Not everyone has seen the new James Baldwin documentary I Am Not Your Negro (2016) yet. So, Mic has created a new video comprised of stars like Samuel L. Jackson, Janelle Monae, Lupita Nyong’o, Common, Chris Rock, Yara Shahidi and so many others who want you to “read James Baldwin” and know they iconic thinker whose work lies at the foundation of much of the movement building work that is happening today.
State violence does not only show up as false arrests and physical harm. State violence is also the unwillingness of the State to rehabilitate those that are impacted by it’s terrorizing reach.
Many predicted that this year’s Academy Awards would go to great lengths to celebrate diversity after the #OscarsSoWhite controversy came to a head last year. Fortunately, this year saw a surplus of quality content starring Black actors and actresses for the Academy to choose from.
As a result, Black Hollywood was celebrated in front of the entire world last night.
With the amount of talk on Twitter already, it looks like Netflix may have the next big cultural touchstone on its hands.
Seeing a movie costs money. Multiplying that cost to cover an entire family trip can quickly turn a trip to the show into an inconvenience.
By: Imani J. Jackson
When a movie theatre packed with people of varied races, ethnicities, ages and genders erupts into simultaneous applause and cheers during a film’s closing credits, it’s safe to say the story resonated. That human happiness is exactly what manifested on Saturday when my mother, a grandmotherly elder, my younger sister and I attended a Hidden Figures showing.
Cinematically, Hidden Figures demonstrates creative power and how to sensitively wield it. Theodore Melfi directed the film and co-wrote the script with Allison Schroeder, which is based on the non-fiction book Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly.
While interviewing Pharrell Williams, Jenna Bush Hager spoke with the actor, producer, and singer about his involvement in a film called “Hidden Fences.” The main problem here, which millions of viewers quickly noted, was that no such movie exists.
“What’s a faggot?”
I gripped the arm of my seat a little harder when “Little,” the character played by the young but demonstrably talented Alex R. Hibbert, asked Juan (played by Mahershala Ali) this question.
If you went out at all this past holiday weekend, chances are you saw some cultural appropriation. Not to suggest that it doesn’t happen during the rest of the year, but a holiday that allows people to dress up in public leads to a lot of culturally problematic mistakes.
While on the set for the next installment of Marvel’s Thor series, Chris Hemsworth showed his support for protestors in Standing Rock by posting a photo with director Taika Waititi holding a sign that read “We stand with Standing Rock.” However, the photo’s caption is what garnered the most attention.