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Sight and Sound Online - Rewind Fast Forward: On Sandi Hughes' Radical Film Archive

What is it that we want when we go to the cinema, turn on the television, or go to YouTube to entertain ourselves? Read more

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Little White Lies - On the Measured Anger of James Baldwin and Kendrick Lamar

While it has been showered with a great many (much deserved) compliments and labels, one word that could never be used to describe Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro is ‘conventional’. Read more

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Polyester Zine - Romantic Comedy University

Romantic comedies are given a hard rep. Read more

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Polyester Zine - 200 Cigarettes is the Best Trashy NYE Film Ever

Forgive me for being controversial but I’ve gotta start with a statement – New Year’s Eve is the worst. Read more

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Media Diversified - Spike Lee: Black Director, Black Star?

Whiling away an evening playing a casual game of “which director is the most attractive?” (actors who have also directed notwithstanding, Paul Thomas Anderson and Ryan Coogler are my answers for those who are curious) with friends led me to ponder something – how is it possible that some directors are able to elevate themselves to the level of Hollywood stars? Read more

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gal-dem Zine (posted on i-d) - How Music Videos Helped Me Fill In the Blanks of my Black Girlhood

The early 2000s were an odd time to grow up. Read more

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The F-Word -Interview with Gina Prince-Bythewood

Gina Prince-Bythewood is one of the US film industry’s most solid presences, making insightful and moving films that touch upon the many facets of black life.  Read more

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BFI - 6 Films to Watch Before You Watch Moonlight

Every year when awards season rolls around, the nominations are dominated by films dedicated to the lives and deeds of white men and women. Read more

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BFI - Why 1992 - 2002 Was the Golden Age of the Black Romantic Comedy

There is joy to be found in the formulaic nature of the romantic comedy. Read more

gal-dem - American Honey review

Displacement is a dangerous thing. There’s no feeling worse than not feeling at home in your own home, or worse, your own body. As someone of mixed heritage I’ve constantly felt displaced in a world where getting “where you from”-ed is a common conversation starter. Read more

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Bitch Flicks - Endearing Interracial Romance in Flirting

It’s easy to assume as soon as a film starts with a pining white boy’s voiceover, that we’re in for the same tired story that we’ve seen a million times. Read more

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The F-Word - Dear White People Review

If we’re lucky, it happens about once a year. Read more

 

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BFI - In Praise of Don Cheadle in Boogie Nights

Black masculinity is something that’s easily misrepresented in cinema.  Read more

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gal-dem - A United Kingdom Review

The characters and scenarios in Amma Asante’s A United Kingdom are like ghosts – they’re long gone, long dead, and yet there is still a resonance and urgency to them that keeps pushing through to our subconscious, never letting us quite forget. Read more

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Media Diversified - Why Do Black Stars Matter?

People have many different methods of self-preservation. Read more

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Bechdel Test Fest's Girls Gotta Eat Zine - Gender and Gators in Beasts of the Southern Wild

Like any good-willed film made by a white director about non-white people, the reputation of Beasts of the Southern Wild, directed by friendly white man Benh Zeitlin, now flits between lazy racist stereotypes and a truthful depiction of Hurricane Katrina. Purchase here

 

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The Guardian - Clip Joint: Girl Bands

Women in music-centric films don’t always have to be groupies, thankfully. Read more