Summer of ’67! “Detroit” Movie (@DetroitMovie) is Real & Relevant!

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The Summer of 1967 gave rise to one of the most violent incidents in American History. The place was Detroit at a time when race relations, albeit progressing, were as tense as ever.

The movie, Detroit, reveals what really happened on that fateful summer that cost the life of men and women and brought a city to its knees!

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The new ground-breaking film, Detroit starts out with the expansion of African Americans into the North known as the Great Migration. We are shown the struggles of social acceptance and poverty that African Americans have to face on an everyday basis. Riots began to ‘insinuate’ in Detroit, which sparked a revolution toward the injustice that consumed the Detroit Police force. The city of Detroit turned into a war zone, police saw every person of color as a threat and tragically destroyed innocent lives. These race riots lead to the fateful event at the Algiers Motel, a mile away from where the riots began. This section of the film displayed the true terror of systematic racism, as Detroit Police strike fear into young, innocent victims based off their corrupt and perhaps racists attitudes and assumptions of guilt toward people of color.

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[VIDEO/REVIEW] “Red Carpet, Hashtags, & Heartbreaks”–The Ingredients for Atlanta’s Newest Indie Hit!

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The Atlanta film scene is poppin’ if you have not heard. Currently the city reigns in billions of dollars from the television series and movies alone.

You would think this only applies to mainstream success, but there are a few indie films that have garnered quite the buzz all over the net and last night we were amazed and privileged to see one, Red Carpet, Hashtags, & Heartbreaks!

Davien Harlis at movie premiere of Red Carpet, Hashtags, & Heartbreak

Davien Harlis at movie premiere of Red Carpet, Hashtags, & Heartbreak

Directed, co-written, and starring, Davien Harlis; the film centers on Dylan Smith, a leading actor and beloved star by his fans and friends. Dylan seems to have it all–except romance–something he is not too keen of and actually seems to avoid. His “sexcapades” with Courtney (Denerick Lindsey; he has us curious about peanut butter) result in a scandal so big and unforeseen it almost costs him his career. Just when all seems lost, Dylan meets Instagram star, Marcus (Thomas Mackey), who has his own plans and ideas about love and what it means to be with THE Dylan Smith.

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[VIDEO] In Case You Missed It! Check Out New Trailer for “Thor: Ragnarok!”

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand faster than ever! This summer Spider-Man returned to the Big Screen and now it is time we see what is up with the god of thunder himself, Thor!

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When we last saw Thor in Avengers:  Age of Ultron  he was headed back to Asgard to gather more information on the Infinity Stones. What we thought would be a turn around trip for him has now been years, with both he and Hulk missing in action. In Thor: Ragnarok we finally find out what the Thunderer and Green Goliath have been up to! Check out the new trailer below!

via Press Release

Imprisoned, the mighty Tor finds himself in a lethal gladiatorial contest against the Hulk, his former ally. Thor must fight for survival and race against time to prevent the all-powerful help from destroying his home and the Asgardian civilization.

This trailer is beyond EPIC! Thor is literally going to have to fight for his life and off this strange, alien world to save Asgard from complete destruction at the hands of Hela (Cate Blanchett), Asgardian goddess of death. In the comics she is one of Thor’s most powerful enemies, not to mention the daughter of his adoptive brother, Loki–YIKES! What we love most about this film is the fight between and team up of Thor and Hulk! They are the Avengers biggest guns and we need them to survive this ordeal and get back to Earth ASAP! As you may already know, Thanos is approaching Earth and the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes will need the mightiest heroes among them to help take him down and save humanity in Avengers: Infinity War–which debuts May 2018. In the meantime we can settle for the unlikely team up of Thor, Hulk, Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), and Loki!

Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning

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[TRAILER] We Are Here For It! Taraji P. Henson (@TherealTaraji) Plays Kick-Ass Assassin in “Proud Mary! (@ProudMaryMovie)”

There is so much more to Taraji P. Henson than just “Cookie Lyon.” This woman is one of the best actresses on the planet, time and again showing us she has what it takes to be Hollywood’s Top Leading Ladies.

Well it looks like Taraji is showcasing that in a role like we have never seen her in before, that of an assassin, in the trailer of the upcoming film, Proud Mary!

Check out the trailer below!

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The trailer, which is soundtracked to the classic Tina Turner version of the song from which it takes its name, opens with Henson’s Mary getting ready for her day with some exercise, a shower, and putting on some makeup. At that point, her character could just be preparing for a normal day. For all we know she could be a lawyer, a teacher, a SoulCycle instructor… We just don’t know until she casually starts zipping and buttoning herself into some head-to-toe black leather and goes into her closet to select her gun for the day. Turns out, her character is an elite contract killer for the Boston mob.

Then we get a montage of shoot outs, fast cars, explosions, a wig change, and quick shot of Hennessy. As one would expect from Iranian-Swedish film director Babak Najafi, perhaps best known for directing high octane action thriller London Has Fallen.

The plot seems to take a twist away from your standard “bang! bang! shoot ’em up!” when Mary encounters a young boy. The log line indicates he may be the person who gets Mary to reconsider her life as an assassin for hire.

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We are here for this Taraji, this movie, its trailer, and this plot! This film will undoubtedly open Taraji to a whole new genre–action films–something we have never really seen her in before. All we can say is Black Widow eat your heart out Mary is on the scene!

Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning

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[TRAILER] Wonder Woman’s Real Origins! Meet “Professor Marston & The Wonder Women!”

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Just when you think film trailers can’t get any better, they hit you with another one! (DJ Khaled voice)

Annapurna Pictures has released the official trailer for the upcoming biopic Professor Marston & The Wonder Women, about Harvard psychologist Dr. William Moulton Marston and how his unconventional relationship inspired the creation of DC’s iconic Amazonian princess in 1941.

The film, starring Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote, and Connie Britton, will bow in theaters October 27.

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via Deadline

Written and directed by Angela Robinson, the pic recounts the life of Marston who, while his feminist superhero was criticized by censors for her ‘sexual perversity’, was keeping a secret that could have destroyed him. Marston’s muses for the Wonder Woman character were his wife Elizabeth Marston (Hall), a fellow psychologist and inventor, and their lover Olive Byrne (Heathcote).

Personally, I had never heard of William Marston before today so as usual I had to do my own little bit of research so that I could formulate my own thoughts and opinions and with the help of Google and Wikipedia I have done just that. Check out some of the things I found out during my research after you’ve viewed the film trailer.

*In a 1943 issue of  “The American Scholar”, Marston wrote: “Not even girls want to be girls so long as our feminine archetype lacks force, strength, and power. Not wanting to be girls, they don’t want to be tender, submissive, peace-loving as good women are. Women’s strong qualities have become despised because of their weakness. The obvious remedy is to create a feminine character with all the strength of Superman plus all the allure of a good and beautiful woman.”

*Marston’s character was a native of an all-female utopia of Amazons who became a crime-fighting U.S. government agent, using her superhuman strength and agility, and her ability to force villains to submit and tell the truth by binding them with her magic lasso. Her appearance was based somewhat on Olive Byrne, and her heavy bronze bracelets (which she used to deflect bullets) were inspired by the jewelry bracelets worn by Olive Byrne.

*After her name “Suprema” was replaced with “Wonder Woman”, which was a popular term at the time that described women who were exceptionally gifted, the character made her debut in ‘All Star Comics #8 in December 1941.

*In 1985, Marston was posthumously named as one of the honorees by DC Comics in the company’s 50th anniversary publication ‘Fifty Who Made DC Great’.

[TRAILER] Lakeith Stanfield (@stanfield_keith) to Star in “Crown Heights” film About A Man Wrongfully Imprisoned for Murder for 20+ Years!

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Major congrats are in order for Lakeith Stanfield!

He is one actor who knows how to not let one role define him. For many, the first time they saw Lakeith Stanfield act was in the Jordan Peele critically acclaimed film “Get Out” and for others, they know him for his role as Darius in the FX network show “Atlanta”. Now they can get ready to see Lakeith star as Colin Warner, a man wrongfully imprisoned for over 20 years for a murder he didn’t commit, which is based on a true story.

"Crown Heights" still starring actor Lakeith Stanfield

“Crown Heights” still starring actor Lakeith Stanfield

via Deadline.com

Based on a podcast titled This American Life, the pic is set spring of 1980, where a teenager is gunned down in the streets of Flatbush, Brooklyn. The police pressure a child witness to identify a suspect. As a result, Colin Warner, an 18-year-old kid from nearby Crown Heights, is wrongfully convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. Colin’s childhood friend Carl ‘KC’ King devotes his life to fighting for Colin’s freedom. He works on appeals, takes loans for lawyer fees and becomes a legal courier to learn the court system.

Many will read this and think this film comes on the heels of the many racial injustices we’ve face in the last few years but the story of Colin Warner is in fact true. Warner’s conviction was overturned in 201 with the help of his friend Carl King (who will be portrayed by former NFL cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha). The Ringer poses a very intricate question in the write-up of the film’s trailer; The more compelling question is whether writer-director Matt Ruskin can illustrate the immense human cost of discriminatory practices thoughtlessly signed into law.

I decided to do my own research on the background of this case and I can honestly say that I will be going to see this film. What about you loves? Check out the trailer below and sound off below because we’re long overdue for #OpinionHour.

Written By: Monique C. Tillman

[VIDEO] Web-Slingers Up! “Spider-Man: Homecoming” (@SpiderManMovie) is Marvel’s (@marvel) Newest Hit!

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Marvel Studios will NOT stopped–especially now that Spider-Man has made his own “Homecoming” in his first feature film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe!

Everyone’s “Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man” is doing what he does best, protecting the people and city he loves from the street crime and thievery that often goes unnoticed by The Avengers. Tom Holland is Peter Parker this time around, and is the best actor to portray our favorite Web-Slinger to date!

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The film picks up shortly after where Captain America: Civil War left off. Peter Parker/Spider-Man is eagerly awaiting his next mission with The Avengers, but seems to be getting the run around, or outright ignored, by Tony Stark/Iron Man and Happy Hogan. Spidey resolves to protect his neighborhood, Queens, and be as helpful as possible to its residents all while trying to attend school, and attempt a normal teenage life. However, Spider-Man soon finds himself facing down dangerous new enemies who thrive in the sell and distribution of alien and advanced technology. Just when you think Spidey has it all under control he has to face down the latest super villains, Shocker (Bokeem Woodbine) and the Vulture (Michael Keaton), in a fight that becomes extremely volatile and personal!

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This film is a true coming of age story as we watch Peter learn what it truly means to be a hero. We loved every minute of it, especially the action and the hints of future villains and heroes in the sequels to this film–Scorpion, Prowler, Green Goblin! The Avengers may be flying high and saving the world, but Spider-Man is committed to making sure the little people down here are making it and are safe. Just think, it did not take a cosmic threat for him to learn that either. Still, we cannot wait to see him in Avengers: Infinity War next year!  Be sure you catch Spider-Man: Homecoming at a theater near you nationwide today!