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’

‘I Am so Damned Proud of My Ancestors’: Barry Jenkins Honors the Beauty of Black Survival in The Underground Railroad

I am definitely watching THIS! ~ V I’m very proud to be the descendent of blacksmiths and midwives and healers and herbalists. I am very damned proud of it. I’d rather be the descendent of those people, then the descendent of kings and queens. Kings and queens have subjects— subjects this means subjugation. I am so damned proud of my ancestors and I don’t think … Continue reading ‘I Am so Damned Proud of My Ancestors’: Barry Jenkins Honors the Beauty of Black Survival in The Underground Railroad

Behind Warner Bros.’ Search for a Black Superman

Well, this could be interesting, but I know some people are about to lose their minds. At least the story will be different! ~ V After enlisting Ta-Nehisi Coates to write the latest feature on the superhero, the studio is searching for its director and star as it kick-starts the next phase of its DC universe. While promoting his Amazon Prime film Tom Clancy’s Without … Continue reading Behind Warner Bros.’ Search for a Black Superman

Critic’s Notebook: In ‘Sorry to Bother You,’ Boots Riley Makes Much-Needed Room for Black Weirdness

The new comedy starring Lakeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson is the rare film to feature deeply eccentric black characters who transcend the usual angry/noble dichotomy. In the buzzy, Sundance-feted comedy Sorry to Bother You, in theaters July 6, writer-director newcomer Boots Riley lets his black working-class freak flag fly — and he is mostly unconcerned with whether or not you’re following his trippy parade. Saturated … Continue reading Critic’s Notebook: In ‘Sorry to Bother You,’ Boots Riley Makes Much-Needed Room for Black Weirdness