Childish Gambino Premieres Movie Trailer With Rihanna

Back in August, Childish Gambino and Rihanna were spotted on what believed to be a movie set in Cuba. Recently during his 2018 Pharos Festival in New Zealand, Gambino shared the trailer for the upcoming film the two indeed are co-starring in a film, which is believed to be titled Guava Island.

The trailer shows Gambino and Rihanna as a young couple living in a tropical location. Ga,bino appears to be a struggling musician who is trying to find his way when he runs into trouble. The movie is directed by Gambino’s frequent collaborator Hiro Murai and will also co-star Letitia Wright and Nonso Anozie. Not much else is known about the upcoming flick.

The trailer can be seen below

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Anthony Anderson Explains Why His Time On “Law & Order” Ended So Quickly [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

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Anthony Anderson explains why “Law & Order,” in which he played Detective Lucius Blaine, was abruptly taken off the air. He also reveals what he wants to do next in his career that he hasn’t had the chance to do yet, and why.

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Plus, Ed Lover passes on an important message to Anthony about radio station broadcasters and the work they do for the community, and Anthony talks about how significant of a role radio plays in keeping the people informed. Click on the audio player to hear more in this exclusive interview from the “Ed Lover Show.”

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Roxanne Shante On Growing Up In The Largest Housing Project In The World [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

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Roxanne Shante, an early hip-hop pioneer from Queens, NY, rose to prominence in the mid-eighties, during one of hip-hop’s first series of battles. Now, she talks to Ed Lover about the movie based on her life, “Roxanne, Roxanne” which premiered at Sundance this year, and how it came to fruition. She opens up about the process of making a movie based on her life, and the difficulties that she encountered watching some of the hardest parts of her life play out again on screen.

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Roxanne also reminisces about growing up in Queens, in the largest housing project in the world, and how that and hip-hop music influenced her. Click on the audio player to hear more in this exclusive interview from the “Ed Lover Show.”

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Lose One: Menace II Society Vs. Juice [EXCLUSIVE]

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On a Lose One Wednesday, Ed Lover asks listeners to choose between the 1993 film Menace II Society,  and 1992’s Juice. Both insanely popular films undoubtedly had an impact on the film industry and broke down doors for black Hollywood’s future. So which one could be dropped, if we had to pick one?

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Click on the audio player to hear listeners explain their choices in this exclusive clip from the “Ed Lover Show.”

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“Fences” Cast Discusses The Significance Of August Wilson’s Work [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO]

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Ed Lover got a visit from actors Stephen Henderson, Mykelti Williamson, and Jovan Adepo! They talk about their roles in the highly anticipated Denzel-Washington-directed film adaptation of “Fences,” which also stars Viola Davis. Mykelti talks about the work of August Wilson, the writer of the original “Fences” play, and why his words are so remarkable. Mykelti talks about his role as Gabriel, the younger brother to Troy Maxon, played by Denzel Washington. He also explains why it may not necessarily be true that Gabriel has a psychological problem.

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Stephen discusses his role as Bono, the best friend to Troy. He also talks about his friendship with and admiration of August Wilson himself. Plus, 28 year old Jovan talks about his role as Cory, Troy’s son. Check out this exclusive video to hear more of this interview from the “Ed Lover Show.”

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Pharrell On The Strange Way He Started Making Music For “Hidden Figures” [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO]

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Janelle Monae talks about the “firecracker” of a woman she plays in “Hidden Figures,” Mary Jackson, the first black female engineer at NASA. Pharrell, who not only is the film’s producer, but is also in charge of music, highlights the difficulty of the mathematics problems they were computing, and the high stakes involved in getting those equations correct in order to insure a safe trip into space and back to earth.

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Plus, Mimi Valdés, the woman responsible for bringing the script to Pharrell, explains how the script made it from her desk to the movie theaters. Pharrell discusses how he ended up crafting the music for “Hidden Figures” before he even knew they were doing the film! Check out this exclusive video for more of this interview from the “Ed Lover Show.”

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Jay Z Inks Major New TV & Film Deal

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Jay Z is taking his talents to television.

The music mogul has signed a first-look deal with the Weinstein Company, which will give them the first rights to produce any of Jay’s television and film projects. According to reports, there are currently projects in development that fall under the new two-year deal.

Hov released a statement: “I’m excited to tell stories from real-life prophets, whom through their struggles have changed the world for the better, and others whose stories are filled with fantasy and delight. Harvey and David are visionaries both of whom have done this time and time again. I’m already passionate about what we currently have in the pipeline and I’m looking forward to discovering others.”

Jay already has his hands in upcoming television endeavors. Earlier this week, it was reported that he and Will Smith would be co-producing a forthcoming HBO miniseries about Emmett Till.

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Where Did The “Rocky” Film Franchise Go Wrong? [EXCLUSIVE AUDIO]

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After Monie Love returned from her trip to Philadelphia, Ed Lover laments about the fact that she didn’t bring him a Philly Cheesestake, or even a “Rocky” poster. This divulges into a discussion about the legendary Rocky movie, with its countless sequels spanning almost four decades.

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Of course, as with any long-winded film series, you’re liable to lose some of the original fans with each new installment. The morning show cast discusses when they think the Rocky saga got to be a bit too much for them. But when it’s revealed that somebody hasn’t seen the films, the conversation comes to a screeching halt. Click on the audio player to hear more in this exclusive clip from the Ed Lover Show.

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C’Mon Mate: The “Suicide Squad” Screenplay [EXCLUSIVE AUDIO]

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In the absence of Ed Lover, “C’mon Son” morphs into Monie Love‘s “C’mon Mate.” She sounds off on all the ridiculousness that has plagued the headlines and information highways as of late. On today’s agenda is the film “Suicide Squad,” whose poor reviews appear to truly be a real reflection of the audience’s feelings, Bow Wow’s retirement from rap, Latoya Luckett’s husband’s secret divorce from her, and Drake‘s feud with Funkmaster Flex.

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Click on the audio player to hear Monie Love hilariously come for all of the aforementioned in this exclusive clip from “C’Mon Mate.”

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The Lonely Island On Being Influenced By Hip-Hop In High School [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO]

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The Lonely Island, comprised of funny-men Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, exploded onto the scene with gut-busting comedy on SNL in 2005. They talk about the dozens of shorts they created together at the historic sketch comedy show. They also talk about being influenced by hip-hop in high school.

What they studied in college, what their parents wanted them to be, and how their families received their decisions to go on to filmmaking and comedy. Plus, Akiva and Jorma talk about how they reacted when they learned that Andy would be on SNL, before finding out that they would also be hired by the comedy show at the same time. Check out the exclusive video above to see this funny interview on the Ed Lover Show.

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Scarlett Johansson’s New Film Under Fire For Trying To Make Her Look Asian

Ever since Scarlett Johansson was cast as the lead in Ghost In the Shell, fans have been less than happy.

The film is a live-action, American-made take on a classic Japanese manga and anime franchise, leaving many confused as to why ScarJo— an obviously non-Asian woman — was chosen as the lead. According to reports, the studio commissioned visual effects tests that would’ve altered Scarlett Johansson in post-production to “shift her ethnicity” and make the Caucasian actress appear more Asian in the film.

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Paramount Studios clapped back and denied the claim, saying, “A test was done related to a specific scene for a background actor which was ultimately discarded. Absolutely no visual effects tests were conducted on Scarlett’s character and we have no future plans to do so.”

Fans will have to decide for themselves when the film hits theaters next year.

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The 15 Best Movies Of 2015

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2015 was an exceptional year for film. It started off with offerings like Disney’s Strange Magic and Kevin Hart’s The Wedding Ringer, two movies that set the pace. Selma had a wide release in January and fans got to see the Glory that was Martin Luther King.

The rest of the year just kept getting better with releases like Kingsman: The Secret Service, 50 Shades of Grey, and Will Smith’s Focus ruling February’s box office. March was even better with Get Hard and Home, an animated flick starring Rihanna – but it was a robot named Chappie that left a lasting impression on us throughout the year.

Great movies came out every month, but May is when it really got special. Mad Max: Fury Road kicked off blockbuster season with a high-speed chase and a lot of action. Follow that up with Avengers: Age Of UltronJurassic World, and DOPE.

The summer brought us even more cinematic brilliance with Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Entourage, Ant-Man, Trainwreck, Mission Impossible, and South Paw.

But August gave us the true gold of the year with the record-breaking Straight Outta Compton, which to date has made over $161 million at the box office. Follow that up with a strong September, which produced movies like Black Mass and Sicario, which deserve a lot of attention during award season.

A strong fourth quarter closed out the year with a bang, with movies like Spectre, The Big Short, and Christmas Day releases that could easily be the best movie of the year on anyone’s list.

And while we know great film, we also still appreciate blockbusters and movies for the masses. Here are our favorite movies of 2015.

Jurassic Park

15: Jurassic World | June 12th, 2015 | Universal Pictures

Synopsis: A new theme park is built on the original site of Jurassic Park. Everything is going well until the park’s newest attraction–a genetically modified giant stealth machine–escapes containment and goes on a killing spree.

Why It’s A 2015 Fave: Jurassic World is a fun thriller that will have you in suspense throughout the entire movie. The film is filled with easter eggs that honor the original and brings you back while introducing new fans to dinosaurs and the possibility of another big franchise.

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14: Furious 7 | April 3th, 2015 | Universal Pictures

Synopsis: After defeating an international terrorist named Owen Shaw, Dominic Toretto, (Vin Diesel) Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) and the rest of the crew have separated to return to more normal lives. However, Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) Owen’s older brother, is thirsty for revenge and does whatever it takes to get it.

Why It’s A 2015 Fave: The best way to send off Paul Walker is with an epic film. The story is good, and it was more of the unbelievable hijinks this franchise is known for, but hey – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Me, Earl And The Dying Girl

13: Me and Earl and The Dying Girl | June 12th, 2015 | Fox Searchlight

Synopsis: High schooler Greg, who spends most of his time making parodies of classic movies with his friend Earl, finds his outlook forever altered after befriending a classmate who has just been diagnosed with cancer.

Why It’s A 2015 Fave: It’s a real tear-jerker about three friends and how cancer can affect more than a person’s health. It’s a heartwarming movie you’ll need a box of Kleenex to watch.

Kingsman: The Secret Service

12: Kingsman: The Secret Service | February 13th, 2015 | 20th Century Fox

Synopsis: A spy organization recruits an unrefined, but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program, just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.

Why It’s A 2015 Fave: Samuel L. Jackson shines as an evil mastermind, but when you add in a great story and perfectly choreographed fight scenes, it will be clear why it made our list.

Ant Man

11: Ant-Man | June 17th, 2015 | Disney

Synopsis: Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, cat burglar Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

Why It’s A 2015 Fave: Disney’s newest addition to the Marvel Universe fits in perfectly and sets up more characters to join the Avengers franchise, as others become too expensive to keep putting in the movies. Ant-Man is funny, action-packed, and worth checking out if you haven’t seen it yet.

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10: Star Wars: The Force Awakens | December 18th, 2015 | Disney

Synopsis: Three decades after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, a new threat arises. The First Order attempts to rule the galaxy and only a rag-tag group of heroes can stop them, along with the help of the Resistance.

Why It’s A 2015 Fave: The Force is strong with this one, as we meet a few new players to join the Resistance. After the last trilogy fell a little short, Force Awakens surpassed all expectations.

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9: Dope | June 19th, 2015 | Open Road Films

Synopsis: Life changes for Malcolm, a geek who’s surviving in a tough neighborhood, after a chance invitation to an underground party leads him and his friends into a Los Angeles adventure.

Why It’s A 2015 Fave: This movie is a complete mind freak, as Malcolm and his friends flip the script on what it is to be young and Black in America.

Sicario

8: Sicario | September 18th, 2015 | Lionsgate

Synopsis: An idealistic FBI agent is enlisted by an elected government task force to aid in the escalating war against drugs at the border area between the U.S. and Mexico.

Why It’s A 2015 Fave: This movie highlights everything fascinating about Mexican drug lords in just over two hours. Great performances by everyone involved and it doesn’t have your stereotypical Hollywood ending.

Black Mass

7: Black Mass | September 18th, 2015 | Warner Bros. Pictures

Synopsis: The true story of Whitey Bulger, the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf.

Why It’s A 2015 Fave: This movie is about a gangster, but it doesn’t glorify the mafia. Exceptional acting and a brilliant performance by Johnny Depp makes this a must on your must-see list.

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6: Concussion | December 25th, 2015 | Sony

Synopsis: In Pittsburgh, accomplished pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu uncovers the truth about brain damage in football players who suffer repeated concussions in the course of normal play.

Why It’s A 2015 Fave: It’s a powerful film that will have you looking at football differently after you see it. This might be Will Smith’s best performance ever.

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5: Mad Max: Fury Road | May 15th, 2015 | Warner Bros. Pictures

Synopsis: A woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in post-apocalyptic Australia and takes off on a search for her homeland with the help of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshiper, and a drifter named Max.

Why It’s A 2015 Fave: There isn’t a lot of dialog in this movie, but what it lacks in quotable moments, it makes up for in action, chaos, and mayhem. Charlize Theron holds this movie down, while Tom Hardy plays sidekick.

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4: Creed: | November 25th, 2015 | Warner Bros. Pictures

Synopsis: Former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson, the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed.

Why It’s A 2015 Fave: This might be the best film in the Rocky franchise, but it’s definitely the best acting performance by Sylvester Stallone. Our boy Michael B. Jordan does a great job as Adonis Creed and holds it together, even taking a real punch on the chin to make it more authentic.

The Revenant

3: The Revenant | December 25th, 2015 | 20th Century Fox

Synopsis: In the 1820s, a frontiersman named Hugh Glass sets out on a path of vengeance against those who left him for dead after a bear mauling.

Why It’s A 2015 Fave: This is Leonardo DiCaprio’s best performance ever and he holds nothing back in order to make the story more believable. Watching him go back and forth with Tom Hardy is highly entertaining and engaging.

Straight Outta Compton

2: Straight Outta Compton | August 14th, 2015 | Universal Pictures

Synopsis: The group N.W.A. emerges from the mean streets of Compton in Los Angeles, California in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes hip-hop culture with their music and tales about life in the hood.

Why It’s A 2015 Fave: A very true telling of the story of N.W.A. with amazing portrayals from Ice Cube’s son O’Shea Jackson Jr. and Jason Wright as Eazy-E. It’s a movie anyone can relate to – regardless of their music of choice.

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1: The Hateful Eight | December 25th, 2015 | The Weinstein Company

Synopsis: In post-Civil War Wyoming, bounty hunters try to find shelter during a blizzard, but get involved in a plot of betrayal and deception. Will they survive?

Why It’s A 2015 Fave: Another one from Quentin Tarantino. The Hateful Eight is filled with stellar acting, a great story, stunning shots, and a lot of violence. Samuel L. Jackson puts a stamp on his great year in movies with an excellent performance. Walton Goggins is superb as well.

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Nas Has Signed On To Executive Produce Upcoming Erykah Badu Film

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Erykah Badu is making sure to put in work in the next year, just as she had this year between new music and hosting gigs.

The singer is working on an upcoming film called The Land, and reports have confirmed that Nas is on board to executive produce it, along with the soundtrack

The film reportedly stars Erykah, as well as Michael K. Williams, and will “chronicle the life of four teens that seek a better life than the streets of Cleveland, Ohio can afford them.”

While speaking with Variety, Nas told the outlet of the new job, “[I’m a] huge fan of my man Steve Caple Jr. I think he can become the next great filmmaker. [I’m] also, very excited to be working with my former agent and friend Charles King on his first film with his new venture. All great energy around the film, which I believe will yield amazing results.”

The Land will reportedly premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah next month, so be on the look out.

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#StraightOuttaCompton: Dr. Dre & Ice Cube Talk N.W.A. Movie, Suge’s Murder Charge & More

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West coast rap pioneers Dr. Dre and Ice Cube have remained relatively silent on the upcoming “Straight Outta Compton” film release which will chronicle the story of N.W.A, but now that the release date is approaching, the pair is breaking their silence.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter in an exclusive interview, Dre and Cube opened up for the first time on everything from their thoughts on the movie, to former colleague Suge Knight’s recent murder charge.

For starters, Dre was candid about how the lack of acceptance for gangsta rap in mainstream pop culture has drastically changed over the years.

“It’s crazy how we were getting criticized for this years ago,” says Dre of N.W.A’s provocative songs about inner-city life. “And now, it’s just like, ‘OK, we understand.’ This movie will keep shining a light on the problem, especially because of all the situations that are happening in Ferguson and here in Los Angeles. It’s definitely going to keep this situation in people’s minds and make sure that everyone out there knows that this is a problem that keeps happening still today.”

Cube had a sarcastic response to the question of whether or not law enforcement would find the movie controversial:

“Oh, they’re gonna love it. True story. Inspired by them. I mean, why wouldn’t they love it? It’s what they do. They’re not misrepresented. True that.”

Cube’s 24-year-old son is playing him in the film and says it was harder for him NOT to act like himself than anything.

“My father would call me before each scene to let me know what he was thinking. A lot of it was getting me to not act. I have so much of his mannerisms and things already in me that I wouldn’t want to be onscreen doing an impersonation.

You can do an impersonation or you could become the character. I really was trying to break down those acting walls and just let everything flow.”

Weighing in on the incident earlier this year that ended with Suge Knight now facing a murder charge, Dre kept it short.

“It’s just a really unfortunate incident. Maybe [Knight] was looking for trouble. I don’t know.”

Speaking specifically on their overall take on the finished product, Dre and Cube had this to say:

“It shows that we were not only ahead of our time, but right on time,” says Cube. “It’s a constant situation between the powers that be and the neighborhoods we’ve come from.”

“It had a great potential of being done wrong and f—ing up our legacy,” [Dre] says. “Our legacy is something that’s very important to me.

“We were just trying to entertain our neighborhood, just us trying to be hood stars.  It just became something that was much, much bigger than we ever thought, than I ever imagined.”

Salma Hayek Talks Sexism In Hollywood And Our Ears Are Wide Open

Women In Motiona series of talks that takes place at the Cannes Film Festival, and draws some of the most acclaimed women who work in film, got a great dose of reality from actress/producer/director Salma Hayek this year. Hayek who has always lead the way in various women’s causes believes that top executives in Hollywood do not take women-made films seriously enough because they do not understand the economic prowess of women. Upon being asked how to get men to care more about the presence of women in higher level roles in the film industry, Hayek responds by saying that men respond to money and showing them the money.

Citing her work bringing Ugly Betty to abc and the challenges that she faced, Hayek says that bringing “new” ideas to executives at major networks always brings resistance. That is of course until you show them the money. The Mexican-American actress believes that women have to approach their current plight in film knowing that they come from positions of power, rather than feeling like it’s something they ought to beg for. Hayek also went on to talk about sexism at the level of giving male actors some power to choose their leading ladies, as well as disparities in pay, and more.

Sigh.

But we are here for everything Hayek has to say. Check out the video below for her take on the industry’s sexism.

5 Reasons To Be Excited About “Selma”

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Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will finally have a shiny theatrical biopic to call his own come Christmas day with the release of Selma. Written and directed by Ava DuVernay, the flick chronicles the events that led to the March on Selma, Alabama for voting rights in the spring of 1965. British actor David Oyelowo will portray King and Carmen Ejogo stars alongside him as Coretta Scott King. 

    

A biopic comprehensive in its history and visceral in impact, Selma is absolutely sure to make waves when it finally hits theaters on Christmas Day, and here are five reasons why:

1: Ava DuVernay is finally getting her due 

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DuVernay is a writer/director who’s been in the scene for a while making documentaries and narrative features, but Selma is her big break in the public eye. She also achieved the milestone of wing the first African-American female director to be nominated for a Golden Globe, so her star is sure to rise. Get in on that ground floor!

2: It boasts a stellar cast 

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King may be the focus of Selma, but he’s not the only figure portrayed here. The cast features other figures like Southern Christian Leadership Conference leader James Bevel, played by Common (pictured above, right),  Diane Nash from the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, portrayed by Tessa Thompson (pictured above, left), Annie Lee Cooper, played by Oprah Winfrey, and Coretta Scott herself, portrayed by Carmen Ejogo. This star-studded and talented bunch go a long way toward making Selma compelling watching.

3: An authentic, non-patronizing view of Civil Rights-era America 

There are very few films that depict the Civil Rights movement at all, let alone in a reverent and non-patronizing way, but Selma manages the feat of bringing the viscera of the movements, marches, and negotiations to powerful life. And speaking of visceral protests…

4: Parallels to Michael Brown/Eric Garner protests

Between sit-ins and protests on the streets, direct parallels between events like die-ins and the Millions March that happened in NYC this past weekend over the refusal to indict the police officers who murdered Michael Brown and Eric Garner can easily be drawn.

5: It’s one of the best films of the year 


Gorgeously shot and reverently told, Selma goes above and beyond as a comprehensive recounting of the events that led to gaining voting rights in America and a supremely entertaining story in it’s own right.

Dylan “CineMasai” Green is a movie geek, hip-hop aficionado, and pita chip enthusiast. Find him on Twitter.

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