New “Black Panther” Trailer is all Motherships and AfroFuturism

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Today director Ryan Coogler and Marvel Studios dropped another edge-snatching preview of the most anticipated superhero film in the diaspora’s history. It seems Coogler’s visionary film crew and talented cast (which includes Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, and Academy Award nominee Angela Bassett) are channeling Parliament Funkadelic and Sun Ra with a side of LaBelle. The trailer’s soundtrack draws from the Godfather of hip hop, Gil Scott-Heron, and his everlasting track The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.

Black Panther arrives in theaters Black History Month 2018.

LGBT Mag Critiques 9 GRAMS Play

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The pioneering LGBT magazine The Advocate called 9 GRAMS “heartfelt and often humorous” in a glowing review of the play that appears in both its print and online publications. Writer David Artavia explains playwright Maisha Yearwood “has written a brutally honest and poignant one-woman play…putting on full display the ugly truth of what it means to be a targeted Black lesbian American traveling and living abroad.” Peep the full review here.

Go to 9GRAMS.com more information about the next performance of 9 GRAMS.

Eminem Trump Diss: Woke or Broke?

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Eminem offered President Trump a thorough read in a freestyle recorded for the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards called “The Storm.”

After going in on how Trump has fanned the flames of the national anthem controversy…

But this is his form of distraction
Plus, he gets an enormous reaction
When he attacks the NFL so we focus on that in
-stead of talking Puerto Rico or gun reform for Nevada
All these horrible tragedies and he’s bored and would rather
Cause a Twitter storm with the Packers

The most acclaimed White rapper of all time concluded with:

‘Cause like him in politics, I’m using all of his tricks
‘Cause I’m throwin’ that piece of shit against the wall ’til it sticks
And any fan of mine who’s a supporter of his
I’m drawing in the sand a line: you’re either for or against
And if you can’t decide who you like more and you’re split
On who you should stand beside, I’ll do it for you with this:
“Fuck you!”

Ending with a Beyoncé classic middle finger up.

Since he burst into hip hop with the classic single “Slim Shady,” Eminem has received a lot of blowback from the culture about how his Whiteness allowed him to crossover to the mainstream and stay there despite homophobic and misogynistic lyrics. All while Black rappers were (rightly) excoriated for the same actions.

Pupils, in light of (pun intended) Eminem’s enjoyment of White Privilege is his Trump rant woke or broke?

See the full performance below.

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Recognize

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Happy Labor Day Weekend!

Between screening Black and Cuba and working on my new multi-platform project 9 GRAMS, I’ve spent some time this summer thinking about the Black woman’s image.  Of course in one way or another I’ve been thinking about it my entire life by looking in the mirror and beholding the relentless glamour of my mother and grandmother while I was growing up. In creating films that center Black women’s perspectives and – frankly- a lifetime of struggling to valorize my own, I’ve come to realize the most empowering and aesthetically beautiful representations of Black women are the ones we create ourselves.