In graduate school, I had to attend a series of talks from magazine editors and one* of them, from Harper’s, faced a tough question from a friend of mine who asked a lot of tough questions of our guests. She read through the masthead’s list of all-male, mostly Anglo-sounding names and asked, “Where’s the diversity?” Read More
“Breathe,” Derek Charles says, as he vigorously shakes the leggy blonde psychotic in his hotel bed. “Bitch, breathe!” And with this line, another awesomely campy stalker flick is born. Trust me. You already know the plot of the newest Beyonce vehicle, Obsessed: naive married corporate exec (Elba) runs afoul of the wrong temp. You’ve seen Read More
It does the whole ‘magical people of color’ bit, which I recognize is problematic. But the pacing is great , the script is really smart, and the four leads give flawless performances. Furthermore, it’s the second feature by Tom McCarthy, who helmed The Station Agent and was last seen making up stories as Scott Templeton Read More
Tyler Perry’s fifth big screen effort and fourth adaptation from one of his stage plays, Meet the Browns, opened Friday. We didn’t comment on it when the trailer debuted—and that was intentional. I’ll explain why in a minute. First, I have a confession to make: Not counting Meet the Browns, I’ve seen every Tyler Perry Read More
The blackface still worrisome?
For the past two months, we PostBourgie pundits have been kicking around a loose and ongoing discussion about what constitutes blackface and cooning. My pet passion is more blackface-based, while Gene has stronger views on the concept of cooning. Back when we covered Angelina’s Image Award nomination, I briefly touched on my belief that playing Read More
Notice something about that clip? A very cool post on the Wilhelm Scream from io9. (Hat-tip: TooSense).
While he was campaigning in Virginia before their primary, Barack Obama stopped at T.C. Williams High School for a town hall meeting. This is where the real-life story that inspired Remember the Titans took place: a Denzel Special where a football team helps integrate the school heal the racial wounds — nay, souls— of a Read More
Time magazine has compiled a list of what it’s calling “The 25 Most Important Films on Race.” Film critic Richard Corliss amassed the films that have been included and introduced the offerings with an explanation of his criteria: To celebrate Black History Month, we’ve chosen 25 movies to honor the artistry, appeal and determination of Read More
When Malcolm D. Lee arrived on the cinematic scene with 1999’s The Best Man, audiences marked his arrival by awarding him 34,074,900 of their hard-earned movie-going dollars over the course of the film’s run. A respectable showing for any debut film, this gross afforded Lee a bit of clout coming out of the gate. Perhaps Read More