.

Popcorn Preview: 42

Leslie Sisman | Posted 06.16.2013 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Film: 42 (2013) Cast includes: Chadwick Boseman (The Kill Hole), Harrison Ford (Clear and Present Danger), Nicole Beharie (American Violet), Christoph...

Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson: Precursors to the Civil Rights Movement

Ira Glasser | Posted 06.16.2013 | Sports
Ira Glasser

More than two decades before the civil rights legislation of the 60s and more than ten years before the Supreme Court's 1954 decision -- a quiet drama was beginning in Brooklyn, a drama that one observer later would call "perhaps the most visible single desegregation action ever taken."


Hermene Hartman | Posted 06.16.2013 | Black Voices
Hermene Hartman

Jackie Robinson's number was 42.

Interview: Actor Alan Tudyk Plays a Racist in 42

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.16.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

In the film about Jackie Robinson's first year in the majors, Chapman shows up spitting one racial epithet after another from in front of the Phillies' dugout at Ebbets Field, a monologue of bitter bigotry that left Tudyk feeling slightly hungover after each day of filming.

How He Became Jackie Robinson

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 05.29.2013 | Entertainment

Chadwick Boseman is channeling the legacy of Jackie Robinson by portraying the baseball legend, the first African-American to play in the major league...

Jackie Robinson Made Us Proud on and off the Field

Mark Thompson | Posted 06.15.2013 | Politics
Mark Thompson

I saw 42, and left the theater with my head high, chest swollen, back straight and eyes tearful with emotion. Sports can make us feel proud, especially, when our dignity and worth have been historically discounted in America.

Chadwick Boseman Talks Jackie Robinson in 42 Interview

Danai P. Maraire | Posted 06.15.2013 | Entertainment
Danai P. Maraire

I spoke with Chadwick Boseman a few weeks before the film's opening and discussed carrying the legacy of such a beloved sportsman, seeking the approval of both his family and living widow Rachel, and all he learned working opposite leading man Harrison Ford.

Meet THE Kid in THE Jackie Robinson Photo (Which Was Staged)

Keith Olbermann | Posted 06.15.2013 | Sports
Keith Olbermann

2013-04-15-ScreenShot20130415at8.51.41AM.pngThe kid looking at the camera, the kid Jackie Robinson seems to be looking at? Meet Eddie Dweck.

'42' Hits A Home Run

Posted 04.15.2013 | Entertainment

Jackie Robinson biopic "42" hit it out of the park, winning the weekend box office. The baseball film opened this weekend to $27.25 million across 3,0...

Jackie Robinson's Faith Missing From '42' Movie

Posted 04.12.2013 | Religion

By Eric Metaxas Religion News Service A new film about Jackie Robinson, titled 42 -- the number he wore during his historic career -- tells the t...

Why Everyone Should Go See "42"

Philip Goldberg | Posted 06.12.2013 | Entertainment
Philip Goldberg

I have not yet seen "42" but I'm giving it an enthusiastic thumbs-up. If I had ten thumbs I would give it ten thumbs-up, because I want everyone to see the movie -- especially young people, a shocking number of whom don't know who Jackie Robinson was.

Top 5 Sports Stories

Len Berman | Posted 06.12.2013 | New York
Len Berman

The Jackie Robinson movie, 42, opens nationwide today. As I mentioned the other day it's well worth seeing.

ReThink Review: 42 -- Which Side of History Are You On?

Jonathan Kim | Posted 06.12.2013 | Sports
Jonathan Kim

Despite its flaws, 42 is a great illustration of a moment where America was given the choice between the right and wrong side of history, and by and large, we chose correctly.

When Movies Aren't Audience-Friendly

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.12.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

You know what an audience-friendly film is. It tells a story that engages you about characters you can like and root for. Yet those films -- movies that seek to tell a story that uplifts or inspires -- often get short shrift from critics for that reason alone.