5 Amazing Music Films Ranked

An April 15, 2019 ranking of music films coming off the release of Guava Island by Childish Gambino/Donald Glover. Other films include Emotion Picture by Janelle Monae, When I Get Home by Solange, Lemonade by Beyonce, and Trip by Jhene Aiko.

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MIMH: Ava Duvernay's Wrinkle in Time

I finally saw A Wrinkle In Time. I did not read the book and I don’t usually get super excited to watch sci-fi films but this time, nothing was going to stop me from seeing the first $100 million dollar film by a black woman. By the time I got a chance to watch, the reviews weren’t as positive as expected, To be honest, I didn’t even read them as I categorized them internally as hateration and unequivocal comparisons to Black Panther.

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Fashion Stands in Solidarity of Racism + 5 Black Designers to Choose Instead

Every week there is new outrage towards a brand who has a product or advertisement that screams racism. Every week, in reaction, one of the most powerful communities of the internet, Black Twitter calls for a boycott. Every week, we rinse and repeat the phenomenon. It’s not unique to the Fashion industry but as we know, the Fashion industry has a history of keeping people of color, especially blacks out of their inner circle.

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Black Panther: A Celebration of Black Excellence

’m not a comic book fan. I can’t speak on the storyline weaving into the Marvel Comic Universe and I can’t speak on the accuracy of the characters, but I’m a movie fan and an African American woman that can speak on the themes of love, identity, and the much needed call for a celebration of black excellence.

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1992: It was an Iconic Year for Film

It was the year of our Lord, 1992 and it was a great year. The Washington Redskin’s won the Super Bowl, Jodeci’s “Come and Talk to Me” was Billboard’s Song of the Year, and yours truly was born on June 15. There’s also a forgotten fact that Nickelodeon buried a time capsule in 1992 with stuff like a Game Boy, Reebok Pump shoes, Twinkies, Home Alone on VHS, and Gak that will be opened in 2042…

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I Love Podcasts!

Podcasts have been around for sometime now, but I really just started getting into them in 2017. So now, I think I’ve got a handle on all the best podcast for the black girl working in entertainment who needs both self care and a good laugh. I literally have a podcast to listen to everyday of the week! Note: There are six listed below because I usually listen to a church sermon on Sundays. Podcast are so important to me now, I’m thinking about starting my own in 2019.

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Kurlz on Film: A Journey to Acceptance

I’ve been fully natural for about two years. Surprisingly, accepting my 4C hair wasn’t much of a challenge for me other than getting my moisture levels right. Thankfully, I knew my hair texture going into it, and knew I’d need to spend a little extra time to make it acceptable for the world.

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September Loves Black Women

It's a reason why Fall is one of our favorite seasons, and it's not just because we can comfortably layer our clothes without bundling up for snow. Similar to the feeling we get in January with our new year resolutions, September marks that back-to-school, start of a new cycle feeling where a lot of people focus on ending the year strong. It's a period of reinvention, so does that mean the influx of black women on magazines this September is a prelude to a reinvention in fashion, honoring black women? 

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The Rom-Com is Back

To All The Boys I've Loved Before is the rom-com we didn't know we needed, based off of Jenny Han's book of the same name. A fresh take on high school drama and romance, To All the Boys I've Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean Covey and her love of romance -- albeit in the form of novels and the five letters she wrote to her crushes. 

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The Concept of Curated Diversity

I’m at an intersection, more of a crossroads. I am a black woman working in corporate Hollywood. I occupy a space where diversity is a huge issue, in both corporate America and in Hollywood. For the sake of this essay, I’m focusing on diversity within communities of color. I’m not negating the issues of the LGBTQ, disabled, or any other community that feels disenfranchised, I just believe these communities have an edge of privilege when their spokesperson is a white person. It’s the year 2018 and America isn’t fully honoring all of the policies that “Make America Great.” A little history lesson, 54 years ago, there was legislation passed that prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, and national origin by federal and state governments as well as some public places.

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MIMH: Mara Brock Akil

A mentor in Hollywood is hard to come across, so thank you for being a mentor in my head. I decided to write these interviews as a simple exercise to think about what needs to be asked from someone who wants to “make it in Hollywood” but then I realized how exciting it would be if the question got answered. But first, Thank you for Moesha, Fancy, Joan Clayton, and Mary Jane Paul -- these ladies were often the big sister’s I always wanted and needed to learn from.

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Jasmine Kent
Does Netflix truly believe in Black People?

During the 2018 BET awards, Netflix aired a spot inspired by the iconic “A Great Day in Harlem” photo from 1958, featuring faves like Spike Lee, Ava DuVernay, Lena Waithe and Justin Simien. The spot, “A Great Day in Hollywood” was met with excitement until that same week, communications executive Jonathan Friedland was fired due to his use of the “N-Word”. While I’m excited for all of the content Netflix is producing that represents the multi-dimensional reality of black people, it’s hard for me to believe he is the only one at Netflix with “low racial awareness and sensitivity,” as CEO Reed Hastings put it.

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Fuck Creativity, Hollywood is a Business

Remember when rule number one of business was “sex sells”? Well Hollywood has traded in sex for elongated storylines and spin-offs on characters audiences commit to. For the past few years, movie theaters have stayed in business due to the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and other male skewing franchises such as Star Wars, James Bond, and The Fast and the Furious, while women, teens and young adults got their fix from series such as Fifty Shades of Grey and Harry Potter, respectively. Film studios are staying in business because they license film’s IP for use in retail, toys, clothing, and theme park attractions. The fact is, audiences show up for franchises.

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