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‘Afraid of Dark’ filmmaker hopes to make black men ‘harder to kill’

‘Afraid of Dark’ filmmaker hopes to make black men ‘harder to kill’

Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, Oscar Grant, Jonathan Ferrell.

The news seems saturated with stories of young black men and boys whose lives were cut short — often because they were perceived as a threat.

Moved to action by the trend, one director has set out to investigate the images and myths around black males that feed those negative perceptions.

With "Afraid of Dark," documentary filmmaker Mya B. says she hopes to make real the lives of everyday black men onscreen in hopes it could, "make them harder to kill."

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  • Written by Donovan X. Ramsey/theGrio

Have Uncle Ruckus and ‘The Boondocks’ been hijacked?

Have Uncle Ruckus and ‘The Boondocks’ been hijacked?

In November 2005 the Cartoon Network debuted "The Boondocks" during its late-night Adult Swim programming and gave us a glimpse into the fictitious Freeman family, who had just moved from the South Side of Chicago to the mostly white, made-up suburb of Woodcrest. In the premiere, viewers heard 10-year-old Huey Freeman proclaim that "Jesus was black, Ronald Reagan was the devil and the government is lying about 9/11."

They got to see the penis of Robert Jebediah Freeman – aka Granddad – during an in-home, butt-naked infomercial workout, and they were treated to a stirring rendition of Uncle Ruckus' "Don't Trust Those New Niggers Over There!"

The show was edgy and racy and all the adjectives that can describe supremely well-done black satire. And then, after only three seasons and 45 episodes, it was gone. Fans took to the Internet wondering if the controversial cartoon had been canceled. There was speculation about the creator Aaron McGruder's schedule and how long it took to craft each episode. There was speculation about the liberal use of the word "nigger," and Tyler Perry's alleged anger over his depiction in the "Pause" episode in season 3, as reasons for its sudden disappearance.

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

Kam’s Kapsules:OPENING THIS WEEK

Kam’s Kapsules:OPENING THIS WEEK

For movies opening March 21, 2014

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"Divergent" (PG-13 for intense violence, mature themes and some sensuality) Futuristic sci-fi, set in a supposedly-utopian society where people are segregated by personality, although anyone who fails to fit into one of five groups ends-up condemned to death. Starring Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet, Mekhi Phifer, Ashley Judd, Zoe Kravitz, Theo James and Maggie Q.

"Muppets Most Wanted" (PG for mild action) Animated adventure set in Europe where the Muppets unwittingly become embroiled in a jewel heist hatched by a Kermit the Frog look-a-like (Steve Whitmore). Voice cast includes Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais and Ty Burrell, with cameos by Lady Gaga, Sean Diddy Combs, Celine Dion, Zach Galifianakis, Josh Groban, Tony Bennett, Usher and Salma Hayek.

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Chris Brown arrested and jailed, again

Chris Brown arrested and jailed, again

Embattled R&B crooner Chris Brown is in trouble again.

There are multiple reports out of Los Angeles that Brown has been jailed without bail after violating the terms of his probation.

According to the gossip website TMZ, the 24-year-old singer was booted from the rehab facility where he has been living for the last four months.

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  • Written by Stephen A. Crockett Jr./The Root

Will Black Twitter help swing the 2016 presidential election?

Will Black Twitter help swing the 2016 presidential election?

It's been well reported that Black Twitter has become a force to be reckoned with.

This incredibly witty and educated group is responsible for ending the careers of Food Network star and Antebellum South enthusiast, Paula Deen, as well as PR executive Justine Sacco, who famously tweeted before a trip to South Africa:

Going to Africa. Hope I don't get
AIDS. Just Kidding. I'm White
12/20/13, 10:19 AM from Hillingdon, England

When it comes to checking "casual racists" and white privilege, Black Twitter is present and ready to put folks back in their place.

 

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  • Written by Danielle Moodie-Mills/theGrio

Kam’s Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK

Kam’s Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK

For movies opening March 14, 2014

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"Need for Speed" (PG-13 for nudity, crude humor, reckless driving and disturbing crashes) High-octane revenge thriller, inspired by the video game of the same name, revolving around a recently-paroled street racer's (Aaron Paul) attempt to even the score with the wealthy business partner (Dominic Cooper) who'd framed him for manslaughter. With Imogen Poots, Michael Keaton and Scott Mescudi.

"The Single Moms Club" (PG-13 for sexuality and mature themes) Tyler Perry wrote, directed and co-stars in this tale of female empowerment about a support group created by five, frazzled single moms (Nia Long, Zulay Henao, Amy Smart, Cocoa Brown and Wendi McLendon-Covey) whose kids attend the same private school. Supporting cast includes Terry Crews, Eddie Cibrian and William Levy.

"Veronica Mars" (PG-13 for sexuality, violence, profanity and drug use) Kristen Bell reprises the title role in this screen version of the TV mystery series which finds the super sleuth returning home from New York to attend her high school reunion and to assist an ex-boyfriend (Jason Dohring) suspected of murder. With Krysten Ritter, Ryan Hansen and Francis Capra.

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