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 […]

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 […]

Take Action for the Virgin Islands

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The people of the US Virgin Islands are ready to rebuild! Let’s help them make a comeback from Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Native Virgin Islander, Fortune Bay co-creator, and Land of Love and Drowning author Tiphanie Yanique recommends donating funds and supplies through the local community-based nonprofit  VI Strong. Amazon users can help out with their wish list-which ranges […]

Author and Virgin Islander Asks: Where is the “Real” America?

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Prize-winning novelist and native Virgin Islander Tiphanie Yanique skewered the Trump Administration for turning its back on the US Virgin Islands in their time of need in a New York Times op-ed this week. The Islands-St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix-are grappling with extensive damage created by Hurricane Irma. “Today Virgin Islanders are led by […]

Black to the UK

Awrite! Black and Cuba has been selected to be part of the Africa in Motion Film Festival in Glasgow, Scotland. It’s the largest film festival about the African diaspora in the United Kingdom. This is the award-winning documentary’s second public screening in the UK, the first being near Electric Avenue in London’s diverse Brixton neighborhood […]

Don’t Be Alarmed

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It is so easy to focus on the negative right now. To endlessly repeat in our minds everything that is wrong, wrong, wrong about White supremacy, fascism and the deplorable people who hold those ideals dear. It has taken me a minute to quiet my own mind and gain some clarity. The swastikas brandished in […]

Fortune Bay Series Featured at IFP Film Week

The Independent Filmmakers Project (IFP) selects the forthcoming Progressive Pupil television series Fortune Bay to its Project Forum September 17-21, 2017. The only international co-production market in the U.S., the Project Forum sets up meetings between content creators and executives, financiers, and other decision makers. Adapted from the prize-winning novel Land of Love and Drowning, the one-hour […]

9 GRAMS at the Inkwell

Steps from the famed Inkwell Beach on Martha’s Vineyard, prize-winning playwright Maisha Yearwood performs a reading of her work 9 GRAMS. Based on a true story, this surprisingly funny play follows Hollywood screenwriter Ayeesha Freeman as she endures solitary confinement in a Turkish prison because of how she looks and who she loves. A Q&A […]