Paula Patton is Action Vigilante in Deon Cole Indie Film Traffik

Paula Patton is Action Vigilante in Deon Cole Indie Film Traffik

Trafficking of young women in America has turned into a form of modern-day slavery.  Living in Southern California, there are daily breaking news items concerning some white van full of young non-speaking English women who have been bought, sold and transported like cattle to a farm.  As a woman of color, it breaks my heart to watch women being treated with such disdain and disrespect.  Even more to the point, watching these same women drugged, raped and beaten so that some man somewhere can make a quick buck.

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PBS Launches Poetry In America to Inspire Americans Through Poetry

PBS Launches Poetry In America to Inspire Americans Through Poetry

Poetry in America features Shaquille O’Neal, Cynthia Nixon, Frank Gehry, Bono, Nas, Herbie Hancock, Yo-Yo Ma, and more exploring poems on subjects close to their heart in twelve visually stunning episodes

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Joaquin Phoenix Plays Troubled Hit Man in You Were Never Really Here

Joaquin Phoenix Plays Troubled Hit Man in You Were Never Really Here

Say what you want about Joaquin Phoenix, but the boy can act his buns off. In the new psychological thriller You Were Never Really Here, Phoenix is a former soldier turned FBI agent, no nonsense hitman-on-a-mission who now devotes his time rescuing kidnapped young women from a sex traffickers.

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THOROUGHBREDS is a Dark Dramedy Featuring White Privilege

THOROUGHBREDS is a Dark Dramedy Featuring White Privilege

With a title like 'Thouroughbreds', I thought I was about to watch a film about horses...which BTW...I adore.  What I witnessed instead was a story about mean girls with too much money and white privilege covered in a dark dramedy thriller.

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Wrinkle in Time Taps Into Inner Child & Warrior Mode

Wrinkle in Time Taps Into Inner Child & Warrior Mode

Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a huge child at heart.  It's a characteristic handed down from my beautiful, playful mother.  A quality that allows me to have an open heart and mind when watching projects meant to tap into one's inner child.

One of my favorite films of all time is The Wizard of Oz.  I mean who doesn't love that moment when Dorothy realizes what she searched for in Oz was inside her all the time?  Well, what The Wizard of Oz did for me is what  A Wrinkle in Time will do for this new generation of young people.

Based on the popular novel by Madeline L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time takes us on the journey of Meg (Storm Reid) and her little brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe) as they 'tesseract' through time to bring back their scientist Dad (Chris Pine), who is being held captive by the 'it.'

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The Final Year Shares Insider View of a Presidential Transition

The Final Year Shares Insider View of a Presidential Transition

Barack Obama made history as the first person of color to become President of the United States...twice.  It goes without saying that in these dark days we are dwelling in, longing for the days when I turned on the news and saw POTUS singing some Al Green, dancing with his Queen Michelle,  joking around with Jimmy Kimmel or giving a speech that ALL Americans could be proud of would be an understatement.

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Tell Them We Are Rising is a Love Letter to HBCU's on PBS

Tell Them We Are Rising is a Love Letter to HBCU's on PBS

Being a graduate of "The Mecca" Howard  University,  you know I had to check out  the Stanley Nelson directed Tell Them We Are Rising culminating the rise and (in some instances) the fall of Historical Black Colleges and Universities such as  Howard University, Hampton Institute,Morgan, Morehouse, Spellman, Fisk and so many other Historical Black Colleges and Universities.

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Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind

Robin Williams:  Come Inside My Mind

A few years ago, I attended a live-taping of "The Odd Couple" in which the creator Gary Marshall loved to interact with the audience during taping breaks.  He shared tale after tale of all the now famous people he discovered from Julia Roberts to Henry Winkler to Robin Williams.  Williams had just passed a few weeks before and Marshall gleefully spoke of how Williams' character of Mork was born on "Happy Days" because his son wanted to see a martian on the show.   Mork from Ork was only the beginning for the shooting comet we knew as Robin Williams.

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Why Black Panther is the Crown Jewel of the Marvel Franchise

Why Black Panther is the Crown Jewel of the Marvel Franchise

Black Panther is hands down the best film in the Marvel Franchise!!!  Why?  Black Panther is on the road to do for Marvel what The Lion King did for Disney.  The Lion King had Mufasa, Simba and The Pridelands...Black Panther has Wakanda, King T'Challa, Nakia and Killmonger.  Black Panther also manages to show tender young love between a man and a woman, a man and his parents and unflinching love for one's country no matter what the sacrifice.

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King in The Wilderness Explores Martin Luther King's Final Years

King in The Wilderness Explores Martin Luther King's Final Years

As a young girl in St. Louis,  when I realized my school didn't recognize Dr. King's Birthday as a National Holiday, I was livid. Livid enough to convince all of my classmates of color to stay home in protest. While my Mom admired my activism, when she found out it was not a good thing and I was strongly encouraged to go back to school.

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Gary Oldman IS Winston Churchill in the Darkest Hour

Gary Oldman IS Winston Churchill in the Darkest Hour

Gary Oldman is like the Lon Chaney of our generation. He virtually gets so lost in a character that you believe you are  watching the real deal.  Simply said - Gary Oldman IS Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour.

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Sammy Davis, Jr. : I Gotta Be Me is the Ultimate Tribute to the Ultimate Entertainer

Sammy Davis, Jr. :  I Gotta Be Me is the Ultimate Tribute to the Ultimate Entertainer

Sammy Davis, Jr. was the ultimate entertainer.  He could sing.  He could dance.  He could do a killer celebrity impersonation.  He could act.  He was a member of the Rat Pack.  And...he bridged the racial gap of entertainment like no other.  There will never be another.

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Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water is a Cinematically Stunning

Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water is a Cinematically Stunning

My love of movies ranges across many genres.  But, I  am a plain old sucker for a love story and that is exactly what director Guillermo del Toro is giving us its his latest cinematic masterpiece The Shape of Water.

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I, Tonya

I, Tonya

In 1991, Tonya Harding was on top of the world!  Holding titles as the 1991 U.S. Women's Figure Skating Champion and 1991 World Championship Silver medallist. Harding was also a two-time Olympian and a two-time Skate America Champion.  Her achievements in the Women's Figure Skating history books would simultaneously disappear over one incident in 1994.  How can any of us forget that footage of Silver Medalist Nancy Kerrigan at the Olympic Games crying out in pain "Why?' over and over again after being cracked in the knee.  I don't know about you, but I always wondered why that happened and what were the events leading up to it.

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Last Flag Flying Gives Perfect Rollercoaster Ride of Grief in Last Flag Flying

Last Flag Flying Gives Perfect Rollercoaster Ride of Grief in Last Flag Flying

Semper Fi...Do or Die is a phrase I have heard my entire life, as were the lyrics to the Halls of Montezuma My father is what they call in "the corp" a lifer.  He spent more than a quarter of his life in the United States Marine Corps and when he left my Mom to serve his country in Vietnam, needless to say, it was a difficult moment for our family.  

However, my family was lucky to have never had that moment where we were "notified" but the US Government that someone we loved was killed in the line of duty.  With our current leader being in the news for how this administration recently handled a fallen soldier, Last Flag Flying couldn't be more timely.

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Chadwick Boseman Revisits History in MARSHALL

Chadwick Boseman Revisits History in MARSHALL

When Chadwick Boseman utters this line as Thurgood Marshall , it sent chills down my spine.  Especially knowing not a whole lot has changed between this time in American history and the world we wake up to every day in 2017.

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A Question of Faith

A Question of Faith

"Sometimes when tragedy strikes, instead of running toward God...we can't run away from him fast enough."  These are the words spoken by Paster David Newman in the new film A Question of Faith, the first faith-based film released nationally and produced by African-American women...Lisa Diane Washington and Angela White.

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AMERICAN ASSASSIN

AMERICAN ASSASSIN

Based on the mega-bestselling book series by the late Vince Flynn, American Assassin introduces film audiences to one of contemporary fiction's most popular hero working in the shadows:  CIA super-agent Mitch Rapp.  Dylan O'Brien, who portrays Rapp is putting the Bourne franchise and Matt Damon to shame as he ascends into an action star for this millennia.

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