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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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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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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