Dear White People: Simple Comedic Satire or Complex Real-Life Drama
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Dear White People: Simple Comedic Satire or Complex Real-Life Drama

If you’re black and want to go to an HBCU, go watch “School Daze,” if you want to go to a PWI, go see “Dear White People.”  If you’re white and have no idea what I’m talking about, go watch both movies. Justin Simien’s directoral debut “Dear White People” was and is a refreshing look … Continue reading

From “The Help” to “The Butler”: The Troubling Politics of Hollywood
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From “The Help” to “The Butler”: The Troubling Politics of Hollywood

Let me be honest, I rather liked “Lee Daniel’s The Butler.”  I’m hoping for Academy Award nominations for the portrayals of Cecil Gaines and Gloria which were the based off of the real life story of the black butler who served across eight U.S. presidents by the names of Eugene and his wife Helene Allen. … Continue reading

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Superman and the Need for an American Savior

Maybe I’m more churchy than I thought, but the christological references in the blockbuster “Man of Steel” was so overwhelming is pushed the movie from epic to cheesy.  This was not “The Dark Knight” which in my opinion still outranks this latest genre of Hollywood revisiting the comic classics for the sake of getting me … Continue reading

The American Blackness of The Great Gatsby
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The American Blackness of The Great Gatsby

I know it has been some time since “The Great Gatsby (2013)” has debuted and was panned by a few critics, but I certainly would like to offer some discourse to the movie from my perspective. I remember reading The Great Gatsby, the novel my sophomore year of high school, and I actually did pull the … Continue reading

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Django’s Unchained Melody

I remember seeing the trailer for Quentin’s Tarantino “Django’s Unchained” a few months back and I groaned with the rest of the black members of the audience.  Honestly, it wasn’t at the casting choice of Jamie Foxx, or even seeing Leonardo DiCaprio as a slave owner, but really it was the issue of slavery.  We, … Continue reading

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Hollywood Social Commentary is just ‘In Time’

I frequent the movies often enough so I had probably seen trailers for the Justin Timberlake movie “In Time” before most people and the concept that time itself was a commodity had certainly piqued my interest.  It aroused my senses because being descendants of African slaves here in this country, time as we know it, is … Continue reading