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Taking Another Look at 'For Colored Girls'

  • By Abdul Ali
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  • February 26, 2013 4:57 PM
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Not too long ago, director Tyler Perry became a target for criticism after deciding to adapt Ntzoke Shange’s seminal genre-bending 1975 choreopoem "For Colored Girls Who’ve Considered Suicide When The Rainbow is Enuf" to screen

'Eve's Bayou': Sixteen Years Later

  • By Abdul Ali
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  • February 25, 2013 3:32 PM
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"Eve's Bayou" (1997) has become a contemporary classic in Black cinema. Directed by Kasi Lemmons and set in the early 1960s in Louisiana, the film is primarily a family drama. It also has the distinction of being about a specific place that wasn't absorbed into the Civil Rights and Black Power movements that were picking up steam across the country around that time.

Why Hollywood Needs More (Black) Leading Ladies

  • By Abdul Ali
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  • February 24, 2013 5:21 PM
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Nothing makes you shift in your seat at the cinema more than a brilliantly-acted scene by a leading lady. However, African American actresses with star power are too often relegated to supporting roles. For your viewing pleasure, we’d like to honor the many hard-working, Black leading ladies in the industry with this gallery of short clips featuring powerful Oscar-nominated Black actresses.

Carmen Jones: The Original Funny Valentine

  • By Abdul Ali
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  • February 14, 2013 2:55 PM
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Valentine’s Day means movies in heavy rotation with juicy romantic plots, but none come close to “Carmen Jones.”

Why Denzel's Already Won (And He Doesn't Need An Oscar To Prove It)

  • By Abdul Ali
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  • February 14, 2013 2:38 PM
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If Denzel Washington wins the best actor Oscar this month, it won't break any obvious records; the actor won his first Academy Award in 1990. However, his role as Whip Whitaker in "Flight" (now available on XFINITY On Demand™) stands out for a reason made plain by the film's review in the New York Times: "Flight Stars Denzel Washington as an Alcoholic Pilot.”