Film Review: "He Named Me Malala": Powerful portrait of Nobel Prize-winning teen illustrates indomitability of the human spirit
Malala Yousafzai was named after a girl who spoke out and was killed for speaking out. That folk hero was a flag-bearing teenager who perished in 1880 while rallying fellow Pashtun resistance fighters to an unlikely victory over British invaders in a pivotal battle of the Second Anglo-Afghan War.
Black artists make waves at 2015 Toronto International Film Festival
Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic
TORONTO (NNPA) – The Toronto International Film Festival has aged gracefully into its 40th year anniversary. Black directors, actors and writers have enhanced the celebratory occasion with fine performances and artistic contributions in indie films, big budget movies and life-affirming documentaries. Their work in films that are positioning themselves for the upcoming awards season is on display in movies that will be released this fall and on into next year in theaters, VOD, Netflix, VH1....
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Mixed Blood opens its 40th season with ‘An Octoroon’
"An Octoroon" opens the 40th season of the Mixed Blood Theatre Company.
The play is a take on "The Octoroon," a 19th-century melodrama about illicit interracial love. From playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, has been characterized as a funny, disturbing, whirlwind about the antebellum South as well as present-day America. The play delves into the complexity of American identities and their unresolvable connection to America's legacy of slavery and genocide.