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Fruitvale Station: Movie Review

Peter Clothier | Posted 10.14.2013 | Entertainment
Peter Clothier

Fruitvale Station is harrowing to watch, but its intensity is deeply rewarding for anyone who wants to learn more -- not only about the social injustices that continue to plague this country, but also about something that tragedy has always taught us best: the essential nobility of the human soul.


Helen Eisenbach | Posted 10.07.2013 | Entertainment
Helen Eisenbach

As if our hearts weren't already broken, along comes Fruitvale Station, the story of a young African-American man and the tragedy that befell him on a Bay Area subway platform when events came together in a cursed rush in the early hours of New Year's Day 2009.

Daddy and Me, Trayvon and 'The Talk'

Roger Witherspoon | Posted 10.02.2013 | Black Voices
Roger Witherspoon

The Talk isn't about teaching black boys how to act or, more precisely, how to grovel before whites with guns. The purpose of The Talk is to lift a veil of innocence from the eyes of black boys so they can recognize a danger when it appears.

Oscar Grant's Family Gets Chance For Justice

AP | Posted 09.29.2013 | Black Voices

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court says Oscar Grant's father can sue the Northern California transit officer who shot and killed his son on...

Fruitvale Station: Next Stop?

Michael Berkowitz | Posted 09.29.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Berkowitz

This train, like Oscar Grant's life, stops at Fruitvale Station. But it is on the journey, not at the stop, where the larger issues are met and considered: What does it mean to be young and working class and of color in contemporary American society?

From Oscar To Trayvon

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 09.25.2013 | Black Voices
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By: Pendarvis Harshaw Watching "Fruitvale Station" in Oakland was more like watching a memory than watching a movie. When the film showed people smo...

Fruitvale Station, a Life Stolen

CC Stinson | Posted 09.23.2013 | Entertainment
CC Stinson

Using art as an outlet, Ryan Coogler's Fruitvale Station painted the complex life of a young African American man in today's society.

Back In The Oscar Hunt

AP | NEKESA MUMBI MOODY | Posted 09.18.2013 | Entertainment

CANNES, France — Octavia Spencer almost passed on one of the most acclaimed movies of the year so far – "Fruitvale Station." The film, re...

10 Ways the Black Community and Their Allies Can Transmute Pain Into Power

Kanene Holder | Posted 09.16.2013 | Black Voices
Kanene Holder

"You were born into a society which spelled out with brutal clarity and in as many ways as possible that you were a worthless human being." -- James B...

Fruitvale Station and Trayvon Martin: We Have to Act

Tom Ammiano | Posted 09.16.2013 | San Francisco
Tom Ammiano

If the deaths of Trayvon Martin and Oscar Grant, the real-life protagonist of the new film Fruitvale Station, were isolated incidents, we could complain and then feel better. We could protest, and then move on. However, neither death represents a random miscarriage of justice.

Seeing Trayvon

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 09.14.2013 | Politics
Richard J. Rosendall

A friend asks, "What do we tell our children?" We tell them to strive to leave this country more just than they found it. We give them the history to inform them and the tools to carry on the struggle.

Christopher Rosen

'I Try To Do Studio Films, But They Don't Like Me' | Christopher Rosen | Posted 11.26.2013 | Entertainment

Michael B. Jordan has received deserved praise for his incredible lead performance in "Fruitvale Station," but it's Melonie Diaz who stands as the fil...

Trayvon Martin Case Closes, 'Fruitvale Station' Opens All In One Racially-Charged Weekend

The Huffington Post | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 07.15.2013 | Black Voices

While the name Emmett Till made its way up Twitter's list of trending topics Saturday night and a jury of six women determined that George Zimmerman w...

Zimmerman Verdict Is a Clarion Call for the Nation to Grapple With Racial Injustice

Judith Browne Dianis | Posted 09.12.2013 | Black Voices
Judith Browne Dianis

The movement must not stop with this verdict but continue on not only until each and every young man of color in America can walk the streets in any of our nation's neighborhoods unafraid, knowing not only that he is safe, but also that as a nation we no longer tolerate the unfairness facing them but will ensure opportunities to thrive.

'Fruitvale Station' Star Talks Humanizing Racial Profiling, Racism

VOXXI | Jonathan Muñoz | Posted 07.12.2013 | Latino Voices

A man shot at a subway station, in the early hours of New Years Day 2009, by a police officer — all of it caught on a cell phone. That is the sto...

Fruitvale Station: An Important Statement on the Power of Perspective

Zeba Blay | Posted 09.11.2013 | Entertainment
Zeba Blay

Helmed by first-time director Ryan Coogler and produced by Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer (who makes a brief but powerful appearance in the film as Grant's mother), the film puts as much focus on the fatal shooting as it does on what preceded it.

Fruitvale Station ***1/2

Dwight Brown | Posted 09.10.2013 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Oakland born writer/director Ryan Coogler takes a big step into the feature film world with this ambitious, well-realized urban drama. His script lays the blueprint. It's perfectly detailed. With deftness he sets Oscar's persona in cement.

Movie Review: Fruitvale Station

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.10.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Quiet, stirring, enraging and sometimes quite funny, Fruitvale Station, which took the two top prizes at this year's Sundance Film Festival, is a snapshot of the dialectic of race in America, told from the viewpoint of a member of the underclass, chasing the American dream.

Mike Ryan

Michael B. Jordan Wants To Be Bigger Than Michael Jordan | Mike Ryan | Posted 07.10.2013 | Entertainment

Michael B. Jordan is competitive. Which may sound like a word reserved for the other Michael Jordan, the famed basketball player, a six-time NBA champ...

Fruitvale Station: Hoping for Oscar

Regina Weinreich | Posted 09.08.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Addressing the premiere crowd at MoMA, Ryan Coogler said he had to make this film when the news ripped apart his community. After the screening, we were still so immersed, we were happy to see Michael B. Jordan alive.

Fruitvale Station: A Review

Craig Carpenter | Posted 09.07.2013 | Entertainment
Craig Carpenter

It is no accident that Fruitvale Station was so fêted at this year's Sundance Festival, winning the Audience and Grand Jury Awards, as well as an early acquisition by The Weinstein Company.

PHOTOS: 'Fruitvale Station' Screens In Oakland

Robin Wilkey | Posted 06.21.2013 | San Francisco

Oakland's Grand Lake Theater rolled out the red carpet on Thursday night as hundreds gathered for a private screening of "Fruitvale Station," the film...

'Fruitvale Station' Trailer Arrives

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 05.13.2013 | Entertainment

The trailer for what could be one of the year's first major Oscar players has debuted, and it offers a decidedly intense depiction of a deadly night i...

Sasha Bronner

Oscar Grant's Fatal BART Shooting On The Big Screen | Sasha Bronner | Posted 01.23.2013 | Los Angeles

Actor Michael B. Jordan, 25, is not new to Hollywood. His face is recognizable from some of the most beloved television shows in recent memory –- "T...

Oscar Grant Movie Coming Soon

Aaron Sankin | Posted 12.26.2012 | San Francisco

"I wanted to tell the story of Oscar Grant for a lot of reasons," said director Ryan Coogler of his new film "Fruitvale," which chronicles the last fe...