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Black Survival in the Uchromatic Dark

December 18, 2012
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Black Survival in the Uchromatic Dark

By Tavia Nyong’o With all the rock dinosaurs that thundered the Madison Square Garden dome during Wednesday’s 12-12-12 benefit concert, a viewer might have missed that the event also meant to showcase the resilient ordinary people of the greater New York and New Jersey area whose lives were upended by Hurricane Sandy. As with...
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Not the Belle of the Ball: Bernice, An Unconventional Girl About Town in Jennifer Lopez’s "South Beach Tow"

November 20, 2012
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Not the Belle of the Ball: Bernice, An Unconventional Girl About Town in Jennifer Lopez’s "South Beach Tow"

By Lillie Anne Brown It was, at first, a voyeuristic peek during an untailored pass-by, a fleeting look here, a backward glance there, one foot past and two steps removed. Sustained viewership of such a show surely wouldn’t bode well—privately or publicly—for a lettered sister, I theorized. Eventually, however, South Beach Tow, the Jennifer...
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A Feminist Review of Hotel Transylvania

October 19, 2012
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Hotel Transylvania is an animated movie about a hotel for monsters. The film starts by following the lives of two main characters, Mavis and her father, Dracula. In the movie we (the audience) get to experience Mavis’s 118th birthday. All of the monsters come to the hotel for protection and to see Mavis. Count...
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Sisters in Cinema: Where are the Black Women Film Directors?

July 30, 2012
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Sisters in Cinema: Where are the Black Women Film Directors?

By Evette Dionne Last week, the Twitterverse was gifted a priceless nugget when film director Ava DuVernay and her guild, AFFRM, released the trailer for her anticipated movie, Middle of Nowhere. The acclaimed project, which highlights the women and families that mass incarceration leaves behind, earned DuVernay the coveted Sundance Film Festival award for...
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"Shooting For My Own Hand”: A Review of Brave

July 21, 2012
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"Shooting For My Own Hand”: A Review of Brave

By Willa Kirsch-Stancliff and Mason Casper-Milam Merida is the main character in the new Disney Pixar movie Brave.  She is a strong-willed female lead and an amazing archer. However, as good as these traits may sound for that time period, girls and women could not fight and did not have much choice in family...
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Spinning on Blackness: Wading through the Contradictions of Frank’s Ocean

July 18, 2012
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Spinning on Blackness: Wading through the Contradictions of Frank’s Ocean

By Nicholas Brady Those African persons in “Middle Passage” were literally suspended in the “oceanic”… these captive persons, without names that their captors would recognize, were in movement across the Atlantic, but they were also nowhere at all. Inasmuch as, on any given day, we might imagine, the captive personality did not know where...
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“Coming Out” To Cash?: Frank Ocean and Social Progression

July 16, 2012
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“Coming Out” To Cash?: Frank Ocean and Social Progression

By David J. Malebranche Last week, social media was set ablaze when Frank Ocean publicly released a letter describing a love experience he had during the summer of his 20th year of life.  When he dared to not change the pronoun of his exquisitely described love interest from “he” to “she” in said letter,...
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License to Pimp

July 9, 2012
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License to Pimp

When there is talk of workers’ rights and labor laws, most of us have already formed a specific image of the workers in question, and some, even if vague, idea of possible legislative inequities. In her upcoming documentary, License to Pimp, filmmaker Hima B. challenges mainstream perceptions of labor rights revealing the gender discrimination...
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TFW Profile: Kym Backer, Senior Editor of Upscale Magazine

June 25, 2012
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TFW Profile: Kym Backer, Senior Editor of Upscale Magazine

By Darnell L. Moore and Tamura A.Lomax What is left for one to do when she has done everything from interviewing heads of state, writing travel notes on far away and magical places, penning reviews of Lamborghini’s and other notable cultural productions, and profiling up and coming leaders like Mayor Cory A. Booker?  Well,...
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Lourdes Portillo Retrospective at MoMA

June 21, 2012
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Lourdes Portillo Retrospective at MoMA

A retrospective of the films/videos of Lourdes Portillo opens tomorrow, June 22nd, at the MoMA in New York. “Lourdes Portillo: La Cineasta Inquisitiva” celebrates the notable achievements of the San Francisco-based filmmaker. In the span of thirty years, Portillo has made over twenty films and videos whose topics range from human rights and feminicide...
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