‘Get Out’ Reminds Us Only We Can Save Ourselves

by Preston Mitchum |

In Get Out, his feature directorial film, Jordan Peele takes us on an intense, don’t-closeyour-eyes, emotional rollercoaster. It’s a necessary film requiring close attention to fully understand the complexity —intentional or not — situated throughout the film. There are many underlying themes: the potential dangers/fetishizations of interracial dating between black men and white women (because: history); understanding that white women can almost cause another’s peril and still survive; and how “nice racism” and white liberalism/progressivism, particularly due to its covert, microaggressive nature, are never to be trusted.

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Tyra Banks confirmed as new host of ‘America’s Got Talent’

by thegrio |

Tyra Banks will be taking over the hosting duties for America’s Got Talent after Nick Cannon abruptly left the show last month. The former supermodel turned media mogul confirmed the new gig in a statement: Since I was a little girl, I’ve been obsessed with grandiose acts and performers who make the seemingly impossible possible. I love how AGT brings that feeling into everyone’s home, capturing the best of people who come out and give it their all to make those big, fierce and outrageous dreams come true. I look forward to connecting with the dreamers, having fun and giving hugs and words of encouragement when needed. And maybe I’ll get one or two performers to smize for the audience!

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‘Burning Sands’ director Gerard McMurray says death of FAMU drum major inspired film

by thegrio

In his new Netflix movie, Burning Sands, director Gerard McMurray (Fruitvale Station) takes an unflinching look at college hazing. The story is told through the eyes of a black fraternity pledge “Zurich” (Trevor Jackson), who is torn between respecting tradition and speaking his conscience. The movie’s trailer has generated both buzz and backlash for its voyeuristic storytelling, leaving many debating whether the movie reveals underground pledging secrets and if it provides a fair portrayal of black fraternities and sororities. Burning Sands also stars legendary actress Alfre Woodard (12 Years a Slave) as a concerned professor, Trevante Rhodes (Moonlight) as a fraternity big brother and Steve Harris (Chi-Raq) as a fraternity alum and campus administrator.


Sister Sledge member Joni Sledge dies at 60

by The Associated Press |

NEW YORK (AP) — Joni Sledge, who with her sisters recorded the enduring dance anthem “We Are Family,” has died, the band’s representative said Saturday. She was 60. Sledge was found dead in her home by a friend in Phoenix, Arizona, on Friday, the band’s publicist, Biff Warren, said. A cause of death has not been determined. He said she had not been ill.