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I Loved Seeing Black Characters In Wednesday — But They Deserved Better

I Loved Seeing Black Characters In Wednesday — But They Deserved Better. Wednesday. Joy Sunday as Bianca Barclay in episode 103 of Wednesday. Cr. Vlad Cioplea/Netflix © 2022. Wednesday Addams, like so many other characters from the cinematic past, has been reimagined. Netflix’s new original series, Wednesday, debuted...
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Chani Nicholas

The Ultimate 2022 Gift Guide for Aquarius & Aquarius Rising

If you’re shopping for an innovative and discerning Aquarius or Aquarius rising, consider items that reflect their unwavering ability to perceive and ideate new worlds. Think: the Applied Utopia textbook from Slow Factory to support their vision for a better world, or a tote bag from Rep Club with a reprint of the Free Breakfast for School Children Program logo to remind them that long-standing change is possible.
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Black Business Spotlight: Reviving Roots Therapy and Wellness

Reviving Roots Therapy and Wellness is a Minneapolis-based resource whose mission is “to create a Black centered, Black serving, Black affirming communal space, conjuring a legacy of health, wealth and healing,” according to its website. Founded by Black mental health therapist Marlee James in 2019, Reviving Roots offers...
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'Ain't No Mo" review: After great tribulation, an exodus of Black citizens

Jordan E. Cooper performs a scene in “Ain’t No Mo’” at the Belasco Theater in New York, Nov. 20, 2022. In Cooper’s biting satire, Black Americans are given the opportunity to relocate to Africa. (Sara Krulwich/The New York Times) NEW YORK, NY.- Jordan E. Cooper’s...
Parents Magazine

I Love My Diverse Community—I Still Want My Kids to Cherish Their Blackness

In 2015, my husband and I traded our busy lives in a major metropolitan city for an equally active but quieter lifestyle in the ‘burbs that supported our changing family needs. Our household was quickly growing from just the two of us to a family of four plus pets. we wanted more space, parks, and a good school district nearby. The suburbs offered these things at a price we could afford.
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Lisa Bonet’s And Lenny Kravitz’s Daughter Explained Why She Finally Accepts She’s Black

In recent years, Zoe Kravitz, the now-34-year-old daughter of actress, Lisa Bonet; and rock star, Lenny Kravitz, did a prior interview that raised a few eyebrows, yet again. Why am I saying ‘yet again,’ you ask? Because a few years prior, we covered her 2015 interview where she’d made a few interesting remarks regarding her Blackness as well.
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Black Joy got some new faces | Black Joy – November 18 2022

Get a weekly dose of Black Joy in your inbox every Monday and Friday. Subscribe to the Black Joy newsletter here. This newsletter is supposed to start off with something meaningful. Something poignant. Something that’s insightful and profound. To keep it real with y’all, I don’t think any words...

Jeremy Pope On How His “Most Demanding” Role In ‘The Inspection’ Helped Him Connect More With His Blackness And Queerness

Two-time Tony nominee Jeremy Pope was immediately drawn to the semi-autobiographical story of Ellis French, who joins the Marines thinking that if he dies in combat, at least he’s worth more as a Black gay man in uniform than one who dies on the streets. Though Jeremy had stints on Ryan Murphy’s Hollywood and Steven Canals’ Pose, those performances did not prepare him for the emotional and grueling shoot of The Inspection, from writer/director Elegance Bratton. But his responsibility to his director and to Ellis allowed Pope to give a performance he hopes will inspire other Black queer youths as...

Resounding success of 'Black Panther' franchise says little about the dubious state of Black film

When Marvel Studios released “Black Panther” in February 2018, it marked the first Marvel Cinematic Universe film to feature a Black superhero and star a predominantly Black cast. Its estimated production budget was US$200 million, making it the first Black film – conventionally defined as a film that is directed by a Black director, features a Black cast, and focuses on some aspect of the Black experience – ever to receive that level of financial support. As a scholar of media and Black popular culture, I was often asked to respond to the resounding success of that first “Black Panther” film,...
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I Loved Seeing Black Characters In Wednesday — But They Deserved Better

Wednesday Addams, like so many other characters from the cinematic past, has been reimagined. Netflix’s new original series, Wednesday, debuted last week and the eight-episode saga follows the only daughter in the Addams Family (created by Charles Addams in 1938) as she navigates Nevermore Academy and the secrets that come with it. While burgeoning scream queen Jenna Ortega sports Wednesday’s signature pigtails and dance moves, the character now has a Kubrick stare and her own twisted storyline.
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Hav & Mar restaurant is a new temple for Black arts and culture in New York

Two New York City titans have come together to create Hav & Mar, a temple for Black culture in the form of a restaurant, located in the heart of the city’s Chelsea. In their new enterprise, which sits on the ground floor of the landmark Starrett-Lehigh building, chef Marcus Samuelsson and American artist Derrick Adams have created a veritable addition to the gallery trail, complete with new site-specific and specially curated artwork from Adams and Thelma Golden, director and chief curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem, who also serves as creative partner.