‘Girlhood’ Is The Black Girl Coming-of-Age Film I’ve Been Waiting For…Almost

So, here’s the dilemma: you really love watching movies, but you’re getting pretty sick and tired of stories with no black girls or women in them. According to most movies, black women just don’t exist – not in fantasy worlds, not in alternate realities, not even in the “real world,” nothing. We may pop up from time to time to offer a “Oh hell naw” or otherwise be sassy, but then we fade into the background yet again. Continue reading “‘Girlhood’ Is The Black Girl Coming-of-Age Film I’ve Been Waiting For…Almost”

There’s A Movie About The Nat Turner Slave Revolt And I’m So Psyched

I am so glad that actors like Nate Parker exist.

You’ll probably remember him for his roles in movies like “Beyond The Lights” and “The Great Debaters” but in my mind, he’s now the person we have to thank for there being a feature film about the Nat Turner slave revolt. Continue reading “There’s A Movie About The Nat Turner Slave Revolt And I’m So Psyched”

“People Places Things” Is My Favorite Mediocre Movie Of The Year

 

Jemaine Clement, my favorite half of Flight of the Conchords (sorry Bret), stars in “People Places Things” with not one, but two badass black women, and I am here for it.

I’m not gonna lie – at first I thought it was a trick. I saw Regina Hall looking flawless in the trailer and I was like ‘I’m gonna watch it and she’s gonna be a maid or the black best friend or something.’ But you guys, I watched it and that’s totally not the case. It’s not a trick. Someone wrote a movie and cast black actresses as love interests and funny relatable characters and I am in disbelief. Continue reading ““People Places Things” Is My Favorite Mediocre Movie Of The Year”

Merry Christmas, Hermione Is Black!

 

A lot of us have been saying it for years now: Hermione is black. Bushy hair, buck teeth, and Britishness aren’t exclusive to white people, so why the hell couldn’t Hermione be a woman of color?

J.K. Rowling agrees. Not enough to have cast a non-white girl in the films back when such a move really could have made an impact, but I digress.

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“Star-Lord and the Power of Friendship”: Why Guardians of the Galaxy Made Me Cry

Guardians of the Galaxy was about friendship and love and more friendship. It was basically Sailor Moon in space and I cried through like the whole thing.

Spoilers after the jump!

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