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‘Parasite’—Korean director Bong Joon-ho makes a masterpiece

Korean director Bong Joon-ho (“Snowpiercer,” “Memories of Murder”) has made a new classic with “Parasite.” It’s hard to summarize what the film is about but in a pinch, I will stand on a tree branch and say that it is about class and the rage of those who are not rich.

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LaKeith Stanfield plays local lawman in ‘Knives Out’

In the new film “Knives Out” LaKeith Stanfield plays Lieutenant Elliott, a local lawman helping Benoit Blanc find Harlan Thrombey’s killer. Stanfield is the only African American in the film.

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Bronx Zoo Holiday Lights return, thru Jan. 5

Now is a great time to pull out your monthly MetroCard and Google search a path to visit New York City’s Bronx Zoo for their annual Bronx Zoo Holiday Lights.

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‘Black Christmas’—a holiday movie for horror fans

It’s the holiday season and there is something special for horror fans—“Black Christmas”—directed by Bob Clark (“Porky’s” and “A Christmas Story”).

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‘Bombshell’—suspenseful and deeply satisfying

What is the movie “Bombshell” really about? In a nutshell, “Bombshell” is a powerful movie about what selling, in America, has become.

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Sterling K. Brown and Renée Elise Goldsberry star in powerful ‘Waves’

Director Trey Edward Shults’ third feature—“Waves”—brings his new story to the screen, opening wide Nov. 22.

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‘These men are behind bars...but their voices have to be heard’

“These men are behind bars...but their voices have to be heard,” says Todd “Speech” Thomas about his new documentary “16 Bars” which opens Nov. 8 in New York.

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‘Dolemite’ now on Netflix: one of the best movies streaming!

The comedic genius that is Eddie Murphy drives the new film “Dolemite Is My Name” now playing on Netflix.

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In Scorsese’s ‘Irishman’ everybody dies—but that’s Scorsese

Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” is three hours and 30 minutes long and everyone important dies, but that’s Martin Scorsese.

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Joaquin Phoenix makes for a disturbingly likable ‘Joker’

Do you know an Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix)? Here’s the thing: you might? In director Todd Phillips “Joker” we get an up-close (too close) look at an urban nightmare a little too close to the grain.

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‘Abominable’ is a ton of family fun

I say yes, yes, yes to meeting and befriending this particular Yeti.

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‘Motherless Brooklyn’ closes NYFF, Oct. 9

In the press release for the new Warner Bros film “Motherless Brooklyn” written and directed by Edward Norton and based on the Jonathan Lethem novel about a New York detective with Tourette syndrome, the highlight is that the film is financed by African American billionaire Robert F. Smith.

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Forest Whitaker’s ‘Godfather of Harlem’ gets it right! 10 out of 10!

In “Godfather of Harlem” award-winning actor and producer Forest Whitaker gets it right as Harlem businessman of the streets, Bumpy Johnson.

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‘Hustlers’—a reason to go the movies!

The world places its proverbial foot on the necks of the woman—around the world—so it’s no surprise that women use their sexuality as a weapon, and it’s a powerful one.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates in conversation at the Apollo, Sept. 23

“The enslaved were not bricks in your road, and their lives were not chapters in your redemptive history. They were people turned to fuel for the American machine.”―Ta-Nehisi Coates, “Between the World and Me”

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57th New York Film Fest, Sept. 27-Oct. 13

There are only four more months left in the year, can you believe it? But don’t fret because the month of September brings the best in film from around the world at the annual 57th New York Film Festival (Sept. 27 – Oct. 13) presented by Film at Lincoln Center.

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‘Brittany Runs a Marathon’—a woman runs toward a better life

“Brittany Runs a Marathon” is the debut feature by playwright Paul Downs Colaizzo and is drawn from the life of his best friend, Brittany, an overweight New York woman who decided to change her life—and not just to have a pleasing figure or to improve her health.

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‘Power’ season 6—it’s lights out!

It’s over for STARZ’s New York-based series “Power” as they enter the sixth and final season.

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‘David Makes Man’—a brilliant, instant classic now on OWN

Oscar winner and Tony nominee Tarell Alvin McCraney’s first television project “David Makes Man,” which premiered Aug. 14 on the Oprah Winfrey Network—OWN, is an instant classic.

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Sherri Shepherd gives epic performance in ‘Brian Banks’

The world knows Sherri Shepherd, 52, as a very funny woman. A standup comic, she earned her spot in comedy by performing all over the U.S. before landing it big as one of the hosts on “The View.”

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‘Dora and the Lost City of Gold’—family entertainment at it’s best

It’s been 20 years since Dora the Explorer was first introduced to audiences, the character was 7 years old. The show has since become a classic and an effective teaching tool, with Dora traveling the world asking questions and solving puzzles, alongside her big-mouthed backpack and a curious monkey, Boots.

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‘Luce’ a question on tolerance as an African child soldier finds safety in America

The new indie film “Luce”—based on the JC Le’s off-Broadway play in its transformation from the stage to the big screen—retains its ability to generate conversation on the issues of prejudice, racism, and what it means to embrace American opportunities.

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Chef Kardea Brown brings Gullah/Geechee cuisine to the Food Network

Chef Kardea Brown’s new show “Delicious Ms. Brown” which debuted on the Food Network, Sunday, July 29, celebrates contemporary Gullah cuisine—something she knows intimately.

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HBO holds New York Latino Film Fest, Aug. 12-18

Mira, mis amigos it’s time to mark your calendar to celebrate The New York Latino Film Festival, the nation’s premier and most diverse Latino film festival—a touchstone of the nation’s thriving multicultural cinematic movement—which kicks off its 16th edition Monday, Aug. 12.

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‘Astronomy Club’ to land on Netflix

Hang on. Take a deep breath. Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment service with over 148 million paid memberships in over 190 countries, has ordered a new sketch comedy made by and about Black culture.

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Film at Lincoln Center announces summer 2019

Diversity, diversity, diversity and its sister word—inclusion—have become new buzz words used (so often) to announce that the entertainment industry is making needed changes in their white-as-usual programming in television and film.

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‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ is a reason to go to the movies again

Is “Spider-Man: Far From Home” worth your hard-earned money? Yes, yes it is. You might even kick yourself (hard) that you didn’t spring for that big box of popcorn.

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John Shaft lives inside the AmNews—can you dig it?

It’s 2019 and John Shaft has taken up residence inside the historic building that’s owned by the New York Amsterdam News—can you dig it?

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Jawan M. Jackson brings the bass in ‘Ain’t Too Proud’

It’s all about the bass and in the Tony-nominated (12 nominations) musical “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg—The Life and Times of the Temptations” the person in charge of bringing the bass is Jawan M. Jackson.

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‘Queen Sugar’ Season 4—will love win over betrayal?

The Queen Sugar Season 4 press luncheon, with Rutina Wesley (Nova), Dawn-Lyen Gardner (Charley) and Kofi Siriboe (Ralph Angel), provided details about season four “Queen Sugar” presented by OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network.

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Jessie T. Usher plays John Shaft Jr. in ‘Shaft’

Jessie T. Usher plays J.J., aka John Shaft Jr., a cybersecurity expert with a degree from MIT.

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2019 Oscars: The winners

Oscars 2019, it was a star-studded list of presenters will take the stage, Dana Carvey, including Mike Myers, Chef José Andrés, Queen Latifah, Congressman John Lewis, Diego Luna, Tom Morello, Trevor Noah, Amandla Stenberg, Barbra Streisand, and Serena Williams introducing the nominees

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First Black woman to earn Tony nom set to direct ‘Respect’

Liesl Tommy, the first Black woman to earn a Tony Award nomination, is set to direct “Respect” under Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures, the feature film based on the life of music icon Aretha Franklin.

Dinner and a movie were never like this!

Date night in New York City can take any direction, but there is a new way to combine dinner, drinks and a movie in the city that will impress across the board.

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‘Mary Poppins Returns’ a perfect holiday film

Directed by Rob Marshall, this musical is a festive, feel-good film from frame to frame, complete with cobblestone streets of London and smooth dance numbers.

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Robert Townsend brings new doc ‘Making The Five Heartbeats’ to Maysles

Robert Townsend the actor, comedian, writer and director is a legend. His work in the early ’90s opened the door for Black filmmakers, then and now. He let Hollywood know his tone of funny when he created the classic comedy “Hollywood Shuffle” (1987) and “Eddie Murphy Raw” (1987). That’s just a few examples of his work.

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‘Green Book’ a possible Oscar nominee

The subject that is explored in the new film “Green Book” (which is the Green Book) is registering as a surprise to a lot of non-Black theatergoers, but for our community, it’s something that was (usually) shared by the older generation in an effort to keep the listeners safe.

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‘Fantastic Beasts’ a fantastic choice this holiday season

Author J.K. Rowling was a single mother living on England’s version of public assistance, rejected by every major publishing company in the world and nearly at the end of her proverbial...

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‘Widows’—Viola Davis rules!

Steve McQueen’s powerful heist movie gives Viola Davis a strong role as a crime widow who is forced to command an operation. It’s life or death.

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Cuba Gooding Jr. is Billy Flynn in ‘Chicago’ and director of ‘Bayou Caviar’

Cuba Gooding Jr. has a larger-than-life personality, so it’s not a stretch that he was cast as Billy Flynn, the smooth-talking lawyer in the prohibition-era musical, “Chicago,” with music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and book by Ebb and Bob Fosse.

Joyce Theater hosts world premiere of ‘The Tenant’

Dance, it’s said, is the hidden language of the soul. Celebrating the pure joy of it, the Joyce Theater will debut James Whiteside’s newest work, “The Tenant.” Considered ballet’s most daring principal artist and known for his theatrical and technical versatility, Whiteside created his newest work from the novel by Roland Topor.

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Barry Jenkins confesses about ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’

On a muggy day that felt more like August than October, Oscar winner Barry Jenkins took to the stage for New York Film Festival’s free talk to give details about his highly anticipated film, “If Beale Street Could Talk,” based on James Baldwin’s novel of the same name. The film was screening at the 2018 NYFF, with its world premiere in Harlem at the famed Apollo Theater.

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Baldwin would approve of Jenkins’ ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’

One of Harlem’s most beloved sons, James Baldwin, I think, would approve of the film adaption of his 1974 novel “If Beale Street Could Talk” that “Moonlight” writer-director Barry Jenkins has lovingly crafted.

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‘Night School’—critic-proof comedy with an evergreen shelf life

Here’s the good news: the success of “Night School” by director Malcolm D. Lee does not live or die by the whim of any critic because Lee understands what’s funny to the collective “us” and by “us” I mean folks, and by “folks” I mean Black folks.

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‘Nappily Ever After’ comes to Netflix

“Nappily Ever After,” the new romantic comedy produced by Tracey Bing and based on the novel of the same name by Trisha R. Thomas is now playing on Netflix.

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‘BlacKkKlansman’—a Spike Lee masterpiece

In the old days, before Spike Lee was a legend—when he first stepped out with “She’s Gotta Have It,” in 1986, the Hollywood system didn’t think very much of Mr. Lee or anyone who looked like him.

Free public forum: ‘We Rise: A Celebration of Resistance’ at the Delacorte Aug. 13

Great artists have combined their efforts to call attention to the growing feeling (hallejah!) of resistance, and you are free to join the Public Theater (Artistic Director Oskar Eustis, Executive Director Patrick Willingham) and the Resistance Revival Chorus, Monday, Aug. 13, at 8 p.m.

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‘Christopher Robin’ is a family must this summer!

The uber bright executives at Disney know how to please kids, and in the new family comedy “Christopher Robin,” directed by Marc Forster, they have collaborated beautifully to make a great kids’ film that is perfectly suited for adults.

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Judy Reyes’ Quiet Ann swings a very big bat on ‘Claws’

There is so much to love about actress Judy Reyes, and frankly it’s a challenge to condense those attributes into a bite-sized article.

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Sherri Shepherd—a veteran in the game of comedy

I have great respect for the comedienne turned actress turned producer, Sheri Shepherd. No one can argue that, at this point in her career, she is a well-loved and seasoned veteran in the world of stand-up comedy and television.

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