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Life After Losing Jordan: When 3 1/2 Minutes Becomes Forever

In Film by Bradford Howard1 Comment

"You were supposed to protect him.” Barely five minutes into the HBO documentary 3 ½ Minutes, 10 Bullets, director Marc Silver depicts Jordan Davis’s parents, Lucia McBath and Ron Davis, having a conversation at the kitchen table. Davis is, of course, the 17-year-old Jacksonville, Florida, teen who was shot and killed during a disagreement at…

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The Wonderful Afrofuturism of ‘The Wiz’

In Culture, Film by fivefifths1 Comment

The Wizard of Oz is, as the saying goes, as American as apple pie. Every year at least, I’d crowd around a screen with family to watch Dorothy’s teleportation from sepia-seeped Kansas to technicolor Oz, a tradition that I imagine many American families share. However, my family shared another tradition that many others did not.…

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Thoughts on Chi-Raq

In Culture, Film by fivefifthsLeave a Comment

I genuinely don’t know where to begin. All I know is that I watched Chi-Raq last night and I feel...feelings. So let me tease them out. First of all, Chi-Raq is a beautiful film, visually. Director Spike Lee is up to all of his old tricks, and a few new ones. There’s striking bold text,…

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Be Real Black For Me: A Review of “Dope”

In Culture, Film by Israel DaramolaLeave a Comment

Recently, I went to see the film Dope: a movie that’s reminiscent of the 80s goofballs-get-into-wild-misadventures genre of broad comedies. The film follows a high-school senior named Malcolm (played by Shameik Moore), a socially awkward kid with an obsession with the 90s that he shares with his two best friends Diggy (Kiersey Clemons) and Jib…

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Scribes at the Movies: Good Burger

In Culture, Film by Eve L. EwingLeave a Comment

Good Burger turns 18 tomorrow! Join Eve and Vann as they discuss the movie's plot, cultural significance, and artistic relevance. Art by Eve L. Ewing and Trey Smith ELE: Okay, maybe we can kick it off by talking about the music since that is a big part of why we wanted to do this. I…