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6 Afrofuturism Films You Need to See

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By Diamond 8:35 am June 30, 2015 By L.G. Parker Afrofuturism has been described as, ”the intersection between black culture, technology, liberation and the imagination, with some mysticism thrown in, too. It can be expressed through film; it can be expressed through art, literature and music. It’s a way of bridging the future and the past […]

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Dope: The 21st Century Hood Comedy

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By Diamond 11:42 am June 26, 2015 By Jayy Dodd It may seem like White kids have had a closed market on teen comedies that combine relatable angst, beautiful love interests, and witty dialogue, but Dope (2015) was just like nah. Director Rick Famuyiwa, of The Wood and Brown Sugar fame, used his upbringing in […]

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Short Film Pays Homage to Islan Nettles

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By Diamond 12:15 pm June 11, 2015 A new experimental short, ‘Trans lives matter! Justice for Islan Nettles, was filmed during a vigil held for Islan Nettles. Nettles was viciously beaten and murdered in 2013. Watch the seven minute film below:

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3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets: A Chilling Documentary on the Murder of Jordan Davis

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By Diamond 1:25 pm June 10, 2015 A new documentary, 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets, follows the impact Jordan Davis‘ murder on his parents and explores the role of race in his death. The film will premiere in limited release on June 19th. Watch the trailer below: Photo: 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets

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Azealia Banks to Star in RZA’s ‘Coco’

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By Diamond 11:43 pm May 27, 2015 Azealia Banks is set to play the tile character in the RZA directed film, “Coco”. Banks’ character is described as ”an aspiring twenty-something rapper who wants a career in hip hop, but is torn by her parents’ dreams that she finish college. She gives in. While in the classroom, […]

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The Last Black Man in San Francisco

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By Diamond 10:46 am May 21, 2015   There’s a lot of dope black films to look forward to. The latest in the Kickstarter game is The Last Black Man in San Francisco. The film details the real life consequences of gentrification. From Kickstarter: The Last Black Man in San Francisco is a feature-length narrative film […]

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‘Honeytrap’ Film Explores Girlhood and Gangs

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By Diamond 12:32 pm May 7, 2015 “Honeytrap” tells the story of a young girl who sets up her ex-boyfriend to be killed by her current boyfriend his crew. The story is ripped straight from the headlines from a 2008 case. The film premieres in the UK this weekend. Plans for US distribution have not […]

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‘Fried IceCream’ Is the Coming-of-Age Film You’ve Been Waiting For

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By Diamond 11:53 am May 6, 2015 “Fried IceCream” is a coming-of-age film that follows friends Sloan and Akeebah during this last semester of college. With so few coming-of-age films that star black women, a movie like this is needed. Check out the trailer below and learn more at the film’s Indiegogo page. Photo: Fried […]

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Nina Simone Documentary Drops Next Month

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By Diamond 9:25 am May 5, 2015 The trailer for “What Happened, Miss Simone” is finally here. The film explores the triumphs and tribulations of Nina Simone’s life. The documentary by Liz Garbus is not to be confused with the controversial biopic starring Zoe Saldana. The film will be released on June 26th. Photo: Nina […]

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‘Dope’ Is the Film We’ve Been Waiting For

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By Diamond 12:22 pm April 27, 2015 Dope, the day-in-the-life film we profiled earlier, has finally released its official trailer. Dope follows Malcolm (Shameik Moore) as he becomes entangled in a drug dealer’s ring. The film stars A$AP Rocky, Zoë Kravitz, and Chanel Iman. It drops June 19. Photo: Dope/IMDB

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