‘OTHERHOOD’ The Phase after Motherhood

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

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I had the opportunity to see Otherhood a few weeks ago and this movie brings all the feels. It’s charming, funny and warm. It will have you pondering whether or not you are being a good daughter or son.

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Listening to Cindy Chupack and Cathy Schulman speak about their journey during the Q&A after just makes you love this even more. From losing their first production deal, to securing Angela Bassett, to losing their director it was indeed a journey. A journey that I believe everyone will enjoy once they watch it. Losing their director turned into good luck for Cindy Chupack who makes her film directorial debut with Otherhood. This film also gained the Women In Film stamp by producing this with an all-female crew.

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Otherhood stars Angela Bassett, Patricia Arquette and felicity Huffman. Feeling forgotten on Mother’s Day, three best friends leave upstate New York for a road trip to New York City to surprise their sons and try to weave themselves into their adult lives. I have to say I was impressed on how they equally balanced out the storylines with all of the characters. As a person of color, it was refreshing to see a mother son relationship that was told in great way. When I tell you that Queen Angela bursts on the screen and dominates it…chile, you not ready.

otherhood-1014x570Yes, you’re probably wondering Mother’s Day in August, someone made a mistake. But, in actuality it was a mistake made on Felicity Huffman’s part that pushed the movie back. In the wake of Felicity Huffman pleading guilty to the College Admissions Scandal earlier this year the decision was made to push it back. Huffman was one of the 50 people indicted. Now that the dust has settled some, Netflix is releasing the feature this Friday.

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Otherhood: Life Beyond Motherhood, or the next phase as I see it. Premiering on August 2nd on Netflix and in select theatres.

‘WHEN THEY SEE US’ Drops Official Trailer

 BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

30 years ago, today a woman was raped in Central Park and five teenagers of color were framed for it.

Netflix has just release the full trailer for Ava DuVernay’s “When They See Us” a four-part series about the wrongly convicted Central Park Five.

Based on the true case of five teenagers of color, labeled the Central Park Five, who were convicted of a rape they did not commit, the show follows the young men (Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise) in the spring of 1989 when they are first questioned about the brutal assault of a Caucasian female jogger in New York’s Central Park. The later part of the series will also see them as men, spanning 25 years and highlighting their exoneration in 2002 and the settlement they reached with the city of New York in 2014.

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The series stars Michael K. Williams, Vera Farmiga, John Leguizamo, Felicity Huffman, Niecy Nash, Blair Underwood, Christopher Jackson, Joshua Jackson, Omar J. Dorsey, Adepero Oduye, Famke Janssen, Aurora Perrineau, William Sadler, Jharrel Jerome, Jovan Adepo, Aunjanue Ellis, Kylie Bunbury, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Storm Reid, Dascha Polanco, Chris Chalk, Freddy Miyares, Justin Cunningham, Ethan Herisse, Caleel Harris, Marquis Rodriguez and Asante Blackk.

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“When They See Us” launches on Netflix on May 31.

WHEN THEY SEE US – NETFLIX

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

Ava DuVernay’s upcoming limited series on the brutal crime and false accusations of five teenagers that shocked NYC and the nation 30 years ago will be available to stream on Netflix on May 31. The four-part series formerly known as The Central Park Five will now be called When They See Us released an explosive trailer this morning. Just the title alone is powerful. For the many Black deaths that has spawned the Black Lives Matter movement, for the many false accusations of people of color over the years, When They See Us is a very fitting title.

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With this series Korey, Antron, Raymond, Kevin and Yusef get to tell their story of young people of color unjustly handled by the criminal justice system.

For those that are unfamiliar with the case, these five teens, four Black and one Hispanic were apprehended in connection to the assault and brutal rape of Trisha Meili, a White female jogger on the night of April 19, 1989. Before the trial began, the FBI tested the DNA of the rape kit and found that it did not match any of the boys but as fitting as the title suggests they were in the park so they must have done it, right? Regardless of the evidence to clear them the teens were convicted in 1990. In 2002, Matias Reyes, a convicted murder and serial rapist serving a life sentence in prison confessed to the crime and DNA evidence confirmed that he was indeed the attacker on the night in question. However, Reyes was not prosecuted for the rape and murder due to statute of limitations expiring by the time of his confession.

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The teens now men convictions were overturned in 2002. In 2003, they sued the City of New York for malicious prosecution, racial discrimination, and emotional distress. The city refused to settle for over a decade until new Mayor Bill de Blasio took office and supported the settlement, the city settled the case for $41 million in 2014 and their names were finally cleared.

This whole case and what’s happening in society has me singing the old Michael Jackson song “They Don’t Care About Us”.

Written and Directed by Ava DuVernay. This series will go beyond 1989 and what happened after.

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The series stars Emmy Award® Nominee Michael K. Williams, Academy Award® Nominee Vera Farmiga, Emmy Award® Winner John Leguizamo, Academy Award® Nominee and Emmy Award® Winner Felicity Huffman, Emmy Award® Nominee Niecy Nash, Emmy Award® Winner and two-time Golden Globe Nominee Blair Underwood, Emmy Award® and Grammy Award® Winner and Tony Award® Nominee Christopher Jackson, Joshua Jackson, Omar Dorsey, Adepero Oduye, Famke Janssen, Aurora Perrineau, William Sadler, Jharrel Jerome, Jovan Adepo, Aunjanue Ellis, Kylie Bunbury, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Storm Reid, Chris Chalk, Freddy Miyares, Justin Cunningham, Ethan Herisse, Caleel Harris, Marquis Rodriguez, and Asante Blackk.

Thank you Ava for continuing to expose the injustice of people of color.

NAACP IMAGE AWARD NOMINATIONS

 BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

The NAACP Award nominations are in and HBO and Netflix lead with 22 and 20 Nominations in the Television categories. Marvel leads with 13 nominations in Film categories. RCA leads with 11 nominations in the music categories. The nominees were announced on February 13, 2019 at a press conference. Winners will be announced live during a Two-Hour live special on TV One on Saturday, March 30, 2019 in Los Angles, California.

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“With TV One as our partner for the 50th Anniversary of the NAACP Image Awards, we are delighted to have a platform to showcase artists and individuals of color and celebrate their talents and contributions.” – NAACP President Derrick Johnson.

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In its 50th year, The NAACP Image Awards is the foremost multicultural awards show celebrating the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film, and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors.

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In addition to the standard awards categories, our favorite auntie Congresswoman Maxine Waters will be honored with the NAACP Chairman of the Year Award which is given to individuals who demonstrate exemplary public service and use their platforms to create agents of change.

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VAYA (To Go) Comes to Theatres

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

Vaya released in 2016 at the Toronto International Film Festival has been acquired by Ava Duvernay’s Array and scheduled for theater release in October as well as Netflix on November 1. Directed by Akin Omotoso and written by Craig Feimond, Tshabalira Lebakeng, Antony Mafela, David Majoka, Madoda Nthuli, Harriet Perlman and Robbie Thrope. Vaya gained Akin Omotoso the African Movie Academy Award for Best Director.

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Vaya (To Go) is about three people who board the train bound for Johannesburg. Strangers, each on their own mission, with a simple task to complete and in search of a family to help them. But when they are betrayed by the very people whose protection they sought, they find themselves trapped in the city. Vaya weaves in all three plots, that intersects in a gripping, moving and funny story about struggling for survival and dignity in the city.

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VAYA’s ‘To Go’ Screening Tour Dates:

LOS ANGELES | October 26 – November 1 | Laemmle Music Hall

NEW YORK | October 27-28 | RAW Space presented by Imagenation Cinema

NEW YORK | October 29 | National Sawdust

GARY, IN | October 13 | Indiana University Northwest presented by Gary International Black Film Festival

SEATTLE | October 25 | Ark Lodge Cinemas presented by Sankofa Film Society

LAKE PLACID, NY | October 26 | Lake Placid Film Festival

BLOOMINGTON, IN | November 1 | Indiana University Black Film Center/Archives

HOUSTON | November 8 | Houston Museum of African American Culture

KATY, TX | November 14 | Alamo Drafthouse LaCenterra

BOSTON | November 16-18 | ArtsEmerson

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Visit Arraynow.com/Vaya to request a screening and to buy tickets.

LIVING SINGLE CELEBRATES 25 YEARS!

BY: KIMBERLY ALSUP

So many shows came out of the 90’s. There were a plethora of great Black shows that we still binge watch today, and thanks to Netflix, Hulu, and reruns on television a brand-new generation is exposed to the greatness that was 90’s television.

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Living Single premiered in 1993 and lasted five seasons. In a 90’s kind of world, we were glad we had our girls. Khadijah, Synclaire, Regine, and Maxine were the friends that we could relate to, who we wanted to hang with, chill with, laugh with, and do life with. Soon after Living Single premiered a new show Friends premiered on NBC and took the spotlight away and lasted for 10 years and left Living Single into the background.

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“When Friends came out, we knew we had already been doing that. It was one of those things where there was a guy called Warren Littlefield who used to run NBC, and they him when all the new shows came out if there was any show you could have, which one would it be? And he said Living Single and he created Friends.”
-Queen Latifah

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But as we celebrate 25 years since its premiere, a ​reboot is in the works.

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Kim Coles talked about how she envisions her character Synclaire James-Jones these years later, “Listen we always said that Synclaire and Overton were going to have twins, Syncloverton and Overclaire. I would love to see them now.”

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Queen Latifah hopes to be involved as a producer for the reboot. Though the idea is still up in the air, the six actors that created magic back then continue to figure out which method and platform would be best to deliver the content.

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TV One is celebrating Living Single’s 25 years on Friday from the first episode to the last with exclusive interviews with the cast starting at 6 pm.