Author Archives: Jonita Davis

Interview: Kellita Smith on Icons, Agency, and Legacy

Kellita Smith knows about representation in Hollywood. She was a part of the Black television. Smith claimed her space at the time and has not moved, creating an impressive filmography full of characters and stories. From her role as Wanda in the groundbreaking Bernie Mac show to her current work on Influence, Smith’s characters women are multifaceted, beautiful, Black women

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‘The Umbrella Academy’ Trips into The Civil Rights Era UnFiltered and Gets It Right!

The second season of Umbrella Academy takes the audience on a wild and trippy ride through history as they try to save the world—again. A jump into the 1960s results in the family being separated from one another, and the doomsday clock is reset. We join Five, still in a boy’s body as he tries to find and unite everyone.

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Film Review: ‘Cut Throat’ is RZA’s Lyrical Ode to Blerd Artists and Katrina’s Casualties

This review contains spoilers for Cut Throat City. Cut Throat City has the feel of an epic journey. One bolstered by the lyrical dialogue and the gothic scenery of New Orleans 9th Ward post-Katrina. It’s not the “gangster” story that the movie trailer promises, but more of a hero’s journey that is all too real for those of us who

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Black History Year-Round: Film and TV to Watch for a History Lesson

Just like Moses reruns that auto-loop their way through Easter weekend, Roots plays on repeat on just about every television at some point during Black History Month. Then, it vanishes from TV until next year. But with the country up in protest over the police murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and too many others, we need to

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SDCC 2020–What’s It Like to Live a Sci-Fi Conspiracy Out Loud?

It’s Not a Conspiracy If It’s True Comic-Con at Home today kicked off with a roster of panels geared mostly toward teachers. Never has there been a panel so perfectly timed as the “Conspiracy Theories and Propaganda Through Pop Culture” panel, which featured STEM teacher Guadalupe de la O, writer G.L. Lambert, teacher a YouTube personality J.D. Lombardi, and writer

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10 Facts On the Dahomey Amazons of ‘Woman King’

According to Deadline, Mario Bello’s story about the Dahomey Amazons, titled Woman King, has a director. Gina Prince-Bythewood will direct the film starring Viola Davis as Nanisca, the General of the women warrior army. Lupita Nyong’o will be Nanisca’s daughter and second in command Nawi. Outside of these details, most of us are hard-pressed to drop any facts about this

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