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LOVE Hair Love

I got a chance to catch up with Matthew Cherry, director of the Oscar Nominated Best Animated Short film, Hair Love at the African American Film Critic Association Awards where he was award Breakthrough Director. I also spoke to Producer Karen Rupert Toliver and Directors Everett Downing jr and Bruce W. Smith.

I’m going to post the interviews but nothing can say it better than the actual film. This Film is SO IMPORTANT, SO FANTASTIC and SO TOUCHING. This should be seen by all and I hope it inspires, encourages and breaks down barriers. A towering achievement for such a short film. It connects personally, culturally and universally. MUCH LOVE to HAIR LOVE

Here’s the film

Here’s Matthew Cherry and I talking about the film

Here I am talking to Producer Karen Rupert Toliver and Directors Everett Downing jr and Bruce W. Smith.

Is Hollywood so White because we don’t support Hollywood so Black?

The issue of Hollywood so White has been a constant issue across decades.  Now and again there are these moments when Black films and actors rise to the surface and shine but these moments are not long-lasting.  I got a chance to discuss the latest crop of Black movies and their recent success at the SAG Awards on The Maggie Linton Show on SiriusXM Urban View.

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The Oscars in LA LA Land

La La Land is the darling of Hollywood with 14 Oscar nominations.  Will La La Land walk away a big winner? I discuss the potential winners and losers and well as the new release Get Out with Matt Fagerholm (@IndieOutlook),  Jean de St. Aubin (Executive Director of the Gene Siskel Film Center) and hosts Jesse Menendez and Jill Hopkins on The Morning AMp on 91.1 FM Chicago/Vocalo.org

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Fences: Stephen Henderson & Jovan Adepo Talk with Reggie Ponder, The Reel Critic

Fences stars and is directed by Denzel Washington.  Reggie Ponder got a chance to talk to two of the ensemble members about the film.