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Talking Miss Bala: “This is a big movie with a new kind of hero,” says Gina Rodriguez

By Samantha Ofole-Prince/Photos courtesy of Sony Pictures & Royalty Images

She plays a makeup artist, who becomes embroiled with a Mexican drug cartel after a visit to Tijuana, and for Gina Rodriguez who starred for several years as the title character in the...

“It’s a blessing to open the festival this year with Amazing Grace,” says PAFF co-founder Danny Glover

By Samantha Ofole-Prince

A concert documentary on the Queen on Soul has been tapped as the opening film for the Pan African Film Festival.

Aretha Franklin’s “Amazing Grace” concert documentary will kick start the annual festival, which is now in its 27th...

"Films Unbreakable, Split and Glass" honor each other as brothers and sisters,” says director M. Night Shyamalan

By Samantha Ofole-Prince/Photo Credit: Jessica Kourkounis/Universal Pictures

Director M. Night Shyamalan ("The Sixth Sense") is known for his supernatural plots and signature surprise endings and in his latest offering, he brilliantly weaves together 2000’s "...

"This is not your typical Kevin Hart movie," says 'The Upside" producer Jason Blumenthal

By Samantha Ofole-Prince/Photos by David Lee

Inspired by the 2011 film, Les Intouchables, about a handicap millionaire and his ex-con caretaker who become best buddies, this Hollywood version stars Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston and puts a comical, but still...

“Escape Room will make you look at rooms differently,” says actor Jay Ellis

By Samantha Ofole-Prince/Photos by David Bloomer

Place six strangers in a confirmed space, add a series of dire circumstances, up the financial stakes
and sprinkle in a little humor and what you get is a rollercoaster, psychological thriller which brings a...

"I cannot lead with lying about what the road is out there," says Viola Davis

Sherry Lansing presented Academy Award-winner Davis with the award that carries her name, which recognizes female pioneers and leaders in her industry. While introducing her, Lansing said of Davis, “I can’t think of anyone more deserving of an award that bears my name.”...

"Selecting 'Black Panther' as the year’s best film was a no-brainer,” says AAFCA co-founder Shawn Edwards

By Samantha Ofole-Prince

The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) has named Disney's "Black Panther" the best film of the year with Ryan Coogler picking up the award for Best Director for his skillful direction of one of the most memorable Marvel...

Exclusive: Brian Tyree Henry talks Spiderman: “Most heroes comes from people of color"

By Samantha Ofole-Prince/Photo credit -Deborah Lopez & Columbia Pictures

Most actors would be lucky to star in one major studio film a year, but for Brian Tyree Henry "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” marks his 5th movie—just this year alone.

Henry...

Mahershala Ali: “It’s the balance of humor and drama that makes Green Book powerfully authentic”

By Samantha Ofole-Prince/Photo Credit: Patti Perret/Universal Pictures, Participant, and DreamWorks

Enlightening and entertaining, Mahershala Ali’s latest film is a period piece laced with racial conflict and socially relevant humor and it is certain to snag...

Talking Widows Movie: "It’s a hell of a love story,” says Viola Davis

By Samantha Ofole-Prince/Photo Credit: Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox

At first glance, a heist movie may seem an odd choice for Steve McQueen given his previously helmed flicks, which include the political drama “Hunger” and the award-winning slave flick “12 Years...

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