September 6, 2020

The world is still reeling from the unexpected news that Chadwick Boseman, best known for his starring role in Marvel Studios’ blockbuster movie Black Panther (2018), had died from colon cancer at the age of 43. Boseman is one of many Black heroes that we lost this year. He joins NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, professional basketball player Kobe Bryant, WWE wrestler James “Kamala” Harris, singer Betty Wright, drag queen...

September 5, 2020

I’m still in disbelief, like many of you are right now over the untimely death of actor Chadwick Boseman. I know it’s a part of life, but it hurts. As a fan, I am speechless. Boseman loved Black people and we loved him back. He was our king, and the footprint he’s left on Black culture is everlasting. 

Since the days of his passing, I can’t help but think about how he impacted Black nerd culture. There is a subset of Black nerd...

August 30, 2020

Chadwick Boseman, who brought iconic Black historical figures Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall and Jackie Robinson to life, and who epitomized strength and resilience as the star of the blockbuster superhero movie Black Panther, has died at the age of 43. 

The actor was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016 but chose not to make a public announcement at the time. Boseman died at his home in Los Angeles...

July 4, 2020

John Lewis: Good Trouble isn’t filmmaker Dawn Porter’s first documentary but just may be the first set to debut with such perfect timing.

The tragic, preventable deaths of George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery inform African Americans and citizens of the world that racial prejudices still devastate.

Good Trouble, set to debut in theaters and on demand on July 3, is an in-depth look at the life and times...

The horrifying murder of 46-year-old George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers and the subsequent global  Black Lives Matter protests have led to people wanting to desperately enlighten themselves about the Black experience.

The fight for civil rights and equal justice has been well-documented in movies and documentaries that remain widely available for those who need an introduction to the reasons behind today’s...

April 26, 2020

 Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered: The Lost Children, HBO’s five-episode docuseries airing through May 3, is not the first to tackle the horrific Atlanta Child Murders that rocked that city and shook Black people throughout the nation.

Just last year, Will Packer, the producer better known for Girls Trip and the Kevin Hart-Ice Cube Ride Along franchise, joined forces with Investigation Discovery for the three-part docuseries The...

April 26, 2020

As a college student, Dekoven Riggins came across an interesting exhibit several years ago at Langston University.

“I was just walking through the library and there was this huge display,” the Oklahoma City native told attendees at a screening of his feature film, Black Wall Street Burning at Tulsa’s Circle Cinema in February. “I walked past the display and then I moonwalked backwards and said, ‘What is this?’”

The display was a...

February 18, 2020

Regina King has a knack for finding and telling stories that advance the national conversation on race. She is careful and humble in this interview, so she won’t tell you outright she does this. But it’s true.

From her Oscar-winning role in 2018’s If Beale Street Could Talk to her work as the ass-kicking Angela Abar in HBO’s Watchmen, King’s characters push viewers to reconsider what it means to live Black in America. It’s a ca...

February 18, 2020

Lena Waithe is well aware that some people are riled up about her portrayals of Black people in 2019’s groundbreaking film Queen & Slim. She also knows that the beauty in being Black stems from our multitudes, such as the folks who can be snooty and poor or hood and rich. In her latest movie, amid an incredibly sobering yet beautiful backdrop, the screenwriter and producer was determined to showcase the totality of our communi...

February 18, 2020

Da’Vine Joy Randolph is the square peg in a world of round holes. She doesn’t fit into anyone’s predictable mold. She likes it that way and, actually, so do we.

As the breakout star from 2019’s biopic comedy, Dolemite Is My Name, Randolph held her own acting alongside Hollywood heavy-hitters including Eddie Murphy, Wesley Snipes and Mike Epps. Her presence in the Netflix film was undeniable. Portraying Lady Reed, fellow comedia...

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