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All Day, Basketball, Blake Griffin, LeBron James, Movies, Space Jam 2 -

Defy the Monstars.@BlakeGriffin32 and @JimmyButler are ready to take the game back. pic.twitter.com/cU8WXFiUzD — Jordan (@Jumpman23) December 1, 2016 So, do we have a controversy in Space Jam land? Because I’m totally confused. First, it was surmised that the star of Space Jam 2 or whatever it’s going to be called, the sequel to the […]

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All Day, Jamie Foxx, Marvin Gaye, Movies, Music -

What’s Going On is the name of Marvin Gaye’s 11th studio album, but also an apt question for the situation regarding a production about the legendary musician’s life. Now, it appears that responsibility has fallen to Jamie Foxx. According to The Hollywood Reporter, it will be a limited-edition series that has yet to find a […]

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Brian's Song, Football, Movies, NFL -

Wednesday marks the 45th anniversary of the made-for-TV movie Brian’s Song. The iconic film about the iconic friendship between Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Gale Sayers and his Chicago Bears teammate, running back Brian Piccolo, who died in 1970 of testicular cancer. Based on William Blinn’s adaptation of Sayers’ 1971 autobiography I Am […]

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Christmas, CulturePlay, Hollywood, Movies, Will Packer -

Will Packer is doing it for the culture — always. He’s well on his way to becoming one of the most successful contemporary TV and film producers in Hollywood. Straight Outta Compton, Think Like A Man, and the Ride Along franchise are all his, and he’s currently executive producing BET’s Being Mary Jane. The Florida […]

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Commentary, Movies, The Birth of a Nation -

The first time I saw The Birth of a Nation was at a first-look premiere screening last spring, months before its nationwide release and months before sexual assault charges against Nate Parker and Jean Celestin resurfaced. Aware that the little we know about Nat Turner’s rebellion is through his Confessions to Thomas R. Gray, I […]

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Barack Obama, Movies, Netflix, Politics, Southside with You, Toronto International Film Festival -

Two films, one man. The story of President Barack Obama continues to intrigue people of all ages, and specific chapters in his life have enthralled audiences through two films that were released this summer — Barry and Southside With You. It didn’t take long for online streaming giant Netflix to bid on and acquire the […]

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Black Panther, Captain America, Chadwick Boseman, Marvel, Movies, Ryan Coogler -

It’ll be another two years before the full-length Black Panther film is released. The film — the first time a big-budget black superhero movie will hit the big screen — stars Chadwick Boseman, and audiences got a sneak peek at what’s to come in Captain America: Civil War, released earlier this year. That film felt […]

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Books, Hidden Figures, Janelle Monae, Movies, Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson -

Somewhere tonight, a little girl will be tucked in and told that she is “loved to the moon and back.” She may begin, before drifting into dreamland, to compute the distance her caregiver’s love has to travel to reach the moon and then return to her. And if author Margot Lee Shetterly has her way, […]

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All Day, Brock Turner, Daily Dose, Empire, Kid Cudi, Leslie Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos, Movies -

To all of you across the country dealing with the effects of Hurricane Hermine, good luck. It feels like half of Florida is underwater. There’s a reasonable argument that Love & Basketball is the best hoops movie of all time. Some will tell you that it’s basically a love story masquerading as a sports flick, […]

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Barack Obama, Daily Uplift, Get Lifted, Michelle Obama, Movies, Southside with You -

Sweet, romantic interactions between Barack and Michelle Obama captivated filmmaker Richard Tanne back in 2007, even before the couple occupied the White House. In a 2012 campaign video, Michelle Obama stood next to her husband and detailed their very first date. The date began at the Art Institute of Chicago on a beautiful summer day […]

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Harley Quinn, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Movies, Suicide Squad, Viola Davis, Will Smith -

Clinton Yates and Aaron Dodson go against the grain and give a resounding thumbs up to the summer blockbuster.

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Black History, Movies, Prince, Purple Rain -

Summer 1984. My best friend Erika and I slouch down next to each other in the back row of Jacksonville, Florida’s, Norwood Twin movie theater. A boy on my left and a boy on her right. Two hours in the dark, groping beneath strategically placed jackets the having of which made not a lick of […]

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American Black Film Festival, Movies -

There’s this strange combination of networks and distributors having low expectations of us and the products we provide. And the history of our business — of there not being enough work for us — is that we gotta take whatever comes our way because we don’t have a choice. It’s been a challenge throughout the […]

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American Black Film Festival, Movies -

Hollywood is a secret Ivy League society that doesn’t give membership to just anybody. And with very few exceptions, black Hollywood hangs on the outskirts, creating film without nearly the same resources as the major players. Black Hollywood finally got sick of being on the outside looking in, sick of questioning why it couldn’t have […]

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Movies, Music, Rest In Peace, Tupac Shakur -

From the introduction to 1998’s Tupac Shakur (Three Rivers), by the editors of VIBE magazine. Tupac made people uncomfortable. At his best, he called blacks and whites alike out on their complicity in a despicable system. He made thuggery-as-resistance appealing, urged us to be loud and wild and reckless. He was not trying to “rise […]

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Boxing, Movies, Muhammad Ali, Will Smith -

This story was originally published in Dec. 2001 on ESPN Page 2. Muhammad Ali once grew a mustache. He didn’t look much like himself with it, so he decided to cut it off. It had caused more frowns than he’d anticipated. He didn’t need a mirror to see he’d made a mistake. People’s reactions told […]

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Black History, Hollywood, Memorial Day, Military, Movies -

Yes. Today is about cookouts with grilled meats prepared by uncles wearing these sandals. It’s about playing spades games that inevitably will become too heated. Hopefully no one will ask Who Made The Potatoe Salad as we celebrate the official start of summer. And all of this is perfectly fine. It’s why you’ve been working […]

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Alexandra Shipp, Movies, X-Men -

You don’t really know Alexandra Shipp. If you did, you’d know that while she was being dragged on Twitter in late 2014 for being too light-skinned to star in an already controversial biopic of ’90s pop princess Aaliyah Haughton, she was prepping a major boss move. Y’all were over here hashtagging — she was over […]

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Cover Stories, Eric Garner, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Movies, Spike Lee -

The original poster for Spike Lee’s 1989 Do the Right Thing is in many ways a narrative trap. On opposite sides stand Sal and Mookie, white and black, business owner and worker, looking simultaneously up and at viewers asking the question the film makes you consider: Which of the two did the Right Thing? The […]

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ABC, Africans, Blackish, Culture, Damilare Sonoiki, Entertainment, Immigrants, Kickstarter, Movies, Natasha Alford, News, Race -

Damilare Sonoiki, 24, writer for the hit ABC TV show Black-ish, is branching out with his own comedy series about being black in America. African Booty Scratcher follows a Nigerian family who tries to find their place in the U.S. while teaching their son traditional cultural values. The show chronicles everything from having your name mispronounced […]

The post ‘Black-ish’ writer Damilare Sonoiki’s new comedy ‘African Booty Scratcher’ will crack you up appeared first on theGrio.

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Beyond the Lights, Entertainment, Film, Gina Prince - Byethewood, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Movies, Novel -

“Beyond the Lights” director Gina Prince-Byethewood, and actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw, will team once more to […]

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black directors, Denzel Washington, Editor's Picks, Forest Whitaker, List, Movies, Spike Lee, Tyler Perry -

Tyler Perry The Atlanta-based filmmaker takes the top spot, with $844 million in gross earnings […]

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Beasts of the Southern Wild, Black Films, Entertainment, Film, Films, Hurricanes, Louisiana, Movies, Opinion, Quvenzhane Wallis, Reviews, Sundance -

REVIEW - At moments one can’t help but wonder: are the people occupying the 'bathtub' in fact the beasts of the southern wild?...

The post Who are the 'Beasts of the Southern Wild?' appeared first on theGrio.

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All Is by My Side, Andre 3000, Andre Benjamin, Entertainment, Films, Hayley Atwell, Jimi Hendrix, Movies -

SLIDESHOW - Andre Benjamin (otherwise known as Andre 3000 of the Atlanta-based group Outkast) hit the streets of Dublin, Ireland to film scenes for the upcoming biopic "All Is By My Side," a biopic in which he plays Jimi Hendrix.

The post New pics: Andre 3000, Hayley Atwell in Dublin filming Jimi Hendrix biopic appeared first on theGrio.

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2012 American Black Film Festival, ABFF, Black Films, Entertainment, Film Festivals, Films, Jeff Friday, Movies, Opinion -

AUTHOR'S NOTEBOOK - Aspiring filmmaker Khalil Thomas writes about his experience at the 16th Annual American Black Film Festival, which was held June 20-24 in Miami Beach...

The post ABFF postscript: How the American Black Film Festival impacted my life appeared first on theGrio.

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2012 American Black Film Festival, ABFF, Black Films, Entertainment, Film, Film Festival, Jeff Friday, Miami, Movies, Travel and Leisure, Webisodes -

theGRIO REPORT - Anyone with an idea, some out-of-the-box creativity, a niche for audience attention and some web savvy talent now has a grand platform to share their work...

The post American Black Film Festival: 1st ever webisode challenge comes to South Beach appeared first on theGrio.

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Abraham Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, Anthony Mackie, Black History, Entertainment, Film, Inspiration, Movies, Smallpox, William H. Johnson -

theGRIO REPORT - One man has filled up tomes; while another has only generated footnotes. Still, their relationship, especially in the context of the times in which they lived, is interesting...

The post Black ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ sidekick based on real-life figure: William H. Johnson appeared first on theGrio.

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2012 American Black Film Festival, ABFF, Black Films, Entertainment, Film, Hollywood, Jeff Friday, Movies, Tim Story, Tyler Perry -

theGRIO REPORT - Jeff Friday can name nearly every film and director making movies with predominantly black casts during the late 1980s and early 1990s...

The post American Black Film Festival founder Jeff Friday talks Hollywood vs. black films appeared first on theGrio.

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Betty Shabazz, Burger King, Entertainment, Film, Lifetime, Mary J. Blige, Movies, Music, Opinion, R&B, Rock of Ages, Tom Cruise -

OPINION - The precedent for singers-turned-actors isn’t optimistic for Mary -- many have tried and failed to have as great of an impact of the film industry as they have in the music business...

The post Does Mary J. Blige have a future in movies? appeared first on theGrio.

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