Life is like Playing an Orchestrated Piece of Music in "Fences"

Life is like Playing an Orchestrated Piece of Music in "Fences"

  Troy Maxson makes his living as a sanitation worker in 1950s Pittsburgh. Maxson once dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player, but was deemed too old when the major leagues began admitting black athletes. Bitter over his missed opportunity, Troy creates further tension in his family when he squashes his son’s chance to meet…

WILL RECORD-BREAKING DIVERSITY AT THE OSCARS EQUAL RECORD-BREAKING WINS?
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WILL RECORD-BREAKING DIVERSITY AT THE OSCARS EQUAL RECORD-BREAKING WINS?

Could it be a zero sum gain at the Oscars this year for diversity? The answer is probably not. If you think that a record breaking number of blacks nominated for an Oscar this year will equal a record breaking number of wins then you are correct. The most wins in a single year at…

IS DENZEL WASHINGTON THE G.O.A.T.?
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IS DENZEL WASHINGTON THE G.O.A.T.?

It’s not easy for me to admit that I’ve been standing in the same place for 18 years,” Denzel Washington’s character tells his wife, played by Viola Davis. “I’ve been standing with you,” she cries out, and the audience feels goosebumps as they watch her face and his overcome with wretched truth and regret. Watch…

THE 100 BEST BLACK MOVIES (EVER)
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THE 100 BEST BLACK MOVIES (EVER)

What is a black film? It’s a film about the black experience. It’s also a movie that is written, directed or produced by someone black. Or a film that stars blacks in the lead roles. The following is the list of the best black films ever made. Originally compiled in 2007 it has been updated…

#OSCARSSOWHITE MAY BE TAKING A VACATION THIS YEAR
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#OSCARSSOWHITE MAY BE TAKING A VACATION THIS YEAR

The African American Film Critics Association (full disclosure I co-founded the organization) proclaimed that 2016 was the best year ever for black film. That bold statement will be validated by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization that hands out the Oscars. When they announce their nominees on January 24th no less…

2017 Golden Globes Predictions: The Winners and Even More Losers
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2017 Golden Globes Predictions: The Winners and Even More Losers

This is the Beverly Hilton crasher’s guide to the Golden Globes. Lawd knows I’ve done it enough times. Just trying to get access to the hottest award show of the year.  The Golden Globes is a fun party. And I love the people that run it. They cool. I’ve actually hung out with a few…

A VERY UNAPOLOGETICALLY BLACK YEAR IN MOVIES AND TV
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A VERY UNAPOLOGETICALLY BLACK YEAR IN MOVIES AND TV

“Burn Hollywood burn I smell a riot Goin’ on first they’re guilty now they’re gone/Yeah I’ll check out a movie/But it’ll take a black one to move me” –Public Enemy That was no problem in 2016. The amount of quality feature films, documentaries and TV shows released in 2016 about the black experience easily make…