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...

February 18, 2020

dream hampton has a short biography — if you ask her.

“Filmmaker. Writer. And activist from Detroit,” she says, “and in that order.”

Then, she pauses for a bit before continuing, perhaps thinking of the attachments she often gets from folks who follow her on social media, or have any awareness of her personal life, or her past as a journalist who has penned some of the most compelling pieces for some of your favorite magazines.

“...

February 18, 2020

Although Melina Matsoukas has gained critical acclaim for her first feature film, Queen & Slim, Matsoukas has been a music industry staple for more than 15 years. She’s directed videos for a number of legendary musicians, including Snoop Dogg, Lady Gaga and Rihanna.

However, Matsoukas is perhaps best known for her collaborations with Beyoncé. In 2017, Matsoukas won her second Grammy for directing the video for Beyoncé‘s Formati...

February 18, 2020

In 2011, Chinonye Chukwu was saddened, frustrated and angered when Troy Davis was executed at a state prison in Georgia. Despite the thousands of people who protested the decision, the governor refused to spare his life, setting the filmmaker on a path to her groundbreaking project, Clemency.

The Nigerian writer and director took on the gut-wrenching work of researching capital punishment and the toll it takes on the people who...

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