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’

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

Oprah Winfrey, Brad Pitt, MGM Team for Adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ ‘The Water Dancer’

Kamilah Forbes, who directed the theatrical event of Coates’ ‘Between the World and Me’, will also produce. Oprah Winfrey and Brad Pitt are teaming up to adapt The Water Dancer, the best-selling novel by Ta-Nehisi Coates, for MGM. Winfrey’s Harpo Films and Pitt’s Plan B are producing along with Kamilah Forbes, who previously developed and directed the theatrical event of Coates’ Between the World and Me at the legendary Apollo Theater and … Continue reading Oprah Winfrey, Brad Pitt, MGM Team for Adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ ‘The Water Dancer’

Ta-Nehisi Coates on Vanity Fair’s September Issue, The Great Fire

Whiteness thrives in darkness. So it was with the slave narrative. So it is with the cell phone.” ~ Ta-Nehisi Coate Last year Chicago poet Eve L. Ewing published 1919, a volume that channels her city’s Red Summer into blues. It is a magical work. The voices of house-keepers and stockyard hands are summoned. The thoughts of trains carrying black people north are conjured up. … Continue reading Ta-Nehisi Coates on Vanity Fair’s September Issue, The Great Fire

Ta-Nehisi Coates Guest Edits ‘Vanity Fair’ September Issue

WOW. Fantastic!! ~ V New York (CNN Business) – Award-winning author and writer Ta-Nehisi Coates will guest edit the September issue of Vanity Fair, the magazine’s editor-in-chief Radhika Jones told CNN Business in an exclusive interview. The issue will focus on art, activism and power in 21st century America. Jones said she and Coates had been talking about the opportunity for a while. Vanity Fair … Continue reading Ta-Nehisi Coates Guest Edits ‘Vanity Fair’ September Issue

‘Watchmen’ Cast and Filmmakers on Police, Racism and the Tulsa Massacre

If you haven’t watched the show, you really should. It is sooooo good!! And, Regina King kicks ass and takes names! ~ Vida Spoiler: If you have not seen the show, you might want to stop here. From the first moments in the premiere of HBO’s “Watchmen” last October, the show proved to be the most urgent and prescient series on television today. Rather than … Continue reading ‘Watchmen’ Cast and Filmmakers on Police, Racism and the Tulsa Massacre