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Taylor Swift Director On 'Wildest Dreams' Criticism: 'There's No Political Agenda In the Video'

by Sameer Rao on Sep 3, 2015 11:19AM

Acclaimed director Joseph Kahn addressed criticism that his latest work with Taylor Swift endorses colonialist nostalgia and erases African people. 

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5 Music Videos Set In Africa That Didn't Erase African People

by Sameer Rao on Sep 2, 2015 1:18PM

Taylor Swift didn't get it right, these five (kind of) did. 

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'James Bond' Author 'Mortified' By Calling Idris Elba 'Too Street' To Play Titular Character

by Sameer Rao on Sep 2, 2015 12:41PM

Anthony Horowitz issued an apology to social media for his word choice regarding fan favorite Idris Elba's possible portrayal of James Bond. 

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Alert: Major Black Panthers Documentary Drops Today

by Akiba Solomon on Sep 1, 2015 5:56PM

"The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution" drops today in New York City and will later be screened at film fests around the U.S. Here's a clip from the highly anticipated indie documentary.

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'Straight Outta Compton' is the Highest-Grossing Music Biopic of All Time

by Sameer Rao on Sep 1, 2015 2:27PM

When was the last time a music drama was a summer blockbuster? 

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Indie Slavery Epic 'The North Star' Picked Up By RLJ Entertainment

by Sameer Rao on Aug 31, 2015 3:34PM

The independent film about runaway slaves going up to Pennsylvania was picked up by RLJ Entertainment for distribution. 

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Obama Administration Restores Mountain’s Native American Name, Continues Beef

by Kenrya Rankin Naasel on Aug 31, 2015 2:18PM

The highest point in North America is returning to its roots with a controversial name change.

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N.O. Artist Brandan 'BMike' Odums: 'We Make Beauty Out of Pain"

by Sameer Rao on Aug 28, 2015 7:22PM

The prolific multi-medium artist and educator talks to us about the youth media initiative 2-Cent, his mural work in post-Katrina New Orleans and the double-edged sword of the city's "recovery." 

Topics: Society, Schools & Youth, Arts & Culture, History

Mos Def Goes Back To Being Mos Def, Releases Classic-Sounding New Song

by Sameer Rao on Aug 28, 2015 4:59PM

The man still known as Mos Def is, for at least this new song, going back to his old name and old sound. 

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VIDEO: Watch Jamel, 'The Time-Traveling B-Boy,' Escape Spanish Colonialism

by Sameer Rao on Aug 28, 2015 2:24PM

If you aren't watching this hilarious web series, then you better start. 

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