Black people beware: don’t let Black Panther joy mask Hollywood’s racism

Black Panther director/co-writer Ryan Coogler has given black people throughout the world an imagined Africa that has been wholeheartedly embraced, earning over USD$1 billion dollars globally so far. This embrace is due, primarily, to the presentation of so many beautiful, black bodies onscreen, including an extravagant representation of fierce, and fashionable, black women. Also appealing is the portrayal of an […]

Mumia Abu Jamal on “Sex Wars”

  The scandals of Hollywood’s so-called “casting couch” have burst forth like a river, said the nation’s best known political prisoner, “and the names of nationally known politicians began to fill the air.” Mumia Abu Jamal believes a real “movement” is afoot. “We are seeing the extraordinary costs” of the casting couch, he said, “but this time, […]


Erica Armstrong Dunbar It appears that Hollywood is interested in Black lives—and I hope this is not a passing fad. Major motion pictures and cable network biopics have begun to offer more nuanced viewing options for those of us who are interested in African American history. Recently released films such as The Butler, Fruitvale Station, and Selma have woven […]

Zero Dark Nigger

by Chris Stevenson During the annual Golden Globe awards, film director Quentin Tarantino responded backstage to the issue of his use of the N-word in his latest controversial movie “Django Unchained:”   “If somebody is out there actually saying when it comes to the word nigger, the fact that I was using it in the […]

Mind food

by Starkim No sir, they don’t want another Jonathan Jackson. They want a masked man, later identified as a Black man. It’s more mysterious. Our enemy is serious. And I’ve been saying this before the planes came and the plain Jane drowned her kids. I awake to the sound of kids playing in the park. […]