Movie Trailer of the Day: “The Stanford Prison Experiment”

This movie boasts a wonderful cast of actors I could see winning awards for their future work, should they continue on the career paths they are on, including Ezra Miller, Thomas Mann, Michael Angarano, and Olivia Thirlby. Kudos to Matt Bennett aka Robbie of “Victorious” for gaining a role in this film! The “Victorious” alumni are killing it right now.

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Why You Should Watch HBO’s “The Normal Heart”

I was expecting to have my heart ripped out of my chest witnessing Ryan Murphy’s TV adaptation of “The Normal Heart”. Mission accomplished. I’m still thinking about this movie and the truly solid performances created by the whole cast. My generation’s knowledge of HIV and AIDS was mainly and firstly molded by television and film, with movies like “Philadelphia” & “The Ryan White Story” and interviews with inspiring individuals such as Hydeia Broadbent. In the past decade it seems as though more attention has been paid to teen moms and gonorrhea. Where has the serious talk about HIV/AIDS gone?

Thanks to current movies like “Dallas Buyers Club” and now “The Normal Heart”, a younger generation can get schooled on the cause and effects of this disease. HIV/AIDS still exists and more needs to be done to let people know about it.

Besides getting educated about the first moments in which New York and the rest of America were beginning to see the results of HIV/AIDS in the human body, there were some spectacular moments in “The Normal Heart” that warrant Emmy awards. Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Joe Mantello, and Julia Roberts were especially magnificent in the HBO film. If they do not get Emmy nominations, along with Ryan Murphy, the Twittersphere will go nuts.

 

Um, Dencia….What Is This Skin Bleaching Basic Nonsense?!?

This, this, and this alone should help explain why “Whitenicious” by Dencia is an abomination. It’s one thing to want to put a doctor prescribed pea-sized dollop of hydroquinone on your face or any other part of your body to lighten a dark spot that resulted from acne or other trauma to the skin. But I sense something much more grave after reading the interview conducted between Drexel professor Yaba Blay and African pop star Dencia.

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African pop star Dencia: Before & After

Oh, might I add that Dencia recently lashed out at Lupita Nyong’o on the best platform to get one’s frustration and hate out: Twitter.

Props to Ebony Magazine for running the interview between Dencia and Professor Yaba Blay, and major props to Blay for conducting the interview and keeping it real. Let’s keep this discussion about colorism going because until we confront it head on, we will never learn and repair from its insidious effects.

The Descendants of Solomon Northup

One of the reasons I love The Hollywood Reporter are reports such as this. Under Janice Min’s editorial direction, the publication has been one of my favorites for the past five years to read at home or on the go.

My respect is raised even higher for THR after seeing these portraits of Solomon Northup’s descendants. Staff members manages to track down five generations of his family members for portraits. I feel honored just looking at these photographs. May his legacy live on!

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Best News Heard All Day: “12 Years A Slave” Will Be Sent To Public High Schools Nationwide

I had never heard of Solomon Northup’s story until last year and that is tragic and all too common of a statement. I am an advocate for education and I believe that stories like Northup’s should be taught in public and private schools. In order to progress, you must know your history. Fortunately, Steve McQueen’s must-see film “12 Years a Slave”, a study guide accompaniment, and Northup’s memoir are going to be sent to public high schools across America. This news demonstrates the power of film at its best.

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