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The First Black Princess

Published on 11 Mar 2007 at 2:58 pm. 11 Comments.
Filed under black image,entertainment,film,mainstream culture.

15 years ago the Disney classic Aladdin made history by introducing the world to princess Jasmine, the first leading lady of color in a Disney film. Jasmine joined the ranks of Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and the fish-lady Ariel as the heroines of the Disney princess dynasty. Since 1992, Pocahontas and Mulan have joined […]

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Stomped Out

Published on 13 Jan 2007 at 11:05 pm. 16 Comments.
Filed under black image,film,racism.

This week in Barak Obama’s home territory of Illinois, the owner of a mid-west theatre chain, Kerasotes Theatres, took measures to ban a controversial new film on Black culture, for fears that it might ignite gang violence. I’m sure you’re all wondering which outrageous Black film merits such extreme action, perhaps a new Spike Lee […]

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The Last King of Scotland? Don’t Get Your Hopes Up.

Published on 10 Nov 2006 at 12:17 am. 6 Comments.
Filed under diaspora,film.

This weekend I had the opportunity to check out The Last King of Scotland. Having seen Catch a Fire last weekend, I was excited about the opportunity to see another film about African resistance. However, The Last King of Scotland was certainly not that story. Walking into the theater I knew that the film was […]

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Catch, Catch a Fire.. Before it Burns out

Published on 1 Nov 2006 at 8:02 pm. 9 Comments.
Filed under entertainment,film.

A few months ago, I brought up Two New Black Films that were coming out. One of them was Catch A Fire, which hit theaters this weekend (the other was The Last King of Scotland). Ladies and Gentlemen, we all need to go see this movie. Not only was the film full of beautiful black […]

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Is Jesus Black?

Published on 29 Oct 2006 at 11:33 pm. 7 Comments.
Filed under entertainment,film,mainstream culture.

The first American film to portray Jesus as a black man opens this weekend in select theaters. Haitian-American filmmaker Jean Claude LaMarre writes, produces and stars in “Color of the Cross.” An article on continues: LaMarre said the film was intended as a step towards rehabilitating the portrayal of black characters in Hollywood films […]

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Moulin Rouge + Outkast = Idlewild

Published on 23 Sep 2006 at 10:49 am. 5 Comments.
Filed under entertainment,film.

When I heard that Outkast was coming out with a movie, I got excited. I’ve been a fan since Southernplayalisticcadillacmuzik. When I heard that the film would be directed by Bryan Baber, director of many of Outkast’s music videos, and would be filmed in my home state (North Carolina stand up!!!), I was even more […]

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2 new Black films.. i’m excited!

Published on 1 Sep 2006 at 11:27 am. 3 Comments.
Filed under entertainment,film.

So last night, I went to see Idlewild (I will leave a review/commentary of this film to our resident Blackademic filmmakers, MK Asante, Jr. and Neil Williams) and I peeped previews for two new Black films. The Last King of Scotland, a film about the violent and eccentric Ugandan dictator, Idi Amin (and don’t get […]

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Spike Lee and the Blackristocracy

Published on 16 Aug 2006 at 9:15 am. 7 Comments.
Filed under black culture,entertainment,film.

An article published yesterday in New York Magazine offers insight to Spike Lee’s lifestyle and his place in the Blackristocracy (or black upper-class). Apparently, Spike Lee’s success as a filmmaker did not guarantee his place in the black upper-class, in fact, Spike would have to marry into this elite circle. Spike Lee’s wife, Tonya Lewis […]

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