Mary J. Blige on “Unexpected” Hollywood Success, Revisiting Trauma in ‘My Life’ and Losing Mentor Andre Harrell

Harrell, who died last year, discovered Blige in Yonkers, New York: “He told me I was going to make it,” the singer reflects. Academy Award nominee Mary J. Blige revisits her landmark album, 1994’s deeply personal My Life, in a new Amazon Prime Video documentary out June 25. But no examination of her career would be complete without Andre Harrell, the Uptown Records founder who discovered Blige and … Continue reading Mary J. Blige on “Unexpected” Hollywood Success, Revisiting Trauma in ‘My Life’ and Losing Mentor Andre Harrell

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’

Amazon Studios Buys Stacey Abrams Voting Rights Documentary

Amazon Studios has acquired worldwide rights to an untitled voting rights documentary for Story Syndicate centering on insights from politician, lawyer and author Stacey Abrams. Following a theatrical run, the film will be released on Amazon Prime Video later this year. It’s directed by Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning filmmaker Liz Garbus and Lisa Cortés. Abrams is a producer along with Garbus, Cortés and Dan Cogan. Abrams … Continue reading Amazon Studios Buys Stacey Abrams Voting Rights Documentary

‘Hunters’ | Jordan Peele’s ’70s-Set Nazi-Hunting Series Gets First Look

Well now, this might be interesting. I love seeing that all these young Black actors will be in the show. ~ Vida Amazon Prime Video’s vengeance-driven Nazi-hunting series executive produced by Academy Award winner Jordan Peele. Cast includes Al Pacino, Kate Mulvany, James Le Gros, Ebony Obsidian, Caleb Emery, Henry Hunter Hall, Jeannie Berlin, Logan Lerman, Jerrika Hinton, Josh Radnor as well as Lena Olin, … Continue reading ‘Hunters’ | Jordan Peele’s ’70s-Set Nazi-Hunting Series Gets First Look