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Lincoln, Meet Django: Slavery's Latest Films Are Controversial, But Not Why You Think

(120) Comments | Posted December 31, 2012 | 1:05 PM

This December the Civil War Era got the Hollywood treatment as two tinseltown heavyweights (Stephen Spielberg and Quentin Tarantino) presented their drastically different takes on a period of American history very few like to visit.

Well, at least not in a critical way.

As U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder

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The Walking Conundrum

(43) Comments | Posted December 4, 2012 | 2:18 PM

I love AMC's The Walking Dead. At the moment it's my favorite show on television. I love the effects, the cinematography -- virtually every aspect of the show.
But there's one thing that gives me pause...

The black characters.

The Walking Dead isn't the first show to have problematic...

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Beasts of the Southern Wild - A Must See

(6) Comments | Posted September 11, 2012 | 1:21 PM

It's rare to find cinematic dreams realized. It's an elusive thing - finding that moment where you forget you're even reading the book, watching the TV, watching the movie and you take it in on face value, like a dream, like the picture unfolded from your own mind seamlessly. It's...

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Red Hook Summer- Spike Lee's Resurgence

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2012 | 12:04 PM

No one takes a risk like Spike Lee. And for years, those risks worked.

From She's Gotta Have It to Miracle at St Anna, even his misses were still dripped in the ambition that made his hits hit. Historically, he's been fearless in his subject matter, even if it left...

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Think Like A Man: A Look At Black Relationships Minus Sex, Drugs & Insanity

(3) Comments | Posted April 26, 2012 | 6:57 PM

Surprise, surprise.

With a large cast of journeymen (and women) black actors and all the familiar beats of a standard rom-com, the film adaptation of comedian-turned-relationship guru Steve Harvey's book Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man has defied what has befallen many a black film before --...

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No Good Deeds

(10) Comments | Posted March 1, 2012 | 4:42 PM

They say no good deed goes unpunished, so it was fitting that in my desire to support Tyler Perry and his new film Good Deeds, I was rewarded with a reminder of how true a turn of charity can turn into two-hours of movie watching grief.

I use the term...

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Red Tails

(47) Comments | Posted February 3, 2012 | 5:16 PM

The hype around seeing the new Tuskegee Airmen film Red Tails, is kind of like voting for Obama.

If you don't do it your black card might be revoked, the Dr. King photo on your wall will close its eyes and you will drown in a chorus of, "See this...

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