Small Axe Anthology Trailer

If you haven’t seen this series, you should. It is excellent!! ~ V Synopsis: “If you are the big tree, we are the small axe.” – Jamaican proverb. Small Axe is a collection of five films inspired by real-life events about ordinary people showing courage, belief, and resilience to overcome injustice and achieve something transformative in their West Indian community. The television debut by Academy … Continue reading Small Axe Anthology Trailer

“Today” A Juneteenth Poem by Lynae Vanee and More on Juneteenth!!

Growing up in Texas, we have always celebrated Juneteenth. Now, I am glad the country has finally caught up. If you don’t know about the date and its significance, please see the fabulous poem from my fabulous Spelman sistah, Lynae Vanee, and read more information below. ~ V “Today” A Juneteenth Poem by Lynae Vanee Juneteenth Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”) marks the day when … Continue reading “Today” A Juneteenth Poem by Lynae Vanee and More on Juneteenth!!

The Formidable Charm of Omar Sy

How the star of “Lupin” pulled off his greatest confidence trick. Sy is the artistic producer, the headliner, and the unmistakable raison d’être of Netflix’s hit show “Lupin.” Omar Sy was sure he saw Jesus. He had just dropped his children off at school and was driving home on Sunset Boulevard when he spotted a man with flowing hair and a long beard, dressed in … Continue reading The Formidable Charm of Omar Sy

Lupin | Official Trailer | Netflix

If you are not watching this show, you really should be. It is brilliant!! For non-French speakers, the first trailer is in English. The second one is in French. ~ V Synopsis: As a teenager, Assane Diop’s life was turned upside down when his father died after being accused of a crime he didn’t commit. 25 years later, Assane will use  Arsène Lupin, Gentleman Burglar … Continue reading Lupin | Official Trailer | Netflix

‘This is also a face of Latinidad’: How Gina Torres made producers rethink their ideas of American beauty

Editor’s Note: “This feature is part of a series highlighting some of the inspiring changemakers working to showcase a broader spectrum of Latinx artists and experiences in film and television.” (CNN) For decades, Gina Torres has carved out a career in Hollywood feeling like she couldn’t fully express herself. Now, the Afro-Latina actor is using her power to change that. The daughter of Cuban immigrants, … Continue reading ‘This is also a face of Latinidad’: How Gina Torres made producers rethink their ideas of American beauty

Jon M. Chu and In the Heights Actors Address Colorism in the Film’s Casting

Well, I was wondering if this discussion would come up, and here it is . . . well, sort of. However to say, “that’s a conversation to have” and then not have it is disingenuous! ~ V It’s unfair to put any kind of undue burden of representation on In the Heights. There are so many millions of stories—there’s a song in Heights called ‘Hundreds of … Continue reading Jon M. Chu and In the Heights Actors Address Colorism in the Film’s Casting

Taraji P. Henson to Star in ‘Annie Live’ at NBC

The former ‘Empire’ lead will play Miss Hannigan in the musical, which is kicking off a search for a young actor to play the title role. Taraji P. Henson (Empire, Hidden Figures) will star in the musical as Miss Hannigan, the cruel head of the orphanage where young Annie lives and dreams of a better life. The show’s producers are also kicking off a nationwide, virtual search for a … Continue reading Taraji P. Henson to Star in ‘Annie Live’ at NBC

Outlander to Return in Early 2022 — Get a First Look at S6

Claire and Jamie will return to our screens next year for more century-spanning, epic drama in an eight-episode season. Fancy a wee first look at Outlander season 6? On Tuesday, Starz announced the beloved, decade-hopping romance will return for its sixth season in early 2022 and, to make news of the Droughlander ending even sweeter, also shared some first look images from the new episodes. The … Continue reading Outlander to Return in Early 2022 — Get a First Look at S6

From Dashing Duke to Hollywood Heartthrob: Regé-Jean Page Reflects on Life Beyond ‘Bridgerton’

Simon was this bomb of a one-season antagonist, to be reformed and to find his true self through Daphne. I think one of the bravest things about the romance genre is allowing people a happy ending. ~ Regé-Jean Page On a cloudless spring day in Los Angeles, Regé-Jean Page is posing on a rooftop. It’s sweltering outside, and that’s not accounting for Page’s signature smolder. … Continue reading From Dashing Duke to Hollywood Heartthrob: Regé-Jean Page Reflects on Life Beyond ‘Bridgerton’

How a Suggestion From Ta-Nehisi Coates Inspired Barry Jenkins to Write ‘Moonlight’

During a recent event promoting ‘The Underground Railroad,’ the director thanked the author for pushing him to create the Oscar-winning film. On May 10, Amazon Prime Video in partnership with Film at Lincoln Center and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights hosted a private virtual event in support of the streamer’s new series The Underground Railroad. It featured Oscar winner Barry Jenkins and his … Continue reading How a Suggestion From Ta-Nehisi Coates Inspired Barry Jenkins to Write ‘Moonlight’