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Storytelling through Music

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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The 2019 Oscars is so ???

The lights, the cameras, and the action are real tonight as Hollywood tunes into the 91st Academy Awards. Hollywood is really trying its hand at this thing called Diversity and Inclusion, so if true to its word, I’d like to see a few things happen:

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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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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 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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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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