film Category Archives

PUMZI – Netflix reccomendation

Published on 5 Aug 2012 at 2:07 am. 2 Comments.
Filed under film.

I got rid of cable a few months ago and I’m not looking back. These days if I want to watch something interesting, I turn to Netflix or Hulu. The problem is: the selection on both of these sites is dangerously slim – especially for a thoughtful consumer/Blackademic like myself. So from now on I […]

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Published on 11 Jun 2012 at 4:01 pm. 2 Comments.
Filed under Africa,film.

Self determination, grassroots activism & women’s empowerment = a beautiful thing. Check out this amazing documentary entitled AFRICA RISING. It premiers tonight on the Africa Channel. Read more below: Every day, 6,000 girls from the Horn of Africa to sub-Saharan nations are subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM). With fierce determination and deep love for […]


Pandora’s Box Office: Race And Revolution In The Biggest Movie Of All Time.

Published on 27 Jan 2010 at 6:48 pm. 6 Comments.
Filed under entertainment,film,popular culture,war.

It wasn’t until several weeks after Avatar’s release that my wife and I managed to squeeze into Raleigh’s iMax theater (mid-afternoon in the middle of the business week and it was packed) to experience the phenomenon. To keep it one hunit… despite some slight reservations I thought it was awesome! It was astounding to watch, […]

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No Niggas Allowed in Next Day Mail.

Published on 11 May 2009 at 4:53 pm. 4 Comments.
Filed under black culture,entertainment,film.

These days Hollywood Black comedies fall into two categories with very few exceptions. The first, I like to call the Soul Plane category – which is basically a 21st Century minstrel show laden with the tragic identities, exaggerated personalities and stereotypes. In these films one can expect to see plenty of weed-smoking, booty smacking, gratuitous […]

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Tropic Blunder?

Published on 7 Mar 2008 at 1:02 pm. 9 Comments.
Filed under entertainment,film.

Tropic Thunder is the title of a new film, written and directed by Ben Stiller – starring, Stiller, Jack Black and Robert Downey Jr. (shown above). For those of you who don’t recognize Downey, he’s the character in the middle.. Uh oh. It’s the 21st Century and Black face is back in full effect!

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The Great Debate: Denzel, Violence and Scholarship

Published on 7 Dec 2007 at 12:46 pm. 7 Comments.
Filed under black image,entertainment,film.

I’m sure many of you contributed to the $121,716,990 box office smash, American Gangster (if not, I hope you at least got to check out the bootleg). Based on the true story of Frank Lucas, a notorious New York drug dealing kingpin in the late 1960s, American Gangster gives us yet another example of the […]

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Hugo Chavez, Don Cheadle and the Hatian Revolution

Published on 25 Sep 2007 at 12:55 am. 13 Comments.
Filed under diaspora,entertainment,film,positivity,radical politics.

The Haitian Revolution is one of the most significant events in world history that nobody ever talks about. When I took history in high school, and later in college, I did study the Revolutionary era where I learned about the American and French Revolutions, but never about Haiti. This silence transcended the classroom, as Haiti […]

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Blackademics Annual Review

Published on 15 Aug 2007 at 12:50 am. 4 Comments.
Filed under academia,black culture,film,history,interviews,positivity,racial rhetoric,sexuality,technology,women's issues/feminism.

One year ago today, we published the first Blackademics Interview with John Hope Franklin. Since then, on the 15th of every month we’ve published interviews with some of the world’s most distinguised scholars, artists and activists. On our one year anniversary, I thought it would be nice put together a little tribute to celebrate one […]

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WW2’s Buffalo Soldiers, a Spike Lee joint

Published on 8 Jul 2007 at 11:20 am. 20 Comments.
Filed under film,history,positivity.

Director Spike Lee is working on a new film that will reveal an untold story of Black leadership and valour during World War 2. The film is about the U.S. Army’s all-black 92nd “Buffalo Soldier” Division, which defended Italy from Nazi occupation in the 1940s. Based on the novel, Miracle at St. Anna by James […]

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Obama, the Magic Negro, and Rush Limbaugh

Published on 7 May 2007 at 11:37 pm. 6 Comments.
Filed under film,news/politics,racism.

On March 19th, a black columnist for the L.A. Times argued that Barack Obama was the country’s newest “Magic Negro” — a term that I was first introduced to, honestly, in a Dave Chappelle skit. Little did I know, prior to watching this comedic skit, that this term existed before Dave Chappelle in academic books […]

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