Film and Television

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Beyond the Hashtag: Black Films Have Shown Much Promise Since #OscarsSoWhite

This is feature I wrote for The Root. The original story was part of a series of essays produced by the African American Film Critics Association. You can find the article on…

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CL’s guide to Out On Film 2015

Spotlighting the best in LGBTQ cinema, the Out On Film festival kicks off its 28th season tonight at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema. The weeklong festival continues to nudge the needle…

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‘Captive’ star David Oyelowo’s daunting task

It has been over ten years since Brian Nichols besieged Atlanta on the morning of March 11, 2005. On trial for rape, Nichols escaped custody leaving court guard Cynthia Hall…

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ATLFF: Catching up with Lanre Olabisi

In his latest film, Somewhere in the Middle, writer and director Lanre Olabisi points his lens at a relationship and reveals the truth has more facets than it seems. The…

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Jada Pinkett Smith on female empowerment and ‘Magic Mike XXL’

It is not unusual for actress Jada Pinkett Smith to play strong female characters. She’s been at it for more than 20 years. Starting her career in guest roles on…

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Hollywood Product: ‘San Andreas’

GENRE: Disaster action THE PITCH: The San Andreas Fault becomes active and the California coast line is about to face the largest series of earthquakes in recorded history. Screw California,…

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Hollywood Product: ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

GENRE: Erotic romance THE PITCH: College graduate Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) has a chance encounter with the elusive, young magnate Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan). Their chemistry is immediate and Steele…

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Hollywood Product: ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’

GENRE: Spy adventure THE PITCH: A member of the clandestine organization Kingsman is killed during a mission and they replenish the ranks with a new recruit. Seasoned agent Harry Hart…

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Hollywood Product: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

GENRE: Dystopian adventure THE PITCH: Shell-shocked and battle worn tribute Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) has trouble coping with life in District 13. Her thoughts are primarily on Peeta (Josh Hutcherson),…

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Taraji P. Henson talks No Good Deed

Few actors have an impressive streak like Taraji P. Henson. She has done more than 20 films, working with everyone from John Singleton to Brad Pitt. She has several stints…

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