Dev Patel is absolutely captivating as the mysterious man for hire with a heart. He's definitely come a long way since the Marigold Hotel franchise andSlumdog Millionaire. In The Wedding Guest, just as he began to do in Lion, Patel stretches his range to escape the image of the bright-eyed optimist roles he is famously known for. He does so beautifully and effectively. Radhika Apte (Samira) is the perfect complement to Patel. She's cunning, savvy and knows exactly how to get what she wants on her terms.Read More
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
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
"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
The old adage - "the more things change...the more they stay the same" have never been more true than during the 21st century. Living in a time when people of color are being knocked off like a mob hit has sadly become a reality. A reality that beyond the onset of the Civil Rights movement, we thought our quality of life had improved and a sector of society was well on their way to becoming equals in America. We indeed believed that a change had come.Read More
Beatriz, an intuitive healer and massage therapist, drives to Newport Beach for a session with one of her most loyal clients, Cathy (Connie Britton). When her car breaks down and am unable to get it fixed until the following morning, Cathy invites Beatriz to stay for dinner and that's when the fireworks begin.Read More