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Author: Akua Gyamfi

Black Folks when it’s award season, let’s pour a little respectful liquor for the powerlessness of UK Black Award Shows.

What does winning a UK based black award do? Tell me UK based creatives… I’ll wait… … … Have any UK born black creatives in the arts ever walked into a meeting and confidently mentioned the British black award they won when it came down to bartering for a role, or a directing gig, a writing position, or as a producer?

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90% #OutOf100 – Hamilton is a must see for the creators of Hip Hop and the generations they birthed

When a show has nothing but 5-star reviews and is forever-sold-out, there’s pressure to agree with everyone who loved it. Facts Inspired by a chance reading of Ron Chernow’s historical biography of overlooked American founding father, Alexander Hamilton [1], the musical,  Hamilton, took actor, playwright and composer Lin-Manuel Miranda six years to write. He started working on the ‘Hamilton Mixtape’ after being invited to perform at a White House Poetry Jam. He took a year out to shape spoken word piece, ‘Alexander Hamilton,’ performing it for Barack Obama in 2009. By early 2015 the mixtape evolved into an off-broadway stage show… and the rest...

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90% #OutOf100 – Spike Lee’s Series Reboot of She’s Gotta Have It. You’ve Gotta Watch It.

The problem with writing reviews after watching something which speaks so directly to your soul is that it’s difficult to hide behind your reviewer’s shield. There’s no time to wait for the emotions to get back into their lock-boxes when the deadline calls. Here goes. Spike Lee deserves dissertation-length words about him, his work and his legacy. This is a pre-apology, because… time. She’s Gotta Have It (SGHI) the 2017 series based on Mr. Lee’s 1986 first ever feature film of the same name will have landed on Netflix by the time you’re reading this review. The film in a nutshell – Beautiful Nola Darling...

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85% #OutOf100: Thor: Ragnarok is Silly, Over the Top and Really Quite Good.

Thor: Ragnarok is the third instalment of the Thor narrative after, Thor (2011) and Thor: The Dark World (2013) and it’s the fifth time we’ve seen Thor on screen – he appears in Avengers Assemble (2012) and Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). I do love Marvel films, and the whole superhero thing, but not overly invested. When Thor was next to be adapted I was mostly happy that Idris Elba was cast as the all seeing Norse God, Heimdall. This is when colourblind casting works. (Quiet geeks). I’m not even going to pretend that I remember all the threads and tales of Thor’s journey as the superhero who looks like he belongs on...

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65% #OutOf100 – Sweet Country an Interesting Take on Racism in 1920s Australia.

Overall, I’m not sure if I liked this film. I spent a lot of time watching it with my brow furrowed. There are some brilliant fleeting scenes. Notably when you look at empty the IMDB pages of the Aborigine actors in this film, it’s a reminder of who is not represented in the major arts. But, the story is important, if only to once again shed light on the injustices the western world has put indigenous people across the globe through. That said, I’m getting tired of seeing people of colour in epic narratives depicting their suffering at the hands of angry White Fellas.

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91% #OutOf100 – Dee Rees Pulls off a Slow Burning Soulful Film with Mudbound #LFF2017

First of all watching Mary J. Blige on the big screen in an epic film like this, is a little bit emotional, like watching your best homegurl living out the dreams you know she’s been harbouring since you met in primary school. It’s also a bit surreal to see someone you’ve grown up with; used to them vocally soundtracking the highs and lows of your life, delivering such a soulful character as Blige serves us Florence Jackson. Although Florence has more scenes in silence than actually speaking, she evokes the absolute woman we think the Queen of Hip Hop...

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#TBB10 With Rising Star Isis Davis – Winner of two 2017 British Urban Film Festival Awards

Isis Davis is a proud West Londoner from humble beginnings. As an actress, her career has moved from short films including Crack, Notting Hill Girl and Cover Me (nominated for Best Short in this year’s BUFF Awards) to TV series’ that spread across the UK and America including most recently, Guilt for Lionsgate, and Electric Dreams produced for Channel 4 with Sony which is now being advertised and will be aired later this month. From these successes, Isis has been signed by LA Manager Brendan Thomas at Authentic. Her one woman show This Is Who I Am, that she put...

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