Tessa Thompson Is the Heavyweight Champ of Creed II

For me, the mark of true equality will be when we get to be mediocre. I feel like we [Black actors] are all exceptional because you have to be. It will just be nice when you get to be average. ~ Tessa Thompson Tessa Thompson is a superhero, full stop. In the past year alone, she’s starred in Sorry to Bother You, Annihilation, and Creed … Continue reading Tessa Thompson Is the Heavyweight Champ of Creed II

Creed II Trailer #2

OMGawd!!! I cannot wait for this movie. Who’s with me? Synopsis: Under the tutelage of Rocky Balboa, newly crowned light heavyweight champion Adonis Creed faces off against Viktor Drago, the son of Ivan Drago. Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson, Sylvester Stallone, Phylicia Rashād, Florian Munteanu, Dolph Lundgren Directed By: Steven Caple Jr. ~ Video via Movieclips Trailers US Release Date: November 21, 2018   … Continue reading Creed II Trailer #2

Golden Trailer Awards: ‘Black Panther,’ Netflix Top Winners List

No surprise here. We knew Black Panther would win some awards for outstanding marketing/advertising of the movie. ‘Black Panther’ took home the top honor and the most awards of any one film at the 19th annual ceremony, while ‘Stranger Things’ and ‘Westworld’ won big in the television category. Black Panther took home the top honor and the most awards of any one film at the … Continue reading Golden Trailer Awards: ‘Black Panther,’ Netflix Top Winners List

Michael B. Jordan Explains Why He Originally Turned Down ‘Fahrenheit 451’

“I wasn’t interested in playing an authoritative figure,” Jordan told THR, citing “what’s going on in the world with police and my community.” “Being a black man, I didn’t want to play somebody who’s an oppressor,” Michael B. Jordan told The Hollywood Reporter during the Drama Actor Roundtable on why he originally turned down his role in HBO’s Fahrenheit 451.  I just didn’t want that … Continue reading Michael B. Jordan Explains Why He Originally Turned Down ‘Fahrenheit 451’

Today: Saudi Arabia Prepares for First Public Cinema Opening in 35 Years

‘Black Panther’ is set to make history on Wednesday night in Riyadh, with 40 seconds of the film having been cut by local censors. For Saudi Arabia’s film industry, April 18, 2018 should go down in history. At roughly 9 p.m. in Riyadh (11 a.m. PT), around 600 guests will sit down in a refitted ultra-modern conference hall in the King Abdullah Financial District to … Continue reading Today: Saudi Arabia Prepares for First Public Cinema Opening in 35 Years

It Happened: Black Panther Just Crushed Titanic’s 21-Year-Old Box Office Record

Now, Black Panther has taken down the Titanic. Black Panther train is showing no signs of slowing down. The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s latest superhero story ripped through the box office following its Feb. 16 debut, bringing in hundreds of millions and even earning Oscar buzz. Naturally, the film has also been demolishing box office records previously held by pop-culture juggernauts such as The Dark Knight … Continue reading It Happened: Black Panther Just Crushed Titanic’s 21-Year-Old Box Office Record

‘Black Panther’ to Break Saudi Arabia’s 35-Year Cinema Ban

WOW! Another first for Black Panther. Wakanda forever. Marvel’s superhero blockbuster will help open the first movie theater in Saudi Arabia on April 18, ending a 35-year ban on cinemas. Black Panther is set to make some more history. Marvel’s record-breaking superhero blockbuster — which has already amassed north of $1.2 billion since launching in February — will herald Saudi Arabia’s long-awaited return to the … Continue reading ‘Black Panther’ to Break Saudi Arabia’s 35-Year Cinema Ban

Michael B. Jordan to Produce a Different Kind of Black Panther Story Next

In the wake of Black Panther’s monster success, Michael B. Jordan has lined up the kind of project that would make any Wakandan proud. His latest film, The Liberators, for which he’s signed on as a producer, will bring us the story of World War II’s 761st Tank Battalion, a wholly African-American combat unit whose accomplishments on the battlefield helped convince President Harry Truman to … Continue reading Michael B. Jordan to Produce a Different Kind of Black Panther Story Next

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