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.Read More
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.Read More
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.'Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
"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.Read More