The Global Significance of ‘Black Panther’ (Guest Column – Alan Jenkins)

American film and television have long been among the United States’ most capacious exports, sending to overseas audiences a pernicious inventory of racial tropes, stereotypes and distortions. Those misperceptions arrived in Asia years before my brother did. The Opportunity Agenda president Alan Jenkins writes that after years of exporting harmful depictions of Black men and women to the world, Hollywood has an “export of which … Continue reading The Global Significance of ‘Black Panther’ (Guest Column – Alan Jenkins)

The ‘Black Panther’ Revolution

How Chadwick Boseman and Ryan Coogler created the most radical superhero movie of all time Two years ago, Chadwick Boseman was in a movie called Gods of Egypt. It was not a very good movie. But in addition to its not-goodness, it also became infamous for whitewashing – casting, as ancient African deities, a white guy from Scotland, a white guy from Denmark and at … Continue reading The ‘Black Panther’ Revolution

‘Black Panther’ Composer Scored a 4-Hour Cut of the Movie

Director Ryan Coogler pushed Ludwig Goransson to use as many African sounds as possible, which led him to a South African library and its “collection of about 500 different instruments that don’t really exist anymore.” Ludwig Goransson helped Black Panther roar its way to the big screen, but the Swedish composer is well aware he might not seem like the obvious choice to tackle a film … Continue reading ‘Black Panther’ Composer Scored a 4-Hour Cut of the Movie

Black Panther’s Breakout Star Winston Duke Is Here to Call You Out

It takes a lot to stand out in a movie with a cast as stacked as Black Panther. But somehow newcomer Winston Duke manages to steal the show as M’Baku, leader of the Jabari tribe. GQ caught up with Duke to ask him what it’s like to be a part of a phenomenon your very first time out. The first words Winston Duke says in … Continue reading Black Panther’s Breakout Star Winston Duke Is Here to Call You Out

Box Office: ‘Black Panther’ Runs Past $300M Offshore, $700M WW

Wowza . . . and the numbers keep climbing – over $700 million worldwide. Wakanda Forever! After shattering expectations in his opening frame last weekend, Disney/Marvel’s Black Panther tore up another $83.8M in 55 material markets this session. That lifts the international box office to $304M and the global cume to $704M. Overall overseas, the Ryan Coogler-helmed superhero movie is now running 40% ahead of … Continue reading Box Office: ‘Black Panther’ Runs Past $300M Offshore, $700M WW

A Wrinkle in Time | Hollywood’s Once and Future Classic

I remember reading this classic with my 8th grade students many years ago. I am so glad they are making it into a movie and that Ava DuVernay is at the helm. Can’t wait to see it! ~ Vida Wrinkle will make DuVernay the fourth woman to solo-direct a movie with a budget over $100 million and the first -African-American woman ever to do so. … Continue reading A Wrinkle in Time | Hollywood’s Once and Future Classic

Teen Raises Over $20K To Send 1000 Girls To See ‘A Wrinkle In Time’

A teenager raised more than US$20,000 to help 1,000 girls see ‘A Wrinkle in Time’, according to GoFundMe. In an interview on ‘Good Morning America’, Taylor Richardson, 14, explained, “I wanted all girls, especially girls of colour, to know they can be whatever they want to be when they grow up and also can struggle and have flaws and still be successful in life.” The campaign, … Continue reading Teen Raises Over $20K To Send 1000 Girls To See ‘A Wrinkle In Time’

BBC’s Waking the Dead is coming back… but there’s a twist

BBC One’s popular police procedural drama Waking the Dead is making a comeback – but not in the way you’d expect. Rather than a full TV series, series creator Barbara Machin has written a new five-part story called ‘The Unforgiven’ that will air on Radio 4 and explore how the Cold Case Unit first came together. The prequel series will feature a new case set … Continue reading BBC’s Waking the Dead is coming back… but there’s a twist

Race, Barriers and Battling Nerves: A Candid Conversation With Oscar’s Only 4 African-American Directing Nominees in 90 Years

Gathered for the first time, Lee Daniels, Barry Jenkins, Jordan Peele and John Singleton break down the politics of who can tell what story, the doors that didn’t open and the game-changing impact of ‘Black Panther’: “It almost feels like, ‘Are black people gonna go see white people’s movies now that we have our own?’” In late January, Jordan Peele became just the fourth African-American … Continue reading Race, Barriers and Battling Nerves: A Candid Conversation With Oscar’s Only 4 African-American Directing Nominees in 90 Years