Review: Season 1 of Queen Sugar

Season 1 of Queen Sugar was outstanding, engaging, enlightening, and demanding. It ended with a cliffhanger that could mean huge changes in season 2. Continue reading “Review: Season 1 of Queen Sugar”

Review: 13th

13th is a documentary written and directed by Ava DuVernay. It looks at how America came to be the country with the most incarcerated people on the planet and how institutional and societal systems keep it that way. Continue reading “Review: 13th”

Watch This: Trailer for 13th

Are you one of many people who don’t quite get what “institutionalized racism” is about? Well, Ava DuVernay’s new documentary 13th is going to explain one aspect of it to you. This film is going to be a history lesson and an eye opener for many people. I’m ready to learn something. Continue reading “Watch This: Trailer for 13th”

Watch This: New Trailer for Queen Sugar

Queen Sugar has already been renewed for a 16 episode second season before the first season begins airing. Season 1 begins on OWN on Tuesday, September 6 and Wednesday, September 7 with two nights of commercial-free TV directed by Ava DuVernay. Continue reading “Watch This: New Trailer for Queen Sugar”

Watch This: Trailer for Queen Sugar

Queen Sugar, coming to OWN, is the first TV series with episodes directed by Ava DuVernay. It’s produced by Oprah Winfrey. Starring in Queen Sugar as the Bordelon sisters are Rutina Wesley and Dawn-Lyen Gardner.  Continue reading “Watch This: Trailer for Queen Sugar”

Review: Middle of Nowhere

Middle of Nowhere is the story of Ruby (Emayatzy Corinealdi). Her husband is in prison. Ruby is ready to attend medical school when he’s incarcerated, and she drops everything in her life to visit him and support his efforts for early parole.

This film from 2012 put the dream team of director Ava DuVernay, actor David Oyelowo and cinematographer Bradford Young together as a team before Selma came along. Continue reading “Review: Middle of Nowhere”

Fighting Against Sexism, Homophobia, Racism, and Ageism on our Screens

So many things need to be changed in the way women, LGBT people,  people of color, and the old are depicted on our screens, it sometimes seems overwhelming. After Drea’s guest post from last week, this seemed a good time to mention some leaders fighting to change the dismal facts of the situation in our culture. I want to highlight and honor some of them for their efforts. Continue reading “Fighting Against Sexism, Homophobia, Racism, and Ageism on our Screens”

Watch This: Trailer for Echo Park

Echo Park is  a romance between Sophie (Mamie Gummer) and Alex (Anthony Okungbowa, who also produced) in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. The film is directed by photographer and first time director Amanda Marsalis.

The brief film synopsis is, “Echo Park is a story of two people coming together across cultural economic and racial boundaries.” Continue reading “Watch This: Trailer for Echo Park”