'The Black Kids' Packs a Powerful, Timely Punch - Book Review

It’s 1992 and Ashley’s senior year of high school. With summer fast approaching in Los Angeles, Ashley and her friends are ready for a carefree summer before they are off to college and other adventures. But being the only Black person in the friend group makes Ashley the subject of many micro-aggressions that she typically lets slide. However, all of that changes on a fateful April afternoon when four LAPD officers were acquitted in the beating of Rodney King.

Interview: Jasmine Cephas Jones Talks Playing Dual Parts in 'Hamilton', Being Selective With Her Roles, Upcoming Projects & More

Jasmine Cephas Jones is a star! Whether performing on stage (on and off-Broadway), dropping her EP titled Blue Bird, or tackling important subject matter in films such as Blindspotting and Monsters and Men, Cephas Jones is a force to be reckoned with. Having recently starred in the hit musical, Hamilton (which has its in-home debut via Disney+), I had the pleasure of chatting with Cephas Jones about playing two roles in one show, the on-set dynamic, which roles she gravitates toward...

Interview: Gina Prince-Bythewood and KiKi Layne Talk 'The Old Guard', Epic Fight Scenes, Immortality & More

If you want a dose of baddass women-led action, that has important quiet moments, and stellar fight choreography, The Old Guard is most definitely the film for you! Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood and starring KiKi Layne, The Old Guard is based on the graphic novel of the same name, written by Greg Rucka (who also wrote the screenplay) and illustrated by Leandro Fernandez. I had the pleasure of chatting with Prince-Bythewood and Layne about the film where they shared what it was was that drew...

‘Cinderella Is Dead’ by Kalynn Bayron is a Unique and Exciting Retelling of the Fairy Tale - Book Review

It’s been 200 years since Cinderella made her appearance at that infamous ball. Having had the pleasure of finding her prince, the girls in Lille to attend an annual ball at the palace to find their suitors, just like Cinderella. However, this is not a choice for them. It is a mandatory obligation that none of them are able to escape from. While the men in the kingdom have the choice to attend the ball whenever they please (or never at all), the girls of the kingdom do not have this same luxury.

Gina Prince-Bythewood's Adaptation of Greg Rucka's Epic Comic 'The Old Guard' Is An Awesome Time - Review

The Old Guard follows the lives of a group of immortals who fight for what they believe is right. The mercenaries–who are centuries of years old–have their secret discovered while on a new mission. On the run from those who wish to exploit their secret for monetary gain, the quartet feels the “awakening” of another immortal. They have to find her quickly before the people who are after them become privy to the information that another immortal exists.

Superman Fights Against Racism in the Timely ‘Superman Smashes the Klan’ - Review

Superman has always been seen as a beacon of hope and justice. This is something that has made his character a staple for decades and in Superman Smashes the Klan, it’s no different. Set in 1946, the graphic novel follows the Lee family who have moved from Chinatown to Metropolis for Dr. Lee’s new job at the Metropolis Health Department. However, not everything in the bustling city is great for Dr. Lee and his family. While Tommy seems to make friends fast, his sister, Roberta, isn’t so lucky.

‘Hunted by the Sky’ is a Stunning YA Fantasy Set in Medieval-Inspired India - Book Review

In Hunted by the Sky, Gul has lived her life on the run for her entire life due to the star-shaped birthmark upon her arm and she isn’t the only one who is being hunted. Girls with the same birthmark have been taken or have disappeared for years throughout the kingdom of Ambar. Gul’s parents did all that they could in order to protect their daughter. However, after her parents are murdered for hiding her their entire lives, Gul vows to exact her revenge against the king.

‘Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed’ Is A Brilliant New Take on Diana’s Origin Story - Review

A growing warrior is trying to acclimate to the changes in her body. Finally 16-years-old, Diana, Princess of Themyscira would love nothing more than to be free of “The Changeling” title she’s acquired over the last few years. No one knows how to explain and with her body growing and her moods changing as quickly as the weather, the young princess wants to take the day to celebrate without her bodily changes being at the forefront.

Interview: Video Editor Jordan Hayles Talks His Career, Being Black in The Media Industry & Hopes For The Future

If the name Jordan Hayles rings a bell, it’s likely that you’ve seen his work or perhaps you’ve seen him on Twitter (@MR_STiXX), especially recently. His tweets have a penchant for going viral (he was recently quote tweeted by Zendaya and now, naturally, I can’t tell him anything) and he has a new podcast that is three episodes in that you should definitely check out!

'I May Destroy You' is a Powerful and Thought-Provoking Story of Survival - Review

In the new series created and written by Michaela Coel (Chewing Gum), I May Destroy You takes viewers on Arabella a.k.a. Bella’s (Coel) journey after she is sexually assaulted in a night club. The series follows Arabella on her path to writing her second book. With her advance in hand, but the words not coming to her, Bella needs to regain her focus. In a quiet space, Bella tries to find her groove but it eventually lured out by her friends. While she declines at first, the temptation to go out

Tracee Ellis Ross Shines as Diva Extraordinaire Grace Davis in ‘The High Note’ - Review

In 'The High Note', Grace Davis (Tracee Ellis Ross) is the star that everyone wants to be. With numerous hit songs and albums, and a plethora of Grammy awards to her name, the aging but still uber-famous, Grace needs to find new relevance in a fickle music industry. Something that is constantly being pointed out by her long-time manager, Jack Robertson (Ice Cube). With all of this stress, things become even worse for her already over-worked personal assistant, Maggie (Dakota Johnson).

‘A Song Below Water’ is a Fantastic YA Fantasy That Tells an Untold Tale of Black Mermaids - Book Review

In A Song Below Water, Tavia spends much of her time hiding a part of herself that she cannot let others find out about – she is a siren; a mermaid. All the while, her best friend, Effie is going through struggles of her own. While the two best friends do their best to navigate their personal troubles, something shakes Portland, Oregon to its core. When a murder trial of a siren happens in their city, Tavia reveals her true voice at the most inopportune time.

Zack Snyder's Justice League Coming to HBO Max in 2021

It’s been nearly three years since Justice League had its theatrical debut and while some were appreciative of the fact that Warner Bros. tried to have the DCEU head in another direction, there were also those who hoped that they would see the true vision of Zack Snyder move forward. Now, audiences will finally have the chance to see the elusive “Snyder Cut” of Justice League, bringing the director’s true vision to the screen for the first time via HBO Max.

'The Lovebirds' is a Hilarious Murder Mystery With Crucial Commentary on Coupledom - Review

Originally slated to premiere at SXSW and have a theatrical release, The Lovebirds was one of many films that had to change its release tactics doe to the closure of theatres around the world amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to find another way to reach its intended audience, The Lovebirds found a new place to nest through Netflix. Jibran (Kumail Nanjiani) and Leilani (Issa Rae) are a couple that finds themselves at a crossroads in their relationship.

Cliques and Powerful Politics Abound in 'Selah And The Spades' - Review

Academics, high school hierarchies and politics collide in Selah And The Spades. With her directorial debut, writer/director Tayarisha Poe gives the audience a film that will leave you thinking and likely talking about it long after. While there’s a mixture of other high school dramas, Selah And The Spades is wholly new territory and puts a spin on the powerful clique dynamic we haven’t seen before.

'The Goddess Twins' is a Magical Debut Novel From Yodassa Williams - Book Review

17-year-old twins Arden and Aurora are doing their absolute best to manage their school and home life balance. However, a milestone is fast approaching: their 18th birthday. Looking forward to this day, the twins are thrown into chaos when their famous mother disappears whilst on a tour in London. As if that isn’t enough, the pair also develop their latent powers of telepathy and telekinesis.

Must Reads: DC Ink Graphic Novels

Most of you are likely aware of DC and the plethora of comic books they have for readers to enjoy. However, if you’re looking for original one-shots, you may want to check out their imprint: DC Ink. Specializing in graphic novels that are geared toward young adults, DC Ink released their first book Mera: Tidebreaker in February 2019. Since then, DC Ink has released even more graphic novels which keep getting better and better.

Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy Are a Force to be Reckoned in ‘Harley Quinn’ Series

If you haven’t checked out DC Universe’s adult animated Harley Quinn series, you’re definitely missing out. With season one finished and season two now upon us, the new series has proven itself to be another hit for the streaming service, with mainly positive reviews from critics and viewers alike. With the basis of season one focused on Harley’s break-up with Joker, it’s even more so about Harley finding herself after escaping an abusive relationship.
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