James Baldwin as General: I Am Not Your Negro

A lot of words can be ascribed to James Baldwin, but the one that sticks the landing is “prophet.” James Baldwin told us Trump was coming. He did not do so directly, of course. By the time Baldwin died in 1987 Trump was two years into yet another lawsuit, this time for forcing tenants out…

A quick review of Fences: You’re already late. GO.

Fences features a Denzel Washington who is finally directing something I can’t criticize on any level. His previous efforts – Antwone Fisher and The Great Debaters – were fair, but Fences finds him on a mission. Well, technically, it’s not a new mission. All of his previous efforts have been mission based as well, but…

Tim Burton’s Home for Peculiar Colorblind Racism

Tim Burton could have been slick and got out of this clean. When an interviewer asked why his movie about a fantasy story that largely takes place in 1940 Wales was predominantly white, Burton could have responded with, “Did you read the book? The story takes place in 1940 Wales. Ever been to Wales? Wales…

Watching Birth of a Nation While Black

I cannot recall when I have ever dreaded viewing a film. I’ve attended numerous 24-hour horror film marathons during which I knew I would be subjected to films handpicked to twist the knife of political sensibilities, films so graphic and nihilistic I cannot give their titles in unguarded company. The guilt from even accidentally convincing…