MOONLIGHT

Have you ever seen a coming of age story that emulates Brokeback Mountain in the hood?  Well, that is exactly what the film MOONLIGHT is giving us. MOONLIGHT absolutely glows while sharing the dysfunctional home life of “Little” in the Miami “War on Drugs” era and his struggle to figure out who he is and…

#InspiringWoman PBS MAYA: AND STILL I RISE

We don’t know the heartbreak of never having a lifetime love. We don’t know how isolating and lonely it is to be a strong, intelligent, independent black woman. We don’t know what it is to balance love for a parent, even when that parent treats you as if you have rocks for a brain. These are the Maya Angelou private images that we would never know…until now.

People of Color Making History – Oscars 2017

The nominations for the 89th Academy Awards were announced this morning in a very non-traditional, yet welcomed and artistic manner.  Instead of the usual press conference at 5am.  Former Oscar Nominees and Winners announced the categories.  It was extremely entertaining and informative to see how people who have actually experienced that 33 day hustle to…

Happy Birthday Dr. King!

  As a young high school student in St. Louis, Missouri, I encouraged my classmates to protest our school not recognizing Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday as a National Holiday.  I convinced them all to come to my house and we would educate ourselves on the civil rights movement instead of going to school.  Bad…

Los Angeles Film Festival 2016: : Lupe Under The Sun

During a time when discussions about immigration are so toxic and negative, it was refreshing to see a film that celebrates these hard-working individuals and gives us a peek into their very honest struggle to make ends meet.  Beautifully shot, incredibly authentic and sincere, LUPE captures the simple poetry of immigrant life in a way…

Jason Bourne

  Baby, Matt Damon has truly made himself a modern-day James Bond by inhabiting the character or Jason Bourne. In my opinion, with many of these films, the more sequels, the more tired, familiar and uninspired they appear to be.  This is NOT the case with Jason Bourne. Jason Bourne has you hooked from the…

Los Angeles Film Festival: LGBT, CeCe McDonald and Political Animals

  In the last few years, we have seen Jeffrey Tambor and Judith Light win Emmys for their work on the groundbreaking series, Transparent, Caitlyn Jenner (formerly Olympic Medal Winner – Bruce Jenner star in her own reality series, Laverne Cox shattering barriers as the first Transgender to appear be nominated for an Emmy and…

May The Force Rest with You…Carrie Fisher

I don’t know anyone who isn’t a fan of Star Wars. For me, it was a blatant part of my childhood. Who didn’t want a lifesaber, have boyfriend as handsome and charismatic as Harrison Ford or be Princess Leia.

AMERICAN PASTORAL

What happens when one try to immolate the perfect life?  It literally blows up in your face. Swede (Ewan McGregor) and Dawn  (Jennifer Connolly) Levov were perceived to be the perfect couple, with the perfect life and the perfect child.   However, when a fire breaks out at the local post office, their perfect life…

KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS

Being a Buddhist, I love how the Japanese culture of prayer is honored in this piece. It very earnestly demonstrates the results of an honest prayer versus a prayer that is blatantly insincere. It is this lesson that resonates with Kubo the most and will literally bring tears to your eyes.