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Oscars 2022 Nominees: Latinx Noms Come in Strong

Tuesday morning Tracee Ellis Ross and Leslie Jordan announced nominations for the 94th annual Academy Awards, and despite a moderately awkward year due to the pandemic’s effects in theater viewings (and thus low box office numbers), a few films swept several nominations.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avbXw0kOlQc Leading with 12 nominations, Netflix’s “The Power of the Dog” was followed …

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Janet Jackson Speaks Her Truth in Lifetime Documentary

Icon, living. Janet Jackson is another living legend that is assuring her legacy is told, her way and from her mouth. Joining Tina Turner (and recently, Bobby Brown) – Ms. Jackson’s documentary is being released on January 28-29 in a two day simulcast event broadcasting across A&E and Lifetime’s networks. The four-hour doco, which has been “five years in the …

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Wonder, Returns

The classic sitcom The Wonder Years gets a reboot!  The popular 1988 coming-of-age sitcom, originally starring Fred Savage – has a new cast and location; viewing the cultural, political and social shifts of the 1960s through new eyes.  The reboot will star an African American middle class family – the Williams: newcomer Elisha “EJ” Williams …

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Who We Are

Who We Are

Before asking Who We Are… let’s ask, ‘who is he?’ “He” being – Jeffery Robinson, and creator of the documentary Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism, along with Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler. The recently retired ACLU deputy legal director, presents America’s history of anti-Black racism, much of which has come to be misunderstood.  …

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Our Climate, My Legacy

My father, Stacy Spikes, founded the Urbanworld Film Festival 25 years ago; it’s nearly twice as old as I am.  Since then, ‘The Filmmaker’s Festival,’ or ‘People’s Festival,’ as it’s widely acclaimed as, has grown to be the largest multicultural festival in the US, and an Academy/BAFTA Award qualifying festival.  I’ve always appreciated my father’s …

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