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In too many black coming-of-age films, black people don’t have lives, they have agendas. In 1991’s “Boyz N the Hood,” we get lectured on inner-city crime. 2006’s “ATL” educates us on  growing up poor. In 2015’s “Dope,” the main character actually addresses the audience to judge how we expect a ...

The best of “The Birth of Nation,” which Nate Parker directed, co-wrote and stars in, rattles you with its power and conviction. You come away from Parker’s film, which took seven years to get to the big screen, feeling his heartbeat in every frame. Some viewers will dismiss “The Birth ...

The terror and horror of this day fifteen years ago permanently traumatized this country in a way that, like many momentous events in America’s history, has seeped into the national psyche and been filtered out through popular culture and mass media. Movies in particular have soaked up the imagery and ...
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“Finding Dory,” the sequel to Pixar Animation Studio’s 2003 classic, “Finding Nemo,” swam into theaters on Friday. The film earned $136 million in North America its opening weekend, a record for a Pixar film. Reviews from critics have also been very kind. But is “Finding Dory” better than its predecessor? ...
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his Father’s Day weekend, my mind keeps running back to the strong fictional images of fatherhood throughout my lifetime. The most prevalent of those being Bill Cosby’s role as Heathcliff Huxtable on 1984’s “Cosby Show.” Many of my favorite moments on “The Cosby Show” are when Denise Huxtable (Lisa Bonet) ...
Black girl lounging in bed. Photo via Flickr (Good_1)

In the Fall of 2012 during my freshman year at Howard University, I was introduced to the grave effects of sexual assault by my friend, Alice.* Alice and I were sitting in the cafeteria laughing during DJ night with a group of friends. As hits from the 90s spun in ...
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