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Backstage at “The Underground Railroad”

The American Cinematheque in Los Angeles hosted a conversation about Barry Jenkins’ new 10-part anthology series The Underground Railroad with female lead Thuso Mbedu, cinematographer James Laxton, editor Joi McMillan, costume designer Caroline Eselin, hairstylist Lawrence Davis and makeup artist Doniella Davy. Historically, the Underground Railroad was a network of both, Black and White people who helped enslaved escapees from plantations in the South make their way north by offering transportation, protection, and shelter.
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Love Becomes a Tragedy In ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’

Since its founding, Hollywood has adapted to the screen hundreds if not thousands of literary works by white authors, but – with the exception of some anomalies such as Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Alice Walker’s The Color Purple in 1985 – has largely ignored the work of their Black peers. In the last decade, however, the commercial and critical success of Black movies has opened Hollywood’s mind and wallet to bringing the work of Black literary icons to the screen.
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“Da 5 Bloods” Warns of America’s Troubling Present

When Netflix decided to release Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods in mid-June last year, after it had missed its premiere at the 2020 Cannes Film Festival, which was canceled due to Covid-19, it didn’t expect it to become the center of media attention and a source of political discourse. But neither did it expect the public’s eruptive reaction to the suffocating death of an African American, named George Floyd, at the hands of a White police officer.