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Ceaseless wonder: A Wrinkle in Time (2018)

When I was in middle school, the stories I wrote featured Cape Verdean protagonists. This wasn’t a conscious decision. It might have been a response to all the books and movies I loved with girls who were just as smart and spunky as I was, but who didn’t look like me. I’m 27 now, and…… Continue reading Ceaseless wonder: A Wrinkle in Time (2018)

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Daughters of the Dust (1991)

Writing about a critically acclaimed film that inspired Beyonce’s Lemonade is not an easy feat. What exactly am I supposed to say about Daughters of the Dust that is new or original? I felt overwhelmed because there was so much I loved, so much to say, but I didn’t know how to begin. Its visual…… Continue reading Daughters of the Dust (1991)

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A Warm December (1973)

Viola Davis wisely said that diversity is not a trending topic. The work and commitment required to bring inclusive stories to screens both big and small must always be our focus. We have to hold Hollywood accountable, support films led by people of color, and demand representation across the board. The statistics highlighting the disparity…… Continue reading A Warm December (1973)

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2017 Blind Spots: Malcolm X (1992)

Spike Lee’s biopic of the legendary black leader is a magnum opus. Malcolm X is one of the most arresting figures in American history. He is not just black history. He preached black unity and black self love, but his condemnations of white people and white supremacy were swift and harsh. How can one possibly…… Continue reading 2017 Blind Spots: Malcolm X (1992)

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Month in Movies: March

March got me back in the groove of movie watching, with 31 new to me films. I made it to the theater twice, and was even treated to a free screening of The Women (1939) at the arthouse movie theater. Seeing it like that on the big screen made me love it way more. This…… Continue reading Month in Movies: March

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An education: Losing Ground (1982)

I pledged to watch 52 films by women this year, and watched my first this past week. Directed by Kathleen Collins, Losing Ground was also a perfect chance to see a mostly unknown indie film about a black woman directed by a black woman. Kathleen Collins was only 46 when she died of breast cancer…… Continue reading An education: Losing Ground (1982)