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Author: Akua Gyamfi

92% #OutOf100 – Get Out is a Slow Burning, Psychologically Stressful, Brilliant Film

Back in the 80s as a child, I used to like scaring myself by watching VHS vids of all the now classic horror films. Nightmare on Elm Street parts 1 (excellent and most scary), 2 (ridiculous), 3 (the coolest); Poltergeist 1&2 (avoided tiny old ladies & little blond girl for a few years); everything by Stephen King – Salem’s Lot and Pet Semetary especially (had me EFFED UP for nights). Now as an adult, I find modern horror stories mostly idiotic. Don’t run in there. Don’t have go on the dusty Ouija board you found in the loft. Don’t speak...

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92% #OutOf100 – I Am Not Your Negro

Watching James Baldwin on screen you see a funny looking man. His cartoonish eyes, his animated face, his teeth… so many teeth in an almost gaunt face. Equally his personality is witty; in your face, droll, and he’s funny. He tells it like it is with a sarcasm hard to rebel against. Baldwin the novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic was a tiny square in the quilt of my upbringing. During my childhood my mum wasn’t vocal about politics, art and most definitely didn’t show interest in the boho queer life of the black male Baldwin represented. My dad has always been politically...

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76% #OutOf100 – Loving

Ruth Negga (Breakfast on Pluto, Agents of Shield, War Craft) co-leads with Joel Edgerton (Black Mass, Zero Dark Thirty) in this film based on the true story of a couple, Richard and Mildred Loving who made history during the late 50s early 60s. Mildred being black, Richard white, and them living in the state of Virginia meant that they weren’t allowed to fall in love and they especially weren’t allowed to pro-create. The Loving’s battle to have their interracial marriage recognised and accepted reached the Supreme Court in 1967, causing a ground-breaking change in the law. With such a meaty subject, what strikes you...

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92% #OutOf100 – Fences A Simply Epic Piece of Cinema

I’m not sure where to start with this film. But, okay, first a vital piece of information is being missed from the discussion around Fences, and that’s the actor who plays Cory Maxson is British born raised in America, Jovan Adepo (The Leftovers). That’s it. For his outstanding performance alone, we’d like to claim him back thank you. Not quite part of the British talent drain, but if his family had kept him here, who knows if he’d ever have been cast in this role. We thank you Adepo family. So, after successfully starring in the 2010 award-winning Broadway version, Denzel Washington...

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TBB Founder Features in Melan Mag’s article – 10 Women At The Top of Their Game: What I would tell my 15-year old self!

Presenter, radio host and journalist Claire Clottey reached out to founder of The British Blacklist, Akua Gyamfi, along with Angie Le Mar, Melysah Charles, Hayley Alexander, Rachel Ritfield, Terri Walker, Siobhan Copland, Simone Bresi-Ando, and Jenny Francis to find out what they’d tell their younger selves, for Melan Magazine.

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