Move or Be Moved: Interview With ‘Black Panther’ Actress Florence Kasumba

From the first impression, I admit I felt intimidated by Florence Kasumba. She’s beautiful, statuesque, and certainly towered over my small five-foot-nothing frame. Even though the weather was terrible that day, she walked into the room with a smile on her face and greeted people everyone and shook hands. You could tell she was...

‘Children of Blood and Bone’ will snatch your edges

Sometimes, it’s hard to review a book. You sit down to write a review, and (if you love it) you ask yourself, “what parts of the book am I going to talk about?” When it comes to Children of Blood and Bone (written by Tomi Adeyemi), I can go on and on about how...

The Cloverfield Paradox: Ava Hamilton’s Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day

I don’t know how many nerds were watching the Super Bowl on Sunday night, but I was not one of them. So, imagine my surprise when The Cloverfield Paradox, the latest entry in one of my favorite nerdy franchises dropped a trailer at halftime. Yes, J.J. Abrams and the team at Bad Robot are...

Representation Isn’t Finite And Shouldn’t Be Treated As Such

My default setting is Representation Matters. It kind of goes with the territory of being part of a marginalized group (or groups). The feeling of seeing myself in my favorite forms of media is indescribable – when it’s done well. And while we’ve made some progress, (Do you have your Black Panther outfit yet?)...

IN STUDIO With Sharon Obuobi: New African Art Podcast Launches on iTunes

In STUDIO with Sharon Obuobi is a weekly podcast series of conversations with artists, curators and influencers particularly in the African arts. Passionate about stimulating open-minded discussions as inspired by art, Sharon created the series to tell the stories of creatives and challenge listeners to see the world in new ways. The podcast airs with weekly...

Meet The Dora Milaje: The Story Behind Black Panther’s Nakia and Okoye

  Marvel’s Black Panther which premieres on February 16, 2018, takes us to a new landscape within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  We finally visit the land of Wakanda, a territory that has never been conquered and has one of the most advanced technologies in the world.  Its major resource Vibranium, is what keeps Captain America’s...

I’m Already Here: Anissa Pierce & Black Lightning’s Queer Representation

When I first saw the trailer to the CW’s Black Lightning I said, and I quote, “Sign me the eff up,” but that eff was a bit more vulgar. My black girl joy shot through the roof when a poster was released of Nafessa Williams as the eldest Pierce daughter, Anissa. Seeing a black...

‘Black Panther’ Gets Into Formation with “Lemonade” Production Designer Hannah Beachler

  You may not have seen Hannah Beachler’s name before, but you have definitely seen her work.  With notable films like Fruitvale Station, Miles Ahead, Creed, Moonlight and the remarkable film done on Beyonce’s visual album Lemonade; Hannah is a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood. And if there is anyone you want working on...

Living Single Is Infinitely Binge-Watchable Here Are 4 Reasons Why

In case you missed it, Hulu started streaming hit 90's sitcom Living Single recently. I'm here to tell you that even after all these years, the show actually holds up really damn well, and you don't have to be a 90's kid to enjoy it. Let me take you through some of the reasons...

‘Black-ish’ Continues to Frustrate With Bow’s Storyline

In black-ish's eleventh episode "Inheritance" Dre and his sister discover sometimes everything isn't a given and Bow tries to adjust to life as a stay-at-home mom, though it seems Junior has that position on lock. According to Dre, he's perfected being a great dad because he has the three rules of parenting covered; 1) Be a good...
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