You know who is tired of “slave movies”? Snoop Dogg. He even made a video to complain about them.
By: Angelica Bastien
Sorry to disappoint you Storm fans, but the latest X-Men film has once again failed to make her the badass she deserves to be on screen. Storm is the most well-known and powerful black female superheroes, so why does she keep being sidelined?
Even Drake said that we need to get ready for Summer 2016, and it seems like the film industry is following suit. There are some “Grade A” movies that are being released this summer, and we suggest you go watch them and tell us what you think.
See the list below!
Many people of color face implicit and explicit racism in their daily lives. A byproduct of that reality is something called “colorism.” In short, colorism is the discrimination against people who have darker skin. And Chika Okoro, a Stanford University graduate student, recently gave a TED Talk encouraging corporations to do something about it.
There’s a new movie on the horizon that is putting a spotlight on activism in the best kind of nontraditional way.
By: Angelica Bastien
With Captain America: Civil War the clockwork-like efficiency of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe is on full display. Nearly a decade after it was kicked off with Iron Man (2008), Marvel has perfected its formula which mixes a blend of humor, light pathos, and bright-eyed optimism. The problem is the cracks in this methodology are beginning to show and these films desperately need to start coloring outside of the lines.
In Civil War, the strengths of the MCU brand—reliance on quips, increasingly smooth easily commodified storytelling, exceeding lightness—feel like weaknesses. As the superhero genre continues to balloon Marvel’s desire to tell the same types of stories with the same types of characters is proving to be increasingly rote.
By: Angelica Bastien
After winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in the 2013 film 12 Years A Slave Lupita Nyong’o’s film career didn’t catapult in the ways fans expected. But it looks like she’s coming back into the spotlight with the release of the Queen of Katwe trailer and news of her potential casting in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
After it was announced that Ryan Coogler would be directing Marvel’s Black Panther film many hoped that the stars would align and find a way to get his close friend Michael B. Jordan somewhere in the project. According to the Root, fans of Coogler, Jordan and T’Challa will be getting their wish and the band’s getting back together.
Marvel’s Daredevil and Jessica Jones series’ have both proven to be huge successes for both the comic book company and Netflix, who plays them on its streaming service. Next up to help round out “The Defenders” stable will be Luke Cage, the bulletproof, super-strength wielding resident of Harlem who’s already appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
While the introduction of the Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War has fans of black comic book characters fainting from anticipation, Luke Cage’s Netflix show will help make it a two-sided effort on the smaller screen. But now fans have something else to get excited about. It’s been announced that A Tribe Called Quest will be scoring the series.
“Nina,” the biographical film that focused on a period of singer Nina Simone’s life, is set for a limited release tomorrow (April 22), according to Colorlines. This day has been long in the making, after multiple attempts to get the project off the ground and has seen its fair share of controversy. Namely, the use of makeup to make Saldana’s skin appear to be darker and prosthetics being used to make her nose look wider.
Zaldana didn’t directly reference this controversy in a recent screening, but she did reference “well, the other obvious reasons” while talking about her initial hesitations with accepting the role. She did go on to speak about what it took for her to play Simone and what kind of process she went through. Take a look at some of what she had to say below: